Threshers’ and Affiliates’ Recap (7/21/2021)

A little under the weather, so the recap will be more condensed than usual.  And, hopefully, error-free.  Apologies in advance.

(Note: the Tracker and Draft Discussion have been updated with bonus figures for 18 draft picks.)

Lehigh Valley (28-39) lost to Worcester, 7-4.  Mark Appel (2-1, 4.26) pitched five innings and gave up 4 runs (3 ER) on 5 hits and 2 walks.  Sam Coonrod pitched an innings and gave up a solo HR and struck out three.  Odubel Herrera (.500) went 1-4 with a solo HR.  Five guys went 1-4 and pulled up their AVG.  Dalton Guthrie (.357) went 1-4 with a double and RBI and saw his AVG drop.  Rafael Marchan (.197) went 1-5 with an RBI and raised his AVG.

Reading (28-40) beat New Hampshire, 7-6.  The Phils overcame a 4-1 deficit and held on to win.  Nick Lackney (2-0, 2.12) picked up the win with two, no-hit innings issuing a walk and striking out three.  Billy Sullivan struck out two in an earlier inning.  Bryson Stott (.270) went 3-5 with 2 doubles, a HR (5), and 2 RBI.  Grenny Cumana (.400) went 3-4 with a double.  Josh Stephen (.192) went 1-1 with 3 runs scored, 3 walks, and a solo HR (6).  Sal Gozzo went 2-4 with an RBI.  Markwardt also had an outfield assist.

Jersey Shore (29-39) lost to Winston-Salem, 10-4.  Jhordany Mezquita (1-5, 6.06) pitched four innings and gave up 3 runs on 5 hits and 2 walks.  Three relievers weren’t much help.  Jhailyn Ortiz (.246) went 2-5 with a solo HR (13).  Matt Kroon went 2-4 with 2 runs scored and a walk.

Clearwater (33-34) lost to Tampa, 6-5 in ten.  Mick Abel (4.43) made his scheduled start and pitched 3.1 innings.  He gave up 4 runs on 3 hits and 5 walks with 3 strikeouts.  He threw 79 pitches, 39 strikes for a low 49.4% strike rate.  Samuel Aldegheri (0.00) gave up 2 hits and 2 walks in three innings but no runs and struck out six.  Jadiel Sanchez (.308) went 1-5 with a triple and 2 RBI.  Rixon Wingrove (.235) went 2-5  with a double and RBI.

The league just changed their strike zone.  It is 2″ wider on each side and the top of the zone was lowered.  It was also moved back from the front to the middle of the plate.  I don’t think this had anything to do with Abel’s unusual lack of control.

Abel’s velocity dipped only slightly after the first inning.  He sat 95-96 in the first inning, 93-95 in the second, and 93-95 in the third.  Anton Kuznetsov inherited Abel’s two base runners and let both score on two base hits.  Three of the five walks Abel issued came around to score.  Jury’s out on whether the new strike zone or some lingering physical thing caused his uncharacteristic control problems.

FCL Phillies (9-6) beat the FCL Blue Jays, 7-3.  Sam Jacobsak (0.00) had another good outing.  Still hasn’t given up an ER in 4 appearances, eight innings.  Probably too good for this level.  Jamari Baylor (.313) continues to improve after a rough start.  He went 3-5 with a triple and 2 RBI.  Hunter Markwardt (.400) went 1-2 with 3 runs scored and a solo HR.  Albert Jerez (.200) went 1-3 with a double and 2 RBI.

DSL Phillies Red (1-5) and DSL Phillies White (2-4) did not play.  Wednesdays are camp days in the DSL.

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


7/21/2021 – Phillies recalled RHP Spencer Howard from Lehigh Valley
7/21/2021 – Phillies optioned CF Mickey Moniak to Lehigh Valley

28 thoughts on “Threshers’ and Affiliates’ Recap (7/21/2021)

  1. I was unaware the K zone was going to change?????

    Seems a strange thing to do especially part way through the season. Baseball is baseball IMO it should be universally the same

    Or are you joshing me with sarcasm 🙂

    1. I am so glad when the smartest people in the room speak up and change things. Not!

    2. DMAR…so if the K-zone is changed….so have to assume the box on the Telly screen gets changed also? 🙂

      Ortiz with another HR…..maybe headed to Reading soon, where the hot weather and summer wind will see more moon shots from him.

        1. He’s got the OBP up to 351 a very good sign. He could be a Franmil Reyes type of big leaguer

          1. agreed … this is a better look than batting average

            OPS by month

            May – .671
            June – .817
            July – .976

          2. In the minors, it matters. Why? Because it’s assumed that they will face tougher pitching as they move up. So that .242 average in High-A would slip down a little to say .230 or even .220 at Reading. And a .242 average doesn’t look like he’s adjusting that well at JS either. Unless all his hits are HRs, his OPS is going to suffer at higher levels.

            1. An additonal note, this is mainly for in season promotions. If Ortiz wants to get to Reading this year, he needs to hit better than that. Or he can wait until next year where he’ll likely “age up” to Reading.

              For example: Joey Gallo had a .944 OPS at low A but hit .245 as a 19 year old. He pretty much spent most of the year at low A. The following year, he was assigned to high A. He went nuts with 1.199 OPS and a .323 average. He got an in season promotion to AA.

      1. ABS strike zone change at Low-A Southeast only. Not many of their games are televised. Their box on Gameday did look a little wider, though.

    3. I’m not kidding. Experimenting with the location of the strike zone was outlined in the ASB concept before this all began.

      The strike zone is a flat plane that they could place at the front of the plate, middle of the plate, or back of the plate.

      They stated they could do this before they implemented ABS. Its no different from other changes they are implementing midseason like with shifting in one of the other levels. Although, I don’t like playing with the actual defined zone from the MLR, side to side and top to bottom.

      I hope it doesn’t mess up the pitchers and batters too much.

      1. Agree Jim….I think. This is a big deal and now I remember it being mentioned. I think its nuts to do this in pro ball. Wish they would mess with this kind of stuff in the Independent leagues.

  2. Jim – how is Sanchez as an OF? Can he play CF? He’s been keeping his average up but he has to profile as a CF to have value.

  3. What’s everyone’s take on Danny Brito? I see he got promoted to AAA today. Looks like he’s back on the prospect radar. Where would he rank in our system?

    1. Great move to get him up and challenged.
      IMO, he would be slotted somewhere in that 10-15 prospect range.

      1. My question is how he ranks with Maton….lefty infield bat. Modest power. Or does he project more…??

        1. I believe Maton has more versatility…..and a better arm…Brito is basically a 2nd baseman, ala Cesar, but at the plate I think Brito can be more productive than Maton. Their minor league ISOs are pretty close and both fairly low…..<.125

          1. Brito and Maton are almost carbon copies of each other. Same build, same minor league numbers, with Maton being 1 year older. Hard to say who will be better. Their floor are both utility infielders who should hit enough to stick. Get them onto a ML roster and see what happens.

            1. Yeah that sums it up well for them.
              Phillies do have their share of these type players…..putting Luke Williams now into that mold….and who knows maybe even Dalton Guthrie next season.

      2. Romus, i have to give you some credit as you’ve been calling for him to get promoted. And Brito totally deserves it with a nice slash of .296/.363/.457.

  4. Bonifacio was also promoted to Lehigh.

    Maton, Guthrie, Brito will comprise most of the Lehigh infield. Vierling, Moniak in the OF. Marchan catching.

    It’ll be interesting to watch this team.

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