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7/2/24 : Minor League Roundup

International League ( AAA ) - Lehigh Valley 5 (5-2, 39-41) Scranton Wilkes-Barre 3 (2-4, 45-35)

Coca-Cola Park, Allentown, PA

Summary :

Weston Wilson homered to lead off the bottom of the first inning.

Buddy Kennedy doubled in the third inning and scored on a single by Darick Hall.

Cal Stevenson singled in the 4th, Jim Haley walked.  They advanced on a double steal.  A wild pitch scored Stevenson.  Cody Roberts hit a sacrifice fly to score Haley.

A walk, two singles and a ground out scored two runs for SWB in the sixth.  A single, walk and double scored a run in the seventh.

At Bat : 5 R, 5 H, 6 BB, 10 K’s

Cal Stevenson singled, walked twice and scored two runs.  Buddy Kennedy doubled.  Weston Wilson homered.

On The Hill : 3 R, 7 H, 6 BB, 9 K’s

Freddy Tarnok opened and pitched two innings - 0 R, 1 H, 2 BB, 4 K’s - 45 pitches - 25 strikes.  Ricardo Pinto pitched 4.2 innings - 3 R, 6 H, 4 BB, 2 K’s - 83 pitches - 47 strikes.  Tyler McKay retired all four batters he faced in 1.1 IP - 2 K’s - 17 pitches - 11 strikes.  Max Lazar pitched a perfect inning - 1 K - 8 pitches - 6 strikes.

Did Ya Know 🧐 :

Weston Wilson earned the first weekly MiLB award for a 'Pig this season, capturing International League POTW for the week of June 24-30. Wilson played in all six games during the series, going 10-for-24, slashing .417/.500/.917 for a 1.417 OPS. He hit four homers and drove in six runs, scoring 10 times, walking four times and stealing three bases. Wilson homered in back-to- back games, June 27 & 28, before belting two homers in the series finale on June 30. It was his second multi-homer game of the season and second in two weeks as well. Among International League leaders for the week, Wilson was first in runs scored (10), tied-fourth in hits (10), first in total bases (22), tied-first in homers (4), tied-fourth in stolen bases (3), tied-eighth in OBP (.500), third in slugging percentage (.917), and fourth in OPS (.1.417). Wilson has hit 14 homers in his past 23 games with the IronPigs. - Media Notes

Eastern League ( AA ) - Reading 4 (3-5, 34-42) Somerset 2 (6-2, 38-39)

TD Bank Ballpark, Bridgewater, NJ

Summary :

Spencer Jones homered for Somerset in the first inning.

Robert Moore, Marcus Lee Sang and Carlos De La Cruz all singled in the third inning. Caleb Ricketts reached on a fielding error on which a run scored. Carson Taylor walked to score a run.  Otto Kemp hit a sacrifice fly to plate a run.

Marcus Lee Sang walked in the fourth, stole second and scored on a single by Carlos De La Cruz.

A walk, ground out and single scored a run for Somerset in the 9th inning.

On The Hill :  2 R, 8 H, 3 BB, 5 K’s

Matt Osterberg was excellent - 7 IP, 1 R, 7 H, 0 BB, 3 K’s - 78 pitches - 43 strikes.  Andrew Baker pitched a perfect inning - 1 K - 9 pitches - 5 strikes.  Tommy McCollum pitched 2/3 of an inning - 1 R, 1 H, 3 BB, 1 K - 25 pitches - 10 strikes.  Tristan Garnett retired the only batter he faced on a fly out - 3 pitches - 2 strikes - three inherited runners stranded.

At Bat : 4 R, 8 H, 7 BB, 5 K’s

Carlos De La Cruz had two hits (singles) and an RBI.  Marcus Lee Sang singled, walked twice and scored two runs. Otto Kemp doubled.

