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1/8/23 : Winter League Update


Couldn’t sleep for some reason so figured I’d post this in the early AM hours 🥴


Focused on current and former Phillies organization players.


Games played from 1/1 thru 1/7 ( 1/8 for Australia League )


Australian Baseball League :


January 6th Game Action :


Anthony Quirion doubled for Adelaide - he had one of their two hits in a 2-0 loss against Brisbane, Jared Carr had the other hit - a single.  LHP Jordan Fowler pitched four innings ( 2 R - 1 earned, 7 H, 0 BB, 1 HB, 4 K’s - 70 pitches - 47 strikes ).  RHP Austin Ross ( former Phillie ) pitched two scoreless frames ( 1 H, 0 BB, 3 K’s - 25 pitches - 18 strikes ).


January 7th Game Action :


Rixon Wingrove tripled and homered for Adelaide and scored both runs in a 2-1 victory in game one of a double header vs Brisbane.  The game ended on a play at the plate when Brisbane’s Daniel Nilsson doubled to center field - T.J. Bennett scored but Logan Trowbridge was thrown out at home -  center fielder Jared Carr to second baseman Nick Ward to catcher Ryan January on a bang bang play - both Carr and Ward have shown great ability to deliver strong relay throws over the course of the season.  Former Phillie Josh Tols threw a scoreless frame in relief.


In game two former Phillie Michael Martinez played shortstop for Adelaide and went 1 for 4 with a double.  Anthony Quirion drove in his 23rd run of the season.  Rough outing for Starlyn Castillo ( 4 1/3 IP, 5 R, 8 H, 1 BB, 3 Al’s - 70 pitches - 48 strikes ) - Brisbane won 8-1.


Chris Burke homered for Melbourne in game one of their double header - a 3-2 win against Syndney.


January 8th Game Action :


Nick Ward went 3 for 5, scored twice and drove in two runs for Adelaide in a 9-7 loss to Brisbane.  Adelaide trailed 9-2 going into the bottom of the ninth inning and scored five runs but fell short - Brisbane won the series 3 games to 1.


Chris Burke was 2 for 2 with a triple for Melbourne in game one of their doubleheader against Sydney.  It was his first full week back after missing a few weeks.



Dominican Winter League :


Newly acquired LHP Gregory Soto pitched a perfect inning for Aguilas Cibaenas in a playoff game on 1/6 needing just 8 pitches ( 5 strikes ) to complete the inning.  He also pitched an inning on 1/2 ( 1 H, 1 unearned R, 1 BB, 2 K’s - 24 pitches - 14 strikes ). He joined the team for the playoffs.


Former Phillies catcher Jorge Alfaro went 3 for 3 with a walk and scored three runs for the Tigres vs Estrellas on 1/3, he went 2 for 5 on 1/4.


Venezuelan Winter League :


Former Phillies minor league RHP Mario Sanchez pitched 6 scoreless innings ( 6 H, 0 BB, 4 K’s - 87 pitches - 59 strikes ) for Cardenales on 1/3 vs Navegantes.  I remember giving Mario a car ride back to his residence a few years back on a rainy day from the complex in Clearwater - he was rehabbing from Tommy John surgery that summer.  Nice young man - he’s now 28 years old, pitched in the Twins organization last year and is now a free agent.


Former Phillies outfielder Odubel Herrera was 2 for 4 with a home run and two RBIs ( also walked once ) for the Cardenales on 1/5 in a lopsided 19-6 win against the Leones.  He went 2 for 5 with a double on 1/5 against the Tigres.  Former Phillie Cesar Hernandez is now playing for the Cardenales as well.


Puerto Rico Winter League :


Carlos Francisco earned his 5th hold on 1/3 by pitching a scoreless inning ( 0 H, 1 BB, 1 K - 9 pitches - 5 strikes ) for Mayaguez against RA12.  He pitched a scoreless inning on 1/7 in the first semifinal playoff game against Caguas allowing just one batter to reach base ( HBP ).  Former Phillies minor leaguer Danny Ortiz homered in that game helping Mayaguez to a 2-1 victory.


Former Phillies RHP Yacksel Rios picked up his 7th win ( 7-0 ) of the regular season on 1/2 by pitching 1 1/3 perfect innings with 2 strikeouts vs Santurce lowering his regular season ERA to 0.65.  He recently signed a minor league contract with the Atlanta Braves with an invitation to big league spring training.


