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4/20/23 : Minor League Roundup

International League ( AAA ) - Worcester 7 (8-9) Lehigh Valley 4 (6-11)

Allentown,PA - Coca-Cola Park

Summary :

Ronaldo Hernandez hit a two run home run for Worcester in the second inning.  A single, walk and an RBI single by David Hamilton scored another run in the inning for the WooSox.

Three singles scored a run for Worcester in the third inning.

Vito Friscia homered for the Iron Pigs to lead off the bottom of the third.

A walk, two singles and a ground out scored two runs for Worcester in the fourth inning.

Simon Muzziotti singled, stole second and scored on a single by Weston Wilson in the fifth inning.

Vito Friscia hit his second home run of the game in the seventh inning.

Worcester scored a run in the 8th on a walk and RBI double by Ryan Fitzgerald.

Jim Haley doubled to lead off the ninth, went to third on a wild pitch and scored on a ground out.

On the Hill :

Francisco Morales had another strong relief outing going two scoreless allowing no hits and just one walk, he struck out five batters, sinker was 93 to 96 mph with life and he also threw his slider and cutter, one to keep an eye on.  Yunior Marte struck out the side in a perfect seventh inning, his fastball was 97 to 98 mph.

At the Bat :

Vito Friscia was 3 for 4 (single & two home runs), Scott Kingery went 2 for 4 (two singles).  Jim Haley doubled.

Eastern League ( AA) -  Portland 5 (9-3) Reading 2 (3-9)

Portland, ME - Hadlock Field

Summary :

McCarthy Tatum singled in the second inning and went to third when Cameron Cannon reached on an error.  He scored on a single by Max McDowell.

Niko Kavadas doubled for Portland in the bottom of the third, he scored on a single by Corey Rosier.

Phillip Sikes doubled in the third inning, advanced to third on a ground out and scored on a wild pitch.

Alex Binelas led off the 4th inning with a home run for Portland.

Carlos De La Cruz doubled in the 8th inning and scored on a single by McCarthy Tatum.

Edwin Diaz doubled off the “Maine Monster” wall in left field to score two eighth inning runs for Portland, left fielder McCarthy Tatum played the wall carum, threw to relay man Cameron Cannon who threw to the plate to record the third out of the inning.  Portland had loaded the bases with two outs on a strikeout/wild pitch where the batter reached and two walks.

The game ended on a weird play, Johan Rojas hit a pop up in front of the mound, no one came to field it so the pitcher tried to catch the ball, it clanked off his glove however runner Pedro Martinez (walked) was caught off second base because runner Max McDowell (walked) didn’t break from third, there were two outs on the play.  Martinez assumed McDowell would run and was steaming towards third base - he wasn’t a happy camper at getting thrown out.  Weird play indeed.

Defensive Gem :

Second baseman Pedro Martinez made a diving snag on a hard line drive in the bottom of the 8th inning.

On the Hill :

Cristian Hernandez went two innings in relief allowing a run on two hits, he walked none and struck out three batters. Andrew Schultz pitched 2 1/3 scoreless frames - two hits allowed, one hit batter and three strikeouts.

At the Bat :

McCarthy Tatum (three singles) had three hits. Carlos De La Cruz (single and double) had two knocks.

Notes :

Starting pitcher Tyler Phillips was ejected from the game in the bottom of the third inning by the home plate umpire arguing a safe call at home on a wild pitch where a runner scored from third base.  Tyler appeared to have tagged the runner out but didn’t get the call, he spiked the baseball in anger and was tossed.

South Atlantic League ( High A ) -  Jersey Shore 6 (4-8) Aberdeen 3 (5-7)

Aberdeen, MD - Leidos Field at Ripken Stadium

Summary :

Aberdeen used three singles to score a run in the first inning.

The BlueClaws loaded the bases in the 2nd inning as Rixon Wingrove doubled, Wilfredo Flores singled and Andrik Nava walked.  Troy Schreffler worked a nine pitch plate appearance to coax a walk and force in a run.  Marcus Lee Sang then doubled down the left field line to clear the bases and score three runs.

Troy Schreffler doubled in the fifth inning and scored on a double by Hao Yu Lee.

Ryan Higgins reached base on a strikeout/wild pitch in the 7th for Aberdeen, stole second, went to third on another wild pitch and scored on a balk.

Leandro Pineda walked, stole second and scored on a double by Casey Martin in the 8th inning.

Aberdeen scored a run in the ninth on a walk and RBI double by Isaac De Leon.

On the Hill :

Starter Jordan Fowler was good, went five innings allowing one run on four hits and three walks.  Rodolfo Sanchez threw a scoreless frame in relief.  Tristan Garnett pitched a scoreless 8th inning.

At the Bat :

Wilfredo Flores was 2 for 3 (singles).  Rixon Wingrove, Marcus Lee Sang, Troy Schreffler, Hao Yu Lee and Casey Martin each doubled.

Florida State League ( Low A ) Clearwater 6 (7-5)  Tampa 3 (5-7)

Tampa,FL - George M. Steinbrenner Field

Summary :

Emaarion Boyd was hit by a pitch (hand) to lead off the game, he promptly stole second base, went to third on a ground out and scored on a wild pitch.  Boyd left the game shortly afterwards.

Cole Moore doubled in the second inning and scored on a single by Freylin Minyety.

Tampa collected three singles in the second inning to score a run.

Cade Fergus singled in the fourth inning and scored on a double by Freylin Minyety.

