• Steve Potter

8/8/22 : Week Eighteen Minor League Review ( 8/1 to 8/7 )


Pitchers of the Week :


RH Mick Abel - Jersey Shore - 6 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 3 BB, 8 K’s - 93 pitches - 61 strikes - the 20 year old has posted 102 strikeouts in 84 IP as he continues to work towards a pre-established season innings target.  He’s made 17 starts and has a very respectable 3.64 ERA all the while continuing to learn the pitching craft.  Mick can pop the mitt in the upper nineties at will, when coupled with the ongoing development of secondary offerings, mix sequences and location he’s well on track for advancement next spring.


RH Andrew Painter - Jersey Shore - 7 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 BB, 11 K’s - 79 pitches - 56 strikes - just 19 years old in his first full season of professional baseball - he’s shown dominating capabilities - with 109 K’s in 68 1/3 IP he’s also working towards an innings target set for the season.  He’s also posted a 1.32 ERA and 0.88 WHIP in 16 starts - opponents have hit just .158 against him.   The ability to throw an upper nineties fastball consistently that has great movement and often pops 100 mph is his calling card, while he’s not incorporated his secondaries as much there’s a couple plus offerings in the making there as well.  An outstanding season for the young man.


RH Jaydenn Estanista - FCL Phillies - 4 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 BB, 6 K’s - another young hurler on the horizon as a power arm - just 20 years old he’s posted a stellar 0.43 ERA in his last nine appearances ( 21 IP ) with 24 K’s.  Jaydenn has shown a fastball now sitting consistently in the 94-96 mph range with flashes of upper nineties heat.  His delivery is repeatable and the ball has tremendous life and movement out of his hand.  While secondaries are still a work in progress the talent is evident as is the work ethic.  I’ve got a very good feeling about this young man’s future - he’s not as advanced as others yet but with a 1.11 ERA in 24 1/3 IP this season and a 0.78 WHIP there’s genuine excitement about what’s possible in the future.


Mick Abel, Jaydenn Estanista & Andrew Painter - photos by Michael Dolcemascolo & Casey Burns


Position Players of the Week :


Outfielder Simon Muzziotti - Reading - 10 for 20 ( .500 ) with 2 doubles, a home run and 2 RBIs - .545 OBP - the 23 year old has a six game hitting streak ( 14 for 25 - .560 ) and a hit in 11 of his last 12 games ( 19 for 46 - .413 ).  He’s hit four home runs and driven in six runs during that stretch.


Catcher Caleb Ricketts - Clearwater - 9 for 18 ( .500 ) with a .526 OBP - 1 HR & 4 RBIs in his first week of professional play.   The 22 year old left hand batter was drafted in the 7th round of this year’s draft from the University of San Diego.  He was born in Newport Beach, CA - great start to his pro career !


Outfielder Marcus Lee Sang - Jersey Shore - 8 for 23 ( .348 ) with 2 doubles, 2 home runs and three RBIs - .400 OBP - his first week at the High A level after being promoted from Clearwater on August 1st - 21 years old - drafted in the 11th round of the 2019 draft from Northern High School, Owings, MD - has had a solid season - 10 home runs and 40 RBIs overall with a .344 OBP in 359 PA’s - solid defender at all three outfield positions.


Marcus Lee Sang, Caleb Ricketts & Simon Muzziotti - photos by Mark Wylie & George Youngs Jr


Other Position Player standouts :


Lehigh Valley :


Catcher Rafael Marchan - 6 for 12 ( .500 ) with 5 RBIs and 2 walks ( .600 OBP ) - 23 year old switch hitter from San Cristobal, Venezuela now hitting .252 with 14 doubles, 3 home runs and 21 RBIs in 178 PA’s


Outfielder Chris Sharpe - 6 for 19 ( .316 ) with a double, home run and six RBIs - .409 OBP - 26 year old minor league free agent signing this summer - has a hit in 7 of his last 8 games ( 9 for 25 - .360 ).


Catcher Donny Sands - 6 for 19 ( .316 ) with 2 doubles and 6 RBIs - .435 OBP - 4 walks - 26 years old - hitting .313 with a .425 OBP for the season in 233 PA’s with 10 doubles, 5 home runs and 33 RBIs


Reading :


1B/Outfielder Aldrem Corredor - 7 for 20 ( .350 ) with a home run and six RBIs - .417 OBP - 26 year old minor league free agent signing from Miranda, Venezuela has posted 8 home runs and 48 RBIs and lots of smiles and energy this summer for Reading.


Infielder Wendell Rijo - 10 for 24 ( .417 ) with 4 doubles, 2 home runs and 8 RBIs - a .444 OBP.  Has been a solid presence all season - 10 HR, 39 RBIs - .349 OBP in 279 PA’s - 26 year old minor league free agent signing this year from La Romana, Dominican Republic.


