Threshers Recap – 8/30/2019

Reading won and clinched the second half division title.  They had already clinched the wild card playoff berth if needed, but won the division outright.  And, I am among the minority who insist that Reading won the first half division title. (see below)

Club W L PCT GB ELIM# HOME AWAY DIV L10
Reading Fightin Phils (PHI) 39 28 .582 E 20-15 19-13 13-9 6-4 W2
*** Trenton Thunder (NYY) 38 28 .576 23-9 15-19 20-12 5-5 W3
Hartford Yard Goats (COL) 37 30 .552 2.0 E 19-13 18-17 28-11 4-6 L2

*** first-half division winner

The GCL Phillies West clinched their division title.  But, the rest of the season and the playoffs were cancelled due to hurricane Dorian.

The Clearwater Threshers clinched the second best overall record in the division thereby securing a playoff berth when the rest of the season was cancelled.  However, the cancellation also wiped out the playoffs.  Also due to Dorian.

Clearwater (32-38, 68-68)  Season completed.  Finished the second half in fourth place.  Finished the first half in second place.  Finished the season with the second best overall record in the division.

Lehigh Valley (64-73)  split a DH with Pawtucket, losing 6-4 and winning 7-4.

Game One:  Ramon Rosso (2-4, 5.50) pitched 3.2 innings.  He gave up 6 runs on 8 hits and 2 walks.  He struck out four.  Josh Tols (5.74) stranded 2 inherited runners and pitched 1.1 scoreless innings.  He struck out three.  JD Hammer (12.89) pitched one scoreless inning.

The IronPigs scored a run in the first inning on Rob Brantly’s RBI single.  They plated a run in the fourth on Jose Pirela’s solo HR (4).  They scored two in the sixth on RBI hits by Rob Brantly and Shane Robinson.

Pirela (.298) and Brantly (.317) had 3 hits each.

Game Two:  Jose Taveras (7.31) pitched four innings and gave up 4 runs on 5 hits and 2 walks. He struck out three.  Fernando Salas (4.43) pitched a scoreless inning.  Connor Brogdon (3-1, 3.16) picked up the win with two, scoreless innings.  He struck out four.

The IronPigs scored 2 runs in the first inning on Maikel Franco’s 2-run HR (1).  They scored a run in the fifth on Ali Castillo’s RBI double.  They went ahead with 4 runs in the seventh on Deivy Grullon’s RBI single, Austin Listi’s sac fly, and Jose Pirela’s 2-run double.  Ali Castillo went 3-3.

Reading (40-29, 79-57)  beat Trenton, 5-3.  Adonis Medina (7-7, 4.94) pitched six innings, gave up 3 runs, 4 hits, and 2 walks.  He struck out four.  Garrett Cleavinger (3.51) and struck out four.  Addison Russ (2.59) pitched 1.1 innings and struck out two, earning his 21 st save.  

The Phils took the lead in the top of the first inning on Alec Bohm’s RBI single.  They tied the game in the fourth on RBI doubles by Josh Stephen and Nick Maton.  They took the lead for good in the sixth on Arquimedes Gamboa’s 2-run triple that drove in Stephen and Maton.

Alec Bohm and Josh Stephen (.271) had 2 hits each.

Lakewood (27-37, 57-78)  lost to Hagerstown, 3-2.  Erik Miller (2.08) pitched five shutout innings allowing one hit and walking four.  He struck out five.  Taylor Lehman (2-2, 2.78) pitched three innings and gave up 3 runs on 7 hits and a walk.  He struck out two.

They scored a run in the first inning on Abrahan Gutierrez’ RBI double, and a run in the sixth on a ground out.  Gutierrez (.241) and Cole Stobbe (.204) had 2 hits each.

Williamsport (31-42)  lost to Auburn, 8-6.  Spencer Van Scoyoc (4-4, 6.30) pitched 1.1 innings and gave up 7 runs on 5 hits and 3 walks.  Gabriel Yanez (3.32) stranded 2 of 3 inherited runners and pitched 5.2 innings of one-hit, shutout ball.  He struck out six.  Brett Schulze (0.38) gave up his first run as a professional in two innings, striking out four.

The Crosscutters rallied but couldn’t come back from the early deficit.  They scored a run in the first on Johan Rojas’ RBI single.  They grabbed 3 in the second on Bryson Stott’s 2-run double and Jake Holmes’ RBI single.  They added a run in the fourth on Holmes’ sac fly.  And, a run in the fifth on Nate Fassnacht’s RBI single.

Stott had 3 hits.  Fassnacht (.221) had 2 and an RBI.

GCL Phillies East (21-27)  Season completed.  Finished in fifth place, 12.0 games behind the GCL Phillies West.  They posted a 14-9 home record, the third best in the league.  They were no-hit by the Phillies West, but paid that back when they one-hit them in August.  They also one-hit the Blue Jays.

GCL Phillies West (31-15)  Season completed.  Finished first in their division.  Went 10-2 down the stretch to pull away from the Tigers West.  They threw a no-hitter against the Phillies East.  They threw 4 consecutive shutouts.

