Threshers Recap – 9/2/2019

Very depressing news out of Erie yesterday.  Chace Numata died from head injuries he sustained in a skate boarding accident.  I’d like to extend the condolences of the Phuture Phillies community to his family as they deal with this tragedy.

Chace Kekoa Kenji Numata was drafted by the Phillies in the 14th round of the 2010 draft out of Pearl City High School in Hawaii.  He progressed through the lower levels of the Phillies organization then missed most of the 2014 season due to injury.  He had a breakout winter in Australia and came back to have three strong seasons in Clearwater and Reading.  He threw out 47% of base stealers (35 of 74) with Reading in 2017. He opted for free agency after the 2017 season and signed a minor league with the Yankees.  At the end of the 2018 season, he once again chose free agency and signed a minor league contract with Detroit.

Chace was a very popular player with team mates and fans.  I had a couple of anecdotes I wanted to share, again.  But, … maybe some other time.  Just as I, and every parent, don’t expect to out live my/their children, I don’t expect to outlive the young ball players I meet and follow.  My heart goes out to his family and friends.

Clearwater (32-38, 68-68)  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 (66-74)  lost to Pawtucket, 5-4.  Damon Jones (6.62) pitched six innings and gave up 2 runs on 4 hits and 2 walks.  He struck out three.  Fernando Salas (4.24) pitched a perfect inning.  JD Hammer (12.64) blew the save, allowing a run in one inning on a solo HR.  Josh Tols (1-1, 5.73) took the loss allowing 2-run HR with 2 outs in the tenth.

The IronPigs scored a run in the seventh inning on Maikel Franco’s bases loaded walk.  They took a lead with 2 in the eighth on Rob Brantly’s 2-run HR.  They took the lead in the top of the tenth on Raul Rivas’ RBI single.

Raul Rivas (.375) went 2-5 with a run scored and an RBI.

Reading (42-31, 80-59)  lost to Trenton, 8-7.  Colton Eastman (3.03) pitched four innings and gave up 5 runs on 6 hits and 2 walks.  He gave up 2 HR.  Edubray Ramos pitched a rehab inning and gave up 2 solo HR.  Jonathan Hennigan (4.47), Grant Dyer (4.39), and Aaron Brown (3.82) each tossed a scoreless inning.  Garrett Cleavinger (3.2, 3.66) gave up the walkoff in one-third of an inning.

The Phils drew first blood with 3 runs in the first inning on RBI singles by Alec Bohm. Josh Stephen, and Arquimedes Gamboa.  They scored a run in the fifth a fielder’s choice.  The Phil’s continued to rally, scoring 2 runs in the eighth on Alec Bohm’s 2-run HR.  And, tied the game in the ninth on Cornelius Randolph’s two-out, solo HR (10).

Josh Stephen (.271) went 2-4 with an RBI.  Bohm and Randolph also had 2 hits.

Lakewood (28-39, 58-80)  beat Hagerstown, 10-5.  Manuel Silva (3.61) pitched four innings and gave up one run on 3 hits and 2 walks.  He struck out three.  Josh Hendrickson (1-1, 0.47) pitched three innings and allowed 4 unearned runs on 4 hits.  He walked none and struck out three.  Mark Potter (2.50) and Albertus Barber (0.00) each tossed a scoreless inning.

The BlueClaws scored a run in the first inning on Cole Stobbe’s solo HR (15th), and a run in the second on Ben Pelletier’s solo HR (13).  They extended their lead with 6 runs in the fourth on a wild pitch, a two-run singles by Juan Aparicio, an RBI single by Stobbe, and a 2-run double by Malvin Matos.  They added 2 insurance runs in the eighth on Yerwin Trejo’s sacrifice fly and Aparicio’s RBI double.

Ben Pelletier (.197) went 3-4 with 3 runs scored, a HR (13) and one RBI.  Juan Aparicio (.191) went 3-4 with a run scored, 2 doubles, and 3 RBI.  Cole Stobbe (.213) went 2-5 with 2 runs scored, a HR (15), and 2 RBI.

Williamsport (32-43)  played to a 3-3 tie v. State College.  Leonel Aponte (3.30) pitched two innings and gave up 2 runs on 4 hits.  He walked none and struck out two.  Rafael Carvajal (2.65) pitched four perfect innings.  He struck out six.  Hsin Chieh Lin (2.36) pitched three innings and gave up one run on 3 hits.  He hit a batter and struck out seven.

