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12/1/22 : Annual Phillies Minor League Player Notes - Pitchers - Part Four

Updated: Dec 4, 2022


I’ve entitled this series “Annual Phillies Minor League Player Notes” and will break down the presentations into defensive categories.  I intend to offer notes on every player I watched perform this past season that finished the 2022 season with the organization.


The initial set of articles was on catchers - we chatted about 18 receivers and posted three articles.  The next group was on Infielders - we chronicled 40 different players broken down into five postings.  The third series of articles ( a total of five ) were on 36 outfielders. I will list below the article links to each of the group notes previously published if ya missed them.


The next group of articles is Pitchers - I’ll discuss 133 different hurlers broken down into twenty postings ( alphabetical order ) hopefully finishing before Christmas :


Group One : Mick Abel, Jose Acuna, Mike Adams, Samuel Aldegheri, Aidan Anderson, Chase Antle, Mark Appel - https://www.philliesbaseballfan.com/post/11-28-22-annual-phillies-minor-league-player-notes-pitchers-part-one

Group Two : Erubiel Armenta, Konnor Ash, Andrew Baker, Albertus Barber, Carlos Betancourt, Trevor Bettencourt, Malik Binns - https://www.philliesbaseballfan.com/post/11-29-22-annual-phillies-minor-league-player-notes-pitchers-part-two

Group Three : Josh Bortka, Andrew Brown, Blake Brown, Jean Cabrera, Eiberson Castellano, Starlyn Castillo, Joel Cesar - https://www.philliesbaseballfan.com/post/11-30-22-annual-phillies-minor-league-player-notes-pitchers-part-three

Group Four : Edward Chirinos, Ty Collins, Gabriel Cotto, Hans Crouse, Jack Dallas, Chris Devenski, Nick Duron

Group Five : Colton Eastman, Kent Emmanuel, Jaydenn Estanista, Braeden Fausnaught, Jordan Fowler, Carlos Francisco, Jace Fry


Group Six : Alex Garbrick, Eric Garcia, Tristan Garnett, Drew Garrett, Maikel Garrido, Jeffrey German, Kyle Glogoski

Group Seven : Ofreidy Gomez, Luis Gonzalez, Mavis Graves, Daniel Harper, Buddy Hayward, Josh Hendrickson, Jonh Henriquez

Group Eighth : Maxwell Hernandez, Jonathan Hennigan, Cristian Hernandez, Jakob Hernandez, Jonathan Hughes, Sam Jacobsak, Estibenzon Jimenez


Group Nine : Damon Jones, Nathan Karaffa, Orion Kettering, Michael Kelly, Keylan Kilgore, Taylor Lehman, Adam Leverett

Group Ten : Ethan Lindow, Victor Lopez, Fernando Lozano, Alex McFarlane, Rafael Marcano, Brian Marconi, Jordi Martinez

Group Eleven : James Marvel, Gunner Mayer, James McArthur, Tommy McCollum, Griff McGarry, Christian McGowan, Tyler McKay


Group Twelve : Jake McKenna, Alex McKenney, Oswald Medina, Daniel Mejia, Jhordany Mezquita, Erik Miller, McKinley Moore

Group Thirteen : Francisco Morales, Vinny Nittoli, Braedon Ogle, Matt Osterberg, Micah Ottenbreit, Andrew Painter, Jose Pena Jr

Group Fourteen : Jack Perkins, Jonathan Petit, Tyler Phillips, Nicoly Pina, Dominic Pipkin, Michael Plassmeyer, Danyony Pulido

Group Fifteen : Jesus Querales, Alex Rao, Carlos Reyes, Pedro Reyes, Mason Ronan, Jason Ruffcorn

Group Sixteen : Matt Russell, Christopher Sanchez, Rodolfo Sanchez, Andrew Schultz, Brett Schulze, Tayler Scott

