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

All four games seemed to run late.  Our guys split 2-2, again.  Clearwater walked off with the most exciting walk off in baseball, a grand slam, smoked by DJ Stewart.  Lakeland’s poor base running and foolish challenges of Abrahan Gutierrez’ arm helped.  Lehigh Valley walked off in the ninth on a wild pitch.  Reading lost big (again) and was three-hit.  Jersey Shore was shut out on two hits.

It’s after 3:00 AM.  If I missed anything, I’m sorry. Goodnight. Continue reading Threshers’ and Affiliates’ Recap – 5/5/2021

Threshers’ and Affiliates’ Recap – 5/4/2021

Finally, minor league baseball.  Our guys all opened at home.  They split 2-2.  Clearwater got some promising pitching, but a 6-run inning and some shoddy outfield play hurt.  Lehigh Valley got some solid pitching and an overtime win on Scott Kingery’s 2-run base hit.  Reading lost big but got HRs from Gamboa, Miller, and Guthrie.  Jersey Shore got a stellar start from Ben Brown, some solid relief, and excellent run support provided by Jhailyn Ortiz and Logan O’Hoppe. Continue reading Threshers’ and Affiliates’ Recap – 5/4/2021

2021 Jersey Shore BlueClaws

Jersey Shore (nee Lakewood, Low-A) is our affiliate in the High-A East League.  Jersey Shore will be in the 5-team North Division with the Aberdeen IronBirds (Orioles), Brooklyn Cyclones (Mets), Hudson Valley Renegades (Yankees), and Wilmington Blue Rocks (Nationals).

The High-A League will test the new rule that requires a pitcher to step off the rubber to attempt a pickoff.

Here are your 2021 Jersey Shore BlueClaws.

Catchers

  1. Vito Friscia: 24-years-old, played in GCL in 2019
  2. Herbert Iser: 23-years-old, played at Williamsport/Lakewood in 2019
  3. Logan O’Hoppe: 20-years-old, played at Williamsport in 2019

Infielders

  1. Chris Cornelius: 23-years-old, played briefly in GCL in 2019, injured that year
  2. Nate Fassnacht -23-years-old, played at Williamsport in 2019
  3. Jonathan Guzman: 21-years-old, played at Lakewood in 2019
  4. Rudy Rott: 24-years-old, played at Williamsport in 2019
  5. Cole Stobbe: 23-years-old, played at Lakewood in 2019
  6. Bryson Stott: 23-years-old, played at GCL/Williamsport in 2019

Outfielders

  1. Keaton Greenwalt: 23-years-old, played 2019 in GCL
  2. Hunter Hearn: 24-years-old, played 2019 at Williamsport
  3. Jhailyn Ortiz: 22-years-old, played 2019 at Clearwater

Pitchers

  1. Mike Adams: 26-years-old, signed as an amateur free agent on 1/21
  2. Ben Brown: 21-years-old, played at Lakewood in 2019, injured,TJ surgery
  3. Blake Brown: 22-years-old, signed on 6/20 as amateur FA out of UNC-Asheville
  4. Kevin Gowdy: 23-years-old, played at Lakewood in 2019
  5. Josh Hendrickson: 23-years-old, played in GCL and Lakewood in 2019
  6. Jonathan Hughes: 24-years-old, signed on 6/20 as amateur FA out of Georgia Tech
  7. Adam Leverett: 22-years-old, played in GCL/Williamsport in 2019
  8. Brian Marconi: 23-years-old, played in GCL/Williamsport in 2019
  9. Tyler McKay: 23-years-old, played at Lakewood in 2019
  10. Jhordany Mezquita: 22-years-old, played at Lakewood in 2019
  11. Jack Perkins: 23-years-old, played in GCL/Lakewood/Clearwater in 2019
  12. Dominic Pipkin: 21-years-old, played at Lakewood in 2019
  13. Mark Potter: 23-years-old, played at Lakewood in 2019
  14. Victor Santos: 20-years-old, played at Lakewood in 2019
  15. Noah Skirrow: 22-years-old, signed 6/20 as an amateur free agent out of Liberty
  16. Billy Sullivan: 21-years-old, signed 6/20 as an amateur free agent out of Delaware
  17. Aneurys Zabala: 24-years-old, played Advanced-A in 2019 in the Reds organization
  18. Braden Zarbnisky: 24-years-old, signed 6/20 as amateur FA out of West Virginia

2021 Lehigh Valley IronPigs

The Phillies Triple-A affiliate remains in Allentown but will play in the new, 20-team Triple-A East League.  The new league is comprised of three divisions.  The IronPigs are in the Northeast Division with the Buffalo Bisons (Blue Jays), Rochester Red Wings (Nationals), Scranton Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Yankees), Syracuse Mets (Mets), and Worcester Red Sox (Red Sox). Continue reading 2021 Lehigh Valley IronPigs

Meet Your 2021 Clearwater Threshers

Minor league baseball is prepared to continue after a hiatus in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.  Since 2019, there have been some changes to minor league baseball.  MLB used the considerable leverage granted by antitrust immunity to force all of professional baseball under its umbrella of control.  First, MLB squeezed out MiLB leadership and put control of minor league baseball under the commissioner.  Second, MLB exerted its will on minor league owners and dropped 40 or more teams from major league affiliations.  Third, MLB restructured the minors in a way that suited MLB.  And, fourth, MLB created partner leagues to soften the blow to contracted teams, those deemed to have inadequate facilities or to be geographically undesirable. Continue reading Meet Your 2021 Clearwater Threshers

Open Discussion: Week of May 2, 2021

The Phillies are 13-15 after going 3-4 last week.  They split a 4-game series with the Cardinals then managed a 1-2 choke job against the Mets.  They play real teams again this week and will likely have 20 losses this time next weekend.  But, who cares.  The Sixers are playoff bound.  The NFL draft was just completed.  Football is just around the corner.  The NHL playoffs are close sans Flyers.


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Minor League Spring Training 2021, (4/27/21)

I have to admit that I was a little excited while covering this game.  First, it was Low-A Clearwater v. Dunedin.  So, I got a pretty good look at players likely to be assigned to the Threshers.  Second, it was the unveiling of ASZ at BCB.  So, while my boxscores are accurate, my account of the game might be a little choppy. Continue reading Minor League Spring Training 2021, (4/27/21)

Minor League Spring Training 2021, (4/26/21)

The Phillies High-A squad faced the Blue Jays High-A team in BayCare Ballpark.  Another of my favorite pitchers started today, Kevin Gowdy.  This is likely the squad that will play out of Jersey Shore (almost wrote City, again).  MLB’s fiddling with affiliates and levels means I’ll miss Gowdy in Clearwater as well as Corbin Williams, Luis Garcia, Jake Holmes, Ben Pelletier, and Abrahan Gutierrez. Continue reading Minor League Spring Training 2021, (4/26/21)

Open Discussion: Week of April 25, 2021

The Phillies are 10-11 after going 2-4 last week.  They went 1-2 against the Giants and 1-2 against the Rockies.  They go to St. Louis for a 4-game set against the Cardinals and then home next weekend to host the Mets.  And, I don’t care.  I don’t care because … Continue reading Open Discussion: Week of April 25, 2021