Threshers’ and Affiliates’ Recap – 5/11/2021

All four affiliates flipped venues and were on the road last night.  However, the outcome was the same, we won just one of the four contests.  Clearwater overcame an early deficit and won going away as one of their 2020 picks made his mark.  Lehigh Valley was shut out.  Reading fell behind early and couldn’t recover.  And, Jersey Shore blew an early lead, rallied to tie, and lost in overtime.

Clearwater (4-3) beat Fort Myers, 10-2.  Phillies’ 2020 top pick, Mick Abel, made his second start.  Their fifth-round pick, Baron Radcliff, made his professional debut.

Mick Abel breezed through the first inning on 15 pitches including 2 strikeouts.  He threw 18 pitches in the second, working around a one-out single.  He notched his third K to start the inning.  He issued a walk to start the third, but a stolen base removed the possibility of a double play.  Abel got two ground outs, but the runner could only advance to third base.  A home run ended his night at 55 pitches.

Those were the only runs for the Mighty Mussels as five relievers held them to 3 hits and 4 walks.  JP Woodward ended the third with a strikeout of the only batter he faced.

Dylan Castaneda pitched 2.2 innings but reached his pitch limit and was removed after 54 pitches.  He allowed no hits, walked four, and struck out four.

Carlo Reyes pitched 1.1 IP, 2 hits, 3 K.

Tyler Burch pitched 1.0 IP, 1 hit, 3 K.

Aiden Anderson pitched 1.0 IP, 1 K.  Castaneda got the win.  Reyes and Burch got holds.

The Threshers took the lead with 3 runs in the third inning on Nicolas Torres’ RBI triple, Johan Rojas’ RBI single, and Casey Martin’s RBI double

They added 2 runs in the seventh on DJ Stewart’s 2-run double.

And, they tacked on 5 runs in the ninth on Rojas’ single,2 stolen bases, and a wild pitch; Stewart’s 2-run HR (2); and Baron Radcliff’s 2-run HR.

Everybody had at least one hit except Luis Garcia who is still hitting .321.

Rojas went 2-5 with 2 R, RBI, 2 SB.

Martin went 2-4 with 2 R, RBI, double, BB, 2 SB.

Stewart went 3-5 with R, 4 RBI, double, HR, and raised avg to .400.

Gutierrez went 2-5with R, double, and raised avg to .368.

Wingrove 2-5 with a double.

Radcliff (HR), Ben Pelletier (double), and Torres (triple) had the other 3 hits.

Abel threw 25 of his 31 fastballs 95-98 mph.  The other 6 were 94 mph.  He averaged 96 mph on all 31 fastballs.  His 4-seam fastball has about a foot of vertical movement and half-a-foot to a foot of run.  He threw 19 sliders at 81-87 mph averaging 84 mph.  He threw 6 changeups at 84-87 mph averaging 86mph.  Lot of overlap, right.  Well, his slider has three to three-and-a-half feet of vertical break and very little horizontal break.  His changeup has about 2 feet of vertical break and maybe a foot or more of horizontal break.  While the spin rates can vary, his changeup generally has less spin than his slider.  His fastball has a lot more than both.

Lehigh Valley (5-2) lost to Scranton, 6-0.

Both teams managed just 4 hits each.  Scranton obviously made better use of theirs.

Spencer Howard threw 40 pitches, 27 strikes.  (TMac and Krukker even mentioned this on the Phillies telecast.  Kruk even asked what the Phillies are doing with Howard.  It wasn’t rhetorical and TMac was forced to answer that he didn’t know.

Howard allowed no hits and walked one while striking out three.

Ramon Rosso ran into the buzzsaw, of sorts.  He gave up all 6 runs, but only 3 were earned as the inning started with a fielding error.  A hit batter and a single loaded the bases.  TA double chased home two runs.  A walk reloaded the bases.   A wild pitch brought home the third run.  A walk reloaded the bases.  This necessitated a mound visit.  Not a good talk as Rosso was inspired to force home the fourth run with another hit batter and the fifth with a sac fly.  Damon Jones got the final out but not before he gave up an RBI single.

Rosso’s final line was 0.2 IP, 2 H, 6 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 2 HBP, 1 WP.

Jones pitched another inning and his line was 1.1 IP, 1 H, 1 K, 1 of 2 inherited runner scored.

Jeff Singer pitched a clean inning with a strikeout.

Neftali Feliz pitched an inning and gave up one hit and notched a strikeout.

JD Hammer pitched the final inning and walked two and hit a batter without giving up a run.

Travis Jankowski and Rafael Marchan hit doubles.  Darick Hall and Luke Williams each singled.  The IronPigs drew one walk and struck out 13 times.

Reading (2-5) lost to Bowie, 6-1.  

Reading scored its only run in the eighth inning on McCarthy Tatum’s solo HR.  It was too little too late as Bowie did most of its damage in the first two innings.

Francisco Morales (0-2, 14.29) had another crappy outing.  He was touched for a solo HR in the first, then 4 runs in the second, one on a wild pitch.  He finished with 3.0 IP and 5 earned runs on 5 hits, a walk, a hit batter, and a wild pitch.  He struck out six.

Jonathan Hennigan pitched a perfect inning with 2 strikeouts.  James McCarthur threw 4.0 solid innings.  He gave up one run on two hits and struck out five.  His first hit, a single, was erased on a steal attempt by Rodolfo Duran.  The second hit was a solo HR with two out in the eighth.

