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7/11/22 : Week Fourteen Minor League Review ( 7/4 to 7/10 )

7/11/22 : Week Fourteen Minor League Review ( 7/4 to 7/10 )


Position Players of the Week :


IF/OF Dalton Guthrie - Lehigh Valley - 9 for 23 ( .391 )  - 2 doubles,  HR, 7 RBIs - he’s hitting .344/.417/.563 for the month in 8 games with 4 doubles, a home run and 8 RBIs. Just featured in my spotlight article on Saturday https://www.philliesbaseballfan.com/post/7-9-22-spotlight-series-guthrie-mckay   Dalton is having a very strong season hitting .289 in 204 AB’s and has played multiple defensive positions.


OF Johan Rojas - Reading - 9 for 25 ( .360 ) with a double, triple, home run and three RBIs. - .407 OBP for the week.   He also stole two bases.  Since being promoted to Reading from Jersey Shore on 6/30/22  he’s slashed .341/438/.512 in ten games played.  For the season Johan has 39 stolen bases in 40 attempts combined with his time at Jersey Shore.  The mercurial 21 year old continues to play stellar defense, he’s already posted two outfield assists with Reading.  Has all the defensive tools, speed, arm, range, glove and gets outstanding jumps and reads.  Offensively he uses his plus plus speed to beat out infield hits that others would not, is not shy about using the bunt as a weapon as well.  Since his promotion we’ve seen him drive the ball harder, it’s always been there - he led both the Gulf Coast League and New York Penn League in triples back in 2019.  We remember one day on the backfields that season when he was on deck waiting to hit and I was near by taking photos - he asked me if I was the Facebook guy, I acknowledged and he smiled - said I was “pretty good” 🤓.  I told him then and it’s showing now that he’s pretty good too 😁 - this week we’ve seen yet another clip of the potential this young man possesses - big league skill set.


IF Wendell Rijo - Reading - 8 for 21 ( .380 ) with 6 walks, a double and three RBIs - .518 OBP for the week - he’s hitting .346 for the month in 26 AB’s with a .486 OBP - 26 years old from the Dominican Republic signed as a minor league free agent on 12/20/21. Has played second and third base this season for the Fightin’s.


OF/1B Carlos De La Cruz - Jersey Shore - OF Carlos De La Cruz - 9 for 23 ( .391 ) with 3 doubles, a home run and three RBIs.  He’s hitting .346 for the month in 26 AB’s with a .393 OBP and .577 slugging percentage.  For the season he’s posted a solid .268 batting average in 157 AB’s with a .339 OBP.  Carlos is 22 years old and was signed as an un-drafted free agent on 8/23/17 from New York.  We were privy to see him early on in Gulf Coast League play and noted that he’s got tremendous power, when he hits it square the ball goes a long way.  Consistency has been an issue, to date this season that’s been very much improved.


L to R - top to bottom - Dalton Guthrie ( photo by Cheryl Pursell ),Carlos De La Cruz ( photo by Michael Dill ) - Johan Rojas & Wendell Rijo ( photos by George Youngs Jr )



Pitcher of the Week :


LH Michael Plassmeyer - Lehigh Valley  - 6 1/3 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 0 BB, 5 K’s - 74 pitches - 56 strikes - was very efficient in his start on July 9th - retired 8 in a row at one point.  The 25 year old was acquired in a trade on 6/8/22 from the San Francisco Giants in exchange for catcher Austin Wynns.  Plassmeyer was the 4th round draft selection of the Seattle Mariners in the 2018 draft from the University of Missouri. The Mariners traded him to the Rays in 2018 and the Rays dealt him to the Giants in 2021.  He is a command-over-stuff pitcher, does not overpower opposing hitters as his fastball sits in the low-90’s that he pairs with a curveball and a changeup. The changeup is the better of his two secondary offerings.  Had it all working this  past week.



