Threshers Recap – 8/22/2019

The GCL Phillies West lost. With eight games remaining, they have a 5.0 game lead over the Tigers West and their magic number is four.

Reading won and maintained their 4.5 game lead over Trenton.  Their magic number is four with 11 games remaining.  They finish the season with 4 games in Trenton.

Clearwater (28-35, 64-65)  beat St. Lucie, 5-0.

James McArthus (2-1, 3.57) pitched 5.2 shutout innings.  He allowed 6 hits, walked one, and struck out six.  Michael Gomez (1.76) pitched 1.1 innings, stranded an inherited runner, walked three, and struck out one.  Zach Warren (3.47) finished with two perfect innings.

The Threshers scored 2 runs in the first inning on Raul Rivas’ RBI triple. and a passed ball. They added a run in the second on Rivas’ RBI single, a run in the seventh on Matt Vierling’s RBI single, and a run in the ninth on Luke Miller’s solo HR (7).

Jhailyn Ortiz led off and went 1-3 with 2 walks and a run scored.  Miller (.254) went 3-5 with 2 runs scored, and a HR (7).  Rivas (.242) and Rafael Marchan (.230) had 2 hits each.

Lehigh Valley (60-67)  suspended after the first, trailing Syracuse, 1-1. 

JoJo Romero (7.35) hit the lead off batter and let him come around to score before the game was suspended.

Reading (36-25, 75-53)  beat Hartford, 2-1. 

Spencer Howard (2.52) pitched like Spencer Howard.  He allowed 2 hits, an unearned run, walked none, and struck out seven in six innings.  The bullpen delivered three scoreless innings.  Jeff Singer (2.56) tossed a one-hit, 2-strike out inning.  Jake Hernandez (1.76) threw one, one-walk inning with a strike out.  Addison Russ (2.58) pitched a perfect inning, striking out two for his 19th save.

The Phils scored a run in the first on Alec Bohm’s sac fly.  They added a run in the third on Luke Williams’ sac fly.  Williams stole his 25th base.

It was a pitchers’ day.  Reading allowed 3 hits and a walk, Hartford allowed 2 hits and a walk.

Lakewood (26-31, 55-72)  lost to Lexington, 2-1.

Francisco Moraels (1-7, 3.74) Pitched five, 2-hit innings.  He gave up one run, walked one, and struck out seven.  Victor Santos (3.81) tossed three perfect innings, striking out four.

Williamsport (26-38)  was no-hit by Mahoning Valley, 8-0.

Junior Tejada (2-1, 3.38) lasted 0.1 innings and gave up 5 runs on 6 hits.  Anton Kuznetsov (2.30) stranded an inherited runner and pitched 3.2 innings of no-hit ball.  He struck out three.  Jose Conopoima (3.26) went three innings and gave up 3 runs on 6 hits and a walk.  He struck out four.  Jake Kinney (2.89) pitched two scoreless innings, striking out three.

GCL Phillies East (19-24)  beat GCL Phillies West (30-14), 5-1 in ten innings.  The game was played in Spectrum Field.  The Clearwater City Series is 5-3 in favor of the West with one game remaining between the two.

Three Phillies East pitchers no-hit Phillies West for ten innings.  The only run allowed was the unearned, OT runner placed on second base after East took a 5-0 lead.

Hunter Milam (4.30) pitched four, no-hit innings.  He walked three and struck out five.  Gabriel Cotto (7.91) threw three, one-hit innings.  He walked one and struck out two.  The lone hit was an infield single that Jose Mercado fielded on a diving stop to his left, but threw late to first.  Tyler Adams (3-0, 6.14) pitched the final three innings and allowed the unearned run, walked two, struck out one, and scooped the win.

The East scored 5 times in the tenth inning.  Guarner Dipre reached on a fielding error on his sacrifice.  Jose Totorlero brought home the game’s first run on an RBI double.  An infield single loaded the bases, and Luis Matos ripped a 3-run triple down the left field line.  He scored on a wild pitch.

West’s Josh Gessner (2.84) tossed four shutout innings.  He took a no-hitter into the fourth and gave up a lead off double to Vito Friscia.  It was the only hit he allowed and he struck out five.  Fernando Lozano (2.20) pitched three, two-hit innings.  He struck out two.  Riley Wilson (0-1, 2.84) pitched 2.1 innings and gave up 5 runs (2 ER) on 3 hits.  He struck out three.  Jaylen Smith (3.31) allowed an inherited runner to score on a wild pitch, walked one, and struck out one.

