Threshers Recap – 8/28/2019

The Phillies’ Arizona Fall League attendees have been announced.  The Phillies will send six of their top 30 prospects – Alec Bohm 3B/1B (No. 1); Spencer Howard, RHP (No. 4); Mickey Moniak, OF (No. 8); JoJo Romero, LHP (No. 10); Nick Maton, SS/2B (No. 14); Connor Seabold, RHP (No. 30) as part of the Scottsdale Scorpions.  They will join prospects from the Braves, Mets, Giants, and Blue Jays.  The Phillies have to send at least one more pitcher, and may send another player who would be on a taxi squad.  If Spencer Howard is promoted to the Phillies, he will likely be replaced on the Scottsdale roster.

Reading won and less well informed people can celebrate the playoff berth that they clinched on Tuesday.  I argued this online all day Wednesday.  No one was able to disprove my “algorithm”.  So, belated congratulations to the Phils.  Now go win the second half division title.

The GCL Phillies West game was cancelled again.  No worries.  They already clinched their division.  But after Thursday’s game, the rest of the season and the playoffs have been cancelled.

The Clearwater Threshers playoff aspirations hang solely on the Dunedin Blue Jays ability to win the second half.  Dunedin (38-31, .551) swept a double header while the Threshers beat Lakeland (36-33, .522).  Dunedin is ahead of Lakeland by 2.0 games.  The Threshers are ahead of 2 teams for the second best overall record – Clearwater (67-68, .49629), Daytona (66-67, .49624), Lakeland (65-69, .485).  The first tie breaker is winning percentage.  We have a very slim .00005 lead.

Clearwater (31-38, 67-68)  beat Lakeland, 5-1.  James McArthur (3-1, 3.03) pitched seven quality innings.  He allowed one run on 4 hits.  He walked none and struck out six.  Keylan Killgore (3.57) pitched two shutout innings.  He walked none and struck out two while earning his 11th save.

The Threshers tied the game in the third inning on Matt Kroon’s solo HR (4) into the Threshers’ bullpen.  They took the lead with a run in the fifth on Daniel Brito’s RBI double.  They added 2 insurance runs in the sixth on Jhailyn Ortiz’ sac fly and Matt Vierling’s RBI double.  They tacked on a run in the eighth on Ortiz’ solo HR (19).

Matt Kroon (.219) went 3-3 with 2 runs scored, HR (4), and an RBI.  Matt Vierling (.231) went 2-4 with an RBI.

Lehigh Valley (63-71)  lost to Syracuse, 8-3.  Enyel De Los Santos (5-7, 4.40) lasted 5.2 innings and gave up 7 runs on 6 hits and 3 walks.  Josh Tols (6.00) stranded one inherited base runner while retiring the one batter he faced.  Kyle Dohy (6.19) pitched two innings and gave up one unearned run on one hit and 3 walks.

The IronPigs scored a run in the second inning on Austin Listi’s solo HR (12).  They scored another run in the fifth on Phil Gosselin’s RBI double.  And, they scored one more run in the ninth on Listi’s RBI single.  Listi (.286) had 3 of the IronPigs 8 hits.

Reading (39-28, 78-56)  beat Bowie, 2-1.  Spencer Howard (2.35) threw 95 pitches in 5.2 innings.  He gave up one run on 3 hits and 3 walks.  He struck out six.  Jeff Singer (7-0, 2.37) pitched 2.1 shutout innings.  He struck out four.  Jake Hernandez (1.70) pitched a perfect ninth for his fifth save.

The Phils scored a run in the second inning on Mickey Moniak’s RBI single.  They took the lead in the sixth on Moniak’s solo HR (11).  The Phils had 6 hits, Mickey and Jose Antequera had 2 hits each.

Lakewood (27-35, 56-76)  beat Delmarva, 1-0.  Josh Hendrickson (0.56) and Manuel Silva (3.68) combined to 2-hit Delmarva.  They each allowed a hit and a walk.  Hendrickson pitched 4.2 innings and struck out six.  Silva pitched 4.1 innings and struck out four.  That’s piggy back at its best.  The BlueClaws scored the games only run on Abrahan Gutierrez’ RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning.  Malvin Matos had 2 of the BlueClaws’ 4 hits.

