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4/16/22 : Minor League Roundup


Written by Steve Potter


International League ( AAA ) - Worcester 13 ( 9-2 ) Lehigh Valley 1 ( 4-7 )


Worcester, MA - Polar Park


Summary :


Ryan Fitzgerald tripled for Worcester in the first inning and scored on a single by Tristan Casas. They scored another run on a single by Roberto Ramos. A wild pitch scored another run, two more on a two run single. Four singles, a triple, two walks and a hit batter in the inning amounted to five runs.

Rob Refsnyder hit a two run home run for Worcester in the second inning. Roberto Ramos hit a two run home run in the third inning.


LHV scored a run in the fifth inning on a bases loaded passed ball.


Worcester added two more runs in the sixth inning. They scored two more in the 8th inning.


On The Hill :


RH James Marvel - 3 IP, 9 R, 9 H, 1 BB, 1 HB, 2 K’s - 74 pitches - 47 strikes

RH Mark Appel - 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 1 K - 18 pitches - 12 strikes

LH Braedon Ogle - 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 0 K’s - 11 pitches - 8 strikes

LH Jakob Hernandez - 1 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 1 BB, 2 K’s - 19 pitches - 12 strikes

RH Michael Kelly - 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 BB, 3 K’s - 25 pitches - 16 strikes

RH Aaron Barrett - 1 IP, 2 R, 1 H, 3 BB, 1 K - 29 pitches - 15 strikes


At Bat : 4 H, 5 BB, 16 K’s


Will Toffey doubled. Donny Sands drew two walks.

Notes :


In the third inning both Drew Maggi and Austin Wynns had automatic strikes called on them. Maggi on strike two - he struck out on just two pitches delivered 🤪. Wynns didn’t get in the box in time in his AB with two strikes on him and was called out on strike three without the pitch being delivered - the WooSox pitcher struck out the side on just 8 pitches 😳.


Eastern League ( AA ) - Reading ( 3-6 ) @ Akron ( 5-4 ) - Doubleheader


Akron , OH - Canal Park


Game One : Akron 11 Reading 0


Summary :


Akron plated four runs in the first inning on two hit batters, a double and two singles. They scored three more in the second on a walk, two singles, sac fly, double and error.


Julian Escobedo homered for Akron in the third inning. They scored three more in the fifth inning.


On The Hill :


LH Josh Hendrickson - 1 1/3 IP, 7 R, 6 H, 1 BB, 2 HB, 0 K’s - 49 pitches - 28 strikes

RH Julian Garcia - 1 2/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 BB, 3 K’s - 36 pitches - 20 strikes

RH Mike Adams - 2 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 2 BB, 1 K - 41 pitches - 25 strikes

RH Bubby Rossman - 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 0 K’s - 11 pitches - 6 strikes


At Bat : 1 H, 3 BB, 12 K’s


Josh Ockimey singled ( 7th inning - Reading’s only hit ) and walked twice.


Game Two : Akron 2 Clearwater 1 ( 8 innings )


Summary :


A scoreless game thru the regulation seven innings albeit Akron loaded the bases with two outs in the bottom of the seventh on two hit batters and a single but could not score.


In the top of the 8th inning Sal Gozzo put down a sacrifice bunt to move placed runner Hunter Markwardt to third base, he then scored on a sacrifice fly ball to right field by Colby Fitch.


Akron tied the game in the bottom of the 8th on a single by Brayan Rocchio after they also bunted the placed runner over to third base. Two walks loaded the bases with one out. Micah Pries then delivered a walkoff single for Akron.


On The Hill :


RH Braden Zarbnisky - 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 BB, 0 K’s - 23 pitches - 13 strikes

LH Zach Warren - 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 4 K’s - 32 pitches - 21 strikes

RH Francisco Morales - 2 perfect IP - 2 K’s - 23 pitches - 17 strikes

LH Brian Marconi - 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 2 HB, 3 K’s - 37 pitches - 28 strikes

RH McKinley Moore - 1/3 IP, 2 R - 1 earned, 2 H, 2 BB, 0 K’s - 16 pitches - 7 strikes


At Bat : 3 H, 1 BB, 9 K’s


Josh Ockimey had two hits.


Web Gems :


Second baseman Sal Gozzo made a nice diving stop, then stood up and threw the runner out in the fourth inning. In that same frame center fielder Jhailyn Ortiz made a good running catch in right center field.


South Atlantic League ( High A ) - Jersey Shore ( 1- 7 ) @ Brooklyn ( 5-3 ) - Doubleheader


Brooklyn, NY - Maimonides Park


Game One : Brooklyn 4 Jersey Shore 3


Summary :


Brooklyn loaded the bases in the first inning on two walks and a single and scored a run on a groundout. Matt Rudick tripled for them in the second and scored on a single by Rowdey Jordan.


McCarthy Tatum hit a solo home run for JS in the third inning. The Blue Claws scored twice in the top of the 6th as McCarthy Tatum singled, Johan Rojas walked - they both advanced on a wild pitch, Tatum then scored on another wild pitch. Luis Garcia singled to score Rojas.


Brooklyn scored twice in the bottom of the sixth as Rudick struck out but reached on a wild pitch, he advanced on a walk by Matt O’Neill - they both scored on a triple by Rowdey Jordan.


