• Steve Potter

8/30/21 : Week Seventeen Standouts ( 8/24 to 8/29 )


Each Monday this year for the Phillies minor league full season affiliates is a scheduled off day. They get to re-charge from a six day run of games before starting on another stretch the next day.

Here’s a review of the past week with a spot light on players from each team who had good, even great numbers and performances.

Lehigh Valley ( Overall Record 45-55, 2-4 during the past week) - next series @ home vs Syracuse


3B/1B Alec Bohm - went 7 for 22 ( .318 ) for the week in six games. He played both 1B and 3B during the week, kicked one at first but generally fielded well.

OF/1B/3B Matt Vierling - he went 7 for 21 ( .333 ) for the week and has posted a solid .278 batting average for August ( 27 for 97 ) with a .355 OBP in 24 games. He’s played both infield corners and the outfield.


OF Adam Haseley - went 7 for 23 ( .304 ) for the week, spent the majority of the time with Jersey Shore before re-joining the Iron Pigs on 8/27. He made a stellar diving catch in center field during Sunday’s game.


Strong Pitching


RH Austin Ross - three appearances, two scoreless - ( 8/24, 8/26 & 8/29 ) - 3 1/3 IP, 2 H, 1 unearned R, 1 BB, 3 K’s … for the month of August has appeared in 7 games ( one with Reading ) and has posted a 1.00 ERA in 9 IP allowing just 2 hits and 4 walks while striking out 8 batters … 0.82 WHIP for the month with LHV


LH Jeff Singer - made two appearances this week ( 8/25, 8/28 ) and threw 3 perfect frames with 5 K’s … a solid month of August for Jeff with a 3.14 ERA in 14 1/3 IP ( 9 games ) with 21 K’s and 6 BB … 1.26 WHIP


RH Cam Bedrosian - two appearances this week ( 3 IP, 1 unearned run - extra innings placed runner - 3 H, 1 BB, 2 K’s ) capping off a very strong month of August - 0.82 ERA in 9 games ( 11 IP ) with 13 K’s and 3 BB - 1.09 WHIP … overall the 29 year old veteran hurler has posted a 2.25 ERA and 1.25 WHIP in 16 games with LHV ( 20 IP ).


RH Ramon Rosso - two scoreless appearances - ( 8/25 & 8/27 ) - 3 1/3 IP, 2 H, 5 K’s


Reading ( Overall Record 41-61, 5-1 during the past week) - next series @ Hartford


IF Bryson Stott - went 13 for 27 ( .491 ) for the week with a double, 2 home runs and 6 RBIs … he’s had a great month of August hitting at a .420 clip ( 42 for 100 ) with 9 doubles, a triple, 5 home runs and 18 RBIs


UTL Madison Stokes - went 9 for 21 ( .429 ) for the week with 5 doubles, a home run and 8 RBIs … it was a breakout week for Madison who’s statistically struggled in the month of August … numbers are not always telling though as he’s hit into some tough luck as well. He’s had a very good season with 11 homers and 40 RBIs … next spring training a cheesesteak is available whenever he wants it from Delco’s 🤓


C Logan O’Hoppe - went 6 for 19 ( .316 ) for the week with a double and home run, he was promoted from Jersey Shore on 8/25 … he had two knocks in his first game with Reading. The 21 year old receiver is a very bright star in the Phillies minor league system.


OF Matt Kroon - went 8 for 28 ( .286 ) for the week out of the lead off spot in the order while also taking over the center field spot defensively. Matt had a 7 game hitting streak

( 13 for 31 - .419 ) end on Sunday … he has posted solid numbers for August ( 45 for 92 - .293 with 4 doubles, a triple, 4 home runs and 15 RBIs ) … he’s always shown good offensive skills since being drafted in the 18th round of the 2018 draft from Oklahoma State, he’s seemed to settle in now defensively as well in the outfield but also maintains his versatility if needed in the infield.


Strong Pitching


LH Josh Hendrickson - 8/24 - 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 8 K’s … he’s recorded a 2.86 ERA in the month of August in four games - 22 IP, 17 H, 6 BB, 21 K’s - a 1.05 WHIP.

LH Jonathan Hennigan - 8/25 - 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 3 K’s & 8/28 - 2 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 2 BB, 1 K- he had an outstanding month of August - 1.80 ERA in 8 appearances ( 10 IP ) with 12 K’s and 5 BB - 1.40 WHIP


LH Brian Marconi - 8/25 - 1 perfect IP - 3 K’s, 8/26 - 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 BB, 2 K’s & 8/29 - 2/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 2 BB, 1 K - picked up two saves - 3.00 ERA for August in 10 appearances ( 12 IP ) with 14 K’s and 5 BB


LHP Zach Warren -three appearances during the week ( 8/25,8/27 & 8/29 ) pitching 1 2/3 innings and squelching rallies in two contests. For the month of August he’s posted a 2.79 ERA in 10 games ( 9 2/3 IP ) with 13 K’s … hasn’t walked a batter in his last four outings.


