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8/24/23 : Minor League Roundup


International League ( AAA ) -  Lehigh Valley (29-18, 65-55).Scranton Wilkes-Barre (25-21, 59-61) -

Moosic, PA - PNC Field. - Postponed - Rain


Did Ya Know?


“After a stretch of just two multi-hit games in 12 games played, Simon Muzziotti has five multi-hit games in his past nine games and homered three times in the series against Jacksonville.”- from Media notes supplied by Sam Jellinek - Iron Pigs Manager of Broadcasting and Media Relations


Eastern League ( AA) -  Reading 3 (23-25, 51-65) Harrisburg 2 (23-25, 54-62)

Harrisburg,PA - FNB Field


Summary :


Ethan Wilson homered in the fourth inning, his 16th of the season.


Carlos De La Cruz reached on an error in the sixth inning and scored on a home run by Jhailyn Ortiz.


Harrisburg scored a run in the sixth inning on two hits and a groundout.  They scored a run in the seventh on a double and single.


On the Hill :


Zach Haake went five innings plus two batters, one run, two hits, no walks, five strikeouts.  Dominic Pipkin pitched one and two thirds innings, one run on two hits, one of two inherited runners scored.  Jordi Martinez retired the only batter he faced, stranded an inherited runner.  Orion Kerkering pitched the 8th inning, no runs, no hits, two walks, two strikeouts.  Tommy McCollum finished it, one inning, no runs, one hit, one walk, two strikeouts.


At the Bat :


Max McDowell had three hits (two singles & a double), Ethan Wilson and Jhailyn Ortiz homered.



Did Ya Know?


Mick Abel turned in an excellent start last night. He tossed seven innins, which is a new career high. It’s the second time a Reading starter went seven innings this season, with the other Griff McGarry on July 21 at Altoona. Abel allowed just one run, two hits and had three strikeouts. He pitched to contact a lot more, tossing eight ground balls to just five fly balls. After last night, Abel now qualifies for the Eastern League lead in batting average against at .201. He also now ranks seventh in WHIP in 1.32. Abel is at 106 strikeouts this season and his previous high was 130, which came between High-A Jersey Shore and Reading last season.” - from Media notes supplied by Jake Starr - Fightins Media Relations and Press Box Manager


South Atlantic League ( High A ) - Wilmington 7 (17-34, 46-69) Jersey Shore 1 (30-21, 65-51)

Wilmington, DE - Frawley Stadium


Summary :


Wilmington scored two runs in the first inning on two walks, a wild pitch and a double.


Two walks and two singles scored a Wilmington run in the second inning.


Three singles, two walks and a wild pitch scored three runs for Wilmington in the third inning.


Two singles and a wild pitch scored a run for Wilmington in the 4th inning.


Cole Moore walked in the ninth inning, advanced to third on two wild pitches and scored on a sac fly by Andrick Nava.


On the Hill :


Gunner Mayer went two and one third innings, five runs, three hits, one walk, two strikeouts.  Malik Binns pitched two thirds of an inning, one run, one hit, two walks, two strikeouts - two inherited runners scored.  Konnor Ash pitched two innings, one run, two hits, no walks, four strikeouts.  Andrew Walling pitched a perfect inning, one strikeout.  Carlos Betancourt pitched two innings, no runs, one hit, one walk, one strikeout.


At the Bat :


Andrick Nava doubled.  The team was held to three hits.



Did Ya Know?


Gabriel Rincones Jr. has hit safely in six straight games, going 10-25 in that stretch.  He had four hits in the win on Sunday over Asheville, his first career four-hit game and the 8th by a BlueClaw this year.”- from Media notes supplied by Greg Giombarrese - BlueClaws Director of Communications

Florida State League ( Low A )  Lakeland 3 (33-18, 59-57) Clearwater 2 (31-20, 75-41)

Lakeland, FL - Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium


Summary :


Zach Arnold singled in the second inning, Bryson Ware walked and Ryan Leitch singled to load the bases. Dakota Kotowski hit a sac fly to score a run.


A fielding error, double and sac fly scored a run for Lakeland in the bottom of the second.


Bryson Ware was hit by a pitch in the fourth inning, advanced on a single by Ryan Leitch and scored on a single by Dakota Kotowski.


Three singles scored two runs for Lakeland in the seventh inning.


On the Hill :


Braeden Fausnaught was very good, his best outing to date - six innings, one unearned run, three hits, one walk, eight strikeouts.  Eiberson Castellano went two innings, two runs, five hits, no walks, two strikeouts.


At the Bat :


Raylin Heredia and Ryan Leitch each had two hits.  Bryson Ware doubled, Dakota Kotowski had two RBIs.



Did Ya Know?


Josh Bortka earned his first career save last night. Jonathan Petit has gone 6.0 innings in three consecutive starts. He has more 6.0-inning outings than any other Threshers pitcher in 2023. William Bergolla has reached base in each of his last 16 games.” - from Media notes supplied by Josh Sperber - broadcast voice of the Clearwater Threshers


Dominican Summer League Playoffs : QuarterFinals


Phillies White 4 Angels 2 (Phillies lead best of three series 1-0)


Summary :


Manolfi Jimenez doubled in the second inning and scored when Yemil Rosario reached on an error.


Jerffson Pena reached on a fielders choice in the fourth inning, advanced on a single by Aroon Escobar and scored on a double by Eduardo Tait.


A double and three singles scored two runs for the Angels in the sixth inning.


Aroon Escobar singled in the seventh inning and scored on a double by Eduardo Tait.


Romel Mendez walked in the eighth, advanced on a single by Manolfi Jimenez and scored on a single by Jerffson Pena.


On the Hill :


Maxwell Hernandez started and pitched four innings, no runs, one hit, one walk and four strikeouts.  Luis Gonzalez pitched three innings, two runs, four hits, two walks and one strikeout. Juan Amarante finished by pitching two scoreless innings, no hits, two walks and two strikeouts.


At the Bat :


Eduardo Tait hit three doubles and posted two RBIs. Manolfi Jimenez had three hits (two singles and a double) and Aroon Escobar had two hits.



The two teams play the second game of the series tomorrow at the Phillies Complex.


System Transactions :


Lehigh Valley :  OF Jordan Qsar released, OF Brewer Hicklen activated


Reading : Activated SS Casey Martin from seven day IL


Clearwater : Transferred INF Aidan Miller, RHP Hunter Loyd and RHP Paxton Thompson from the FCL Phillies to the Clearwater Threshers


SS Aidan Miller - promoted from FCL Phillies to Clearwater - 19 years old - 2023 1st round draft selection - Mitchell HS, New Port Richey, FL - Aidan played in 10 FCL games (36 PA’s) and posted a .414/.528/.483 slash line for an OPS of 1.011.  He hit two doubles, drove in a couple runs and walked six times.  He’s a well built young man who can drive the baseball to all fields, we saw him take pitches on the outside part of the plate to the right side of the diamond repeatedly.  He’s also capable of turning on pitches as well as driving the ball to the gaps.  We saw a slight drop to his hands in his initial setup but he quickly adjusts to his swing path and gets thru the baseball.  Defensively we saw a strong arm at shortstop and good instincts, he’s a big body so it will be interesting to see how long the organization stays with him as a middle infielder or if he’s moved to a corner (my guess is he will see training at both as that’s the standard practice), he’s got the bat to succeed wherever he plays.  It’s a small sample size thus far but one can’t help but like what we’ve seen, looks like a big leaguer in the making.


Happy Day, Happy Baseball ⚾️



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