Threshers Recap – 8/21/2019

The GCL Phillies West swept a double header from the second place team in their division and sits in pretty good shape for the division and overall record.  They are in the midst of a seven-game winning streak.  With nine games remaining, the Phillies have a 5.5 game lead over the Tigers West and the second-best record in the GCL.  Their .698 winning percentage is one game behind the Orioles’ .711.

Reading was rained out and cancelled, but they have a 4.5 game lead over Trenton.  With 12 games remaining, their magic number is five.  They finish the season with 4 games in Trenton.

Clearwater (27-35, 63-65)  beat St. Lucie, 2-0.

Alejandro Requena (8-10, 4.96) pitched five shutout innings.  He allowed one hit and 2 walks, striking out two.  Seth McGarry (2.00) pitched four , shutout innings.  He allowed 3 hitsa and a walk, striking out three and picking up his first save.

The Threshers broke a scoreless tie with a run in the sixth inning on Luke Miller’s RBI double.  They added an insurance run in the seventh on Jhailyn Ortiz’ sac fly.

Luke Miller (.241) had 2 of the team’s 6 hits, a double, and an RBI.  The team went 0-9 with RISP.

Lehigh Valley (60-67)  lost to Syracuse, 2-1. 

Enyel De Los Santos (3.97) pitched six, one-run innings.  He gave up 2 hits and walked four.  He struck out five.  Tyler Gilbert (1-4, 3.29) pitched one inning, giving up one run on 2 hits.  Nick Vincent (0.00) allowed one hit in two innings.

The IronPigs tied the game with a run in the fifth inning on Maikel Franco’s RBI double.  Ali Castillo (.312) and Deivy Grullon (.282) had 2 hits each.  The Pigs went 1-8 with RISP.

Reading (35-25, 74-53)  rained out and cancelled.  The game was called in the fifth inning.  No stats will count.  However, Colton Eastman’s four shutout innings will have the same affect as if they did count and push his next start back until next week.

Lakewood (26-30, 55-71)  beat Lexington, 12-2.

Jhordany Mezquita (4.33) pitched four innings.  He allowed 2 runs on 4 hits and 2 walks.  He struck out five.  Dominic Pipkin (5.15) pitched a scoreless inning.  Mark Potter (2.48) pitched two scoreless innings.  Albertus Barber (4-0, 0.00) pitched two more scoreless innings, striking out three.  That’s 8.1 scoreless innings in 7 Lakewood appearances.

The BlueClaws poured it on with 12 runs on 13 hits.  They scored a run in the second inning on Jonathan Guzman’s RBI single.  They put a big number up in the third when the scored 7 runs on Luis Garcia’s RBI single, Cole Stobbe’s RBI single, Ben Pelletier’s 3-run HR (11), and Malvin Matos’ 2-run HR (10).  They tacked on 2-run innings in the fifth and seventh on an RBI single by Carlos De La Cruz, a fielder’s choice, and Pelletier’s 2-run HR (12).

Stovall (.245) had 3 hits.  Matos (.247), De La Cruz (.224), and Pelletier (.205) had 2 hits each.  Pelletier had 5 RBI (38). Guzman stole his 31st base.

Williamsport (26-36)  no game scheduled.  The Blue All Stars won the NY-Penn League All Star game, 7-4.  Kendall Simmons started and went 1-3 with a run scored and RBI.  Corbin Williams entered as a PH and went 0-3 with 2 K.  Bryson Stott entered as a PH and went 0-1 with a walk and a K.  Logan O’Hoppe entered as a PH and went 0-1.  Simmons and Stott each committed a fielding error.

GCL Phillies East (18-24)  lost to the Blue Jays, 8-7.

Carlos Betancourt (0-3, 4.06) lasted 1.1 innings.  He gave up 5 runs on 3 hits and 4 walks.  Brendan Bell (7.53) allowed 3 inherited runners to score and went 2.2 innings allowing 2 runs on 4 hits.  Brenden Kudlinski (3.75) pitched two innings.  He allowed no hits, walked three, and struck out one.  Andy Reyes (3.86) allowed one run in two innings on a solo HR.  He struck out two.  Carlos Francisco (3.66) pitched a perfect ninth.

