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4/21/23 : Minor League Roundup

International League ( AAA ) - Lehigh Valley 4 (7-11) Worcester 3 (8-10) - Eleven Innings

Allentown,PA - Coca-Cola Park

Summary :

Worcester scored a run in the first inning on a single, walk and RBI single by Niko Goodrum.

Weston Wilson homered in the bottom of the first inning.

Bobby Dalbec was hit by a pitch and scored on a triple by Enmanuel Valdez for Worcester in the third inning.

Weston Wilson was hit by a pitch in the bottom of the third, stole second, went to third on a ground out and scored on a sac fly by John Hicks.

John Hicks doubled in the sixth inning and scored on a single by Vimael Machín.

Worcester loaded the bases in the seventh on two walks and a single, a run scored on a sac fly by David Hamilton.

John Hicks was the placed runner to start the 11th inning, with Scott Kingery at first base (walked) Hicks stole third base on a heads up play, he scored when Simon Muzziotti flared a fly ball to center field that the Worcester outfielder dropped.  Walkoff win for the Iron Pigs!

Defensive Gem :

Right fielder Dalton Guthrie made a diving catch in the 10th inning to rob a hit.

On the Hill :

Michael Plassmeyer went six innings as the starter allowing just two runs, he struck out seven batters.  Jakob Hernandez pitched a perfect 8th inning.  Jesus Cruz pitched a scoreless 9th and 10th inning.  Trey Cobb tossed a scoreless 11th inning.

At the Bat :

John Hicks had two doubles. Vimael Machín had two singles.  Weston Wilson hit his 5th home run of the season.

Eastern League ( AA) - Reading 10 (4-9) Portland 1 (9-4)

Portland, ME - Hadlock Field

Summary :

Oliver Dunn hit a long home run to right field in the first inning.  Matthew Lugo tied the game at one apiece with a home run for Portland in the second inning.

Matt Kroon doubled to score Oliver Dunn and Carlos De La Cruz who both walked in the fourth inning. Wendell Rijo singled to score Kroon. Cam Cannon singled and Nick Podkul walked to load the bases, Johan Rojas was hit by a pitch to score a run.  Oliver Dunn doubled to clear the bases scoring three runs!

Reading loaded the bases in the sixth inning on two singles (Cam Cannon & Nick Podkul) and a walk (Johan Rojas). Oliver Dunn walked to score a run, Carlos De La Cruz & Matt Kroon each hit sac flys to score two more.

On the Hill :

Starter Mick Abel went 4 2/3 innings allowing one run on three hits and two walks, he struck out five batters, velo was mid to upper nineties on the heater, Mick threw 86 pitches - 55 for strikes.  Taylor Lehman went 2 1/3 scoreless innings in first relief. Andrew Baker threw two scoreless innings posting four strikeouts.

At the Bat :

Oliver Dunn went 3 for 4 (single, double, HR) and drew two walks, he had four RBIs and scored twice. Cam Cannon had three hits (two singles and a double).   Wendell Rijo had two hits.  Matt Kroon doubled and had three RBIs.  Johan Rojas walked twice and was hit by a pitch in six plate appearances.

Oliver Dunn - photo by George Youngs Jr

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

Aberdeen, MD - Leidos Field at Ripken Stadium

Summary :

Marcus Lee Sang hit a three run home run in the first inning.  After two walks Arturo De Freitas singled to score a run. The BlueClaws sent nine batters to the plate in the inning.

Aberdeen scored two in the fourth inning on two singles and a two run double by Luis Valdez.   They scored another run in the 5th inning on a fielding error and two singles, RBI by Isaac De Leon.

Aberdeen’s bullpen pitched 8 2/3 scoreless innings in the game.  Jersey Shore’s bullpen pitched 5 1/3 innings allowing only an unearned run.

On the Hill :

Alex Garbrick went 1 1/3 innings in relief, stranded an inherited runner and yielded one unearned run. Cam Wynne pitched a scoreless frame.  Matt Russell pitched two scoreless frames allowing two hits and striking out two batters. Jordi Martinez dominated the ninth inning striking out all three batters he faced 🔥.

At the Bat :

Jamari Baylor was 2 for 2 (singles).  Marcus Lee Sang homered.  Nick Ward reached base 3 out of 5 plate appearances (single & two walks).  Hao Yu Lee & Casey Martin each walked twice.

Florida State League ( Low A ) Clearwater 4 (8-5)  Tampa 2 (5-8)

Tampa,FL - George M. Steinbrenner Field

Summary :

Freylin Minyety singled in the second inning, stole second base and scored on a single by Ricardo Rosario.

Tampa scored a run in the third inning on three singles.

Alan Mejia doubled in the 5th inning for Tampa and scored on a single by Brenny Escanio.

