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7/16/23 : Week Fifteen Minor League Review (7/10 to 7/16)


A system record of 15-9 in a short week of work for most due to the break.  The Phillies White team in the Dominican Summer League continued to shine going 4-0 for the week, they are 22-6 overall.  Strong pitching performances and timely hitting were key elements with multiple standouts throughout the system.


Lehigh Valley’s “pitching staff came out of the break shooting blanks with back-to-back shut-outs. Going back to pre-All-Star break, the IronPigs didn’t allow a run in 25 straight innings counting Sunday’s first five innings as well. It marks the first time since 4/29/18 (DH, 4-0/3-0 vs. SWB) that the IronPigs have thrown shutouts in back-to-back games.“ - thanks to Sam Jellinek - Iron Pigs Manager of Broadcasting and Media Relations for the notation.


Oliver Dunn had an outstanding week for Reading (6 for 12 (.500) with 2 doubles, a triple, HR and four RBIs, walk, .538 OBP) as did Matt Kroon.  Ethan Wilson hit a walk off home run on Sunday.


Both Jersey Shore and Clearwater overcame late game multi run deficits on Saturday night for comeback wins - good stuff and clutch performances.  Nick Ward  was clutch for the BlueClaws (4 for 11 (.364) with a home run, five RBIs, two walks, three runs, .429 OBP) and Felix Reyes had a standout power week for Clearwater (3 for 9 (.333) with two home runs and eight RBIs, a walk, .364 OBP).


Kendall Simmons (4 for 10 (.400), two doubles, HR, two RBIs, three walks, .538 OBP) had a strong week of injury rehab performances for the FCL Phillies and looks primed to return to Jersey Shore.


The system saw another player (Johan Rojas) make his major league debut this week, the second one to do so this season.  It brought out a ton of pride and joy throughout to see the electric young center fielder do his thing in the show, once there he did exactly what we’ve seen from him each day since he first arrived on the backfields, play with joy, confidence and passion, very happy for him!


AAA Level : Lehigh Valley : 3-0 for the week against Charlotte, 8-6, 44-43 overall - 7/18/23 @ Toledo


Friday : 8-0 Win

Saturday : 4-0 Win

Sunday : 7-1 Win


Total Runs Scored : 19

Total Runs Against : 1


Position Players


Simon Muzziotti - 4 for 9 (.444) with two doubles, four RBIs and three runs scored, .500 OBP

Nick Podkul - 4 for 9 (.444) with a home run, three RBIs and five runs scored, .615 OBP

Jim Haley - 4 for 10 (.400) with a home run, six RBIs and two runs scored, .462 OBP

Kody Clemens - two hits, two walks, three runs scored, .600 OBP in nine PA’s


Recap :


Friday : Nick Podkul, Simon Muzziotti and Jim Haley each had two hits. Muzziotti doubled, Podkul and Haley homered.  Dustin Peterson and Cal Stevenson each walked twice. Simon Muzziotti stole his 20th base of the season.


Saturday : Dustin Peterson and Kody Clemens each had two hits.  Peterson and Rafael Marchan each doubled. Jim Haley and Marchan each had two RBIs, they both walked twice also.


Sunday : Vito Friscia had three hits and an RBI. Nick Podkul, Jim Haley and Simon Muzziotti each had two hits.  Muzziotti, Weston Wilson and Esteban Quiroz doubled.


Pitchers :


Nick Nelson - six innings, no runs, four hits, one walk, five strikeouts

Bailey Falter - six innings, one run, four hits, one walk,  five strikeouts

Drew Hutchinson - five innings, no runs, one hit, no walks, five strikeouts

Noah Skirrow - four innings, four hits, no walk, six strikeouts


Recap :


Friday : Nick Nelson had a strong outing, six innings, no runs, four hits, one walk, five strikeouts.  Tyler McKay pitched a scoreless frame in his AAA debut, one hit, one walk. Taylor Lehman threw a perfect inning, two strikeouts.  Trey Cobb finished by striking out the side in the ninth inning.


Saturday : Drew Hutchinson had an excellent outing, five innings, no runs, one hit, no walks, five strikeouts.  Noah Skirrow completed the shutout with four innings of work, four hits, no walk, six strikeouts.


Sunday : Bailey Falter pitched very well, six innings, one run, four hits, one walk and five strikeouts.  Ben Bowden pitched a perfect frame. Jeremy Walker tossed a scoreless frame.  Connor Brogdon pitched a perfect ninth inning to close out the win.


