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

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 -

Group Two : Erubiel Armenta, Konnor Ash, Andrew Baker, Albertus Barber, Carlos Betancourt, Trevor Bettencourt, Malik Binns -

Group Three : Josh Bortka, Andrew Brown, Blake Brown, Jean Cabrera, Eiberson Castellano, Starlyn Castillo, Joel Cesar -

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 : Jonathan Hennigan, Cristian Hernandez, Jakob Hernandez, Maxwell 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 fourteenth 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.

Jack Perkins - 25 years old - RHP - Birthdate : 8/6/97 - 2018 11th round draft selection - Stetson University - This Fan’s View - He pitched mostly out of the bullpen in 2022 - 24 appearances with Reading - only 6 starts - 55 IP - 50 K’s - 26 walks - a high 6.87 ERA.  Finished the season with Lehigh Valley - 4 games - 3 starts - 6 2/3 IP.  2021 was a strong year - it was the first season he hurled over 100 innings as he made 23 game appearances ( 20 starts ) between Jersey Shore, Reading and Lehigh Valley.  Noted for a big hook, pitches to contact - ‘22 was an off year for him in the transition to becoming a reliever  - The speed gun : fastball ( sits in a range of 90 to 93 mph - max 95 ), slider ( 81 to 85 mph ), change up ( 84 to 86 mph ) and curve ( 74 to 77 mph ). 2023 Projection - will compete in spring camp for a role with Lehigh Valley.

Jonathan Petit - 21 years old - RHP - Birthdate : 4/19/01 - signed as an international free agent 4/26/19 from Valencia, Venezuela - This Fan’s View - Got off to a strong start to the 2022 FCL season throwing nine scoreless frames in his first two games.  Showed flashes of good stuff thereafter battling command - leaving too many pitches out over the plate. Pitched 32 innings ( 33 K’s, 10 walks - 1.19 WHIP in 11 appearances - 6 starts ).  Has a live arm with potential of even higher velocity.  Is playing winter ball in the Venezuelan Winter League for Tiburnos de La Guaira and pitching well.  The speed gun : fastball ( sits in a range of 90 to 94 mph - max 94 ), slider ( 78 to 80 mph ) and curve ( 76 to 78 mph ). 2023 Projection - will be in the mix for a roster spot with Clearwater out of spring camp.

Tyler Phillips - 25 years old - RHP - Birthdate : 10/27/97 - originally claimed off waivers from Rangers 7/24/21 - re-signed as a minor league free agent to a two year contract 11/6/21 - This Fan’s View - spent the summer with the rehab team at the complex working his way back from Tommy John surgery - we saw him throw a couple live bullpen sessions in October - even now continues to rehab at the complex.  He’s got a very smooth delivery, no wasted motion - we saw a slider/curve with late break and a change up that had really good “dance” - tumbling action.  Reports I’ve read on him from MLB when he was with the Rangers stated “creates tail and sink on his fastball and changeup as well as downhill plane with his 6-foot-5 frame. His changeup is a plus pitch and the heater plays better than it’s velocity because he commands it so well.  He generates a lot of weak ground-ball contact because he creates tail and sink with his fastball and changeup.”  He’s a Bishop Eustace Prep graduate from Pennsauken, NJ  and grew up a Phillies fan.  During his rehab he’s shown that he can pop the mitt in the mid nineties on occasion.  While he’s still in the early throwing stages of his rehab work I’m excited on what’s possibly to come.  When the rehab pitchers throw their fellow pitchers in the group gather to watch, we noted how Tyler is a leader - will point out pitches, release and angles to others - it showed me he has an intellect and love for pitching and competitive makeup that will bode well when he gets back to pitching in games.  The speed gun : fastball ( sits in a range of 90 to 94 mph - max 96 ), slider ( 83 to 85 mph ), change up ( 86 to 89 mph ) and curve ( 78 to 80 mph ). 2023 Projection - continued progression towards game action - possible late April/early May time frame.  We think Tyler is someone who will get to the upper levels quickly once given the go - is a real possibility to make his big league debut and positively contribute to the big club.

Nicoly Pina - 23 years old - RHP - Birthdate : 10/8/99 - signed as an international free agent - 5/3/18 - San Juan de la Maguana, Dominican Republic - This Fan’s View - Nicoly missed over two seasons of baseball after incurring Tommy John surgery - ignore the limited stats from this past year as they are not reflective of the power arm he possesses.  In the coming season we expect to see the hurler we first saw in action in 2019 on the backfields during Gulf Coast League play - a dominant fastball with late life and a put away slider.  He’s been working on a change up as well - that’s a good offset as his two primary pitches are velo driven deliveries.  I’ve been touting him for awhile now - think it’s gonna come to fruition in 2023. The speed gun : fastball ( sits in a range of 92 to 96 mph - max 97 ), change up ( 85 to 86 mph ) and slider ( 79 to 85 mph ) - 2023 Projection - a full season assignment with Jersey Shore or Clearwater out of spring camp

