Threshers’ and Affiliates’ Recap – 5/16/2021

Just a terrible day for the affiliates.  Clearwater lost to Fort Myers.  Lehigh Valley was shut down by Scranton/Wilkes Barre.  Reading found a new, dreadful way to lose their 7th consecutive game.  Well, not that new.  I’m pretty sure they followed a script from the Phillies’ Atlanta series.  And, Jersey Shore dropped a close one to Wilmington.

Couple of heartbreakers here.  Tough to recap.


Clearwater (6-6) lost to Fort Myers, 5-2.

The Threshers didn’t mount a real scoring threat until the seventh inning.  They loaded the bases with a single-walk-single and one out, but couldn’t score.  They played station to station ball in the eighth when they did manage to score with two outs on single-single-walk-single-single.  They only managed two runs.

Rixon Wingrove went 2-3 with a walk and pulled his average over .200.  Ben Pelletier went 1-4 with 2 RBI and pulled his average close to .200.  Casey Martin went 1-2 with a double and was hit by a pitch in the fifth inning.  He was removed for a defensive replacement in the bottom of the sixth.

Mick Abel had an auspicious start.  He walked the first batter he faced, then struck out the side.  His dominance carried over to the second as he retired the side in order.  He walked the leadoff batter in the third and wild pitched him to second.  He reached his pitch limit getting the first out and was relieved.  His line was –

  • Abel – 2.1 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 1 WP, 51 pitches, 28strikes

Nick Lackney came in and gave up a run-scoring single but preserved his own 0.00 ERA.  His line was –

  • Lackney – 0.2 IP, 1 H, 2 WP, 16 pitches, 8 strikes, one of one inherited runners scored

Dylan Castaneda followed and scattered 3 runs over his three-plus innings.  He pitched a 1-2-3 fourth and gave up a walk and HR to start the fifth before retiring the next three batters.  Two walks and a wild pitch set up another run in the sixth on a sac fly.  He was lifted after striking out the leadoff batter in the seventh.  His line was –

  • Castaneda – 3.1 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 1 HR, 1 WP, 61 pitches, 31 strikes

Gabriel Yanez avoided any trouble despite a single in the seventh.  But, he put base runners on in the eighth on a two-out single and walk before a throwing error allowed a run to score.  He was pulled after loading the bases.  His line was –

  • Yanez – 1.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 33 pitches, 19 strikes

Carlos Francisco was called on to deal with the situation.  He did.  His line was –

  • Francisco – 0.1 IP, 2 pitches, 1 strike

Abel threw 34 fastballs at an average velocity of 96 mph.  He sat 95-97 and touched 98 twice and 99 once.  He threw a couple changeups (88), three curves (79), and 12 sliders (85).  His change has about 2 feet of drop and about a foot of horizontal movement.  His curve drops 4.5 to almost 5 feet with about a half-foot of horizontal movement.  His slider drops about 3.5 feet with just a little movement.


Lehigh Valley (7-5) lost to Scranton, 3-1.

The IronPigs were held to 4 singles.  Cornelius Randolph and Edgar Cabral each went 1-3.  Travis Jankowski and Luke Williams (.370) each went 1-4.  Randolph scored their only run on a fifth-inning pitch that tied the score.

Scranton had scored on a 4th inning HR.  They went back in front on a bases-loaded walk and padded the lead with a bases-loaded hit by pitch.

Spencer Howard started and struck out the side in the first inning.  He retired the side in order in the second.  He struck out the side in the third after a leadoff single.  He surrendered a leadoff HR in the fourth then recorded his final strikeout.  Then he issued his only two walks before getting 2 flyouts.  His line was –

  • Howard – 4.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 8 K, 1 HR, 58 pitches, 38 strikes

David Paulino retired the side in order in the fifth.  But, then he couldn’t get an out in the sixth.  He was lifted after forcing in 2 runs.  His final line was –

  • Paulino – 1.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP, 29 pitches, 19 strikes, faced 5 batters in the sixth inning

Enyel De Los Santos entered the bases-loaded situation and stranded all three inherited base runners.  He then retired the side in order in the seventh.  His final line was –

  • De Los Santos – 2.0 IP, 2 K, 20 pitches, 13 strikes

Mauricio retired the side in order in the eighth.  His line was –

  • Llovera – 1,0 IP, 2 K, 12 pitches, 8 strikes

It was a well-pitched game.  The IronPigs issued 3 walks and struck out 13 batters.  Scranton walked 3 and struck out fifteen.


Reading (2-10) lost to Bowie, 13-12 in ten innings, their 7th straight loss. (Also falling victim to the rare, 6-game, series sweep.  Yes, I know that a couple teams started the season oh-for, so there is a strong likelihood that there are 2,3,4 more 6-game sweeps.  So, maybe not so rare.)

