Threshers Recap – 8/24/2019

The GCL Phillies West did not play.  Tigers West won.  We have seven games remaining, the Tigers have six.  The Phillies have a 4.5 game lead.  Their magic number is three.

Reading lost and maintained their 3.5 game lead over Trenton who also lost.  Their magic number is three.  Both teams have nine games remaining.  They finish the season with 4 games in Trenton.

Clearwater (28-37, 64-67)  lost to Charlotte, 5-0.

Jack Perkins (0-4, 5.85) pitched four innings.  He gave up 2 runs on 4 hits and a walk.  He struck out five.  Kyle Arjona (4.58) tossed two, one-hit innings.  Keylan Killgore pitched two innings and allowed 2 runs on 3 hits and 2 walks.  He struck out two.

The Threshers were shut out for the second straight game.  They collected 6 hits, all singles.  They don’t have an extra base hit among their 11 hits in the series.  They went 0-8 with RISP.  Simon Muzziotti had 3 hits.

Lehigh Valley (61-68)  beat Scranton, 7-4. 

Jerad Eickhoff (3-1, 4.67) pitched five innings.  He gave up 2 runs on 3 hits and 2 walks.  He struck out three.  He threw 77 pitches but only 46 strikes (59.7%).  Nick Vincent (0.00) pitched a scoreless inning.  Jose Taveras (7.03) allowed one run in two innings.  He gave up 3 hits, walked one, and struck out two.  Connor Brogdon (3.62) struck out one in a perfect inning.

The IronPigs tied the game with 2 runs in the third inning on RBI singles by Phil Gosselin and Rob Brantly.  They opened up a big lead with 5 runs in the fifth on Deivy Grullon’s RBI double, Andrew Romine’s RBI single, Jose Pirela’s 2-run single, and a passed ball.

Ali Castillo (.313), Rob Brantly (.312), and Shane Robinson (.287) had 2 hits each.  The team went 6-13 with RISP.  Romine stole his 21st base.  Grullon’s double was their only XBH among 11 hits.

Reading (36-27, 75-55)  lost to Hartford, 9-4. 

Adonis Medina (6-7, 4.97) pitched 5.1 innings and gave up 5 runs (3 ER) on 6 hits and 3 walks.  He struck out three.  Jonathan Hennigan (3.83) faced 4 batters and didn’t record an out.  He allowed all 3 inherited runners to score plus 4 runs on 2 hits and 2 walks.  Grant Dyer (3.97) got the final two outs i the ining, but allowed 2 inherited runners to score on a hit and a walk.  Garrett Cleavinger (3.70) struck out 3 in two innings of relief.

The Phils tied the game in the fifth on Cornelius Randolph’s 2-run HR (7).  They scored 2 runs in the seventh on Jose Gomez’ RBI double and a wild pitch.

Lakewood (26-32, 55-74)  lost to West Virginia, 5-2.

Kevin Gowdy (0-6, 4.93) pitched four innings.  He gave up 5 runs (3 ER) on 8 hits and one walk.  He struck out three.  Gowdy showed better control.  He threw 71 pitches, 48 strikes.  He had a strike percentage of 67.6, his highest of the season and eclipsing his previous best of 66.7 on June 14th.

Tom Sutera (3.80) pitched four shutout innings.  He allowed 2 hits, walked one, and struck out two.

The BlueClaws scored their 2 runs in the eighth on Jonathan Guzman’s 2-run single.  They had 4 hits.  A double by Cole Stobbe was their only XBH.  They went 1-6 with RISP.

Williamsport (27-39)  beat Mahoning Valley, 3-1.

Tyler Burch (4-1, 1.76) pitched five shutout innings.  He gave up 2 hits.  He walked none and struck out four.  Victor Vargas (2.79) pitched three innings.  He gave up one run on 4 hits and 2 walks.  He struck out four.  Brian Marconi (4.22) struck out two in one scoreless inning.  He earned his first save.

Johan Rojas (2.38) went 2-4.  The team had just 4 hits and went 1-6 with RISP.

GCL Phillies East (21-25)  swept a DH from the Yankees East, 1-0 and 5-1.

Game One:  Jonas De La Cruz (0.84) pitched 2.2 innings of one-hit ball.  He walked two and struck out four.  Juan Geraldo (2-0, 3.96) pitched 4.1 innings of one-hit ball.  He walked one and struck out five.

Although the Phillies pitchers allowed just two hits, the Phillies batters only had 4 hits.  They scored their only run in the fourth on Marcus Lee Sang’s solo HR (2).

