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12/17/22 : Annual Phillies Minor League Player Notes - Pitchers - Part Nineteen



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 - https://www.philliesbaseballfan.com/post/12-15-22-annual-phillies-minor-league-player-notes-pitchers-part-seventeen

Group Eighteen : Billy Sullivan, Tom Sutera, Manuel Urias, Wilson Valdez Jr, Spencer Van Scoyoc, Victor Vargas - https://www.philliesbaseballfan.com/post/12-16-22-annual-phillies-minor-league-player-notes-pitchers-part-eighteen

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 nineteenth 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.


Guissepe Velasquez - 19 years old - RHP - Birthdate : 4/3/03 - signed as an international free agent 7/2/19 - Porlamar, Venezuela - This Fan’s View -  Guissepe has smooth, repeatable mechanics and shows some pop, strong young man.  He pitched in the FCL in 2022 - 9 appearances - 11 IP - 10 K’s, 6 walks - battled to find consistency and had some nagging injuries to contend with.  The year before in the DSL put up a 2.75 ERA in 14 starts ( 52 1/3 IP ) with 56 K’s and 19 walks.  The speed gun : fastball ( sits in a range of 90 to 92 mph - max 93 ) and curve ( 77 to 79  mph ). 2023 Projection - a return to extended spring training and the FCL could be in order.


Ezequiel Ventura - 20 years old - RHP - Birthdate : 6/20/02 - signed as an international free agent 8/7/18 from Maracaibo, Venezuela-  competed his third season in the DSL with a 5-1 record and 2.40 ERA ( 11 appearances - 10 starts - 48 2/3 IP ) for the league champions Phillies White team. It was his first season as a starter - in 29 DSL appearances ( 12 starts ) he’s posted a 3.04 ERA in 83 IP with 74 K’s and 36 walks. This Fan’s View  - The speed gun : fastball ( sits in a range of 90 to 92 mph - max 93 ) and curve ( 74 to 78 mph ). 2023 Projection - perhaps stateside in extended spring training


Andrew Walling - 23 years old - LHP - Birthdate : 10/29/99 - signed as an un-drafted free agent - 8/1/22 - Mississippi State - This Fan’s View - appeared in 7 games after signing ( 3 in the FCL and 4 with the Threshers ) accumulating 11 1/3 innings - control and command was an issue - 9 walks but also struck out 12 batters.  Andrew pitched in the MLB Draft League for Williamsport prior to signing with the Phillies amassing 11 1/3 IP there ( 12 K’s, 9 walks ).  He’s from the state of Washington and originally pitched collegiate for Oregon State, he then transferred to Eastern Oklahoma State Junior College and then Mississippi State last season.  He was a college teammate of fellow Phillie Christian McGowan at Eastern Oklahoma and like McGowan is a power pitcher.  We met Andrew at the complex shortly after he signed - is very happy to be a Phillie and excited to get after it.  The speed gun : fastball ( sits in a range of 92 to 95 mph - max 95 ), slider ( 85 to 89 mph ) and curve ( 77 to 78 mph ). 2023 Projection - will compete in spring camp for a roster spot with either Clearwater or Jersey Shore.


Zach Warren - 26 years old - LHP - Birthdate : 6/9/96 - 2017 14th round draft selection - University of Tennessee - This Fan’s View -  Features a fastball, curve/slider, change up mix with swooping vertical movement and  spin on the curve/slider.  Zach appeared in 31 games in 2022 ( 5 with Reading, 26 at Lehigh Valley ) accumulating 28 1/3 IP - struggled mightily with control as he walked 26 batters while striking out 29.  Hasn’t been able to establish the same footing at the AAA level as he’s done at the lower levels thus far.  The speed gun : fastball ( sits in a range of 91 to 95 mph - max 96 ), slider ( 82 to 88 mph ), change up ( 87 to 88 mph ) and curve ( 78 to 85 mph ). 2023 Projection - will be in the mix again for a Lehigh Valley bullpen role.


Chase Webster - 23  years old - RHP - Birthdate : 9/12/99 - signed as an un-drafted free agent - 8/23/22 - Arizona State - This Fan’s View  - signed late in the season - made 2 appearances with Clearwater ( 2 1/3 IP ) striking out five batters while walking two.  Played for Texas Tech in 2021 and Arizona State in ‘22.  A power arm and big fella ( 6’4” ) who was a high school standout for Mesquite High School in Arizona.  We’ve not seen him pitch in person. The speed gun : fastball ( sits in a range of 90 to 94 mph - max 95 ), slider ( 81 to 82 mph ), change up ( 82 to 85 mph ) and curve ( 78 to 80 mph ). 2023 Projection - will compete for a roster spot with either Clearwater or Jersey Shore.


Jared Wetherbee - 24 years old - LHP  - Birthdate : 8/14/98 - signed as an in-drafted free agent 7/20/21 - Elon University - This Fan’s View  - appeared in 19 games ( 24 IP ) with Clearwater recording a 4.50 ERA with 36 K’s and 26 walks.  Gets good movement( spin) and location - shows ability to sequence pitches and read hitters.  What I found cool about Jared was how he would come to the complex to watch others perform in the FCL during mid day games even though he was with the Threshers at the time - to me it is reflective of a team oriented person and great teammate. The speed gun : fastball ( sits in a range of 87 to 93 mph - max 94 ), slider ( 76 to 84 mph ), change up ( 81 to 85 mph ) and curve ( 72 to 80 mph ). 2023 Projection - in the mix to break spring camp with Jersey Shore.


Left to right - top to bottom - Jared Wetherbee, Andrew Walling, Guisseppe Velasquez, Ezequiel Ventura, Chase Webster & Zach Warren - photos by Casey Burns, Mark Wylie & Cheryl Pursell


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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