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Threshers Recap – 4/18/2019

Clearwater (5-10) beat Tampa, 10-3.

Alejandro Requena (2.30) went 4.2 innings on a night when he didn’t have his best stuff.  He gave up 3 runs on 6 hits and 3 walks.  He struck out six, but gave up 2 solo HR on fastballs.  The third run crossed when a lead off walk eventually scored on a sac fly.

Requena threw 96 pitches, 58 strikes.  He relied heavily on his fastball, throwing 76 of them.  His FB range was 89-94 mph.  It sat 90-93 as he threw 16-18 at each speed.  All 6 of his strike outs came swinging, 5 at fastballs.

Gustavo Armas (1-0, 9.00) threw 1.1 innings of one-hit ball.  Ismael Cabrera (2.84) tossed two perfect innings.  And, recently called up Seth McGarry pitched a scoreless ninth.

The Threshers rallied to tie the game with 2 runs in the third inning on RBI singles by Nick Maton and Simon Muzziotti.  They rallied to tie and take the lead in a 3-run sixth on Jhailyn Ortiz’ RBI double, Jake Scheiner’s RBI single, and Rodolfo Duran’s RBI single.  They salted the game away with a 5-run seventh on a wild pitch, Madison Stokes’ 2-run double, Scheiner’s sac fly, and Duran’s RBI single.

Muzziotti had 3 hits, Duran and Brito had 2 each.

The Threshers went 8-14 with RISP.

(Sorry for the brevity in this and the other recaps.  Finger’s better, but we’ve got visitors and I’m not getting to the Recap until late … real late.)

  • #5 Spencer Howard (1-1, 3.14)
  • #11 Jhailyn Ortiz (.174) went 1-3 with 2 runs scored, double, RBI
  • #12 Simon Muzziotti (.288) went 3-5 with a run scored, 2 double, RBI
  • #17 Kyle Young (0-2, 2.70)
  • #18 Nick Maton (.264) went 1-5 with an RBI
  • #19 Rodolfo Duran (.156) went 2-4 with an RBI
  • #20 Daniel Brito (.167) went 2-4 with 2 runs scored

Lehigh Valley (11-3) beat Rochester, 6-5.

Enyel De Los Santos (2.81) gave up 4 runs on 7 hits (3 HR) and 3 walks while striking out five.  Austin Davis (1-0, 0.00) pitched two scoreless innings.  Yacksel Rios (3.00) gave up a run in two innings.  Edubray Ramos (0.00) pitched the ninth and picked up his third save.

Lehigh opened the scoring with a run in the first on Dylan Cozens’ solo HR, his fifth of the season.  They pulled within a run in the fourth on Sean Rodriguez’ 2-run HR.  They pulled ahead and held on with 3 runs in the fifth on Mitch Walding’s RBI double and Rodriguez’ 2-run double.

Rodriguez went 2-4 with 4 RBI.  Walding had a 2-hit game.

  • #6 Enyel De Los Santos (2-0, 2.81) – 4.0 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 3 HR
  • #7 JoJo Romero (0-1, 10.13)
  • #10 Ranger Suarez (1-0, 8.00)
  • #16 Cole Irvin (1-0, 1.53)
  • #28 Edgar Garcia (0-1, 3.24)

Reading (6-6) lost to Harrisburg, 5-3.

Tom Eshelman (0-1, 7.88) started and pitched three innings.  He got rocked for a 5-run second, and gave up 9 hits and a walk overall.  J.D. Hammer (1.29), Kyle Dohy (1.00), and Addison Russ (0.00) combined to throw five innings of 2-hit ball, walk one, and strike out ten.

Reading scored first in the second inning on Austin Bossart’s sac fly.  They pulled within 2 in the third inning on Josh Stephen’s 2-run single.

Josh Stephen (.261) went 1-3 with 2 RBI.

  • #2 Adonis Medina (0-0, 3.60)
  • #3 Adam Haseley (.159) went 0-4
  • #9 Mickey Moniak (.227) went 0-4
  • #13 Arquimedes Gamboa (.105) went 1-3
  • #15 Mauricio Llovera (2.89)
  • #21 David Parkinson (1-1, 4.50)
  • #22 Kyle Dohy (1-0, 1.00) – 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K
  • #25 Cornelius Randolph (.229) – went 1-1
  • #29 Connor Seabold – on the 7-day IL

Lakewood (4-11) beat Lexington, 8-6.

