Threshers Recap – 8/25/2019

Reading won and maintained their 3.5 game lead over Trenton who also won.  Their magic number is two.  Both teams have eight games remaining.  They finish the season with 4 games in Trenton.  Note, that Hartford is 5.5 games back and their elimination number is one.

The GCL Phillies West did not play and have a 4.5 game lead.  With seven games remaining, their magic number is three.

The Clearwater Threshers playoff aspirations hang wholly on the Dunedin Blue Jays ability to win the second half.  If Dunedin wins both halves, the team in the division with the best overall record makes the playoffs.  Unfortunately, the Lakeland Flying Tigers have won 9 of their last 10 (18-7 in August), and have moved ahead of the Threshers with a better overall record, AND have moved into first place for the second half.

Clearwater (28-37, 64-67)  lost to Charlotte, 8-0.

Ethan Lindow (0-2, 1.69) pitched five innings.  He gave up 7 runs (only 2 were earned) on 7 hits and 2 walk.  He struck out six.  He threw 53 strikes in 75 pitches (70.7%).  Omar Maldonado (4.50) tossed two innings and gave up a run on 3 hits.  He walked none and struck out four.  Michael Gomez (1.65) pitched a scoreless inning.

Jhailyn Ortiz brought the second inning to an end, assisting on an out at the plate.

The Threshers were shut out for the third straight game.  They had just 14 singles, 1 walk, and one hit batter in the series and went went 0-8 with RISP across all 3 games.

Lehigh Valley (61-68)  beat Scranton, 6-2. 

Cole Irvin (6-1, 3.94) pitched six, one-run innings.  He gave up 7 hits, walked none, and struck out seven.  Tyler Gilbert (3.09) pitched two scoreless innings.  Nick Vincent (1.00) gave up a run on two hits.

The IronPigs scored 4 runs in the second inning on Jose Pirrela’s RBI double, Malquin Canelo’s 2-run double, and Ali Castillo’s RBI single.  They added a run in the third on Nick Hundley’s sac fly.  They tacked on an insurance run in the seventh on Pirela’s RBI single.

The Pigs had 13 hits.  Ali Castillo (.314), Andrew Romine (.295), Austin Listi (.288), Jose Pirela (.268), and Malquin Canelo (.265) had 2 hits each.

Reading (37-27, 76-55)  beat Hartford, 5-1. 

Julian Garcia (2-1, 6.66) pitched five innings.  He gave up one run on 4 hits and 2 walks.  He struck out five.  Jeff Singer (2.47) pitched two, one hit innings.  Jake Hernandez (1.73) pitched a scoreless inning.  Addison Russ (2.53) struck out two in one no-hit inning.

The Phils scored a run in the first on Josh Stephen’s RBI single.  They scored 2 runs in the third on RBI singles by Cornelius Randolph and Jose Gomez.  They tacked on additional runs in the sixth on Luke Williams’ sac fly and in the seventh on Randolph’s solo HR (8).

Lakewood (26-33, 55-75)  lost to West Virginia, 6-4.

Taylor Lehman (2-1, 2.45) pitched three innings and gave up 4 runs on 4 hits and 4 walks.  Gilmael Troya (2.23) pitched a scoreless inning.  Erik Miller (3.38) pitched three innings and gave up 2 runs on five hits and 2 walks.  He struck out six.  Albertus Barber (0.00) pitched another scoreless inning.

The BlueClaws scored 3 runs in the eighth inning on Jonathan Guzman’s RBI single and Luis Garcia’s 2-run double.  They scored again in the ninth on Yerwin Trejo’s RBI single.  McCarthy Tatum (.238) had 2 hits.

Williamsport (28-39)  beat Batavia, 10-3.

Brett Schulze (0.00) pitched three shutout innings allowing 3 hits and a walk.  He struck out six.  Spencer Van Scoyoc (4-3, 3.86) stranded two inherited runners and pitched 2.1 innings giving up 2 runs (one ER) on 2 hits and 3 walks.  Gabriel Yanez (4.73) stranded an inherited runner and pitched three, one-run innings.  He allowed 3 hits, 2 walks, and struck out three.

The Crosscutters score 2 runs in the third inning on Kendall Simmons’ 2-run HR (12).  They opened up a 7-run lead with 5 runs in the fifth on a wild pitch, Bryson Stott’s RBI single, Rudy Rott’s 2-run triple, and Corbin Williams’ RBI single.  They tacked on 2 runs in the seventh on RBI singles by Williams and Jake Holmes, and an insurance run in the eighth on Rott’s solo HR (1).

Stott and Rott (.227 had 3 hits each.  Holmes (.217), Nicolas Torres (.268) , and Williams (.225) had 2 hits each.

