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5/21/23 : Week Seven Minor League Review (5/15 to 5/21)

Updated: May 22, 2023


An overall record of 13-11 for the four affiliates this week with Clearwater leading the way going 5-1.  The Complex based teams went 4-3-2 in their games.


Double digit on base or hitting streaks continued for Lehigh Valley’s Jake Cave (sixteen game hitting streak) and Drew Ellis (eleven game on base streak between Reading & LHV), Nick Podkul (Reading -11 game on base streak) and the kingpin of all streaks, Clearwater’s Otto Kemp (twenty seven game on base streak). Reading’s Oliver Dunn (fourteen game on base streak) and Jersey Shore’s Kendall Simmons (thirteen game hitting streak) saw their streaks end on Sunday.


Drew Ellis hit four home runs and drove in thirteen for Lehigh Valley and posted a .438 batting average for the week in sixteen at bats. Jake Cave had ten hits during the week including four doubles and two home runs.


Marcus Lee Sang (Jersey Shore) had an outstanding week for Jersey Shore as did teammate Kendall Simmons.  Bryan Rincon supplied the power for Clearwater this week with two home runs, one of which was a walk off.


On the mound Jersey Shore’s bullpen continued to pitch well with multiple contributors, Reading got promising strong outings from starters Griff McGarry and Mick Abel, four pitchers collectively posted (including McGarry) nineteen strikeouts in a win on Wednesday.  Clearwater continued to get solid multi inning outings from both starters and bulk relievers, in particular Jean Cabrera impressed this week with nine strikeouts in four innings of work and Danny Wilkinson struck out ten batters over four innings in two appearances.


AAA Level : Lehigh Valley : 2-4 for the week against Worcester, 21-23 overall - 5/ 23/23 @ home vs  Buffalo - six games


Scores :


Tuesday : 9-4 Loss

Wednesday : 10-3 Win - 10 innings

Thursday : 10-9 Loss

Friday : 9-8 Loss - 10 innings

Saturday : PPD - Rain

Sunday : Doubleheader - 5-4 Loss game one, 12-6 win - game two


Total Runs Scored : 47

Total Runs Against : 42


Position Players :


Standout Stats :


Drew Ellis - 7 for 16 (.438) with four home runs and thirteen RBIs, two walks, a .500 OBP

Jake Cave - 10 for 23 (.435) with four doubles, two home runs, and six RBIs, two walks, a .480 OBP

Jhailyn Ortiz - 6 for 17 (.353) with a double and two home runs, four walks, a .476 OBP

Scott Kingery - 7 for 21 (.333) with a home run and two walks, a .391 OBP

Weston Wilson - 11 for 29 in plate appearances, a double and home run, a .379 OBP


Recap :


On Tuesday Jordan Qsar, Jhailyn Ortiz and Jake Cave each had two hits, Cave, Vimael Machin and John Hicks doubled.  Qsar, Cave and Ortiz each homered.  On Wednesday Weston Wilson (two singles & a double) had three hits as did Scott Kingery (three singles).  Vimael Machin hit two doubles and posted two RBIs, Jhailyn Ortiz (single & double) had two hits.  Jake Cave doubled.  On Thursday Jim Haley had two hits (single & HR).  Scott Kingery and Weston Wilson homered.  Jake Cave doubled.  On Friday Drew Ellis had three hits (single & two home runs) with five RBIs.  Jordan Qsar and Vimael Machin doubled.

In game one of a double header on Sunday Jake Cave had two hits (single & double).  Drew Ellis singled and hit a three run home run.  Jhailyn Ortiz homered. In the second game Jake Cave had four hits (three singles and HR) , three RBIs and scored three times.  Drew Ellis had two knocks (single, HR) and four RBIs.  Simon Muzziotti, Scott Kingery and Jim Haley each had two hits, Muzziotti doubled, Haley tripled.


Pitchers :


Recap :


On Tuesday five pitchers threw in a five run loss, Trey Cobb had a scoreless inning. On Wednesday Christopher Sanchez started and pitched four and two thirds innings, three runs charged against him on four hits and two walks.  McKinley Moore stranded an inherited runner and went on to pitch one and one third scoreless frames.  Ben Bowden pitched a perfect inning.  Luis Ortiz pitched a perfect 8th inning. Yunior Marte popped the mitt at 98 to 99 mph and struck out two batters in a scoreless and dominant ninth inning (14 pitches - 10 strikes).  Jesus Cruz pitched a perfect 10th inning with two strikeouts included to close it out.


