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6/1/24 : May Standouts -Phillies Minor Leagues


The Phillies have historically issued “Player of the Month” awards in two categories - Hitter and Pitcher.  Below are a few nominations for the May awards 🤔🤓.


April Winners : Hitter - Casey Taylor - Reading & Pitcher - George Klassen - Clearwater


Hitter of the Month :


OF Jordan Viars (20 yrs old) - Clearwater - (2021 3rd round draft choice - Reedy HS, Frisco,Texas) - .322/.423/.627 slash line in 71 PA’s with a 1.050 OPS - 6 doubles, 4 home runs, 17 RBIs, 11 walks and 15 runs scored - on 5/30/24 hit three home runs including a grand slam and a single (4 for 4 👀), walked, posted nine RBIs and scored four runs.


3B/2B Otto Kemp (24 yrs old) - Jersey Shore - (signed as an un-drafted free agent 8/1/22 - Point Loma Nazarene University, Point Loma Nazarene, CA) - .337/.453/.581 slash line in 106 PA’s - 1.034 OPS with 7 doubles, 4 triples, 2 home runs and 13 RBIs.  He walked 15 times and scored 19 runs.


SS Aidan Miller (19 yrs old) - Clearwater - (2023 1st round draft selection - Mitchell High School, New Port Richey, FL) - .309/.478/.588 slash line in 90 PA’s - 1.066 OPS  with 10 doubles, 3 home runs, 16 RBIs, 17 walks and 15 runs scored.


C/1B Guillermo Rosario (19 yrs old) - FCL Phillies - (signed as an international free agent 7/25/22 - Dominican Republic) - posted a .299/.388/.567 slash line with an .955 OPS in 80 plate appearances with 5 doubles, 2 triples, 3 home runs and 18 RBIs with 13 runs scored.


2B/3B Aroon Escobar (19 yrs old) - FCL Phillies - (signed as an international free agent 1/15/22 - Venezuela) - .311/.488/.443 slash line in 82 PA’s - .931 OPS with 2 doubles, 2 home runs, 11 RBIs, 17 BB, 7 K’s, 7 SB, 20 runs scored.


IF Jose Rodriquez (23 yrs old) - Reading - (acquired from White Sox in 4/5/24 trade - was signed by White Sox in 2018 from Valverde, Dominican Republic) - .347/.375/.547 slash line with a .922 OPS in 80 PA’s.  He had 7 doubles, 1 triple, 2 home runs and 10 RBIs with 7 stolen bases.


OF David Dahl (30 yrs old) - Lehigh Valley - (signed as a minor league free agent 2/19/24) - .326/.383/.686 slash line in 94 PA’s with a 1.069 OPS.  He had 3 doubles, 2 triples, 8 home runs and 16 RBIs, scored 14 runs and posted 8 walks.


SS Starlyn Caba (18 yrs old) - FCL Phillies - (signed as an international free agent 1/15/23 - Dominican Republic) -  .286/.444/.413 slash line in 81 PA’s with a .857 OPS with 3 doubles, 1 triple, 1 home run and 7 RBIs - 18 BB, 6 K’s - 11 SB, 15 runs scored.


INF Trent Farquhar (23 yrs old) - Clearwater - (signed as an un-drafted free agent 7/1/23 - Michigan State) - .317/.506/.365 slash line in 87 PA’s - .871 OPS with 9 runs scored, 3 doubles, 6 RBIs, 22 walks and 4 SB.


OF/1B Leandro Pineda (21 yrs old) - Jersey Shore - (signed as an international free agent 7/6/18 from Valencia, Venezuela) - .330/.404/.462 slash line in 104 PA’s with a .866 OPS - 3 doubles, 3 home runs, 19 RBIs, 11 BB, 17 runs scored.


OF Marcus Lee Sang (23 yrs old) - Reading - (2019 11th round draft choice - Northern HS, Owings, MD) - .317/.349/.427 slash line in 86 PA’s - .776 OPS.  He hit 3 doubles, 2 home runs and had 7 RBIs.


C Andrick Nava (22 yrs old) - Jersey Shore - (signed as an intentional free agent 7/2/18 from Cabimas, Venezuela) - .349/.415/.512 slash line in 53 PA’s with 4 doubles, a triple, home run and 7 RBIs - scored 7 runs and walked 6 times.


OF Hendry Mendez (20 yrs old) - Jersey Shore - (acquired in a trade with Brewers 11/14/23 - signed by Brewers 1/15/21 - Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic) - .310/.491/.381 slash line in 57 PA’s with a .872 OPS - 1 double, 1 triple, 6 RBIs, 14 walks, 6 runs scored.