The Crosscutters scored a run in the second inning on Nicolas Torres RBI single.  They tied the game in the third on Rudy Rott’s RBI single.  They tied the game again in the bottom of the eighth on a dropped fly ball to the left fielder where the batter was tagged out at first.  The runner on third tagged and scored and the runner on first remained at first.Looked like the fielder dropped the ball on transfer, should have been a sac fly.

Jake Holmes (.247) and Rudy Rott (.233) had 2 hits each.

GCL Phillies East (21-27)  Finished in fifth place, 12.0 games behind the GCL Phillies West.

GCL Phillies West (31-15)  Finished first in their division.

And this is how the MLB Top Thirty did –

  1. Alec Bohm, 3B/1B (.269): went 2-2 with 2 runs scored, HR (14), 3 RBI
  2. Adonis Medina, RHP (7-7, 4.94): DNP
  3. Bryson Stott, SS (.274): DNP
  4. Spencer Howard, RHP (1-0, 2.35): DNP
  5. Luis Garcia, SS/2B (.188): went 0-5 
  6. Francisco Morales, RHP (1-8, 3.82): 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): DNP
  10. JoJo Romero, LHP (3-5, 6.88):  DNP
  11. Muzziotti: 465PA, 52R, 122H, 27XBH, 28RBI, 6.9%BB, 12.9%K, 21SB(63.6%), .287/.337/.372/.709
  12. Jhailyn Ortiz: 478PA, 57R, 86H, 37XBH(19HR), 65RBI, 7.5%BB, 31.2%K, .200/.272/.381/.653
  13. Rafael Marchan: 86PA, 6R, 18H, 4 XBH, 6BB, 8K, .231/.291/.282/.573
  14. Nick Maton, SS/2B (.210): went 1-3 with a double, BB
  15. Mauricio Llovera, RHP (3-4, 4.55): placed on the 7-day IL, elbow
  16. Cole Irvin: (6-1, 3.94), 93.2IP, 14BB, 65K, 1.356WHIP, 1.3BB9, 6.2K9, 4.64K/BB
  17. Rodolfo Duran: 245PA, 25R, 56H, 17XBH(6HR), 23RBI, 4.1%BB, 21.6%K, .240/.273/.369/.643
  18. David Parkinson, LHP (10-9, 4.08): DNP
  19. Deivy Grullon: 457PA, 55R, 115H, 45XBH(21HR), 77RBI, 9.6%BB, 29.1K%, .283/.354/.496/.851
  20. Damon Jones, LHP (0-1, 7.39): 6.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K
  21. Kyle Young: (1-3, 4.29), 21.0IP, 1BB, 25K, 1.048WHIP, 0.4BB9, 10.7K9, 25.00K/BB
  22. Arquimedes Gamboa, SS (.188): went 1-2 with an RBI, 2 BB
  23. Daniel Brito: 379PA, 37R, 83H, 19XBH(4HR), 32RBI, 5.8%BB, 19.3%K, .243/.296/.325/.621
  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: 12PA, 4R, 3H, 2XBH, 0RBI, 1BB, 2K, .273/.333/.455/.788
  28. Cornelius Randolph, OF (.247): went 2-5 with 2 runs scored, HR (10)
  29. Victor Santos, RHP (5-10, 4.02): DNP
  30. Connor Seabold, RHP (3-1, 2.25): DNP

DSL Phillies Red (38-25, .603)  Finished third, 4.5 games back.

DSL Phillies White (41-30, .577)  Finished second, 3.5 games back.

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

The rosters and lists are up to date as of September 1st … 399 players in the org

Today’s Transactions (newest transactions in bold text)
9/2/19 – Phillies sent RHP Edubray Ramos on a rehab assignment to Reading
9/2/19 – Phillies recalled LF Nick Williams from Lehigh Valley
9/2/19 – Lehigh Valley activated LHP JoJo Romero from the TIL
9/1/19 – Phillies selected the contract of INF Phil Gosselin from Lehigh Valley
9/1/19 – Phillies selected the contract of C Deivy Grullon from Lehigh Valley
9/1/19 – Phillies selected the contract of RHP Nick Vincent from Lehigh Valley
9/1/19 – Phillies recalled LHP Cole Irvin from Lehigh Valley
9/1/19 – Phillies activated OF Jay Bruce from the 10-day IL
9/1/19 – Phillies transferred LHP Adam Morgan from the 10- to the 60-day IL
9/1/19 – Phillies placed RHP Jerad Eickhoff on the 60-day IL, finger
9/1/19 – Phillies designated RHP Drew Anderson for assignment
9/1/19 – Lehigh Valley activated LHP Kyle Dohy from the TIL
9/1/19 – Lehigh Valley activated C Matt McBride from the 7-day IL
9/1/19 – SS Raul Rivas assigned to Lehigh Valley from Clearwater
9/1/19 – Jose Antequera assigned to Lehigh Valley from Reading

65 thoughts on “Threshers Recap – 9/2/2019

  1. Really a shame about Numata. Head injuries due to a skateboarding accident – makes one wonder whether he was wearing a helmet.