Kevin Gowdy (2.79) struggled.  He gave up just one run on 2 hits in 2.2 innings.  But, he walked 5 and threw just 28 strikes among his 64 pitches.  Gilmael Troya (1.69) entered with the bases loaded and stranded all three runners.  He went on to pitch 1.1 innings and giving up just one hit.  James McArthur (5.79) gave up 3 runs in three innings on 5 hits and 2 walks.  Ethan Evanko (2-1, 4.76) gave up 2 runs on 3 hits.

Lakewood took the lead in the third inning on Ben Pelletier’s RBI single, a throwing error,  and Carlos De La Cruz’ 2-run single.  They broke a tie in the eighth on Matt Kroon’s RBI double, Luis Garcia’s 2-run single, and Jake Holmes’ first HR.

Pelletier had 2 hits.  De La Cruz and Garcia had 2 RBI each.

  • #1 Alec Bohm (.292) went 0-3 with a run scored, BB
  • #4 Luis Garcia (.204) went 1-3 with 2 RBI, BB 
  • #8 Francisco Morales (7.59)
  • #14 Rafael Marchan (.240)
  • #23 Dominic Pipkin (5.79)
  • #24 Kevin Gowdy (2.79) – 2.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 5 BB, 1 K
  • #26 Jhordany Mezquita (0-2, 9.31)

Unassigned Prospects

  • #27 Starlyn Castillo
  • #30 Manuel Silva

Williamsport begins its 2019 season on June 14th.

GCL Phillies East begins its 2019 season  on June 24th.

GCL Phillies West begins its 2019 season on June 24th.

DSL Phillies Red begins its 2019 season on June 2nd.

DSL Phillies White begins its 2019 season on June 2nd.

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

The rosters and lists are up to date as of April 17th.

Today’s Transactions (newest transactions in bold text)
4/18/2019 – Phillies placed CF Odubel Herrera on the 10-day IL, hamstring strain
4/18/2019 – Phillies activated CF Roman Quinn from the 10-day IL
4/18/2019 – Lehigh Valley activated RHP Tyler Viza from the 7-day IL
4/18/2019 – Luis Carrasco assigned from Clearwater to Williamsport
4/18/2019 – Seth McGarry assigned from Williamsport to Clearwater
4/18/2019 – JD Hammer assigned from Lehigh Valley to Reading
4/17/2019 – Lehigh Valley activated 3B Gift Ngoepe from the 7-day IL
4/17/2019 – Phillies transferred RHP Tommy Hunter from the 10-day IL to the 60-day IL, forearm strain
4/17/2019 – Phillies optioned RHP Nick Pivetta to Lehigh Valley
4/17/2019 – Phillies selected the contract of 2B Phil Gosselin from Lehigh Valley
4/16/2019 – Phillies optioned RHP Drew Anderson to Lehigh Valley
4/16/2019 – Phillies recalled RHP Jerad Eickhoff from Lehigh Valley
4/16/2019 – RHP Spencer Howard assigned to Clearwater from Williamsport
4/16/2019 – LHP Jhordany Mezquita assigned to Lakewood from Williamsport
4/16/2019 – RHP Dominic Pipkin assigned to Lakewood from Williamsport
4/16/2019 – JD Hammer assigned from Reading to Lehigh Valley
4/16/2019 – Alexis Rivero assigned from Williamsport to Reading
4/16/2019 – Julian Garcia assigned from Clearwater to Williamsport
4/16/2019 – Tyler Carr assigned from Lakewood to Williamsport
4/16/2019 – Jack Perkins assigned from Lakewood to Williamsport
4/15/2019 – Phillies recalled RHP Drew Anderson from Lehigh Valley
4/15/2019 – Phillies placed RHP David Robertson on the 10-day IL. Elbow soreness
4/15/2019 – LHP Ethan Lindow assigned to Williamsport from Lakewood
4/15/2019 – RHP Tyler McKay assigned to Lakewood from Williamsport
4/14/2019 – LHP Kyle Young assigned to Williamsport from Clearwater
4/14/2019 – RHP Andrew Brown assigned to Clearwater from Williamsport
4/13/2019 – RHP Alexis Rivero assigned to Williamsport from Lehigh Valley
4/13/2019 – Lehigh Valley activated RHP Edubray Ramos
4/12/2019 – LHP Jhordany Mezquita assigned to Williamsport from Lakewood
4/12/2019 – RHP Tyler McKay assigned to Williamsport from Lakewood
4/12/2019 – RHP Dominic Pipkin assigned to Williamsport from Lakewood
4/12/2019 – RHP Francisco Morales assigned to Lakewood from Williamsport
4/12/2019 – OF Jhailyn Ortiz assigned to Clearwater
4/12/2019 – RHP Victor Santos assigned to Lakewood
4/12/2019 – LF Ben Pelletier assigned to Lakewood from Williamsport
4/12/2019 – Clearwater placed CF Jesus Alastre on the 7-day IL
4/12/2019 – RHP Alexis Rivero assigned to Lehigh Valley from Reading
4/12/2019 – SS Raul Rivas assigned to Reading
4/12/2019 – Phillies recalled RHP Victor Arano from Lehigh Valley
4/11/2019 – RHP Spencer Howard assigned to Williamsport from Clearwater
4/11/2019 – Phillies optioned RHP Edubray Ramos to Lehigh Valley
4/11/2019 – Lehigh Valley activated RHP Yacksel Rios from the 7-day IL
4/11/2019 – Lehigh Valley placed RHP Tyler Viza on the 7-day IL. Right foot turf toe
4/10/2019 –  Phillies sent CF Roman Quinn on a rehab assignment to Lehigh Valley
4/9/2019 – Reading placed 3B Jose Antequera on the 7-day IL
4/9/2019 – Reading placed RHP Trevor Bettencourt on the 7-day IL
4/9/2019 – RHP Alexis Rivero assigned to Reading
4/9/2019 – RHP Tom Eshelman assigned to Reading
4/9/2019 – RHP Julian Garcia assigned to Clearwater from Williamsport
4/9/2019 – RHP Andrew Brown assigned to Williamsport
4/8/2019 – RHP James McArthur assigned to Lakewood
4/8/2019 – RHP Kevin Gowdy assigned to Lakewood
4/8/2019 – RHP Francisco Morales assigned to Williamsport from Lakewood
4/8/2019 – RHP Victor Santos assigned to Williamsport from Lakewood
4/8/2019 – RHP Francisco Morales assigned to Williamsport from Lakewood

