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6/2/23 : Minor League Roundup

International League ( AAA ) -  Lehigh Valley 6 (27-27) Scranton Wilkes Barre 3 (27-28)

Allentown, PA - Coca-Cola Park

Summary :

SWB scored a run in the first inning on a walk and two singles.

Scott Kingery walked in the bottom of the first, advanced to second on a ground out and scored on a single by Dustin Peterson.

Billy McKinney hit a two run home run for SWB in the second inning.

Dustin Peterson homered in the fourth inning. Jim Haley walked, went to third on a single by Jhailyn Ortiz and scored on a single by Vimael Machin.

Scott Kingery singled in the fifth inning, went to third on a single by Darick Hall and then scored on a ground out.

The IronPigs loaded the bases in the 8th inning on a walk, single (Simon Muzziotti) and catchers interference.  Jhailyn Ortiz hit a sac fly to score a run.

On the Hill :

Noah Skirrow went 5 2/3 innings, three runs, four hits, five walks and two strikeouts.  Taylor Lehman, Erich Uelmen, Andrew Bellatti and Ben Bowden pitched scoreless relief behind him.

At the Bat :

Dustin Peterson had two hits including a home run.

Did Ya Know?

“The IronPigs have the most save opportunites in the entirety of the minors (30), but also have the most blown saves (20). 15 different pitchers have had a save opportunity for the 'Pigs and 13 of those arms have recorded at least one blown save. Only Jace Vines (1/1) and Luis Ortiz (2/2) have emerged unscathed.” - from Media notes supplied by Sam Jellinek - Iron Pigs Manager of Broadcasting and Media Relations

Eastern League ( AA) -  New Hampshire 4 (25-23) Reading 1 (19-29)

Manchester, NH - Delta Dental Stadium

Summary :

Three singles by Madison Stokes, Carlos De La Cruz and Johan Rojas scored a run in the third inning.

Damiano Palmegiani homered for New Hampshire to lead off the bottom of the 4th inning. Two walks and a single loaded the bases, a sac fly scored a run.

New Hampshire loaded the bases on two singles and a walk in the 7th inning, a run scored on a wild pitch, another one on a sac fly.

On the Hill :

Mick Abel went six innings, two runs, four hits, four walks, seven strikeouts - threw 98 pitches - three of his walks came in one inning (4th) but he battled thru it, the other five frames he was in command of the zone - threw the ball well this evening 🔥.  Tyler McKay struck out the side in a scoreless 8th inning.

At the Bat :

Ethan Wilson doubled.

Did Ya Know?

Ethan Wilson’s three extra base hits last night were a season and career high for the Phillies 14th-ranked prospect. Reading went 12-14 in May, compared to 6-14 in April. The R-Phils hit .266 in May, compared .245 in April and scored 5.8 runs per game in May, compared to just 4.1 per game in April.” - from Media notes supplied by Jake Starr - Fightins Media Relations and Press Box Manager

South Atlantic League ( High A ) - Jersey Shore 5 (25-22) Brooklyn 4 (21-26) - 11 innings

Lakewood, NJ - ShoreTown Ballpark

Summary :

Cristian Pache walked in the bottom of the first, stole second and scored on a single by Rafael Marchan.

Brooklyn scored a run in the second inning on a walk and RBI double by Eduardo Salazar. They scored a run in the fourth on a home run by Mateo Gil.

Rixon Wingrove singled in the seventh, advanced to second when Freylin Minyety reached on an error and scored on a single by Leandro Pineda. Jared Carr hit a sac fly to score a run.  Nick Ward singled to score Pineda.

Brooklyn loaded the bases in the 8th on three singles. William Lugo hit into a 6-4-3 double play and a run scored. Mateo Gil singled to tie the game.

The game went into extra innings.

Freylin Minyety delivered the game winning walk off hit, a single in the 11th to score placed runner Arturo DeFreitas!

On the Hill :

Gunner Mayer went five innings, two runs, four hits, one walk, seven strikeouts - good stuff. Carlos Betancourt went two and two thirds. Jordi Martinez went two and one third scoreless innings, two hits, one walk and five strikeouts 🔥.  Chase Antle pitched a scoreless 11th inning, two walks, two strikeouts, he pitched out of a bases loaded jam.

At the Bat :

Leandro Pineda had two hits, Jared Carr doubled.

Did Ya Know?

“Coming into tonight’s game the BlueClaws stayed two games back of first place Hudson Valley with both teams losing on Wednesday night.  Jersey Shore picked up 1.5 games on the Renegades (who will be in Lakewood next week) with their double-header sweep on Wednesday night combined with the Renegades loss to Aberdeen.  At just two games out of first place, the BlueClaws are the closest they’ve been since they were two games out after just six games.” - from Media notes supplied by Greg Giombarrese - BlueClaws Director of Communications

Florida State League ( Low A )  Clearwater 4 (35-13) Dunedin 1 (24-25)

Clearwater, FL - BayCare Ballpark

Summary :

Emaarion Boyd led off the bottom of the first with a single and advanced to second on a throwing error.  He went to third on a wild pitch and scored on a sac fly by Bryan Rincon.