IF Nikau Pouaka-Grego (19 yrs old) - Clearwater - (signed as an international free agent 1/17/22 from Christchurch, New Zealand) - .304/.441/.457 slash line in 59 PA’s - .898 OPS with 4 doubles, 1 HR, 8 RBIs, 11 walks and 13 runs scored.


1B/DH Dakota Kotowski (24 yrs old) - Clearwater - (signed as an un-drafted free agent 7/25/22 - Missouri State University) - .316/.388/.509 slash line in 67 PA’s - .897 OPS with 3 doubles, 1 triple, 2 home runs and 16 RBIs, 7 walks and 13 runs scored.


1B/DH Keaton Anthony (22 yrs old) Clearwater - (signed as an un-drafted free agent 7/18/23 - University of Iowa) - .302/.456/.377 slash line in 68 PA’s - 4 doubles, 12 BB, 6 runs scored.


Pitcher of the Month :


LH Mavis Graves (20 yrs old) - Clearwater - (2022 6th round draft choice - Eastside HS, Taylors, SC) - posted a 2.95 ERA for the month (4 appearances - 3 starts - 1 bulk appearance) in 21.1 IP with a whopping 29 K’s and just 7 walks - had a 0.89 WHIP and finished the month with 13 consecutive scoreless innings (16 without giving up an earned run).


RH Daniel Harper (24 yrs old) - Jersey Shore - (2022 17th round draft choice - University of Kentucky) - appeared in 10 games as a reliever (11.1 IP) with a 0.79  ERA and 0.53 WHIP with 3 saves - 13 K’s, 2 BB - opponents hit  .108 against him.


RH Gunner Mayer (23 yrs old) - Jersey Shore - (2019 5th round draft choice - San Joaquin Delta JC, CA) - appeared in 7 games as a reliever (9.2 IP) with a 0.93 ERA and 0.72 WHIP - 3 saves - opponents hit  .069 against him.


RH George Klassen (22 yrs old) - Clearwater - (2023 6th round draft choice - University of Minnesota) - 0.69 ERA in 4 starts (13 IP) with 19 K’s and 3 walks - 1.23 WHIP - .260 BAA.


RH Carlos Francisco (24 yrs old) - Reading - (2019 28th round draft choice - Hillsborough CC, FL) - appeared in 7 games (12.1 IP) with a 0.73 ERA,  0.57 WHIP - 15 K’s, 2 BB - opponents hit  .119 against him.


RH Cristian Hernandez (23 yrs old) - Reading/Jersey Shore - (signed 7/9/17 as an international free agent - Cumana, Venezuela) - 1.62 ERA in 8 appearances (11.1 IP), 15 K’s, 2 BB, 0.81 WHIP


LH Juan Amarante (20 yrs old) - FCL Phillies - (signed 1/28/22 as an international free agent - Venezuela) - 1.38 ERA in 7 appearances - 13 IP, 1.15 WHIP, 20 K’s, 11 BB - .100 BAA


RH Konnor Ash (25 yrs old) - Reading - (signed on 7/20/21 as an un-drafted free agent - University of Missouri) - made 5 appearances (4 as an opener) - 1.38 ERA in 12.1 IP - 15 K’s, 2 BB - .217 BAA


RH Max Lazar (24 yrs old) - Reading/Lehigh Valley - (signed as a free agent 12/8/23 from Brewers - was Milwaukee’s 11th round draft choice in 2017 - Coral Springs HS, Coral Springs,FL) - made 8 appearances (9 IP) posting a 2.00 ERA with 11 K’s and 2 walks - a 0.88 WHIP.


LH Andrew Walling (24 yrs old) - Jersey Shore - (signed as an un-drafted free agent 8/1/22 - Mississippi State) - 1.54 ERA in 10 appearances (11.2 IP) with a .079 BAA - 14 K’s, 10 BB, 1.11 WHIP


RH Drew Garrett (23 yrs old) - Clearwater - (2022 19th round draft choice - University of Missouri) - 1.74 ERA in 7 appearances (10.1 IP) with 15 K’s, 11 BB, .118 BAA, 1.45 WHIP.


RH Michael Mercado (25 yrs old) - Lehigh Valley - (acquired in trade with Rays 11/6/23 - was Rays 2nd round draft choice in 2017 draft) - 1.45 ERA in 5 starts (18.2 IP) with 17 K’s, 14 walks - 1.45 WHIP - opponents hit .203 against him.


Happy Day, Happy Baseball ⚾️





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