AA Level : Reading : 2-1 for the week against Portland, 7-7, 35-47 overall - 7/18/23 @ Altoona


Friday : 9-2 Win

Saturday : 3-2 Loss

Sunday : 3-2 Win


Total Runs Scored : 14

Total Runs Against : 7


Position Players


Oliver Dunn - 6 for 12 (.500) with 2 doubles, a triple, HR and four RBIs, walk, .538 OBP

Matt Kroon - 5 for 12 (.417) with a double and HR, walk, .472 OBP


Recap :


Friday : Oliver Dunn had three hits (two doubles and a triple).  Five home runs - two by Baron Radcliff, one each by Carlos De La Cruz, Jhailyn Ortiz and Matt Kroon.  De La Cruz joined Radcliff in the two hit club.  Madison Stokes doubled and walked twice.


Saturday : Matt Kroon and Oliver Dunn each had two hits. Max McDowell homered.


Sunday : Matt Kroon had two hits including his 20th double of the season.  Oliver Dunn and Ethan Wilson homered.


Pitchers :


Griff McGarry - six innings, one run, five hits, two walks, nine strikeouts

David Parkinson - six innings, two runs, four hits, one walk, ten strikeouts

Zach Haake - five innings, no runs, two hits, no walks, five strikeouts.

Brett Schulze - two appearances - one and two third innings, no runs, one hit, one walk, two strikeouts

Noah Song - one and one third innings, no runs, one hit, one walk, two strikeouts


Recap :


Friday : David Parkinson went six innings, two runs, four hits, one walk, ten strikeouts.  Noah Song pitched one and one third innings, no runs, one hit, one walk, two strikeouts, his fastball sat 91 to 93 mph, touched 94, pitches had good life, slider got swings and misses, good outing.  Brett Schulze struck out both batters he faced. Carlos Francisco finished with a scoreless inning, two strikeouts.


Saturday : Griff McGarry had his best outing of the season, six innings, one run, five hits, two walks, nine strikeouts, 97 pitches - 60 strikes - 62 % of his pitches were strikes tonight - good stuff.  Braden Zarbnisky pitched a perfect inning, two strikeouts.  Dominic Pipkin pitched a perfect inning, two strikeouts.


Sunday : Zach Haake was excellent - five innings, no runs, two hits, no walks, five strikeouts.  Andrew Baker threw a perfect inning. Andrew Schultz threw a scoreless frame, two hits, no walks, one strikeout.  Keylan Killgore retired the only batter he faced and stranded three inherited runners to end the eighth inning.  Brett Schulze pitched a scoreless ninth inning.


High A Level : Jersey Shore : 1-2 for the week against Rome, 7-11, 42-41 overall - 7/18/23 @ Winston-Salem


Friday : 4-2 Loss

Saturday : 8-5 Win

Sunday : 7-6 Loss - eleven innings


Total Runs Scored : 16

Total Runs Against : 16


Position Players


Leandro Pineda - 3 for 7 (.429) with a home run, two RBIs, two walks, two runs, .556 OBP

Nick Ward  - 4 for 11 (.364) with a home run, five RBIs, two walks, three runs, .429 OBP

Hao Yu Lee - 3 for 7 (.429) with a home run, two walks, two runs, .500 OBP

Rixon Wingrove - 4 for 12 (.333) with a double, triple, two RBIs, three runs, .429 OBP


Recap :


Friday : Nick Ward had two hits (single & HR).  Rixon Wingrove doubled. The team had six hits.


Saturday : Marcus Lee Sang, Hao Yu Lee and Rixon Wingrove each had two hits each.  Lee Sang doubled, Wingrove tripled and Lee homered.  Nick Ward singled, walked, scored twice and had three RBIs.  Andrik Nava singled and walked twice.


Sunday : Leandro Pineda  went three for four with a walk and home run, he scored twice and had two RBIs.  Wilfredo Flores doubled.


Pitchers :


Wesley Moore - two appearances, one and two thirds IP, no runs, one hit, no walks, two strikeouts

Carlos Betancourt - two scoreless innings, two hits, one walk, one strikeout

Mitch Neunborn - two scoreless innings, one hit, two walks, one strikeout


Recap :


Friday : Four pitchers were used, Tristan Garnett pitched one and a third scoreless frames, one hit and one walk. Mitch Neunborn pitched two scoreless innings, one hit, two walks, one strikeout.  Wesley Moore pitched a scoreless inning, one hit, two strikeouts.


Saturday : Jordan Fowler went three innings, three runs, six hits, no walks, one strikeout.  Carlos Betancourt went two scoreless innings, two hits, one walk, one strikeout.  Jack Dallas pitched a scoreless inning, one hit allowed, made a very athletic play on a 3-1 groundout low throw covering first base.  Jordi Martinez pitched a scoreless frame, one hit.  Cam Wynne pitched an inning, two runs on two hits.  Tommy McCollum pitched a perfect ninth inning, one strikeout to close it out.


