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1/29/24 : High Performance Camp - Day Sixteen

Today’s Camp Activities :

Temps in the low to mid fifties today - the fourth week of HP camp began in what’s predicted as a cooler weather week.  Position players were indoors for offensive skill work in the cages.  Outdoor defensive drills continued as did strength training for all players.

Bullpen day on the seven mounds area  - Cristian Hernandez, Andrew Baker, Tyler McKay, Andrew Schultz, Tommy McCollum, Gunner Mayer, Tristan Garnett, Jordi Martinez, Jake Eddington, George Klassen, Casey Steward, Brandon Beckel, Jean Cabrera, Cam Brown, Ethan Chenault, Brett Schulze, Wesley Moore, Wen Hui Pan, Alex Rao, Mitch Neunborn and Andrew Walling each threw bullpen sessions to catchers.

Today’s Player Spotlight :

LHP Wesley Moore  - 24 years old - signed as an un-drafted free agent 11/9/22 - Kansas State University

2023 Stats :  an outstanding season that began with Clearwater where he posted a stellar 0.72 ERA in 17 games (25 IP) with 39 K’s and 12 walks.  Promoted to Jersey Shore on 6/13/23 and continued to excel with a 1.91 ERA in 25 appearances (28.1 IP) with 40 strikeouts and 15 walks.  Overall numbers were a 4-1 record, 1.35 ERA in 42 games (53.1 IP) with 79 strikeouts and 27 walks, a 1.14 WHIP,  .177 BAA, an average of 16.50 pitches per inning pitched and a 65 % strike ratio.  Was named the organization pitcher of the month in May - 1.32 ERA in 8 games (13.2 IP) with 22 K’s and 5 walks.  Had an stellar month of August - 0.87 ERA in 9 games (10.1 IP) with 15 K’s  and a standout month of April - 0.00 ERA in 7 games (9 IP).

2023 Notes :  attended and played for Vauxhall High School in Vauxhall, Alberta, Canada as well as the Team Canada Junior National Team, pitched in the 18U World Cup as a teenager.  A scout from another organization who saw him a lot as an amateur said that Wesley impressed as a strong competitor who seemingly always shined in big moments, no fear.  We saw that this summer.  He features a sinking fastball (sits in the 92 to 94 mph range) curve and changeup with the change being the out-maker, has repeatable mechanics and a very good speed differential with the change-up off the fastball.  His release point and arm speed are aligned on all of his pitches, hides the ball, making it difficult to distinguish the various  pitches out of his hand.

Wesley’s 2023 reflections :  “I’d say personally learning how my body works and how to use my pitch arsenal and being able to make adjustments pitch to pitch .  From an organizational standpoint what has impacted me the most is just the communication between all the coaches for my development . After each outing we do an in depth review of what went well and what I need to work on.  I think that has helped me a lot!”

Pitching Coordinator Travis Hergert : “Wesley features a funky delivery and uniqueness to how he deploys his pitches. With an entire offseason to focus on strength, we expect the fastball velocity to tick up next season.  His go-to pitch is his change-up that he can throw in any count.  We will focus on his breaking ball development going into spring training.”

Jersey Shore Pitching Coach Phil Cundari :   “Really hard worker and a pleasure to work with, has outstanding stuff.  The changeup is a plus plus pitch.  If he can continue to improve on fastball command and pick up a bit more velocity has a very short path to advance.  Changeup is equivalent to Orion Kerkering’s slider in its effectiveness and ability to produce swings and misses, it’s that good a pitch.  Off-season is big to add core strength - as he continues to strengthen overall it will create an even bigger differential between the fastball and change up which will make him very valuable as a lefty reliever.  Working on adding a cutter.”

Winter League Update :

Reporting on Phillies and former Phillies playing winter league baseball.

Venezuela Professional Baseball League :

1/28 : RHP Ricardo Pinto (former Phillie) pitched seven shutout innings (6 H, 3 BB, 4 K’s) to lead Tiburones de La Guaira to a 3-0 win and a championship series title over Cardenales de Lara.  Tiburones ends a franchise streak of 38 years without a pennant.  They will now represent Venezuela in the Caribbean Series to be played in Miami, FL from 2/1 to 2/9.

Happy Day, Happy Baseball ⚾️

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