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 –
Alec Bohm, 3B/1B (.263): went 0-4
Adonis Medina, RHP (6-7, 4.97): DNP
Bryson Stott, SS (.273): went 0-2 with a BB, and 0-4
- Spencer Howard, RHP (1-0, 2.35): 5.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 6 K
Luis Garcia, SS/2B (.186): went 0-3
Francisco Morales, RHP (1-7, 3.72): DNP
Enyel De Los Santos, RHP (5-7, 4.40): 5.2, 6 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 3 BB, 2 K
Mickey Moniak, OF (.256): went 2-4 with a run scored, HR (11), 2 RBI (67)
Erik Miller, LHP (0-0, 3.38): DNP
JoJo Romero, LHP (3-4, 7.35): DNP
Simon Muzziotti, OF (.287): went 1-4 with a run scored, double
Jhailyn Ortiz, OF (.202): went 1-3 with a run scored, HR (19), 2 RBI (65), SF
Rafael Marchan, C (.240): went 0-3
Nick Maton, SS/2B (.224): went 0-3
Mauricio Llovera, RHP (3-4, 4.55): placed on the 7-day IL, elbow
Cole Irvin, LHP (6-10,3.94): DNP
Rodolfo Duran, C (.240): placed on the 7-day IL on 7/26, knee
David Parkinson, LHP (10-8, 3.59): DNP
Deivy Grullon, C (.280): went 0-4
Damon Jones, LHP (0-1, 7.39): DNP
Kyle Young, LHP (1-3, 4.29): placed on the 7-day IL on 5/1
Arquimedes Gamboa, SS (.187): DNP
Daniel Brito, 2B/SS (.242): went 1-3 with a double, RBI
Kyle Dohy, LHP (6-5, 6.19): 2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 2 K
Dominic Pipkin, RHP (3-4, 5.15): placed on the 7-day IL on 8/26, shoulder
Kevin Gowdy, RHP (0-6, 4.93): DNP
Jamari Baylor, SS (3-11, .273): DNP
Cornelius Randolph, OF (.247): went 1-3 with a double, BB
Victor Santos, RHP (5-10, 4.06): DNP
- 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
- organization’s rosters (8/28)
- organization’s injury list (8/28)
- organization’s Rule 5 eligibility list (8/28)
8/28/19 – Clearwater placed C Willie Estrada on the 7-day IL
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
8/26/19 – 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 – Lakewood activated RHP Gilmael Troya from the 7-day IL