South Atlantic League ( High A )  - Wilmington 8 (4-6, 35-41) Jersey Shore 6 (3-8, 41-36)

Frawley Stadium, Wilmington, DE

Summary :

Troy Schreffler walked in the third inning, Luis Caicuto singled.  Schreffler stole third base.  Zach Arnold hit a sacrifice fly to score Schreffler.

T.J. White homered for Wilmington in the bottom of the third inning.  Three doubles and two wild pitches scored three runs for them in the 4th.

Troy Schreffler walked in the fifth inning, Luis Caicuto was hit by a pitch and Zach Arnold singled to load the bases.   Justin Crawford grounded into a double play on which Schreffler scored.  A wild pitch scored Caicuto.

A hit batter, three singles, fielding error and wild pitch scored four runs for Wilmington in the 8th inning.

Keaton Anthony doubled in the 8th and scored on a single by Hendry Mendez.  Felix Reyes hit a two run home run.

On The Hill :  8 R, 11 H, 1 BB, 10 K’s

Mitch Neunborn pitched four innings - 4 R, 5 H, 0 BB, 6 K’s - 64 pitches - 46 strikes.  Jaydenn Estanista pitched two innings - 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 3 K’s - 24 pitches - 19 strikes.  Estibenzon Jimenez pitched an inning plus - 4 R - 2 earned, 5 H, 1 HB, v1 BB, 1 K - 32 pitches - 21 strikes.  Benyony Robles pitched an inning - 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 0 K’s - 11 pitches - 6 strikes - two of three inherited runners stranded.

At Bat : 6 R, 7 H, 2 BB, 8 K’s

Keaton Anthony had two hits (single & double). Leandro Pineda doubled.  Felix Reyes hit a two run home run. Troy Schreffler walked twice and scored two runs.

Did Ya Know 🧐 :

It was announced on Tuesday morning that BlueClaws SS Aidan Miller and CF Justin Crawford, the Phillies last two first round picks, are headed to Arlington, Texas for the MLB Futures Game that will take place on Sunday, July 14th at Globe Life

Field. This is Crawford’s second straight selection and Miller is chosen in his first full year in the organization. This the first time in club history that two current BlueClaws have been selected. Additionally, Miller and Crawford are the first current-BlueClaws selected since Jarred Cosart in 2010. 2022-23 BlueClaws 2B Hao-Yu Lee was also selected to represent the Tigers. - Media Notes

Florida State League ( Low A )  - Dunedin 14 (5-5, 39-37) Clearwater 7 (4-7, 47-30)

BayCare BallPark , Clearwater, FL

Summary :

Dunedin scored five runs in the third inning including three on a home run by Jean Joseph.

Devin Saltiban singled in the fourth inning, Bryson Ware walked.  Dakota Kotowskisingled to score Saltiban.  Raylin Heredia tripled to score two runs.

A single and two doubles scored two runs for Dunedin in the 5th inning.

Dunedin scored five runs in the seventh including two on a home run by Cristian Feliz.

Avery Owusu-Asiedu tripled in the bottom of the seventh and scored on a single by Diego Gonzalez.

A fielding error, hit batter and two singles scored two runs for Dunedin in the 8th inning.

Diego Gonzalez and Devin Saltiban walked in the ninth inning, Bryson Ware hit a three run home run.

On The Hill : 14 R, 15 H, 4 BB, 14 K’s

Luke Russo pitched five innings -  7 R, 9 H, 0 BB, 10 K’s - 86 pitches - 61 strikes.  Jonathan Petit went 1.2 innings - 5 R, 3 H, 2 BB, 2 K’s - 48 pitches - 27 strikes.  Josh Bortka pitched an inning - 2 unearned R, 2 H, 0 BB, 1 K - 25 pitches - 16 strikes.  Luis Avila pitched 1.1 innings - 0 R, 1 H, 2 BB, 1 K - 36 pitches - 20 strikes - two inherited runners stranded.