On Thursday it was a bullpen game.  Jake Jewell pitched the first inning allowing five runs on four hits and two walks.  Jeremy Walker went two and a third, one run on three hits.  Jakob Hernandez pitched two scoreless innings, one hit, no walks and four strikeouts. Trey Cobb pitched a scoreless inning. Francisco Morales was tagged for two runs on three hits and a walk in an inning of work.  On Friday Michael Plassmeyer pitched five innings, three runs on eight hits, two walks, four strikeouts. Four other pitchers followed.  In game one of a double header on Sunday Noah Skirrow pitched five innings, three runs, six hits, two walks and four strikeouts.  Jeremy Walker pitched a perfect inning and struck out the side on thirteen pitches.  In the second game Bailey Falter went five and two thirds innings, five runs, seven hits, one walk and three strikeouts.  Louis Head closed it out.


AA Level : Reading : 3-3 for the week against Somerset ,15-23 overall - 5/23/23 @ home vs Harrisburg - six games


Scores :


Tuesday : 14-10 Loss

Wednesday : 9-1 Win

Thursday : 10-3 Loss

Friday : 4-3 Loss

Saturday : 6-5 Win

Sunday : 3-1 Win


Total Runs Scored : 34

Total Runs Against : 35


Position Players :


Standout Stats :


Nick Podkul - 6 for 15 (.400) with a double, triple and four RBIs, two walks, a .471 OBP

Oliver Dunn - 6 for 20 (.300) with a double, home run and six RBIs, six walks, a .462 OBP

McCarthy Tatum - 4 for 11 (.364) with a double, three RBIs, HBP and two walks, a .500 OBP

Matt Kroon - 7 for 19 (.368) with three doubles and three walks, a .455 OBP

Max McDowell - 3 for 10 (.300) with two walks, a .417 OBP

Madison Stokes - a double, two home runs, four RBIs and four walks, a .375 OBp


Recap :


On Tuesday Oliver Dunn had three hits (single, double & HR), scored three runs and had three RBIs. Carlos De La Cruz (double,HR), Matt Kroon (two doubles) and McCarthy Tatum (single,double) each had two hits. Cody Roberts homered.  On Wednesday Carlos De La Cruz (single & double) and Matt Kroon (two singles) each had two hits.  On Thursday Nick Podkul had two hits (single & double).  Ethan Wilson homered. On Friday Nick Podkul had three hits (singles) and two RBIs. Johan Rojas hit two singles, stole two bases and scored twice.  On Saturday Madison Stokes (single & HR), Max McDowell (two singles) and Matt Kroon (single & double) each had two hits.  Nick Podkul tripled.   On Sunday Cam Cannon doubled and Madison Stokes homered.  The team had four hits total.


Pitchers :


Standout Stats :


Matt Seelinger - three appearances - four innings pitched, no runs or hits, three walks, two strikeouts

Braden Zarbnisky - two appearances - three innings pitched, no runs, hits or walks - four strikeouts

Mick Abel - one start, one unearned run, two hits, three walks, three strikeouts

Cristian Hernandez - two appearances - four innings pitched, one run, four hits, six strikeouts

Griff McGarry - one start, two and two thirds innings pitched, no runs, one hit, one walk, five strikeouts

Max Kuhns - two appearances - three innings pitched, no runs, two hits, two walks, eight strikeouts


Recap :


On Tuesday David Parkinson pitched four innings, was tagged for five runs but only two were earned.  Five relievers followed.  Andrew Schultz and Matt Seelinger each pitched a scoreless inning. On Wednesday Griff McGarry threw primarily fastballs (sat at 94-96 mph) and was consistently in the strike zone as he pitched a very encouraging outing throwing 45 pitches in two and two thirds innings allowing just one hit and one walk, he struck out five batters.  Cristian Hernandez struck out five batters in two innings of relief work, he gave up one run on three hits.  Adam Leverett pitched two and one third scoreless innings allowing one hit and striking out four batters. Max Kuhns finished by pitching two scoreless innings, he struck out five batters.  Reading pitchers struck out 19 Somerset batters in the game in a lopsided win.


On Thursday it was a rough go of it for starter Tyler Phillips in four innings pitched, nine runs on nine hits and four walks.  Braden Zarbnisky pitched two scoreless innings with three strikeouts.  Taylor Lehman pitched an inning and Matt Seelinger threw a scoreless frame.  On Friday it was a good bounce back outing for Mick Abel, five innings, one unearned run, two hits, three walks and three strikeouts.  Mick used his power fastball (95 to 98 mph) to pitch out of a fifth inning jam.  Andrew Baker and Andrew Schultz each pitched a scoreless inning in relief.