Duran went 2-4.  Tatum homered as a pinch hitter.  Arquimedes Gamboa and Matt Vierling had the other two base hits.  Gamboa stole a base.  The Fightins’ struck out 16 times.

Jersey Shore( 3-4) lost to Wilmington, 3-2 in then innings.

The BlueClaws scored in the first inning when Jhailyn crossed the plate on a fielding error on a ball struck by Rudy Rott.  Pitching took over and eventually yielded single runs in the seventh and eighth innings.  Herbert Iser tied the game with a solo HR in the ninth.  The ‘Claws were unable to even move the runner in OT.  They lost on a sac fly.

Noah Skirrow pitched 4.0 scoreless innings.  He allowed one hit, walked two, and struck out four.  Kevin Gowdy followed with 3.0, one-run innings allowing 3 hits, walking one, and striking out two.  Victor Santos pitched 2.0 innings.  He was nicked for an unearned run on two hits and struck out one.  The error was his own, though.  Aneury Zabala gave up the unearned run in the tenth.  He got two outs but a force out allowed the runner to get to third and score on the fly ball.

They had 5 hits and worked 6 walks.  But, two runners were cut down stealing.  Bryson Stott went 2-4 with a walk.  Iser went 1-3 with a walk plus his solo HR. Ortiz and Logan O’Hoppe had the other two hits.  The BlueClaws’ batters struck out 13 times.

GCL Phillies East and GCL Phillies West (runs 6/28 thru 9/12)

DSL Phillies Red and DSL Phillies White (starts 5/30)

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

The rosters and lists are up to date as of May 11th … there are 302 players in the org

Today’s Transactions include several from February for prospects who signed future services contracts to the DSL teams.  Also, included is a promotion/demotion to/from Clearwater.

5/11/2021 – OF Corbin Williams assigned to Extended Spring Training from Clearwater
5/11/2021 – OF Baron Radcliff assigned to Clearwater from Extended Spring Training
2/13/2021 – SS Alfredo Alderete assigned to DSL Red
2/13/2021 – RHP Daniel Mejia assigned to DSL Red
2/02/2021 – LHP Jesus Garibaldi assigned to DSL Red
2/02/2021 – OF Raylin Heredia assigned to DSL White
2/02/2021 – C Dervin Andrade assigned to DSL White
2/02/2021 – RHP Ender Paz assigned to DSL White

15 thoughts on “Threshers’ and Affiliates’ Recap – 5/11/2021

  1. Thanks Jim, I guess there are positives with Morales getting swing and misses.

    Great report on Abel too.

  2. For those of us who think Kingery is overmatched in the majors, note that Torreyes played CF at LHV last night.
    I’m getting concerned on Morales as his results have never matched his stuff. Let’s hope he learns how to locate better. Good to see Radcliffe get promoted and then homer in his first game. Power is his calling card.

    1. That’s interesting. May be stupid. Torreyes has already lost his 26th man and utility infielder spot to Maton. Rather than trying to find playing time for a borderline utility player like Torreyes, DFA him and select Jankowski’s contract. He is an outfielder. He has played CF. He has played in the majors as recently as 2020 (and every year since 2015). He’s hitting better than Torreyes in his larger sample size. And, he also has a career .997 fielding pct in CF where he has played most of his MLB games. He could take Kingery’s spot and Scott could return to regular at bats in Lehigh.

      They wouldn’t have to make another roster decision until Joyce is ready to come back. Then, I guess it’s from among Maton, Joyce, Miller, Herrera, Jankowski, or the 14th pitcher they’ve been carrying. Unless there’s another injury or Covid exposure.

      I could make a different argument in favor of Luke Williams.

      1. Jim – thanks for all you do to keep us informed! I’m interested in your take on Luke Williams. Why does he never show up on Phillies’ prospect lists, even in the lower rankings considering he was a 3rd round HS pick? He seems to be an athlete, but maybe w/o a true position? He has shown (recently) that he can hit in spring training and AAA, though SSS. I’ve never seen him play so appreciate your take. Would rather see him get the reps in CF/2B/SS than Torreyes, who we already know enough about. Williams may still have upside?

      2. I think Maton will get sent back down to play everyday. They don’t want him wasting his time on the bench. Joe G likes and trusts Torreyes.

  3. Looks like the Phillies may have another very good Latin prospect, who was signed originally by another team…joining Simon Muzziotti, .catcher Abrahan Gutiérrez could be popping up higher on the prospect lists.

      1. Jim….from what you seen from him, …is Gutierrez and good defensive catcher?
        His vitals read 6’2′, 214 lbs….so he does have some size.

  4. I notice a pleasant surprise amongst these results.

    Noah Skirrow.

    He was a UFA after the shortened 2020 draft. Hinkie and others were complimentary of the strong haul. While Skirrow was not one of the high velo high upside arms, he was #248 for draft per Baseball America.

    Seems the Phillies must like him given…
    They started him in first season at Hi-A, JS.

    He was chosen to start yesterday’s game ahead of Kevin Gowdy. (After 2.2 ip as 3rd pitcher in game 2.)

    His strong 4 ip performance only adds to impression.

    Season line: 6.2, 4, 0, 0, 2, 9

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