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9/10/23 : Week Twenty-Three Minor League Review (9/5 to 9/10)


The four full season teams went 13-9 in regular season games for the week. The seven clubs in the system are now a cumulative 382-307 in the regular season for a winning percentage of .554.  The four affiliates participating in split seasons are 140-115 (.549) in the second half.  Both Clearwater and Jersey Shore qualified for the playoffs next week and each club finished the regular season with top overall records in their respective leagues, Clearwater led the FSL and Jersey Shore was just percentage points behind the SAL the league leader, they set and protected the standard!


Pitchers Shaun Anderson and Tyler Phillips turned in good starts for Lehigh Valley as they split their six games in Buffalo.  Weston Wilson set the new single season high water mark in home runs for the franchise with his 31st of the year.


Mick Abel, Zach Haake, David Parkinson and Orion Kerkering shined on the hill for Reading in their final home series of the season.


Jersey Shore won a roller coaster game on Sunday in eleven innings to win the second half north division championship and playoff berth!  Jason Ruffcorn came thru in the clutch in the game pitching three high pressure innings.  Otto Kemp shined both offensively and defensively during the week. The BlueClaws now face Hudson Valley one more time in a best of three playoff series beginning on Tuesday.


Clearwater’s Raylin Heredia had a big week (10 for 17 (.588) with five runs scored, two doubles, triple, home run, five RBIs - .611 OBP) reminiscent of his season in the Florida Complex League before his promotion, the young man can play.  Bryson Ware and Jordan Dissin also had strong weeks, Ware hit .467 in fifteen AB’s and Dissin hit two home runs and drove in six runs.  Estibenzon Jimenez, Eiberson Castellano and Braeden Fausnaught turned in strong starting pitching assignments.  The Threshers finish the regular season with the best overall record in the Florida State League at 79-50 (.612) and will now play the Lakeland Flying Tigers in the semi final round of the playoffs in a best of three series beginning on Tuesday.


AAA Level : Lehigh Valley : 3-3 for the week against Buffalo, (38-25, 74-62)- 9/12/23 @ Rochester


Tuesday : 12-4 Loss

Wednesday : 8-5 Win

Thursday : 10-2 Win

Friday : 11-2 Win

Saturday : 3-2 Loss

Sunday : 6-3 Loss


Total Runs Scored : 38

Total Runs Against : 30


Position Players :


Aramis Garcia - 5 for 13 (.385) with two doubles, .429 OBP

Weston Wilson - 5 for 13 (.385) with two doubles and two home runs, eight RBIs

Rafael Marchan - 3 for 9 (.333) with two doubles, home run, eight RBIs, four walks, .538 OBP

Dustin Peterson - six hits, three walks, four runs, three walks, .375 OBP


Recap :


Tuesday : Matt Kroon and Rafael Marchan doubled.  Darick Hall homered.   Those were the team’s only three hits.


Wednesday : Matt Kroon had two hits (both doubles).  Dustin Peterson had two hits (single & double - three RBIs).  Aramis Garcia doubled.


Thursday : Jim Haley had three hits (two singles & HR), Rafael Marchan doubled and hit a grand slam, he posted six RBIs.  Darick Hall had two hits.  Simon Muzziotti doubled.


Friday : Weston Wilson homered twice (30th and 31st ) breaking the franchise single season record, he was previously tied with Rhys Hoskins.  He had three hits and six RBIs.  Darick Hall, Aramis Garcia had three hits and Kody Clemens had two hits.  Clemens, Dustin Peterson, Garcia, Jim Haley and Scott Kingery doubled.  Clemens tripled.


Saturday : The team had four hits, Weston Wilson doubled, Matt Kroon tripled.


Sunday : Kody Clemens had two hits (double and triple).  Dustin Peterson had two knocks (single & double).  Weston Wilson doubled.