Group Seventeen : Matt Seelinger, Enrique Segura, Eduar Segovia, Ryan Sherriff, Noah Skirrow, Christopher Soriano

Group Eighteen : Billy Sullivan, Tom Sutera, Manuel Urias, Wilson Valdez Jr, Spencer Van Scoyoc, Victor Vargas

Group Nineteen : Guissepe Velasquez, Ezequiel Ventura, Andrew Walling, Zach Warren, Chase Webster,Jared Wetherbee

Group Twenty :  Danny Wilkinson, JP Woodward, Cam Wynne, Gabriel Yanez, Braden Zarbnisky


So we continue - the fourth article in the series on pitchers  🤓.


Thanks to Matt Winkleman ( Phillies Minor Thoughts ) for his diligent efforts in detailing most of the speed gun readings.


Edward Chirinos - 17 years old - LHP - Birthdate : 4/20/05 - signed as an international free agent 1/15/22 from Valencia, Venezuela - This Fan’s View - posted a 2.49 ERA in 13 appearances ( 25 1/3 IP ) with 33 K’s and 13 walks - 1.30 WHIP for Phillies Red in the 2022 Dominican Summer League.  We saw this young man pitch often via live stream - made quite a few multi inning relief appearances which bodes well for him as a potential starter going forward - generally gets after the hitter - throws strikes - 8 of his 13 walks came in four outings - only five walks in the other nine games he pitched in.  Has hop on the fastball and changeup looks deceptive. One to watch.  The speed gun : fastball ( sits in a range of 88 to 93 mph - max 93 ), change up ( 85 to 87 mph ) and curve ( 73 to 79 mph ). 2023 Projection - likely returns for another season in the DSL with expanded innings.


Ty Collins - 21 years old - RHP - Birthdate : 8/29/01 - 2021 16th round draft selection - Glendale Community College - Glendale, CA - This Fan’s View - slender young man - has a very clean and repeatable delivery - very inexperienced as a pitcher - athletic performer who played primarily center field in high school - is in process of mastering secondary pitches - slider and curve and potentially a change up.  Arm speed is evident to develop into even higher velocity - has already touched 95 in a few outings - pitched in 9 FCL games ( 9 1/3 IP ) with 5 2/3 coming in the last month of the short season ( August ).  Best we saw him was on 8/15 when he struck out 4 in two scoreless frames vs Blue Jays - a glimpse of what might be.  The speed gun : fastball ( sits in a range of 88 to 93 mph - max 95 ), slider ( 78 to 82 mph ) and curve ( 70 to 78 mph ). 2023 Projection - needs to build experience - likely in extended spring training with a eye towards Clearwater.


Gabriel Cotto - 22 years old - LHP - Birthdate : 5/15/00 - 2018 7th round draft selection - Puerto Rico Baseball Academy, Gurabo, Puerto Rico - This Fan’s View - made 17 starts ( 67 IP ) for Clearwater in his first full season assignment out of spring training.  Pitched well posting 70 K’s and 37 walks - June was a standout month - 5 starts ( 19 IP ) - 2.37 ERA with 19 K’s and 8 walks.  Is tall and lanky at 6’5” 175 - delivers from a 3/4 arm slot - hides ball well and has a slinging action to his delivery.  Change Up is an out pitch - same release point as fastball, has sinking movement.  The speed gun : fastball ( sits in a range of 86 to 92 mph - max 93 ), slider ( 75 to 84 mph ), change up ( 75 to 85 mph ) and curve ( 72 to 78 mph ). 2023 Projection - will likely be part of the Jersey Shore opening day rotation.


