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6/13/23 : Minor League Roundup


International League ( AAA ) -  Toledo 8 (27-36) Lehigh Valley 7 (32-30)

Allentown, PA - Coca-Cola Park


Summary :


Parker Meadows homered for Toledo in the first inning, Justyn-Henry Malloy went back to back.


Michael Papierski hit a two run tater for Toledo in the second inning.


Toledo added a run in the fourth on a single and double.


Weston Wilson tripled in the fifth and scored on a single by Cristian Pache.  Rafael Marchan walked, Jim Haley singled & Pache scored on a throwing error on the play.  Jake Cave singled to score two runs.


Toledo scored twice in the seventh on two doubles, a walk and single.


Jake Cave singled in the 8th, Weston Wilson walked.  Cristian Pache homered to score three and tie the game.


Toledo scored a run in the 9th on two singles and an error.


On the Hill :


Bailey Falter went one and one third innings, four runs on four hits. Jesus Cruz went two and one third, one run.  Jeremy Walker pitched an inning and a third scoreless.  Jacob Barnes pitched a scoreless inning, only a walk allowed.


At the Bat :


Cristian Pache had two hits (single & HR) and four RBIs.  Weston Wilson had two hits (single & triple) and two walks.  Jake Cave singled twice.



Eastern League ( AA) -  Reading 14 (22-35) Hartford 2 (24-33)

Reading, PA - FirstEnergy Stadium


Summary :


Ethan Wilson hit a two run home run in the second inning.


Hartford scored in the fourth on two singles and a passed ball.


Matt Kroon homered in the bottom of the fourth. Singles by Casey Martin, Ethan Wilson and Cody Roberts scored a run.  Madison Stokes walked, Johan Rojas singled to score a run. Nick Podkul singled, Matt Kroon doubled to knock in two more. Casey Martin singled to score two and Ethan Wilson homered to plate two - a ten run inning!


Carlos De La Cruz and Nick Podkul homered in the fifth inning.


Two singles and an error scored a Hartford run in the seventh.


On the Hill :


Victor Vargas went six innings, one unearned run on three hits, one walk, two strikeouts - great job!  Adam Leverett pitched an inning.  Max Kuhns threw a scoreless frame, Tyler McKay finished with a scoreless ninth.


At the Bat :


Ethan Wilson had three hits (single and two home runs, four RBIs).  Johan Rojas had three hits (two singles & triple) raising his average to .307.  Five players had two hits; Carlos De La Cruz, Nick Podkul (single & HR), Matt Kroon (double & HR), Casey Martin and Cody Roberts.



Did Ya Know?


“June 13, 2007: At Binghamton, Mike Costanzo’s two home runs and three RBI spark the R-Phils to a 6-1 win over the Mets. Landon Jacobsen gives up five hits and one run over 7.0 innings for the victory.” - from Media notes supplied by Jake Starr - Fightins Media Relations and Press Box Manager


South Atlantic League ( High A ) - Wilmington 7 (27-30) Jersey Shore 0 (29-28)

Wilmington, DE - Frawley Stadium


Summary :


Viandel Pena doubled to score a run for Wilmington in the second inning.


Wilmington scored a fourth inning run on three singles. They scored another in the fifth on a single and double.


Wilmington scored two in the seventh on an error and three singles. Two more scored on a lost in the lights fly ball to center field which was scored a single.


On the Hill :


Carlos Betancourt went three and one third innings in relief, two runs on five hits. Wesley Moore struck out two in a perfect inning.  Orion Kerkering pitched a scoreless inning.


At the Bat :


Marcus Lee Sang had two hits.



Did Ya Know?


Nick Ward has led off 39 games for the BlueClaws so far this season and enters the day 7th in the league with a .401 OBP having drawn 38 walks on the year. Ward has 17 stolen bases on the season without being caught.” - from Media notes supplied by Greg Giombarrese - BlueClaws Director of Communications


Florida State League ( Low A )  Clearwater 10 (41-16 ) Tampa 4 (26-32)

Clearwater, FL - BayCare Ballpark


Summary :


Bryan Rincon walked in the first inning, stole second and scored on a subsequent ground out and throwing error.


Tampa scored in the second inning as they loaded the bases on a double and two walks, a sac fly plated a run.


Matt Pita knocked in two runs for Tampa in the third inning with a triple.


Clearwater scored six in the fourth, they loaded the bases on singles by Emaarion Boyd and Jordan Dissin along with a walk to Otto Kemp. William Bergolla singled to score a run.  Felix Reyes hit a grand slam to plate four. Ricardo Rosario tripled and then scored on a ball.


Emaarion Boyd singled in the 5th inning and scored on a triple by Otto Kemp.  William Bergolla singled to score Kemp.


Cade Fergus tripled in the sixth and scored on a sac fly by Bryan Rincon.


Daury Arias homered for Tampa in the seventh.


On the Hill :


Jonathan Petit went four innings, three runs on four hits.  Andrew Walling went two scoreless frames. Wen Hui Pan pitched two innings, one run.  Daniel Harper closed it with a scoreless ninth, one hit, two strikeouts.


At the Bat :


Emaarion Boyd and William Bergolla each had two hits.  Ricardo Rosario, Cade Fergus and Otto Kemp doubled. Felix Reyes hit a grand slam home run.



Did Ya Know?


“The Threshers became the first minor league team to clinch a playoff spot in 2023. Since 1986, back when they were the Clearwater Phillies, the Threshers have now reached the playoffs nine times, with four coming since 2004 as the Clearwater Threshers in 2007, 2015, 2018 and now 2023. In those nine appearances, the Threshers won the Florida State League Championship in 2007 and the Clearwater Phillies won it in 1993.” - from Media notes supplied by Josh Sperber - broadcast voice of the Clearwater Threshers


Florida Complex League :


Blue Jays 9 (2-5) Phillies 8 (5-2)

@ Carpenter Complex, Clearwater, FL


Summary :


The Blue Jays scored two first inning runs on a fielding error, two singles and a walk.


