Threshers’ and Affiliates’ Recap – 6/15/2021

Clearwater outlasted Dunedin in a high-scoring affair.  Lehigh Valley gut drubbed in a one-sided affair.  Reading won, again.  Break up the Fightin’ Phils.  That’s seven of their last eight.  Former Phillie Brock Stassi drove in the go-ahead run with a pinch-hit.  And Jersey Shore wasted a great start and lost their 4th game in their last five.

Interesting fact (to me anyway).  Only one minor league player has been activated off the 7-day IL all season.  The organization has placed 61 players on the IL this season.  Twenty-two have been Phillies.  Fourteen of those have been activated, and eight still remain on the IL (five are on the 60-day IL).  Thirty-nine have been minor league players.  Fifteen of those are on the 60-day.  Of the 24 minor leaguers who were placed on the 7-day IL, only one has been activated.  Rodolfo Duran on Tuesday.

Clearwater (19-18) beat Dunedin, 9-7.  The Threshers led all the way in a tightly contested contest.

This was Mick Abel’s start and the top prospect threw 67 pitches but only lasted 2.2 innings.  He gave up 3 runs on 3 hits, 4 walks, and a hit batter.  Carlos Francisco was awarded his first win.  He stranded 3 inherited runners, pitched 1.1 innings, allowed one run on one hit (solo HR), and struck out four.  Maikel Garrido went 1.2 innings and gave up 3 runs (2 ER) on 3 hits and a walk.  JP Woodward pitched 2.1 scoreless, no-hit innings and struck out two.  Tyler Burch pitched one inning allowing one walk.

The Threshers scored 2 runs in the first inning on Abrahan Gutierrez’ 2-run double.  They added 3 runs in the second on an RBI single by Yhoswar Garcia and a 2-run single by Johan Rojas.  The Blue Jays pecked away until they trailed by one.  In the sixth, the Threshers reestablished their multi-run lead with 3 runs on Rixon Wingrove’s 2-run double and a ground out.  After the Jays closed to within one again (on 2 HRs), the Threshers tacked on an insurance run in the eighth on Nicolas Torres’ RBI double.

Yhoswar Garcia went 2-6 with a run scored and an RBI.  He stole 2 more bases for 7 in 7 attempts in his 5-game career.  Johan Rojas went 2-4 with 2 runs scored, 2 RBI, 2 walks, and a sacrifice.  Casey Martin went 2-4 with a run scored, double, and a walk.  Baron Radcliffe went 2-4 with a run scored RBI, and walk.

The Threshers collected 13 hits, every player had at least one.  They had 5 extra base hits, all doubles – Gutierrez, Carlos De La Cruz, Martin, Wingrove, and Torres.  The Blue Jays also had 5 extra base hits – a double and 4 home runs.

Lehigh Valley (18-19) lost to Worcester, 10-1.

Lehigh Valley didn’t put up much of a fight – 5 hits (all singles) and 3 walks.  They scored their only run in the third inning on Matt Vierling’s RBI single.  Vierling went 2-4 with an RBI.  Scott Kingery went 1-3 with a run scored.  Mickey Moniak had an outfield assist at home.

Adonis Medina gave up 5 runs in four innings on 7 hits and 3 walks.  He struck out none.  Bryan Mitchell went two innings and gave up 2 runs on 4 hits and 2 walks.  Jeff Singer gave up 2 runs in one inning on 2 hits and 2 walks.  David Paulino pitched the final inning and gave up one run on one hit and 2 walks.  Every IronPigs pitcher was touched for at least one run, one hit, and 2 walks for a combined 14 hits, 10 runs, 9 walks, and just 4 Ks.

Reading (12-25) beat Harrisburg, 9-8 in ten innings. That’s 7 out of 8 for the Fightin’ Phils.