Bryan Rincon doubled in the fourth inning and scored on a single by Felix Reyes.

Ricardo Rosario singled in the 5th inning, stole second base and scored on a single by Erick Brito. Brito went to second on the throw home, he then stole third base and scored on a throwing error.

Two walks and two singles scored a run for Dunedin in the ninth inning.

On the Hill :

Jean Cabrera was very good, six innings, no runs, five hits, two walks and four strikeouts.  He threw five different pitches, fastball sat 94 to 95 mph, was primarily a sinker and slider pitcher tonight - good stuff.  Wen Hui Pan (94 to 99 mph fastball) pitched three innings to finish it, one run on two hits, two walks and four strikeouts.

At the Bat :

Erick Brito had two hits, scored a run and drove in one. Bryan Rincon doubled and walked.

Notes :

The game was played in a swift two hours and one minute 👀

Did Ya Know?

Gabriel Cotto earned his first win of the 2023 season last evening.  He is now 6-6 in 29 career games as a Thresher. Jack Dallas took sole possession of second place in the league with his sixth save. Two of his six saves have come against Dunedin. Felix Reyesextended his on-base streak to ten games.  Bryan Rincon’s inside the park home run moved him into a tie for the team lead with five.  Four strikeouts were the fewest by the Threshers staff in a win this season.  They have now won 20 of their last 21 games at BayCare Ballpark. Ryan Leitch threw out both potential base stealers at second.” - 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 this morning, we watched lefty Jhordany Mezquita’s.  He threw about 25 pitches, good movement and pop, Jhordany has really added a great deal of muscle and strength during his rehab training, he was topping out at 94 mph before he had TJ surgery last June, now nearly a year later he’s back in the early stages of his mound rehab effort and seemed to be around that number today, with the added strength and improved conditioning the 25 year old looks to excel when he fully returns.

Seven pitchers threw live bullpen sessions, once again we were very impressed by 20 year old right hander Micah Ottenbreit. He commanded the zone today after struggling a bit with that in last week’s session.  Velocity and mix were what stood out, he had a nice slider/curve and the fastball was darting.  I’ve said before he reminds me a lot of Andy Ashby back in the day.  Really smooth mechanics and an easy flow, minimum effort and ball has life and jump at the plate, excited to see what he can become for sure.  Another couple names to keep in mind, two right handers - Drew Garrett and Daniel Harper, both power pitchers that if able to throw strikes have the velocity to put batters away.  We saw Dominic Pipkin throw for second time today, really good mechanics, not rushed, while I don’t think he’s back full tilt yet he did let a few fly that popped the mitt, big fella who’s always been one of my favorites, he’s now 23 years old, was drafted out of high school in 2018 as a power arm, size is imposing on the hill, he’s another we eagerly await seeing back in action, when he’s on he can dominate batters.  We’ve seen Elicier Bata in a couple sessions now, large framed 19 year old at 6’3”, the right hander from Venezuela has some energy on his pitches, has been consistent within the zone both times we’ve seen him, there’s hints of higher velocity from his arm action, it’s got a look of getting on hitters quickly, will definitely be interested in his progress.

Extended Spring Training Game @ Blue Jays Complex - Dunedin, FL :

Phillies 7 (12-5-5) Blue Jays 5

William Bergolla finished extended spring training with a bang going 3 for 3 with a walk, he scored twice and had an RBI. Dakota Kotowski had two hits including a home run and two RBIs, when the big fella hits em they go a long way.  Marco Soto doubled and walked in four plate appearances and scored a run. Yhoswar Garcia and Yemal Flores singled, the team had eight hits and six walks.

Zach Haake started and pitched three innings, three runs (two earned) on three hits and a walk, he yielded a home run.  Daniel Mejia went three scoreless, two hits, four walks, one strikeout.  Mitch Neunborn tossed a perfect frame, one strikeout.  Eiberson Castellano threw an inning, two runs, one hit, one walk, three strikeouts.  Nicoly Pina closed with a scoreless frame, no hits, one walk and two strikeouts.

Tomorrow marks the end of extended spring training camp, Florida Complex League games start on Monday. I’ll post a preview article on Sunday.

System Transactions :

Lehigh Valley : 1B Darick Hall's rehab assignment has been transferred from the Clearwater Threshers

Jersey Shore : OF Cristian Pache assigned to roster on rehab.

Clearwater : RHP Alex Rao placed on the seven-day injured list.

Happy Day, Happy Baseball ⚾️

Mick Abel, Dustin Peterson, Jordi Martinez, Jean Cabrera & Gunner Mayer - Photos by Cheryl Pursell, Mark Wylie, Rebecca Alexander, George Youngs Jr and Michael Dolcemascolo

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