On Saturday Josh Hendrickson started and went four plus innings (faced two batters in the fifth).  Matt Seelinger pitched two scoreless innings allowing one walk and striking out one, an inherited runner scored in the fifth inning.  Braden Zarbnisky pitched a perfect seventh inning.  Max Kuhns pitched in and out of trouble in the 8th inning (first two runners reached on a double & walk) by striking out the side in a scoreless frame.  Taylor Lehman pitched a perfect ninth inning to earn the save.  On Sunday David Parkinson pitched very well going five innings, one run on seven hits and two walks, seven strikeouts. Cristian Hernandez pitched two scoreless innings, one hit, no walks and one strikeout. Tyler McKay and Brett Schulze each pitched a scoreless inning to close out the win.


High A Level : Jersey Shore : 3-3 for the week against Wilmington, 17-18 overall - 5/23/23 vs  Aberdeen - six games


Scores :


Tuesday : 8-3 Loss

Wednesday : 8-3 Win

Thursday : 7-4 Win

Friday : 9-4 Win

Saturday : PPD - Rain

Sunday : Double Header - Game One - 8-1 Loss, Game Two - 4-2 Loss


Total Runs Scored : 30

Total Runs Against : 31


Position Players :


Standout Stats :


Marcus Lee Sang - 8 for 17 (.471) with a double, triple, home run and three RBIs, five walks, HBP, a .609 OBP

Kendall Simmons - 6 for 18 (.333) with a double, home run and three RBIs, five walks, HBP, a .500 OBP

Wilfredo Flores - 3 for 8 (.375) with a double and two walks, a .500 OBP

Andrik Nava -3 for 10 (.300) with a double, home run and four RBIs, three walks, a .462 OBP


Recap :


On Tuesday Nick Ward had two hits (single & double) as did Rixon Wingrove and Marcus Lee Sang who had two singles each.  On Wednesday Andrik Nava had a day with two hits (single & HR) and four RBIs.  Marcus Lee Sang and Kendall Simmons each doubled, Caleb Ricketts tripled.  On Thursday Marcus Lee Sang had three hits (two singles and HR), walked, had two RBIs and scored twice. Kendall Simmons had two hits (singles).  Casey Martin had two singles, Andrik Nava and Jared Carr doubled.  On Friday Rixon Wingrove was three for five (two singles & HR), Kendall Simmons had two hits (single & HR) and three RBIs. Wilfredo Flores was three for four (two singles & a double), Nick Ward walked and doubled and posted three RBIs.  Leandro Pineda doubled, Marcus Lee Sang tripled.   On Sunday in game one of a doubleheader Casey Martin had two hits (single & home run).  The team was held to three hits.  In game two Leandro Pineda hit a two run home run, the team was held to three hits and two walks.


Pitchers :


Standout Stats :


Orion Kerkering - three appearances - three and one third innings pitched, no runs, one hit, one walk, four strikeouts

Alex Garbrick - two appearances, four innings pitched, no runs, three hits, three walks, four strikeouts

Rodolfo Sanchez - two appearances, three innings pitched, no runs, one hit, no walks, four strikeouts

Jordan Fowler - one start, five innings pitched, two runs, eight hits, one walk, one strikeout


Recap :


On Tuesday 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.   On Wednesday Rafael Marcano pitched two and two thirds innings of scoreless relief, only one hit allowed.  Tristan Garnett followed him with a scoreless frame. Rodolfo Sanchez pitched two perfect innings with two strikeouts.  Tommy McCollum struck out two batters in a perfect inning to close it out.  On Thursday Matt Osterberg pitched shutout baseball thru five innings, he went five and one third overall and was tagged with four runs on six hits.  Matt Russell pitched two perfect innings and struck out three batters.  Orion Kerkering closed it with a perfect ninth inning, he struck out two batters.  On Friday Jordan Fowler was once again solid, five innings, two runs, eight hits, one walk and one strikeout. Chase Antle pitched a scoreless sixth inning. Carlos Francisco pitched a perfect seventh inning, Jordi Martinez a scoreless eighth.  Tommy McCollum struggled with control in the ninth but was able to finish it out.  On Sunday in game one of a doubleheader Alex Garbrick opened and pitched two scoreless innings, three hits, one walk and two strikeouts.  Jace Vines made his Jersey Shore debut (rehab assignment) in the fourth inning and tossed a scoreless frame. Carlos Betancourt pitched two scoreless and hitless innings, one walk and two strikeouts.  In game two Gunner Mayer started and pitched three innings (one run, two hits, two walks, four strikeouts).  Tristan Garnett pitched an inning (one run on a HR), Rodolfo Sanchez threw a scoreless frame.  Orion Kerkering pitched one and one third scoreless innings, one walk and one strikeout.