Jersey Shore ( Overall Record 46-53, 5-1 during the past week) - next series @ Aberdeen


UTL Nicolas Torres - went 12 for 26 ( .462 ) for the week and has a 10 game hitting streak going … Nicolas has a great month of August going with Jersey Shore hitting .425 ( 17 for 40 ) since being promoted from Clearwater on 8/14.


1B/3B/OF DJ Stewart - went 9 for 27 ( .333 ) for the week with a double, home run and 9 RBIs. DJ continues to have a solid season, he’s hit 13 home runs and posted 56 RBIs along with a .269 overall batting average in 301 AB’s between Clearwater and Jersey Shore.


1B/3B/OF McCarthy Tatum - went 8 for 23 (. 347 ) for the week … since being transferred to the JS roster from Reading he’s hit .255 with a .351 OBP in 26 games with 3 home runs and 10 RBIs.


Strong Pitching


RH Tyler McKay - 8/28 - 7 IP, 0 R, 5 H, 1 BB, 5 K’s - outstanding game - he had two exemplary performances in August - 6 perfect IP on 8/14 … overall a 0.94 WHIP in 22 1/3 IP for the month with 14 K’s and 3 BB.


LH Gabriel Yanez - 8/28 - 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 1 K - just promoted from CW that same day and pitching in a FCL game the same morning - Gabriel has had a very strong season - 5-1, 1.91 ERA, 37 2/3 IP, 48 K’s, 15 BB, 1.33 WHIP

LH Erubiel Armenta - 8/24 - 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 HB, 0 BB, 3 K’s - 2.35 ERA in 6 August appearances - 7 2/3 IP - 18 K’s 😳 … 4 BB, 0.78 WHIP and .077 batting average against.

RH Tom Sutera - two outings this week ( 8/25 & 8/29 ) - 5 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 0 BB, 1 K - 3.31 ERA in 7 August appearances - 16 1/3 IP.


RH Jonas De La Cruz - 8/26 - 5 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 2 BB, 3 K’s - best outing of the year for the 23 year old.


RH Victor Lopez - 8/25 - 1 perfect IP - 1 K and on 8/27 - 2 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 K … was promoted from Clearwater on 8/21/21 - has a 1.93 ERA in 13 games combined ( 18 2/3 IP ) between the FCL Phillies/CW and Jersey Shore - 21 K’s, 4 BB - 1.02 WHIP - 21 years old.


Clearwater ( Overall Record 45-53, 4-3 during the past week) - next series @ Lakeland


SS/2B Luis Garcia - had an outstanding week going 12 for 27 - (.444 ) with two triples, three home runs and a whopping 13 RBIs, he also walked 4 times … Luis has a 10 game hitting streak ( 19 for 41 - .463 ), during the streak he’s had five multiple hit games including five hits on August 22nd.


OF Ethan Wilson - went 9 for 20 - (.450 ) for the week with a double, triple, home run and seven RBIs … he’s riding a 6 game hitting streak ( 11 for 26 - .423 ) … he had a walk-off three run hoke run on 8/27 … Ethan was the club’s 2021 2nd round draft selection from South Alabama and was noted for his offensive prowess, in the early going of his career he is showing that to be true.


OF Johan Rojas - stole 8 bases during the week giving him a system leading 26 in total. Johan has all the skills to be a very good big leaguer, we’ve never wavered from that view since the first time we saw him on the backfields. This week he showcased his base stealing prowess.


Strong Pitching


RH Griff McGarry - 8/27 - 3 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 BB, 9 K’s - 22 K’s in 11 IP for August ( 5 appearances ) - 3.27 ERA … .154 batting avenger against - 1.18 WHIP - 2021 5th round draft choice - 22 years old - University of Virginia


LH Matt Osterberg - 8/25 - 3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 3 K’s & 8/29 - 3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 BB, 4 K’s - scoreless baseball in 4 of his 5 appearances to date - 9 IP ( 0.89 WHIP ) with 12 K’s and 3 walks - 2021 15th round draft selection - 22 years old - St Cloud State - Minnesota


RH Alex McKenny - two scoreless outings this week ( 8/25 & 8/29 ) - 4 2/3 IP - 3 H, 3 HB, 3 BB, 3 K’s - in his first six pro appearances ( 10 1/3 IP ) he’s posted a 0.87 ERA and a 1.06 WHIP … walks are high ( 6 ) as well as HBP ( 4 ) but he’s managed to work around it thus far. Signed as UDFA 7/21/21 - University of Maine.