Michael Plassmeyer - photo by Cheryl Pursell


Other Position Player standouts :


Reading :


OF Jhailyn Ortiz - 6 for 18 ( .333 ) with 3 doubles, a home run and three RBIs.


Clearwater :


OF Marcus Lee Sang - 7 for 21 ( .333 ) - 1 HR, 4 RBIs - 2 SB

1B Micah Yonamine - 7 for 22 ( .318 ) with two doubles. Hitting .313 for the month in 32 AB’s

IF Nick Maton - 5 for 17 ( .294 ) in 4 rehab games - 1 double, 4 RBIs

OF Justin Williams - 4 for 11 ( .363 ) in three rehab games ( 2 with FCL, 1 with Threshers ) - 2 doubles & HR


FCL Phillies :


1B/OF Felix Reyes  was 6 for 12 ( .500 ) with a double, two home runs and four RBIs ( includes Saturday’s suspended game ).  The 21 year old from Bani, Dominican Republic has shown great strength and power - consistent contact is his continued focus but the big fella ( 6’4” ) can drive the baseball a very long way.



Felix Reyes home run vs Blue Jays on Saturday - photo by Mark Wylie


DSL Phillies Red :



IF Marco Soto - 3 for 10 ( .300 ) - with a triple and 2 RBIs.  The 18 year old from Maturin, Venezuela is hitting .421 in 19 July AB’s and .310 in 71 AB’s for the season with a .398 OBP.  He signed on February 2nd, 2021.


C Jorge Mendez - 4 for 7 ( .571 ) with a walk and 3 stolen bases in two games.  From Maracay, Venezuela, 18 years old - signed 8/2/19.  Is hitting .500 in 34 AB’s for the season in limited action.


DSL Phillies White :



OF Manolfi Jimenez - 6 for 15 ( .400 ) with a double, home run and three RBIs. The 17 year old from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic was signed on 1/15/22 and is hitting .321 in 81 AB’s with a .364 OBP for the season.


OF Raylin Heredia - 4 for 10 ( .400) with 3 doubles and 4 RBIs.  Signed on 2/2/21 from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic he’s posted a .357 OBP this season and has 18 RBIs in 22 games - 18 yrs old.


OF Dariam Gutierrez - 3 for 10 ( .300 ) with a triple and two walks.  The 20 year old from La Habana, Cuba was signed  on 12/5/21 and has a .397 OBP in 19 games played with 8 stolen bases, he’s hitting .275 in 51 AB’s with 2 doubles, a triple and a home run.  Is 20 years old.


Other Pitching standouts :


Starters :


Reading :


LH Ethan Lindow - 6 2/3 IP, 3 R, 6 H, 0 BB, 5 K’s - 89 pitches - 60 strikes - threw very well - retired 8 in a row at one point.


Jersey Shore :


RH Andrew Painter - 3 perfect innings - 36 pitches - 25 strikes ( 70 % ) - fastball reached 99-100 mph consistently, showed both a big break hook and sharp slider. Excellent outing - dominant.

RH Ben Brown - 5 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 1 BB, 8 K’s - 88 pitches - 62 strikes

RH Dominic Pipkin - 5 IP, 4 R - 1 earned, 4 H, 3 BB, 3 K’s - 81 pitches - 46 strikes


Clearwater :


LH Gabriel Cotto - 5 IP, 3 R - 2 earned, 6 H, 2 BB, 4 K’s - 79 pitches - 49 strikes

LH Jordi Martinez - 5 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 1 BB, 4 K’s - 69 pitches - 48 strikes


FCL Phillies :


RH Jaydenn Estanista - 3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 BB, 3 K’s


DSL Phillies White :


RH Maxwell Hernandez - 5 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 1 BB, 2 K’s


Relievers :


Lehigh Valley :


RH James Marvell - two appearances - 5 1/3 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 1 BB, 7 K’s - 89 pitches - 55 strikes


H JoJo Romero - three appearances - 2 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 2 K’s - 31 pitches - 24 strikes