Game Two:  Engel Estevez (4.73) pitched four, one-run innings.  He allowed 3 hits, walked none, and struck out two.  Brendan Bell (1-1, 6.61) pitched two, shutout innings.  He allowed 2 hits, walked one, and struck out two.  Andy Reyes (3.66) pitched a scoreless inning.

The Phillies scored a run in the first inning on Curtis Mead’s solo HR (4).  They broke a tie in the fifth with 3 runs on Wilfredo Flores’ 3-run triple.  They tacked on a run in the sixth on Jose Mercado’s RBI double.

Flores (.360) had 2 hits including a double and triple.

GCL Phillies West (31-14)  no game scheduled.

And this is how the MLB Top Thirty did –

  1. Alec Bohm, 3B/1B (.266): went 0-3 with a BB
  2. Adonis Medina, RHP (6-7, 4.97): 5.1 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 3 K
  3. Bryson Stott, SS (.273): went 0-3 
  4. Spencer Howard, RHP (1-0, 2.52): DNP
  5. Luis Garcia, SS/2B (.187): went 0-4
  6. Francisco Morales, RHP (1-7, 3.74): DNP
  7. Enyel De Los Santos, RHP (5-6, 3.97): DNP
  8. Mickey Moniak, OF (.256): DNP
  9. Erik Miller, LHP (0-0, 1.08): DNP
  10. JoJo Romero, LHP (3-3, 7.35):  DNP
  11. Simon Muzziotti, OF (.290): went 3-4
  12. Jhailyn Ortiz, OF (.200): went 0-4
  13. Rafael Marchan, C (.219): DNP
  14. Nick Maton, SS/2B (.256): went 1-4
  15. Mauricio Llovera, RHP (3-4, 4.55): placed on the 7-day IL, elbow
  16. Cole Irvin, LHP (5-0,3.99): DNP
  17. Rodolfo Duran, C (.240): placed on the 7-day IL on 7/26, knee
  18. David Parkinson, LHP (10-8, 3.59): DNP
  19. Deivy Grullon, C (.282): went 1-4 with a run scored, double, RBI (73)
  20. Damon Jones, LHP (0-1, 8.69): DNP
  21. Kyle Young, LHP (1-3, 4.29): placed on the 7-day IL on 5/1
  22. Arquimedes Gamboa, SS (.189): went 1-1 as a PH
  23. Daniel Brito, 2B/SS (.242): went 1-4
  24. Kyle Dohy, LHP (6-5, 5.83): DNP
  25. Dominic Pipkin, RHP (3-4, 5.15): DNP
  26. Kevin Gowdy, RHP (0-6, 4.93): 4.0 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K
  27. Jamari Baylor, SS (3-11, .273): DNP
  28. Cornelius Randolph, OF (.240): went 1-4 with a run scored, HR (7), 2 RBI
  29. Victor Santos, RHP (5-9, 3.81): DNP
  30. Connor Seabold, RHP (1-1, 2.42): DNP

DSL Phillies Red (38-25)  beat the Yankees, 11-10.

DSL Phillies White (41-30)  lost to Rangers2, 10-7.

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

The rosters and lists are up to date as of August 24th … there are 400 players in the org

Today’s Transactions (newest transactions in bold text)
8/24/19 – Phillies placed RHP Juan Nicasio on the 10-day IL, rotator cuff tendinitis
8/24/19 – Phillies optioned Nick Pivetta to Lehigh Valley
8/24/19 – Phillies recalled Austin Davis from Lehigh Valley
8/24/19 – Phillies recalled Edgar Garcia from Lehigh Valley
8/24/19 – Lehigh Valley activated RHP Jose Taveras from the 7-day IL
8/23/19 – Phillies placed RF Bryce Harper on the paternity list
8/23/19 – Phillies recalled 3B Maikel Franco from Lehigh Valley
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

29 thoughts on “Threshers Recap – 8/24/2019

  1. Dylan Cozens has resurfaced with the Tampa Bay Rays GCL team on a rehab assignment. He has played in 2 games and is 1-4. Can’t wait for 2020 when he is playing for our local team the Durham Bulls. He might wind up better than Hoskins due to DH and Hoskins following the Phillies hitting philosophy.

  2. Muzziotti with 3 hits up to 290. He’s had a very good season and has moved up prospect lists. He’ll be at Reading next season, if he’s not traded. He’s definitely a trade asset.

