Threshers’ and Affiliates’ Recap – 5/22/2021

Our affiliates went 2-2 last night.  Clearwater beat Dunedin behind solid pitching and some key hitting.  Lehigh Valley lost in a walk-off.  Reading got stomped.  And, Jersey Shore supported some strong pitching with a walk-off of their own.


Clearwater (8-9) beat Dunedin, 5-3.

Mick Abel pitched three near-perfect innings allowing a ground ball single and striking out four.  Dylan Castaneda went four innings giving up 2 runs on 3 hits, a walk, and 4 strikeouts.  Carlos Francisco pitched the final two innings and gave up a ninth-inning run on 2 walks and a hit with 2 strikeouts.

The Threshers scored 3 runs in the second inning on a 2-out, 2-run double by Rixon Wingrove and an RBI single by Ben Pelletier.  They added 2 more runs in the fifth on Luis Garcia’s sac fly and Abrahan Gutierrez’ RBI single.

Rojas had 2 of the Threshers’6 hits and stole 2 bases (6).  Casey Martin stole his 8th base.

Threshers’ pitchers issued 3 walks, 2 of them scored.

Abel threw just 35 pitches, 23 strikes.  His FB range was 94-97, he sat 95-97 and averaged 96 mph.  He got all 4 Ks swinging, 3 of them on offspeed pitches.  The stadium called them CB, Statcast called them sliders.  He really looked sharp.  I would have liked to see another inning.


Lehigh Valley (10-7) lost to Syracuse, 9-8.

Syracuse scored in 7 of 9 innings and walked off with the win.  Every pitcher contributed to the scoring.

Julian Garcia gave up 2 runs on 3 hits and 2 walks in three innings.  Ethan Evanko gave up 4 runs on 5 hits in two innings.  JD Hammer gave up a solo HR and a walk in two innings and struck out five.  Ramon Rosso gave up one run on 2 hits in one inning.  Neftali Feliz didn’t get an out in the ninth, issuing a walk and single.  He avoided an earned run when the runner from third scored on a passed ball.  (yeah, another walk scores)

The IronPigs put 8 runs on the board, 6 of them scoring in the last 3 innings.

They scored a run in the first inning on a fielding error.  They scored again in the fifth on an RBI single by Roman Quinn.  Trailing by five they mounted their comeback with 2 runs in the seventh on a double-play and a wild pitch.  They tied the game with 3 runs in the eighth on a 2-run HR (3) by Darick Hall and a solo HR (4) by Cornelius Randolph.  They tied the game again in the ninth on Ryan Cordell’s solo HR  (2) in the ninth.

Luke Williams (.368), Quinn, and Ruben Tejada had 2 hits each.  Quinn had an outfield assist.  Garcia picked a runner off base.


Reading (3-14) lost to Akron, 11-0.  New losing streak at three games.

Daniel Brito had 2 of the Phils’ five hits.

Francisco Morales (0-3, 18.69) lasted one, 35-pitch inning.  He gave up 5 runs (4 ER) on 3 hits (including a HR), 2 walks, his throwing error on a pickoff, and a wild pitch.  Braden Zarbniskey lasted 2.1 innings and gave up 3 runs on 5 hits.  TylerCarr lasted 1.2innings and gave up 3 runs on 4 hits.  Nick Lackney pitched two scoreless, hitless innings but did walk four.  Austin Ross gave up a hit and a walk in one scoreless inning.


Jersey Shore (8-9) beat Winston-Salem, 3-2 in ten.

BlueClaws’ pitchers limited the Dash to 3 hits and 2walks.

Noah Skirrow four no-hit innings walking one batter and striking out six.  Kevin Gowdy retired 7 batters in a row before issuing a walk and 2-run HR. (oops, another walk scores) He finished with four innings, 2 runs, 2 hits, a walk, and 2 K.  Victor Santos gave up one hit in two innings and picked up the win.

The BlueClaws collected just 6 hits but also drew 8 walks.  They tied the game with solo HRs, one by Herbert Iser in the seventh and one by Keaton Greenwalt in the eighth.  They scored the golden run in overtime on Jonathan Guzman’s RBI single.

Bryson Stott walked 3 times, Vito Friscia and Greenwalt twice each.  Friscia also doubled.  Hunter Markwardt (2) and Guzman (6) stole bases.


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 22nd … there are 303 players in the org


Today’s Transactions in bold text.

5/22/2021 – Phillies recalled RHP Spencer Howard from Lehigh Valley
5/22/2021 – Phillies placed LHP Matt Moore on the 10-day IL, lower back spasms
5/22/2021 – RHP Brendan Bell assigned to Clearwater from GCL East
5/21/2021 – Phillies sent CF Roman Quinn on a rehab assignment to Lehigh Valley
5/21/2021 – Phillies placed C J.T. Realmuto on the 10-day IL, left hand contusion
5/21/2021 – Phillies activated RF Matt Joyce
5/21/2021 – RHP Billy Sullivan assigned to Reading from Jersey Shore
5/20/2021 – SS Sal Gozzo assigned to Lehigh Valley from Reading
5/20/2021 – OF Corbin Williams assigned to Reading from XST

21 thoughts on “Threshers’ and Affiliates’ Recap – 5/22/2021

  1. I’m not sure how much longer the Phillies can stick with some of the older talent at Reading before releasing them.. Appel looks very average and being 29 doesn’t help.. Morales needs to go to another level to learn how to throw strikes… I realize the primary job of minor league teams is to develop talent but I look at that Reading squad and see maybe two or three players who will advance to Lehigh Valley..The rest are just taking up space..

