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4/30/23 : Week Four Minor League Review (4/25 to 4/30)

Most every Monday for the Phillies minor league full season affiliates is a scheduled off day.  They get to re-charge before starting on a stretch of six games the next day.  Here’s a spot light on players who stood out this past week.

AAA Level : Lehigh Valley : 3-3 for the week against Jacksonville, 12-14 overall - 5/2/23 at Syracuse - six games

Scores :

Tuesday : 6-2 Win

Wednesday : 2-0 Win

Thursday : 6-1 Loss

Friday : 11-4 Win

Saturday : 8-1 Loss

Sunday : 5-1 Loss

Total Runs Scored : 22

Total Runs Against : 25

Position Players :

Simon Muzziotti had an outstanding week (13 for 25, .520 batting average) with a double, home run and four RBIs.  He had a two hit game, two three hit games and one in which he had four knocks.  Esteban Quiroz reached base in 10 of his 15 plate appearances (.667 OBP) with 6 hits and 4 walks posting a .545 batting average (six for eleven) however he was limited to three games due to injury. Jhailyn Ortiz reached base in 9 of his 21 plate appearances (.428 OBP) with 5 hits including a double and home run, three walks and a hit by pitch, he had two RBIs.

Pitchers :

On Tuesday in a 6-2 win Noah Skirrow turned in a workmanlike performance going five innings allowing two runs on seven hits and three walks, he struck out four batters. Noah battled thru multiple jams and kept Jacksonville at bay.  Jeremy Walker, Jake Jewell, Jeff Hoffman and Jesus Cruz each pitched a scoreless frame. On Wednesday in a 2-0 win starter Nick Allgeyer had his best outing of the season going four innings (two hits, 2 BB, 4 K’s).  Erich Uelmen pitched a perfect fifth inning.  Louis Head and Trey Cobb each threw an inning allowing just a walk.  McKinley Moore walked two in the eighth inning but powered out of it and struck out the side.  Francisco Morales closed it out with two strikeouts in the ninth.  The bullpen allowed no hits in the game.   On Thursday the game was played in a steady rain and eventually called in the 8th inning - Hans Crouse pitched 1 1/3 scoreless frames in relief, Ben Bowden pitched two scoreless innings.  On Friday it was a bullpen game for the Iron Pigs, Jake Jewell opened and pitched a perfect frame, Jeremy Walker pitched two scoreless innings allowing just one hit.  Jakob Hernandez allowed only a walk in his inning of work.  Trey Cobb pitched 2/3 of an inning coming in and calming down a rally in the sixth.  Erich Uelmen pitched a perfect seventh inning.  Jeff Hoffman threw a perfect 8th inning with two strikeouts.  Jesus Cruz closed it with a scoreless ninth inning. On Saturday in a 8-1 defeat it was a struggle for the first two Iron Pig hurlers. Hans Crouse threw a scoreless 7th inning.  McKinley Moore threw a perfect 8th inning.  On Sunday Christopher Sanchez went four plus innings (two hitters in 5th) battling control with 7 walks, also was touched for 5 hits.  Francisco Morales pitched in and out of trouble in his one inning of work.  James McArthur went 2 2/3 scoreless innings allowing three hits and no walks, he struck out three batters.  Jeff Hoffman posted a strikeout hitting 99 mph with his fastball after walking two batters.  The Iron Pigs walked eleven batters in the game.

