Threshers Recap – 4/14/2019

Clearwater (2-9) lost to Fort Myers, 12-7.

Andrew Brown (0-2, 12.86) was roughed up for 6 runs (5 ER) in four innings on 10 hits and a walk.  He struck out four.  Gustavo Armas (10.57) lasted two innings and gave up 4 runs on 8 hits, striking out two.  Ismael Cabrera (4.15) itched two innings and gave up 2 runs on just one hit (a HR) and 2 walks.  Zach Warren (7.71) the ninth inning and gave up a walk and two singles with 2 strike outs.  He escaped allowing a run when Jhailyn Ortiz threw out a runner trying to go first-to-third on a single to right. Continue reading Threshers Recap – 4/14/2019

Threshers Recap – 4/12/2019

Clearwater (2-7) lost to Fort Myers, 5-4 in 12 innings.

This was a heart wrenching loss.  Alejandro Requena (0.82) was masterful through six innings, holding the Miracle to one hit and one walk.  He struck out eight, and at one point had thrown first pitch strikes to the first ten batters he faced.

Requena got seven of his 8 strike outs swinging, 5 on fastballs.  He mixed his pitches well.  His fastball range was 89-94 mph.  He sat 91-93.  He threw three 94’s in the third inning.  His velocity dipped a little in the later innings.  The four 89s he threw came in the fifth and sixth innings.  But, his last pitch of the night was a 94 mph FB.

Luis Carrasco (6.75) carried the one-hitter thru the next two innings, walking none and striking out three.  Connor Brogdon fell behind the lead off hitter in the ninth and gave up a shift-beating double to left field.  A ground out moved the runner to third, and he scored on a game-tying sacrifice fly.

And then the fun began. Each frame in extra innings began with a runner on second base.

In the tenth, with Brogdon still on the mound, the lead off batter hit a ground ball to shortstop.  The umpire was out of position, behind the play, when he called the runner safe.  A pop up and sac fly later, we’re trailing a team that had only two hits at that point.  Oh, on the sac fly, the runner broke home on contact.  Stupid move.  He had to retreat to the bag to tag up and didn’t get the greatest jump.  The throw beat him, but was up the first base line and the catcher couldn’t get back in time to make the play any more than close.

After the Threshers tied the score, Zach Warren entered the game.  He struck out the first batter on a “wild pitch”.  You know, a curve ball or slider that the catcher calls for and then can’t block correctly.  Well, the new catcher, Rodolfo Duran, scrambles to pick up the ball as it bounced toward the home dugout, pumped to third, saw that the runner was not trying to advance, turned to first, and … held … the … ball.  Nobody out.

Warren strikes out the next two batters.  Of course.  Then he loses the strike zone and walks two batters.  That’s one run forced in.  Mound visit.  Another walk.  Good talk, coach.  Another mound visit, and a new pitcher.  Grant Dyer.

Miracle now has 4 runs and two hits.  Head bang.  Miraculously, the Threshers rally again.  And on we go to the twelfth.  Dyer still on the mound.  He strikes out the side, but between the first and second K, he gives up a double, a bases-loading intentional walk, and an RBI single.

The Threshers offense was hardly any better.  They managed 7 hits, only one after the seventh inning.

They scored first on Jake Scheiner’s RBI single in the fourth inning.  It almost held up.  After regulation, they were playing catch up each inning.

They tied the game in the tenth on Madison Stoke’s sacrifice fly.  the extra runner was moved to third by a sacrificing Daniel Brito.

They tied the game on Ben Aklinski’s 2-run HR (1) to lead off the eleventh.  Yeah.  A lead off 2-run HR.  Minor League Baseball.  Nick Maton later drew a one-out walk, but nothing materialized.

Matt Vierling had 3 of the Thresher’s 7 hits.  He’s hitting .375.  Stokes is hitting .321.

Threshers pitchers struck out 18 batters.  But, walks will kill you.

Jhailyn Ortiz was added to the roster before the game and played RF.  He went oh-fer, but only looked bad on one pitch, a called third strike to end an at bat where he really battled, fouling off some tough pitches.

(Sorry for the brevity in this and the other recaps.  I had an accident and my left index finger is bandaged and useless, except for hitting extra keys.  My normal hunt-and-peck has become hunt-peck, hunt-peck, hunt-peck, backspace, hunt-peck, hunt-peck, hunt-peck, mouse back to block and delete a single character, hunt-peck, repeat… I’m up to about 75% efficiency.  And now my grandkids are here for a two-week visit.)

