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4/18/23 : Minor League Roundup

Updated: Apr 20, 2023


International League ( AAA ) - Worcester 6 (7-8)  Lehigh Valley 2 (5-10)

Allentown,PA - Coca-Cola Park


Summary :


Worcester scored a run in the third inning on two singles, a bunt and an RBI groundout by Bobby Dalbec.


Jim Haley tripled in the 5th inning to score Jordan Qsar (walked). A single by Vimael Machin scored Haley.


A double and three walks scored a run for Worcester in the seventh, Jorge Alfaro then hit a double to plate three runs.


Wilyer Abreu homered in the ninth for Worcester.


On the Hill :


James McArthur went five innings allowing one run on five hits and no walks, he struck out six batters.  The heater was up to 95 mph tonight for James, he also threw a curve, changeup and cutter.   Francisco Morales threw a perfect frame in relief, his sinker  was 95 to 97 mph, also threw a cutter.


At the Bat :


Simon Muzziotti hit two singles, Jim Haley tripled.



Eastern League ( AA) -  Reading 3 (3-7) Portland 1 (7-3)

Portland, ME - Hadlock Field


Summary :


Matt Kroon singled, stole second and scored in the seventh inning on a double by Madison Stokes.


Pedro Martinez hit a two run home run over the right field wall in the 8th inning scoring Max McDowell (walked) ahead of him.


Nick Yorke homered for Portland in the ninth inning.


On the Hill :


Ethan Lindow pitched very well as the starter, he went five scoreless innings allowing just two hits and two walks while striking out four batters.  Keylan Killgore pitched two perfect frames in first relief striking out four batters.  Brett Schulze threw a perfect 8th inning with two strikeouts.  Max Kuhns closed it out.


At the Bat :


Matt Kroon and Madison Stokes each had two hits.  Stokes and McCarthy Tatum each doubled and Pedro Martinez homered.



South Atlantic League ( High A ) -  Aberdeen 9 (5-5) Jersey Shore 8 ( 2-8)

Aberdeen, MD - Leidos Field at Ripken Stadium


Summary :


Silos Ardoin hit a three run home run for Aberdeen in the second inning.


Nick Ward walked in the third inning, moved to second on a single by Hao Yu Lee and scored on a single by Rixon Wingrove.


A walk, double (Max Wagner) and sac fly scored a run for Aberdeen in the third inning.


Ryan Higgins hit a two run home run for Aberdeen in the fourth inning.  Another run scored on a single, throwing error and sac fly.


Aberdeen scored two in the fifth on a walk, single, double (Isaac De Leon) and sac fly.


The BlueClaws scored a whopping seven runs in the sixth inning, Anthony Quirion was hit by a pitch, Casey Martin reached on a fielders choice, Wilfredo Flores and Jared Carr singled to score two, Nick Ward grounded out to score a run, Hao Yu Lee walked, Leandro Pineda singled to score one and Rixon Wingrove homered to plate three. 👀.


On the Hill :


Tristan Garnett and Tommy McCollum each threw scoreless frames.


At the Bat :


Six BlueClaws had two hits : Rixon Wingrove, Casey Martin, Wilfredo Flores, Jared Carr, Marcus Lee Sang and Leandro Pineda.  Marcus Lee Sang and Casey Martindoubled and Rixon Wingrove homered and had four RBIs



Florida State League ( Low A ) Clearwater 8 (6-4)  Tampa 4 (4-6)

Tampa,FL - George M. Steinbrenner Field


Summary :


Caleb Ricketts tripled in the first inning, Gabriel Rincones Jr walked, with two outs they executed a double steal with Ricketts scoring.


Cole Moore singled in the second inning, moved to third on a single by Erick Brito and scored on an errant pickoff throw to first base.


Emaarion Boyd was hit by a pitch to lead off the third inning, stole second base and scored on a single by Caleb Ricketts.


Erick Brito tripled in the fourth inning and scored on a single by Justin Crawford.


Tampa scored a run in the fifth inning on doubles by Daury Arias and Tayler Aguilar.


A walk, stolen base and an RBI single by Augustin Ramirez scored a run for Tampa in the sixth. Another walk, error and then a two run double by Nelson Medina tied the game at four apiece.


Jordan Viars and Cole Moore drew walks in the eighth inning, Viars scored on a single by Bryan Rincon.


Justin Crawford singled in the top of the ninth, he stole second base and went to third on a balk.  Emaarion Boyd walked.  Crawford scored when Caleb Ricketts reached on a fielders choice, Justin beat the throw home on a grounder to second base.  Otto Kemp was hit by a pitch to load the bases.  Cole Moore reached on a fielding error on which two runs scored.