GCL Phillies East (21-25)  no game scheduled.

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

And this is how the MLB Top Thirty did –

  1. Alec Bohm, 3B/1B (.264): went 1-5
  2. Adonis Medina, RHP (6-7, 4.97): DNP
  3. Bryson Stott, SS (.286): went 3-5 with a run scored, RBI
  4. Spencer Howard, RHP (1-0, 2.52): DNP
  5. Luis Garcia, SS/2B (.188): went 1-4 with a double and 2 RBI
  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, 3.38): 3.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K
  10. JoJo Romero, LHP (3-3, 7.35):  DNP
  11. Simon Muzziotti, OF (.287): went 0-4
  12. Jhailyn Ortiz, OF (.198): went 0-4
  13. Rafael Marchan, C (.209): went 0-3
  14. Nick Maton, SS/2B (.256): went 0-1 with a BB as a PH
  15. Mauricio Llovera, RHP (3-4, 4.55): placed on the 7-day IL, elbow
  16. Cole Irvin, LHP (6-10,3.94): 6.0 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 7 K
  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 (.281): went 1-4
  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 (.190): went 1-3 a run scored, BB
  23. Daniel Brito, 2B/SS (.242): DNP
  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): DNP
  27. Jamari Baylor, SS (3-11, .273): DNP
  28. Cornelius Randolph, OF (.242): went 2-5 with a run scored, HR (8), 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)  no game scheduled.

DSL Phillies White (41-30)  no game scheduled.

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

The rosters and lists are up to date as of August 25th … there are 400 players in the org

Today’s Transactions (newest transactions in bold text)
8/25/19 – RHP Omar Maldonado assigned to Clearwater from Lakewood
8/25/19 – Lakewood activated RHP Gilmael Troya from the 7-day IL

14 thoughts on “Threshers Recap – 8/25/2019

    1. Yes, he keeps on winning at AAA but can’t get guys out in the big league (at least not yet). He has a good approach, but very borderline stuff. Ultimately, I think Irvin will settle in as a 4 or 5 in the big leagues, but it may take a few years. He’s just another C+ level prospect as far as I’m concerned.

    2. The gap between AAA and MLB is by far the largest jump by any level. AAA success does not mean as much as people on this blog think it does. IMO minor league stats can only rule a player out. But not indicate future success.

      1. That’s very true. If you can’t perform in AAA you’ll never perform in the majors. However, AAA stats are often bolstered by performance against guys with no shot at the big leagues. Padding stats is common. You can learn skills and improve on them but the majors is the final exam. Right now Irvin hasn’t figured out what he needs to do to succeed in the majors but he might get there in the future. DeLos Santos has the same problem, he has to improve his location. Heck, Pivetta is no better.

    1. I have him at #5, which is both a testament to his performance and a comment on the state of the system. In a better system he would be around 10 or so, obviously with a huge up arrow next to his name.

      1. I was looking at the top 30 earlier today and was also really depressed about the progress this year. The system is not developing talent. Really. Whatever they are doing is not working. There are so few examples of players materially improving and so many examples of players not improving.

      2. Wow! Five is pretty aggressive. I’ve got him in the mid teens.

        BTW … another very good outing by Brett Schulze (my very under the radar draft pick from June). Now up to 24.2 professional IP’s, 33 K’s, and still hasn’t allowed an ER.

        1. It’s pretty aggressive until you compare him against other guys in the NYP league. If he had enough qualifying ABs he would be second in OPS, one point behind the leader, who is 22 years old. He is also second in homers with 12, one behind the leader (who is a year older than Simmons) but in about 100 fewer at bats. Furthermore, his plate discipline has been very good this month – tons of walks.

          These would be awesome stats if this guy was a 19 year-old limited mobility left-fielder. But he isn’t! He’s a shortstop with supposedly fantastic athletic skills and a rocket arm. That’s exceptional.

        2. Schulze supposedly threw in the mid-90s as a reliever. Looks like the Phils are stretching him out. Hopefully he can keep that velo over multiple innings. Strikeouts look good but he is also walking people more than one would like. For a 7th rounder, looking good!

  1. I wrote a few weeks ago that the Crosscutters and Blueclaws were playing much better in the 2nd half of the season… Well I put the jinx on the Blueclaws.. They’ve lost four in a row…

  2. I agree the current minor league talent offers too little for the future. If the Phillies don’t improve their scouting and development programs, it isn’t going to matter who the Manager or GM is.

  3. Catch..Good points on Simmons…and to think that he sat 3 out of 4 games earlier right in the middle of his last hot streak.
    Possibly if he would’ve played then ,his stats would be even better.

    Good game for him yesterday,liked his two walks,Grrr, on his two strikeouts..If that is my only complaint,I’ll take it.

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