• Steve Potter

4/21/22 : Minor League Roundup


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


Allentown, PA - Coca-Cola Park


Summary :


Joey Meneses hit a solo home run for Rochester in the first inning. They scored three runs in the third inning - Meneses hit his 2nd homer of the game, this one a two run shot. Nick Banks followed with a solo dinger.


The Iron Pigs loaded the bases in the fourth inning on walks, Drew Maggi walked to score a run, another scored on a wild pitch. The bases were re loaded with the fifth walk of the inning. John Andreoli scored on a passed ball. Austin Wynns walked to reload the bases. Three runs on six walks, a wild pitch, passed ball - no hits in the frame 😳.


Darick Hall doubled high off the right field wall in the 5th inning for Lehigh Valley’s first hit of the game. Jorge Bonifacio beat out an infield single. Dustin Peterson doubled to score them both.


Donovan Casey hit a solo home run for Rochester in the 8th inning.


Rochester scored in the ninth inning - Matt Lipka singled, stole second and scored on a single by Luis Garcia.


On The Hill :


LH Ricardo Sanchez - 4 IP, 4 R, 7 H, 2 BB, 3 K’s - 57 pitches - 38 strikes

RH Jake Newberry - 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 0 K’s - 27 pitches - 17 strikes

LH Damon Jones - 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 0 K’s - 11 pitches - 9 strikes

RH Michael Kelly - 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 BB, 1 K - 16 pitches - 9 strikes

LH Braedon Ogle - 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 BB, 2 K’s - 15 pitches - 9 strikes


At Bat : 4 H, 11 BB, 11 K’s


Darick Hall and Dustin Peterson each doubled.


Eastern League ( AA ) - Harrisburg 14 ( 8-4 ) Reading 5 ( 3-9 )


Reading, PA - First Energy Stadium


Summary :


Brady Lindsly tripled for Harrisburg in the third inning, he scored on a single by Jake Alu. Another run scored after a walk and single. Two more singles plated another two runs.


The Senators blew the game open in the 6th inning with nine runs on five hits and five walks.


Sal Gozzo and Jhailyn Ortiz walked in the 7th inning, Josh Ockimey singled to score Gozzo. Wendell Rijo, Madison Stokes, Jonathan Guzman and Jack Conley drew consecutive walks, Ortiz, Ockimey & Rijo each scored.


Justin Connell homered for Harrisburg in the 8th inning.


Reading loaded the bases in the bottom of the ninth on walks, they scored a run on a ground out.


On The Hill :


RH Noah Skirrow - 3 2/3 IP, 4 R - 3 earned, 6 H, 1 BB, 6 K’s - 82 pitches - 55 strikes

RH Mike Adams - 1 1/3 IP, 4 R, 4 H, 1 BB, 1 K - 42 pitches - 24 strikes

RH Julian Garcia - 2/3 IP, 5 R, 1 H, 4 BB, 1 K - 32 pitches - 12 strikes

RH Austin Ross - 2 1/3 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 2 BB, 3 K’s - 40 pitches - 26 strikes

RH Matt Seelinger - 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 BB, 0 K’s - 10 pitches - 6 strikes


At Bat : 4 H, 13 BB, 13 K’s


Jhailyn Ortiz and Hunter Markwardt each doubled.


South Atlantic League ( High A ) - Jersey Shore 7 ( 3-9 ) Asheville 1 ( 2-10 )


Lakewood, NJ - Shoretown Ballpark


Summary :


Jersey Shore scored four runs in the fourth inning. Baron Radcliff singled, he went to second when DJ Stewart reached on an error. Jared Carr singled to score Radcliff. McCarthy Tatum doubled to score Stewart & Carr. Andrick Nava singled to score Tatum.


Asheville scored a run in the 5th inning on a sac fly after loading the bases on two singles & a walk with one out. Cristian Hernandez pitched out of the jam allowing just the one run.


The Blue Claws scored in the 6th inning, Jared Carr walked and scored on a double by Andrick Nava.


Casey Martin doubled in the seventh, he scored on a single by DJ Stewart. Andrik Nava walked in the 8th inning, went to second on a double by Nicolas Torres and scored on a single by Ethan Wilson.


On The Hill :


RH Cristian Hernandez - 5 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 2 BB, 3 K’s - 63 pitches - 48 strikes - strong effort - first to go 5 innings this season.

LH Jhordany Mezquita - 3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 3 K’s - 29 pitches - 22 strikes

RH Jonathan Hughes - 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 1 K - 14 pitches - 9 strikes


At Bat : 12 H, 3 BB, 6 K’s


Andrik Nava had two hits ( single & double ) and two RBIs. Ethan Wilson & Nicolas Torres each had two hits as well. Wilson, Casey Martin, Torres & McCarthy Tatum each doubled.


