Threshers Recap – 8/27/2019

Reading lost and Trenton won.  The Phil’s lead is 2.5 games.  Both teams have 6 games remaining, including 4 with each other in Trenton this weekend.  The elimination number (1) on Reading’s home page can’t be right.  I calculate their magic number to be three.  Hartford lost, so the Phils have clinched the second best record in their division, so they have secured a playoff spot regardless how the division race plays out.

The GCL Phillies West game was cancelled after it was rained out in the top of the fifth inning.  Thant cancellation clinched the division championship.  Both the Phillies and the Tigers West have 4 games remaining.  The Tigers trail by 4.5 games.  Congratulations to The Phillies West!

The Clearwater Threshers playoff aspirations hang solely on the Dunedin Blue Jays ability to win the second half.  Dunedin (36-31, .537) split a double header while the Threshers beat Lakeland (36-32, .529).  Dunedin is ahead of Lakeland by a half game.  The Threshers are ahead of 2 teams for the second best overall record – Clearwater (66-68, .493), Daytona (65-67, .492), Lakeland (65-68, .489).

Clearwater (30-38, 66-68)  beat Lakeland, 5-3.  Alejandro Requena (9-10, 4.90) pitched five innings.  He gave up 2 runs on 5 hits.  He walked none and struck out two.  Austin Ross (3.66) pitched two, scoreless innings.  He gave up a hit, walked none, and struck out one.  Tyler Carr (1.64) pitched two innings and gave up a run on 3 hits and a walk.  He struck out two and picked up his fifth save.

The Threshers scored 3 runs in the second inning on RBI doubles by Daniel Brito and Dalton Guthrie and an RBI single by Raul Rivas.  They added a couple of insurance runs in the seventh on a wild pitch and Jhailyn Ortiz’ RBI single.

The Threshers collected 14 hits.  Luke Miller (.263) went 3-4.  Rafael Marchan went 3-3 with a HBP.  Muzziotti, Ortiz, and Dalton Guthrie (.2440 each had 2 hits.

Lehigh Valley (63-70)    beat Syracuse, 5-3.  Damon Jones (7.39) pitched 4.1 innings and gave up 3 runs on 4 hits and 5 walks.  He struck out five.  Nick Pivetta (5-1, 3.26) stranded one inherited runner and pitched 1.2 innings.  He retired all 5 batters, 3 on strike outs.  Tyler Gilbert (3.02) pitched one innings and struck out the side.  Nick Vincent (0.90) pitched one, one-hit inning.  Connor Brogdon (3.38) pitched a scoreless inning and earned his first save.

The IronPigs scored 2 runs in the second on Jose Pirela’s 2-run HR (3).  They added 3 runs in the third on Nick Williams’ 2-run HR (10) and Deivy Grullon’s solo HR (19).  Grullon had 3 of the IronPigs’ seven hits.

Reading (38-28, 77-56)  lost to Bowie, 3-1.  Colton Eastman (1.88) pitched six quality innings.  He allowed one run on 2 hits and 3 walks.  He struck out six.  Garrett Cleavinger (3.62) pitched a scoreless inning.  Jonathan Hennigan (3-4, 4.15) pitched an inning and gave up 2 runs on 3 hits.  Grant Dyer (3.80) struck out 2 in a perfect inning.

Reading scored their only run on Darick Hall’s RBI single in the first inning.  He had 2 hits including a double.  The Phils had just 4 hits.

Lakewood (27-35, 56-76)  lost to Delmarva, 7-0.  Victor Santos (5-10, 4.06) pitched 2.2 innings.  He gave up 4 runs on 4 hits and 2 walks.  Gilmael Troya (2.49) allowed one of two inherited runners to score.  He went 2.1 innings and gave up 2 runs on a 4 hits and a walk.  Francisco Morales (3.72) pitched three innings.  He gave up a run on 3 hits and 3 walks.  He struck out four.  Albertus Barber (0.00) pitched another scoreless inning.

Malvin Matos (.251) had 2 of Lakewood’s 3 hits.

Williamsport (29-40)  beat Batavia, 11-4.  Jose Conopoima (1-3, 2.89) pitched five shutout innings.  He allowed 2 hits, walked none, and struck out five.  Junior Tejada (3.73) pitched 3.2 innings and gave up 4 runs on 6 hits and 2 walks.  He struck out five.  Alejandro Made (2.54) came on to strike out the final batter.

