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12/15/22 : Annual Phillies Minor League Player Notes - Pitchers - Part Seventeen



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 - https://www.philliesbaseballfan.com/post/12-1-22-annual-phillies-minor-league-player-notes-pitchers-part-four

Group Five : Colton Eastman, Kent Emmanuel, Jaydenn Estanista, Braeden Fausnaught, Jordan Fowler, Carlos Francisco, Jace Fry - https://www.philliesbaseballfan.com/post/12-2-22-annual-phillies-minor-league-player-notes-pitchers-part-five

Group Six : Alex Garbrick, Eric Garcia, Tristan Garnett, Drew Garrett, Maikel Garrido, Jeffrey German, Kyle Glogoski - https://www.philliesbaseballfan.com/post/12-3-22-annual-phillies-minor-league-player-notes-pitchers-part-six


Group Seven : Ofreidy Gomez, Luis Gonzalez, Mavis Graves, Daniel Harper, Buddy Hayward, Josh Hendrickson, Jonh Henriquez - https://www.philliesbaseballfan.com/post/12-5-22-annual-phillies-minor-league-player-notes-pitchers-part-seven


Group Eighth : Jonathan Hennigan, Cristian Hernandez, Jakob Hernandez, Maxwell Hernandez, Jonathan Hughes, Sam Jacobsak, Estibenzon Jimenez - https://www.philliesbaseballfan.com/post/12-6-22-annual-phillies-minor-league-player-notes-pitchers-part-eight


Group Nine : Damon Jones, Nathan Karaffa, Orion Kettering, Michael Kelly, Keylan Kilgore, Taylor Lehman, Adam Leverett - https://www.philliesbaseballfan.com/post/12-7-22-annual-phillies-minor-league-player-notes-pitchers-part-nine

Group Ten : Ethan Lindow, Victor Lopez, Fernando Lozano, Alex McFarlane, Rafael Marcano, Brian Marconi, Jordi Martinez - https://www.philliesbaseballfan.com/post/12-8-22-annual-phillies-minor-league-player-notes-pitchers-part-10

Group Eleven : James Marvel, Gunner Mayer, James McArthur, Tommy McCollum, Griff McGarry, Christian McGowan, Tyler McKay - https://www.philliesbaseballfan.com/post/12-9-22-annual-phillies-minor-league-player-notes-pitchers-part-eleven


Group Twelve : Jake McKenna, Alex McKenney, Oswald Medina, Daniel Mejia, Jhordany Mezquita, Erik Miller, McKinley Moore - https://www.philliesbaseballfan.com/post/12-10-22-annual-phillies-minor-league-player-notes-pitchers-part-twelve

Group Thirteen : Francisco Morales, Vinny Nittoli, Braedon Ogle, Matt Osterberg, Micah Ottenbreit, Andrew Painter, Jose Pena Jr - https://www.philliesbaseballfan.com/post/12-11-22-annual-phillies-minor-league-player-notes-pitchers-part-13

Group Fourteen : Jack Perkins, Jonathan Petit, Tyler Phillips, Nicoly Pina, Dominic Pipkin, Michael Plassmeyer, Danyony Pulido - https://www.philliesbaseballfan.com/post/12-12-22-annual-phillies-minor-league-player-notes-pitchers-part-fourteen

Group Fifteen : Jesus Querales, Alex Rao, Carlos Reyes, Pedro Reyes, Mason Ronan, Jason Ruffcorn - https://www.philliesbaseballfan.com/post/12-13-22-annual-phillies-minor-league-player-notes-pitchers-part-fifteen

Group Sixteen : Matt Russell, Christopher Sanchez, Rodolfo Sanchez, Andrew Schultz, Brett Schulze, Tayler Scott - https://www.philliesbaseballfan.com/post/12-14-22-annual-phillies-minor-league-player-notes-pitchers-part-sixteen

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 seventeenth  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.


Matt Seelinger - 27 years old - RHP - Birthdate : 4/19/95 - selected in minor league rule 5 draft from Giants - 12/8/21 - This Fan’s View - had a very solid 2022 season - was a workhorse - appeared in 45 games ( 62 1/3 IP ) for Reading and posted a 3.47 ERA with 75 K’s and 35 walks - was promoted to Lehigh Valley on 9/20 and pitched in 2 games with them - 2 1/3 scoreless innings with 4 K’s and 2 walks.  Has a somewhat unique delivery where he gets really low to deliver his pitches ending with the ball release coming from his arm extended high over the top  - George Youngs Jr got a good photo of it which I’ll share below. Matt features a fastball and hard breaking curve that he refers to as a “knuckle drop”.  He primarily relies on those two pitches however will occasionally throw a changeup and worked on a cutter this season that he also utilized.  The speed gun : fastball ( sits in a range of 92 to 95 mph - max 95 ), knuckle drop ( 80 to 81 mph ), change up ( 85 to 87 mph ) and cutter ( 88 to 89 mph ). 2023 Projection - might be a non roster invite to big league camp - a return to Lehigh Valley out of spring camp is likely with a chance to pitch his way to the show.


