Threshers’ and Affiliates’ Recap – 5/20/2021

Our guys won one of four games last night.  Clearwater sleepwalked through a loss to Dunedin.  Lehigh Valley lost to an old Phillies’ pitcher.  Reading’s one-game winning streak came to an end against Akron.  And, Jersey Shore owned Winston-Salem.


Clearwater (7-8) lost to Dunedin, 6-2.

Another dreary performance by the Threshers’ offense.  They were no-hit on one walk for three innings.  They got off the no hitter in the fourth on Matt Joyce’s single.  Casey Martin followed with a 20-foot single, but couldn’t score.  They got runners on second and third in the fifth after two singles and a passed ball with one out but didn’t score.  They got first and third with two outs in the sixth, and nada.  They didn’t get another base runner until the ninth when they scored two meaningless runs on Ben Pelletier’s RBI double and a throwing error.

Matt Joyce went 2-2.  Wingrove went 2-4 with a run scored.

Jordi Martinez pitched three scoreless innings.  Rodolfo Sanchez pitched a strong fourth but got whacked in the fifth.  He loaded the bases to start the fifth and got out of it allowing one run on a fielder’s choice and a double play.  However, the umpire blew the call at second base and Sanchez gave up three more runs.  Enter Gabriel Yanez who tossed two scoreless innings.  Tyler Burch walked his first two batters in the eight and let them both score.  Nick Lackney relieved with 2 runners on base and got the final out of the inning and pitched a scoreless ninth.

Threshers pitchers walked 4 batters and 3 of them scored.  Psst.  DON’T WALK BATTERS.

Matt Joyce played rightfield.  At 7:00 PM, RF is the sun field and the sun is brutal before it drops behind the stadium’s main entrance.  He spent the first three innings shielding his eyes with his free hand.  Of course, the first batter hit a sinking line drive to Joyce.  He fought off the sun and made the catch.

The home plate umpire did NOT wear the ABS system pack for the third time in nine home games.


Lehigh Valley (9-6) lost to Syracuse, 5-3.

The IronPigs jumped out to a 3-run lead on Cornelius Randolph’s solo HR (3) in the second and Ryan Cordell’s 2-run HR (1) in the third.  Luke Williams went 2-3 with a walk.  Jerad Eickhoff was the victim pitcher who went on to win for the Mets.

Christopher Sanchez pitched four innings and gave up 2 runs on 3 hits and 3 walks.  Enyel De Los Santos pitched one inning and gave up 3 runs on 2 hits and 4 walks.  David Paulino pitched two scoreless innings walking one.  Mauricio Llovera pitched one perfect inning.


Reading (3-12) lost to Akron, 5-3.

The Phils slipped back to their losing ways.

Mark Appel pitched 1.2 innings and gave up 3 runs on 3 hits, 3 walks, and 2 hit batters.  Tyler Ross came in with the bases loaded and allowed an inherited runner to score.  He went 1.1 innings and allowed a hit and 2 walks.  Taylor Lehman gave up 2 runs in one inning on 2 hits and 2 walks.  Joel Cesar pitched two shutout innings walking one.  Brian Marconi pitched two innings walking two.

The Phils scored a run in the second on Madison Stokes’ RBI single.  They scored 2 runs in the seventh on a throwing error.  Stokes went 2-4 with 2 RBI.


Jersey Shore (7-8) beat Winston-Salem, 4-2.

Jersey Shore built a lead and the pitchers shut down the Dash until the ninth inning.

The BlueClaws scored a run in the fourth inning on Keaton Greenwalt’s RBI single.  They scored 2 runs in the fifth on another Markwardt RBI single and Logan O’Hoppe’s RBI single.  They tacked on a run in the eighth on Vito Friscia’s sac fly.

Tonight’s pitchers were really strong, until the ninth.

Domonic Pipkin threw 3.0 innings.  He gave up two hits and struck out three.  Andrew Brown pitched 2.0 innings.  He walked a batter and struck out two.  He pitched into and out of trouble in the fifth loading the bases with two out.  Jack Perkins allowed two base runners in his first three innings but gave up two singles in the ninth.  He finished with 3.1 innings pitched allowing 4 hits and striking out five.  He would soon be charged with 2earned runs.  Aneury Zabala finished the game giving up 2 singles and a sac fly and letting 2 inherited runners score.


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 20th … there are 303 players in the org


Today’s Transactions in bold text.