The West scored in the tenth on Bruce Wang’s sac fly.  Their only hit came on Christian Valerio’s infield single.

And this is how the MLB Top Thirty did –

  1. Alec Bohm, 3B/1B (.265): went 0-3 with an RBI, SF
  2. Adonis Medina, RHP (6-6, 4.96): DNP
  3. Bryson Stott, SS (.287): went 0-3
  4. Adam Haseley, OF (.294): recalled by Phillies on 8/9
  5. Spencer Howard, RHP (1-0, 2.52): 6.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 7 K
  6. Luis Garcia, SS/2B (.190): went 0-3
  7. Francisco Morales, RHP (1-7, 3.74): 5.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K
  8. Enyel De Los Santos, RHP (5-6, 3.97): DNP
  9. Mickey Moniak, OF (.256): went 0-4
  10. Erik Miller, LHP (0-0, 1.08): DNP
  11. JoJo Romero, LHP (3-3, 7.35):  1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 HBP, 1 BB, 1 K
  12. Simon Muzziotti, OF (.285): went 1-5
  13. Jhailyn Ortiz, OF (.201): went 1-3 with a run scored, 2 BB
  14. Rafael Marchan, C (.230): went 2-5 
  15. Nick Maton, SS/2B (.242): went 0-1 as a pinch hitter
  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): DNP
  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 (.188): went 0-3
  24. Daniel Brito, 2B/SS (.245): went 1-5
  25. Kyle Dohy, LHP (6-5, 5.88): DNP
  26. Dominic Pipkin, RHP (3-4, 5.15): DNP
  27. Kevin Gowdy, RHP (0-5, 4.61): DNP
  28. Jamari Baylor, SS (3-11, .273): DNP
  29. Cornelius Randolph, OF (.242): went 1-3
  30. Victor Santos, RHP (5-9, 3.81): 3.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K

DSL Phillies Red (37-24)  no game scheduled.

DSL Phillies White (41-29)  lost to the D-backs2, 6-1.

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

The rosters and lists are up to date as of August 22nd … there are 400 players in the org

Today’s Transactions (newest transactions in bold text)
8/22/19 – Lehigh Valley activated RHP Jerad Eickhoff
8/22/19 – Lehigh Valley placed OF Nick Williams on the TIL
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

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

    1. Reading only needs to finish ahead of Hartford or Portland to make playoffs since Trenton won the first half. They are 5.5 up on Hartford and 7 on Portland. Even though it would be nice to win second half outright, they could finish in 2nd place behind Trenton and make playoffs. They should have won first half having better record than Trenton after Trenton lost a makeup GM completed in second half. Jim had mentioned that previously.

    1. He’s going to the AFL in October. I doubt it, plus he’d have to be added to the 40man and the Phillies would have one less year of control, unless the new CBA changes but that won’t happen immediately.

      1. I still think there’s an outside chance that Spencer is added to the Phillies’ rotation this year IF the team feels he could pull it off. If he’s ready, he’s just the shot in the arm the big league team might need. And if he helps them make the playoffs and brings excitement to the franchise I’m sure they would be happy to lose a year of control over that. I’ll try to watch the tape of this last start to see what I think about his readiness. Watching these games is critical. I thought Jones might be close until I saw him pitch and realized that, while he has upside, he was nowhere near ready to contribute at the big league level and it turns out I was right (I mean, it wasn’t a hard call, Jones doesn’t throw enough strikes to ward off a big league line-up right now). Howard, however, isn’t walking many batters and he has one of the biggest arms in the organization, so it’s very possible he could contribute at the big league level now.

        1. Last winter I said that Howard was a better prospect than Medina and now it’s obviously the case. Well let me say this now – Morales is also a better prospect than Medina. I’m not a Medina hater – he has some potential – but I don’t see him as a top of the rotation type pitcher where as I believe that Morales and definitely Spencer have that type of upside. Howard is, by far, our best pitching prospect right now and you could make a pretty compelling case he’s our best prospect, period. For various reasons, Howard never got the publicity fitting his ability (not hyped out of college, started slowly in low A ball for a year, got hurt this year before he got on a roll) but, in my mind, he’s a clear top 25 or 30 minor leaguer and a potential #2 or even possibly an ace.