The Crosscutters opened the scoring with 4 runs in the first inning on RBI singles by Johan Rojas and Kendall Simmons and a 2-run HR (5) by Hunter Hearn.  They scored a run in the fourth on Nate Fassnacht’s solo HR.  They tacked on another run in the seventh on a ground out.  And, put the game away with 5 runs in the eighth on Fassnacht’s RBI single, a throwing error, and Jake Holmes’ 3-run double.

The Cutters collected 14 hits, every player had at least one.  Jake Holmes (.234) went 3-5 with a double and 4 RBI.  Johan Rojas (.250) went 3-4 with a double, RBI, and walk.  Nate Fassnacht (.219) had 2 hits including a HR (5) 2 RBI.

GCL Phillies East (21-26)  lost to the Yankees West, 6-3.  Chi-Ling Hsu (0-1) made his first appearance of the summer.  He looked like a rusty pitcher throwing to batters who’ve been playing for 10 weeks.  He gave up 3 runs on one hits and 3 walks.  The hit was a 2-run HR.  He threw a fastball, slider, and either a curve or change up.  His FB was 86-88 mph.  He left with 2 runners on base.

Jordi Martinez (3.00) allowed one of the two inherited runners to score and pitched 4.1 innings.  He gave up 2 runs on 3 hits and 3 walks.  He struck out seven.  He gave up a solo HR. Martinez throws a fastball and slider.  His FB is 92-94 mph.  His SL was 84-86 mph.

Brenden Kudlinski (3.21) pitched two scoreless innings.  He allowed no hits and walked four.  His FB was mid to upper 80s.  Carlos Francisco (3.68) pitched two innings and gave up one run on 3 hits, striking out two.  His FB was 90-93 mph.  He also throws a slider and a change.The velocities bleed into each other with the SL 80-84 mph and his CH 80-87 mph.

The Phillies scored a run in the fifth on a throwing error, a run in the sixth on Jevi Hernandez’ RBI single, and a run in the eighth on Wilfredo Flores’ RBI single.

Vito Friscia (.273) went 3-4 with a double and a walk.  Luis Matos (.260) went 2-5.

GCL Phillies West (31-14)  was called due to rain in the top of the fifth inning with the Phillies leading 8-0.  Since the teams don’t meet again, the game was cancelled, wiping out Keaton Greenwalt’s grand slam.  Oh well, it will never show up in any stats, but now you know it happened.

And this is how the MLB Top Thirty did –

  1. Alec Bohm, 3B/1B (.268): went 1-4 with a run scored, double
  2. Adonis Medina, RHP (6-7, 4.97): DNP
  3. Bryson Stott, SS (.285): went 1-4 with 2 runs scored, BB
  4. Spencer Howard, RHP (1-0, 2.52): DNP
  5. Luis Garcia, SS/2B (.187): went 0-4
  6. Francisco Morales, RHP (1-7, 3.72): 3.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 K
  7. Enyel De Los Santos, RHP (5-6, 3.97): DNP
  8. Mickey Moniak, OF (.254): went 0-4
  9. Erik Miller, LHP (0-0, 3.38): DNP
  10. JoJo Romero, LHP (3-4, 7.35):  DNP
  11. Simon Muzziotti, OF (.288): went 2-5 with a run scored
  12. Jhailyn Ortiz, OF (.201): went 2-4 with an RBI
  13. Rafael Marchan, C (.250): went 3-3 with a run scored and a double, HBP
  14. Nick Maton, SS/2B (.239): went 0-3 with a BB
  15. Mauricio Llovera, RHP (3-4, 4.55): placed on the 7-day IL, elbow
  16. Cole Irvin, LHP (6-10,3.94): 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 (.283): went 3-4 with 2 runs scored, double, HR (19), RBI
  20. Damon Jones, LHP (0-1, 7.39): 4.1 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 RBI, 5 BB, 5 K
  21. Kyle Young, LHP (1-3, 4.29): placed on the 7-day IL on 5/1
  22. Arquimedes Gamboa, SS (.187): went 0-4
  23. Daniel Brito, 2B/SS (.241): went 1-3 with a run scored, double, RBI, BB
  24. Kyle Dohy, LHP (6-5, 6.49): DNP
  25. Dominic Pipkin, RHP (3-4, 5.15): placed on the 7-day IL on 8/26, shoulder
  26. Kevin Gowdy, RHP (0-6, 4.93): DNP
  27. Jamari Baylor, SS (3-11, .273): DNP
  28. Cornelius Randolph, OF (.246): went 1-3 with a BB
  29. Victor Santos, RHP (5-10, 4.06): 2.2 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 2 K
  30. Connor Seabold, RHP (2-1, 2.18): DNP

DSL Phillies Red (38-25, .603)  Season completed.  Finished third, 4.5 games back.  Ended the season with a 2-8 run that squashed their playoff hopes.  An 18-14 home record didn’t help.  They were 20-11 on the road, and the eight best overall record in the DSL among 45 teams.

