• Steve Potter

10/6/22 : Minor League Off - Season News


Arizona Fall League :


Johan Rojas had another good game for the Surprise Saguaros last evening.  He batted in the leadoff spot and went 2 for 5 with a double.  The double was a hustle play that we’ve seen him do often in his brief career to date - it was a line drive single to center field that the opposing fielder was a bit lax on fielding ( assumed Johan would be satisfied with a single ).  Rojas never broke stride and sprinted into second base safely 👀.   Jim Callis of MLB wrote about it in his article - https://www.mlb.com/news/phillies-johan-rojas-shows-off-speed-in-arizona-fall-league?t=arizona-fall-league-coverage.


Johan is now 5 for 13 ( .385 ) in the three games Surprise ( 2-1 ) has played.  Three of his Phillies organization mates made their AFL debuts in the game.  Carlos De La Cruz went 1 for 4 and played first base.  LH Taylor Lehman pitched two scoreless innings ( 1 H, 0 BB, 2 K’s - 32 pitches - 21 strikes ) in relief and RH Brett Schulze posted a save going 1 1/3 innings ( 0 R, 0 H, 2 BB, 2 K’s - 26 pitches - 13 strikes ).   


Jhailyn Ortiz played in the Saguaros second game of the season the day before in right field - walked twice in four plate appearances and scored a run.   RHP Cristian Hernandez hasn’t made a game appearance yet.


Under 23 World Cup  :


1B Rixon Wingrove who played this past season for the Jersey Shore BlueClaws and OF/C Chris Burke ( Clearwater ) have been named to the Team Australia under 23 World Cup Team.  They will join their Australian mates in action in Taiwan - the ten daytournament begins October 13th.


Another Phillies minor leaguer playing in the Under 23 World Cup tournament is Jersey Shore LHP Erubiel Armenta ( Mexico ). There are likely more as rosters get announced for the 12 team tournament ( TPE, COL, GER, JPN, RSA, VEN, AUS, CUB, MEX, NED, PUR, KOR ).   


Upcoming Winter Leagues :


When do the leagues begin?


  • Mexican Winter League – October 11

  • Dominican Winter League – October 15

  • Venezuelan Winter League – October 22

  • Puerto Rican Winter League – November 4

  • Australian Winter League – November 10


Happy Day, Happy Baseball










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