2019 Phillies Minor League Digest

A Fan’s View: Third Annual Phillies Minor League Digest is out in paperback on Amazon.  My friend, Steve Potter, is the author.  Philadelphia sports writer Jim Salisbury provides the foreword.  Steve has enlisted contributions from people who have seen the Phillies’ affiliates and prospects in the minors.  I was one of several contributors.

Phuture Phillies is not a place for people to sell things and I have deleted such posts in the comments section.  However, I don’t get paid for my time at Phuture Phillies, so I’m going to allow myself this one exception.  Especially since NO ONE ASSOCIATED WITH THIS BOOK RECEIVES ANY TYPE OF MONETARY COMPENASATION.

This is Steve’s third digest  He donates the proceeds to Phillies’ Charities.

Here’s the LINK, if interested.

 

 

Phuture Phillies: 2018 James’ Hitting and Pitching Awards Recipients

The winner of the second annual Phuture Phillies, James’ Hitting Award is Adam Haseley.

The co-winners of the second annual Phuture Phillies, James’ Pitching Award are Cole Irvin and David Parkinson.

Both are named after Phuture Phillies’ founder and benefactor, James. Continue reading Phuture Phillies: 2018 James’ Hitting and Pitching Awards Recipients

40-Man Roster, Free Agency, and Rule 5 Considerations after the 2018 Season

With the baseball season drawing to an end, it’s not too early to take a look at some of the decisions the front office will be faced with.  I’m not going to try and provide answers like I did last year.  Rather, I’m going to provide you with all the pertinent information to foment discussion. Continue reading 40-Man Roster, Free Agency, and Rule 5 Considerations after the 2018 Season

Phuture Phillies: James’ Hitting and Pitching Awards Polls, 2018

With the end of minor league ball for the Phillies’ affilates, we can begin the Phuture Phillies’ polling season.  We’ll start off with the second annual James’ Minor League Hitting Poll and James’ Minor League Pitching Poll.  Both are named after Phuture Phillies’ founder and benefactor, James.   Continue reading Phuture Phillies: James’ Hitting and Pitching Awards Polls, 2018