    Regarding baseball, Cornelius Randolph is at least showing a pulse late in the season at Reading. And JD Hammer has been pretty awful in AAA after his 2 month stint with the big club – 14.2 IP, 21 ER, 15 BB, 3HR, 2.318 WHIP, 12.89 ERA. That’s pretty horrid, and I don’t think includes his latest blown save and HR allowed.

    1. Player A’s second half: .242/.300/.461 w 49/17 K to BB rate
      Player B’s second half: .269/.356/.431 w 43/21 K to BB rate
      Player C’s second half: .269/.343/.511 w 62/25 K to BB rate

      Player A is [wait for it]
      Player B is Randolph (22 yo)
      Player C is Josh Stephen (21 yo)

      Player A is Moniak (21 yo)

            1. Yeah, I wasn’t overly impressed with his 2019 overall, and I would actually prefer that he starts 2020 in Reading. As a first round selection (let’s forget about him being a 1-1, we know what that was all about) they will continue to nurture him but balance his development with challenging him. 2020 is a huge season for MM. He needs to show he can start well and sustain consistent production. I saw too many 0 for 4’s this summer followed by a multi hit game. Then a few more 0-fer’s. If he wasn’t a high character kid, my expectations wouldn’t be so high.

          1. Didn’t a certain ESPN commentator make a statement about not scouting the stat line for minor league players?

      1. Say what you want but there are other important stats than just the ole “slash line”. He had a solid season and will come back even stronger next yr. Hopefully right from the get go.
        Moniak top 5-
        top 10-
        HITS, OPS, RUNS, SB
        And 11HR which is over double any other year..and lets not forget only 4 players even batted .280

        Just my two cents

      2. That’s very interesting, thanks for posting the numbers as people should be free to post stats without getting heat for it because others don’t like what the stats show.

        I know Randolph was battling some injuries but he seems to do this each year no? Where he starts slowly but has a stronger 2nd half?

          1. I think the observation “improved compared to last year” is an interesting one. That may or may not be true for a specific prospect. But I don’t see how that is really relevant. Prospects can both improve year over year and also still not be good enough to hit against MLB quality pitchers. So why does it matter if you benchmark a player against himself?

            1. Because prospect progress isn’t linear. Any progress is a step closer to being a major league player, and you only need one well-timed breakout year to get there. And obviously a prospect that improves every year might still never make the majors; but a prospect who doesn’t improve has no chance of making it.

      3. Player A’s second-half BABIP: .254
        Player B’s second-half BABIP: .308
        Player C’s second-half BABIP: .391

        1. Interesting take….. …..Player A may have had quite a lot of ‘LD -caught’ bad luck.
          Player C is due regression since more than likely unsustainable approaching.400….Player B….about as expected.

          1. Fangraphs lets you punch in the dates for a game log and under “Advanced” provides BABIP.

            1. Not the paid subscription. For any player’s profile, you click “Game Log” (the default is “Season Stats” so you are clicking away from that) and then you can enter the date fields. Then click “advanced” to show things like BABIP

  2. Chace was one of my favorite minor leaguers of all time. My prayers go out to his family and the many friends he made over his shortened life.

  3. Condolences to the Numata family on their untimely loss. Jim, I think you might want to check your text for insertion of a “don’t.” I don’t expect and certainly hope I don’t outlive my kids. RIP Chace Numata.

  4. The Chace news was awful. From such a simple thing…. I remember him from spring training being a really good guy.

    On the baseball front, bad start by Eastman after a great start last time. Good to see the Reading bats working, keep it up in the playoffs.
    JD Hammer’s results really did fall off the cliff, I hope he’s healthy. Good to see Stobbe show life at the end of the year, same with Holmes who looked like a lost cause but suddenly and finally may have found his stoke. Something to build on maybe.