DSL Phillies White (41-30, .577)  Season Completed.  Finished second, 3.5 games back.  Went 2-3  down the stretch.  Their 18-18 home record didn’t help.  They were 23-12 on the road, and had the tenth best overall record in the DSL among 45 teams.

The secret DSL playoff procedures have been unmasked.  Only the six division winners qualified.  The two teams with the best records draw byes.

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

The rosters and lists are up to date as of August 27th … there are 400 players in the org

Today’s Transactions (newest transactions in bold text)
8/27/19 – RHP Seth McGarry assigned to Clearwater from Lehigh Valley
8/27/19 – Lehigh Valley activated LHP Damon Jones from the TIL
8/27/19 – LHP Nick Lackney assigned to GCL West from GCL East
8/27/19 – SS Jamari Baylor assigned to GCL East from GCL West
8/27/19 – RHP Cristian Hernandez assigned to GCL West from GCL East
8/27/19 – RHP Robinson Martinez assigned to GCL East from GCL West
8/27/19 – RHP Chi-Ling Hsu assigned to GCL East from GCL West
8/27/19 – Willie Estrada assigned to Clearwater from GCL East
8/26/19 – Phillies activated RF Bryce Harper from the paternity list
8/26/19 – Phillies sent RHP Edubray Ramos on a rehab assignment to Clearwater
8/26/19 – Phillies optioned 3B Maikel Franco to Lehigh Valley
8/26/19 – Lehigh Valley placed RHP Jose Taveras on the TIL
8/26/19 – RHP Seth McGarry assigned to Lehigh Valley from Clearwater
8/26/19 – RHP Rafi Gonell assigned to Lakewood from Williamsport
8/26/19 – Lakewood placed RHP Dominic Pipkin on the 7-day IL retro to 8/22, shoulder inflammation
8/26/19 – Lehigh Valley activated Nick Williams from the TIL
8/26/19 – Clearwater activated Omar Maldonado
8/25/19 – RHP Omar Maldonado assigned to Clearwater from Lakewood
8/25/19 – Lakewood activated RHP Gilmael Troya from the 7-day IL

28 thoughts on “Threshers Recap – 8/27/2019

  1. Our minor league baseball world has been rocked. Blake Bivens, of the Montgomery Biscuits in the Southern League, lost his wife and his young child to homicide from his wife’s brother. He has no link to our Phillies and,as far as I can tell, has not played against them but the loss is unimaginable. My prayers go out to Blake.

      1. And Jim, the magic number is one for Reading to make playoffs not win division. If trenton wins second half next best record plays Trenton in playoffs. Hartford is who the magic number is being calculated against

        1. If Trenton wins the second half, how in the world does Hartford make up a 7.0 game deficit with only six games remaining. That reminds me of Danny Ozark in 1979, telling reporters the Phillies could win out and win the division after the night they were eliminated.

          Hartford cannot win the division (assuming all 3 teams play their remaining 6 games).

          If Hartford wins out (6 games) they finish 39-33. The Phils would have to lose out and finish 38-34. In that case Trenton would have won 4 games against the Phils and finished no worse than 40- 33.

          If Hartford wins out (39-33) and the Phils go 1-5 (39-33) then the worst that Trenton can do is win 3 against the Phils (and 3 losses), and finish 39-34. In this scenario, the Phils win by virtue of the first tie breaker –

          “1) Head to head record between the tied teams during the current half season”

          This half, the Phils hold a 4-3 record over Hartford.

          Now, I imagine that there is some weather cancellation scenario that might propel Hartford into a division win. But, the two times I’ve seen cancellations during a stretch run, they both favored the team that was ahead in the standings, because the cancellation deprives the trailing team an opportunity to catch up. One happened yesterday when the GCL Phillies West game was cancelled and the other happened in 2016 when the GCL Phillies beat out the GCL Blue Jays.

          I think the EL algorithm is flawed. Granted, I’m still smarting over the league awarding Trenton the first half crown even though Reading had the better record.