          1. had him ranked at 99 prior to the 2017 draft.
            “Cal Poly has had its fair share of big leaguers come from its program, none bigger than Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith. Mike Krukow is probably the best right-handed pitcher who is a former Mustang, and while no one is making Howard an All-Star just yet, the Draft-eligible sophomore’s name was moving up boards as the Draft approached.”
            …give the Phillies credit and keen awareness by jumping on him early in that 2nd round at the 45th pick.

            1. Did not know that the Phillies were on him until minutes before the pick. We did know Cubs had him at 62ish and probably so did the Phillies. BTW Cal Poly is a great place to watch some baseball!!!

          2. Just watched Howard’s start from last night and here are my thoughts:

            1. His fastball ranged between 91-97. In the first three innings it sat 95 and 96 and he could touch 97. The last three innings it sat around 93, touching 94. It’s an above-average to plus pitch. When his velocity is high, it can be a difficult pitch for hitters to handle.

            2. His curve is average with room for improvement. Right now its a little loopy most of the time but sometimes it’s very effective. He needs work on this pitch.

            3. The biggest surprise is that his change-up is a plus pitch right now. I wasn’t expecting this. It’s a devastating pitch.

            So, with what I saw I ask how good he is now and how bright is his future? Right now he’s a pretty darned good pitcher. I have no doubt he could be inserted into the big league rotation and pitch like a 3/4. How good he can be will depend on his ability to hold his velocity into later innings and hone his curve and his command on all pitches. His ceiling is as an ace, but it’s unlikely that he will reach that, but he’s got a good chance to settle in as a 2/3. I think he would throw a good cutter. Too bad that pitch has, for reasons I don’t understand, fallen out of favor in professional ball because I believe it could help him.

            1. Mr. Howard – I apologize for the seemingly dispassionate critical analysis of last night’s game and Spencer’s performance. Please know that the overall appraisal of his current performance and potential is excellent. I don’t discount the possibility that he could turn out to be an ace, but I said it was unlikely because, at any given time, there are probably only 10-15 aces in baseball, so it’s not likely that any particular prospect, no matter how well he is doing, will turn into an ace. I mean, Stephen Strasburg has never really become an ace (he’s a #2), so the bar for that status is ridiculously high. Still, I acknowledge that rising to that level IS possible for Spencer.

            2. Encouraging to hear Spencer’s changeup us that effective. Our 2 most recent stud arms – Hamels and Nola – have had outstanding changeups which were IMO the difference for them being above average to TOR’s.

            3. If you have an milb subscription you can watch him pitch (perfect major league camera angle from centerfield and all in high def) and see what I mean. It’s a ridiculously good pitch. Now he just needs to improve his curve and work on his stamina and it’s off to the races. And, yeah, I could easily see him being effective in the majors right now – it’s not a big stretch.

            4. Why do you think it has fallen out of favor?, I have always thought it was a great pitch.

          3. Totally agree on Howard-Morales-….and I’m not sure we don’t have better arms at #3 than Medina who to this point has shown me flashes of potential but no consistency whatsoever.

            As for Spencer, I also would have no problem with bringing him up in September. I seriously doubt the brass is that aggressive despite Bonifay’s influence.

            1. Catch. Do not change your opinion just because I read PP. It’s all good! He was told after his freshman year at Poly there was not a place for him on the roster. If not for an injury to another pitcher he wouldn’t even be playing baseball. Any expectations I had were passed years ago.

            2. Well, it’s very kind of you to reply. Nope – not changing my opinion all. Just emphasizing that I acknowledge he has ace upside. Honestly, I cannot imagine having a child who was a top major league prospect – it must be surreal. And, again, please know that we all root for your son and every prospect like crazy.

            3. Mr H, the unlikely successes make the best stories. I’m most encouraged about your boy by his makeup (from what I’ve heard) and mental toughness. I caught a recent interview. Sounds like he’s got something between the ears. That’s huge in this age of style without substance. Nice work!

