• Steve Potter

4/13/22 : Minor League Roundup


International League ( AAA ) - Worcester 7 ( 7-1 ) Lehigh Valley 3 ( 3-5 )


Worcester, MA - Polar Park


Summary :


Worcester scored twice in the second inning on a two run double by Grant Williams. Rob Refsnyder doubled in two runs in the for the Woo Sox in the 5th inning, Tristan Casas singled to plate two more.


Nick Maton hit a solo home run in the 6th inning. Tristan Casas hit a home run for Worcester in the 7th.


Jorge Bonifacio singled to score Donnie Sands ( walked ) in the 8th inning.

John Andreoli led off the ninth inning with a home run.


On The Hill :


RH Colton Eastman - 4 IP, 5 R, 4 H, 3 BB, 3 K’s - 70 pitches - 43 strikes

LH Jakob Hernandez - 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 BB, 2 K’s - 24 pitches - 15 strikes 3 inherited runners scored

RH Mark Appel - 2 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 4 K’s - 35 pitches - 23 strikes

RH Nick Duron - 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 BB, 1 K - 13 pitches - 6 strikes

RH Dillon Maples - 1/3 IP - 0 R, 0 H, 1 BB, 0 K’s - 9 pitches - 4 strikes


At Bat : 7 H, 2 BB, 4 K’s


Austin Wynns and John Andreoli each had two hits. Nick Maton and John Andreoli homered. Darick Hall doubled.


Notes :


Former Phillies minor league hurler Conor Seabold started for Worcester and pitched five shutout innings allowing just one hit and one walk.


Eastern League ( AA ) - Reading 3 ( 2-3 ) Akron 1 ( 2-3 )


Akron , OH - Canal Park


Summary :

Madison Stokes led off the game for Reading with a home run.


Akron tied the score with a run in the third inning on a single, double and sac fly.


Jhailyn Ortiz walked and then scored on a double by Josh Ockimey in the 6th inning. Wendell Rijo doubled to score Ockimey.


On The Hill :


RH Noah Skirrow - 5 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 0 BB, 6 K’s - 55 pitches -42 strikes - threw very well, great mix

LH Zach Warren - 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 1 K - 15 pitches - 10 strikes

RH Braden Zarbnisky - 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 1 K - 10 pitches - 7 strikes

RH Francisco Morales - 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 1 K - 15 pitches - 10 strikes

LH Brian Marconi - 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 HB, 1 BB, 1 K - 25 pitches - 12 strikes


At Bat : 5 H, 1 BB, 9 K’s


Madison Stokes homered. Josh Ockimey, Wendell Rijo and Jonathan Guzman each doubled.


Defensive Gem :


Hunter Markwardt made a diving catch in left field to end the third inning.

South Atlantic League ( High A ) - Jersey Shore 4 ( 1- 4 ) Brooklyn 3 ( 2-3 )


Brooklyn, NY - Maimonides Park


Summary :


The Blue Claws scored four runs in the second inning - Casey Martin singled and stole second base. Jared Carr was hit by a pitch, Martin scored on a single by Andrik Nava. Carr & Nava pulled off a double steal, Carr then scored on a wild pitch. Nava scored on a double by Johan Rojas. McCarthy Tatum scored on a wild pitch, he has reached on a wild pitch third strike and had advanced to third base on the Rojas double.


Brooklyn scored twice in the 6th inning on a HBP and two singles. They scored a run in the 7th on a walk, single and passed ball.


On The Hill :


RH Cristian Hernandez - 3 2/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 BB, 4 K’s - 61 pitches - 37 strikes - strong outing

LH Erubiel Armenta - 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 BB, 1 K - 14 pitches - 7 strikes

RH Dominic Pipkin - 1 perfect IP - 2 K’s - 10 pitches - 7 strikes

RH Tyler McKay - 1 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 1 BB, 1 K - 18 pitches - 10 strikes

RH Carlos Francisco - 1 IP, 1 unearned R, 1 H, 1 BB, 3 K’s - 26 pitches - 15 strikes

RH Jason Ruffcorn - 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 BB, 0 K’s - 20 pitches - 12 strikes


At Bat : 5 H, 4 BB, 11 K’s


Johan Rojas doubled and walked. Ethan Wilson walked twice and stole two more bases giving him 7 for the season - tied with Rojas.