Jersey Shore :


Catcher Herbert  Iser - 6 for 14 ( .429 ) with a double, home run and two RBIs - .500 OBP for the week - now the primary catcher for the Blue Claws - 24 years old - drafted in the 23rd round of the 2019 draft from Dallas Baptist University.  Solid defensively with pop as a left handed batter.


Outfielder Ethan Wilson - 8 for 24 ( .333 ) with 2 doubles and 3 RBIs - 22 year old 2nd round draft selection from South Alabama in 2021.  He has a hit in 11 of his last 14 games ( 18 for 57 - .316 ).  The season has been a learning experience - it has been his first exposure to steady high velo pitching - overall he’s hitting .251 with 6 home runs and 39 RBIs in 371 AB’s and has swiped 25 bases despite not being a speedster - very heady player - from my perspective he’s had an encouraging season in his first full year of pro life.


Clearwater :


Infielder McCarthy Tatum - 7 for 17 ( .412 ) with an OBP of .444 - 3 doubles with Clearwater - he also went 1 for 3 in a FCL game on Monday.  The 26 year old 10th round draft selection from the 2019 draft ( Fresno State ) is on rehab assignment after suffering a wrist injury in May with Jersey Shore.


Shortstop Erick Brito -  4 for 11 ( .364 ) with 4 walks ( .533 OBP ).  A solid week for the 20 year old from Ciudad Guayana, Venezuela who is in his first season stateside - he’s had his struggles but also has shown glimpses of strength both defensively and with the bat.


FCL Phillies :


Catcher Rickardo Perez - 4for 7 ( .571 ) with 2 RBIs and a walk - the 18 year old from Valencia, Venezuela is  hitting a lofty .362 in 69 AB’s for the season with an  OBP of .410.


Infielder Nikau Pouaka-Grego - 4 for 10 ( .400 ) with a HR and 4 RBIs - 17 year old born in Christchurch, New Zealand has been steady all season posting a .291 batting average in 79 AB’s with 2 home runs and 11 RBIs


DSL Phillies White :


Infielder William  Bergolla - 5 for 13 ( .385 ) - .500 OBP in 16 PA’s - 17 year old from Valencia, Venezuela who has been highly touted - spent majority of the season working thru some nagging injuries - since becoming active in the DSL he’s went 10 for 30 ( .333 ) with a .394 OBP.


Pitchers :


Starters :


Lehigh Valley :


LH Michael Plassmeyer - 7 IP,  1 R, 4 H, 0 BB, 11 K’s - 91 pitches - 64 strikes


Reading :


LH Ethan Lindow - 7 IP, 2 R, 7 H, 0 BB, 1 K - 73 pitches - 54 strikes

RH Griff McGarry - 4 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 2 BB, 6 K’s - 77 pitches - 46 strikes


Clearwater :


LH Jordi Martinez - 4 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 2 BB, 5 K’s - 75 pitches - 50 strikes


DSL Phillies Red :


RH Enrique Segura - 5 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 1 BB, 3 K’s

RH Pedro Reyes - 6 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 2 BB, 2 K’s


DSL Phillies White :


RH Maxwell Hernandez - 5 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 BB, 6 K’s

RH Ezequiel Ventura - 5 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 BB, 4 K’s


Relievers :


Lehigh Valley :


RH Bubby Rossman - two  appearances - 2 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 5 K’s - 46 pitches - 37 strikes

RH Michael Kelly -three  appearances - 3 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 2 K’s - 34 pitches - 25 strikes

LH Jonathan Hennigan - three appearances - 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 BB, 2 K’s - 35 pitches - 20 strikes

RH Sam Coonrad - - three appearances - 3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 BB, 1 K - 36 pitches - 21 strikes

RH Tyler Cyr - two  appearances - 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 BB, 4 K’s - 35 pitches - 21 strikes

LH Jakob Hernandez - two  appearances - 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 1 K - 21 pitches - 17 strikes


Reading :


RH Trevor Bettencourt - two  appearances - 4 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 0 BB, 3 K’s - 54 pitches - 34 strikes - 1 game as opener

RH Matt Seelinger - three appearances - 3 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 BB, 3 K’s - 56 pitches - 34 strikes

LH Taylor Lehman - two  appearances - 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 3 K’s - 29 pitches - 19 strikes

RH Tyler McKay - 2 2/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 BB, 2 K’s - 45 pitches - 30 strikes - stranded 2 inherited runners, one scored.

