Threshers’ and Affiliates’ Recap (7/16/2021)

Let’s see.  Erik Miller pitched well in his first action after being activated from the IL.  Ethan Lindow pitched well for Jersey Shore.  Clearwater got five home runs, two by Luis Garcia.  Josh Gessner and Corey Phelan combined to throw eight shutout innings for the FCL Phillies.  Other than that, Lehigh Valley lost.  Reading Lost.  Jersey Shore lost.  Clearwater lost ugly.  Both DSL teams lost, again.  Only the FCL Phillies managed to win.

Lehigh Valley (26-37) lost to Buffalo, 4-3.  David Parkinson (0-6, 6.71) pitched four innings and gave up 4 runs though only two were earned.  He didn’t walk anybody but gave up 9 hits and struck out five.  Dalton Guthrie (.321) went 2-4 with a double.  Mickey Moniak (.232) went 1-2 with a walk and RBI.

Reading (26-38) lost to Portland, 4-1.  Josh Hendrickson (3-1, 3.25) pitched six innings and gave up 4 runs on 7 hits and a walk while striking out five.  Zach Warren (2.81) walked two and struck out three in two innings.  The Phils managed just 3 singles by Arquimedes Gamboa, Josh Stephen, and Madison Stokes who also drew 2 walks.  He also scored their only run on a double play.

Jersey Shore (28-36) lost to Brooklyn, 6-1.  Tom Sutera was activated off the IL and was knocked around in a way similar to what I saw in his rehab appearances.  Actually, a little worse – two innings, 6 runs, 6 hits, 2 walks 3 strikeouts, one HR, and a wild pitch.  Ethan Lindow (2.89) pitched five scoreless innings allowing a hit and 2 walks while striking out three.  Corbin Williams (.093) had the BlueClaws only hit, a ninth-inning, inside-the-park home run (1).  Williams has 80 speed, but until he figures out how to steal first …

Clearwater (32-31) lost to Dunedin, 15-10 in overtime.  The pitching highlight was that Erik Miller was activated and threw 52 pitches (30 for strikes).  He pitched 2.2 innings and was charged with 3 unearned runs on 2 hits and 2 walks.  He struck out five.  The bullpen successfully blew leads of 6-4, 6-5, 7-6, 9-7, and 10-8.  The Blue Jays scored in all but the first and second innings.

Luis Garcia (.241) went 3-6 with 2 HR (7), a double, and 4 RBI.  Baron Radcliff (.189) went 2-3 with a HR (6) and 2 walks.  Nicolas Torres (,240) went 1-5 with a 3-run HR (3).  Rixon Wingrove (.224) returned from a 3-game suspension for rushing the mound Sunday and went 1-5 with a 2-run HR (8).  Every starter had at least one hit except Abrahan Gutierrez (.280) who went 0-1 with 4 walks.

I have an update on Mick Abel, but forgot to ask permission to report it.  Let’s just say that my “Holiday Inn Express” diagnosis was close and that he was treated, feels well, and resumed baseball activities.  However, remember that part of my “diagnosis” also suggests that the extremely careful Phillies are equally likely to hold him out of his next start, let him start with a short innings or pitch count, quietly slip him onto the IL, or shut him down completely.  Shutting down is extreme, but you can’t rule it out with the Phillies.  Because it doesn’t matter what anyone thinks except the trainers.  Which is as it should be.  (His next start should be next Wednesday in Tampa.  Or, maybe Winston-Salem.)

FCL Phillies (8-5) beat the FCL Tigers West 5-0 on the road.  Josh Gessner pitched four innings of shutout ball.  He allowed 2 hits, walked none, and struck out nine.  Corey Phelan followed with three shutout innings, allowing one hit, walking one, and striking out three.  It was a 1-0 game through seven innings on Jamari Baylor’s RBI single until they scored 4 runs in the eighth on Leandro Pineda’s 2-run double, Arturo De Freitas’ RBI double, and Juan Herrera’s RBI double.  Adam Haseley walked played 9 innings and drew 3 walks.

DSL Phillies Red (0-4)  lost 11-2 to The DSL Yankees1.  Two pitchers couldn’t get out of the eight-run first inning.  Catcher Rickardo Perez (.273) went 1-3 with an RBI.  He had one of the team’s 3 hits.

DSL Phillies White (0-4)  lost 7-5 to the DSL Cubs Red.  Giussepe “Don’t Call Me Vinnie” Velasquez pitched four scoreless, two-hit innings.  He walked three and struck out six.  Yermal Flores (who hit his first professional HR on Thursday) went 3-4 (.267) with 2 runs scored and a double.

The Affiliate Scoreboard, the FCL Scoreboard, and the DSL Scoreboard.