Mexican Winter League :


Former Phillies RHP Manuel Urias pitched a scoreless inning ( 1 H, 2 K’s ) for Los Mochis on 1/2 vs Navajoa.


Winter League Regular Season Stats :


It used to be relatively easy to find stats on Phillies Minor Leaguers playing winter ball - not so much the past couple years.  Here’s a listing of the regular season ( playoff rounds are now in play in the Caribbean Leagues ) stats I’ve accumulated from both league sites and baseball reference.  The leagues are in their last few weeks of play - soon we will be welcoming players back to the complexes for 2023 pre-season training - in fact some of the Phillies minor leaguers will be in High Performance camp beginning on Monday ( January 9th ).


Australian Baseball League :


Nick Ward - 32 games - 122 ABs - .353/.432/.631 - 1.063 - 9 doubles, 2 triples, 7 HR, 17 RBIs - 15 BB, 24 K’s

Anthony Quirion - 32 games - 104 ABs - .368/.400/.789 - 1.189 - 7 doubles, 1 triples, 5 HR, 23 RBIs - 11 BB, 15 K’s

Jared Carr - 32  games - 112 ABs - .250/.311/.393 - .704 - 4 doubles, 0 triples, 4 HR, 21 RBIs - 9 BB, 30 K’s

Rixon Wingrove - 28 games - 101 ABs - .277/.339/.515 - .854 - 10 doubles, 1 triple, 4 HR, 18 RBIs - 8 BB, 25 K’s

Arturo DeFreitas - 11 games - 36 ABs - .278/.366/.278 - .644 - 0 doubles, 0 triples, 0 HR, 5 RBIs - 4 BB, 5 K’s - injured

Chris Burke - 15 games - 50 ABs - .220/.291/.420 - .711 - 2 doubles, 1 triple, 2 HR, 7 RBIs - 5 BB, 10 K’s


Starlyn Castillo - 3 W, 2  L, 8 starts - 8 games - 30 1/3 IP, 3.56  ERA, 26 K’s, 13 BB, 6 HB, 26 H, 12 R, 12 ER

Jordan Fowler  - 0 W, 2 L, 5 starts - 8 games - 28 1/3 IP, 2.22 ERA, 26 K’s, 6 BB, 2 HB, 34 H, 9 R, 7 ER


Puerto Rico Winter League :


Carlos Francisco - 1 W, 2 L, 0 starts - 11 games - 14 IP, 2.57 ERA, 1.214 WHIP, 9 K’s, 6 BB, 2 HB, 11 H, 5 R, 4 ER


Dominican  Winter League :


Wendell Rijo - 26 games - 74 ABs - .203/.337/.419 - .756 - 4 doubles, 0 triples, 4 HR, 10 RBIs - 12 BB, 22 K’s

Johan Rojas - 5 games - 10 AB’s - .000/.091/.000 - .091 - 0 BB, 3 K’s, 1 SB

Jhailyn Ortiz - 1 game - 3 AB’s - 1 H, 1 K - .333/.333/.333 - .667


Jakob Hernandez  - 1 W, 0 L, 0 starts - 9 games - 8 2/3 IP, 0.00 ERA, 0.808 WHIP, 12 K’s, 3 BB, 0 HB, 4 H, 2 R, 0 ER


Venezuelan Winter League :


Rafael Marchan  - 26 games - 72 ABs - .361/.477/.389 - .866 - 2 doubles, 0 triples, 0 HR, 16 RBIs - 15 BB, 13 K’s


Jonathan Petit  - 2 W, 1 L, 2 starts - 13 games - 28 2/3 IP, 2.83 ERA, 1.256 WHIP, 20 K’s, 12 BB, 2 HB, 24 H, 12 R, 9 ER

Carlos Betancourt  - 0 W, 1 L, 0 starts - 12 games - 11 1/3 IP, 3.18 ERA, 1.412 WHIP, 10 K’s, 7 BB, 0 HB, 9 H, 4 R, 4 ER


Mexican Winter League :


Erubiel Armenta   - 1 W, 0 L, 0 starts - 12 games - 10 1/3 IP, 0.87 ERA, 1.065 WHIP, 15 K’s, 7 BB, 0 HB, 4 H,1 R, 1 ER







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