    1. Maybe the key to building up the Phils’ farm system is to literally take prospects from other orgs…

      Seriously, though, I thought that he was a great pick-up when we got him and he has not diminished my feeling a bit since then.

      1. The other two have had mixed results…….Abrahan Gutierrez (Braves) seems to be on the right track going up the ladder, while Miguel Tejeda Jr (White Sox) is struggling in the DSL, though one of the 17-year olds, so will see if he repeats or ends up in the GCL after the FILs.

      2. Problem is whoever it is they have to adopt our hitting philosophy once they arrive and that’s no good, spells doom

  3. I mentioned yesterday that Curtis Mead had hit all 3 of his home runs in his last 6 games. Make that 4 in his last 8.

  4. Soft tossing Right hander Now #30 Prospect. Long list of better but prospect list now is reflection of managements ineptitude. Support Draft number or international $

    1. Seabold is 90-93, touching 94. It’s not great but doesn’t qualify him as a soft tosser either. I don’t think there is a “long list” of better prospects at that point in this system. I wish there were but this system isn’t that good.

    2. Harvey….Callis/Mayo write up for MLB.com indicates he could be in Philly next year (ETA-2020)….at the back-end of the rotation.

      “After initially struggling in Reading, Seabold made solid adjustments and pitched very well over the season’s final month. If he can continue to show that kind of command and crispness of his pitches, he’ll be ready to impact the back end of the Phillies rotation soon now that he’s put the injury in his rearview mirror.”

        1. Isn’t that basically the scouting report and thoughts on Aaron Nola when drafted an in the minors? Not saying he’s Nola, just saying nothing to complain about if he is your #30 prospect

          1. No. That was not the scouting report on Nola when he was drafted 7th overall. Here is one report giving him 3 pitches grade 60 and one as a 55. Add in his great command and that is an exceptional pitching prospect.

            https://blogs.fangraphs.com/how-good-is-aaron-nola-already/

            Post draft his curve ball has probably become a 70 or maybe even an 80 given the BAA. It is truly an elite weapon.

            My complaint above had nothing to do with Connor. Just that we seem to draft “back end” types a lot. Hopefully that is changing with the 2019 draft’s emphasis on velocity.

            1. ” we seem to draft “back end” types a lot. Hopefully that is changing with the 2019 draft’s emphasis on velocity.”…..catch22.
              Assume you mean drafting pitchers with higher velos vs the ones with the ‘command’ tool who have the lower end of the velo scale.

              The issue…..many high velo types have no control or lesser control than the low 90s guys….so there are trade-offs that have to be made.
              Case in point…Erik Miller….between 4 and 5 BB/9 at Stanford his last two years.
              Then there is sustaining …. many cannot sustain the velo for more than a few innings.

              So there are pros and cons….maybe you can hope for some low90s guys to muster more velo as they get stronger and a few years older.

            2. I guess it depends on what you view as the role of a minor league chain. My view is the the key is to find stars. It is easy to find replacement level players. Every org is filled with them. But it is hard to find stars. If you look at the correlation between velocity and a low FIP it is extremely high.

            3. IMO, ideally, there has to be a mix of the different pitcher types…..now whether or not it is 50-50 or some other break-down 60-40/70-30 depends on the org’s philosophy.
              But then again….when you break it down further, the vast majority of the hi-velo TORs are first/second round picks, so after selecting these types in the first or second round, a team’s GM and minor league director may then go with the control types in later rounds.

  5. Seabold is a decent major league prospect with a chance. He is no sure thing but he isn’t a crumb either. There are only so many people in this world who throw 97 and know where the ball is going.

  6. One day people will understand that throwing 97 mph isn’t the holy grail of pitching success. Location and movement are more important..

  7. Romus. It seems if any one has a comment you can quote “ “. But MLB, writers and BA are perceived to be always right. Not believer in views from afar. Just think mid 90 righthanders are just that. Although He has makeup to give thought, you watch and make size-average, pitch execution -average but CA kid and does give an edge

    1. Harvey…these guys do have some insight with team representatives since they all work for MLB.
      It is not as if they have no insight on the prospects.

      1. If you do not draft a high ceiling, potentially high impact arm this is what you will have in your system. Drafting position players in the first round will do this, must roll the dice with an arm or n the first round to have a shot at a mid to top rotation arm. Imo

        1. 100% agree and why i was pushing for one in this draft. i like stott. seems like he will be a decent hitting prospect. but our system lacks high potential arms. it is stocked with “back end” types.

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