05/20/2021 – SS Sal Gozzo assigned to Lehigh Valley from Reading
05/20/2021 – OF Corbin Williams assigned to Reading from XST
5/18/2021 – Reading transferred LHP Nick Fanti from the 7-day IL to the 60-day IL
5/18/2021 – Jersey Shore transferred RHP Albertus Barber from the 7-day IL to the 60-day IL
5/18/2021 – Clearwater transferred LHP Jordan Fowler from the 7-day IL to the 60-day IL
5/18/2021 – C Juan Aparicio assigned to Clearwater from Extended Spring
5/18/2021 – Phillies activated SS Ronald Torreyes
5/18/2021 – Phillies placed SS Scott Kingery on the 7-day IL, concussion
5/18/2021 – Phillies placed LHP JoJo Romero on the 60-day IL, left elbow sprain
5/18/2021 – Phillies placed SS Didi Gregorius on the 10-day IL, right elbow impingement
5/18/2021 – Phillies sent RF Matt Joyce on a rehab assignment to Clearwater
5/18/2021 – Phillies activated RHP Archie Bradley
5/18/2021 – 2B Ruben Tejada assigned to Lehigh Valley
5/18/2021 – C Chris Burke assigned to GCL East from Clearwater
5/18/2021 – SS Sal Gozzo assigned to Reading from Lehigh Valley
5/18/2021 – RHP Mark Potter assigned to Jersey Shore from Reading

17 thoughts on “Threshers’ and Affiliates’ Recap – 5/20/2021

  1. Good to see Pipkin throw 3 shutout innings and I’m confident that Llovera is throwing the ball very well and will be in Philly before too long. Also, Randolph remained very hot with another homer Who knows??

  2. Couple thoughts:
    1) please release Enyel DeLoSantos. I despise reading his lines when he pitches. He can have one good game and many bad. He is a tease and taking up a roster spot.

    2) wouldn’t it be nice to have one minor league team with all the best players in your system playing against all the others’ best. Get to the point and forget the ups and downs thru the organization, just get it over with right away. If a kid can play he can play, need longevity in players not flashes.

    Just an old time ballplayer and fan disgusted with fallacy of phenoms.

    1. Never fret Denny……looks like high-bonus signee from a few years ago RHP Starlyn Castillo has it altogether this season…he could be the next pitching ‘phenom’ for the Phillies…was in the mid-90s this week. he is also physically solidly built.

        1. Saw somewhere on one of the Phillies blog sites….93-95T96.
          Not sure how they got that info….assume from a scout or another blogger on the scene.

    2. If “a kid can play he can play”, then there’s no need for the minor league system at all. Just draft them and put them on the major league roster like in football. But we both know that isn’t true. There are multiple levels of development… hence the multiple levels of the minors. It starts as a kid for most players, continues through the teens, and then through the early adult years. Hell, players in the majors are STILL learning. But they have the basis provided by what they were taught and observed for all the years prior. Some learn much faster than others and can make the jump from high school to the majors in a year or less. Some make that jump and then flame at in the majors. But most need multiple years, and playing against people that aren’t significantly more advanced than you helps the learning process. Imagine how many kids would just quit baseball altogether if they had to play high schoolers as a 10 year old.

      So yeah. Better to have the current system. If they flame out in the minors, they most assuredly would have in the majors, too. At least this way we can give the slow learners a fighting chance.

  3. Dunedin pitched Nick Frasso (2 IP, 0 H, 1 BB, 2K) last night. I loved him for the Phillies before last summer’s draft. Toronto picked him in the 4th round. I’ll be measuring Casey Martin (Phillies 3rd round pick) vs Frasso going forward.

  4. OUCH!

    Not sure I can remember a more down trodden time in Phillies baseball. Top to bottom its difficult to find guys to be optimistic about.

    1. Man you already forget some years back where justin defratus was in the discussion as #1 prospect? A decent middle relief pitcher was our best prospect….. man i hope we never hit that rock bottom again

  5. Some things never change. Mark Appel with a typical Mark Appel outing. I wonder how much longer the Phillies organization will stick with him.

    1. I’m not sure what you’re expecting from him. Mark Appel is already 29 and hasn’t pitched since 2017. At this point, he’s a lotto ticket. And before you say that he’s taking up a spot that could be given to somebody else, not all players in the minors are elite or even starter level. There are a lot of “filler” players. ALL ML teams will have these players.

      1. I wasn’t expecting anything with Appel. But with the elimination of Williamsport from the system, more emphasis should be given to prospects. We have already seen the overcrowding of rosters, with the starters only going about three innings per start, even if the pitch count is low. Appel just takes a roster spot needlessly.

    2. As another example, ex-Phillie Jerad Eickhoff (and 30 years old) is pitching for the AAA Syracuse Mets. Why is that guy there?

      1. There are normally about 4-5 prospects (plus or minus) on a team and the rest of the guys are just there so the prospects have a team to play for. That’s the real truth of minor league baseball. But every once in a while, there’s a surprise…..,

        1. You should be directing that to wawatom. I know why Jerad Eickhoff is there, same with Mark Appel. I’m not complaining about Mark Appel.

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