Bryan Rincon homered in the seventh inning.  Cole Moore walked, Freylin Minyety doubled to send him to third base and Ricardo Rosario hit a sac fly to score Moore.

Jordan Viars hit a home run in the 8th inning.

On the Hill :

Starter Alex Rao went three innings yielding one run on three hits, he struck out three batters.  Jean Cabrera went three innings yielding an unearned run on four hits and a walk, he struck out three batters, fastball was up to 96 mph for Jean.  Wen Hui Pan pitched two scoreless innings allowing just a walk and striking out four batters, he threw six different pitches with the heat in the 97 to 99 mph range 🔥.  Orion Kerkering (99 to 100 mph fast ball tonight) pitched a perfect ninth inning to close out the win.

At the Bat :

Freylin Minyety had three hits (single & two doubles).  Gabriel Rincones Jr doubled, Bryan Rincon & Jordan Viars each homered.

Player Development Center Training - Carpenter Complex

Side Sessions :

Two 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 - Daniel Mejia (lab) and Jhordany Mezquita.

Live Bullpens :

Saul Teran, Nicoly Pina, Jace Vines, Eric Garcia and Oswald Medina each threw live bullpens today.

Extended Spring Training Game : Phillies 5 Blue Jays 3

On the Hill :

RH Jose Peña Jr - 3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 BB, 3 K’s

LH Jake McKenna - 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 BB, 2 K’s

RH Guisseppe Velasquez - 1 1/3 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 1 BB, 2 K’s

RH Matt Seelinger - 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 5 K’s

RH Albertus Barber - 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 1 K

At the Bat :

Kendall Simmons was 2 for 4 (double & HR) with two RBIs.  Gavin Tonkel went 2 for 4 (singles) with a stolen base and scored two runs.  Dakota Kotowski doubled.  Leonardo Rondon had a single and RBI, Jackie Pertuz and Matt Alifano each singled.

Notes :

RHP Jose Peña Jr started and was very good, best we’ve seen him in a long while.  Jose pitched with composure, a sharp focus and attacked the strike zone.  The stuff has always been good, when coupled with getting it over the dish consistently he’s got the capability to put up zeros, today was an example of that.   Lefty Jake McKenna had his second consecutive good outing, pitch mix was a bit different than earlier in the week with more two seamers today, had really good life, quite a few swing and misses, especially up in the zone.  Jake’s length (6’6”) is a distinctive advantage ala Bailey Falter, the release point is different than Bailey’s but the ball gets on the hitter quickly.  Matt Seelinger had a dominant outing and Albertus Barber closed with a perfect frame.

Kendall Simmons absolutely crushed a high slider for a long home run to left field in the first inning against Jays rehabbing big leaguer Mitch White.  Kendall later stroked a hard hit double to right center field, the swing we saw back in early spring camp is back as he’s recovered from injury, am excited to see him in full season action soon.

System Transactions :

Reading :  RHP Zach Linginfelter activated from the Temporary Inactive List.  RHP Tyler McKay placed on Development List.

Clearwater : RHP Jean Cabrera activated from the Development List.  OF Ricardo Rosario promoted from the Player Development Center.  LHP Mason Ronan transferred to the Player Development Center.   RHP Alex McFarlane placed on the Development List.

Chatting with the Coach :

Every now and again I get the privilege of interacting with coaches on the Phillies Player Development staff.  It’s an opportunity that I always find informative and educational, one is never too old to learn new things.  This week I asked Phillies Minor League Pitching Coordinator Travis Hergert which pitchers have made strong impressions in the early going.

Clearwater :

Alex McFarlane continues to learn his craft. He’s got such big upside, continuing to focus on his physical development along with learning the art of pitching will be fun to watch.  Eduar Segovia has adapted to a new role out of the bullpen, he’s healthy and the stuff continues to get better.  Orion Kerkering and Wesley Moore, both have been impressive.  Sam Aldegheri has been outstanding.  Jonh Henriquez has really improved.  Jack Dallas and Andrew Walling have been solid.”

Jersey Shore :

“Gunner Mayer had a really nice outing last week, development of three pitches for strikes. Getting him from April to September with good health and with 100+ innings is huge. Tristan Garnett, Jordi Martinez and Tommy McCollum have all been solid out of the pen.”

Reading :

David Parkinson has been great to see in his return. Brett Schulze has been really good and Max Kuhns has been a pleasant surprise.

Lehigh Valley :

Francisco Morales has been really solid, pounding the zone and has really picked up the sinker quick. Noah Skirrow continues to be steady. Trey Cobb, I know he had a rough one last Sunday but he’s been outstanding early.”

Happy Day, Happy Baseball ⚾️

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