    1. Both Stobbe and Pelletier seem to have the pop….but so much swing and miss.
      Stobbe had only 4 HRs of his 15 @ Lakewood’s ravenous stadium and Pelletier had 5 of his 13 there.
      Will like to see how they both do at CLW next season in a more friendly hitter’s park.

      For Pelletier it will be his age21 season next year so he is still young for his levels….though it seems he has been in the system 10 years now.

      1. Jones had better numbers at Reading, and he had to pitch with a different ball at AAA. Howard is definitely the better prospect.

    1. Will be interesting to see who the Phillies award the Paul Owens Award to for pitching. My initial guess is Spencer Howard.

      However, the last ten winners may have had a few surprises.
      Kyle Drabek …Scott Mathieson…Trevor May….Tyler Cloyd …Severino Gonzalez …Luis Garcia….Ricardo Pinto….Ben Lively…..Tom Eshelman…David Parkinson

          1. Yeah it’s really about who has the best year, not who is the best prospect. From that perspective, Howard doesn’t have a lot of innings so I could see it going to Jones.

        1. Not quite true. Trevor May has been pretty good, when healthy, since they moved him into the bullpen in 2015.

          1. I think the Twins were expecting more when they got him back in the Ben Revere trade. May had a tremendous year in 2015 (1.4 WAR). Then a poor year, injured year, ok year, and now a decent year. May has 1 more year of arbitration. He could be in line for a decent bullpen contract if he performs in 2020. He would be a FA at age 31.

        2. Wasn’t Drabek a get for the Bluejays in the Halladay trade (along with D’Arnaud)? Maybe not the headliner but was part of the deal to bring Doc to Philly…

  5. Older guys like Listi who may not be deemed prospects but have performed well through their minor league career – why would he not be given at least a cup of coffee at this point? Perhaps he attracts the interest of another team, say an AL club. And it’s not like our 40man roster is full of untouchables. Who knows if he might become a Max Muncy type story. Once in a while we come across a Shane Victorino or a (God help us) Odubel Herrera from another organization’s bubble but when was the last time we grew our own feel good story?

    1. Listi is not Rule 5 eligible, would not receive very much playing time in the majors, was not particularly good in AAA given the context this year, and would be a waste of a 40 man spot through the winter for little gain. The Phillies are risking nothing by not bringing up Listi. They don’t have to waive him because their plans go in a different direction and they can invite him to spring training next year to compete. If another team is interested in him this offseason their only way of obtaining him is to trade the Phillies something

      1. Thanks for the input, Matt. I’m just itching for someone to emerge from the woodwork of this organization.

  6. Any idea why Stott was never promoted? Does he skip Lakewood next year and go straight to Clearwater then Reading?

    1. Bohm did the Lakewood > Clearwater > Reading trek this season. Pretty sure Stott will be on the same path next year.

      1. I would imagine it depends upon what they decide to do with Garcia next season. His age and numbers this season suggest a repeat at Lakewood, which would consume valuable reps at SS for Stott. My bet is that Stott begins at Clearwater.

        Of course, knowing how much this organization values positional flexibility, I could also see them working both into a 2B/3B/SS rotation for the first few months of the year at Lakewood.

        RIP Chace Numata … gone too soon.

    2. No background here, but there wasn’t a need. It wasn’t going to change whether he was going to go Clearwater or Lakewood next year (that will depend on his Spring Training, he will also not be jumping directly to AA). The competition is slightly better in Lakewood, but it was probably only going to be 1 to 2 weeks, and with neither team heading to the playoffs, was it worth disrupting Stott and Garcia and Guzman for maybe 10 games in full season ball? Probably not

      1. Thank you, Matt. I was thinking with Bohm getting hurt last year is why he didn’t jump to Lakewood last year. Thought maybe with Stott having a solid go in Williamsport that they’d boost him a level.
        Either way, very excited about his future.

  7. For the Phillies minor league POY in hitting and pitching do they just list the winners or all the players considered?

