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4/17/24 : Minor League Roundup

International League ( AAA ) - Scranton-Wilkes Barre 5 (11-5) Lehigh Valley 4 (7-7)

Moosic, PA - PNC Field

Summary :

Kody Clemens tripled to lead off the game, he scored on a ground out by Jordan Luplow.

A walk and double scored a run for SWB in the bottom of the first inning.  A walk, stolen base and single scored a run for them in the third inning.

Jordan Luplow singled in the fourth inning, he went to third base on a single by Darick Hall.  Luplow scored on a Weston Wilson ground out.

A double, single and sacrifice fly scored a run for SWB in the fourth inning.

Scott Kingery homered to lead off the fifth inning.

Kody Clemens doubled in the 8th inning and scored on a single by Jordan Luplow.

Jordan Groshans hit a two run home run for SWB in the 8th inning.

At Bat : 4 R, 11 H, 3 BB, 5 K’s

Kody Clemens had three hits (single,double, triple).  Darick Hall and Jordan Luplow each had two hits (singles).  Weston Wilson doubled.  Scott Kingery homered.

On The Hill :  5 R, 8 H, 3 BB, 6 K’s

Max Castillo pitched 5.2 innings - 3 R, 5 H, 2 BB, 5 K’s.  Taylor Lehman pitched 1/3 of an inning, 0 R, 0 H, 1 BB.   Andrew Bellatti pitched a perfect inning.  Jose Ruiz pitched an inning, 2 R, 3 H, 0 BB, 1 K.

Did Ya Know 🤔 :

“TICKET TO RIDE: Cal Stevenson and Darick Hall did a number on the RailRiders last season. Stevenson hit .316 with a 1.093 OPS and two homers. Hall hit .297 with four homers and a 1.044 OPS. Weston Wilson appeared in 23 of 24 games last year against SWB and swiped nine of his team-leading 32 stolen bases in those games.” - Sam Jellinek - Manager, Broadcasting & Media Relations - Lehigh Valley IronPigs

Eastern League ( AA ) - Binghamton (4-5) Reading (3-7) - PPD - Rain

Binghamton, NY - Mirabito Stadium

South Atlantic League ( High A )  - Jersey Shore 9 (7-4) Brooklyn 0 (4-7)

Lakewood, NJ - ShoreTown Ballpark

Summary :

In the third inning Zach Arnold singled and Cade Fergus walked, they both moved up a base on a wild pitch.  Arnold scored when Leandro Pineda reached on a fielders choice.  Fergus scored on a groundout by Felix Reyes.  Hendry Mendez singled and Bryan Rincon walked to load the bases.  Otto Kemp was hit by a pitch to force in a run.  A wild pitch scored a fourth run.  Jordan Dissin singled to score two more.

Zach Arnold singled in the fourth inning, moved to second on a wild pitch, to third on a groundout and scored out and scored on a balk.

Troy Schreffler doubled in the 5th inning, Bryan Rincon and Jordan Dissin walked to load the bases.  Zach Arnold singled to score two runs.

On The Hill : 0 R, 5 H, 6 BB, 8 K’s

Starlyn Castillo opened and pitched three scoreless frames - 2 H, 3 BB, 3 K’s.  Jack Dallas pitched two innings, 0 R, 1 H, 1 BB, 2 K’s.  Cristian Hernandez pitched an inning - 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 1 K.  Mason Ronan pitched a perfect inning - 1 K.  Alex Rao pitched an inning, 0 R, 1 H, 2 BB.  Jonathan Petit pitched a perfect ninth inning - 1 K.

At Bat : 9 R, 8 H, 5 BB, 9 K’s

Zach Arnold had three hits (singles) and two RBIs.  Troy Schreffler doubled.  Bryan Rincon drew three walks.

Did Ya Know 🤔 :

“Lock It Down - Charles King earned his second save with a scoreless ninth inning on Tuesday and has thrown 3.2 scoreless innings with four strikeouts so far this season.  The right-hander signed with the Phillies in February and was working as a pitching analyst with the Padres the previous two years after graduating from TCU with a biology degree.”  - Greg Giombarrese - Vice President - Communications - Jersey Shore BlueClaws

Florida State League ( Low A )  - Clearwater 10 (7-4) Dunedin 1 (8-3)

Dunedin, FL - TD Ballpark

Summary :

An 11 AM game start - elementary education day at the ballpark in Dunedin.  The Threshers took the Jays to school in this one 🤓.