  • #5 Spencer Howard (1-1, 2.61)
  • #11 Jhailyn Ortiz went 0-5
  • #12 Simon Muzziotti (.276) entered as a PR in the 10th and scored
  • #17 Kyle Young (0-1, 4.50)
  • #18 Nick Maton (.250) went 1-4 with a BB
  • #19 Rodolfo Duran (.095) went 0-1
  • #20 Daniel Brito (.087) went 0-4 with a BB

Lehigh Valley (7-2) shut out Rochester, 3-0.

Enyel De Los Santos threw seven shutout innings.  He was perfect thru 4.2 innings before walking a batter.  He gave up a two out double in the sixth.  And, allowed 2 base runners in the seventh before getting out of the inning with a double play.  He threw 83 pitches, 63 for strikes.

James Pazos pitched the final two innings.  He walked one, struck out one, and picked up his second save.

The IronPigs scored a run in the second inning on Sean Rodriguez’ RBI triple.  They added a run in the third on Dylan Cozens’ solo HR (2). And, completed the games’ scoring on Mitch Walding’s solo HR (2) in the sixth.

  • #6 Enyel De Los Santos (2-0, 0.75) – 7.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 9 K
  • #7 JoJo Romero (0-1, 9.00)
  • #10 Ranger Suarez (1-0)
  • #16 Cole Irvin (0-0, 1.64)
  • #28 Edgar Garcia (0-1, 3.86)

Reading (4-2) postponed, rain.

  • #2 Adonis Medina (0-0, 1.80) –
  • #3 Adam Haseley (.095)
  • #9 Mickey Moniak (.292)
  • #13 Arquimedes Gamboa (.100)
  • #15 Mauricio Llovera
  • #21 David Parkinson (1-0, 1.80)
  • #22 Kyle Dohy (1-0, 0.00)
  • #25 Cornelius Randolph (.211)
  • #29 Connor Seabold

Lakewood (3-6) lost to Delmarva, 5-3.

Victor Santos (1-1, 2.00) pitched five innings giving up 3 runs (2 ER) on 7 hits.  He walked none and struck out seven.  He threw 49 strikes in 67 pitches.  Francisco Morales piggybacked and gave up 2 runs on 4 hits and a walk in three innings.

Trailing 5-0, the BlueClaws mounted a little offense with 2 runs in the eighth inning on a wild pitch and Malvin Matos RBI single, and in the ninth on Jonathan Guzman’s RBI single.

  • #1 Alec Bohm (.258) went 0-3 with a run scored, BB
  • #4 Luis Garcia (.200) went 0-5 
  • #8 Francisco Morales (4.91) – 3.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 1 K
  • #14 Rafael Marchan (.333)
  • #23 Dominic Pipkin (6.00)
  • #24 Kevin Gowdy
  • #26 Jhordany Mezquita (0-1, 9.00)

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 March 31st.

