Threshers Recap – 8/29/2019

Reading has already locked up a playoff berth.  They still have a chance to win the second half division title.  They are ahead of Trenton by 3.0 games and play a 4-game series against the Thunder this weekend.  Hartford is 4.0 games back and cannot win or tie for the division title because the two teams ahead of them are playing each other and there is no scenario of wins or cancellations that will propel them to the title.

The GCL Phillies West lost the final game of their shortened season.  They had clinched their division title.  But after Thursday’s game, the rest of the season and the playoffs were cancelled.

The Clearwater Threshers won and moved into sole possession of the second best overall record in the division by 1.0 games (2 in the loss column).  The League’s cancellation of the remaining regular season games and the playoffs renders the accomplishment moot.

The Phillies’ Arizona Fall League attendees were announced yesterday.  Six of their top 30 prospects were invited – Alec Bohm, Spencer Howard, Mickey Moniak, JoJo Romero, Nick Maton, and Connor Seabold.

Of course, there were comments.  This is part of one that particularly irked me.  “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.”  This appears to be directed at Moniak and Seabold, the types of players that the AFL is geared for.  I’m on the verge of blocking this guy for similar comments that piss me off.  Talk me out of it.

Clearwater (32-38, 68-68)  beat Lakeland, 3-1.  Kyle Glogoski (1.88) pitched two, shutout innings.  He allowed 0 hits and 3 walks, striking out three.  His FB was 89-91 mph.  He may have been lifted due to the 43 pitches in two innings or maybe they planned on getting multiple guys work in this last game of the season.  Kyle Arjona (4.25) followed with three perfect innings and three strike outs.  Edubray Ramos gave up a run in one rehab inning.  Michael Gomez (1-0, 1.47) struck out 4 in two shutout innings.  Zach Warren (3.30) earned his 7th save with a scoreless ninth.

The Threshers took the lead with a run in the first on Luke Miller’s RBI single.  They forged ahead in the seventh on Matt Kroon’s RBI triple and Daniel Brito’s RBI single.  Kroon (.225) had 2 hits.

The remaining games and FSL playoffs were cancelled.

Florida State League President Ken Carson announced today that the Florida State League final weekend series and postseason will be canceled because of the threat of Hurricane Dorian’s potential impact.

“This was a tough decision to make,” said Carson. “The safety of our players, staff, umpires and fans are top priority to us. Team travel is also a great concern during hurricanes.”

Lehigh Valley (63-72)  lost to Syracuse, 2-0.  JoJo Romero (3-5, 6.88) pitched 4.2, one-run innings.  He allowed 4 hits and 4 walks.  He struck out six.  Nick Pivetta (3.15) stranded an inherited runner, walked one, and struck out 3 in 1.1 innings of no-hit relief.  Tyler Gilbert (2.98) pitched 0.2 innings of scoreless ball.  Nick Vincent (1.59) stranded 2 inherited runners and gave up one run in 1.1 innings, striking out two.

Reading (39-29, 78-57)  lost to Bowie, 17-2.  Reading was scorched for 23 hits, 17 runs, and 5 walks, mostly by Parkinson, Dyer, and Hennigan.  Aaron Brown (3.38) allowed one of one inherited runners to score and pitched 1.1 innings allowing no runs, one hit and 4 walks.  They scored their 2 runs in the second inning on Josh Stephen’s 2-run HR (12).  Jose Antequera (.247) had 2 of the Phils’ 4 hits.  The team drew 0 walks and struck out 13 times.

Lakewood (27-36, 57-77)  lost to Delmarva, 3-1.  Tom Sutera (1-3, 4.26) pitched four innings and gave up 3 runs on 3 hits and 3 walks.  He struck out four.  Kevin Gowdy (4.68) had his best outing of the season, pitching four perfect innings innings.  He struck out two.  He needed just 35 pitches and threw 26 strikes (74.3%).  Mark Potter (2.57) tossed a perfect inning.  Lakewood scored their run in the third inning on Malvin Matos sac fly.  Luis Garcia and Ben Pelletier had the BlueClaws’ only 2 hits, both singles.