  2. A quick pull for Abel but I guess they wanted him to enjoy the good outing. Morales is obviously lost. I expect him to go back “to the lab” in Extended and work on things. Let’s hope he’s healthy.
    Randolph had one pinch hit at bat and made it count. He certainly qualifies as a hot hitter.
    Skirrow just keeps putting up zeroes. Another soft tosser who knows how to pitch? Or something more? If the Phils think he has a future, he’ll be promoted quickly.

    1. Morales has been bad, I’m a bit worried, in 2019, yes he had a full season but he piggybacked every start, he was never the full starter.

      So in that regard I thought he made a big jump last year in the alt site for the Phils to put him in AA, but it kind of seems like he should be in Jersey Shore in stead.

  3. I expect the Phillies will soon give Luke Williams a look at the big club……especially with their anemic offense as it currently exists. Sometimes these guys, like a Nick Maton, provide a temporary spark that ignites the stars.
    Over an extended period of time they may get exposed, bit for a brief surt they could serve a useful purpose.

    1. Nick Maton had an opportunity (injuries to Didi and Jean) and took full advantage. He’s already had 91 ABs.

      The other players that you mentioned (Luke Williams) won’t get an opportunity if nobody is hurt. And Williams won’t play before Maton or Torreyes. And there’s no way Williams plays before Joyce/Quinn or even Haseley.

      Williams will have to make his mark in ST.

      1. Forgot to mention that Maton also got an opportunity because Scott Kingery is a mess. A lot of things had to happen for Maton to show what he can do.

  4. Depends on where the major league club is at the deadline. If they are competitive trade McCutchen to a contender for something then platoon Williams/Moniak in LF to replace Cutch. or Randolph with Williams.

    1. Seriously, who’s taking Cutch? If you’re a contender, would you trade for Cutch? He’s 34, he can’t play LF anymore, and he’s making $20M. He’s barely starter level. And if you think the Phillies can replace Cutch with their own borderline prospects, why can’t the other teams do it too? Because every single team has borderline prospects.

      Cutch has to be red hot (like .900 OPS) for a team to take a chance on him, and the Philies would still have to eat most of his salary. The more likely scenario is that he doesn’t get traded, because who the heck would want him?

  5. Howard’s MLB start Sat wa impressive But he hit a wall. He has shown he hits that wall for 3 years. He needs innings. Use as BP at MLB and build.
    He has alt site 2020, 2021, ST and 2020 Pandemic season.
    Stop pampering him, make him put in the innings
    Some MLB Starters on short starts go back to Pen and finish work.
    Help the Kid

    3 years, 1 plus college and minimal HS.
    Great Kid, Great Stuff but Build Him

    1. I understand that the Phillies should build him up, but his shoulder issues in the past have definitely set him back. And it takes time (likely years) to get the body to be used to that type of work.

      So now the Phillies have a choice to make. Keep him as a starter and try to deal with the issues that pop up. Or have him go as a reliever with the chance he can go back as a starter years down the road.

    1. The final 26-man roster will be announced on Sunday, May 30…..so he will have his work cut out to make that team….but because of his versatility, youth he should be a good candidate….most are veteran MLB player.
      His main competition will come form these players…Nick Allen…Eddy Alvarez….Triston Casas …..Jarren Duran…..Eric Filia….Logan Forsythe….Todd Frazier.

  6. Watched some footage of Cornelius Randolph’s 5 for 5 game, wow, he looks like he got his body in shape. He’s not the biggest guy but he has a nice loose swing with some surprising pop. Keep it up young man.

    1. Agreed great to see. He’ll need to do it over a longer stretch but if we even get a bench bat out of this guy I’ll take it at this point.

    2. Yeah…he looked that way in Australia over the winter…glad to see that he is making a name for himself again as a prospect..

  7. Wouldn’t it be great to see Randolph as part of the LF platoon next year? Devers homers. Bradley turning into this year’s Workman/Robinson. Poor decision by Joyce; took the bat out of Segura’s hands.

    1. Bailey Falter with a small 5-inning gem today on the road for LHV….70% strike rate…..lowered his ERA to 2.41
      …for the month of May:
      IP-18.2….H-14…..BB-5…..K-26….. BA .206
      Like to see him at CBP later this year….maybe another 5th round find.

      1. He might get his chance again if Spencer Howard can’t go 5 innings or VV’s finger issues flare up again. When opportunity knocks, you have to take full advantage.

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