At Bat : 7 R, 9 H, 5 BB, 11 K’s

Devin Saltiban had three hits (singles).  Bryson Ware hit a three run home run, walked twice and scored two runs.  Avery Owusu-Asiedu and Raylin Heredia tripled.  Kehden Hettiger doubled.

Other Notes :

Rehabbing Joey Votto played for Dunedin and went 3 for 4 with two doubles.

Did Ya Know 🧐 :

Pierce Bennett has drawn multiple walks in three consecutive games. Mavis Gravesbecame the first Florida State League pitcher to reach 90 strikeouts in 2024. - Media Notes

Florida Complex League - Blue Jays 6 (10-32) Phillies 4 (23-18)

Blue Jays Complex , Dunedin, FL

Summary :

Starlyn Caba led off the game with a home run.

The Blue Jays scored three runs in the bottom of the first - two on a home run by Roque Salinas.

Juan Villavicencio singled in the second inning, Yemal Flores walked. Manolfi Jimenez doubled to score a run.  Ezra Farmer grounded out to score and run and a third run scored on a sacrifice fly by Yemil Rosario.

The Blue Jays scored twice in the bottom of the second on two singles and a double.  They added a run in the 8th on two singles and a ground out.

On The Hill : 6 R, 11 H, 3 BB, 10 K’s

Wilmer Blanco pitched four innings - 5 R, 8 H, 2 BB, 6 K’s.  Luis Gonzalez went four innings - 1 R, 3 H, 1 BB, 4 K’s.

At Bat : 4 R, 4 H, 4 BB, 13 K’s

Starlyn Caba walked and homered.  Manolfi Jimenez doubled.

Dominican Summer League -Phillies Red (6-15) Rangers Blue (11-8) - PPD Rain

Rangers Complex

Dominican Summer League - Phillies White (7-14) Mets Blue (6-14) -suspended

Phillies  Complex

Summary :

Jose Famila walked in the first inning, he went to third on a double by Anderson Navas.  A passed ball scored a run.

Josueth Quinonez walked, a double steal scored a run.

The game was delayed and then suspended due to rain.

Today at the Complex :

I stopped by to watch rehabbing right hander’s Christian McGowan and Alex Garbrick throw mid-day live BP sessions. Amongst the batters they faced were Rodolfo Castro and Gabriel Rincones Jr. It was great to see all four on the field participating in baseball competition again. Castro and Ricones Jr have very muscular builds and are huge men, intimidating hitters. Both had strong spring camps and expectations were high. A hamstring injury sidelined Castro and thumb surgery sidelined Rincones Jr. Gabriel has a full beard but vowed it was coming off later this week. I think that folks who underestimate the value that each bring to the organization are going to be surprised.

From my perspective both pitchers threw the ball well today, each was limited to fifteen pitches or so. Christian had really good life on his fastball and threw an off-speed delivery that froze the hitter. It was his first live BP by my count so there’s still a ways to go to return to game action. Alex has thrown I think four live BP’s now - progressing, mixed pitches today, the second time I’ve watched one of his sessions.

I really get a kick out of how the other pitchers in rehab camp gather behind the plate to watch their teammates. It’s cool that they all acknowledge me by name as well, very humbled in that regard. This group gets along very well, today they were debating whether Babe Ruth would hit modern day pitching 🤓. Btw limited side sessions were also thrown today by Alex McFarlane, Andrew Painter and Guissepe Velasquez. That’s a lot of talent on its way back.

RHP Spencer Turnbull is here as well, got to chat with him a bit as we were walking out of the complex.

System Transactions :

Lehigh Valley : C Esteban Quiroz reinstated from the 7-day IL.  OF Matt Kroon placed on the 7-day IL (retroactive to 7/1)

Clearwater : LHP Jordan Fowler had his minor league rehab assignment transferred from the FCL to the Clearwater Threshers.

Jersey Shore : INF Leonardo Rondon added to the roster (from FCL). He will wear #45.

Happy Day, Happy Baseball ⚾️

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