RH Matt Russell - 8/26 - 2 2/3 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 0 BB, 4 K’s - 2.35 ERA in 5 appearances ( 7 2/3 IP ) - 11 K’s - 1 BB - signed as UDFA - 7/21/21 - 22 years old - Missouri State


Florida Complex Phillies ( Overall Record 18-11, 3-3 during the past week)


OF Gavin Tonkel - the 18 year old 2021 9th round draft choice went 5 for 11 ( .455 ) for the week appearing in four games. He’s very fast, we witnessed that as he beat out an infield grounder for a knock on 8/27 vs the Yankees. Gavin is off to a good start to his pro career going 5 for 16 ( .313 ) in his first six games.


IF Alexeis Azuaje - went 3 for 3 on 8/27 with a double and home run. It was the 19 year old’s best offensive showing of the season. We’ve had a keen interest in Alexeis since we saw him play in 2019 Fall Instructs, the young fella has baseball skills that stand out to even the casual observers. This year in the FCL he’s hitting .320 with a 1.113 OPS in eleven games ( 25 ABs ) with 3 doubles, 2 home runs and 7 RBIs. He had a strong 2019 DSL season as a 17 year old ( .281 average in 185 AB’s, 14 doubles, 3 triples and 5 hoke runs ).


Strong Pitching


LH Spencer Van Scoyoc - two rehab outings - 8/23 - 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 BB, 3 K’s and 8/28 - 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 2 K’s - the 23 year old was the club’s 19th round draft selection in the 2019 draft from Central Oklahoma - he’s made four rehab appearances with the FCL team beginning on 8/17 and has yet to yield a run in 6 IP ( 1 H, 4 BB, 9 K’s ) … he seems ready to go to a full season roster.


RH Gunner Mayer - two rehab outings - 8/23 - 1 perfect IP - 1 K and 8/27 - 2 Perfect IP - 4 K’s …

He was placed on the seven day IL on 8/3 by the Threshers.


RH Ben Brown - made his first rehab appearance on 8/27 - 1 perfect IP - very efficient - three grounds - less than ten pitches - Ben was placed on the development list back on 5/23 after opening the season with Jersey Shore, good to see him back in action.

LH Rafael Marcano - made his first rehab appearance on 8/26 - 2 perfect IP - 1 K … he was placed on the seven day IL by the Threshers on 8/8/21


RH Rodolfo Sanchez - two rehab outings - 8/23 - 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 BB, 1 K & 8/26 - 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 0 K’s … Rodolfo was placed on the seven day IL on 8/3/21 by the Threshers


Dominican Summer League Phillies :


Phillies Red ( Overall Record 18-15 , 4-1 during the past week)


OF Jeury Corona - the 19 year old went 7 for 14 ( .500 ) during the week including going 4 for 4 with a double and triple against the Cardinals Blue team on Monday. For the season he’s hitting .348 in 25 games - 66 AB’s with 6 doubles and a triple. He’s also stolen 10 bases in 13 attempts.


Strong Pitching


RH Javier Fuenmayor - 8/26 - the 18 year old threw five scoreless innings ( 2 H, 1 BB, 3 K’s ) - 2.64 ERA in 8 games ( 30 2/3 IP ) this season.

RH Manuel Urias - 8/27 - the 20 year old pitched five shutout innings ( 3 H, 0 BB, 8 K’s ) - 2.86 ERA in 8 games ( 28 1/3 IP ) with 33 K’s and only 3 BB


Phillies White ( Overall Record 20-10, 4-0 during the past week)


C Kliubert Avila - the 18 year old went 4 for 7 ( .571 ) in three games … for the month of August he’s hitting .412 ( 7 for 17 ) and is posting a .321 average ( 9 for 28 ) for the season. He was signed on 11/27/19 and this is his first year of DSL play.


IF Jehisbert Sevilla - the 18 year old went 6 for 16 ( .375 ) for the week including three hits on 8/27 against the Tigers. He’s riding a six game hitting streak ( 8 for 24 - .333 ). This is his first season of DSL play, was signed on 7/2/19.


Strong Pitching


RH Edgar Zuniga - the 18 year old made two appearances ( 8/23 & 8/27 ) throwing 2 2/3 scoreless frames … he’s yet to yield a run in 7 games ( 8 2/3 IP ).


RH Elberson Castellano - 8/26 - the 20 year old recorded five strikeouts in 2 2/3 innings of scoreless relief. On the season he’s posted a 1.10 ERA in 10 games ( 10 1/3 IP ) with 16 K’s and a 1.16 WHIP


RH Jean Cabrera - 8/27 - the 19 year old pitched five innings ( 1 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 1 HBP, 6 K’s ) … for the season his ERA is 1.09 in 8 games ( 33 IP ) with 39 K’s and just 5 BB - a WHIP of 0.76 and an opponents batting average of .175


Happy week, Happy Baseball ⚾️


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