Tampa tied the score at three apiece with two runs in the seventh inning on a single, walk and two RBI single by Jared Serna.

Gabriel Rincones Jr singled in the 8th inning, stole second base and scored on a single by Caleb Ricketts.

Otto Kemp doubled in the ninth inning and scored on a double by Caleb Ricketts.  Three walks forced in another run.

On the Hill :

Alex McFarlane went three innings allowing one run on three hits and two walks, he struck out five batters, sinker and four seamer range was 94 to 99 mph, he also threw a slider, changeup and cutter.  Jonh Henriquez continues to impress, he pitched three scoreless innings allowing two hits and two walks with one strikeout throwing a cutter, changeup, four seamer and slider - velocity on the heater was 92 to 95 mph.   Wesley Moore closed out the win with two scoreless innings (one hit, 1 BB, 2 K’s) using a changeup, sinker (93 to 95 mph) and curve.

At the Bat :

Caleb Ricketts was 4 for 5 (4 singles & a double) with two RBI’s.  Freylin Minyety was 2 for 4 (single, double) with two RBIs.  Cole Moore and Otto Kemp doubled.

Player Development Center Training - Carpenter Complex

Two pitchers threw side bullpen sessions on the seven mounds in front of the David Montgomery Training Center, pitchers who threw today - Enrique Segura and Konnor Ash.

Extended Spring Training Game vs Yankees @ Tampa :

Phillies 5 Yankees 5

Estibenzon Jimenez started on the mound and pitched two scoreless innings (one BB, one K).  Jose Acuna (2/3 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 3 BB, 2 K’s), Christopher Soriano (2 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 BB, 2 K’s), Nathan Karaffa (2 IP, 1 R, 0 H, 2 BB, 1 K) and Malik Binns (1 IP, 1 R, 0 H, 4 BB, 2 K’s) followed.

Kendall Simmons played second base and went 2 for 5 with a single and home run.  Catcher Ryan Leitch had two knocks (single & double) as well.  Drew Ellis played third base and went 1 for 3 with a double.  Randy Vasquez and Albert Rodriquez each singled, the team had seven hits in total.

Tomorrow at 1 PM extended spring games continue against the Blue Jays at Carpenter Complex with Jose Pena Jr slated to get the ball to start.

A Quick Reflection :

In January of 2015 I retired from Pfizer and embarked on a second life as an amateur baseball writer focused on the Phillies minor leagues.  Nine years later I’m still plugging along as an amateur minor league writer and have had the honor of getting to know many baseball folks.  We’ve seen players we watched in their initial years of pro ball reach the majors but also have seen many become managers/coaches/scouts or move on to other jobs and professions.  Every now and again I like to look at the fellas I’ve gotten to know from the beginning of their pro careers who have reached the show at one point or another to see where they are now.

2015 Draft :

LHP Bailey Falter - 5th round - now a starting pitcher with Phillies.  UTL Luke Williams (3rd round) is a role player with the Los Angeles Dodgers, was recalled from the minors on 4/18/23.

Infielder Scott Kingery (2nd round) and LHP Tyler Gilbert (6th round) both reached the major leagues prior to this season and are presently players in minor league baseball with the Phillies and Diamondbacks respectively.

Catcher Rafael Marchan was signed on 7/3/15 as an international free agent, he played in the major leagues in 2020 and 2021, is currently on the MLB 60 Day IL with the Phillies.

2016 Draft :

1B Darick Hall (14th round) is currently on the MLB 60 day IL, began the year as the Phillies primary first baseman.  LHP JoJo Romero (4th round) is part of the St Louis Cardinals bullpen.

OF Mickey Moniak (1st round) and LHP Cole Irvin (5th round) both reached the major leagues prior to this season and are presently players in minor league baseball with the Angels and Orioles respectively.

RHP Francisco Morales (signed 7/2/16 as an international free agent) made his major league debut in 2022 and is currently on the Phillies AAA roster with Lehigh Valley.  OF Simon Muzziotti (signed 7/5/16 as an international free agent) debuted in the major leagues in 2022 and is currently on the Phillies AAA roster with Lehigh Valley as well as the 40 man roster.

2017 Draft :

RHP Connor Brogdon (10th round) is a prominent member of the Phillies bullpen.  OF Adam Haseley (1st round) is on the Chicago White Sox active roster as their 4th outfielder.  RHP Connor Seabold (3rd round) is a relief pitcher on the Colorado Rockies staff.  Infielder Nick Maton is a starter for the Detroit Tigers.  RHP Spencer Howard (2nd round) is on the 60 day MLB IL with the Texas Rangers.

OF Dalton Guthrie (6th round) and LHP Damon Jones (18th round) both have major league experience and are presently on the Phillies AAA roster, Guthrie is an everyday player primarily in center field while Jones is on the 60 day minor league IL.

LHP Kyle Dohy (16th round) reached the major leagues in 2021 but is currently out of baseball.

2018 Draft :

3B Alec Bohm (1st round) is a starter for the Phillies.  OF Matt Vierling (5th round) is the starting right fielder for the Detroit Tigers.  Catcher Logan O’Hoppe (23rd round) is the starting catcher for the Los Angeles Angels.

2019 Draft :

2B Bryson Stott is a starter for the Phillies.

2020 to 2022 Drafts :

No players have reached major leagues yet.

Happy Day, Happy Baseball ⚾️

Caleb Ricketts - spring training photo by Cheryl Pursell

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