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5/16/23 : Minor League Roundup


International League ( AAA ) - Worcester 9 (20-20)  Lehigh Valley 4 (19-20)

Worcester, MA - Polar Park


Summary :


Bobby Dalbec homered for Worcester in the second inning.


Jake Cave homered in the third inning.


David Hamilton homered for Worcester in the bottom of the third inning.


Jorge Alfaro walked, advanced on a single by Bobby Dalbec and scored on a double by Greg Allen for Worcester in the fourth.

Nick Sogard singled to score two more.


Ryan Fitzgerald hit a two run home run for Worcester in the fifth inning.


Jordan Qsar homered in the sixth inning.


A single, stolen base and two wild pitches scored a run for Worcester in the bottom of the sixth.


Lehigh Valley loaded the bases in the 8th on two walks and a single, a run scored on a ground out.


Worcester scored a run in the bottom of the 8th on two singles and a ground out.


Jhailyn Ortiz homered in the ninth inning.


On the Hill :


Five pitchers threw, Trey Cobb had a scoreless inning.


At the Bat :


Jordan Qsar, Jhailyn Ortiz and Jake Cave each had two hits, Cave, Vimael Machin and John Hicks doubled.  Qsar, Cave and Ortiz each homered.



Did Ya Know?


“After struggling offensively in April, the IronPigs bats have sprung to life in May. They are fourth in the IL in OPS (.878) during the month and have scored the third most runs (77) while swatting the fourth most homers (18)” - from Media notes supplied by Sam Jellinek - Iron Pigs Manager of Broadcasting and Media Relations


Eastern League ( AA) -  Somerset 14 (21-12) Reading 10 (12-21)

Bridgewater, NJ - TD Bank Ballpark


Summary :


Jason Dominguez singled in the bottom of the first inning, stole second and scored on a single by Austin Wells.  Everson Pereira doubled to score Wells.


Matt Kroon doubled in the second inning and scored on a single by McCarthy Tatum.


Oliver Dunn singled in the fourth inning, advanced to third on a double by McCarthy Tatum and scored on a sac fly by Cody Roberts.


Austin Wells hit a three run home run for Somerset in the fourth inning.


Oliver Dunn homered in the sixth inning, one batter later Cody Roberts homered.  Madison Stokes was credited with a single on a missed pop up and Carlos De La Cruz hit a two run home run to put Reading ahead.


Brandon Lockridge tripled for Somerset in the sixth inning and scored on a sac fly by Trey Sweeney.  Jason Dominguez homered.


Matt Kroon doubled in the seventh inning and scored on a double by Oliver Dunn.  Dunn stole third base and scored on a fielders choice when he beat the throw home on a grounder by McCarthy Tatum.


Tyler Hardman homered for Somerset in the bottom of the seventh.   Three walks loaded the bases, Trey Sweeney singled to score two runs.  Jason Dominguez singled to score a run, a wild pitch scored a run, a single by Everson Pereira scored another.  A double and two walks scored another.  Seven run inning.


Reading loaded the bases in the 8th on two walks and a single.  Two runs then scored on ground outs.


On the Hill :


David Parkinson pitched four innings, tagged for five runs but only two were earned.  Five relievers followed.  Andrew Schultz and Matt Seelinger each pitched a scoreless inning.


At the Bat :


Oliver Dunn had three hits (single, double & HR), scored three runs and had three RBIs. Carlos De La Cruz, Matt Kroon and McCarthy Tatum each had two hits.  Kroon had two doubles, De La Cruz and Tatum one each.  Cody Roberts and Carlos De La Cruz also homered.


Notes :


Major leaguer Luis Severino started on the mound for Somerset on a rehab assignment, he pitched three and one third innings.



Did Ya Know?