Sunday : Matt Osterberg went three and two third innings, four runs, seven hits, one walk, two strikeouts. Rodolfo Sanchez went one and a third innings, one run, three hits, no walks, two strikeouts.  Konnor Ash struck out the side allowing just a walk in the sixth inning. Jason Ruffcorn struck out the side in a perfect inning of work.  Matt Russell went 2/3 of an inning, no runs, one hit, one walk, one strikeout. Malik Binns went 2/3 of an inning, no runs, one hit and one hit batter. Wesley Moore retired both batters he faced in the bottom of the ninth stranding two inherited runners.



Low A Level : Clearwater : 2-1 for the week against Fort Myers, 13-5, 57-26 overall - 7/18/23 vs Tampa


Friday : 6-2 Loss

Saturday : 8-7 Win - ten innings

Sunday : 10-8 Win - ten innings


Total Runs Scored : 20

Total Runs Against : 21


Position Players


Felix Reyes - 3 for 9 (.333) with two home runs and eight RBIs, a walk, .364 OBP

Otto Kemp - 4 for 9 (.444) with a triple and three RBIs

William Bergolla - 3 for 9 (.333) with two RBIs

Emaarion Boyd - 3 for 9 (.333) with two walks, .455 OBP

Ricardo Rosario - 3 for 9 (.333) with a double


Recap :


Friday : Cole Moore doubled, Jordan Viars homered.  The team had four hits.


Saturday : Ricardo Rosario and Otto Kemp each had three hits, Kemp had three RBIs. Emaarion Boyd had two hits.  Rosario doubled, Kemp tripled.  Felix Reyes hit a three run home run and had four RBIs total.


Sunday : William Bergolla had three hits. Felix Reyes, Justin Crawford, Matt Alifano and Kliubert Avila each had two hits.  Reyes hit a grand slam home run.  Bergolla and Crawford each had two RBIs.


Pitchers :


Danny Wilkinson - two appearances - three and one third IP, no runs, one hit, three walks, six strikeouts

Eiberson Castellano - two innings pitched, no runs, one hit, one walk, three strikeouts

Braeden Fausnaught - two innings pitched, no runs, two hits, two walks, two strikeouts

Jonh Henriquez - two innings pitched, no runs, no hits, two walks, three strikeouts

Estibenzon Jiménez - five innings pitched, two runs, one hit, three walks, three strikeouts


Recap :


Friday : Jonathan Petit started and went four innings, two runs on three hits and two walks.  Eiberson Castellano pitched two innings, no runs, one hit, one walk, three strikeouts.


Saturday : Estibenzon Jimenez had a strong outing, he allowed no runs thru five innings but yielded two walks to start the sixth and was pulled.  Wen Hui Pan was tagged for a single that scored both inherited runners.  Final line on Jimenez was five plus innings, two runs, one hit, three walks, three strikeouts.   Wen Hui Pan went two innings, two runs, two hits, no walks, two strikeouts, two inherited runners also scored.  Jonh Henriquez pitched two scoreless innings, no hits, two walks, three strikeouts.  Andrew Walling hung on to close it - one inning, three runs - two earned, three hits, no walks, one strikeout.


Sunday : Oswald Medina started, four innings, three runs, four hits, no walks, five strikeouts.  Braeden Fausnaught pitched two scoreless frames, two hits, two walks, two strikeouts.  Danny Wilkinson pitched three scoreless innings to close out the win, one hit, three walks and five strikeouts.


Florida Complex League :


FCL Phillies  : 2-2 for the week, 15-13 overall


Thursday Game One  : 9-7 Win vs Blue Jays

Thursday Game Two - 2-0 Win vs Blue Jays

Friday : 8-4 Loss to Yankees

Saturday : 12-3 Loss to Yankees


Total Runs Scored : 18

Total Runs Against : 27


Position Players


Kendall Simmons - 4 for 10 (.400), two doubles, HR, two RBIs, three walks, .538 OBP

Yemal Flores - 3 for 7 (.429) with a double, triple, two RBIs, .500 OBP

Marco Soto - 4 for 11 (.364) with three doubles and an RBI

Raylin Heredia - 3 for 8 (.375), two runs scored, .444 OBP

Santiago Torres - 3 for 10 (.300) with two runs scored

Leonardo Rondon - 2 for 5 (.400) with a double and three RBIs


Recap :