Low A Level : Clearwater : 5-1 for the week against Bradenton, 29-10 overall - 5/23/23 vs St Lucie - six games


Scores :


Tuesday : 12-10 Win

Wednesday : 5-4 Win

Thursday : 10-3 Win

Friday : 5-3 Win

Saturday : 3-1 Loss

Sunday : 4-2 Win


Total Runs Scored : 37

Total Runs Against : 25


Position Players :


Standout Stats :


Freylin Minyety - 6 for 10 (.600) with a double, one walk, a .636 OBP

Otto Kemp - 5 for 13 (.385) with a double, triple and four RBIs, four walks, HBP, a .556 OBP

Bryan Rincon - 8 for 19 (.421) with a double, two home runs and five RBIs, three walks, a .500 OBP

Justin Crawford - 4 for 12 (.333) with three walks, HBP, a .471 OBP

Cade Fergus - 5 for 16 (.313) with two doubles, a home run and five RBIs, one walk, a .353 OBP


Recap :


On Tuesday Jordan Dissin (two singles), Cade Fergus (single & Grand Slam HR) and Erick Brito (double & three run HR) each had two hits. Gabriel Rincones Jr, Otto Kemp and Emaarion Boyd doubled.  On Wednesday Bryan Rincon (double & HR  and Freylin Minyety (single & double) had two hits.  Cade Fergus doubled.  Jordan Viars homered. Rincon’s home run was a walk off.  On Thursday Justin Crawford went three for five (singles) and also walked.  Bryan Rincon had two hits (single & HR).  Emaarion Boyd had two hits (singles) and two RBIs. Freylin Minyety had two hits (singles) and a walk.  Chad Castillo doubled, Otto Kemp tripled, walked and had four RBIs.  On Friday Gabriel Rincones Jr and Cade Fergus each had two hits (single & double), Justin Crawford walked three times and stole two bases.  On Saturday Otto Kemp extended his on-base streak to twenty seven games with two singles and walk. On Sunday Bryan Rincon and Freylin Minyety each hit two singles.  Chad Castillo homered.


Pitchers :


Standout Stats :


Danny Wilkinson - two appearances - four perfect innings - ten strikeouts 👀

Gabriel Cotto - five scoreless innings, one hit and three walks, struck out five batters

Jean Cabrera - nine strikeouts in four innings pitched, one run on four hits, two walks

Alex McFarlane - five IP, one run, seven hits, two walks and eight strikeouts

Estibenzon Jimenez - five scoreless innings in Saturday’s start


Recap :


On Tuesday 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.  On Wednesday Gabriel Cotto threw five scoreless innings in his Threshers season debut (was transferred from Jersey Shore last week) allowing just one hit and three walks, he struck out five batters. On Thursday Jean Cabrera started and impressed, nine strikeouts in four innings pitched, one run on four hits.  He posted 96 and 97 mph with his fastball and had a very deceptive changeup that came out of the hand and with arm speed exactly like the fastball but dove at the plate - good stuff.  Jonh Henriquez pitched two innings, Danny Wilkinson threw two perfect frames with five strikeouts. Andrew Walling pitched a scoreless ninth to close it out.  On Friday it was a good outing for Alex McFarlane, five innings pitched, one run, seven hits, two walks and eight strikeouts. Wen Hui Pan pitched three innings, two runs, three hits, two walks and two strikeouts.  Jack Dallas finished it with a perfect ninth inning.


On Saturday Estibenzon Jimenez pitched five scoreless innings, one hit, one hit batter, four walks and five strikeouts.  Alex Rao was tagged for three runs on two hits and two walks in two plus (faced three batters in the 8th inning) innings of work. Wesley Moore pitched two innings, three inherited runners scored in the eighth inning, his line - no runs, one hit, one walk, three strikeouts.  On Sunday Jonathan Petit pitched perfect baseball thru the first three innings with a whopping six strikeouts, the only thing that stopped him was a lengthy rain delay.  Jaydenn Estanista pitched the fourth inning.  Eduar Segovia pitched a scoreless fifth frame, Danny Wilkinson threw two perfect innings with five strikeouts 👀.  Jonh Henriquez pitched a scoreless 8th inning. Andrew Walling closed with a scoreless ninth inning.