On the Hill :


Nick Nelson pitched the first two innings, six up, six down for him, two by strikeout. He threw fastball (92-94 mph), changeup and slider as his twenty pitch (15 strikes) repertoire. Jaydenn Estanista went 3 1/3 innings in relief, heater flashed 96 mph this evening, Andrew Walling went 1 2/3 frames, his four seamer hit 97 mph.  Jack Dallas threw a scoreless eighth inning.   Orion Kerkering sat 98 to 99 mph with his sinker in a scoreless ninth to seal the win.


At the Bat :


Bryan Rincon, Justin Crawford, Caleb Ricketts and Erick Brito each had two hits.  Ricketts and Brito tripled.



System Transactions :


Lehigh Valley : OF Jhailyn Ortiz was activated.  RHP Yunior Marte transferred to Phillies as double header call-up.


Reading : RHP Blake Brown was transferred from the 7 Day IL to the 60 Day IL


Jersey Shore :  LHP Erubiel Armenta transferred from the Player Development Center and placed on the 7 Day IL


Clearwater : RHP Nick Nelson was added to the roster in MLB rehab assignment.


Player Development Center Training - Carpenter Complex


Eleven 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, Jace Vines, Saul Teran, Estibenzon Jimenez, Victor Vargas, Noah Song, Jose Pena, Nicoly Pina, Oswald Medina, Jhordany Mezquita and Eric Garcia - Song, Vines and Mezquita on 20 to 25 limited pitch counts.


Extended Spring Training Game vs Blue Jays @ Carpenter Complex :


Phillies 3 Blue Jays 1


Daniel Mejia started and pitched two innings (1R, 3 H, 1 BB, 2 K’s)  followed by Jake McKenna (2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 1 K), Giussepe Velasquez ( 2 perfect IP, 2 K’s), Matt Seelinger (2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 4 K’s) and Albertus Barber (1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 BB, 0 K’s). McKenna impressed with by “pitching backwards” featuring his curve ball.  Velasquez and Seelinger were both sharp.  Barber pumped strikes in the ninth to close it out, good life on his pitches.


Catcher Leonardo Rondon had two singles, one a bunt.  He’s fun to watch play, scored a run from first base when with two outs he read a pop fly to short right center field perfectly and rounded second base hard, when it dropped in it allowed Shawn Williams (coaching third base) to send him all the way around to the plate where he scored with a slide, just a heady play with all out hustle - good stuff!


Ricardo Rosario was 2 for 3 (single & double) with an RBI.  Yemal Flores and Jackie Pertuz each doubled.  Yhoswar Garcia walked once in three plate appearances, stole two bases and scored a run.  Felix Reyes hit the ball hard today as did Gavin Tonkel who doubled over the left fielder’s head on a rocket liner.  Kendall Simmons played seven innings at third base and made a couple nice plays to his left.  Reyes played shortstop, he’s performed well there this extended spring.


Just Checking In :


A look at some former Phillies minor leaguers and how/what they are doing elsewhere :


Infielder Daniel Brito has signed a contract to play for the Charleston Dirty Birds in the independent Atlantic League.  LHP Brian Marconi and RHP Mike Adams have both signed with the Lancaster Barnstormers which is also the team Kelly Dugan plays on.  RHP Tom Sutera and LHP JP Woodward have signed with the York Revolution.


In the Frontier League infielder DJ Stewart has signed with the Gateway Grizzlies. RHP Alexis Rivero, RHP JD Hammer and OF Jiandido Tromp are members of the Lake Erie Crushers.  C/1B Micah Yonamine is now with the Windy City Thunderbolts.


RHP Ben Brown has pitched nine scoreless frames ( 3 H, 6 BB, 13 K’s) in his first two starts for AA level Tennessee in the Chicago Cubs organization.  Outfielder Jefferson Encarnacion is 9 for 27 (.333) with a double and triple in his first seven games for Low A level Myrtle Beach in the Cubs system.  Outfielder Mickey Moniak is 18 for 63 (.286) with a double, two triples and three home runs for Triple A Salt Lake in the Angels organization.  Utility man Luke Williams has gotten off to a hot start with AAA Oklahoma City in the Dodgers organization by hitting .375 (21 for 56) with 8 doubles, 2 triples and 2 home runs in 14 games played.  RHP Billy Sullivan has appeared in five games (Six IP) for AAA level Las Vegas in the Athletics organization and has yet to allow a run posting 8 strikeouts but also 7 free passes.


Catcher Logan O’Hoppe has four home runs and eleven RBIs in the show for the LA Angels in his first 13 games (45 AB’s).


Happy Day, Happy Baseball ⚾️


Ethan Lindow (photo by George Youngs Jr) and Caleb Ricketts (photo by Rebecca Alexander)


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