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4/15/23 : Minor League Roundup

International League ( AAA ) -  Durham 8 (7-6) Lehigh Valley 6 (5-8)

Durham, NC - Athletic Park

Summary :

Durham scored four runs in the second inning on a walk, passed ball and consecutive doubles by Kyle Manzardo and Nick Dini and a two run tater by Kameron Misner.

Weston Wilson hit a two run home run for Lehigh Valley in the third inning.

Nick Dini hit a three run home run for Durham in the third inning.

Scott Kingery singled and Jordan Qsar doubled in the seventh inning, Esteban Quiroz doubled to score them both.

Simon Muzziotti reached on an error in the eighth inning, stole second base and scored on a single by Scott Kingery.  Kingery stole second base, went to third on a throwing error and scored on a sac fly by Jordan Qsar.

Durham scored a run in the 8th on a single, double and sac fly.

On the Hill : ( see link to boxscore for details )

Ben Bowden & Yunior Marte each threw perfect innings in relief striking out two batters each.

At the Bat : ( see link to boxscore for details )

Esteban Quiroz, Scott Kingery, Dalton Guthrie and Jordan Qsar each had two hit games.  Qsar and Quiroz each doubled.  Weston Wilson homered.

Eastern League ( AA) -  Hartford 5 (5-3) Reading 1 (1-7)

Reading, PA - First Energy Stadium

Summary :

Pedro Martinez singled in the third inning, he advanced to third base on a single by Johan Rojas and then scored on a errant throw.

Grant Lavigne hit a three run home run for Hartford in the sixth inning.

Hartford scored two runs in the 8th inning on an RBI triple by Grant Lavigne followed by a wild pitch which allowed Lavigne to score.

On the Hill : ( see link to boxscore for details )

Josh Hendrickson was excellent as the starter, he pitched five scoreless innings allowing two hits and no walks while striking out four batters.  Adam Leverett pitched a scoreless inning.  Taylor Lehman pitched two scoreless innings including stranding two inherited runners.

At the Bat : ( see link to boxscore for details )

Carlos De La Cruz and Johan Rojas each went 2 for 4 with two singles.

Note :

Baron Radcliff had to leave the game in the ninth inning after apparently hurting his shoulder diving back into first base as a runner.  Baron had singled and was diving back to the bag on a line drive caught by the second baseman.

South Atlantic League ( High A ) - Greensboro 7 (6-2) Jersey Shore 3 (2-6)

Lakewood, NJ - ShoreTown Ballpark

Summary :

Greensboro used three singles to score their first run in the second inning with Brenden Dixon delivering an RBI knock.  They scored a second run on a double play ground out.

Jared Carr walked in the third inning, stole second, went to third on a single by Troy Schreffler (who stole second base also) and scored when Nick Ward intentionally pulled a grounder to the right side with no outs - by the textbook 👍.

Two singles and a wild pitch plated Greensboro’s third run of the game in the 5th inning.  A sac fly scored another run.

Casey Martin walked in the bottom of the fifth, stole second and scored on a single by Jared Carr.

Jackson Glenn hit a two run home run for Greensboro in the eighth inning.

The BlueClaws loaded the bases in the bottom of the 8th on two singles and a walk.  Leandro Pineda hit a sac fly to score a run.

On the Hill : ( see link to boxscore for details )

Tommy McCollum threw a perfect ninth inning - one strikeout.  Carlos Betancourt went 2 2/3 innings in relief, he allowed one inherited runner to score but otherwise went unblemished.

At the Bat : ( see link to boxscore for details )

Troy Schreffler went 2 for 3 and stole his sixth base of the season. Jersey Shore had no extra base hits in the contest.

Florida State League ( Low A ) Clearwater 3 (5-3) Fort Myers 1 (4-4)

Clearwater, FL - BayCare Ballpark

Summary :

Jorge Polanco hit a sac fly to score the game’s first run for Fort Myers in the third inning.

Gabriel Rincones Jr homered in the fourth inning.

Justin Crawford tripled in the sixth inning and scored on a single by Caleb Ricketts.

Justin Crawford singled in the eighth inning, stole second, went to third on a throwing error and scored on a sac fly by Caleb Ricketts.

On the Hill : ( see link to boxscore for details )

Sam Aldegheri went four innings as the starter allowing one run.  He was 91-94 mph with his fastball tonight which were about half of his 65 pitches thrown.  Jonh Henriquez went 1 1/3 innings retiring all four batters he faced including stranding three inherited runners, his fastball range was 93-96 mph tonight, he’s also throwing a cutter now along with a slider and change up. Wen Hui Pan made his Threshers debut, he came out firing featuring a fastball and slider (97-98 mph fastball), Pan threw two perfect innings posting three strikeouts.  Orion Kerkering closed it out with a scoreless ninth inning ( fastball - 97 to 99 mph & nasty slider) striking out two batters.

At the Bat : ( see link to boxscore for details )

Justin Crawford had two knocks (single & triple) and scored twice.  Gabriel Rincones Jr homered.

Justin Crawford - photo by Casey Burns

System Transactions :

Reading : Madison Stokes was transferred from the Development List to active status.  Ethan Wilson was placed on the seven day IL.

Player Development Center Training - Carpenter Complex

Ten pitchers threw side bullpen sessions on the seven mounds in front of the David Montgomery Training Center and on the pitching lab mound, pitchers who threw today - Mavis Graves, Nathan Karaffa, Jon Duplantier, Jhordany Mezquita, Victor Vargas, Malik Binns, Drew Garrett, Blake Brown, Daniel Harper & Griff McGarry.

Griff McGarry threw what’s referred to as a “short box” which is where the catcher receives the ball while setting up directly on the plate, he tossed about ten pitches or so, working his was back from an oblique strain. Andrew Painter, Gus Sosa and Rafael Marchan light tossed from ninety feet today while Nikau Pouaka Grego threw a bit from 60 feet or so.  Progressions for each albeit a ways to go, patience and time required.

Live Bullpens :

Zach Haake and Jose Acuna threw.   Haake was signed as a minor league free agent on 3/30/23 after being released by the Royals on 3/21/23.  He’s a 6’7 twenty six year old hurler who was was the Royals 6th round draft selection in the 2018 draft from the University of Kentucky.  He’s appeared in 66 minor league games, 46 as a starter.  Today we saw three pitches from him, fastball (good pop), slider and a change up.  Threw strikes and no one squared him up, decent first outing that we’ve seen him.  It was evident that he’s got a power arsenal approach.

Simulated Game : One Inning

Nick Nelson and Estibenzon Jimenez each threw an inning.  Nelson looks ready to go on rehab assignment, he threw two innings this week in simulated game action, last outing was on Wednesday.  Had good pop today and seemed to throw all his pitches.  I really like twenty one year old Estibenzon Jimenez, he’s been nicked up a bit which is why he didn’t open the season with Clearwater however he threw the ball really well today, had good velocity on the express and snap on his slider along with a slower curve.  Produced a few swings and misses, he’s one to watch, I think he’s got a very bright future ahead of him.

Estibenzon Jimenez - photo by Casey Burns

Happy Day, Happy Baseball ⚾️

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