James McArthur went 4.1 innings and gave up 5 runs on 6 hits and one walk.  He struck out two and gave up 2 HRs.  Jonathan Hennigan continued his struggles at Double-A, allowing an inherited runner to score plus 2 additional runs (one ER) in 0.2 innings on one hit and 2 walks.  He has a 9.82 ERA and has allowed 14 walks in 14.2 innings.  Brian Marconi pitched a one-walk inning.  Braden Zarbniskey blew his first save with Reading on a solo HR in the seventh inning.  He pitched two innings giving up 2 hits and striking out two.  Billy Sullivan got his first win allowing one hit and striking out one in two innings.  He has yet to allow a run at Double-A in 10.2 innings.

The Fightin’ Phils jumped out to a quick lead with 2 runs in the first inning on Jorge Bonifacio’s 2-run HR (7).  They broke a tie game in the third with 3 runs on Dalton Guthrie’s 2-run triple and Luke Miller’s RBI single.  They opened a 4-run lead in the fifth with 3 runs on McCarthy Tatum’s solo HR (5) and Miller’s 2-run HR (7).  The Phillies scored in the top of the tenth on Brock Stassi’s leadoff, RBI single.

Daniel Brito went 3-6 with a run scored and double.  Bonifacio went 2-4 with 2 runs scored, HR (7), 2 RBI, and 2 intentional walks.  Miller went 2-5 with a run scored, HR (7), and 3 RBI.  Stassi entered as a pinch hitter after being signed and assigned Tuesday.

Jersey Shore (15-20) lost to Hudson Valley, 6-5.

Jersey Shore jumped out to an early 4-run lead, and Adam Leverett tossed Five, 2-hit, shutout innings.  He walked 2 and struck out five.  But, Jhordany Mezquita blew the lead in a 4-run sixth where he only got two outs.  He allowed the runs on one hit and 4 walks.  Mike Adams inherited and stranded one runner and threw 1.1 no-hit innings.  Aneury Zabala pitched the final 1.1 innings allowing the go-ahead run in the eighth and the walk-off run in the ninth on 3 hits including a HR (with one out in the ninth).

The Jersey boys plated a run in the first inning on Logan O’Hoppe’s RBI single.  They scored 3 more runs in the second on RBI singles by Cole Stobbe and Jhailyn Ortiz and a ground out.  The bats went silent until Ortiz tied the game in the top of the ninth with an RBI single.

Ortiz went 4-5 with a run scored and 2 RBI, and 2 doubles.  His batting average is up to .262 with 22 RBI.  Six starters had batting averages below .190.

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 June 15th … there are 308 players in the org

Today’s Transactions

6/15/2021 Phillies selected the contract of 1B Brock Stassi from Long Island
6/15/2021 Phillies signed free agent IF Hao Yu Lee to an MiLB contract
6/15/2021 CF Matt Vierling assigned to Lehigh Valley from Reading
6/15/2021 Reading placed C Nick Matera on the 7-day IL, left meniscus tear
6/15/2021 Reading activated C Rodolfo Duran from the 7-day IL
6/15/2021 Reading placed RHP Colton Eastman on the 7-day IL, right index finger fracture
6/15/2021 1B Brock Stassi assigned to Reading
6/15/2021 C Vito Friscia assigned to Jersey Shore from Reading
6/15/2021 Clearwater placed RHP Alejandro Made on the TIL
6/15/2021 IF Hao Yu Lee assigned to GCL East
6/14/2021 Phillies recalled LHP Bailey Falter from Lehigh Valley
6/14/2021 Phillies optioned RHP Enyel De Los Santos to Lehigh Valley
6/14/2021 OF Grenny Cumana assigned to GCL East
6/14/2021 2B Jake Elmore assigned to GCL East
6/13/2021 Phillies signed FA SS Jake Elmore to an MiLB contract
6/13/2021 Phillies signed FA SS Grenny Cumana to an MiLB contract

17 thoughts on “Threshers’ and Affiliates’ Recap – 6/15/2021

  1. Did Colton Eastman suffer his “right index finger fracture” while batting or running the bases?

  2. Rojas and Y. Garcia are showing they are legit prospects. I really hope the Phillies don’t move either one. Segura is likely headed to the IL with a groin injury which means Maton will likely be recalled. Is it too early to promote Stott to Lehigh Valley?

