Will Morris made his Clearwater Threshers’ debut against the Charlotte Stone Crabs and Tampa Bay’s #2 prospect and MLB’s #42 prospect, RHP Brent Honeywell. Morris accounted for himself well with 5.0 shutout innings. Neither starter figured into the decision as both teams featured sharp pitching and improved defense. The game swung on a passed ball in the eighth inning. Nevertheless, Morris and bullpen mates Matt Hockenberry and Jesen Therrien pitched very well this evening. Continue reading Threshers Drop Tough One to the Stone Crabs, 2-1; April 12, 2016
During an Instructional game at Bright House this week, the conversation turned toward the catching situation in the organization. Of course, as you should expect, there were as many opinions as there were people in the discussion. This topic has been touched on in several comment threads so far. So, let’s get the discussion out in the open where we cover all the possibilities.
The above is just a suggestion for this week’s discussion. This post is reserved for the discussion of the top prospects in the Phillies’ organization. You can tout the merits of your favorite prospects, instruct us on why your ranking is superior, talk about a prospect who intrigues/worries you, ask about prospects you haven’t seen and don’t know much about, or anything at all as long as it is about the top prospects.
Continue reading Top Prospect Discussion: October 15th
The Winter League regular seasons are winding down.
- DWL – ended on 12/21/2014.
- Mexican League – ends on 12/29/2014.
- VWL and Puerto Rican leagues – end on 12/30/2014.
- The Australian League – ends on 1/25/2015.
And then their respective post seasons will start. Continue reading Winter Ball Round Up: Dec. 21 – Dec. 27
I was on the road last weekend and couldn’t provide an update. So, here’s a two-week update today.
- In the VWL
- Willians Astudillo played in 8 games and went 10 for 31, no XBH, 1 RBI, and his first 2 VWL Ks. His overall slash is .314/.351/.400/.751. He has been splitting time in Left and center fields, has one outfield assist from LF, and has committed no errors.
- Andres Blanco played in 12 games and went 13 for 41, 5 XBH, 6 RBI, 6 BB, 5 K. His overall slash is .306/.444/.472/.917. His BB rate is 11.4% and his K rate is 18.3%.
- Freddy Galvis played in 13 games and went 16 for 53, 5 XBH, 8 BB, 7 K. Overall, he is .259/.326/.345/.671 with 12 doubles. His BB rate is 8.4% and his K rate is 21.9%. Surprisingly, he has been caught stealing in 4 of 5 attempts.
- Cesar Hernandez played in 11 games and went 9 for 38, 3 XBH, 9 BB, 7 K, 3 SB. Overall he is .315/.393/.371/.764 with 7 doubles. His BB rate is 11.4% and his K rate is 17.7%.
- Obudel Herrera played in 12 games and went 18 for 47, 2 HR, 6 BB, 6 K, 3 SB. Overall he’s .378/.434/.567/.1.001 with 5 HR, 13 doubles, 3 triples, 7 SB in 7 attempts. His BB rate is 8.6% and his K rate is 14.2%.
- Gabriel Lino played in 9 games and went 6 for 24, 8 K. Overall he’s .247/.345/.329/.674 with 6 doubles. His BB rate is 13.1% and his K rate is 31.5%.
- Wilmer Oberto saw time in 4 games and went 0 for 5. Overall he has 39 at bats in 19 games. His slash is .179/.273/.179/.452. He has 15 Ks in those 39 ABs.
Updates on Phillies’ minor league players from around winter ball during the last week –
- Aaron Altherr hasn’t played since November 18th.
- Willians Astudillo hasn’t played since November 23rd, his only appearance where he hit a 3-run HR in a 1-4 outing.
- Emmanuel Marrero hasn’t played since November 26th.
- Cameron Perkins hasn’t played since October 29th.
- Darin Ruf hasn’t played since October 31st. I read that he suffered a muscle strain, returned to the US for a second opinion, and was sent home for the winter.
- Wilber Oberto hasn’t played since November 4th.
- Jesse Biddle hasn’t pitched since November 8th when he was shut down for the winter after an injury.
- Ethan Martin hasn’t pitched since November 29th.
- Lino Martinez hasn’t pitched since November 6th.
- Yacksel Rios hasn’t pitched since November 18th.
- Alexis Rivero hasn’t pitched since October 20th.
Position players – Continue reading Winter Ball Round Up: Nov. 30 – Dec. 6
Kevin Walter made his third start of the season and recorded his second win with 5 solid innings against the Brevard County Manatees. The Threshers used a four run fourth inning to erase an early deficit, and the bullpen kept the Manatees at bay to post a 6-2 victory.
Brevard County is an affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers. They boast 7 of the Brewers’ top 20 prospects. Their line up includes #1 Tyrone Taylor (2012, 2nd round, 92nd overall), #2 Orlando Arcia (2010, international free agent), #9 Victor Roache (2012, 1st, 28), and #12 Michael Reed(2011, 5th, 161). They hold down the second through fifth positins in their line up. The Threshers’ staff held them to 4 singles in 15 at bats with a walk and 6 strike outs. Continue reading Walter Wins Again; August 23, 2014
The Threshers had a fun first inning in game one of a double header tonight. For the first time all season, I had to change the innings on the score sheet as the Threshers sent 10 batters to the plate. The big damage came on three-run home runs by Art Charles and Chris Serritella. Unfortunately, the Threshers’ offense packed it in for the rest of the game.
Roman Quinn, Jesmuel Valentin, Brad Pointer, and Harold Martinez all hit singles in the first to score ahead of the home runs. The Manatees’ Taylor Williams rebounded from a 33-pitch first inning and shut down the Threshers through the end of the fifth. Williams is the Brewers’ #13 prospect. He was their 4th round pick in 2013, #122 overall. He was recently promoted and came into this game with a 1.80 ERA and 1-1 record in 3 Florida State League starts.