“Offensive Production - Through a little over a month, Reading’s offense continues to rank towards the top of the Eastern League in multiple categories. The Fightin Phils lead the league in hitting at .257, which is 12 points ahead of second-place Portland. Reading also ranks fourth in runs scored. The offensive production has been helped by five double-digit scoring games so far. Reading had nine double-digit scoring games in 2022.” - from Media notes supplied by Jake Starr - Fightins Media Relations and Press Box Manager


South Atlantic League ( High A ) - Wilmington 8 (18-15) Jersey Shore 3 (14-16)

Lakewood, NJ - ShoreTown Ballpark


Summary :


Nick Ward doubled to lead off the bottom of the first inning, he advanced to third base on a fielding error and scored on a wild pitch.


Viandel Pena tripled for Wilmington in the third inning and scored on a wild pitch.


Nick Ward, Hao Yu Lee and Kendall Simmons each singled to load the bases in the third inning, Rixon Wingrove singled to score two runs.  With two outs Casey Martin singled but Kendall Simmons was thrown out at the plate by the left fielder to end the inning.


TJ White hit a three run home run for Wilmington in the fourth inning.


Wilmington loaded the bases in the 8th inning on two walks and a single.  Jordy Barley doubled to score two runs, Viandel Pena singled to score two more.


On the Hill :


Alex Garbrick opened and pitched two scoreless innings allowing just two walks while striking out two batters.  Jason Ruffcorn pitched two hitless and scoreless frames, one walk and two strikeouts.  Carlos Francisco threw a scoreless inning.  Orion Kerkering threw a scoreless frame, showcased his slider and upper nineties heat.


At the Bat :


Nick Ward had two hits (single & double) as did Rixon Wingrove and Marcus Lee Sang who had two singles each.



Did Ya Know?


“Kendall Simmons entered today with a nine game hitting strem over which he is 14-40 with two doubles, a triple, and four home runs and 12 RBIs (he hit safely in all nine appearances on the recent 12-game trip).  Since May 6th, when he had two home runs, Simmons is 11-25 with four home runs. Simmons, a 6th round pick out of Tatnall Square HS in Macon, Georgia in 2018, played 17 games for the BlueClaws at the end of last year and hit .273 with three home runs.” -  from Media notes supplied by Greg Giombarrese - BlueClaws Director of Communications


Florida State League ( Low A )  Clearwater 12 (25-9) Bradenton 10 (20-14)

Clearwater, FL - BayCare Ballpark


Summary :


Clearwater loaded the bases in the second inning, Gabriel Rincones Jr doubled, Felix Reyes was hit by a pitch and Cade Fergus singled.  Bryan Rincon singled to score Rincones Jr,  Erick Brito then hit a three run home run.


Ricardo Rosario and Otto Kemp walked in the third inning, both stole a base to move up.  Jordan Dissin singled to score them both.


Geovanny Planchart hit a two run home run for Bradenton in the fourth inning.  Shalin Polanco went back to back yard.


Erick Brito singled in the fourth inning and scored on a double by Emaarion Boyd.


Otto Kemp doubled in the fifth inning, Gabriel Rincones Jr walked.  Kemp scored on a single by Jordan Dissin.  Felix Reyes walked,  Cade Fergus hit a grand slam home run.


Bradenton scored four runs in the 8th inning - two on two singles, a hit batter, balk and wild pitch, a sac fly and double by Alexander Mojica scored two more.


Bradenton loaded the bases on walks in the ninth inning, a double by Javier Rivas that scored two runs.


On the Hill :


Samuel Aldegheri started and went four innings. Jace Vines pitched a perfect inning in his first rehab appearance, he hit 97 mph on the radar with his fast ball. 🔥


At the Bat :


Jordan Dissin, Cade Fergus and Erick Brito each had two hits. Gabriel Rincones Jr, Otto Kemp and Emaarion Boyd doubled. Brito and Fergus doubled, Kemp extended his on base streak to 24 games. Cade Fergus hit a grand slam home run, Erick Brito hit a three run homer.



Did Ya Know?