Around the System–Catcher, FInal Grades

Lehigh Valley

Logan Moore, 28, Phils 9th round pick in 2011; .188/.289/.262 in 264PA; 3HR 14RBI; 11%BB/23%K; .176 vs RHP; .250 vs LHP; 75 games caught with 3 errors and 5 passed balls; 23/53 CS (43%); Moore continued as a plus receiver but was non existent with the bat.  With 8 full years in the organization, I expect the Phils to part ways with Moore.  Grade: D+

Nick Rickles, 28, Acquired from Washington in 2017; .245/.271/.394 in 199PA; 7HR 26RBI; 4%BB/22%K; .267 vs RHP; .217 vs LHP; 48 games caught with 1 error and 1 passed ball; 5/23 CS (22%); Rickles did a good job receiving and was adequate with the bat but mediocre throwing runners out.  Grade: C+; 2019: May be back for depth, but likely elsewhere.

Matt McBride, 33, Signed as a free agent in 2018; .242/.333/.479 in 223PA; 10HR 26RBI; 12%BB/19%K; 23 games caught with 3 errors and 2 passed balls; 5/23 CS (22%); 21 games at 1B with 1 error; McBride came home to likely finish his career and added some punch to the ‘Pigs lineup.  Grade: C

Reading

Deivi Grullon, 22, Signed as a free agent in 2013; .273/.310/.515; 21HR 59RBI; 5%BB/23%K; .313 vs LHP; .260 vs RHP; .250 post all star; .229 with RISP; 87 games caught with 12 errors and 10 passed balls; 28/85 CS(33%); Grullon really came into his own this season and was a EL All Star, showing both significant power with the bat and a very good arm.  Grade: A-; 2019: Lehigh Valley and added to the 40 man

Austin Bossart, 25, Phils 14th round pick in 2015; .273/.323/.438 in 176AB; 7HR 29RBI; 6%BB/20%K; .340 vs LHP; .244 vs RHP; .196 post all star break; .370 with RISP; 51 games caught with 2 errors and 7 passed balls; 23/71 CS(32%); Solid season as a backup plus for Reading.  The Bossart/Grullon combo put up 28HR 88RBI and threw out 33% of would be base stealers.  Grade: B+; 2019: Backup in Lehigh Valley Continue reading Around the System–Catcher, FInal Grades

Around the System–Starting Pitching, LV, REA, CW–Final Grades

Lehigh Valley

Tom Eshelman, 24, Acquired from Houston in 2015; 27 games (26 starts); 2-13 with a 5.84ERA; 1.67WHIP; 2.9BB/6.7Kper 9; 140IP;.281 vs RHH, .365 vs LHH,0-4 with a 6.68ERA since Aug 1; Eshleman had just an abysmal year after multiple very good seasons in the organization.  Pre-season, I thought he had a chance of seeing time with the Phillies.  He simply couldn’t get anyone out and lost his pinpoint command; Grade: F; 2019: Back to Lehigh Valley

Cole Irvin, 24, Phils 5th round pick in 2016; 26 games (25 starts); 14-4 with a 2.57ERA; 161IP; 1.05WHIP; 2.0BB/7.3K per 9; .230 vs RHH, .217 vs LHH; 5-1 with a 1.41ERA since Aug 1; Irvin was perhaps the best starter in the IL and got better as the season went along.  He has progressed each year in the system and with the Phils in need of a left handed starter, he will get the first shot in ’19.   Grade: A

Enyel De Los Santos, 22, Acquired from San Diego in 2017; 22 starts; 10-5 with a 2.63ERA: 127IP; 1.16WHIP; 3.1BB/7.8K per 9;.249 vs RHH, .216 vs LHH; 1-1 with a 3.00ERA in 5 starts since August 1; De Los Santos put himself on the map this season with an excellent 2018 where he was consistently very good.  Grade: A-; 2019: Likely will bounce back and forth between Lehigh Valley and Philly challenging for a rotation spot.