Thursday Game One  : Raylin Heredia was three for four, he’s fun to watch, makes me think of when I first saw Johan Rojas play on the backfields.  Heredia is now hitting a cool .400 on the season in 85 AB’s with a .485 OBP, he’s just 19 years old.  Kendall Simmons mashed the ball today, he doubled and homered in four AB’s.  Gustavo Sosa had two hits in four plate appearances, swung the bat well.  Yemal Flores singled and tripled, stung the ball hard both times, very strong young man and the swing reflects that. Marco Soto and Leonardo Rondon each doubled, Soto (19 years old) is another player with very solid tools, he’s shown a quick bat and strong defensive mechanics at shortstop.  Rondon had three RBIs, he’s also fun to watch, is a very smart player who has very quick hands as a hitter, just really enjoy his game, always into it and is a bundle of energy.


Thursday Game Two : Dakota Kotowski doubled,the team was held to two hits.


Friday : The team had seven hits, Marco Soto and Dakota Kotowski each doubled. Kendall Simmons walked three times in four plate appearances.


Saturday : Kendall Simmons and Marco Soto each had two hits (both singled & doubled).  Yemal Flores doubled.


Pitchers :


Daniel Mejia - four innings, no runs, one hit, two walks and five strikeouts.

Yoniel Ramirez - three scoreless frames, three hits, no walks, three strikeouts

Ezequiel Ventura - three innings, no runs, no hits, one walk and one strikeout

Giuseppe Velasquez - two innings, no runs, three hits, one walk, four strikeouts

Jose Peña Jr - two innings, no runs, one hit, three walks, three strikeouts


Recap :


Thursday Game One  : Five pitchers were used.  Nicoly Pina threw a scoreless inning as did Jesus Querales and Luis Gomez.  Could be my memory fading but I don’t remember Querales dropping down his arm slot in the past like he showed today, it wasn’t entirely a side winding approach but gave a different look and sweeping action.  Every time I’ve seen Gomez he goes right after the hitters, no fear and a strike thrower, got to like that.  I also thought that Nicoly threw the baseball better today, was letting it fly more.


Thursday Game Two : Guissepe Velasquez started and pitched two innings, no runs, three hits, one walk, four strikeouts. Jose Pena Jr threw two innings, no runs, one hit, three walks, three strikeouts.  Ezequiel Ventura retired the first eight batters he faced, he went three innings to complete the shutout, only allowed a walk, threw strikes, fastball sat 90 to 93 mph and off set it with a hook in the mid seventies.


Friday : Four pitchers were used, Yoniel Ramirez pitched three scoreless frames, three hits, no walks, three strikeouts.


Saturday : Six pitchers were used.  Daniel Mejia impressed as the starter, four innings, no runs, one hit, two walks and five strikeouts.  He got a lot of swing and miss strikes with what appeared to be a change up from my vantage point, had very deceptive movement and had hitters way off balance, good stuff.  Nathan Karaffa threw a perfect inning in the ninth, two strikeouts, he continues to impress, his ERA is now 1.88 in 8 appearances (14 1/3 IP).


Dominican Summer League


Phillies Red - 1-3 for the week,16-12 overall


Monday : 5-4 Loss to Twins

Tuesday : 5-2 Loss to Brewers2

Thursday : PPD - Rain

Friday : 5-4 Loss to Cardinals - 10 innings

Saturday : 5-1 Win vs Nationals


Total Runs Scored : 15

Total Runs Against : 16


Position Players


Alirio Ferrebus - 5 for 11 (.455) with two RBIs

Eduardo Tait - 5 for 12 (.417) with a double, HR, four RBIs, two runs, .462 OBP

Victor Cardoza - 5 for 14 (.357), two runs, two RBIs, .400 OBP

Manolfi Jimenez - 3 for 9 (.333), .400 OBP

Nolan Beltran - 5 for 17 (.294) with four runs and an RBI


Recap :


Monday : Alirio Ferrebus and Eduardo Tait each had two hits. Renair Manrique and Tait doubled.


Tuesday : Victor Cardoza and Alirio Ferrebus each had two hits.


Friday : Eduardo Tait had three hits (two singles & HR), two RBIs and scored twice.  Nolan Beltran, Manolfi Jimenez and Victor Cardoza each had two hits.


Saturday : The team had six hits, five singles by five different batters and a home run by Juan Villavicencio.


Pitchers :


Adilson Peralta - five innings, one unearned run, four hits, no walks, three strikeouts.