Trailing 8-0, the Phillies got on the board in the seventh inning on Curtis Mead’s solo HR (2).  They rallied in the ninth but fell short with 6 runs on Micah Yonamine’s RBI single, Guarner Dipre’s bases loaded walk, Josh Tortolero’s 2-run single, a ground out, and a passes ball.  After pulling within one run, the Phillies put the tying and winning runs on base with 2 walks and two outs, but fell short.

Curtis Mead (.300) had a great game.  He went 2-5 with 2 runs scored, a HR (2), an RBI, and seven fielding assists.  Four individual plays were noteworthy as he exhibited good range and a strong arm.  He certainly helped minimize the damage in the early innings.

GCL Phillies West (30-13)  swept a DH from the Tigers West, 4-0 and 2-1.

Game One:  Dylan Castenada (2.70) tossed four, one-hit, shutout innings.  He walked one and struck out five.  Juan Miranda (2-1, 4.07) threw three, shutout innings allowing 4 hits and walking one.  He struck out three.

The Phillies scored a run in the first inning on a ground out.  They added a run in the fourth on Keaton Greenwalt’s solo HR (5).  And, they tacked on 2 insurance runs in the fifth on Andrick Nava’s RBI single and a fielding error.

Nava (.314) went 2-4 with a double and RBI.  Greenwalt (.264) went 1-3 with a run scored, HR (5), and RBI.  Jamari Baylor (.273) played a couple innings and went 1-2 with a double.  He was lifted for a pinch runner after the double.

Game Two:  Connor Hinchliffe, Aidan Anderson, and Nicoly Pina combined to one-hit the Tigers.  Hinchliffe (1.19) pitched three no-hit innings.  He walked none and struck out two.  His only base runner reached on a fielding error.  Anderson (4.43) pitched two innings and allowed an unearned run on a hit and a walk.  Pina (2-1, 3.78) pitched two, no-hit innings.  He walked one and struck out two on his way to the win.

The Phillies scored in the first two innings on Andrick Nava’s RBI single in the first and Bruce Wang’s RBI single in the second.

Nava (.329) went 3-3 with a double and RBI.  Wang (.213) went 1-2 with an RBI and a walk.  JC Smith (.293) went 2-3 with a run scored.

And this is how the MLB Top Thirty did –

  1. Alec Bohm, 3B/1B (.269): DNP
  2. Adonis Medina, RHP (6-6, 4.96): DNP
  3. Bryson Stott, SS (.294): DNP
  4. Adam Haseley, OF (.294): recalled by Phillies on 8/9
  5. Spencer Howard, RHP (0-0, 1.93): DNP
  6. Luis Garcia, SS/2B (.191): went 1-4 with 2 runs scored, RBI, BB
  7. Francisco Morales, RHP (1-6, 3.86): DNP
  8. Enyel De Los Santos, RHP (5-6, 3.97): 6.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 5 K
  9. Mickey Moniak, OF (.259): DNP
  10. Erik Miller, LHP (0-0, 1.08): DNP
  11. JoJo Romero, LHP (3-3, 7.57):  DNP
  12. Simon Muzziotti, OF (.286): DNP
  13. Jhailyn Ortiz, OF (.200): went 0-4 with an RBI (60), SF
  14. Rafael Marchan, C (.214): went 1-4 with a double
  15. Nick Maton, SS/2B (.250): DNP
  16. Mauricio Llovera, RHP (3-4, 4.55): placed on the 7-day IL, elbow
  17. Cole Irvin, LHP (5-0,3.99): DNP
  18. Rodolfo Duran, C (.240): placed on the 7-day IL on 7/26, knee
  19. David Parkinson, LHP (10-7, 3.46): DNP
  20. Deivy Grullon, C (.282): went 2-3
  21. Damon Jones, LHP (0-1, 8.69): DNP
  22. Kyle Young, LHP (1-3, 4.29): placed on the 7-day IL on 5/1
  23. Arquimedes Gamboa, SS (.190): DNP
  24. Daniel Brito, 2B/SS (.245): DNP
  25. Kyle Dohy, LHP (6-5, 5.88): DNP
  26. Dominic Pipkin, RHP (3-4, 5.15): 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K
  27. Kevin Gowdy, RHP (0-5, 4.61): DNP
  28. Jamari Baylor, SS (3-11, .273): went 1-2 with a double
  29. Cornelius Randolph, OF (.241): DNP
  30. Victor Santos, RHP (5-9, 3.92): DNP

DSL Phillies Red (37-24)  split a DH with the Cardinals Blue, winning 1-0 and losing 2-1.