Hans Crouse - 24 years old - RHP - Birthdate : 9/15/98 - acquired in trade with Rangers 7/30/21 - was Rangers 2017 2nd round draft selection - Dana Hills HS, Dana Point, CA - This Fan’s View - an injury riddled season for Hans in 2022 - made just 5 appearances with Lehigh Valley ( 3 in April & 2 in September ) spending the brunt of the year at the Complex in Clearwater rehabbing biceps tendinitis and elbow issues.  When he’s healthy the slider is his dominant pitch - has cutter like movement and big league level spin.  We saw him this past spring training in a triple A scrimmage where he dominated hitters - envisioned a breakout summer but the tendinitis prevailed.  Did return to action in September making two starts however stuff was flat and got hit hard.  Like-able young fella - hopefully can get back on track this coming year.   The speed gun : fastball ( sits in a range of 90 to 92 mph - max 94 ), slider ( 83 to 84 mph ) and change up ( 85 to 86 mph ) - this year’s reads - has been up to 96 mph on fastball in prior years. 2023 Projection - if ready to go health wise will be a member of the Lehigh Valley rotation.


Jack Dallas - 23 years old -  - RHP - Birthdate : 12/18/98 - signed as an un-drafted free agent - Lamar University - This Fan’s View - his brother Chad pitches in the Blue Jays organization.  Jack was the closer for Lamar - predominantly uses his fastball and slider but plans on incorporating the change up more - slider is his out pitch.  Appeared in 6 games with Clearwater and posted a 0.00 ERA in 7 2/3 innings with 10 K’s and 5 walks.  Went 2 2/3 innings in his final appearance of the season. The speed gun : fastball ( sits in a range of 86 to 91 mph - max 92 ), slider ( 78 to 83 mph ) and change up ( 80 to 83 mph ).  2023 Projection - a roster spot with Jersey Shore out of spring camp is within reach


Chris Devenski -  32  years old - RHP - Birthdate : 11/13/90 - signed as a minor league free agent from DBacks - 8/29/22 - This Fan’s View - veteran pitcher that was signed as depth - threw in 9 games with Lehigh Valley ( 8 2/3 IP ) - 1.04 ERA with 11 K’s & 3 walks - debuted with Phillies on September 27th and pitched in 3 games ( 4 IP ).  The speed gun : fastball ( sits in a range of 93 to 94 mph - max 95 ), slider ( 80 to 82 mph ), change up ( 80 to 83 mph ) and curve ( 73 to 76 mph ) - data from Baseball Savant.  2023 Projection - elected free agency - signed with Angels


Nick Duron -  26 years old - RHP - Birthdate : 1/30/96 - signed as a minor league free agent 1/9/22 from Mariners - 2015 31st round draft selection - Red Sox - Clark Community College - This Fan’s View - had a good 2022 season with the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs - 2.77 ERA in 52 appearances ( 48 2/3 IP ) with 63 K’s and 29 walks - 45 hits allowed - made his major league debut on 7/13/22 in Toronto as one of the Covid replacement call ups - threw a scoreless frame - 2 hits, 1 K - big arm pitcher who we took notice to right away in spring training camp - converted 7 of 9 saves for the Iron Pigs and was consistently used in back ends of games - has the ability to throw the ball past hitters - upper 90’s velo and hits 100 regularly - cutter and slider as offsets.  Harnessing command is the key as gets in jams with walks and pitch location but has the stuff to be a major league contributor.

The speed gun : fastball ( sits in a range of 95 to 99 mph - max 100 ), slider ( 87 to 89 mph ) and cutter ( 86 to 91 mph ).

2023 Projection - elected minor league free agency - he’s one I suggest re-signing


Left to right ( top to bottom ) : Jack Dallas, Edward Chirinos, Gabriel Cotto, Nick Duron ( center ), Ty Collins, Chris Devenski, Hans Crouse - photos by Cheryl Pursell & Mark Wylie


Prior Reports - Catchers, Infielders & Outfielders :


Catchers :


Group 1 : Jack Conley, Arturo DeFreitas, Jordan Dissin, Vito Friscia, Herbert Iser and Ryan Leitch. - https://www.philliesbaseballfan.com/post/11-9-22-annual-phillies-minor-league-player-notes-catchers