LH Brian Marconi - three appearances - 3 1/3 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 2 BB, 5 K’s - 62 pitches - 44 strikes - 2 saves

RH Carlo Reyes - 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 BB, 2 K’s - 34 pitches - 22 strikes

RH Andrew Schultz - two  appearances - 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 K - 26 pitches - 15 strikes

RH Billy Sullivan - 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 1 K - 16 pitches - 9 strikes - stranded two inherited runners


Jersey Shore :


RH Albertus Barber - two appearances - 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 BB, 2 K’s - 32 pitches - 18 strikes

RH Cristian Hernandez - two appearances - 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 BB, 4 K’s - 31 pitches - 22 strikes

RH Jonathan Hughes - 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 BB, 2 K’s - 30 pitches - 15 strikes - 2 of 3 inherited runners scored

RH Dominic Pipkin - 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 BB, 1 K - 31 pitches - 18 strikes


Clearwater :


LH Jordan Fowler - two appearances - 6 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 BB, 8 K’s - 85 pitches - 56 strikes

LH Tristan Garnett - two appearances - 3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 BB, 6 K’s - 50 pitches - 32 strikes

LH Matt Osterberg - 2 perfect IP - 5 ground outs, 1 K - 30 pitches - 18 strikes

RH Konnor Ash - 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 BB, 4 K’s - 42 pitches - 26 strikes

RH Carlos Betancourt - 2 perfect IP, 3 ground outs, 3 K’s - 24 pitches - 18 strikes


FCL Phillies :


RH Estibenzon Jimenez - 2 perfect IP, 4 K’s

LH Josh Hendrickson - 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 BB, 2 K’s - rehab

RH Victor Vargas - 3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 1 K - rehab

RH Fernando Lozano - 4 1/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 BB, 5 K’s


DSL Phillies Red :


RH Josbel Garcia - 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 BB, 1 K

RH Jonh Henriquez - 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 1 K - recently signed - FB touches 97 mph

RH Fernando Ortega - 3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 3 K’s


DSL Phillies White :


RH Javier Fuenmayor - 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 2 K’s

RH Douglas Mijares - 2 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 2 K’s


2022 season win/loss records :


Lehigh Valley went 4-2 during the week and is 58-47 overall

Reading went 4-2 during the week and is 45-57 overall, 16-17 second half

Jersey Shore went 2-4 during the week and is 37-65 overall, 12-24 second half

Clearwater went 3-3 during the week and is 47-54 overall, 12-24 second half

FCL Phillies went 2-3 during the week and is 16-25 overall

DSL Phillies Red went 3-1 during the week and is 27-17 overall

DSL Phillies White went 3-3 during the week and is 27-18 overall


This coming week’s schedule : ( 8/8 to 8/14 )


AAA - Lehigh Valley will host Charlotte ( White Sox affiliate )

AA - Reading will visit Harrisburg ( Nationals affiliate )

High A : Jersey Shore will visit Greensboro ( Pirates affiliate )

Low A : Clearwater will host St Lucie ( Mets affiliate )


Florida Complex League - home games - 8/8 ( Blue Jays ), 8/11 ( Yankees ) , 8/12 ( Tigers ) - away 8/9 ( Yankees - DH ), 8/13( Tigers )


Dominican Summer League  :


Phillies White this week - 8/8 ( Tex Blue ), 8/9 ( Phillies Red ), 8/10 ( Brewers1  ), 8/11 ( Nationals ), 8/12 ( Rockies ), 8/13 ( Phillies Red )

Phillies Red this week - 8/8 ( Tigers1  ), 8/9 ( Phillies White ), 8/10 ( BAL Black ), 8/11 ( Miami ), 8/12 ( Tigers2 ), 8/13 ( Phillies White  )


Minor League Player Awards to Date


Ethan Wilson - Bill Giles Award - Spring Training

Oswald Medina - Larry Rojas Award - Spring Training


Darick Hall - Phillies Minor League Hitter of the Month ( April )

Andrew Painter - Phillies Minor League Co-Pitcher of the Month ( April )

Corey Phelan - Phillies Minor League Co-Pitcher of the Month ( April )

Hao Yu Lee - Phillies Minor League Hitter of the Month ( May )

Ben Brown - Phillies Minor League Pitcher of the Month ( May )

Griff McGarry - Phillies Minor League Pitcher of the Month ( June )

Will Toffey - Phillies Minor League Hitter of the Month ( June )

Carlos De La Cruz - Phillies Minor League Hitter of the Month ( July )

Ben Brown - Phillies Minor League Pitcher of the Month ( July )

Andrew Painter - Phillies Minor League Co-Pitcher of the Month ( July )


Darick Hall - International League Player of the Week (4/18-24)

Darick Hall - International League Player of the Week (4/25-5/1)

Jhailyn Ortiz - Eastern League Player of the Week (5/9-15)

Hao Yu Lee -  Florida State League Player of the Week (5/9-15)

Logan O’Hoppe - Eastern League Player of the Week (5/16-22)

Andrew Painter - MLB Pipeline Prospect Team of the Week (4/18-24)

Francisco Morales - MLB Pipeline Prospect Team of the Week (4/25-5/1)

Hao Yu Lee - MLB Pipeline Prospect Team of the Week (5/9-15)

Logan O’Hoppe - MLB Pipeline Prospect Team of the Week (5/16-22 and 5/30-6/5)

Jonathan Petit - Florida Complex League Pitcher of the week ( 6/6-12)

Luis Gonzalez - Dominican Summer League Pitcher of the Week (6/27-7/3)

Ben Brown - South Atlantic League Pitcher of the week ( 7/11 - 7/17 )


Happy Day, Happy Baseball

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