Williamsport (31-41)  beat Auburn, 7-1.  Victor Vargas (2-0, 1.84) pitched five shutout innings.  He allowed 4 hits, one walk, and struck out one.  Tyler Burch (1.56) pitched four innings.  He allowed an unearned run on 3 hits and a walk, and struck out six.

The Phils scored a run in the third inning on Bryson Stott’s RBI single.  They scored again in the fifth on Jake Holmes’ RBI single.  They broke the game open with 5 runs in the eighth on a fielder’s choice, Nate Fassnacht’s 2-run double, Nicolas Torres’ RBI single, and Corbin Williams’ sac fly.  Holmes (.239) had 2 hits.  Williams stole his 29th base.

GCL Phillies East (21-27)  lost to the Blue Jays, 7-2.  Brian Marcano (4.24) pitched four one-hit innings striking out three.  Tyler Adams (3-1, 6.06) lasted 1.2 innings and gave up 5 runs on 3 hihts and a walk.  Brendan Bell (6.62) allowed 2 inherited runners to score and gave up a run in 1.1 innings striking out two.  Cameron Beauchamp (1.23) pitched one inning and gave up a run on 2 hits striking out two.

The Phillies collected just three hits, but scored two runs – one on in the first inning on Vito Friscia’s RBI double and one in the seventh on a ground out.  Guarner Dipre (.301) had 2 hits.

GCL Phillies West (31-15)  lost to the Tigers West, 4-0.  Jonas De La Cruz (0-1, 2.77) pitched 2.1 innings and gave up 3 runs on 4 hits including 2 HR.  He walked none and struck out six.  Fernando Lozano (1.99) gave up zero runs and retired 2 of the 3 batters he faced.  Luis Pacheco (4.45) pitched three scoreless innings giving up 3 hits and striking out three.  Riley Wilson (2.91) pitched two scoreless innings.  Aidan Anderson (3.86) was dinged for an unearned run in one inning.

The Phillies went down meekly on 4 hits.  Jose Pujols played three inings in LF and went 0-1 in one plate appearance.

Of the 80 players in the league who qualified for the batting title (2.7 PA per team game), the two Phillies teams had 13 qualify in a league of 18 teams.  They placed 3 in the top ten, 3 in the second ten, and 3 in the third ten – nine of the top 30 hitters in the league.

Place Name Team Pos OBP SLG AVG OPS
2 Wilfredo Flores PHE 2B .365 .425 .342 .790
4 Edgar Made PHW 2B .391 .509 .333 .900
7 Andrick Nava PHW C .349 .372 .314 .721
11 Rixon Wingrove PHW 1B .374 .500 .298 .874
18 Curtis Mead PHE 2B .351 .462 .285 .813
20 Juan Carlos Smith PHW LF .337 .409 .282 .747
24 Vito Friscia PHE C .358 .415 .275 .773
28 Keaton Greenwalt PHW CF .294 .438 .260 .732
30 Luis Matos PHE RF .312 .359 .260 .671

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): DNP
  2. Adonis Medina, RHP (6-7, 4.97): DNP
  3. Bryson Stott, SS (.272): went 1-4 with an RBI, BB
  4. Spencer Howard, RHP (1-0, 2.35): DNP
  5. Luis Garcia, SS/2B (.186): went 1-4
  6. Francisco Morales, RHP (1-7, 3.72): DNP
  7. Enyel De Los Santos, RHP (5-7, 4.40): DNP
  8. Mickey Moniak, OF (.254): DNP
  9. Erik Miller, LHP (0-0, 3.38): DNP
  10. JoJo Romero, LHP (3-5, 6.88):  4.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 6 K
  11. Simon Muzziotti, OF (.287): went 1-4 
  12. Jhailyn Ortiz, OF (.200): went 0-4
  13. Rafael Marchan, C (.231): went 0-3
  14. Nick Maton, SS/2B (.208): went 0-4 
  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 (10-9, 4.08): 3.2 IP, 10 H, 8 R, 8 ER, 1 BB, 5 K
  19. Deivy Grullon, C (.280): DNP
  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 (.184): went 0-4
  23. Daniel Brito, 2B/SS (.243): went 1-3 with an RBI
  24. Kyle Dohy, LHP (6-5, 6.19): 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, 4.68): 4.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
  27. Jamari Baylor, SS (3-11, .273): DNP
  28. Cornelius Randolph, OF (.244): went 0-4
  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 29th … there are 400 players in the org

