Threshers’ and Affiliates’ Recap (7/23/2021)

Lehigh Valley hung a big number on an old friend.  Reading was tamed until a ninth inning rally made the score look good.  Jersey Shore flirted with snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.  And, Clearwater scored early so that when the game was called, they were ahead.

The FCL Phillies had their game cancelled, again.  And, both DSL teams won.

Bigger questions were raised by the earlier than usual departures of Johan Rojas and Bryson Stott from their respective games.  Trade?  Covid?  And, what’s up at the Complex.  FCL games were cancelled on Thursday and Friday.  And, Saturday’s cancellation was posted around dinner time Friday night.  That sounds like, well, you know.

Lehigh Valley (29-40) beat Worcester, 11-4.  Connor Seabold took the loss for the Sox in his debut.  Tyler Alexander (2-2, 5.29) pitched 5.2 innings and gave up one run on six hits and a walk.  Mickey Moniak (.248) went 3-5 with a double and triple (both off Seabold) and 3 RBI. Matt Vierling (.207) went 2-5 with 2 RBI.  Jorge Bonifacio went 2-5.  Darick Hall (.201) went 2-4 with a HR (6) and 2 RBI.

Reading (28-42) lost to New Hampshire, 5-4.  Arquimedes Gamboa (.241) went 2-4 with a double and RBI.  Bryson Stott (.261) went 0-4 and was replaced after batting in the top of the eighth (pop out) in a weird double switch – Gamboa from CF to SS, Logan Langdon replacing Stott and going to CF.

Jersey Shore (30-40) beat Winston-Salem, 9-5.  Ethan Lindow (2-4, 2.49) pitched six innings and held the Dash scoreless on 4 hits and a walk.  Logan O’Hoppe (.265) went 2-4 with a double, HR (10), and 2 RBI.  Jhailyn Ortiz (.249) hit a solo HR (14).  Jonathan Guzman (.173) stroked a solo HR (3) and Cole Stobbe (.136) hit a 3 run HR (2).

Clearwater (35-34) beat Tampa, 4-3 in five innings.  Hsu ChiLing picked up his first win.  He stranded one base runner and pitched 1.1 innings allowing one hit.  Johan Rojas (.240) went 2-2 with a walk and RBI.  He was lifted after the fourth inning.

FCL Phillies (9-6) cancelled, again.  Saturday has already been cancelled.  Their next home game is on Tuesday against the Blue Jays.  They had an earlier postponement, so it might be a doubleheader.

DSL Phillies Red (2-6) beat the DSL Angels, 2-1.  Rickardo Perez (.238)went 0-2 with a walk.

DSL Phillies White (4-4) beat the DSL Giants Black, 6-4.

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


7/23/2021 – Phillies optioned RHP Mauricio Llovera to Lehigh Valley
7/23/2021 – Phillies activated 3B Alec Bohm
7/23/2021 – RHP Noah Skirrow assigned to Reading from Jersey Shore
7/23/2021 – RHP Chi-Ling Hsu assigned to Clearwater from FCL Phillies
7/23/2021 – SS Guarner Dipre assigned to FCL Phillies from Clearwater

45 thoughts on “Threshers’ and Affiliates’ Recap (7/23/2021)

  1. It’s great to see Lindow bounce back after the drop down. They’ll probably move him back up to Reading soon to see if he can maintain it.
    I honestly don’t remember Moniak ever being this hot before. It’s only been for one month but if he can sustain what he’s doing, he might still have some upside. By the way, he had 2 doubles and a triple yesterday.
    As for Stott and Garcia being removed, I agree it’s suspicious but I think it’s just coincidence. Covid is more likely than a trade, for another week at least. However, I do believe either or both of them could be traded in a week. It would take a legit haul though like Buxton and Berrios or Gallo.

    1. ” would take a legit haul though like Buxton and Berrios or Gallo”
      ……or Kimbrel/Bryant

    2. I don’t know how the exact numbers compare but Moniak also had a really good stretch in 2019 with Reading where he was walking more and striking out less (unlike this July where his K/BB numbers are still bad) before reverting to form.

  2. Ortiz now tied for 7th in HR in the Hi-A-East league….three behind the leader.
    Now 4 HRs in the last 8 games.
    Hope Phillies keep him around a little longer.

    1. Could it be that Moniak is finally putting things together? All these extra base hits mean he’s striking the ball better and with more power. Very encouraging

      1. Yeah he is now showing the Phillie fan base more, at least more than earlier this season.
        Why Joe reoffered to him as a corner OFer is puzzling…….unless he only meant it in passing for 2021 and not the future.