Otto Kemp became the second Thresher to win the Florida State League Player of the Week in 2023, earning honors for his 10-24 performance in five games in Dunedin during the week of May Eighth through May Fourteenth.” - from Media notes supplied by Josh Sperber - broadcast voice of the Clearwater Threshers


Player Development Center Training - Carpenter Complex


Eleven pitchers threw side bullpen sessions, pitchers who threw today - Mitch Nuenborn, Braeden Fausnaught, Konnor Ash, Christian McGowan, Jose Peña Jr, Oswald Medina, Elicier Bata, Micah Ottenbreit, Chase Webster, Eiberson Castellano and Zach Haake.   Jon Duplantier threw a live BP session.


Yesterday select players played a five inning simulated game.  It’s called a simulated game because often times runners are placed on different bases to start the innings to simulate situations.  Of the eight pitchers who threw in the contest left hander Mason Ronan and right hander Ty Collins stood out.  Mason is being used in multiple innings, he went two yesterday and three the outing before, would seem a likely candidate to return to an affiliate when either a starter or bulk reliever is needed.  He’s throwing with more pop than what we saw in the spring, is also consistently throwing strikes and has seemed to tighten up his mechanics, throws a splitter which I used to be able to see out of the hand before, can’t differentiate it now that way.  Collins also seems to have more life on his pitches as well as more confidence, two appearances in a row where he’s impressed.


Jorge Garcia had two hits in the contest and Santiago Torres laced a double, they are part of a group of very athletic players who’ve come up from the Dominican Academy.


Extended Spring Training Game vs Blue Jays @ Carpenter Complex, Clearwater, FL :


Phillies 2 (7-2-4) Blue Jays 2


William Bergolla, Leonardo Rondon and Kliubert Avila. Junior Marin and Avila each doubled.


William Bergolla is really smooth at shortstop, glides to ground balls effortlessly.  He’s also baseball smart, I notice the little things, today with a runner on third William continually backed up the pitcher on the throw backs from the catcher, if the ball went astray he was positioned to make the recovery.  As a hitter he impressed with bat to ball skills, hit hard line drives to both sides of the field.  Leonardo Rondon has similar qualities, he takes charge of the field when he’s catching which he was today, reminds teammates of the game situations and is very vocal in his enthusiasm and encouragement of others.  He’s a heady player as well, busts out of the box on hits and always on the hunt for an advantage.  Really quick hands, good hitter, he can play.


Mavis Graves started todays game and pitched two scoreless frames, good pop on the fastball.  Starlyn Castillo pitched two innings, Guisseppe Velasquez went three innings, Josh Bortka and Seth Nightingale pitched an inning each.


Dominican Summer League Spring Training


5/15/23 : Canadian Jr National Team 1  Phillies Red 1 (5-2-1)


Each team scored a run in the first inning and were shutout the remainder of the game.  The Phillies had four singles in the game; Andres Hernandez, Manolfi Jimenez, Neify Rosario and Erick Barria.  Jimenez had the lone RBI, Nelson Beltran had the lone walk and also the only stolen base.


Four Phillies pitchers threw two innings apiece and collectively struck out 16 batters while allowing just three hits, Danyony Pulido yielded a run on two hits, he walked none and struck out five.  Pedro Reyes and Wilmer Blanco threw two perfect innings each, Reyes struck out three and Blanco six.  Juan Melendez gave up a hit and three walks, he struck out two batters.


5/15/23 : Braves 4 Phillies White 3 (5-2-1)


Jerffson Peña had two hits (single, double) and two RBIs, he also stole a base.  The team had five hits and three walks. Starlyn Caba, Yemil Rosario and Angel Mata each singled.  Maxwell Hernandez and Javier Fuenmayor each pitched two innings in the contest, each yielded a run.


System Transactions :


Lehigh Valley : C Vito Friscia activated from the Development List, RHP Nick Nelsonplaced on the 7-Day IL, OF Dustin Peterson placed on the 7-Day IL,  INF Esteban Quirozplaced on the 7-Day IL, LHP Bailey Falter optioned from Philadelphia.  RHP Erich Uelmen recalled by Philadelphia.


Clearwater : 1B Cole Moore activated from the 7 Day IL, RHP Jace Vines activated on rehab assignment, C Adony Mejía was placed on the development list 


Happy Day, Happy Baseball ⚾️


Cade Fergus file photo


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