LH Braedon Ogle - three appearances - 3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 2 K’s - 38 pitches - 27 strikes

RH Nick Duron - three appearances - 3 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 0 BB, 3 K’s - 32 pitches - 23 strikes


RH James Dykstra - two appearances - 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 BB, 1 K - 37 pitches - 19 strikes

RH Joe Gatto - two appearances - 2 2/3 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 0 BB, 3 K’s - 32 pitches - 22 strikes

RH Connor Brogdon - two rehab appearances - 2 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 0 BB, 4 K’s - 32 pitches - 22 strikes

LH Jakob Hernandez - two appearances -2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 BB, 4 K’s - 32 pitches - 23 strikes


RH Aaron Barrett - 1 perfect IP - 13 pitches - 8 strikes - retired afterwards


James Marvel - photo by Cheryl Pursell



Reading :


RH Billy Sullivan - two appearances - 3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 BB, 6 K’s - 61 pitches - 34 strikes

RH Braden Zarbnisky - two appearances - 3 2/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 6 K’s - 44 pitches - 35 strikes

RH Matt Seelinger - two appearances - 2 2/3 IP, 1 unearned R, 2 H, 2 BB, 4 K’s - 47 pitches - 28 strikes

RH Francisco Morales - two appearances - 2 1/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 BB, 4 K’s - 46 pitches - 28 strikes

RH McKinley Moore - two appearances - 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 BB, 3 K’s - 21 pitches - 13 strikes

LH Brian Marconi - two appearances - 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 2 BB, 2 K’s - 39 pitches - 30 strikes


RH Bubby Rossman - 3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 4 K’s - 44 pitches - 34 strikes - opener

RH Jack Perkins - 2 1/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 BB, 3 K’s - 35 pitches - 21 strikes


LH Erik Miller - 1 Perfect IP - 2 K’s - 14 pitches - 8 strikes - returned to action after long absence


Jersey Shore :


RH Albertus Barber - three appearances - 3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 BB, 3 K’s - 49 pitches - 30 strikes

RH Aidan Anderson - three appearances - 2 2/3 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 2 BB, 1 K  - 64 pitches - 40 strikes

RH Andrew Schultz - two appearances - 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 BB, 4 K’s - 35 pitches - 18 strikes

RH Jason Ruffcorn - two appearances - 3 IP, 1 earned R, 2 H, 3 BB, 6 K’s - 76 pitches - 46 strikes


Clearwater :


LH Tristan Garnett - two appearances - 3 perfect IP - 2 K’s - 29 pitches - 21 strikes

RH Victor Lopez - two appearances - 2 1/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 BB, 1 K - 27 pitches - 15 strikes

RH Sam Jacobsak - two appearances - 3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 BB, 3 K’s - 37 pitches - 27 strikes

LH Gabriel Yanez - two appearances - 3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 3 K’s - 41 pitches - 24 strikes

RH Rodolfo Sanchez  - two appearances - 3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 2 BB, 3 K’s - 53 pitches - 35 strikes


LH Taylor Lehman - 2 perfect IP - 2 K’s - 23 pitches - 15 strikes

LH Matt Osterberg - 2 IP, 0 R, 5 H, 0 BB, 1 K - 28 pitches - 20 strikes


LH Jared Wetherbee - 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H,  0 BB, 2 K’s - 19 pitches - 11 strikes

RH Carlos Betancourt - 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 0 K’s - 14 pitches - 8 strikes

RH Alex Garbrick - 1 perfect IP - 2 K’s - 13 pitches - 9 strikes

RH Trevor Bettencourt - 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 BB, 1 K - 15 pitches - 8 strikes


FCL Phillies :


RH Gunner Mayer - 3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 BB, 5 K’s - activated by Clearwater later in the week

RH Jose Pena Jr - 4 2/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 BB, 6 K’s

RH Daniel Mejia - 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 1 HB, 0 K’s

LH Sergio Sanchez - 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 BB, 3 K’s


DSL Phillies Red :


