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4/6/24 : Minor League Roundup


International League ( AAA ) - Lehigh Valley 5 (2-2)  Rochester 4 (2-2)

Rochester, NY - Innovative Field


Summary :


In the fourth inning Kody Clemens walked and advanced to third when Aramis Garcia reached on a throwing error by Rochester’s pitcher.  Jordan Luplow hit a sacrifice fly to score Clemens.


Rochester scored four runs in the bottom of the fourth inning on two singles, two walks and a bases loaded triple (Jack Dunn).


Lehigh Valley tied the score with three runs in the top of the fifth inning - Simon Muzziotti doubled, Matt Kroon and Scott Kingery each singled to load the bases.  Kody Clemens singled to score two runs.  Scott Kingery later reached third on a fielding error and then scored on a wild pitch.


Matt Kroon singled in the sixth inning with two outs, he stole second base and scored on a triple by Scott Kingery.


At Bat : 5 R, 7 H, 3 BB, 11 K’s


Scott Kingery (single & triple) and Matt Kroon (two singles, stolen base, two runs) each had two hits.  Kody Clemens singled, walked and had two RBIs.  Simon Muzziotti doubled.


On The Hill : 4 R, 6 H, 3 BB, 7 K’s


Max Castillo started and went 4.1 innings (4 R, 3 H, 3 BB, 4 K’s). Taylor Lehman went 2/3rds of an inning, no runs and one hit allowed. Michael Mercado (FB 94-96 mph) went two perfect innings posting one strikeout.  Ryan Burr pitched a scoreless inning, two hits and two strikeouts.  Jose Ruiz (FB 96-97 mph) pitched a perfect ninth inning to close out the win.


Did Ya Know 🧐 :


“Based on records kept, this is the first time in franchise history the 'Pigs have endured four straight postponements. The closest the franchise have come prior is the opening series of 2016 where the 'Pigs were supposed to open in Syracuse, but snow forced the series to be moved to Allentown, where the final two games of the series were PPD anyways. The following game, in Rochester naturally, was PPD as well. In total, it was four PPDs in five days.”  - Sam Jellinek - Manager, Broadcasting & Media Relations - Lehigh Valley IronPigs



Eastern League ( AA ) - Bowie 19 (1-1) Reading 1 (1-1)

Bowie, MD - Prince George’s Stadium


Summary :


Gabriel Rincones Jr homered to right center field in the first inning.


Collin Burns hit a three run home run for Bowie in the second inning.  Jud Fabian hit a solo homer for them.


Bowie scored seven runs in the third inning.  They scored three more in the fourth and five more in the sixth.


On The Hill :  19 R, 18 H, 10 BB, 13 K’s


Efrain Contreras started and went 2.1 innings, 8 R, 7 H, 2 BB, 2 K’s. Five other pitchers finished out the lopsided loss.


At Bat : 1 R, 2 H, 1 BB, 9 K’s


Gabriel Rincones Jr homered


Did Ya Know 🧐 :


“Fightin Phils Manager Al Pedrique returns to Reading for his second season, and second overall in the Phillies organization. He previously was a coach for the Marlins and manager in their Minor Leagues. Pedrique’s other notable stops include the Yankees, Astros and Diamondbacks. He picked up his 1,000th professional win last season and is closing in on 1,000 minor league victories.  Brock Stassi retruns to Baseballtown as the hitting coach for the Fightin Phils. Stassi played the majority of the 2014 and ‘2015 seasons in Reading and returned in 2021 for a brief stint.  Following his playing career, he was hired as a coach by the Phillies last year and served as the hitting coach for the High-A Jersey Shore BlueClaws in 2023.  Joining Pedrique will be two pitching coaches in Phil Cundari and Riley McCauley.  Cundari was Jersey Shore’s pitching coach last season and McCauley was with the FCL Phillies. Karl Ellison enters his first season coaching as the team’s development coach.  Ellison played in the Phillies organization in 2022. Meaghan Flaherty comes from Jersey Shore as the Athletic Trainer and Bruce Peditto returns to Reading as the Strength Coach.” - Jake Starr - Reading Fightin Phils PR/Media Relations Manager and broadcaster


Link to Boxscore :  At the time of this writing the box score was not accurate - I will post the link later once it’s corrected.


South Atlantic League ( High A )  - Jersey Shore 7 (2-0) Aberdeen 6 (0-2)

Lakewood, NJ - ShoreTown BallPark


Summary :


In the first inning Justin Crawford walked, stole second - went to third on a wild pitch and scored on a groundout by Bryan Rincon.


William Bergolla singled in the second inning, went to third when Troy Schreffler reached on an error and scored on a single by Andrick Nava.


William Bergolla doubled in the fourth inning, he scored on a two run home run by Andrick Nava.


Justin Crawford walked in the fifth inning, William Bergolla singled to send him to third base.  Bergolla then stole second, they both scored on a single by Troy Schreffler.


Aberdeen scored twice in the sixth on a walk, single, stolen base and wild pitch.