            4. Once Miller is off his college protocol he should end 2020 at AA. He may have been the steal of the 19′ draft…,

        2. I’m not saying it’ll happen, or even that it should, but for the people in the “promote Howard” camp we’re forgetting one very possible scenario to get around the service time considerations; signing him to a contract before he’s called up.

          They already did it with Kingery, so they’re clearly not adverse to doing it with players they consider building blocks. Howard seems like a viable candidate for the next one. Assuming he’s amenable, of course.

          1. I’m down with that. It’s becoming the trend anyway. Pay the promising and performing young stars sooner rather than too much, much later after they turn 30. Let’s do it!

            1. Not with a pitcher, it’s never done. Too much risk. I think bringing Spencer up now into a pennant race would be foolish. Let him develop at Reading, pitch in their playoffs, and pitch in the AFL. Let him start next season at LHV and we’ll see how he does. He needs that third pitch to be successful in the majors. And he needs more innings. The story of how he got to this point is remarkable. Mr Howard, know that we’re all rooting for Spencer.

            2. Very unlikely (unprescedented) for a team to sign a pitcher to a guaranteed MLB contract before the kid throws in MLB. Pitchers are much more vulnerable to injuries.
              I love Spencer Howard, too (had him as my breakout prospect before last season). However, with the difference in the MLB/AAA lower stitched juiced ball and the ball being used at AA (and below), it might be unfair to expect the kid to double jump his way into a playoff race and succeed. I would just let him be part of the Reading club’s playoff run. That team has all the pieces (Bohm, Moinak, Maton, Stephen, Hall, Gamboa, Medina, Seabold, Eastman, Parkinson, Russ, Dyer, Singer, and especially jaKe the caKe) in place to win a championship. That should be a great experience for them all.

              Also … I disagree with anyone sticking a fork in Adonis Medina as a top prospect. IMO, Medina is very capable of having the best MLB career of any pitching prospect in the system. He has a real chance of ending up with three plus pitches. All three offerings have Aaron Nola-like movement. He still needs to learn to command them, but he’s still just 22 YO, and is incredibly athletic. This is not a shot at Howard or Morales. I think Medina, Howard, and Morales are prospects #2 thru #4 (in some order). I’m just saying don’t judge Medina on his stat line.

              Also … impressive lineup of arms sent out by Phillies affiliates yesterday/last night: JoJo (he’s another guy who needs to adjust to the juiced ball, but I have not given up on him), Howard, Morales, Santos, Gessner, even Hunter Milam and Jake Kinney.
              BTW … does anyone have any reports for Gabriel Coto? What is he throwing?

            3. LOL. I started writing that before I read that brilliant post offered by Murray. “Great minds …”

      2. My opinion is its silly to send Howard to the AZL. He’s 23 and drafted out of college and as polished as they come. If you feel he needs more innings why waste those bullets there where they are meaningless.

        Easily there are 3-4 guys I would drop from the 40 in favor of Spencer and not blink an eye.

        And as far as control goes c’mon we’re supposed to be a big boy club. Step up and make the young man an extension offer so you’re not worried about it.

        1. DMAR…LOL
          “And as far as control goes c’mon we’re supposed to be a big boy club.”….with John M.’s big boy pants

        2. My assumption is that he is not a finished product yet, and because he had that time off for injury this year, they want to give him more opportunities to improve and refine. Makes sense to me.

          1. I don’t think any pitcher comes out of the minors a finished product. The finishing occurs in the MLB

    2. Howard reportedly going to the Arizona Fall League which begins Sep 18. Unlikely to be called up if that is the plan for him.

  1. Good night for Howard,I would like to see him get a few starts in Triple A,to see how he adjusts to the new ball,but they’ll probably wait till next year.

    Williamsport got no hit..good to see that Simmons and Rojas didn’t strike out once,that’ll help to bring their K rates down a little.

  2. Spencer Howard is doing great and I look forward to his AFL performance. Can Jeff Singer help the big club in September?

    1. matt13…agree on Singer….he is having a superb year in Reading…and he has plenty of innings in experience, and soon will be 26-years old….maybe its time to add him to the 40 for a Sept call-up..he has a live arm…..I suppose you could move Jerad E. to the 60-day IL to accommodate that 40 spot..