RH Carlos Millan - 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 2 K’s

RH Josbel Garcia - 3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 1 K

LH Ronny Ramirez - 2 IP, 1 R, 0 H, 3 BB, 1 HB, 2 K’s

LH Jared Loyo - two appearances - 3 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 6 BB, 2 K’s

RH Jesus Querales - two appearances - 2 2/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 BB, 2 K’s - stranded inherited bases loaded second game


DSL Phillies White :


RH Sal Alcala - 3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 K

RH Hermes Astudillo - 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 3 K’s

RH Diego Linares - 2 1/3 IP - retired all 7 batters faced - 5 K’s



2022 season win/loss records :


Lehigh Valley went 3-3 during the week and is 45-39 overall

Reading went 3-3 during the week and is 36-45 overall, 7-5 second half

Jersey Shore went 0-6 during the week and is 27-53 overall, 2-12 second half

Clearwater went 3-3 during the week and is 40-40 overall, 5-10 second half

FCL Phillies went 2-3 during the week and is 10-13 overall

DSL Phillies Red went 1-3 during the week and is 15-9 overall

DSL Phillies White went 3-1 during the week and is 14-10 overall



This coming week’s schedule :

AAA - Lehigh Valley will visit Charlotte ( White Sox affiliate )

AA - Reading will host New Hampshire ( Blue Jays affiliate )

High A : Jersey Shore will visit Aberdeen ( Orioles affiliate )

Low A : Clearwater will visit Fort Myers ( Twins affiliate )


Florida Complex League opens - home games - 7/12 ( Yankees ) & 7/16 ( Tigers ) - away 7/11 ( Blue Jays  ), 7/14 ( Yankees ) 7/15 ( Tigers )


Dominican Summer League  :

Phillies White plays this week - Giants Orange ( 7/11 ), PIT Black ( 7/12 ), Tampa Bay ( 7/14 ), Rockies ( 7/15 ), Tigers1 ( 7/16 )

Phillies Red plays this week - Tigers1 ( 7/11 ), Tex Blue ( 7/12 ), Tigers2 ( 7/13), Tigers1 ( 7/14 ), KC Stewart ( 7/15 ), Tex Red ( 7/16 )



Minor League Player Awards to Date :


Ethan Wilson - Bill Giles Award - Spring Training

Oswald Medina - Larry Rojas Award - Spring Training


Darick Hall - Phillies Minor League Hitter of the Month ( April )

Andrew Painter - Phillies Minor League Co-Pitcher of the Month ( April )

Corey Phelan - Phillies Minor League Co-Pitcher of the Month ( April )

Hao Yu Lee - Phillies Minor League Hitter of the Month ( May )

Ben Brown - Phillies Minor League Pitcher of the Month ( May )

Griff McGarry - Phillies Minor League Pitcher of the Month ( June )

Will Toffey - Phillies Minor League Hitter of the Month ( June )


Darick Hall - International League Player of the Week (4/18-24)

Darick Hall - International League Player of the Week (4/25-5/1)

Jhailyn Ortiz - Eastern League Player of the Week (5/9-15)

Hao Yu Lee -  Florida State League Player of the Week (5/9-15)

Logan O’Hoppe - Eastern League Player of the Week (5/16-22)

Andrew Painter - MLB Pipeline Prospect Team of the Week (4/18-24)

Francisco Morales - MLB Pipeline Prospect Team of the Week (4/25-5/1)

Hao Yu Lee - MLB Pipeline Prospect Team of the Week (5/9-15)

Logan O’Hoppe - MLB Pipeline Prospect Team of the Week (5/16-22 and 5/30-6/5)

Jonathan Petit - Florida Complex League Pitcher of the week ( 6/6-12)

Luis Gonzalez - Dominican Summer League Pitcher of the Week (6/27-7/3)

Logan O’Hoppe - Futures Game All-Star break selection

Erik Miller - Futures Game All-Star break selection



Happy Day, Happy Baseball

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