Today’s Transactions (newest transactions in bold text)
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 injured list
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
4/7/2019 – Lehigh Valley placed LHP Tyler Gilbert on the 7-day IL Left groin strain.
4/7/2019 – RHP Tyler Viza assigned to Lehigh Valley
4/7/2019 – Clearwater activated RF Danny Mayer from the restricted list.
4/6/2019 – RHP Ismael Cabrera assigned to Clearwater
4/6/2019 – LHP Damon Jones assigned to Williamsport
4/5/2019 – Phillies signed FA Austin Filiere to a MiLB contract, assigned to Williamsport
4/4/2019 – Phillies sent CF Roman Quinn on a rehab assignment to Clearwater
4/4/2019 – Lehigh Valley placed C Matt McBride on the 7-day IL Right calf strain.
4/4/2019 – Lehigh Valley placed 3B Gift Ngoepe on the 7-day IL Left shin contusion
4/4/2019 – Lehigh Valley placed RHP Yacksel Rios on the 7-day IL Abdominal strain
4/4/2019 – Reading placed RHP Connor Seabold on the 7-day IL
4/4/2019 – LHP Garrett Cleavinger assigned to Reading from Clearwater
4/4/2019 – 1B Kyle Martin assigned to Reading from Clearwater
4/4/2019 – Clearwater placed RF Danny Mayer on the restricted list.
4/4/2019 – LHP Nick Fanti assigned to Clearwater
4/4/2019 – RHP Tyler Hallead assigned to Clearwater from GCL Phillies East.
4/4/2019 – RHP Julian Garcia assigned to Williamsport from Clearwater
4/2/2019 – Phillies signed free agent RHP Saul Alcala to a minor league contract.
4/1/2019 – RHP JD Hammer assigned to Reading from Clearwater
4/1/2019 – RHP Trevor Bettencourt assigned to Reading from Clearwater
4/1/2019 – 3B Jose Antequera assigned to Reading
4/1/2019 – 2B Grenny Cumana assigned to Reading from Clearwater
4/1/2019 – 3B Luke Williams assigned to Reading from Clearwater
4/1/2019 – LF Josh Stephen assigned to Reading
4/1/2019 – LHP Bailey Falter assigned to Reading from Clearwater
4/1/2019 – LHP Jakob Hernandez assigned to Reading from Clearwater
4/1/2019 – RHP Mauricio Llovera assigned to Reading from Clearwater
4/1/2019 – LHP David Parkinson assigned to Reading from Clearwater
4/1/2019 – RHP Ramon Rosso assigned to Reading from Clearwater
4/1/2019 – RHP Addison Russ assigned to Reading from Clearwater
4/1/2019 – C Henri Lartigue assigned to Reading from Clearwater
4/1/2019 – 3B Ali Castillo assigned to Reading
4/1/2019 – CF Mickey Moniak assigned to Reading from Clearwater
4/1/2019 – SS Nick Maton assigned to Clearwater from Lakewood
4/1/2019 – 3B Jake Scheiner assigned to Clearwater from Lakewood
4/1/2019 – 1B Madison Stokes assigned to Clearwater from Lakewood
4/1/2019 – LF Matt Vierling assigned to Clearwater from Lakewood
4/1/2019 – C Colby Fitch assigned to Clearwater from Lakewood
4/1/2019 – CF Jesus Alastre assigned to Clearwater from Lakewood
4/1/2019 – RHP Julian Garcia assigned to Clearwater from Lakewood
4/1/2019 – RF Danny Mayer assigned to Clearwater from Williamsport
4/1/2019 – CF Simon Muzziotti assigned to Clearwater from Lakewood
4/1/2019 – C Rodolfo Duran assigned to Clearwater from Lakewood
4/1/2019 – LHP Damon Jones assigned to Clearwater from Lakewood
4/1/2019 – RHP Spencer Howard assigned to Clearwater from Lakewood
4/1/2019 – LHP Kyle Young assigned to Clearwater from Lakewood
4/1/2019 – LHP Zach Warren assigned to Clearwater from Lakewood
4/1/2019 – RF Ben Aklinski assigned to Clearwater from Williamsport
4/1/2019 – RHP Andrew Brown assigned to Clearwater from Lakewood
4/1/2019 – RHP Luis Carrasco assigned to Clearwater from Lakewood
4/1/2019 – RHP Connor Brogdon assigned to Clearwater from Lakewood
4/1/2019 – RHP Gustavo Armas assigned to Clearwater from Lakewood
4/1/2019 – RHP Austin Ross assigned to Clearwater from Williamsport
4/1/2019 – GCL Phillies West released RHP Antonio Canizales

Threshers Recap – 4/11/2019

Clearwater (2-6) was two-hit by Lakeland, 2-1.

Damon Jones (0-1, 1.13) pitched five innings and gave up 2 runs on five hits and 3 walks.  He struck out eight.  One of his runs was unearned, but I can’t make out why based on the play description.  Gustavo Armas struck out three in two, 2-hit innings.  Ismael Cabrera gave up a hit and a walk while striking out two in the eighth. Continue reading Threshers Recap – 4/11/2019

2019 Amateur Draft and J2 Discussion, April 8, 2019

This is the Phuture Phillies forum for discussion of the amateur draft and J2 signing period that are about 2-3 months down the road.   I’m providing this space for those who are ready to enter discussion about this year’s crop of prospects.  You can place video, scouting reports, or just comments here.  You can reference these weekly discussions on the menu above. Continue reading 2019 Amateur Draft and J2 Discussion, April 8, 2019

Threshers Recap – 4/9/2019

Clearwater (1-5) lost to Lakeland, 3-1.

Julian Garcia 0-1, 7.36) lasted 3.2 innings and 84 pitches.  He gave up 3 runs on 5 hits and 2 walks.  He also struck out six batters.  He threw 49 strikes (58.3%).

Grant Dyer (2.08) came in and stranded an inherited runner.  He retired 6 batters in 2.1 perfect innings.  Yes, that’s correct.  The inherited runner was caught stealing.  So, we have the unusual 6 batters faced in 2.1 innings.  He also struck out three. Continue reading Threshers Recap – 4/9/2019

Threshers Recap – 4/8/2019

Clearwater (1-4) lost to Lakeland, 8-3.

Andrew Brown (0-1, 15.00) lasted three innings.  He gave up 5 runs on 9 hits and a walk.  He struck out two.  Luis Carrasco (9.64) gave up 2 runs in 2.0 innings on 2 hits and a walk.  Connor Brogdon had another scoreless outing, allowing just a walk in 2.0 innings and striking out two.  Zach Warren struck out 2 in 1.0 inning, but gave up a run on 2 hits. Continue reading Threshers Recap – 4/8/2019