Other Notes :  The bullpen crew had a 23 inning scoreless streak from 4/21/23 till two runs scored in Thursday’s game.  Twelve different pitchers threw in the streak : Jesus Cruz (4 IP), Hans Crouse (3 1/3 IP), McKinley Moore (2 1/3 IP), Jakob Hernandez (2 IP), Trey Cobb (2 IP), Francisco Morales (2 IP), Ben Bowden (2 IP), Jake Jewell (1 1/3 IP), Jeremy Walker (1 IP), Jeff Hoffman (1 IP), Erich Uelmen (1 IP) and Louis Head (1 IP)

AA Level : Reading : 2-3 for the week against Altoona, 6-14 overall - 5/2/23 at Hartford - six games

Scores :

Tuesday : 11-5 Win

Wednesday : 9-4 Loss

Thursday : 3-2 Loss

Friday : PPD - Rain

Saturday : 4-3 Loss & 3-1 Win

Sunday : PPD - Rain

Total Runs Scored : 23

Total Runs Against : 22

Position Players :

Ethan Wilson went 5 for 15 (.333) for the week with a double, two home runs and seven RBIs, his OBP in 17 plate appearances was .412.  Ethan returned to game action on 4/22 after a stint on the IL with a heel injury, he had a solid spring training camp prior to the injury.  Cam Canon was on his way to a super week before an injury placed him on the seven day IL.  He had a three hit game with a grand slam home run on Tuesday and was 5 for 7 with two doubles, a home run and five RBIs in the two games he played in.  Catcher Max McDowell reached base 6 times in 16 plate appearances (.375 OBP) during the week, hit a home run and delivered four RBI’s.  Oliver Dunn was on base 7 out of 18 plate appearances (.389 OBP) with three hits and four walks.

Johan Rojas posted a .350 OBP for the week with four hits (two doubles) and three walks in 20 plate appearances.

Pitchers :

On Tuesday in an 11-5 win Ethan Lindow, after a shaky start to the contest, settled into a groove retiring eleven of the last twelve batters he faced going six innings yielding two runs total on three hits and three walks striking out three batters. Nick Nelson went three innings on Wednesday (one run, 3 H, 1 BB, 3 K’s) in a MLB rehab start.  Max Kuhns pitched a perfect ninth inning.  On Thursday the game was scoreless till the eighth inning and Reading held a 1-0 lead going into the ninth but couldn’t hold it in a 3-2 loss - Ranger Suarez pitched two scoreless innings in his first rehab start, he allowed one hit and one walk, struck out one batter.  Tyler Phillips was excellent in first relief, he pitched five scoreless innings allowing just two hits and one walk, struck out five batters, had the curve ball bending and baffling hitters, his best outing of the season!  Brett Schulze pitched a scoreless 8th inning.  In game one of a Saturday doubleheader Josh Hendrickson went six innings in a 4-3 loss. Andrew Baker tossed a scoreless seventh. In game two Mick Abel was excellent, upper nineties heat, great sequencing of pitches and a put away slider/curve.  Very strong outing going six innings allowing just one run on two hits and no walks while striking out six batters.   Brett Schulze finished it with a scoreless seventh inning.

High A Level : Jersey Shore : 2-1 for the week against Brooklyn, 8-9 overall - 5/2/23 at Hickory - six games

Scores :

Tuesday : 7-4 Win

Wednesday : 3-2 Win

Thursday : 4-3 Loss

Friday, Saturday and Sunday : PPD - Rain

Total Runs Scored : 13

Total Runs Against : 10

Position Players :

A short week with rain cancelling the last three days of play.  Jared Carr went 3 for 7 with two home runs and three RBIs, he also walked once posting a .500 OBP in 8 plate appearances.  Casey Martin was also 3 for 7 but walked 4 times in addition, he posted a .636 OBP in the three games played.  Casey has been much improved in his plate discipline and approach this year. Wilfredo Flores stayed hot going 3 for 7 with a walk in three games, he had all three of his hits in the game on Tuesday.  Kendall Simmons made his Jersey Shore season debut and posted a .429 OBP (3 hits, 2 walks, 1 HBP) in 14 plate appearances. The 23 year old was drafted in the 6th round of the 2018 draft from Tattnall High School in Macon Georgia.  He’s back from a rib injury suffered in spring training.   Nick Ward was on base at a .400 clip (one hit, three walks) in ten plate appearances. Leonardo Pineda went 3 for 9 during the week with a walk for a .400 OBP in 10 plate appearances.  Rixon Wingrove also posted a .400 OBP in 10 plate appearances with 2 hits (single & double) and two walks.