DSL Phillies White (40-29)  lost to the D-backs2, 8-2.

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

The rosters and lists are up to date as of August 21st … there are 400 players in the org

Today’s Transactions (newest transactions in bold text)
8/21/19 – INF Wilson Valdez assigned to DSL White from DSL Red
8/21/19 – RHP Norman Anciani assigned to DSL White
8/21/19 – C Jonathan Rodriguez assigned to DSL White from DSL Red
8/21/19 – RHP Eiberson Castellano assigned to DSL Red from DSL White
8/21/19 – DSL Red activated OF Jhorjan Guevara from the RL
8/21/19 – RHP Luis Candelo assigned to DSL White from DSL Red
8/20/19 – Phillies transferred RHP Jake Arrieta from the 10-to the 60-day IL, bone spur
8/20/19 – Phillies reassigned RHP Jerad Eickhoff to the minor leagues
8/20/19 – Phillies optioned RHP Jerad Eickhoff to Lehigh Valley IronPigs
8/20/19 – Lakewood placed RHP Andrew Schultz on the 7-day IL
8/20/19 – Erik Miller assigned to Lakewood from Williamsport
8/20/19 – RHP Saul Alcala assigned to DSL White
8/20/19 – DSL White released Michael Guzman
8/19/19 – Lehigh Valley placed LHP Damon Jones on the temporarily inactive list
8/19/19 – Lehigh Valley activated LHP Josh Tols from the 7-day IL
8/19/19 – Lehigh Valley activated 3B Maikel Franco from the 7-day IL
8/19/19 – Lehigh Valley placed C Matt McBride on the 7-day IL
8/19/19 – Clearwater placed C Gabriel Ojeda on the 7-day IL
8/19/19 – RHP Francisco Morales assigned to Lakewood from Williamsport
8/19/19 – RHP Rafi Gonell assigned to Williamsport from Lakewood
8/19/19 – Victor Cairo assigned to DSL Red from DSL White
8/19/19 – Jonathan Rodriguez assigned to DSL White from DSL Phillies Red
8/18/19 – Phillies sent RHP Jerad Eickhoff on a rehab assignment to Reading
8/18/19 – Lakewood placed RHP Gilmael Troya on the 7-day IL retro to 8/17
8/18/19 – RHP Tom Sutera assigned to Lakewood from Williamsport

22 thoughts on “Threshers Recap – 8/21/2019

  1. Has anyone seen Jhordany Mezquita? He’s a former 8th rounder, who I think the Phils tried to sign during the International signing period in 2017. But he moved to the states and therefore had to be drafted… or something like that. He’s moved 1 level each year, starting in the GCL in 2017, Wmsprt 2018 and he’s pitched in LKW this year. Stat-wise he doesn’t look very good. He’s given up 83 hits in 87 IP. He has 86 Ks, which is encouraging but also allowed 55 BBs. It looks like 2 steps forward and 3 steps back. In April, he was not good with a 7.71 ERA. Lots of hits allowed and BBs. His Ks were good. In May, things straightened out. He has a 1.56 ERA, hits dropped but BBs remained high. June wasn’t great. The hits allowed were back and BBs continue to be troublesome. July and August look a lot like June. A hit and inning and BBs galore. They seem to be moving him a level a year and although this year is nothing exceptional, it’s also not horrible … except April. Is he someone who can reduce the BBs, keep the Ks at one per inning and maybe create more swing and miss stuff?

  2. It was said yesterday that it’s too bad LKW and WPT started so slow because they’ve been finishing strong. That is entirely true! The draft infused talent and some players broke out of slumps.