Group 2 : Rafael Marchan, Nick Matera, Adony Mejia, Andrik Nava, Rickardo Perez & Jackie Pertuz  - https://www.philliesbaseballfan.com/post/11-10-22-annual-phillies-minor-league-player-notes-catchers-part-two

Group 3 : Anthony Quirion, Caleb Ricketts, Leanardo Rondon, Donny Sands, Gustavo Sosa & Micah Yonamine - https://www.philliesbaseballfan.com/post/11-11-22-annual-phillies-minor-league-player-notes-catchers-part-three


Infielders :


Group One : Matt Alifano, Alexeis Azuaje, Jamari Baylor, William Bergolla, Erick Brito, Johan Camargo,Ali Castillo, Chad Castillo - article posted 11/14/22 - link - https://www.philliesbaseballfan.com/post/11-14-22-annual-phillies-minor-league-player-notes-infielders-part-one

Group Two : Aldrem Corredor, Aroon Escobar, Diego Gonzalez, Sal Gozzo, Jonathan Guzman, Darick Hall, Lou Helmig, Otto Kemp  - article posted 11/15/22 - link - https://www.philliesbaseballfan.com/post/11-15-22-annual-phillies-minor-league-player-notes-infielders-part-two

Group Three : Scott Kingery, Hao Yu Lee, Casey Martin, Nick Maton, Freylin Minyety, Cole Moore, Yairo Munoz, Josh Ockimey - article posted 11/16/22 - link - https://www.philliesbaseballfan.com/post/11-16-22-annual-phillies-minor-league-player-notes-infielders-part-three

Group Four : Nikau Pouaka-Grego, Ty Penner, Wendell Rijo, Brian Rincon, Daniel Robertson, Jehisbert Sevilla, Kendall Simmons, Marco Soto - article posted 11/17/22 - link - https://www.philliesbaseballfan.com/post/11-17-22-annual-phillies-minor-league-player-notes-infielders-part-four

Group Five : Madison Stokes, McCarthy Tatum, Will Toffey, Nicolas Torres, Randy Vasquez, Kevin Vicuña, Uziel Viloria, Rixon Wingrove - https://www.philliesbaseballfan.com/post/11-18-22-annual-phillies-minor-league-player-notes-infielders-part-five


Outfielders :


Group One : Jorge Bonifacio, Emaarion Boyd, Chris Burke, Jared Carr, Justin Crawford, Carlos De La Cruz, Jefferson Encarnacion - https://www.philliesbaseballfan.com/post/11-21-22-annual-phillies-minor-league-player-notes-outfielders-part-one

Group Two : Ezra Farmer, Cade Fergus, Yemal Flores, Wilfredo Flores, Jorge Garcia, Yhoswar Garcia, Dalton Guthrie, Darium Gutierrez - https://www.philliesbaseballfan.com/post/11-22-22-annual-phillies-minor-league-player-notes-outfielders-part-two

Group Three : Raylin Heredia, Dakota Kotowski, Matt Kroon, Marcus Lee Sang, Simon Muzziotti, Jhailyn Ortiz, Jerffson Pena - https://www.philliesbaseballfan.com/post/11-23-22-annual-phillies-minor-league-notes-outfielders-part-3-happy-thanksgiving-tomorrow

Group Four : Dustin Peterson, Leandro Pineda, Baron Radcliff, Felix Reyes, Gabriel Rincones Jr, Albert Rodriquez, Johan Rojas - https://www.philliesbaseballfan.com/post/11-25-22-annual-phillies-minor-league-player-notes-outfielders-part-four

Group Five : Ricardo Rosario, Troy Schreffler, Chris Sharpe, Gavin Tonkel, Jordan Viars, Justin Williams, Ethan Wilson - https://www.philliesbaseballfan.com/post/11-26-22-annual-phillies-minor-league-player-notes-outfielders-part-five



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