Drew Anderson, 24, Phils 21st pick in 2012; 9-4 with a 3.87ERA in 19 starts with Lehigh Valley; 111IP; 1.15WHIP; 2.5BB/7.2K per 9; .250 vs RHH, .221 vs LHH; 3.63ERA in 6 starts since Aug 1; Anderson’s season got started about 6 weeks late after coming back from injury.   He was solid, yet not overpowering this season.  Got a cup of coffee on multiple occasions with the Phils and struggled.  Grade: B-; 2019: Lehigh Valley Continue reading Around the System–Starting Pitching, LV, REA, CW–Final Grades

Reading Eagle End of Season Prospect Poll, 2018

Sunday, Mike Drago of the Reading Eagle published his yearly prospect survey.  Mike requested input from about two dozen industry people who watch or cover a fair amount of games and players among the Phillies’ affiliates.  He received 16 responses and used a weighted scoring system to determine a player’s perceived value (first-place votes earning 30 points, second place 29 points, etc.).   I was one of the 16 respondents. Continue reading Reading Eagle End of Season Prospect Poll, 2018

Future Services Contract

I promised to provide an article on Future Services Contracts.  At the bottom, you will find the exact wording from “THE OFFICIAL PROFESSIONAL BASEBALL RULES BOOK”   (Copyright © 1988, 1995, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018  The Commissioner of Baseball)

Briefly, an organization may sign, after July 1st, a player who has no previous major or minor league experience to a contract for the succeeding season – a Future Services Contract, MLR 2( j).  The limiting restriction is that they can only sign 12 such players for each team with which they have a PDC (Player Development Contract) in Class A, Short-Season, and Rookie League.  (For the Phillies that would be – Clearwater, Lakewood, Williamsport, two GCL teams, and two DSL teams.) Continue reading Future Services Contract

Lakewood Game Report, July 16 Game 2

PITCHING:

Will Stewart started and was able to limit the damage but was hit pretty hard.  He gave up 8 hits and a walk in 5 innings.  He sat at 92-94 topping out at 96 (stadium gun).  Off-speed pitches were in the 84-86 range.  Here is the batter by batter log:

  • 5-3 Chopper/Single right inside the third base bag (wide open area due to the shift put on the lefty batter)/Flyout to CF/Hard Ground Single past Nieporte at 1B/Lined RBI single into RF/4-3 Chopper
  • Hard Single to CF/4-3 groundout- close to 1B so runner moved to 2nd/4-3 groundout- nice sliding play by Brito/6-3- nice play by Antequera, charged behind the mound and threw on the run
  • Infield single- Nieporte dove and didn’t come up with the ball which was a mistake because due to the shift the ball went right to Brito who threw to Stewart covering first, but the runner beat it. Had Nieporte let the ball go, it was an easy out/Hard ground single up the middle/ 5-4 FC/ Two swinging K’s- Nice work by Stewart to pitch out of the jam.
  • Routine 6-3/Swinging bunt single that the catcher (Fitch) airmailed into RF (good back-up by Ortiz kept runner at 1st)/6-3 ground double play (stepped on 2nd, threw to 1st)
  • 6-3 Groundout/Swinging K/5 pitch walk/Line single into LF/4-3 Groundout.

Luis Cedeno came in and got blown up for 5 runs over 1 1/3.  He did hit 97 on the gun.  Ismael Cabrera came on in the 7th and retired the only 2 batters he faced to finish the game.

HITTING:

It was night and day (ironic since game 2 started at 7 after game 1 started at 5) on offense.  The Claws put up 11 hits and scored 12 runs.  It was the Daniel Brito show who led off and went 4-4 with 3 singles each followed by a steal of 2nd and a double.

Brito: 4-4, Infield single (2nd baseman made a diving stop but threw wide), stole second/Served a single into LF, stole second, Bloop Single over the second baseman’s head, stole second/Lined RBI Double to RC

Vierling:  Was excited to see him for the first time, but he did not have a good game, 2 K’s, popout, easy 6-3 groundout

Maton:  1-3 with a BB (lined triple into RC gap), Hard hit groundout to 1B, swinging K

Oriz:  Great game! 2-4, Reached on an error by 3B /2-Run Homer- bounced off the top of the metal fence above the LC wall and caromed into the berm/Flyout to CF/Drilled a Double over the LF head that one-hopped the wall

Scheniner:  1-2, Walk/Swinging K/4 pitch Walk/2 run opposite field Double into RC gap

Fitch:  1-3, Swinging K/ Line single into right/Walk/Swinging K

Nieporte:  1-3, 2 run double into RC/Swinging K/Walk/6-3 (Deep in the hole- called out on a bang bang play at 1st)

Stephen:  1-3, Worked a walk from a 1-2 count/Ripped a liner into RC that was caught by CF/Unassisted RBI Groundout to 1B after stepping on the bag, he threw home late and a run scored/Ripped an RBI double down the RF line

 

Antequera:  0-2, two 6-3’s, 5 pitch walk/Sac Fly to Medium RF