          1. Ha! U are right. And yeah Reading deserved to be first half champs…wait, they WERE first half champs ! (after the fact!)..i know that has stuck in your craw as it should. Not right.

  2. He has been battling all season, now looks like Spencer Howard has another uphill battle on his hands….two Titans in the rotation vs the solo Mustang…..oy vey, does it ever end!.

  3. I went to another Reading game last night and unfortunately they lost. However, I got to sit behind home plate so I got a good look at Eastman’s stuff.

    Not the hardest thrower, but he gets good movement on his pitches. The curve – which can range from 77 – 84 – has a good break on it. His fastball, which sat around 88-92, also moves nicely. Really solid outing by Eastman – the only run came on a gapper triple that Moniak almost made an incredible catch on. Mickey covered a ton of ground and did an all-out dive but just missed it.

    Bohm’s double was a nice inside-out swing to right-field. Having seen Bohm for six games now, I can assess that he either swings early in the count (perhaps he looks for a fastball to drive) or he likes to work the count and have longer at-bats. Either way, he’s definitely a very professional looking hitter. I suspect that he might be too patient since he got called out on a 3-2 pitch in which he disagreed with the ump. Maybe he needs to learn to swing at the closer pitches.

    Also, slighty Bohm: Jose Gomez started at third and showed some Gold Glove caliber ability, starting a rididculous double play on a ball that he had to slide and backhanded. He popped up increddibly quick to fire to second and then Bohm made a very nice scoop at first to complete it. Gomez seems to have split his time between SS and 3B at Reading and has also played some 2B in years past. He seems to handle the bat well-enough to be an average MLB hitter. Considering that Luke Williams also plays 3B, the Phils probably see Williams and Gomez as potential Utility Player assets and want to also give them time at the hot corner. Bohm can certainly handle himself at 3B but will likely be a full time 1B after a few years.

    Whatever the case, I’m okay with Bohm not being at third full-time if they are also grooming two future bench players.

    Jeff

      1. Thanks! Last night is the last game I’ll get to for the season since the Flex pack of tickets doesn’t cover playoffs. I’m certainly going to push for my wife to get them for me again since it’s a pretty good deal and allows me to pick and choose both the game and the amount of tickets I want. BTW, great food at the ballpark too – stuffed Buffalo Chicken Pretzels are certainly ready for the majors and the Hex Pies (according to my wife) should be top five on the end-of-the-year prospect lists. All-star caliber hot dogs too.

        -Jeff

    1. Good report…..some people may mix up Seabold and eastman…Cal State Fullerton guys……but other than being physically similar with close mechanics, having learned that out there as Titans , they do have different aspects to their stuff.
      Seabold seems to have a little more velo on his FB, and probably can touch 94 when he is up to it…. whereas Eastman may have a little more command of his secondary pitches.
      I assume both are 5s in a MLB rotation someday.

      1. Colton Eastman is ranked #14 on my list. I love the movement on both his CB and CH.

        Unfortunately for the Fightins, they ran into a guy with an even better (“wicked”) CB. I’ve had a love affair with Zac Lowther since his time at Xavier.

        1. Hinkie, I know it’s early yet (though not for you😉) but would you kindly provide us with your top 10 arms that should be available in the 2020 draft? Thanks.

          1. 8mark … the 2020 draft is set to be a very good one for college arms (and HS bats).
            I don’t have them ranked, but I can tell you Emerson Hancock (Georgia) is probably going to be the top pitcher. I’m a big fan of Asa Lacy (Texas A&M) and Reid Detmers (Louisville). They’re both LH, with excellent track records, and young for their class. JT Ginn (Miss St) was a former LAD’s first round pick who didn’t sign out of HS. He and Cole Wilcox, who was another big time HS arm who went to college (Georgia) are soph eligible. Hugh Fisher (Vanderbilt) is a tall “lefty” with a funky delivery who has some velo. He’ll be transitioning to the starting rotation next season. Notre Dame has a couple of very interesting pitchers. Joey Boyle throws 100 MPH, but has yet to learn how to control it. Kole Kmet could be another Jeff Samardzija. He also stars on the Fighting Irish football team (could be a top two round NFL pick as a TE). Another dude I really like is Burl Carraway. He’s a smallish LH closer for Dallas Baptist. He packs an upper 90’s FB and a plus CB. Carmen Mlodzinski (South Carolina) had a big summer on the Cape and has shot up draft boards. Finally, keep an eye out for a couple of local kids. Chris McMahon is from West Chester, but pitches for Miami. And Billy Sullivan was a 28th round choice by Johnny A in 2017. He turned down the Phillies to pitch for Univ of Delaware (his home state). Sullivan had the second most K’s of any freshman in college baseball in 2018. Unfortunately, he blew out his arm at the beginning of last season and had TJ. If he makes it back for some of the 2020 season, he could be a guy Almaraz may want to re-draft with a day two pick. One last guy to keep an eye on that Johnny A already drafted once is Kyle Hurt (USC).