Aidan Miller singled in the third inning and scored on a double off the right center field wall by Jordan Viars.

Dakota Kotowski and Trent Farquhar reached base on walks in the fifth inning.  They scored when Aidan Miller smoked a double off the left field wall (104 mph exit velocity). Jordan Viars then hit a 346 foot home run (98 mph exit velocity) over the right field fence to plate two runs 👀.   Avery Owusu-Asiedu and Pierce Bennett walked.  Nikau Pouaka-Grego singled to score a run.  Luis Caicuto reached on a fielders choice.  Dakota Kotowski singled to score two runs.

The Threshers loaded the bases in the sixth on a single by Aidan Miller and two walks.  Pierce Bennett grounded into a 6-4-3 double play during which a run scored.

In the 8th Aidan Miller beat out an infield grounder to short for a hit, he went to third on a rocket single (109 mph off the bat) to right field by Jordan Viars.  Avery Owusu-Asiedu singled to score Miller.

Dunedin scored a run in the 8th on a triple followed by a wild pitch.

On The Hill : 1 R, 5 H, 3 BB, 11 K’s

Micah Ottenbreit was dominant - five no hit, no run innings - 2 BB, 6 K’s - 65 pitches - 39 strikes - showed four pitches (sinker - 91 to 95 mph, curve, slider and change up).  Great to see as the young man has battled his way back from TJ surgery - have always touted his stuff - days like today are exciting to see!  Micah is just 20 years old - was the 4th round draft selection of the 2021 draft out of high school in Michigan.

Jaydenn Estanista pitched two innings - 0 R, 1 H, 1 BB, 3 K’s - fastball touched 96 mph.  Paxton Thompson pitched two innings - 1 R, 4 H, 0 BB, 2 K’s.

At Bat : 10 R, 14 H, 10 BB, 11 K’s

Aidan Miller (three singles & double) had four hits.  Jordan Viars had three hits (single,double & HR & 2 BB - three RBIs).  Lou Albrecht had three hits (singles) in his first game of the season and as a Thresher. Nikau Pouaka-Grego had two hits (singles).  Avery Owusu-Asiedu singled and drew three walks.  Every batter in the order reached base at least once.

Defensive Gems :

Shortstop Aidan Miller made a very athletic play on a ground ball in the third base hole during the fourth inning.  He fielded the ball and used a jump throw to nail the runner at first base.  He made another good play on a short hop in the seventh inning.  Has displayed all the tools to excel playing shortstop.

Center fielder Avery Owusu-Asiedu threw out a runner at the plate to end the 8th inning after fielding a ground ball single - it was an on target throw that catcher Lou Albrecht made a great snag on the short hop to easily tag the runner out 👀.

Did Ya Know 🤔 :

“SHARK BAIT (OOH HA HA): last night TJayy Walton became the first Thresher to homer in back-to-back games this season.  He is also the first Thresher to hit multiple home runs in 2024. Aidan Miller became the second with a solo homer in the seventh. Avery Owusu-Asiedu's homer was the first for him in 2024. Pierce Bennett had two hits for the third time this season. Devin Saltiban recorded his first multi-hit game of the season.” - Josh Sperber - Clearwater Threshers Broadcaster

Player Development Center (PDC) :

Yesterday the Phillies PDC group played the Blue Jays in an extended spring training game in Dunedin (seven innings).  The Blue Jays won the contest 3-0 holding the Phillies to just one hit (a single by Diego Gonzalez) and one walk (Leonardo Rondon).

RHP Wilmer Blanco started on the hill, he went three innings (1 R, 1 H, 3 BB, 2 K’s).  RHP Maxwell Hernandez followed (2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 BB, 2 K’s).  LHP Juan Amarante pitched two innings (2 R, 5 H, 2 BB, 1 K).

System Transactions :

Reading : RHP Christian McGowan (37) reinstated from the Development List. C Arturo De Freitas placed on the Development List (retroactive to 4/16).

Jersey Shore : C Ryan Leitch (#3) reinstated from the Development List.  LHP Sam Aldegheri placed on the 7-day IL (retroactive to 4/16).

Happy Day, Happy Baseball ⚾️

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