Player Development Training Center : 1-1-1 during the week - 8-3-4 overall in Extended Spring


Scores :


Tuesday : 2-2 tie vs Blue Jays

Thursday : 6-4 Win vs Tigers

Friday : 7-6 Loss vs Blue Jays


Total Runs Scored : 14

Total Runs Against : 13


Position Players :


Recap :


On Tuesday William Bergolla, Leonardo Rondon and Kliubert Avila each had two hits.  Junior Marin and Avila doubled.  On Thursday Lou Helmig and Junior Marin went two for two(singles) with two RBIs.  Raylin Heredia and Matt Alifano doubled.  On Friday William Bergolla and Dakota Kotowski had three hits apiece. They both doubled.  Leonardo Rondon had two hits (single & triple), Marco Soto doubled.  Kotowski had three RBIs.  Raylin Heredia, Jehisbert Sevilla and Gavin Tonkel each singled.


Notes :


William Bergolla is really smooth at shortstop, glides to ground balls effortlessly.  He’s also baseball smart, I notice the little things, on Tuesday 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 and a short swing, hit hard line drives to both sides of the field.  Leonardo Rondon has similar qualities, he takes charge of the field, 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.


Pitchers :


Standout Stats :


Recap :


On Tuesday Mavis Graves started 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.  On Thursday Enrique Segura started on the hill and went two scoreless frames, one hit, one walk and two strikeouts.  Jesus Querales pitched two scoreless innings allowing just one hit, he struck out two and impressed by pitching out of an inherited bases loaded jam.  Malik Binns threw a perfect inning with one strikeout, Nicoly Pina struck out the side in a scoreless frame, one hit and one walk.  On Friday Jon Duplantier (two frames, two runs, one hit, two walks and three strikeouts), Zach Haake (two IP, one run, two hits, one walk, one strikeout), Jose Peña (two IP, one run, three hits, one walk, one strikeout), Konnor Ash (one scoreless IP, no hits, one walk, two strikeouts), Braeden Fausnaught (one IP, one run, one hit, no walks or strikeouts) and Oswald Medina (one IP, two runs, three hits, no walks or strikeouts) pitched.


Dominican Summer League Spring Training


Phillies Red : (1-1-1 for the week, 6-3-1 overall)


Scores :


Monday : 1-1 tie with Canadian Jr National team

Tuesday : 8-3 Wins vs Tigers1

Thursday : 4-3 Loss to Tigers1


Total Runs Scored : 12

Total Runs Against : 8


Position Players :


Recap :


On Monday 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.  On Tuesday Neify Rosario and Jose Leanez had two hits.  Leanez, Manolfi Jimenez and Jarol Martinez doubled.  Brahian Silva tripled.  Victor Cardozo and Andres Hernandez had two RBIs.  On Thursday Nolan Beltran and Eduardo Tait each doubled as part of the eight hits the Phillies collected in the game.  Juan Villavicencio, Manolfi Jimenez, Jaeden Calderon, Jarol Martinez, Dervin Andrade and Kilwer Colmenares each singled.


Pitchers :


Recap :


On Monday 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.  On Tuesday Juan Amarante, Jeffrey German and Adilson Peralta each pitched two scoreless innings, German and Peralta  struck out four batters apiece.  On Thursday Rainy Mota and Ramon Reyes each threw two scoreless innings allowing just one hit apiece, Reyes struck out five batters.  Naoel Mejia pitched a scoreless ninth inning and Joel Heredia pitched two innings allowing one run on two hits.



Phillies White : (2-1 for the week, 7-2-1 overall)


Scores :


Monday : 4-3 Loss to Braves

Tuesday : 7-6 Win vs Nationals

Thursday : 3 -2 Win vs Pirates2


Total Runs Scored : 13

Total Runs Against : 12


Position Players :


Recap :


On Monday 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. On Tuesday Jerffson Peña and Yhoan Escolana had two hits. Andres Tabares, Yhoan Escolona, Fernando Hernandez and Jose Marchan each doubled. Jerffson Peña tripled.  On Thursday Angel Mata homered, Starlyn Caba, Jerffson Pena and Yhoan Escalona each singled.  The team was held to just those four hits but also walked seven times, two each for Andres Tabares and Leny Carela.


Pitchers :


Recap :


On Monday Maxwell Hernandez and Javier Fuenmayor each pitched two innings in the contest, each yielded a run.  On Tuesday Ezequiel Ventura and Edwar Chirinos each pitched two scoreless innings.  On Thursday Luis Avila started and pitched two scoreless innings allowing one hit and two walks, he struck out four batters.  Eduar Fernandez pitched two perfect frames including two strikeouts.  Javier Fuenmayor and John Sosa each struck out the side in a perfect inning of work and Juan Melendez pitched a scoreless inning.


Happy Day, Happy Baseball ⚾️


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