            BTW … Mick Abel is the top HS arm (not that the Phillies will probably ever draft one of those).

          2. Jim … you can dump my post waiting for moderation. I already know what is wrong with it (it’s the name of the Georgia pitcher who could be the 1-1 pick next season), and I’m just going to fix it.

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            8mark … the 2020 draft is set to be a very good one for college arms (and HS bats).
            I don’t have them ranked, but I can tell you Emerson Hanc**k (Georgia) is probably going to be the top pitcher. I’m a big fan of Asa Lacy (Texas A&M) and Reid Detmers (Louisville). They’re both LH, with excellent track records, and young for their class. JT Ginn (Miss St) was a former LAD’s first round pick who didn’t sign out of HS. He and Cole Wilcox, who was another big time HS arm who went to college (Georgia) are soph eligible. Hugh Fisher (Vanderbilt) is a tall “lefty” with a funky delivery who has some velo. He’ll be transitioning to the starting rotation next season. Notre Dame has a couple of very interesting pitchers. Joey Boyle throws 100 MPH, but has yet to learn how to control it. Kole Kmet could be another Jeff Samardzija. He also stars on the Fighting Irish football team (could be a top two round NFL pick as a TE). Another dude I really like is Burl Carraway. He’s a smallish LH closer for Dallas Baptist. He packs an upper 90’s FB and a plus CB. Carmen Mlodzinski (South Carolina) had a big summer on the Cape and has shot up draft boards. Finally, keep an eye out for a couple of local kids. Chris McMahon is from West Chester, but pitches for Miami. And Billy Sullivan was a 28th round choice by Johnny A in 2017. He turned down the Phillies to pitch for Univ of Delaware (his home state). Sullivan had the second most K’s of any freshman in college baseball in 2018. Unfortunately, he blew out his arm at the beginning of last season and had TJ. If he makes it back for some of the 2020 season, he could be a guy Almaraz may want to re-draft with a day two pick. One last guy to keep an eye on that Johnny A already drafted once is Kyle Hurt (USC).

            BTW … Mick Abel is the top HS arm (not that the Phillies will probably ever draft one of those).

        2. I really like the movement on his secondary pitches there as well. The problem is the fastball is only 88-91 from what I hear, which just gives him razor thin margins. If he had Seabold’s velocity I could see ranking him that high.

          1. Let me state this again – there are sooooooooooo few righty pitchers without a true out pitch (knuckler, good splitter, true wipe-out slider) who can succeed throwing a 88-91 MPH FB. For every success story there are literally hundreds of guys who just can’t do it. So, to me, until I see success at the big league level, he’s not even on my mental landscape. Seabold throws a bit harder so his chances of succeeding are that much greater. But a righty who throws 88-91 MPH with a standard set of pitches (FB, Curve, CU) is almost certain to fail in the big leagues.

            1. Case in point of late on the Phillies….Jared Eickoff.
              Eventually , if the secondary stuff does not measure up, with the lack of FB velo, the pitcher will succumb to MLB hitters even before the third time thru the lineup..

            2. Eickhoff’s biggest problem was that he went from throwing 91-93, touching 94 and 95 to sitting 88-90 touching 91 and 92 – those lost few MPH were the likely death knell for his career. Velocity can matter that much for many guys.

  4. What’s the temperature on everybody’s sense of whether Spencer Howard is called up in September? I’m not asking if he should or shouldn’t – we’ve exhausted the pros and cons – just your take on if he in fact will make his debut down the stretch.

      1. This is probably the hottest topic in the executive suite. I think it’s more likely to happen than not. But it depends on how they view the play of the team this week.

    1. IF Howard is to be called up (Bob Brookover wrote a piece overnight about the merits of him replacing Smyly in the rotation), he’d have to be called up before Sunday when it’ll be too late for him to qualify for post season action. It all boils down to how serious Klentak is about making the playoffs.

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