Pitchers :


Shaun Anderson - seven innings, one run, six hits, no walks, seven strikeouts

Tyler Phillips - five innings plus, one unearned run, six hits, four walks, three strikeouts.

Nick Nelson - six and one third innings, two runs, seven hits, four strikeouts.

Ben Bowden - two appearances, two and two third innings, no runs, one hit, one walk, two strikeouts.


Recap :


Tuesday : TJ Zeuch went three innings, six runs, six hits, one walk.  Brett Schulze pitched an inning, two runs, one hit, three walks.  Taylor Lehman pitched one and a third innings, four runs - two earned, three hits, one walk, two strikeouts.  Tyler McKay pitched an inning and a third, no runs, two hits, one walk, one strikeout - two inherited runners scored.  Infielder Esteban Quiroz pitched the eighth inning - no runs or hits, one walk.


Wednesday : Tyler Phillips was good, five innings plus, one unearned run, six hits, four walks, three strikeouts. Louis Ortiz pitched two innings, one run, two hits, one strikeout. Hector Perez pitched two thirds of an inning, three runs, one hit, four walks, one strikeout. Yunior Marte pitched an inning and a third, no runs or hits, two walks, two strikeouts - he stranded three inherited runners.  Ben Bowden finished it, two innings, no runs, no hits, one walk, two strikeouts.


Thursday : Shaun Anderson pitched seven innings, one run, six hits, no walks, seven strikeouts. Brett Schulze pitched an inning, no runs or hits, three walks, one strikeout. Connor Brogdon pitched an inning, one run, one hit, one walk.


Friday : Michael Plassmeyer went four and two third innings, one run, three hits, three walks, five strikeouts. Jeremy Walker pitched one and a third innings, no runs, three hits, two strikeouts.  Tyler McKay went one third of an inning, one run, one hit, two hit batters, one walk, one strikeout.  Taylor Lehman retired both batters he faced, one by strikeout and stranded three inherited runners.  Yunior Marte pitched a scoreless frame, one walk, two strikeouts.  Hector Perez finished with a perfect inning, one strikeout.


Saturday : Nick Nelson with another good outing, six and one third innings, two runs, seven hits, four strikeouts. Ben Bowden went two thirds of an inning, no runs, one hit - one of two inherited runners scored.  Luis Ortiz went one and one third innings, one run, three hits, two walks.


Sunday : Drew Hutchison pitched five innings, four runs, six hits, five walks, four strikeouts.  Brett Schulze pitched an inning, no runs, one hit, no walks, two strikeouts. Tyler McKay pitched a scoreless frame, one strikeout.  Hector Perez pitched an inning, two runs, two hits, one walk, one strikeout.


AA Level : Reading : 3-2 for the week against Portland, (29-33, 57-73) overall - 9/12/23 @ Binghamton


Tuesday : 6-3 Win

Wednesday : 3-2 Win

Friday Game One : 5-2 Win

Friday Game Two : 6-0 Loss

Sunday Game One : 9-3 Loss


Total Runs Scored : 17

Total Runs Against : 22


Position Players :


Oliver Dunn - 4 for 11 (.364) with two runs and five walks, .563 OBP

Carlos De La Cruz - 4 for 12 (.333) with a double, two home runs, six RBIs, four walks, .471 OBP

Ethan Wilson - 4 for 13 (.308) with a double and two RBIs

Nick Ward - two hits and two walks in eleven plate appearances - .364 OBP


Recap :


Tuesday : Nick Ward had two hits.  Pedro Martinez singled and homered.  Carlos De La Cruz homered (23rd) and walked.


Wednesday : Ethan Wilson had two hits (single & double).  Marcus Lee Sang hit a two run home run.   The team had three hits total.


Friday Game One : Carlos De La Cruz, Baron Radcliff and Madison Stokes each hit home runs.  De La Cruz had two RBIs and also walked twice.


Friday Game Two : The team was held to three singles.


Sunday : Carlos De La Cruz had two hits (single & double) and two RBIs. Oliver Dunn singled twice.