Bowie scored twice in the first inning.  Reading tied the game in the second on 2 bases-loaded walks.  They went in front with a 3-spot in the third on Luke Miller’s 3-run HR (3).  They fell back behind when Bowie scored 4 times in the bottom of the third.

Reading kept battling and tied the game in the fourth on Daniel Brito’s RBI single.  They went ahead in the fifth on McCarthy Tatum’s solo HR (3).  They padded their lead with 2 runs in the sixth on Matt Vierling’s sac fly and Nick Matera’s RBI single.  Bowie tied the game in the bottom of the ninth on a 2-run HR and a passed ball.

The Phils lost the shootout 4-3.  They took the lead again on Arquimedes Gamboa’s 3-run HR (2), only to see the game walk away from them.  Literally.  Three walks forced in the ghost runner.  A double drove in all the walks.

It’s a shame.  The Phils got some offense from everyone in the lineup who wasn’t their best hitter, Matt Vierling who didn’t get a hit.

  • Gamboa went 2-4, 3 R, 4 RBI, 2 BB, HR (2)
  • Guthrie went 1-4 with a R, RBI, 2 BB, SB
  • Vierling went 0-4 with an RBI, BB, SF
  • Brito went 1-5 with an RBI
  • Matera went 2-4 with 2 R, RBI, BB
  • Tatum went 1-5 with 2 R, RBI, HR (3)
  • Stokes went 1-4 with 2 R, HBP
  • Miller went 2-5 with a R, 3 RBI, double, HR (3)
  • Hearn went 1-4 with a R, BB

The pitchers’ box looks like a bullpen game.  I guess Morales’ only going two innings plus 5 batters upset the manager’s script.

  • Morales – 2.0 IP, 4 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 1K, 1 WP, 1 HR, 59 pitches, 32 strikes, faced 5 batters in the third inning
  • Marconi – 2.0 IP, 3 BB, 1 K, 35 pitches, 16 strikes, 2 of 3 inherited runners scored
  • Warren – 2.0 IP, 1 BB,3 K. 37 pitches, 23 strikes
  • Ross – 1.0 IP, 1H, 2 BB, 2 K. 30 pitches, 15 strikes
  • Carr – 1.0 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 1 HR, 33 pitches, 20 strikes
  • Hernandez – 1.0 IP, 1 H, 2 K, 19 pitches, 15 strikes, blown save on a passed ball allowing 1 of 2 inherited runners to score.
  • Potter – 0.1 IP, 1H, 4 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 1 WP, 23 pitches, 9 strikes, 1 loss

Reading threw 236 pitches, 130 strikes in 9.1innings.  Bowie threw 198 pitches, 112 strikes in 10.0 innings.  Just seems like a lot.


Jersey Shore(4-8) lost to Wilmington, 7-6.

The BlueClaws ran out to a 6-1 lead.  They succumbed to a 5 run ninth-inning walk-off.

Trailing 1-0, the BlueClaws took the lead with 3 runs in the third inning on a ground out and Logan O’Hoppe’s 2-run HR (2).  They added 3 runs in the fifth on Cole Stobbe’s solo HR and Herbert Iser’s 2-run single.  The Blue Rocks eked out a run in the seventh.  Then broke hearts in the ninth.

O’Hoppe went 2-4 with a R, 2 RBI, HR (2).  Chris Cornelius went 2-4 with a R.  Stobbe hit his first HR, but he struck out twice.  He now has 19 strikeouts in 28 plate appearances.  He went 1-3 so that and the HR pulled his slash up to .111/. 143/.222/.365.

Kevin Gowdy pitched four solid innings – 4.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K.  Nate Skirrow followed with 2.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 HBP, 3 K.  Blake Brown stranded 2 of 2 inherited runners and went 1.1 IP, 1 H, 1 HBP, 2 K.  Aneury Zabala lit the fuse in the ninth and even poured a little gasoline on it with 0.2 IP, 1 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 1HBP, 1 K.  And, Mike Adams (making his 3rd appearance in 4 days) gave up a run on 2 hits and an intentional walk.  He let both inherited runners score without recording the final out.


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


DSL Phillies Red and DSL Phillies White (starts 7/12 thru 10/2)


Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.


The rosters and lists are up to date as of May 16th … there are 303 players in the org


Today’s Transactions in bold text.