The Threshers’ starter was Colin Kleven. Kleven is among the league leaders in lowest walks per innings pitched at 1.92 per nine. He came into the game having allowed 27 walks and striking out 95 batters in 126.2 innings. He had an easy 1-2-3 first inning. However, he didn’t appear to have his best stuff, and the plate umpire seemed to squeeze him on a couple of occasions. He battled but surrendered single runs in the second, third, and fourth innings before a complete implosion in the fifth allowed the Manatees to tie the score.
Kleven’s pitching notes and some game notes –
- Kleven – 4.0 IP, 4 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 5 K
- 21 batters, 12 first pitch strikes
- 92 pitches, 57 strikes
- Of the 57 strikes – 5 swinging, 19 called, 20 fouls, 13 balls in play
- Of the 13 balls in play – 6 infield ground balls, 3 fly outs to CF, 4 base hits
- Of the 4 hits – triple off the top of the CF wall, home run to CF, line drive single, ground ball double down the left field line
- 5 three-ball counts – 3B, SF8, BB, K, and a bases loaded BB on the final batter faced
- Kleven allowed 1 run in a 32-pitch third inning where he faced 5 batters and struck out two
- Kleven’s hard luck fifth inning included an HBP on an 0-2 pitch, a failed fielder’s choice when Crawford was ruled off the bag on Valentin’s throw (blown call) on a 1-2 pitch, an errant throw to second by Martinez on another failed fielder’s choice on a 2-2 pitch, then a 6-pitch walk to end his night
- Quinn, Valentin, and Charles each had 2 hits
- Quinn got picked off first after a leadoff walk in the 4th
Forsythe came in with the bases loaded and the score 6-4, nobody out. Gabriel Lino allowed a passed ball on a pitch where he gave less than minimum effort. Forsythe did give up a run-scoring single, but his 2 strike outs and inning ending fly ball limited the damage. Ridenhour gave up a lead off single in the eighth and couldn’t stop the Manatees’ momentum as they pushed ahead the go ahead run.
The Threshers went quietly in the bottom of the eighth, they managed only 4 hits after the first inning, and we’re getting set for another game in 25 minutes. Yippee.
Jesmuel Valentin made his debut with the Threshers last night. He singled in his first at bat, stole second, and scored on a Brian Pointer single. That was his last impact on scoring in the game until the bottom of the eighth inning.
Due to a rain out on Monday, two 7-inning games were scheduled Tuesday. The start time was pushed back by afternoon rains again. The Threshers took a quick 1-0 lead on Pointer’s single mentioned above. They re-took the lead on Pointer’s opposite field, 2-run home run in the third inning. Pointer leads the team with 14 home runs and 49 RBIs.
Meanwhile, Miguel Nunez battled and was finally lifted with 2 outs in the fourth inning and the bases loaded. Cody Forsythe recorded the final out of the inning on a pop up to shallow center. Nelson Prada left Forsythe in to close out the game. Looked good until with 2 out and 2 strikes, Kyle Schwarber clubbed a game-tying home run to right in the botttom of the seventh inning.
Lee Ridenhour took the loss in the eighth innng on a routine ground ball to second. Ridenhour walked Bill McKinney with one out. The next batter hit a slow ground ball to Valentin at second. He flipped the ball to Crawford to start the inning-ending double play. Then all hell broke loose. Valentin’s flip pulled Crawford off the bag, runner safe on the Valentin throwing error. Chris Serritella could not handle Crawford’s throw at first, batter safe on Crawford’s throwing error. Serritella retrieved the ball and chased down the batter to tag him out for the second out. Meanwhile, Gabriel drifts up the line toward first base, allowing McKinney to continue home to score the game-winning run without a throw.
In another oddity, the Threshers’ line up included 7 left-handed hitters/switch hitters against the Cubs right-handed starter. The Cubs line up featured 9 left-handed batters against the right-handed Nunez. This in part probably explains Prada’s trying to get 7 outs out of Forsythe.
Prada’s other two bullpen lefties pitched in the night cap, Lino Martinez started and Ethan Martin relieved and got the win. Ulises Joaquin picked up the save. Roman Quinn went 2-2 with 2 walks, 2 runs scored, and his 29th stolen base. Art Charles took the team lead in home runs with his 15th of the season. Valentin and Pointer went 0-3 in the second game. Crawford got the game off.
Colin Kleven posted his 4th consecutive quality start, and third win among those starts, with a solid 105-pitch effort against the Lakeland Flying Tigers. The offense, which was non-existent in Kleven’s 5-hit, 1-0 loss in his last start, staked him to 6 runs Saturday night. Kleven rebounded from a couple of mistakes and left after 6 innings with a 6-2 lead. The big righty kept the Tigers’ batters off balance most of the night and the Threshers held on to win 7-5. Kleven’s final line was – Continue reading Offense Supports Kleven; August 16, 2014
I attended my first GCL game in several weeks today. Denton Keys pitched a solid 5 innings against the GCL Pirates. He scattered 5 hits, 2 walks, and a hit batter allowing 2 runs, only one of them earned. The defense was a little shaky all day. The 3 errors charged were a little generous. A couple more could have been charged.
Austin Davis and undrafted free agent Kyle Bogese combined to pitch the final 4 innings. Davis allowed 3 hits in 2.1 innings but was aided by a pick off and a caught stealing. Bogese got the win with 1.2 innings of no-hit ball. Each reliever recorded 3 strikes out. The Phillies won 3-2. Continue reading GCL, FSL, and Biddle; August 13, 2014