Pitchers :


Mick Abel - six innings, no runs, one hit, two walks, seven strikeouts

Zach Haake - six innings, no runs, one hit three walks, four strikeouts

David Parkinson - four innings, two runs, four hits, two walks, three strikeouts

Orion Kerkering - two appearances, two saves, two innings, no runs, two hits, two strikeouts


Recap :


Tuesday : Zach Haake had an excellent outing, six innings, no runs, one hit three walks, four strikeouts. McKinley Moore pitched an inning, one run, two hits, no walks, one strikeout.  Keylan Killgore pitched an inning, two runs - one earned, two hits, one walk, one strikeout.  Orion Kerkering closed it, perfect inning, two strikeouts.


Wednesday : Mick Abel was excellent, six innings, no runs, one hit, two walks, seven strikeouts - focused on four seamer, sinker and curve - no sliders tonight, all three pitches were commanded and had great movement - four seamer was upper nineties when used, with the sinker and curve it was a weapon pitch tonight.  Jordi Martinez pitched an inning, two runs - one earned, three hits, one strikeout.  Dominic Pipkin pitched a perfect inning, one strikeout.  Tristan Garnett closed it, one inning, no runs, two hits, one walk, one strikeout.


Friday Game One  : Matt Osterberg pitched two and one third innings on Thursday in the original start time of the game, no runs, one hit.  David Parkinson pitched well going four innings, two runs, four hits, two walks, three strikeouts.  McKinley Moore pitched the eighth inning, no runs, one hit, one walk, two strikeouts.  Orion Kerkering finished, one inning, no runs, two hits.


Friday Game Two : Adam Leverett went three innings, one run, three hits, two walks, one strikeout.  Cristian Hernandez pitched an inning, no runs, one hit, one walk, three strikeouts.  Andrew Baker pitched an inning, three runs - two earned, one hit, three walks.  Keylan Killgore pitched two innings, two runs, three hits, two walks, one strikeout.


Sunday : Josh Hendrickson went three innings, six runs, seven hits, five walks, three strikeouts.  Carlos Francisco went two and a third innings, one run, one hit, two walks, two strikeouts.  Andrew Baker pitched one and two thirds, no runs or hits, three walks, four strikeouts.  Jordi Martinez went one and two thirds, two runs - one earned, four hits, one walk, two strikeouts.  Cristian Hernandez retired the only batter he faced with a strikeout.


High A Level : Jersey Shore : 4-2 for the week against Hudson Valley, (38-28, 73-58) overall


Tuesday : 13-0 Loss

Wednesday : 2-0 Win

Thursday : 6-1 Win

Friday : PPD -Rain

Saturday Game One : 2-0 Loss

Saturday Game Two : 8-5 Win

Sunday : 10-9 - eleven innings


Total Runs Scored : 26

Total Runs Against : 30


Position Players :


Otto Kemp - 6 for 20 (.300) with two doubles, two RBIs, three walks, .375 OBP

Gabriel Rincones Jr - three HBP’s, four hits, four walks, four runs, .407 OBP

Justin Crawford - six hits, three doubles, three walks, .370 OBP


Recap :


Tuesday : Otto Kemp doubled.   The team was held to four hits.


Wednesday : Cole Moore doubled, Gabriel Rincones Jr singled, walked twice and had an RBI, the team was held to five hits.


Thursday : Erick Brito had three hits (two singles & triple). Caleb Ricketts, Felix Reyes and Bryan Rincon had two hits. Justin Crawford and Rincon doubled.  Crawford was on base three times as he also walked and was hit by a pitch, he also stole his 45th base of the season (40 with Clearwater), he scored three runs.


Saturday Game One : Justin Crawford had two infield singles, Bryan Rincon had two singles as well.  The team was limited to five hits in total with Otto Kemp getting the other hit, a single in the seventh inning.