Cristian Hernandez


Florida State League ( Low A ) - St Lucie 9 ( 4-1 ) Clearwater 3 ( 0-5 )


St Lucie , FL - Clover Park

Summary :

The Threshers plated two runs in the first inning as Alexeis Azuaje singled and scored on a double by Odubel Herrera. Jadiel Sanchez singled to score Herrera.

St Lucie scored three in their half of the first inning on a home run by Carlos Dominguez. They added a run in the second on a double by Alex Ramirez.


Alexeis Azuaje walked and stole second base in the third inning, he scored on single by Hao Yu Lee.


The Mets scored twice in the fourth inning on a double, stolen base, walk, ground out RBI and RBI single.


St Lucie scored an unearned run in the 5th inning on two singles and a misplayed ground ball to center field by Odubel Herrera - the ball went past him allowing a run to score.


Cesar Berbesi and Drake Osborn hit back to back home runs for St Lucie in the 8th inning.


On The Hill :


RH Micah Ottenbreit - 3 IP, 4 R, 4 H, 2 BB, 1 K - 43 pitches - 24 strikes

LH Gabriel Yanez - 2 IP, 3 R - 2 earned, 4 H, 1 BB, 0 K’s - 32 pitches - 21 strikes

RH Malik Binns - 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 2 BB, 2 K’s - 33 pitches - 16 strikes

RH Buddy Hayward - 1 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 0 BB, 2 K’s - 24 pitches - 14 strikes


At Bat : 13 H, 4 BB, 15 K’s


Marcus Lee Sang had three hits including a double. Jadiel Sanchez also had three hits. Hao Yu Lee and Odubel Herrera each had two hits. Odubel doubled. Alexis Azuaje singled and walked twice out of the leadoff spot. Rixon Wingrove also singled and walked twice.


Notes :


Odubel played center field and looked to be moving without any difficulty - wouldn’t surprise me if he’s activated by the big club relatively soon - St Lucie is very close to Miami where the Phillies will play the next three days.


With the two step off or pickoff attempt limit rule per AB ( on the third it must result in an out else it’s called a balk ) it’s almost automatic after two attempts are made that the runner will go on the next pitch - that happened in the fourth inning when Gabriel Yanez did two step offs to keep a runner close at second base - the very next delivery the runner stole third and subsequently scored on a ground out. Weird rule.


Today in Extended Spring Training :


We stopped by the Complex and watched an intra squad scrimmage. It was an abbreviated version- four innings and in some of the half inning turns there weren’t any fielders in the field in essence making those occasions akin to a live BP session.


Infielder Nikau Pouaka-Grego is now stateside, the 17 year old Australian was signed in January and has been training at the Phillies Dominican Academy till now. He’s a middle infielder and left handed hitter. We met both his dad and grandfather today - they came to watch Nikau for a few days. He singled and walked in three plate appearances.


We also met OF/C Chris Burke’s mom and dad along with his brother today as they are in Clearwater to watch Chris play. He’s also an Australian and has been in the organization since July of 2019 and is just 20 years old - has been converting to more of an outfield role this season - very good wheels and perhaps could become a Daulton Varsho type player.


Pitchers in today’s scrimmage :


LH Jordan Fowler - 3 IP, LH Ethan Evanko - 2 IP, RH Aidan Anderson - 2 IP and RH Ty Collins - 1 IP. Anderson posted three strikeouts - his velocity on the fastball seems up a notch from last season, good action and movement.


Catcher Oscar Gonzalez made a strong throw to second base to nab a would be base stealer - we’ve touted his throwing ability for awhile now. In some of the half innings where no fielders took the field the hitters still ran the bases - Oscar had some fun with that as he feigned a throw coming into the plate as one of the runners headed around third base - gotta have fun on the backfields when ya can 😁.

Erick Brito and Leandro Pineda had a couple knocks today including ones that would have been extra bases and Albert Jerez stroked a double.

Nikau Pouaka-Grego at the plate in today’s scrimmage

Happy Day, Happy Baseball ⚾️

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