Threshers’ and Affiliates’ Recap – 5/23/2021

Our affiliates went 2-2 again yesterday.  Clearwater walked off against Dunedin on Luis Garcia’s 2-run HR in the tenth.  Lehigh Valley did not falter against Syracuse.  Reading got crushed by Akron, again.  And, Jersey Shore got dashed by Winston-Salem.


If you check the daily transactions section below, you will notice that a player was assigned to the Development List.  I couldn’t find what exactly a Development List is, but I found out how it affects the player and his team.

According to MLR 2(c)(12) Development List – page 32

(A) Placement on the Development List. A Minor League
player may be placed on the Development List for any
non-disciplinary reason, except that a player is not eligible to be
placed on the Development List if the player is injured and
otherwise qualifies for placement on the Minor League Injured
List. Players on optional assignment to the Minor Leagues may
not be placed on the Development List without their written
consent. Upon request for placement on the Development List, the
Club must include the reason for such placement. The minimum
period of placement on the Development List shall be seven
consecutive days, except that if a player on the Development List
suffers an injury, that player is required to be transferred to the
Regular Injured List and the inactive days on the Development
List will count towards the minimum period of inactivity on the
Regular Injured List.
(B) Player Limits. A player on the Development List shall
count against the player’s Minor League Club’s Reserve List and
the Domestic Reserve List limit but not against the Club’s Active
List limit.

So, it appears to me that, regardless of what happens while a player is on the Development List, he still counts against the 180-player limit for the organization but not against the Active Player List for the individual team.


Clearwater (9-9) walked off against Dunedin in the first overtime, 8-6 on Luis Garcia’s 2-run HR.

Victor Vargas started and gave up 3 runs (2 ER) on 6 hits and 3 wild pitches. He struck out five.  JP Woodward pitched the one inning bridge to the piggyback starter and gave up 2 runs on a hit and a walk.  He struck out three.  Eduar Segovia pitched three innings and gave up a run on 2 hits and 2 walks.  Tyler Adams pitched two innings and gave up just one walk while striking out four.  Tyler Burch navigated the ghost runner in overtime and pitched one scoreless, no-hit inning for the win.  The pitchers combined to strike out 15 batters.

The Threshers’ offense kept answering whenever Dunedin threatened to pull away.  The game settled down after five innings until the Threshers tied it in the eighth.  Garcia provided the exclamation point in the tenth.

The Threshers scored a run in the second on Rixon Wingrove’s RBI double.  That kept them within 2 runs of the Jays.  They scored 2 runs in the fourth on D.J. Stewart’s RBI single and Wingrove’s RBI triple.  That was in answer to the 2 runs the Jays scored in the top of the inning.  Still trailing by two.  They scored 2 runs in the fifth on RBI singles by Garcia and Stewart.  That pulled them within a run of the Jays.  They tied the game in the eighth on Casey Martin’s first professional HR.  That set the stage for Garcia’s heroic blast in the tenth.

A good portion of the offense came from the 2-5 hitters.  Garcia went 2-5with 2 runs scored 3 RBI, HR (2).  Martin 2-4 with 2 runs scored, RBI, double (7), HR (1).  Stewart (.339/.872) went 3-4 with 2 runs scored, 2 RBI.  And, Wingrove went 2-4 with 2 RBI, double (4), and a triple (1).


Lehigh Valley (11-7) beat Syracuse, 7-2.

Bailey Falter got the “W” with five scoreless innings.  He held the Mets to 3 hits and struck out seven.  Mauricio Llovera gave up his first earned run of the season in two innings on 2 hits and 2 walks.  David Paulino gave up a run on 2 hits in one inning of work.  Kyle Dohy loaded the bases in the ninth on 2 walks, a wild pitch, and a hit batter.  Jeff Singer got the final out for his second save, stranding all three inherited runners.

The IronPigs put up a couple of crooked numbers on former Phillies’ prospect Franklyn Kilome.  They scored 3 runs in the third inning on Mickey Moniak’s RBI single and Cornelius Randolph’s 2-run double.  They added 3 more runs in the sixth on Ryan Cordell’s 3-run HR (3).  And, they tacked on one more run in the seventh on Austin Listi’s RBI single.

Listi (.232) went 3-5 with a double (5).  Randolph went 2-5 with a double (5) and raised his average to .377.  His 2 RBI give him 13 on the season.  He also stole his 2nd base.


Reading (3-15) lost to Akron, 13-1.  New losing streak at four games.

The Phils had just 4 hits.  Arquimedes Gamboa’s solo HR (3) in the sixth pulled Reading within 3-1, but the Phils surrendered 10 runs over the next three innings.

James McArthur gave up 3 runs in the first inning but pitched into the fourth.  He held the Ducks to those 3 runs on 6 hits and a walk.  Zach Warren stranded an inherited runner and pitched one-hit ball for 1.1 innings.  Joel Cesar got creamed in 0.1 innings, giving up 4 runs on 2 hits and 2 walks.  Jake Hernandez allowed two inherited runners to score and tacked on 3 more runs in 1.2 innings on 5 hits.  Brian Marconi finished up with 3 runs on 2 hits and 2 walks in one inning.


