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8/28/23 : Minor League Roundup

Dominican Summer League (DSL) Playoffs : Semi-Finals

Phillies White 7 Pirates Gold 0 (best of three series tied 1-1)

Summary :

Nolan Beltran and Eduardo Tait singled in the first inning, Beltran scored on a two out single by Manolfi Jimenez.  Jimenez was thrown out at second base attempting to stretch his hit into a double.

Nolan Beltran walked in the fifth inning, Aroon Escobar singled and Manolfi Jimenez walked to load the bases.  With two outs Jaeden Calderon delivered a pitch hit single to score two runs.

Yemil Rosario walked in the sixth inning and advanced to third on a single by Juan Villavicencio.  Rosario scored on a double play groundout.

Jaeden Calderon was hit by a pitch in the eighth inning, stole second and scored on a single by Yemil Rosario.

The Phillies loaded the bases on walks in the ninth inning, Jerffson Peña singled with two outs to score two runs.

On the Hill :

Luis Gonzalez was excellent, eight scoreless innings, three hits, no walks, seven strikeouts, at one point in the game he had retired twelve batters in order.  The eighteen year old league All-Star selection stepped up big time in a pressure spot. Good stuff!

Lower level minor league pitching coordinator Vic Diaz said that Luis “handles games well by doing a good job to stay in favorable counts, he uses his pitch-ability to succeed and features a fastball, curve and change up - flirts with a slider at times - generally high 80’s fast ball velocity.”  Carlos Millan finished the shutout, one inning, one hit, one walk, two strikeouts.

At the Bat :

Yemil Rosario singled, walked twice, scored a run and had an RBI,  Jaeden Calderon singled, was hit by a pitch, stole a base, scored a run and drove in two runs.  Aroon Escobar and Manolfi Jimenez each singled and walked twice.  Jerffson Peña had a two RBI single.  Escobar and Nolan Beltran each scored twice.

Did Ya Know 🧐

Over the past three DSL regular seasons (2021 to 2023) the Phillies White team has the most wins and the best regular season winning percentage in the league (118-52 -.694)  followed by Padres Gold (110-61 - .643), Red Sox Blue (110-62 - .640) and Dodgers Bautista (108-61 - .639).

Fall Player Development Plans :

There will be no Florida Fall Instructs this year, the focus in September for Instructs will shift to the Dominican Academy.  With the stateside minor league full season schedule extending into September (the A level of regular season play ends on 9/10, AA level 9/17 and AAA level 9/24) the next off-season squad activity at Carpenter Complex will be a “High Performance” Camp in October focused on strength, conditioning, speed and agility.

Dominican Instructional League : 9/1/23 to 9/23/23 - two teams - four games per week against other organizations beginning on 9/4/23.  Roster number expected to be around 60 - mostly DSL players although some lower level players.

Happy Day, Happy Baseball ⚾️

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