Pedro Peralta - three scoreless innings, two hits, no walks, four strikeouts

Jeffrey German - five innings, one run, three hits, three walks, one strikeout

Eduardo Robles - two scoreless frames, no hits or walks, two strikeouts

Angel Ferreras - two scoreless frames, no hits, one walk, four strikeouts

Joel Heredia - two scoreless frames, one hit, no walks, one strikeout


Recap :


Monday : Edwar Chirinos went four innings, four runs.  Luis Martinez pitched two frames, one run on three hits.


Tuesday : Jeffrey German started and went five innings, one run on three hits, three walks and a strikeout.  Pedro Peralta pitched three scoreless innings, two hits, no walks, four strikeouts.


Friday : Four pitchers were used in the game.  Angel Ferreras and Joel Heredia each threw two scoreless innings in relief, Ferreras struck out four batters. Naoel Mejia pitched a scoreless frame in the ninth but was tagged for the game winning run in the bottom of the the tenth.


Saturday : Adilson Peralta pitched five innings, one unearned run, four hits, no walks, three strikeouts.  Edwar Chirinos pitched two perfect innings, three strikeouts. Eduardo Robles pitched two scoreless frames, no hits or walks, two strikeouts.



Phillies White - 4-0 for the week,22-6 overall


Monday : 4-1 Win vs Mariners

Tuesday : 6-5 Win vs Mariners

Thursday : PPD - Rain

Friday : 17-9 Win vs Twins

Saturday : 3-2 Win vs Cardinals


Total Runs Scored : 30

Total Runs Against : 17


Position Players


Darium Gutierrez - 4 for 9 (.444) with a walk and three runs scored, .500 OBP

Guillermo Rosario - 4 for 10 (.400) with a double, three walks, four runs, .538 OBP

Starlyn Caba - 5 for 14 (.357) with three walks, three RBIs, two runs, .444 OBP

Yoangel Ramos - 3 for 7 (.429) with a walk, two RBIs, a run, .500 OBP

Fernando Hernandez - 2 for 5 (.400) with two walks, two runs, .571 OBP


Recap :


Monday : Darium Gutierrez, Guillermo Rosario, Yhoan Escalona and Leny Carela each had two hits. Escalona and Jerffson Pena each doubled.


Tuesday : Starlyn Caba went three for four, Yoangel Ramos had two hits.


Friday : Jerffson Peña was three for four with four RBIs.  Darium Gutierrez, Starlyn Caba, Guillermo Rosario and Fernando Hernandez each had two hits.  Rosario doubled and Angel Mata tripled.


Saturday : The team had four hits, Yemil Rosario had two of them including a double, the only extra base hit of the game for the Phillies.


Pitchers :


Eduardo Fernandez - three scoreless innings, no hits, one walk and eight strikeouts

Wilmer Blanco - four innings, one unearned run, one hit, one walk, five strikeouts

Kleyderve Andrade - three scoreless frames, no walks, one hit, five strikeouts

Josbel Garcia -  two innings, no runs, no hits, one walk, one strikeout

Cristian Diaz - two innings, no runs, one hit, one walk, three strikeouts

Carlos Millan - two perfect frames striking out three of the six batters he faced

John Sosa - two and one third innings, one unearned run, one hit, one walk, five strikeouts

Angel Liranzo - four innings, one run, three hits, no walks, four strikeouts


Recap :


Monday : Wilmer Blanco went four innings, one unearned run, one hit, one walk, five strikeouts.  Kleyderve Andrade pitched three scoreless frames, no walks, one hit, five strikeouts.  Josbel Garcia went the final two, no runs, no hits, one walk, one strikeout.


Tuesday : Four pitchers were used in the game, Eduardo Fernandez was excellent, three scoreless innings, no hits, one walk and eight strikeouts 👀.  Cristian Diaz finished going two innings, no runs, one hit, one walk, three strikeouts.


Friday : Three pitchers were used, Carlos Millan pitched two perfect frames to close the game striking out three of the six batters he faced.  The nineteen year old right hander now has a 0.52 ERA in eight appearances over 19 1/3 IP.


Saturday : Four pitchers were used.  Angel Liranzo started and pitched four innings, one run, three hits, no walks, four strikeouts.  John Sosa went two and one third innings, one unearned run, one hit, one walk, five strikeouts.  Jendry Charles pitched one and two third innings, no runs, one hit, no walks, three strikeouts.  Luis Avila pitched an inning, no runs, one hit, no walks and one strikeout.


Player Development Center Note :


On Saturday Christian McGowan threw a three inning simulated game on Ashburn Field.  He was impressive, velocity was there as were the breaking pitches, he broke a couple bats with pitches on the handle, exciting arm to get back into game action soon.


Happy Day, Happy Baseball ⚾️



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