    Williamsport, tale of two halves…
    started 10-27
    since 16-10

    1. UDFA Okie kid…..signed for $1000 and a Snickers Bar :)…..but told Phillies he did not need the Snickers Bar, just wants to play. Will be 24 this off-season so Phillies may move him fast thru the system as a reliever.

  3. One player who looks like will be soon garnering votes for top 30 consideration is catcher Andrick Nava. (signed- July 2018-$400K out of the Ven)
    Only 17-years old in the GCL , a natural switch-hitter who after 150 PAs is slashing.329 /.367/.393….with peripherals of 11% K rate and 5% BB rate.
    And yet another good-looking catching prospect in the pipeline.

  4. To me, one of the stupidest things in baseball is the practice of cancelling out all of the statistics and and the score of a game that was washed out prior to regulation. Whether you got a hit or not or struck out 10 men or not shouldn’t be dependent on what happens later in the game with weather. They should always just re-start games where they stopped. It’s a stupid tradition and always has been and I’m sure the only reason for the tradition is that re-starting the game typically means you will lose ticket revenue because either it will be part of a doubleheader or will require selling tickets to a partially finished game. Still, I’ve never liked it.

      1. I suspect the reason in Reading was that there’s no good chance to reschedule. Having said that, it’s a shame. The game would have been official with just one more half inning, I believe. Sorry to see Bohm lose a hit and an RBI. Hopefully he more than makes up for it tonight.

  5. I’m probably ready to give De Los Santos a starting job in the bigs for the rest of the year. Just let it play out or have him and Smyly piggy back off each other righty/lefty.

      1. I think either scenario is possible. A lot may be decided by how he looks in spring training.

      2. My guess is that he follows the Bohm path. However, there could be a spring competition between him and Garcia for who gets SS at CLW and the loser ends up at LKW.

  6. Simmons may be in the mix for shortstop too,can’t imagine an arm that has thrown up to 95 mph staying at second base .Maybe move him to right field? With Rojas playing center?

    I think that Garcia probably needs to start at Lakewood next year,If Stott is advanced and polished why not start him at Clearwater?
    I’m looking forward to following this group in 2020.

    1. The general rule of player development is that you keep a player at the highest position on the defensive spectrum for as long as you possible can. Shortstop and catcher are at the highest end of that spectrum, then centerfield, second base and third base, then right field, left field and, lastly, first base. So if he can play shortstop, you keep him there as long as possible.

  7. Israel Puello with another gem this morning….4 innings, one hit, one BB and four Ks.
    The way they compute pitch counts in the DR is baffling…..14 batters faced, but 85% strike rate (26-22)…one BB, must have been all the 4 balls to that one batter.
    Someday they may get it together.

  8. Luis Garcia season numbers are awful. I don’t care how young you are, what legitimate future impact big leaguer has been that bad in a ball?

    1. Bellinger hit .210 in his first year in rookie ball.

      Matt Chapman hit .237 in A ball as a 21 year old.

      Trevor Story hit .233 in A+.

      Carlos Santana hit .223 in A.

      Max Kepler hit .237 in A.

      Donaldson hit .217 in A.

      Jorge Polanco hit .223 in rookie.

      Christian Vazquez hit .190 his first year in rookie, and .123 in A-.

      Eduardo Escobar hit .236 in rookie, and sub-.260 in 2 years at the A level.

      Brian Anderson hit .235 in A+.

      Jon Villar hit .231 in A- and .225 in A+.

      Tommy Pham hit .205 in A-, and when they promoted him to A hit .063 to finish the year.

      Starling Marte hit .220 in rookie.

      Machado hit .245 in A+.

      Does that list make you feel better? Or are you just looking for a reason to be pessimistic about a kid adjusting to major life changes while playing at a level that’s well above his age bracket?

      1. Dan K – thank you for your post. Its a great reminder that not every major leaguer dominants at every level in the minor leagues. Some players struggle while they figure out what works best for them. It seems that some fans tend to think a player is what their stats show and that a player can’t improve and get better in the future.

      2. Gabe kapler hit .288, .300 & .295 at 2 years in low A and 1 year in high A.

        Klentak and MacFail had no grade point averages.

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