And this is how the MLB Top Thirty did –

  1. Alec Bohm, 3B/1B (.269): went 2-3 with a run scored, RBI, BB
  2. Adonis Medina, RHP (7-7, 4.94): 6.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 4 K
  3. Bryson Stott, SS (.285): went 3-4 with 2 runs scored, 2 doubles, 2 RBI, BB
  4. Spencer Howard, RHP (1-0, 2.35): DNP
  5. Luis Garcia, SS/2B (.185): went 0-3 with a BB
  6. Francisco Morales, RHP (1-7, 3.72): DNP
  7. Enyel De Los Santos, RHP (5-7, 4.40): DNP
  8. Mickey Moniak, OF (.252): DNP
  9. Erik Miller, LHP (0-0, 2.08): 5.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 5 K
  10. JoJo Romero, LHP (3-5, 6.88):  DNP
  11. Simon Muzziotti, OF (.287): season over
  12. Jhailyn Ortiz, OF (.200): season over
  13. Rafael Marchan, C (.231): season over
  14. Nick Maton, SS/2B (.214): went 1-3 with a run scored, double, RBI, 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 (10-9, 4.08): DNP
  19. Deivy Grullon, C (.280): 1-4 with a run scored; 1-3 with a run scored, RBI, BB
  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 (.185): went 1-4 with 2 RBI
  23. Daniel Brito, 2B/SS (.243): season over
  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): DNP
  27. Jamari Baylor, SS (3-11, .273): season over
  28. Cornelius Randolph, OF (.244): DNP
  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)
8/30/19 – Philadelphia sent OF Jay Bruce on a rehab assignment to Reading
8/30/19 – Lehigh Valley released C Nick Hundley.
8/30/19 – Lehigh Valley activated RHP Jose Taveras from the TIL
8/30/19 – Lehigh Valley activated RHP Fernando Salas from the 7-day IL
8/30/19 – Lehigh Valley placed LHP JoJo Romero on the TIL
8/30/19 – RHP Tyler Carr assigned to Reading from Clearwater
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

15 thoughts on “Threshers Recap – 8/30/2019

  1. Reading will be in the playoffs, and it kind of brings an interesting situation to the forefront. There has been internal discussion within the organization regarding Spencer Howard, and whether or not to bring him up. I think Gabe Kapler alluded to it a couple of days ago. What will the Phils do? In my opinion, it would be better for Howard’s development to let him finish at AA. I say this, not because I doubt that Spencer could be a legit #1 starter in the majors, it’s just that I don’t trust Gabe Kapler to handle Spencer Howard correctly. Too often a starter will come up from the minors and yoyo back and forth between the rotation and the bullpen, and with Howard missing time this year, keeping him as a starter on a regular schedule would be beneficial to both him and the organization.

    1. Yeah, I’m with you on Spencer. How much the impatient in me wants to see him make an immediate impact at the major league level. But besides the presumption of my preference, that he would even succeed up here, there’s the greater concern that this coaching staff, led by this manager, would taint the outset of what could otherwise be a fine career. I don’t want that. Let the chips fall in September without Spencer Howard in Philadelphia. It’s not worth the risk. It might be if all signs pointed north. But there’s simply way too much dysfunction.

    2. Even tho I would love to see SH in the majors I think it would be too little too late. He will only get maybe 5 starts and if he doesn’t succeed he will have to take that into the off season. One starter is not the reason we aren’t in solid right now. Let him succeed at Reading and then the AFL then be ready for ST.

  2. The Lakewood game at Hagerstown last night typified the weird Blueclaws season down the stretch..They bat out of order. Have a HR taken off the scoreboard. The third baseman Hunter Stoval is ejected from the game for arguing with the ump on whether he stepped on home plate on another play. The home town announcers coming to the Blueclaws defense on a blown call at first where Miller covered the bag, stepped on the bag and then the runner touched the bag to be called safe. The umps did not claim Miller missed the bag only that the runner was safe…Only one person in a stadium of 1,400 saw that play as safe.. They lost 3-2..

  3. Bryson Stott killing it, nice!!!

    Erik Miller 5 ip, 5 ks, 1 hit, needs to clean up the walks , on the same fast track as SH

    Josh Stephen up to .271

    1. The strike zone last night was a “make it up as you go” by the umps. If a player wasn’t swinging it was tough to get a strike call. Miller’s 52 K’s, 15BB’s, ERA 1.50, WHIP 1.23, 0 HR’s in 36 IP’s for this season will make him a very fast mover through the Phillies system in 2020..

  4. Josh Stephens should have been picked for Fall ball. He had a great year in Reading which he wasn’t supposed to be there because of a injury but perform very well and showed that he can play ball. Just saying he deserve another look. Great year Josh.

  5. Maton over Josh Stephen for AFL is another Phillies show of not knowing there system. Josh rose to the occasion but it’s more important to promote Prospect than performer. Many on the Prospect list not deserving but apparently potential over performance

    1. Do you really think you know their system better than they do? You are looking at a stat and using that to decide which player is a better baseball player – it doesn’t work that way.

    2. Pretty sure Josh is going to AFL. That’s what they were saying when I was back there this week . He and Mickey are roommates and they were talking about going to Arizona together. Not sure why it hasn’t come out.

        1. Phillies do have one more spot to fill…a pitcher….so maybe they wil wait to see how the Giants/Mets/Braves and Jays end up and sun Josh for the pitchers’ slot.
          Also see Aaron F. will not be going back this year and be replaced by Brad Bergesen as the PC this time…..which will be a good thing for Howard, JoJo and Seabold.

    3. Well yes, since the minor leagues are about prospects it should not be a surprise that they favor “prospects over performers”. Guessing you were a big Riz/Ruf fan

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