Today’s Transactions (newest transactions in bold text)
8/29/19 – Lehigh Valley placed LHP Kyle Dohy on the TIL
8/29/19 – Lehigh Valley activated Maikel Franco
8/29/19 – Reading sent OF Jose Pujols on a rehab assignment to GCL West
8/29/19 – Lakewood sent RHP Jonas De La Cruz on a rehab assignment to GCL West
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

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

  1. Jim, it’s your blog, proceed as you wish. But I will say this. You administer this site, and invite comments from the readers. Unfortunately, there are always knuckleheads that will troll, or post something that will upset both you and the faithful readers of this blog. What should you do? Well, if the reader has stated his opinion, and is willing to back up his opinion with what he believes are facts, then it is ok. If he is posting out of animosity, and has a history of such posts, then you are well within your rights to ban him. Your call.

  2. I had to read the Reading info 3 times. Unbelievable.
    Jim, I’m a sometime poster and a non stop reader of your excellent site. See what time I’m posting? I would love to see you do whatever you feel is right In regard to the AFL selections. You’re not prone to rash decisions so go for it is my humble advice.

  3. Freedom of speech covers stupidity I believe…

    Good to see a few pitchers finish strong (Vargas, Birch, Gowdy). I winder if Reading will activate Pujols for the last weekend. We already know that Jay Bruce will be DH tonight and tomorrow. The 4 games will be against Trenton, their opponent next week in the playoffs. Do you show the same pitchers who will pitch next week?? Interesting strategy time. Playoff games at home next Wednesday and Thursday.
    Jim, be safe with the storm.

    1. I hate when people say “Freedom of Speech” on the internet. No, there’s no freedom of speech that websites need to abide by.

      1. There’s no legal compulsion for Jim to follow that, true. I think it sets a bad precedent to ban people for being foolish or misinformed though.

            1. 8mark……I wonder….is ‘Not me’ and cousin or relative of former football player ‘I Hate Me’:?

    2. James isn’t a government organization. Freedom of Speech means your government can’t take those rights away. James is free to do whatever the hell he wants to do.

  4. Jim, any of the GCL or Clearwater players heading north to be added to other teams still playing?

    Also, you planning on evacuating? Good luck with the storm.

    1. It looks like the west coast of FL will only have to deal with a lot of rain. No evacuation orders anywhere in my are (About 20 miles North of Spectrum Field). So Jim and I should be safe. The east coasts really needs the good luck wishes.

  5. Hey Guys I have read a lot about Moniak’s swing in a negative way, now that he has shown more power, did he fixed his swing or anything you have noticed?

  6. Jim the one thing we all seem to agree upon is this is an excellent blog that makes our baseball lives easier. It’s your site so you can do as you wish as it pertains to commenters… I like the “Rule of Thumb” if a person isn’t threatening anyone, using bad language or casting racial dispersions; they can post away and own their dumb comments… Thank you again..

    1. Gowdy was 89-91 mph free and easy. Present stuff is lacking but maybe another year post surgery and more physical maturity will bump the velo. Doesn’t have the frame to add too much size though.

      1. Gowdy has lost mph on his pitches, I believe he was consistently at 94mph on his FB, possibly touching 96 pre injury. First year back, can see the finish line for a full season.

        This recent start was great, sounds like he found some of his control/command back. That coupled with being healthy, is just about the best outcome we could ask for. Hopefully next year he continues to trend back up and starts climbing the ranks. Win win for everyone if he can fulfill his predraft predictions. I’ll take it late vs being never.

          1. Wills, thanks for the report, appreciate it. I know Gowdy didn’t set the world on fire in his return for some fans, but looking towards next year, a full year removed from injury, he is in position to have the type of year he wants, and the type that can get him fast tracking up ranking. Will have to wait and see but If his velocity is back, along with a feel for command/control, I’m optimistic he can do just that.