  3. Moniak by season

    ‘17, LoA: .341 slg, .625 obp
    ‘18, HiA: .383, .682
    ‘19, AA: .439, .742
    ‘21, AAA: .469, .773

    He’s still not dominating (though he is in July!) but the improvement is very evident!! And he’s only 23 at AAA. Let’s continue to have patience. I still believe. 🙂

    1. John K….. what Moniak is…maybe not a HR guy , but a doubles/triples machine.
      Triples….31 in 462 games ….is a pretty good ratio…and you do not get triples on ‘lawn dart’ hits.

    2. I saw that too – most impressive is his hitting this month. Manageable strikeout rate and hi BA (does anyone know his BABIP this month?).

      Also, we simply are not giving Logan O’Hoppe the credit he deserves. He’s 21 and hitting for a decent average and very good power in high A ball, with decent BB and K numbers. He is absolutely a top 10 prospect on the farm. He might even be top 6 or 7. What’s doing for a catcher is impressive and if you saw him in ST, the dude is built like a tank so the power projection down the line is there. I think he has more than a chance to be a starting MLB catcher. When he and Ortiz get to Reading, watch out (although I feel at least one of them will be traded by the deadline).

      1. O’Hoppe may be pushing the top 5 in our system which is really not a very high bar, but I wouldn’t trade him for a rental or relief pitcher, as long as his defense is still on track to be ML quality behind the dish.

        1. Have to assume, as of right now, the 22-year old Marchan has more value in the trade market than O’Hoppe.

  4. Moniak by month this year.

    April: .240 slg, .454 ops

    LH (AAA):
    May: .373, .661
    June: .422, .688
    July: .632, 1.002

    Even in-season his improvement is obvious!

    C’mon Moniak!! I’ve never given up.
    (Btw, I have a pic with him from March 2016!)

    1. The guy oozes power.
      I think he really wants it bad, seeing how the others, ranked lower than him, in his international signing class have made impactful star-studded contributions at the MLB level.

    2. Most boring announcer , sounds like he is reading an advertising commercial for the local hardware store….
      ” hey, if you’re down around main Street stop into Cunningham s hardware, they are having a clearance sale on hammers”

      1. That seems to be the way it is all over….away game play-by=play guys tend not to get overly excited about opponents’ good fortunes.

  5. It’s certainly possible that Stott and Rojas were pulled because a trade was tentatively agreed to with contingencies which didn’t come to fruition…or there’s another shoe to drop?

  6. Go back to Hinkie’s video of the Ortiz HR and watch the guy go for the ball and totally demolish his daughter in the effort. She bounced up immediately. Tough little girl!

  7. Catch, I believe Moniak’s BABIP this month is .402. That said, he was due for some luck — for the year, it is .303, so he doesn’t have an abnormally high BABIP for the year.

    And his strikeout rate of 19% in July is a massive improvement. Moniak/Williams platoon in LF next year!

  8. There is some ML talent now on the Lehigh roster. Not sure what the end result will be (bench or starter level) but they’ll score some runs. That’s a talented offensive AAA team.

  9. Johan Rojas not only isn’t in the lineup tonight, he’s not listed on the bench, either, according to GameDay. Hmmm.

    1. Perhaps they see Yhoswar Garcia, Lee Sang, Jad Sanchez and maybe even Yemal Flores as players that can move in for Rojas on the prospect OF scale……and thus dangle Rojas as a trade chip.
      Also Simon Muzziotti could be also dangled.

    1. Unless I am mistaken Moniak not playing today for LHV? I hope this is not due to a pending trade. Phillies can not give up on him.

      1. Mickey called up to majors when Travis Jankowski went out on Covid protocol last evening.

  10. I attended some of the Jersey Shore game last night. Although I missed Ortiz’s 3-run homer in the top of the first, I saw the bomb he hit later in the game. His bat speed and raw power are impressive, and he absolutely crushed the second home run. The ball took off like a sub-orbital rocket, easily clearing the left centerfield fence. He should be in Reading very soon.

    Gowdy pitched reasonably well despite the raw numbers – – 4 runs in 5 innings. According to the scoreboard, his fastball was consistently 94 – 95 mph, and he threw it very easily. He has real promise as long as he can stay healthy.

    O’Hoppe handles himself very well behind the plate and has decent speed for a catcher. He’s having a good season statistically and should be playing in Reading next year.

  11. Jadiel Sanchez is 20 and more than holding his own at Clearwater. The Phillies might have something here.

    1. Another kid who benefitted from playing a little winter ball over this past off-season….for him in his home country of Puerto Rico.

  12. Jhaylin Ortiz absolutely on fire!! Already 2-2 today with a double and HR and 4 bri..

  13. The Phillies had to start Victor Vargas at Lehigh and threw 5 shutout innings against a good Worcester team. Vargas is 20 and was called up from Clearwater!

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