Saturday Game Two : Justin Crawford hit two doubles and scored three runs, Caleb Ricketts singled and tripled.  Bryan Rincon doubled and Leandro Pineda tripled.  Anthony Quirion homered.


Sunday : Otto Kemp had three hits (two singles and double), a walk and two RBIs - money player all around!  Felix Reyes, Leandro Pineda, Caleb Ricketts and Jared Carr each had two hits. Pineda hit his 20th double of the season.


Pitchers :


Christian McGowan - four innings, no runs, two hits, one walk, six strikeouts

Jack Dallas - two appearances, three and two third innings, no runs, no hits, one walk, four strikeouts

Andrew Walling - two appearances, two and one third innings, no runs, one hit, one walk, two strikeouts

Mitch Neunborn - five innings, one run, two hits, four walks, six strikeouts

Jason Ruffcorn - two appearances, five innings, one earned run, six hits, two walks, seven strikeouts

Rafael Marcano - four innings, one run, two hits, three walks, five strikeouts

Konnor Ash - two appearances, three and two third innings, one run, three hits, no walks, seven strikeouts



Recap :


Tuesday : Gabriel Cotto pitched three and one third innings, four runs, seven hits, three walks, one strikeout.  Malik Binns pitched one and two third innings, five runs, three hits, one walk, one strikeout.  Wen Hui Pan pitched an inning, three runs, two hits, one walk, two strikeouts.  Jonh Henriquez pitched two innings, one run, no hits, two walks, two strikeouts.


Wednesday : Christian McGowan was dominant - sinker ran in the 93-96 mph range, secondary pitch (slider) was a swing and miss put away offering - very encouraging outing - four innings, no runs, two hits, one walk, six strikeouts.   Konnor Ash went an inning and two thirds, no runs, one hit, three strikeouts.  Andrew Walling pitched one and a third innings, he retired all four batters he faced.  Jack Dallas closed it, two perfect innings, three strikeouts.


Thursday : Gunner Mayer started and pitched an inning, no runs or hits, one walk, two strikeouts, he didn’t return after the lengthy rain delay.  Cam Wynne pitched well in relief, three innings, no runs, three hits, one walk, two strikeouts. Carlos Betancourt was very good, three scoreless innings, two hits, one walk, four strikeouts. Jason Ruffcorn finished it, two innings, one run, three hits, no walks, three strikeouts.


Saturday Game One : Mitch Neunborn pitched five innings, one run, two hits, four walks, six strikeouts.  Matt Russell pitched an inning, one run, two hits, one strikeout.


Saturday Game Two : Rafael Marcano went four innings, one run, two hits, three walks, five strikeouts.  Rodolfo Sanchez pitched one third of an inning, four runs, two hits, two walks.  Jack Dallas pitched one and two third innings, no runs, no hits, one walk, one strikeout. Andrew Walling finished it, one inning, no runs, one hit, two strikeouts.


Sunday : Konnor Ash opened, two innings, one run, two hits, four strikeouts.  Gunner Mayer went one and two third innings, one unearned run, two hits, two walks, one strikeout. Cam Wynne pitched one and one third innings, two runs on four hits. Wen-Hui Pan pitched two thirds of an inning, two runs, three hits.  Jason Ruffcorn pitched three innings, one unearned run, three hits, two walks, four strikeouts.  Gabriel Cotto pitched a perfect inning.


