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  • Writer's pictureSteve Potter

10/18/22 :   Minor League Updates

At the Complex

Strength and conditioning workouts continue for players participating in “High Performance Camp”.  The camp is scheduled to run thru October 28th.  In addition rehab players continue their work and the “stay ready” players from the Lehigh Valley roster continue to grind out practices.

When the foursome of Donny Sands, Rafael Marchan, Yairo Munoz & Scott Kingery take batting practice on Roberts Field each day it’s become common practice for the Clubhouse Services group to take the outfield and get after the batted baseballs.  They go about their efforts in the same enthusiastic manner as the players - the other day Vinny Pezzino ( Coordinator - Clubhouse Services ) made a great diving catch of a quickly sinking low line drive in left center field - the catch was so good that Scott Kingery gave Vinny an ovation!  👏.   

Today we watched BP again and the clubhouse service team continued to play all out in their fielding efforts during BP with both dives and leaps incorporated, ( Vinny in particular has the climb of the outfield wall and leap down pat - even as balls sail over the fence 🤓 ), as the players sent baseballs flying into the outfield - the “clubbies” are certainly doing their part to “Protect the Standard” - makes what might be ordinary BP sessions into extraordinarily entertaining ones - this old fan appreciates the efforts as I’m sure the players hitting and development staff also do 👍👏⚾️.

Live BP

Tyler Phillips, Spencer Van Scoyoc, Eduar Segovia & Vinny Nittoli each threw sessions today.  It was the second such outing for Phillips and Van Scoyoc - they continue to progress in finding their feel for pitching again - mechanically looked on point to me - just a matter of pitch repetition for each.  Segovia is a little further along - we were again impressed with how the baseball is coming out of his hand - really good movement on his pitches and velo continues to build.

It’s the first time I’ve seen Nittoli pitch in person, has a funky delivery ( a bit of Gene Garber in it ) where he turns his back to the hitter and then cross fires - really seems deceptive, ball remains hidden till last minute of release.  We saw quite a few sliders with good side action movement which set up his fastball as a pitch that jumped out on hitters, especially if they anticipate the breaking ball.  He actually got stung by a bee on his opposite shoulder while delivering one pitch - the ball hit batter Cade Fergus - just another thing I can chalk up as “weird stuff ya see in baseball” 🤓.  Both Vinny and Cade seemed all right after the “bee sting HBP” - no worries all around 😎.

Eduar Segovia pitching - Gustavo Sosa catching & Jefferson Encarnacion batting

Vinny Nittoli pitching - Jordan Dissin catching & Scott Kingery batting

Dominican Winter League : Opened on 10/15/22

Phillies on rosters :

SS Jonathan Guzman - Leones del Escogido

OF Jorge Bonifacio - Tigres del Licey

IF Wendell Rijo - Toros del Este

Manager Pat Listach - Toros del Este

Former Phillies on rosters :

C Deivi Grullon - Aguilas Cibaenas

C Rodolfo Duran - Estrellas de Oriente

OF Luke Williams - Estrellas de Oriente

RHP Michael Ynoa - Gigantes del Cibao

RHP Tyler Cyr - Gigantes del Cibao

RHP Ivan Nova - Leones del Escogido

RHP Jimmy Cordero - Leones del Escogido

INF Jimmy Paredes - Leones del Escogido

LHP Fernando Abad - Toros del Este

RHP Alfredo Simon - Toros del Este

OF Emilio Bonifacio - Tigres del Licey

RHP Victor Santos - Leones del Escogido

RHP Anuerys Zabala - Leones del Escogido

INF Pedro Florimon - Toros del Este

Phillies Players in the Under 23 World Baseball Cup Tournament - hosted by Taipei - 10/13 to 10/23

Team Germany :

1B/OF Lou Helmig - 2 for 13 thus far with 2 doubles

Team Australia :

OF/C Chris Burke - 5 for 11 with 2 HR and 4 RBI’s and 4 runs scored thus far

1B Rixon Wingrove - 3 for 11 with 2 doubles and 2 runs scored thus far

Team Puerto Rico :

LHP Gabriel Cotto - has made one appearance thus far - 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 BB

Australian Baseball League :

The Adelaide Giants announced that Phillies RHP Starlyn Castillo & LHP Jordan Fowler will pitch for the club this season.  It was previously announced that 1B Rixon Wingrove & 2B Nikau Pouaka-Grego are also on the squad.  There are three more position players yet to be announced by the Giants and I will defer to them until they do so - can let out this much - it’s two catchers and an outfielder 😎.

Arizona Fall League :

Johan Rojas & Carlos De La Cruz each went 1 for 4 in last nights game for Surprise.  Francisco Morales threw another two more scoreless innings in relief - one hit, walked three batters and struck out one.

Stats to date :

Pitchers :

Francisco Morales - 4 games - 5 1/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 4 BB, 7 K’s

Cristian Hernandez - 3 games - 3 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 1 BB, 1 K

Taylor Lehman - 3 games - 4 IP, 2 R - 1 earned, 2 H, 3 BB, 5 K’s

Brett Schulze - 3 games - 3 1/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 2 BB, 5 K’s

Position Players :

Johan Rojas - 36 PA’s - 9 for 30 ( .300 ) - 2 doubles, 4 walks , 6 stolen bases - .389 OBP

Carlos De La Cruz - 20 PA’s - 6 for 19 ( .316 ) - 1 triple, 1 HR, 3 RBI’s - .350 OBP

Jhailyn Ortiz - 19 PA’s - 6 BB - .316 OBP

Let’s get a dub tonight in San Diego !  Happy Day, Happy Baseball ⚾️

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