Jersey Shore (8-10) lost to Winston-Salem, 11-5.

Jonathan Hughes went 3.1 innings and gave up 5 runs on 5 hits and 3 walks.  Riley Wilson allowed an inherited runner to score and gave up 2 additional runs in 1.2 innings on 2 hits and 2 walks.  Josh Hendrickson gave up 3 runs on 4 hits and a walk in 2.2 innings.  Aneury Zabala stranded an inherited runner but gave up a run on a solo HR in 1.1 innings.

The BlueClaws scored a run that tied the game in the first inning on a ground out.  Trailing by nine, they scored 3 runs in the sixth on Keaton Greenwaldt’s 2-run single and Cole Stobbe’s RBI single.  They added a run in the seventh on Vito Friscia’s RBI double.

Bryson Stott (.278/1.010) went 2-4 with a run scored, RBI, and BB.  Friscia (.250/.779) went 3-4 with a run scored, RBI, BB.


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 23rd … there are 304 players in the org


Today’s Transactions in bold text.

5/23/2021 – Phillies claimed RHP Brady Lail off waivers from Seattle
5/23/2021 – Phillies designated RHP Ramon Rosso for assignment
5/23/2021 – Phillies optioned RHP Brady Lail to Lehigh Valley
5/23/2021 – OF Corbin Williams assigned to XST from Reading
5/23/2021 – Jersey Shore transferred RHP Ben Brown to the Development List
5/23/2021 – SS Jose Tortolero assigned to Jersey Shore from GCL East
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 – LHP Nick Lackney assigned to Reading from Clearwater
5/22/2021 – Jersey Shore placed RHP Mark Potter on the 7-day IL
5/22/2021 – Jersey Shore placed 3B Chris Cornelius on the 7-day IL
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 Julian Garcia assigned to Lehigh Valley from Reading
5/21/2021 – RHP Billy Sullivan assigned to Reading from Jersey Shore

15 thoughts on “Threshers’ and Affiliates’ Recap – 5/23/2021

  1. So what is the story with Reading? They are not only losing a lot, they are being embarrassed a lot. Its must be tough to play on that team and not feel demoralized.

    Also, what will it take for Randolph to play himself back into the conversation as a top 30 prospect? He’s still only 23.

    1. Um, the story is that Reading is horrendous. Very little talent on that club. It’s Matt Vierling and some roster filler. That’s about it.

      As for Randolph, he’s 23 and in AAA so it matters little where he’s ranked. What matters now is whether he can keep it up and become a legitimate big league hitter. I have to admit that I didn’t see his hitting outburst coming at all but it’s great news! If he keeps hitting like this he will end the year in the majors so I’m pulling for him big time!

  2. Mister Jim – D.J. Stewart is hitting/playing well thus far. What can you tell us about his defense? Will he stick at third base in your opinion?

    1. I was about to ask the same, i know we drafted him as a SS but he has moved to the outfield, his body structure reminds me of Dominic Smith from the Mets.

  3. Assume Ben Brown’s placement on the Development List is to see if he can work on in correcting whatever is effecting his poor start this season …..his walk rate early on has jumped this season.

  4. Jim may know better than me but my guess the clock is ticking for some of the older Reading players and they will be released within the next 30-days… Start promoting players like Stott for one…

    1. Unfortunately it’s not like Jersey Shore is loaded with talent either. Yes Stott will get promoted, probably in June, but he’s not going to turn that team around himself. I also think you could see Hall dropped down to Reading just to add his bat there since he’s failed at AAA.
      Falter has put up multiple good starts and has positioned himself as the next pitcher to get called up.
      DJ Stewart is my favorite unheralded prospect at this point. He’s a big strong guy who can hit and plays a fine 3b. It’s just taken him a little long to get his career in gear due to some injuries and then the lost year. I definitely expect him to be promoted along with a few others to J Shore before July. The Phils obviously think highly of him, as evidenced by the fact that he’s hit 4th all season.

    2. Reading’s problem is not that they are old. It is all the 24-year-olds there just aren’t that good. Stott is a special case because the organization did not want to push him, but I am not thinking we’ll see a huge number of promotions beyond him at least in the next month or so. Both Jersey Shore and Clearwater are a little on the young side as is and the Phillies might want many of those younger players to mature at that level.

      I think you actually need to add a couple of older players at Reading to shore up the performance (or demote from LHV). Maybe demote some younger players like Morales too if that has not happened already.

      1. Teams normally do not demote prospects…..and I do not consider rehab assignments as demotions. They may send them back to the Complex……and administratively do what they did with smuggling RHP Ben Brown….put them on the Development List……and help to get them straightened out at the Complex.
        I have to assume that is one objective of the Dev, List…to help and instruct struggling players….sort of like remedial training.

    1. Gotta say Falter wasn’t very impressive in his brief ML debut this year. Just from a stuff perspective I mean. It just looked like a below average fastball, below average slider combo so unless that was early season rust I’m not expecting much.

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