Notes :


The game was played to completion in just 2 hours and 6 minutes 😎.


Florida State League ( Low A ) - Clearwater 8 ( 4-8 ) Tampa 3 ( 6-6 )


Clearwater, FL - BayCare BallPark

Summary :


Felix Reyes reached on an error in the second inning, he went to second when Jamari Baylor was hit by a pitch and scored on a single by Wilfredo Flores.


Jadiel Sanchez walked and stole second base in the third inning, he scored on a single by Arturo De Freitas.


Tampa loaded the bases in the fourth inning on two walks and a hit by pitch. Two runs scored on a single by Grant Richardson.


In the 6th inning Jamari Baylor singled and Wilfredo Flores walked - they both scored on a double by Alexeis Azuaje. Jadiel Sanchez singled to score Azuaje.


Tampa scored a run in the 7th on a double by Alexander Vargas and RBI single by Marcos Cabrera.


The Threshers scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh, Rixon Wingrove doubled, Felix Reyes & Arturo DeFreitas walked - they all scored on a double by Wilfredo Flores.

On The Hill :


LH Gabriel Cotto - 4 2/3 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 4 BB, 1 HB, 4 K’s - 63 pitches - 37 strikes

RH Aidan Anderson - 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 1 K - 20 pitches - 14 strikes

RH Fernando Lozano - 2 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 BB, 2 K’s - 32 pitches - 21 strikes

RH Cam Wynne - 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 0 K’s - 18 pitches - 14 strikes


At Bat : 8 H, 5 BB, 16 K’s


Wilfredo Flores had two hits including a double, he posted four RBIs and scored twice. Alexeis Azuaje doubled, he had two hits, two RBIs and scored a run. Rixon Wingrove doubled.


Wilfredo Flores - photo by Casey Burns

Extended Spring Training :


Phillies 8 Tigers 3 ( when I left after 6 1/2 innings )


Carpenter Complex - Ashburn Field


Summary :


Extended spring games can get tedious especially when the young pitchers have difficulty throwing strikes. This afternoon that was the case for the visiting Tigers staff as they walked 8 and hit another 3 batters in just 6 innings that we watched. We left after 6 1/2 innings to go get some food so am not sure it went a full nine or not. I’ll report on just what we saw.


The Phillies four pitchers we watched all threw relatively well, they issued no free passes and allowed just six hits. It was the first time we’ve seen 18 year old RH Giuseppe Vasquez up close in action - very good mechanics, easy delivery - minimal effort and fastball jumps - didn’t get radar reads but would guess 90-93 range. Looks like another youngster with upside.


We continue to be impressed with Jose Pena Jr ( 18 yrs old ), saw him pitch again today - the ball jumps and he can spin it too, left a few pitches up in his first inning this afternoon which got hit well but bounced back and struck out the side in a perfect second frame. Both Jordan Fowler and Carlos Betancourt threw well also.


Herbert Iser ripped a double early in the game and both Chris Burke and Freddy Francisco doubled as well. Leandro Pineda, Burke and Nikau Pouaka-Grego each had two RBIs. Erick Brito continues to show outstanding defensive skills, today at shortstop and Pouaka-Grego is very smooth at second base. Chris Burke made a nice catch in left field once again on a sinking drive.


On The Hill :


RH Carlos Betancourt : 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 2 K’s

LH Jordan Fowler - 2 IP, 1 unearned R, 2 H, 0 BB, 0 K’s

RH Jose Pena Jr - 2 IP, 2 R- 1 earned, 2 H, 0 BB, 4 K’s

RH Giuseppe Vasquez - 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 1 K


At Bat : 6 H, 8 BB, 3 HBP, 2 K’s


Herbert Iser - 2B & BB

Leandro Pineda - 1B, HBP, Sac fly, 2 RBI

Chris Burke - 2 BB, 2B, 2 RBIs

Yemal Flores - 2 BB

Freddy Francisco - 2B,BB

Nikau Pouaka-Grego 1B, BB, 2 RBI

Oscar Gonzalez - 1B, R

Andony Mejia - HBP, BB

Erick Brito - HBP, BB


Defense :


c Andony Mejia & Jackie Pertuz

1B Herbert Iser & Oscar Gonzalez

2B Nikau Pouaka- Grego & Albert Jerez

SS Erick Brito

3B Randy Vasquez & Uziel Viloria

LF Chris Burke

CF Yemal Flores & Gavin Tonkel

RF Leandro Pineda



Happy Day, Happy Baseball ⚾️


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