Pitchers :

On Tuesday Matt Osterberg pitched five solid innings yielding three runs - two earned on five hits and no walks, he struck out three batters, had a good mix keeping the Brooklyn hitters off balance.  Chase Antle (one unearned run in 1 IP), Sam Jacobsak (perfect inning), Carlos Francisco (no runs, one hit - 1 IP) and Matt Russell (two strikeouts - 1 IP) closed it out.  On Wednesday Jordan Fowler pitched well going 5+ innings (walked one batter in the sixth) allowing one run on four hits and three walks while striking out four batters.  He worked around multiple baserunners.  Alex Garbrick relieved Fowler and was dominant, he retired all six batters he faced, two by strikeout. Jordi Martinez got the W with a scoreless ninth inning. Thursday was a bullpen game, a close 4-3 loss, Rodolfo Sanchez was the opener going two scoreless innings allowing just a walk while striking out three batters. Sam Jacobsak threw a perfect inning striking out two batters.  Carlos Francisco went 1 1/3 scoreless frames. Jason Ruffcorn pitched two scoreless innings.  Tristan Garnett pitched a perfect frame.

Low A Level : Clearwater : 6-0 for the week against St Lucie, 15-6 overall - 5/2/23 @ home vs  Lakeland - six games

Scores :

Tuesday : 8-5 Win

Wednesday : 11-4 Win

Thursday : 7-6 Win

Friday : 7-2 Win

Saturday : 11-4 Win

Sunday : 9-5 Win

Total Runs Scored : 53

Total Runs Against : 26

Position Players :

Gabriel Rincones Jr went 8 for 20 (.400) with two doubles, two home runs and six RBIs, he walked four times and was hit by a pitch bringing his OBP for the week to .520, to top it off he stole five bases😳.  Justin Crawford was 6 for 15 (.400) with a double and 5 RBI’s, he also walked 4 times to post a .526 OBP and stole four bases, he scored seven runs.  Caleb Ricketts went 7 for 18 (.389) with six singles, a double and seven RBIs, he also walked twice posting a .450 OBP for the week.  Ricardo Rosario was 5 for 14 (.357) and walked 5 times to post an OBP of .526, he stole five bases, scored five runs and knocked in three more.  Jordan Viars was 5 for 15 (.333) with two doubles and a home run, he’s riding a six game hitting streak. Otto Kemp was 7 for 23 (.304) with a double, home run and five RBI’s, he had a four hit game on Wednesday.  Emaarion Boyd stole five bases during the week including four in Friday’s game.  Freylin Minyety extended his hitting streak to 8 games by going 3 for 9 in the three games he played this week, during the hitting streak he’s gone 9 for 21 (.428).

Pitchers :