5/16/2021 – LHP Brian Marconi assigned to Reading from Jersey Shore
5/16/2021 – RHP Andrew Brown assigned to Jersey Shore from Reading
5/15/2021 – RHP Braden Zarbnisky assigned to Reading from Jersey Shore
5/14/2021 – Phillies activated C J.T. Realmuto from the 10-day IL
5/14/2021 – Phillies optioned RHP Enyel De Los Santos to Lehigh Valley
5/14/2021 – Reading placed C Rodolfo Duran on the 7-day IL, left hamstring strain
5/13/2021 – Phillies placed C J.T. Realmuto on the 10-day IL
5/13/2021 – Phillies recalled C Rafael Marchan from Lehigh
5/13/2021 – Reading placed 1B Matt Kroon on the 7-day IL, right shoulder contusion
5/13/2021 – OF Hunter Hearn assigned to Reading from Jersey Shore
5/13/2021 – OF Hunter Markwardt assigned to Jersey Shore from Clearwater
5/13/2021 – RF Carlos De La Cruz assigned to Clearwater from Extended Spring
5/13/2021 – RHP Carlos A Francisco assigned to Clearwater from Extended Spring

16 thoughts on “Threshers’ and Affiliates’ Recap – 5/16/2021

  1. I am very encouraged by Mick Abel’s start. Obviously he is wild but he has elite stuff. He is far away. But he has huge upside. I love prospects like him. It will take time but I believe the payoff will be huge.

      1. Agreed, he’s pitched so little the last two years, control issues shouldn’t be a surprise. However, his stuff looks very good.

  2. We’re coming off an entire lost year for MiLB but Reading’s Team ERA is almost 8. The team BA is just over .200 That’s a recipe for another lost year. It seems like every year, Reading has a few guys who get boosted by the Reading Effect (said like Rod Serling). This year I can barely see any. Matt Vierling might be the only guy, who is displaying anything resembling a hitter. They have the top OPS man in the Phil’s MiLB organization in Colby Fitch. He has 4 total hits: 2 doubles, 1 triple and a HR, The team is 2nd to last in BA in AA Northeast Div. They are dead last and at least 2 runs more in ERA than any other team in AA NE. Someone on this board yesterday suggested shifting every pitcher from AA to A+ and put all the A+ pitchers in AA. How about scouring the streets of Reading for any Man, Woman or child who can throw a baseball? It’s early. I know Goose-fraba, Goose-fraba.

    1. I don’t even look at the Reading box scores. No prospects. Our AA is completely empty due to horrible drafting.

    1. rocco…..in the bottom right hand corner of the clip there is square box….click on…it will enlarge the picture….or maybe put on your glasses.

      1. According to the numbers Jim reports, Mick Abel’s CB compares to CB’s thrown by Dylan Cease and Justin Verlander.

        Mick Abel ………….. velo 79 MPH, VM 54-60″, HM 6″
        Dylan Cease ……… velo 79 MPH, VM 63.3″, HM 6.1″
        Verlander (2020) … velo 79 MPH, VM 57.4″, HM 7.6″

        Cease gets a little more drop than Abel, but Abels’s pitch mirrors Cease’s shape. The smaller the HM, the closer the pitch is to a true 12-6 offering.

        Verlander and Abel have more the same downward movement, but Abel’s CB has just a little more 12-6 shape.

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        The fact that Abel is just 19 YO, and weighs just 190 lbs on a 6’5″ frame bodes well for projection on his CB/all of his pitches. Let’s pray for good health.

  3. Morales appears to be in over his head at AA which is not good. He’s our 4th ranked prospect but doesn’t look the part right now, not even close. Not good

  4. It seems like every day I read that one or more of our affiliates blow a game in the last inning. We must have a bunch of Hector Neris’ in the minors too. I can’t stand it. Somebody hold a game.

  5. Phillies apparently are not wasting time with Hunter Markwardt ….gets promoted last Tuesday….then goes 8 for 17 for Jersey Shore in his first four games……he keeps raking he could be in Reading before July.
    Why not force feed him thru the system….see what he can do…a 13th round pick in 2019 out of college….not like he has to be nurtured.

    I can also see Abrahan Gutierrez being elevated soon also…he also looks to be in great shape dropping a lot of that baby fat from his mid-section a few years ago.

    1. Romus they are trying to get him to majors, Before he turns 65 and collect ssi

      1. rocco….you are too much.
        I guess you will be heading up to Long Island for the Belmont on June 5th.
        Hope yuo do btter this time…..that mile and half may be meant for Rombauer or Trevorbauer

    2. Abrahan Gutierrez has a tremendous pedigree. Not only did he get a big time bonus from Atlanta, he (along with Mark Vientos and Kevin Maitan) was one of the consensus top three 15 YO players in the world back in 2015. Not saying that guarantees him success. Vientos is a nice prospect for the Mets, but no sure thing. And Maitan gained all kinds of weight after getting his huge bonus, and has been a bust for both the Braves and the Angels. Just saying it wouldn’t surprise me if Gutierrez puts it all together. He’s talented.

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