Williamsport (30-41)  split a DH with Auburn, winning 2-0 and losing 3-1.

Game One:  Leonel Aponte (3-1, 3.05) threw five shutout innings.  He allowed 4 hits, walked none, and struck out four.  Rafael Carvajal (2.97) earned his fourth save with two shutout innings.  The Crosscutters used three of their four hits to score 2 runs in the third inning on Jake Holmes’ 2-run single.

Game Two:  Hsin-Chieh Lin (2.30) pitched 4.2 innings.  He gave up one unearned run on 5 hits, walked none, and struck out three.  Brian Marconi (1-4, 4.56) gave up 2 runs in 2.1 innings on 2 hits, one walk, and 3 strike outs.  The Crosscutters scored their run on Corbin Williams’ RBI triple, one of 3 Cutters’ hits.

GCL Phillies East (21-26)  cancelled.

GCL Phillies West (31-14)  cancelled.

The Gulf Coast League issued the following statement regarding the remainder of the season.

The Gulf Coast League today announced it has canceled the final two games of the season and the league playoff series as Florida prepares for the impact of Hurricane Dorian.

Games scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 29, will be the final games played. The league’s three division champions have already been decided with the GCL Marlins winning the East division, the GCL Phillies West claiming the North division title and GCL Orioles clinching the South division championship.

“In an effort to ensure that all players, coaches and staff members have a chance to evacuate and prepare for the storm, we have decided to cancel the final two regular season games, as well as the playoffs,” said Tim Brunswick, Minor League Baseball’s senior vice president of baseball and business operations. “After discussing the options with the teams, the decision to end the season early was the best choice for the safety of everyone involved as that is our top priority.”

And this is how the MLB Top Thirty did –

  1. Alec Bohm, 3B/1B (.263): went 0-4
  2. Adonis Medina, RHP (6-7, 4.97): DNP
  3. Bryson Stott, SS (.273): went 0-2 with a BB, and 0-4
  4. Spencer Howard, RHP (1-0, 2.35): 5.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 6 K
  5. Luis Garcia, SS/2B (.186): went 0-3
  6. Francisco Morales, RHP (1-7, 3.72): DNP
  7. Enyel De Los Santos, RHP (5-7, 4.40): 5.2, 6 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 3 BB, 2 K
  8. Mickey Moniak, OF (.256): went 2-4 with a run scored, HR (11), 2 RBI (67)
  9. Erik Miller, LHP (0-0, 3.38): DNP
  10. JoJo Romero, LHP (3-4, 7.35):  DNP
  11. Simon Muzziotti, OF (.287): went 1-4 with a run scored, double
  12. Jhailyn Ortiz, OF (.202): went 1-3 with a run scored, HR (19), 2 RBI (65), SF
  13. Rafael Marchan, C (.240): went 0-3
  14. Nick Maton, SS/2B (.224): went 0-3 
  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 (.280): went 0-4
  20. Damon Jones, LHP (0-1, 7.39): DNP
  21. Kyle Young, LHP (1-3, 4.29): placed on the 7-day IL on 5/1
  22. Arquimedes Gamboa, SS (.187): DNP
  23. Daniel Brito, 2B/SS (.242): went 1-3 with a double, RBI
  24. Kyle Dohy, LHP (6-5, 6.19): 2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 2 K
  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 (.247): went 1-3 with a double, BB
  29. Victor Santos, RHP (5-10, 4.06): DNP
  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.

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

The rosters and lists are up to date as of August 28th … there are 400 players in the org

Today’s Transactions (newest transactions in bold text)
8/28/19 – Reading sent OF Jose Pujols on a rehab assignment to GCL East
8/28/19 – Clearwater placed C Willie Estrada on the 7-day IL
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

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

      1. If he does get the call for Cinci, I hope they bump it to Thursday. Totally to give him more time to prepare. Not because that’s the game I’ll be at… I promise…

    1. Wait – was he recalled? Has there been news to that effect or are you just speculating?

      1. Yesterday, Jim posted, “probably the hottest topic in the executive suite. I think it’s more likely to happen than not…” Now, that’s not etched in stone. But it’s not nothing either.