On Tuesday Jonathan Petit started and went three innings yielding two runs on six hits.  Jonh Henriquez stretched out to three innings as the bulk reliever and once again delivered, one run allowed on one hit, three walks and he struck out one batter.  Jack Dallas pitched a scoreless eighth inning.  Orion Kerkering closed it out with a perfect ninth inning.  On Wednesday Yoniel Ramirez pitched two scoreless frames in relief, he struck out five, allowed no hits or walks but did hit two batters, I really like watching him pitch, comes from a bit below 3/4 slot and gets really good horizontal movement on his pitches, curve ball really darts - good stuff.  Eduar Segovia pitched two scoreless innings, battled command/control but still got thru it, when he’s back in full command the stuff definitely plays. Wesley Moore also battled control but battled out of a bases loaded jam to toss a scoreless ninth striking out the side. On Thursday the Threshers took a four run lead into the ninth and held on for a 7-6 win, Estibenzon Jimenez made his Threshers season debut with two scoreless innings of relief work featuring a four seamer, sinker, slider, curve and change up, the heater ranged from 92 to 95 mph, he gave up one hit, no walks and struck out three batters.  Wen Hui Pan lit up the radar gun posting his fastball in the 97 to 100 mph range, he showed a swing and miss hook as well.  Pan pitched three scoreless innings allowing one hit and one walk, he struck out four batters.  In Friday’s win Alex McFarlane started and went four innings yielding one run on three hits and four walks, he struck out five batters. Danny Wilkinson pitched two innings allowing one run on one hit and two walks, he struck out four hitters.  Andrew Walling retired all five batters he faced, four by strikeout.   Orion Kerkering just isn’t fair to his opponents - he retired all four batters (three by strikeout) he faced with a 98 to 99 mph fast ball and over 3,000 RPM slider, just nasty.  On Saturday Sam Aldegheri pitched five strong innings allowing just three hits and one walk, he struck out eight batters.  Eduar Segovia threw a perfect 6th inning with one strikeout.  Josh Bortka went 1 2/3 innings and Yoniel Ramirez finished out the win.  On Sunday Braeden Fausnaught started but left the game in the top of the second inning with an apparent shoulder injury.  Jonh Henriquez came in to replace Fausnaught, he pitched 3 2/3 innings  - gets great movement on his pitches, spinning the four seamer between 2300 and 2450 RPM’s with a velocity range of 92 to 94 mph. He also threw a cutter, slider and changeup. Henriquez allowed two runs on four hits, he walked none and struck out seven batters.  Jack Dallas pitched two scoreless innings. Wesley Moore finished it with two innings of work.

Player Development Training Center : (2-1 during the week) - 4-1-1 in Extended Spring Games

Scores :

Monday :  4-2 Win against Blue Jays

Tuesday : 9-7 Win against Blue Jays

Saturday : 4-2 Loss against Blue Jays

Runs Scored : 15

Runs Against : 13

Position Players :

Leonardo Rondon went 3 for 4 (two singles & a double), stole two bases, had an RBI and scored a run.  The nineteen year old is 6 for 9 in the extended spring games thus far, have said it before but I really like his skill set.  Drew Ellis was 3 for 5 with a double and home run, he also walked twice and had three RBIs - he heads north now.  Felix Reyes was 2 for 4 with a triple and home run, two RBIs and continues to make very athletic plays in the field at shortstop and third base. Matt Alifano went 2 for 3 with two singles in the games he played in.

Pitchers :

In Monday’s win Daniel Mejia pitched the first two innings (no hits, 2 walks, 2 K’s), he allowed no runs.  Mason Ronan pitched two scoreless frames (one hit, 0 BB, 2 K’s).  Jose Acuna yielded two runs in two thirds inning of work (two hits, 3 walks, 1 K, inning rolled). Danny Wilkinson pitched two scoreless innings (two hits, 1 BB, 4 K’s) . Christopher Soriano tossed a scoreless eighth inning (two hits, 0 BB, 2 K’s).  Nathan Karaffa tossed a perfect ninth inning (one K).  On Tuesday Guissepe Velasquez was the starting pitcher (two IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 BB, 2 K’s) followed by Jake McKenna (two scoreless innings, 0 H, 2 BB, 4 K’s), Malik Binns (one and 1/3 IP, 5 R -  3 earned, 2 H, 3 BB, 0 K’s) and Eric Garcia (one IP, 1 R, 2 H, 2 BB, 0 K’s).  On Saturday Jose Pena Jr started on the hill and went 2 1/3 innings (two R, 3 H, 2 BB, 4 K’s).  Matt Seelinger threw three scoreless innings (one hit, 1 BB, 5 K’s) and Saul Teran went 1/3 of an inning (two R, 2 H, 2 BB, 0 K’s).

Happy Day, Happy Baseball ⚾️

Photos by Cheryl Pursell, Casey Burns, George Youngs Jr, Rebecca Alexander and Michael Dolcemascolo

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