On The Hill :


RH Ben Brown - 2 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 4 BB, 0 K’s - 49 pitches - 23 strikes

LH JP Woodward - 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 K - 17 pitches - 11 strikes

RH Dominic Pipkin - 1 perfect IP - 1 K - 9 pitches - 8 strikes

RH Tyler McKay - 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 BB, 0 K’s - 16 pitches - 11 strikes

RH Andrew Schultz - 1 IP, 2 R, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 K - 26 pitches - 15 strikes


At Bat : 4 H, 3 BB, 5 K’s


McCarthy Tatum had two hits including a home run.


Defensive Gem :


LF Jared Carr threw out a runner at the plate.


Game Two : Brooklyn 6 Jersey Shore 1


Summary :


DJ Stewart hit a long home run over the left field wall in the second inning.


Brooklyn scored twice in the bottom of the second frame on a single, walk, two hit by pitches and a wild pitch.


Joe Suozzi hit a three run home run for Brooklyn in the fourth inning. They added another run in the sixth inning.


On The Hill :


RH Mick Abel - 3 IP, 2 R, 1 H, 1 BB, 3 HB, 4 K’s - 51 pitches - 29 strikes

LH Jhordany Mezquita - 2 IP, 3 R, 2 H, 3 BB, 1 K - 40 pitches - 23 strikes

RH Jonathan Hughes - 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 1 HB, 2 K’s - 24 pitches - 13 strikes


At Bat : 5 H, 2 BB, 8 K’s


DJ Stewart homered. Nicolas Torres tripled. Ethan Wilson had two hits and stole a base.

Florida State League ( Low A ) - St Lucie 5 ( 6-2 ) Clearwater 4 ( 1-7 )


St Lucie , FL - Clover Park


Summary :


Anthony Quirion and Jamari Baylor walked in the third inning, they advanced on a sacrifice bunt by Yhoswar Garcia. Odubel Herrera singled to score Quirion and send Baylor to third base. Hao Yu Lee scored Baylor with a fielders choice ground out.


St Lucie loaded the bases in the 6th inning on two walks and a single, three runs then scored on walks, a fourth on a wild pitch.


The Mets scored a run in the seventh inning on doubles by William Lugo and Justin Guerrera.


Odubel Herrera and Hao Yu Lee singled in the top of the 8th inning. Kendall Simmons doubled, Herrera scored but Lee was called out at the plate on a relay throw from the left fielder to shortstop to the catcher. Felix Reyes doubled to score Simmons.


On The Hill :


RH Andrew Painter - 4 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 BB, 7 K’s - 65 pitches - 42 strikes - FB 95-99 mph 🔥, slider 80-84 and changeup 87 mph.

LH Jared Wetherbee 1 + IP, 4 R, 1 H, 4 BB, 2 K’s - 44 pitches - 22 strikes

RH Malik Binns - 1 2/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 2 BB, 1 K - 37 pitches - 19 strikes two inherited runners scored

RH Buddy Hayward - 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 2 K’s - 16 pitches - 10 strikes - 1 inherited runner scored.


At Bat : 9 H, 2 BB, 7 K’s


Odubel Herrera had two hits as did Felix Reyes. Reyes and Kendall Simmons each doubled.

Andrew Painter

Today in Extended Spring Training :


An 11 AM intra squad scrimmage this morning on Ashburn Field. Five different pitchers threw. 20 year old RH Jean Cabrera pitched two scoreless innings striking out four batters. 20 year old RH Estibenzon Jimenez, 22 year old RH Wilson Valdez and 20 year old RH Jaydenn Estanista all threw two innings as well. 20 year old RH Eiberson Castellano threw three frames. All have the potential of being considered “big arm” hurlers. Each posted multiple strikeouts in their outing - Castellano was touched for back to back home runs but came back strong - he’s a physically imposing young man and has strong mechanics - fastball jumps.


Fielding Prowess :


Nikau Pouaka-Grego ( 17 yrs old ) is a very smooth and well schooled infielder, we’ve seen him at both second and third base and he’s impressed with his abilities to make plays at both positions. Second baseman Erick Brito ( 19 yrs old ) made a very nice middle of the field back hand stop and cross body throw on a grounder to record an out at first base. Albert Jerez impressed with a very strong and accurate arm from shortstop - he’s 20 years old - big fella at 6’2”. Randy Vasquez ( 19 yrs old ) made a nice snag on a grounder deep down the third base line and made the long throw across to diamond to get the out.


Offense :


Freddy Francisco and Herbert Iser hit back to to back home runs - Iser’s sailed far into the parking lot beyond the right field fences. Jackie Pertuz ( 19 yrs old ) also sent one sailing over the right field fence for a dinger.


Oscar Gonzalez doubled, Albert Jerez doubled and tripled and Scott Kingery tripled.


Herbert Iser also had two hits as did Randy Vasquez ( 2 singles ).


Aldrem Corredor, Gonzalez, Chris Burke, Nikau Pouka-Grego, Erick Brito and Adony Mejia each had a hit.

Albert Jerez - Photo by Casey Burns


Happy Day, Happy Baseball ⚾️


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