    1. philliesfan……I think they will let Stott get a month or more to see if what he is doing is real, and if he can sustain before they think about moving him up.
      I do think however since the new schedules have the Pigs playing all the way into mid-Sept and, a little thereafter if there are any make up dates….he will get up there by Sept 1st so they give him 20 or so games of AAA pitching before going into next season.

      1. Agree with your last comment, Stott will up by September to LHV, where he will also start at in 2022. To others (not you, I know you know better), Stott is not making the team out of spring training next year so please don’t ask.

      2. Romus, the Phillies have a plan for their top prospects. I don’t know the specifics, but I know that promotions are of the top guys will happen at the beginning of a month. I don’t think they will accelerate the promotion of a top prospect because of an injury. That’s why they have “filler” and why they sign guys like Elmore, Cumana, and Stassi. Conversely, if they deem a player not ready for a promotion, he’ll spend another month at his current level.

        Now, beyond the obvious, I don’t know how many are considered top prospects. But, I can sure spot the “filler” when certain promotions occur, especially following an injury.

        1. Yeah…when it comes to Stott, I hope he stays at Reading for awhile and gets acclimated to AA level pitching…and does well against it..

  3. Jim … DJ Stewart looks to be a second MiLB to be activated from the 7-day IL, according to your Organization Injury List.

    1. Yeah, I missed Stewart. Tne Threshers put him on the IL on May 29th. He was assigned to Jersey on June 9th. But, neither BlueClaws nor the Threshers placed a transaction that took Stewart off the IL.

      Still, only two guys coming off the IL is interesting. Makes me wonder if the players on the 7-day IL are suffering more serious injuries than we know.

      1. At the MLB level injuries have spiked and are taking longer to heal…..with a little more than two weeks left before the half-way point….they have already set the record for IL soft tissue injuries.
        Through May, there were 104 soft tissue injuries that resulted in stints on the IL, a 160% increase over the 48 after two months in 2019,….hamstrings are going haywire – already the most common injury in baseball, they are up 193% since 2019, with 47 IL stints compared to 16 through May 2021….adductors are in disarray – there have been 16 groin-related IL trips, compared to two in 2019’s first two months….and then oblique strains and tears are up 83% – from 12 after two months of 2019 to 22 in 2021.
        Not just affecting the minors.

  4. Positives – Vierling with 2 hits and rbi in his 1st AAA game, Brito up to 273, Ortiz up to 262, multiple guys at CWater with 2 hits and potential, and Leveritt who has been terrific and may be playing himself up to Reading soon. Most of all is Sullivan who may go to AAA by July if he keeps this up. Negative- Mezquita and Medina really struggling. I’ll give Abel a pass because he just needs to keep pitching, he’s that raw. As a reminder, the last time he pitched was in 11th grade.

    1. Move Medina to the pen…see what he can do airing it out for an inning or two.
      They did that with Seranthony back at the end of the 2017 season when starting with length became too difficult. Medina does have the stuff for an effective short distance reliever.

      1. They will if they’re ready to give up on him as a starter. It’s a tough call for me because I’m not sure what he’s throwing that is getting hit. If it’s just generally bad location, the pen won’t help and he just needs innings to either improve or wash out.

  5. Medina some thing is Wrong! Hurt! It cannot be pandemic lay-off because he did not miss 2020 ST, Alte Site or MLB time. Maybe assigned to Development Program. It’s seems to be working for Dohy

    Maybe too

    1. I’m nervously waiting for Dohy’s next outing to see if he can repeat the brilliance he just showed.

      1. He pitched 2 shutout innings today and gave up 2 hits but no walks and 4 Ks! Looking better!!!

        1. No walks….now that may be a new record for him…two games in a row without issuing a free pass..

  6. Results have never lived up to the first hand reports with Medina, IMO this is who he is, at least as a starter.

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