      1. I’m not positive, but I don’t think you’re allowed to transfer someone to an IL if they’re on rehab assignment.

  3. With the juiced ball in AAA a stint there is critical, I don’t see Howard jumping all the way to the bugs.

    1. Well, that’s not true. Until this season, pitchers moved from AAA (and the minor league ball) to the majors without using the major league ball. And some teams promoted directly from AA to the majors.

      Personally, I prefer that our pitchers try the new ball in AAA first. And it appears that the Phillies feel the same way too since a couple guys paths to the bigs were derailed in AAA this season.

      But, I don’t agree that the stop is critical in all cases.

  4. I think the AFL stint is to get Howard some innings. I don’t expect him to make the team out of ST. I believe he gets some time at LHV to adjust to the ball, and, if all goes well, comes up in June. I fully expect Middleton to insist on SP help in the off season, lessening any need to rush Howard. Om Medina, I am not sure what is up with him. There were those who thought he was a better prospect than Sixto a couple of years ago. I don’t see that. He still has time, but seems a long way away.

    1. One BIG IF scenario – should Nola have to start that final Sunday game of the season to earn a wild card berth, then we could have Howard to start the wild card game itself. Stranger things….

  5. I forgot to mention that, true to his word, Dylan Cozens has in fact returned from his foot injury this year. He suited up for the GCL Rays yesterday and played five innings in RF. He went 1-2 with a double and a walk. He was caught stealing and had an outfield assist at second base. He made another out on the bases when he doubled in the fifth and was thrown out trying to advance to third on a ball hit to the pitcher (probably a poorly executed sacrifice bunt in a one-run game).

    1. Good luck to Dylan. He’s certainly got the drive to succeed, and he wouldn’t be the first player to make good with the Rays after his first team let him go.

    2. I was really hoping he would get signed by the Blue Jays and assigned to their AAA squad. It would be really cool for the city of Buffalo to have have both Dylan Cozens’ in the same city

  6. Still rooting for him, even though he is not our prospect any more. Interesting to see what he does with an organization known for player development. There were those, once upon a time, that thought Dylan was a better prospect than Rhys. I never heard anything other than he was a good, hard working guy.

    1. Too bad they took him out from under Charlie’s tutelage and subjected him to the “we’re smarter than you/one swing fits all” hitting approach which has failed miserably.

      1. Would not be surprised to see Dylan Cozens do very well with the Tampa Bay Rays in the next level of his career. Tampa is a great baseball organization that will use Cozens talents properly and could make the Phillies and Klentak look bad.

  7. Omg Hold the train. Yes Spencer Howard is truly Our Top Pitching Prospect but hold the train to Phillie.
    1. He has 65 innings pitched this year. Stamina is not there oblivious
    2. Velocity is Excellent which helps his other pitches
    3. Remember the players he’s facing at AA ball now are the some of same he pitched against earlier in the year. 2nd and 3rd time thru lineup they are making adjustments.
    Hartford Team Batting Ave is 2nd to LAST.
    4. Give him more innings, build him, remember he was hurt. We already have several pitchers on IL
    5. Medina Ha MLB pitch rated but cannot execute on regular sequences. But never promoted, why?
    Not a Medina hater just fell he has not put it together. 2017 one good sustained year

    1. I hear you, BUT – we have really pretty crummy major league pitching and nobody would expect more than about 5 or 6 innings from him per start. If people are watching out for him from the dugout and he’s got a fighting chance to be pretty good this year, why not? This team could use a boost.

    2. I’m of the mind with those who see pitchers as having only so many bullets. Why waste them? I would prefer to have Howard here where he can monitored and controlled rather than in the AFL where he’s more at the beck and call of other decision makers in less meaningful action.

        1. The Phillies will have their own coach on the Scottsdale Scorpions….last year it was pitching coach Aaron Fultz…..not sure he will go back again this season.
          Starting pitchers only get to start 5 to 7 games a season on average ……and roughly 20 to 25 innings total.
          Pitchers are limited since all MLB teams have a vested interest in the health and well-being of the pitchers they send.
          So the players are monitored and there are assurances players are not overly extended.
          It has been that standard practice since they started the league.
          Its business as to development….but they want the players to also have some fun after a long summer.

            1. Ok…thanks Jim.

              Any date on that special report your friend will publish on the Phillies DSL kids?

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