Dominic Pipkin - 23 years old - RHP - Birthdate : 11/5/99 - 2018 9th round draft selection -  Pinole Valley High School , Pinole, CA - This Fan’s View - made 30 appearances ( 13 starts ) for Jersey Shore in 2022 accumulating 73 2/3 IP - 64 K’s, 51 BB - 5.01 ERA - moved back into the starting rotation on 6/8 - finished the season on a high note with two strong starts in September ( 11 IP - 0.82 ERA, 0.91 WHIP ).  Dominic has always been a “big arm” type pitcher - issues have been control and command within the zone - career 5.06 BB/9 projection which was even higher in 2022 ( 6.23 ).  The fastball can be electric - comes from a three quarter arm slot with a repeatable delivery - focused more this season on his slider as a secondary offering - especially when pitching out of the bullpen.  Has had some shoulder issues in the past but seems to be beyond that now - focus is on throwing strikes with consistent command - can pitch successfully at the upper levels if can reel that in. We’ve always enjoyed chatting, has a great sense of humor.  The grind of the minor league process can wear on young fellas - it’s important that he stays positive to reach his potential.  The speed gun : fastball ( sits in a range of 93 to 98 mph - max 99 ), slider ( 77 to 86 mph ), change up ( 83 to 88 mph ) and curve ( 74 to 81 mph ). 2023 Projection - will compete in spring camp for a roster spot with Reading

Michael Plassmeyer - 26 years old - LHP  - Birthdate : 11/5/96 - acquired in trade with Giants on 6/8/22 for catcher Austin Wynns - This Fan’s View - He is a tough at-bat for hitters - releases the ball from a low arm slot and is consistently in the strike zone. Was named the International League pitcher of the month in September - Lehigh Valley - 1.64 ERA in 4 games ( 22 IP ) with a 0.95 WHIP - 23 K’s - 6 BB.  He pitched very well for Lehigh Valley after being acquired from San Francisco - 16 starts - 82 IP - 2.41 ERA - 82 K’s - 23 walks - 1.05 WHIP.  Is not a high velocity pitcher but uses a three pitch mix, generally hits spots and throws quality strikes and has a change up that was a strikeout and put away pitch this summer - in September that all came to fruition even more.  He also made his major league debut this past season with the Phillies - pitched in 2 games ( 7 1/3 IP ) - 7 K’s, 1 walk and 3.68 ERA.  The speed gun : fastball ( sits in a range of 87 to 91 mph - max 92 ), slider ( 73 to 77 mph ) and change up ( 82 to 84 mph ).   2023 Projection - will be in big league camp - in the hunt for an opening day roster spot with the big club - if not a return to Lehigh Valley in a rotation spot - big league depth.

Danyony Pulido - 20 years old - RHP - Birthdate : 10/19/02 - signed as an international free agent 2/2/21 from  Caracas, Venezuela - This Fan’s View - had an excellent season for DSL champion Phillies White - 1.82 ERA in 11 games ( 49 1/3 IP ) with a 1.22 WHIP - BB/9 projection was high at 6.17 so further work needed there.  Started two games in the league playoffs as well.

He pitched in 14 games in the DSL during the 2021 season as a reliever accumulating 28 1/3 IP.  He features a FB as his primary along with a changeup and curve.  We’ve seen him via live streams from the Dominican and once in a live BP session during Fall Instructs at the complex.  Big frame at 6’1” to add strength - hopefully will get to see him pitch stateside this coming spring and summer.  The speed gun : fastball ( sits in a range of 88  to 92 mph - max 94 ), change up ( 82 to 84 mph ) and curve ( 71 to 78 mph ). 2023 Projection - stateside in extended spring camp with an FCL roster spot - potential full season role possible.

Left to right - top to bottom - Nicoly Pina, Tyler Phillips, Jack Perkins, Jonathan Petit, Michael Plassmeyer, Danyony Pulido & Dominic Pipkin - photos by Casey Burns, Mark Wylie, George Youngs Jr and Cheryl Pursell

Prior Reports - Catchers, Infielders & Outfielders :

Catchers :

Group 1 : Jack Conley, Arturo DeFreitas, Jordan Dissin, Vito Friscia, Herbert Iser and Ryan Leitch. -

Group 2 : Rafael Marchan, Nick Matera, Adony Mejia, Andrik Nava, Rickardo Perez & Jackie Pertuz  -

Group 3 : Anthony Quirion, Caleb Ricketts, Leanardo Rondon, Donny Sands, Gustavo Sosa & Micah Yonamine -

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 -

Group Two : Aldrem Corredor, Aroon Escobar, Diego Gonzalez, Sal Gozzo, Jonathan Guzman, Darick Hall, Lou Helmig, Otto Kemp  - article posted 11/15/22 - link -

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 -

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 -

Group Five : Madison Stokes, McCarthy Tatum, Will Toffey, Nicolas Torres, Randy Vasquez, Kevin Vicuña, Uziel Viloria, Rixon Wingrove -

Outfielders :

Group One : Jorge Bonifacio, Emaarion Boyd, Chris Burke, Jared Carr, Justin Crawford, Carlos De La Cruz, Jefferson Encarnacion -

Group Two : Ezra Farmer, Cade Fergus, Yemal Flores, Wilfredo Flores, Jorge Garcia, Yhoswar Garcia, Dalton Guthrie, Darium Gutierrez -

Group Three : Raylin Heredia, Dakota Kotowski, Matt Kroon, Marcus Lee Sang, Simon Muzziotti, Jhailyn Ortiz, Jerffson Pena -

Group Four : Dustin Peterson, Leandro Pineda, Baron Radcliff, Felix Reyes, Gabriel Rincones Jr, Albert Rodriquez, Johan Rojas -

Group Five : Ricardo Rosario, Troy Schreffler, Chris Sharpe, Gavin Tonkel, Jordan Viars, Justin Williams, Ethan Wilson -

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