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  • Writer's pictureSteve Potter

10/22/22 : Minor League  News & Notes

1 - At the Complex

First Time BP

Yesterday was the first time I’ve seen Gabriel Rincones Jr ( 2022 3rd round draft choice - Florida Atlantic ) take batting practice.  He didn’t get into game action this summer, instead has been working with the rehab group getting back from a shoulder issue.  He put on a power show in the mid day BP session on Roberts Field - raw pull strength sending multiple baseballs into the trees beyond the right field fences.  He’s a big fella ( 1B/OF ) who hits from the left side of the plate.  Easy power is what we saw in the session 💪⚾️.

Live BP :

Tyler Phillips, Spencer Van Scoyoc and Eduar Segovia each threw yesterday.  Phillips and Van Scoyoc did up down sessions with Segovia going one simulated frame.  Saw good things from each of them, Segovia continues to shine - great movement on his pitches.

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

Team Germany :

1B/OF Lou Helmig - 2 for 18 thus far with 2 doubles

Team Australia :

OF/C Chris Burke - 5 for 15 with 2 HR and 4 RBI’s and 4 runs scored thus far - .412 OBP

1B Rixon Wingrove - 5 for 21 with 2 doubles and 2 runs scored thus far

Team Puerto Rico :

LHP Gabriel Cotto - has made two appearances thus far - 3 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 1 BB, 2 K’s

Team Mexico :

LHP Erubiel Armenta - 0.00 ERA in 4 appearances ( 3 2/3 IP ) with 4 K’s & 2 walks

Team Colombia :

RHP Victor Vargas - 1-0 in two appearances - 6 IP

3 - Australian Baseball League :

Outfielder Jared Carr was announced by Adelaide as the 5th Phillies import player for the Giants.  He joins Starlyn Castillo, Jordan Fowler, Arturo DeFreitas & Anthony Quirion along with Rixon Wingrove & Nikau Pouaka-Grego as current Phillies on the team.  Former Phillie LHP Josh Tols is also on the club.

RHP Kyle Glogoski ( pitched this summer for Jersey Shore ) will play for the Auckland Tautara. Outfielder Chris Burke will play for the Melbourne Aces.

4 - ArIzona Fall League :

Carlos De La Cruz was 1 for 2 with a walk, run scored and RBI for Surprise last night in their 7-2 victory.  The Saguaros are now 11-5 and remain atop the league.

RHP Cristian Hernandez pitched a scoreless inning in relief ( 1 H, 1 K - 16 pitches - 13 strikes ).

The previous day Johan Rojas stole three bases including home plate during Surprise’s 7-0 win against Scottsdale.  Johan singled, walked and scored a run.  Jhailyn Ortiz had two hits and scored a run. Carlos De La Cruz homered ( 2nd ) and had two RBIs.

Brett Schulze pitched a scoreless inning ( 0 H, 2 BB - 16 pitches - 7 strikes ) as did Francisco Morales ( 0 H, 1 BB, 3 K’s - 18 pitches - 10 strikes ).

5 - Duly Noted  :

The pipeline of minor league talent and development support came thru this season at the big league level and will continue to have impact going forward.  The “Protect the Standard” philosophy emphasizes team effort and positivity but also addresses that failures will occur.  The ability to bounce back from miscues and have success was again exemplified in last night’s Phillies victory - it’s something the organization specifically addresses in player development.

“We compete with full commitment. To compete we must create an environment where there can be an absence of fear.  If what you tried doesn’t work, own the moment, learn from it, get better, and move on.  Being the best is about finding your edge.“  is part of the player development messaging that learning from failure and competing without fear of it is as important in development as when success occurs.  Teaching baseball development isn’t as cut and dry as some think - there are many variables, methods and mind sets needed  - the melding of the ideas, both old and new is vital to ongoing success. Player Development Director Preston Mattingly has incorporated a direction of consistent communication in that regard, good stuff.

While the Midas touch of baseball leadership under Mr. Dombrowski certainly is evident in the present Phillies fortunes it is also noted that every member of the current Day Care group was drafted and developed when Bryan Minniti was Assistant GM, Josh Bonifay was the Player Development Director and Johny Almaraz was the Director of Amateur Scouting.   All are very good baseball people in their own rights and deserve credit in bringing those players forward.  Changes often occur when new leadership takes it’s place - doesn’t entirely mean the prior group didn’t have their own positive impacts as well.  Just sayin 🧐

Happy Day, Happy Baseball ⚾️

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