          1. Sean Rod apologized to the fans today….should not have used the word ‘entitled’ I assume he meant.
            Yesterday after he was called out on strikes and took the boos headed back to the dug-out was pretty saddening, especially since the Phillies had the game about won….Gabe gave him a slap on the back as he step down the dug-out steps.

        1. Thanks, 8! Didn’t see that part. Thought maybe it was just a poster speculating. He could be a stabilizing piece for the Rotation down the stretch.

  1. Dorian causing concerns for Florida sports.

    And LHP reliever Singer has had an excellent season, wonder what the Philies’ plans are for him. He certainly earned a promotion to LHV last month.

  2. Jake ‘the kake’ Hernandez with another perfect inning for Reading. Hinkie likes him. Where’s the love? Gotta be velocity.

  3. It’s a shame that GCL West’s season was ended so abruptly without a playoff. Oh well. Congrats to them on a good division win.
    Congrats to Reading on making the playoffs, I look forward to seeing them get some playoff experience. I do not expect Howard to get called up but pitching in the playoffs two years in a row is good for his growth. Let Mickey and Bohm play in some playoff atmosphere and hopefully step up (like MM did last night). Good luck to Clearwater also in their playoff pursuit and in avoiding the storm. The AFL roster will be stacked with legit prospects this year, unusual. One more relief pitcher will be added. As for call ups, I’m assuming they’ll add a catcher. If it’s Hundley, and not Grullon, you can assume Grullon will be elsewhere next year. Pirela, Williams, and Franco are automatic as is Pivetta and Eickhoff. Gosselin deserves it but I’m not sure they’ll clear a 40 spot for him after clearing one for a catcher. Add to that, Bruce and Quinn back from the IL and you’ve got a game roster of around 34. That’s a crowded dugout.

  4. Congrats to Reading on their playoff appearance hopefully to Championship. Having watched majority of the players since 2015 grow, persevere and deal with Eastern League weather am happy for them. Small group personally Great Job.
    Having been to Reading games and having Milb package to view their games it has been fun, besides the small field, hence HR’s and official scorers hit/error blahha’s Reading playoff is well deserved.
    Spencer Howard truly the highest prospect, besides minimal innings he looks the part, handles the part but concern on other pitcher’s execution he needs more feel- innings but he is the real deal. Hope they don’t push him too fast.
    AFL selection Two players a surprise but nothing surprises me about this years MGMT
    One pretty young and seems to be pushed, Prospect. One having spent months on IL but getting what others who have put in the time deserve
    Congrats Boys/Men

  5. Thanks goodness the Florida State League hasn’t canceled any games, Just bought tickets for the Threshers at Fort Myers this weekend.

      1. changed his thoughts a bit after seeing him, would be curious to hear his answer to the question after seeing him.

        Jon: Do you think the Phillies should bring Spencer Howard up in September?

        Keith Law: If the weather holds, I’ll see him tonight. I have heard the stuff has tapered off since he came off the IL.

    1. I wonder if he thought Moniak’s HR on roof was legit or is he still “not good” !! . He won the game offensively and Howard won it on the mound

      1. Funny you asked! You have to read on to see the disparaging remarks he made regarding MM. How he hit a “Hanging 72 mph cb, over an short rf fence” his single “clanked” off the 1b glove. How he has had a “superficially” good year. It is quite sickening that an adult has such a hatred for a kid just because he does not like the pick. I’m finished with Keith Law, and I mean done. It’s his opinion but very unprofessional imo

        1. Wills… I’m glad you pointed that out and I didn’t actually read it myself or I probably would have said things and had it erased on here! I am over him too. Such an immature childlike adult. And I know she has an ax to grind for not being tipped off on his pick back-in-the-day. What a moron

        2. Law is a smart guy but when he feels a certain type of way about a prospect or people group, he is incredibly stubborn and arrogant

        3. I mean it was a meatball that he hit out but that’s what he should do with that pitch.

          1. It was definitely a pitch to hit and I’d expect a player with MLB aspirations to put it over the fence 9 times out of 10.

            That said, that ball was out of ANY park. IIRC, Reading’s right field post is 330 feet, which is equal to or longer than 21 out of 30 major league parks. And he didn’t just barely clear it. That ball was easily over 360 feet, which isn’t scraping any fences in baseball (to dead RF). That wasn’t a cheap homer by any stretch of the imagination.

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