Enrique Segura - 17 years old - RHP - Birthdate : 12/19/04 - signed as an international free agent 1/15/22 - San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic - This Fan’s View  - he is long and lanky and has been consistently in the mid nineties range with the heater - also has a slider and developing change up in the arsenal.  He pitches with a lot of energy and looks like he has fun playing the game - to me that’s important.  I was able to watch him on live stream quite a few times this season pitching for the DSL Phillies Red team where he posted a 5-1 record with a 2.32 ERA in 13 games ( 42 2/3 IP ).  Has a projection to add even more velocity with added weight and strength - he already has really good life on his pitches and is consistently down in the zone - seems to throw a heavy ball that is hard to lift.  There’s real excitement on what his future holds.  The speed gun : fastball ( sits in a range of 92 to 94 mph - max 95 ), slider ( 79 to 82 mph ) curve ( 77 mph ) and change up ( 84 to 87 mph ). 2023 Projection - will be just 18 the entire 2023 season - could spend another year of development in the DSL.


Eduar Segovia - 21 years old -  RHP - Birthdate : 1/10/01 - signed as an international free agent - 5/9/18 - Valencia, Venezuela - This Fan’s View - he last pitched in a game on 8/19/21 as a member of the Clearwater Threshers during which he suffered a shoulder injury.  Subsequent surgery and rehab efforts have brought Eduar to a point where he just completed his last round of live BP sessions this October.  A slight alteration in his arm slot ( a bit lower ) has introduced a cross fire delivery where we were quite impressed with the way the ball comes out of his hand.   Was a dominant pitcher when we first saw him in the Gulf Coast League in 2019 - we see that capability again now - velo and movement are back and we think both have actually improved.  Am eager to see how he continues to progress - we think that 2023 is going to be a breakout season once he’s physically ready for a full season assignment. The speed gun : fastball ( sits in a range of 92 to 95 mph - max 96 ), slider ( 80 to 85 mph ) curve ( 80 to 81 mph ) and change up ( 81 to 86 mph). . 2023 Projection - appears ready to go - we really like his chances to move up the ladder - an opening day assignment with Jersey Shore seems within reach


Ryan Sherriff -  32 years old - LHP - Birthdate : 5/25/90 - claimed off waivers from Rays -  11/5/21 - This Fan’s View - spent the majority of the early season in Clearwater rehabbing a shoulder strain - made two appearances with Clearwater on June 9th & 11th - then one with Reading on June 14th - an inning in each appearance. First pitched for Lehigh Valley in July 3rd and made 11 appearances ( 11 1/3 IP ) posting a 3.18 ERA with 12 K’s and 6 walks.  Throws a heavy sinker - described to me by a player that it was akin to trying to catch a bowling ball 😳.  Was placed back on the IL in August - all eleven of his appearances with the Iron Pigs came in July.  The speed gun : fastball/sinker  ( sits in a range of 90 to 92 mph - max 93 ), slider ( 80 to 82 mph ) and change up ( 82 to 85 mph ) - 2023 Projection - elected minor league free agency


Noah Skirrow - 24 years old -  RHP - Birthdate : 7/21/98 - signed as an un-drafted free agent - 6/16/20 - Liberty University - This Fan’s View - Fastball ticked up this year to college reads ( before TJ surgery ) at or near the mid nineties - gets big break on both slider and curve ball - vertical movement.  Quietly had a solid season - made 25 starts total -primarily with Reading - was promoted to Lehigh Valley on 9/5 and he made 4 starts there - 21 IP - 3.00 ERA - 18 K’s, 9 walks.  Made 21 starts for Reading ( 98 2/3 IP - 4.65 ERA - 115 K’s - 32 walks ).  He led the minor league portion of the organization with 119 2/3 IP.  Noah is a great competitor - will generally throw strikes and challenge hitters.  He had a strong month of April - 2.63 ERA in 3 starts - 13 2/3 IP - 19 K’s - 2 walks and as previously noted finished strong in September. The speed gun : fastball ( sits in a range of 91 to 95 mph - max 96 ), slider ( 85 to 89 mph ), change up ( 84 to 86 mph ) and curve ( 75 to 80 mph ). 2023 Projection - should be in the mix for a Lehigh Valley rotation spot - would like to see him get some innings in big league spring training.


Christopher Soriano - 21 years old - LHP - Birthdate : 9/17/01 - signed as an international free agent - 2/11/19 - San Gregorio de Nigua, Dominican Republic - This Fan’s View - we first saw Christopher in 2020 Fall Instructs - this year he pitched in the FCL for a second year - 16 appearances - 23 1/3 IP - 4.63 ERA - 20 K’s - 16 walks - a .195 batting average against.  When he throws strikes he’s difficult to hit - last two outings of the season provided a positive outlook - 3 1/3 scoreless frames - 2 K’s.  Has a four pitch mix, good mechanics and a quick arm - needs experience and repetition.  The speed gun : fastball ( sits in a range of 87 to 92 mph - max 93 ), slider ( 79 to 86 mph ), change up ( 83 to 87 mph ) and curve ( 74 to 81 mph ). 2023 Projection -  should be in the mix for a Clearwater roster spot in spring camp.



Left to right - top to bottom - Eduar Segovia, Ryan Sherriff, Matt Seelinger, Enrique Segovia, Christopher Soriano and Noah Skirrow - photos by Casey Burns, Mark Wylie, Cheryl Pursell and George Youngs Jr



Matt Seelinger delivery - photo by George Youngs Jr



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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