  8. Final Stat Hitting leaders:

    (Hitting Leaders with minimum 300 PAs through end of regular season:

    BA: Castillo (.322); Gosselin (.314); Bohm (.305); Romine (.289); Robinson (.288); Muzziotti (.287)

    OBP: Gosselin (.405); Bohm (.378); Robinson (.367); Castillo (.364); Grullon (.354)

    Slg%: Bohm (.518); Gosselin (.497); Grullon (.496); Stephen (.483); Hall (.454); Castillo (.453)

    OPS: Gosselin (.901); Bohm (.896); Grullon (.851); Stephen (.826); Castillo (.817); Hall (.798)

    RBI: Listi (83); Bohm (80); Grullon (77); Hall (67); Moniak (67)

    HR: Bohm (21); Grullon (21); Hall (20); Ortiz (19); Listi (19);

    3B: Moniak (13) Johan Rojas (11); Kroon (7); Junior Ortega (7); Stephen (6); Jefferson Encarnacion (6)

    2B: Hall (38); Bohm (30); L. Williams (30); Stephen (29); Moniak (28)

    Hits: Castillo (150); Bohm (145); Muzziotti (122); Guzman {119}; Listi (118); Moniak (117); Grullon (115);

    Runs: Williams (77); Bohm (76); Hall (69); Castillo (67); Listi (67); Monaik (63)

    BBs: Walding (62); Hall (60); Gamboa (59); Bohm (57); Listi {57}; Raymond Mora (53)

    Ks: De La Cruz (159); Stobbe (158); Ortiz (149); Canelo (137); Hall (134)

    Gosselin met the criteria only at the end of the season. He only played 78 minor league games.

    Other categories:

    GIDP: Bohm, Castillo and Gutierrez were the top 3.

    HBP: Hall and Listi were #1 and #2

    SH: Canelo and Matos were #1 and #2

    SF: Vierling, Castillo and Listi (#1 through #3)

    IBB: Hall, Canelo and Listi

    1. Bohm never quite turned it on and dominated AA. The power was there, the contact was there… even the walks were there. His BABIP cratered at that level though. Obviously you would expect it to drop as defenders get better but I have to wonder how much of that was due to luck and if he has any of the Maikel Franco issue of making a lot of weak contact.

  9. Jim, any news on waylon richardson. he came back for a few innings and hasn’t been heard of since. i saw he is on the 60day (is that currently or previously).

    1. He told me he was diagnosed with x, which I think the organization would wish he hadn’t told me. He was depressed and I tried to buoy his spirits, telling him of a pitcher who had the same problem at a much older age and pitched a couple years after diagnosis and treatment. Hopefully his young age will be on his side.

  10. Pitching Stats through the end of the season:

    Pitching Leaders (Minimum 60 IP through End of Season) except Wins, Losses, Ks, BBs and Saves

    ERA: Carr (1.29); Urias (1.48); Evanko (1.61); J. Hernandez (1.68); Glogosky (1.68); Puello (1.92)

    WHIP: Urias (.754); Howard (.831); Brogdon (.921); Puello (.959); Evanko (.970); Glogosky (.973)

    Ks: Jones (152); Eastman (134); Morales (129); J. Garcia (120); Lindow (119); Parkinson (118)

    BBs: Mezquita (59); J Dohy (59); Jones (59); Gowdy (51); McArthur (48)

    Saves: Russ (22); Killgore (11); Hennigan (9); Potter (9); E. Garcia (8)

    Wins: Parkinson (10); Requena (9); J. Garcia (98) and 7 tied with 7

    Losses: Requena (10); Santos (10); Parkinson (9); Romero (9)

    K/9: Dohy (14); Brogdon (12.6); Jones (12.0); Morales (12.0); Howard (11.9)

    Urias and Puello from the DSL met the criteria at the end of the season. Looking forward to them coming state-side next season.

  11. Trenton is playing the playoff series with Reading with a much older roster. They have several over 25 year olds while Reading has lots of 21/22 year olds. Trenton will be throwing some really good pitching. It will be a tough series.

    1. Yeah and Trenton with a fair few MLB “rehabs” with Montgomery, Severino, and Betances scheduled. So sorry they squandered tonight’s gem.

  12. Not trying to jinx him … but … Spencer Howard is going for his second post season no-hitter. Tonight … 4 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 BB, 7 K. Last season he tossed a no-no in a Lakewood playoff game.

        1. Spencer Howard is done. What a stud !!!
          7 IP (99 P), 1 R, 2 (infield) H, 2 BB, 12 K’s
          Mr H … I’ll be looking forward to seeing you on TV at CBP (or a road stadium) watching your son throw in his first MLB game next spring.

  13. Spencer Howard is exactly what an elite prospect looks like. Electric stuff, great scouting reports and elite performance.

    A special prospect. Very excited about him. A hat tip to Johnny Almaraz on him.

  14. I’m pretty sure that Bohm went to Lakewood because of a terrible spring training. I watched him for 2 weeks and he was just horrible. The fact that he started so well at Lakewood probably means he just put too much pressure on himself. So if Stott has a good ST he should go to Clearwater.

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