Raylin Heredia led off the bottom of the first inning with a double, he advanced to third on a single by Marco Soto and scored on a sac fly by Junior Marin.


A walk, single and wild pitch scored a Blue Jays run in the third inning.   They scored a run in the fourth on a single and double and three in the seventh on two walks, a single, hit batter and sac fly.


A walk and three singles scored two Blue Jays runs in the 8th inning.


The Phillies loaded the bases in the 8th inning, Albert Rodriquez and Junior Marin singled, Dakota Kotowski walked.  A run scored on a ground out. A hit batter and walk forced in a run.  Jehisbert Sevilla singled to score a run, a wild pitch scored another and a single by Raylin Heredia plated the fifth run of the inning.


Dakota Kotowski singled in the ninth inning and scored on a double by Santiago Torres. The game ended on a pitch clock violation against Jackie Pertuz as he was rung up for not being ready in the allotted time.


On the Hill :


Mavis Graves started and pitched two innings, Yoniel Ramirez pitched two scoreless frames, two hits, one walk and three strikeouts. Francisco Morales, Nicoly Pina each threw an inning, Eric Garcia threw two frames.  Saul Teran threw a perfect inning and struck out the side.


At the Bat :


Marco Soto and Raylin Heredia each had two hits (single & double). Baron Radcliff and Ezra Farmer doubled.



Dominican Summer League :


Tigers2  8 (2-5) Phillies Red 7 (3-4)

@ Phillies Training Complex


Summary :


The Phillies loaded the bases in the first inning on a single, hit batter and fielding error.  A wild pitch scored the first run, a balk scored another.  Two fielding errors scored two more.


The Tigers scored four runs in the third inning on two singles, a walk, a hit batter and a three run triple by William Berti.


After two walks put Phillies runners on base in the 4th inning Renair Manrique doubled to score a run. Juan Villavicencio singled to score two more.


The Tigers scored three runs in the 5th on two walks, two singles, and a hit batter.  They scored a run in the 8th on a hit batter, wild pitch and throwing error.


On the Hill :


Five pitchers threw in the game, Claudio Gatier went two and two thirds scoreless, no hits, one walk, four strikeouts.


At the Bat :


Renair Manrique and Juan Villavicencio each had two hits, Manrique doubled and Villavicencio tripled.  Dervine Andrade doubled.



LAD Mega 2 (3-4) Phillies White 1 (5-2)

@ Dodgers Training Complex


Summary :


The Dodgers scored two in the seventh on a home run by Edwin Sanchez.


Aroon Escobar walked in the 8th inning, stole second and third and scored on a single by Jerffson Peña.


On the Hill :


Danyony Pulido pitched four scoreless, two hits, two walks and five strikeouts.  Cristian Diaz threw two scoreless frames. John Sosa pitched the final two innings.


At the Bat :


Starlyn Caba had two of the team’s five hits, he singled and doubled.



Player Development Center :


Five rehab pitchers threw side bullpens : Dominic Pipken, Christian McGowan,McKinley Moore, Andrew Painter and Micah Ottenbreit.  Two threw live BP sessions : Noah Song and Elicier Bata.


System Transactions :


Lehigh Valley : RHP Jake Jewell released, INF Vimael Machin released.


Reading : RHP Jake Thompson signed to a minor league contract.  He’s 28 years old and was the 4th round draft selection of the Boston Red Sox in the 2017 draft from Oregon State.  He’s a reliever who had been pitching for AAA level Worcester this season before being released on May 18th.  He’s another “big arm” pitcher whose fastball has reached 97 mph, he’s also got a slider and splitter and throws both a two seam and four seam heater.


Jersey Shore : INF Hao-Yu Lee reinstated from the 7-day IL. INF Uziel Viloria placed on the Development List. 


Clearwater : INF Matt Alifano and OF Tony Schreffler promoted from the FCL Phillies.


Matt (22 years old) was signed on 7/25/22 as an un-drafted free agent from Adelphi University.  He played with the Threshers last season appearing in 15 games.  This year he participated in extended spring training and posted a high OBP (.578) as he recorded 8 hits and 16 walks in 45 plate appearances, he hit .308.  He also made quite a few strong standout defensive plays at second base. In this year’s FCL play he’s went 4 for 12 and has posted a .385 OBP appearing defensively at second, shortstop and third base. I’d expect him to have a similar role with the Threshers playing multiple infield positions.


Schreffler is a 22 year old and began this year with the Jersey Shore BlueClaws before being transferred to the Player Development Training Center in early June to work on offensive approach.  Drafted in the 15th round of the 2022 draft from the University of Maryland he’s got outstanding speed and is a strong defender at any of the three outfield positions.  Troy stole nine bases in the 19 games he played at Jersey Shore this season and posted a .379 OBP in 58 plate appearances showing a good eye capturing 12 walks.  The coaching staff has been working with him to be able to drive the ball more, there’s pop in the bat which if unlocked and coupled with his speed can produce gap to gap results.  He will get the chance to deliver with the Threshers where he played in 27 games last season.


Note :


Beginning tomorrow I will be taking a three week hiatus, during that time I won’t be posting daily minor league roundups in the same manner.  I suggest reading each of the affiliated websites, if you aren’t already, for detailed coverage.  It’s my intention to return to my regular posting process in early July.


Happy Day, Happy Baseball ⚾️


Victor Vargas, Ethan Wilson & Felix Reyes - photos by Rebecca Alexander & George Youngs Jr


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