7/16/2021 – Phillies activated LHP Bailey Falter from the 10-day IL
7/16/2021 – Phillies optioned LHP Damon Jones to Lehigh Valley
7/16/2021 – Phillies recalled CF Matt Vierling from Lehigh Valley
7/16/2021 – Lehigh Valley placed RHP Ramon Rosso on the temporarily inactive list
7/16/2021 – RHP Julian Garcia assigned to Lehigh Valley from Reading
7/16/2021 – Jersey Shore placed LHP J.P. Woodward on the 7-day IL retro to 7/15/21
7/16/2021 – Jersey Shore activated 3B Nate Fassnacht from the 7-day IL
7/16/2021 – Jersey Shore activated RHP Tom Sutera from the 7-day IL
7/16/2021 – Clearwater Threshers activated LF Ben Pelletier from the 7-day IL
7/16/2021 – LHP Erik Miller assigned to Clearwater from Reading
7/16/2021 – SS Jose Tortolero assigned to Clearwater from Jersey Shore
7/16/2021 – SS Uziel Viloria assigned to FCL Phillies from Clearwater
7/16/2021 – RHP Hsin-Chieh Lin assigned to FCL Phillies from Clearwater
7/16/2021 – RHP Douglas Mijares assigned to DSL White from DSL Red

22 thoughts on “Threshers’ and Affiliates’ Recap (7/16/2021)

  1. Jim, thank you for all of your outstanding coverage and insights. Do you know when Cornelius Randolph is expected to play again?

  2. Jim – did you watch Miller yesterday? How does he look beyond the numbers?
    There should be an influx of pitchers to the FCL squad in a few weeks with some movement to CWater too. Trades might thin the herd as well.

  3. Yemal Flores…fingers-crossed,
    …..17-year old, could he be a Latin gem that this org. needs to have shine!

  4. I put a lot more weight on second half performance than on full season stats for young players. Players like Garcia and Rojas get a mulligan on their first half in my book. Chalk it up to learning. If they perform in the second half well, then it will be a good season for them despite their overall numbers.

    1. Yep…that is a reasonable way of looking at it…after a initial learning curve, progression.
      Though, I would like for once that the Phillies would have one player come thru the system…’cradle to grave’ raking all the way…like the Vlad Jr, Acunas. Sotos, Tatis’ of the world..position players that is..
      Sixto, as a pitcher, was one exception

    2. On the other hand, after the first half a lot of the good performing players get promoted and some greener players replace them after being bumped up from a lower league. So the level of competition is probably worse.

  5. Luis Garcia (age 20) has bumped his slash to .241/.348/.405. He’s still young for low-A. Would like him to get his OPS to .800+ before sending him to JS.

    1. If Luis Garcia hits for power and draws some walk – well, it’s a big deal.

  6. Moniak OPS by month this year in AAA:

    April: .454
    May: .661
    June: .688
    July: .916

    Overall he is at .729. Despite the awful start, he may put up decent numbers in AAA this year — if he ends up north of .750, that’s not bad.

    1. Too many Ks. He’ll probably end up a guy who’s not quite good enough defensively for CF and not good enough at the plate for a corner. When Girardi said the team sees him more as a corner outfielder than a CF I just about wrote him off.

  7. Victor Santos heads to Boston as the PTBNL in the C.J. Chatham trade. Little disappointed to see Santos leave as he was having a nice season and only 20 years old.

    1. Bloom…in the last 12 months…gets three arms that could be productive for them….in my estimation…Pivetta…..Santos….Seabold.

  8. I am not sure what the front office is thinking. Chatham is not even on the 40 man roster. Isn’t the goal to stock pile pitchers and if need be trade those guys for players who can produce instead of 26 year old infielders who cannot stay healthy.

  9. Don’t forget they traded Curtis Mead for Christopher Sanchez. Mead is tearing it up in the Rays organization while Sanchez is nothing more than what we have already.

  10. Moniak is hitting 340 in July. Yeah, I know only 50+ at bats and still high strikeout rate. I just hope the Phillies hang onto him. They are not a playoff threatening team. Don’t trade high upside prospects just to get into the playoffs. They need to be sellers.

    1. His strikeout rate in July is below 20%, which is really pretty good.

      If he finishes with a wRC around 100, that is a really good year for him.

      Also, against righties he has a .777 OPS. Don’t ask what his OPS is against lefties!

      Maybe Moniak and Williams serve as a platoon in left field next year? (Small sample size so far, but Williams has a .881 OPS against lefties, and a .359 OPS against righties, and he had significant platoon splits in the minors this year, too). Total cost would be $1.1 million . . . The savings of $16 million could be used to fix other areas (bullpen?), and I think the production — Cutch will put up around 2 WAR this year — could be comparable.

      1. Thanks for the extra detail.

        Still concerned that Middleton will push for middle of the road Bullpen help. Hopefully players like Moniak are not part of the trades.

        Rather see the Phillies give Sullivan (when he is healthy) and Dohy a chance before giving up legit prospects.

        This is not the year to go all in.

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