    1. rocco…..I think you hold the record for ‘blocks’.
      its like for you, in hockey, a trip to the penalty box for misconduct penalties……except it is for months and not minutes. 🙂

  7. Jim, I had to re-read what was posted because I didn’t understand the point. Moniak and Howard are exactly the players who should be going to the AFL. This is your site, you make the rules.

  8. Each year I get Milb.tv but this year I had it only for the first month of the season. I wanted to get some info/opinions on a few arms that I haven’t gotten to see.

    Tyler Carr, James McArthur, Hsin-Chieh Lin, Leonel Aponte, Anton Kuznetsov, Jose Conopoima, Alejandro Made.

    1. McArthur shows good stuff- a huge guy mostly low 90s that gets into the mid 90s. Big curve flashes plus. Maybe best suited to try to blow guys away as a reliever.
      Aponte throws high 80s. His frame looks super protectable but that’s the kind of stuff you’d expect to see from an 18 year old, not a 20 year old.

      1. Thanks, I usually get to see a few Crosscutters games but this is the first year I didn’t see any in several years and haven’t heard much talk about these pitchers, or if so I missed it. I wondered about McArthur since he was a 12th round pick with the big frame but didn’t know much about him.

  9. Muzziotti is a guy we probably don’t talk about enough. He should be in our top 30 as a 290 hitting smooth CF in high A. However he really needs to work on hitting lefties as he’s under 200 against them (over 300 against righties). He’ll be in Reading next year as it gets more real for him. There’s not much else in the Clearwater lineup that deserves a promotion to Reading next year. Maton already went up. However Lakewood didn’t exactly knock down the walls with their hitting either. Meanwhile Reading has several guys who deserve to go up to LHV next year (Moniak, Hall, maybe Williams). Randolph will get one more year at Reading to show he’s improving.

    1. Thanks, Mr H, but I can’t seem to pull up the full article – only the opening caption, photo and intro. Any way to better access it?

      ….and while you’re there, what’s the good word?!?!?!

      1. That probably is the original short they did the night before. Story is there. Some things I know but cannot say. I will say Spencer is not a big fan of the rain delay. Very much a routine pitcher.

  10. Well, Dorian has washed out my weekend plans for Thresher watching. That means no more live baseball until March and Spring Training. A long drought. At least I should have rain checks for three games come April.

  11. Jim – My 2 cents…Free speech gives people the right (within boundaries) to say what they want and not get arrested. It does not give someone the right to use speech to destroy the community of a website and not get banned from that private website. What makes PhuturePhillies worthwhile is the community. The commentary that we all leave is what brings me back multiple times a day. If one person is hurting the community, then they should be banned. Jim – trust your gut on that is my advice.

    On a different topic, really awesome story Mr. Howard. You must pinch yourself daily. What a dream. IMO Spencer is an exceptional pitching prospect. I believe that he will have a great MLB career. And for those who follow my comments on this blog, they know that I rarely am effusive with praise. Spencer’s arm is special. But he also knows how to pitch. Very excited about him!

  12. My only take on banning someone is that it should be for attacking other posters or players personally. Saying incoherent and ill-logical things is something to be countered or ignored.

      1. I do try to decipher his postings….well until my head aches.
        However, the postings , of the ‘passive backdoor swipe’ variety at specific players, is not the first I have seen over the last 10 or so years, and probably will not be the last.

        1. Roc, I’m impressed by the fact that you spelled ‘unintelligible’ correctly. You’re growing already. Mean comments usually don’t contain 6 syllable words. Try that and let’s see how things go.

  13. Phillies released Nick Hundley. Thought the only reason they signed him was because he was an able signal caller behind the plate. Mildly surprised with Sept 2 days away.

  14. Best of luck to everybody in the storms reaches.

    Great Article on Spencer. Thanks for sharing the site and hope he is at the CPB this week but I don’t know if that will happen.

    On an ex phils prospect has anybody seen or commented on Sixto’s last 7 or 8 AA starts

    1. The guy is living up to his enormous potential….12 of his last 14 starts, Game Scores of 57 or higher…most all in the 60s.
      Probably will be in the majors later next season.

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