Erick Brito reached on an error in the bottom of the sixth. Cade Fergus singled, they both moved up a base on a wild pitch.  Emaarion Boyd hit a sacrifice fly to score a run.


Aberdeen scored four runs in the 8th inning on a single, hit batter, sac fly, wild pitch and three walks.


On The Hill : 6 R, 6 H, 4 BB, 11 K’s


Jean Cabrera was very good in his BlueClaws debut - 5 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 1 BB, 4 K’s - he left the game after walking the first batter in the top of the sixth inning after the trainer came out to check him for an injury concern - he appeared to be ok though.   Gunner Mayer pitched an inning - 1 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 2 K’s.  Danny Wilkinson made his BlueClaw debut a great one - he struck out the side in a perfect inning.  Jack Dallas had a rare struggling outing - 1/3 IP, 4 R, 1 H, 1 HB, 3 BB.  Chuck King made his pro debut - he went 1.2 innings for the save - no runs, 1 H, 0 BB, 2 K’s.


At Bat : 7 R, 9 H, 6 BB, 12 K’s


William Bergolla had a day - he went 4 for 4 (three singles, double) with a stolen base and three runs scored.  Andrick Nava was 3 for 4 (single, triple, home run - three RBIs).  Justin Crawford walked three times in five plate appearances, stole two bases and scored twice.  Troy Schreffler had a two RBI single.


Defensive Gem :


Center fielder Emaarion Boyd ran down a long fly in right center field in the sixth inning taking away extra bases.


Did Ya Know 🧐 :


“Run, Run BlueClaws - Last year, Clearwater (Phillies Low-A) led all 120 minor league teams with 270 stolen bases and

had nine players with at least 10 stolen bases.  Of those nine, six open the season with the BlueClaws – Emaarion Boyd

(56), Justin Crawford (40), Bryan Rincon (23), Erick Brito (14), Troy Schreffler (11), and Cade Fergus (10).” - Greg Giombarrese - Vice President - Communications - Jersey Shore BlueClaws



Florida State League ( Low A )  - Clearwater 13 (2-0) Bradenton 2 (0-2)

Bradenton, FL - LECOM Park


Summary :


Aidan Miller and Devin Saltiban singled in the fourth inning, Avery Owusu-Asiedu doubled to score a run.  A wild pitch scored a run.  Pierce Bennett singled to score a run.  Dakota Kotowski went yard to left center field to plate two more.


Raylin Heredia doubled in the eighth inning and scored on a single by Bryson Ware.  Pierce Bennett and Dakota Kotowski walked to load the bases.  Kehden Hettiger was hit by a pitch which forced in a run.  Tjayy Walton, Aidan Miller, Devin Saltiban walked to score three more.  A wild pitch scored a run.


Bradenton scored two runs in the eighth inning on two walks, a hit batter and a single.


Kehden Hettiger tattooed a long home run to right field in the top of the ninth to score two runs (Pierce Bennett was on base after being hit by a pitch).


On The Hill :  2 R, 4 H, 4 BB, 12 K’s


George Klassen was dominant in his pro debut, he retired the first 12 batters he faced, nine by strikeout 👀.  The fireballing right-hander (97-99 mph FB, nasty slider) went five scoreless innings, 1 H, 0 BB, 9 K’s - 67 pitches - 46 strikes 🔥.  Jose Pena Jr went an inning, no runs, 1 H, 1 HB, 1 K.   Jayden Estanista pitched an inning, no runs, no hits, two walks, one strikeout.  Ethan Chenault pitched two innings - 2 R, 2 H, 2 BB, 1 HB, 1 K.


At Bat :  13 R, 11 H, 8 BB, 14 K’s


Kehden Hettiger was 2 for 3 (single & HR, walk, 3 RBIs, 2 runs scored).   Pierce Bennett and Raylin Heredia each had two hits (walk,single & double), Bennett was also hit by a pitch.  Dakota Kotowski hit a two run home run.  Avery Owusu-Asiedu doubled.  Every batter in the order reached base.


Defensive Gem :


Right fielder Raylin Heredia threw out a base runner in the ninth inning attempting to tag and go from first to second on a deep fly out 👏💪.


Did Ya Know 🧐 :


“Last year Clearwater won all three series against the Bradenton Marauders, including the final two of the first three games of the season at LECOM Park.  Clearwater was 6-3 in Bradenton in 2023, including a combined no-hitter in the second game

of the season on April 8, 2023.” - Josh Sperber - Clearwater Threshers Broadcaster



Today at the Complex - Player Development Center Training :


Side Bullpens : Maxwell Hernandez, Dylan Covey, Luis Avila, Danyony Pulido, Cam Brown, Adilson Peralta


Live BP : LH Juan Amarante


I watched Amarante for the first time, as mentioned in a previous article he’s got a looping curve ball and a fadeaway change up.  We saw both in today’s ten minute session as he faced Eduardo Tait and AJ Shaver as hitters.  Tait lined a single to center against him but he does that against everyone 🤓.   Guillermo Rosario  was the catcher for the session.


Happy Day, Happy Baseball ⚾️



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