Low A Level : Clearwater : 3-2 for the week against Palm Beach, (35-29, 79-50) overall


Tuesday : 7-3 Win

Wednesday : 10-3 Loss

Thursday : 11-5 Win

Friday : 7-3 Win

Saturday : 9-8 Loss

Sunday : Cancelled - wet grounds


Total Runs Scored : 36

Total Runs Against : 30


Position Players :


Raylin Heredia - 10 for 17 (.588) with five runs scored, two doubles, triple, home run, five RBIs - .611 OBP

Bryson Ware - 7 for 15 (.467) with a double, home run and four RBIs - .471 OBP

Chad Castillo - 5 for 13 (.385) with five runs scored, two RBIs - .400 OBP

Jordan Dissin - 6 for 19 (.316) with four runs scored, double, two home runs, six RBIs

Trent Farquhar - 3 for 10 (.300) with four runs scored, two doubles, three walks - .462 OBP

William Bergolla - 4 for 13 (.308) with three RBIs, two walks - .400 OBP


Recap :


Tuesday : Emaarion Boyd, William Bergolla, Jordan Dissin (double & HR) and Bryson Ware (single & HR) each had two hits.  Dissin and Ware’s home runs were both three run shots.


Wednesday : Raylin Heredia had three hits (two singles & triple). Bryson Ware had two hits. Jordan Dissin homered.


Thursday : Raylin Heredia had three hits (two singles and double) and two RBIs.  William Bergolla, Chad Castillo, Trent Farquhar (two doubles), Bryson Ware and Jordan Viars each had two hits.  Ware doubled.  Troy Schreffler and Jared Thomas each singled and walked twice.


Friday : Raylin Heredia had two hits (double and home run), Chad Castillo had two singles. Emaarion Boyd had two hits and stole his 55th base of the season.  Troy Schreffler doubled.  Zach Arnold homered.


Saturday : Zach Arnold had four hits (three singles & double), Jordan Dissin, Raylin Heredia and Troy Schreffler had two each.


Pitchers :


Eiberson Castellano - five innings, one run, three hits, two walks, one hit batter, four strikeouts.

Estibenzon Jimenez - five scoreless innings, three hits, one walk, three strikeouts.

Braeden Fausnaught - five innings, one run, two hits, two walks, six strikeouts.

Nate Karaffa - three innings, no runs, three hits, one walk, one hit batter, four strikeouts.

Paxton Thompson - two appearances - two innings, no runs, one hit, one walk, two strikeouts.


Recap :


Tuesday : Eiberson Castellano pitched five strong innings, one run, three hits, two walks, one hit batter, four strikeouts.  Brayden Tucker pitched an inning, one run, two hits, no walks, one strikeout.  Brandon Beckel pitched an inning, one run, two hits.  Saul Teran pitched two perfect innings to close it, two strikeouts.


Wednesday : Jonathan Petit went three and a third, eight runs - six earned, seven hits, two walks, two strikeouts.  Paxton Thompson went one and two third innings, no runs, one hit, two strikeouts - one inherited runner scored.  Casey Steward pitched two innings, two runs, one hit, four walks, two strikeouts.  Alex Rao pitched a scoreless inning, one out.


Thursday : Hunter Loyd opened and pitched two innings, no runs, two hits, one walk, two strikeouts.  Erich Uelmen pitched an inning, one run, one hit, one strikeout.  Trey Dillard pitched two thirds of an inning, three runs, no hits, one hit batter, two walks.  Daniel Harper pitched an inning and a third, one run, two hits, two walks.  Hans Crouse pitched a perfect inning, one strikeout.  Nate Karaffa finished by pitching three innings, no runs, three hits, one walk, one hit batter, four strikeouts.


Friday : Estibenzon Jimenez was very strong once again, five scoreless innings, three hits, one walk, three strikeouts.  Cam Brown pitched an inning, three runs, three hits, one walk, one strikeout.  Brayden Tucker pitched two innings, no runs, one hit, two walks, one strikeout.  Josh Bortka finished it with a perfect inning.


Saturday : Good outing for Braeden Fausnaught - five innings, one run, two hits, two walks, six strikeouts.  Alex Rao went two thirds of an inning, three runs, three hits, two walks, two strikeouts.  Paxton Thompson went one third of an inning, no runs, one walk - stranded two inherited runners.  Danny Wilkinson pitched an inning, one run, no hits, two walks, one strikeout.  Saul Teran pitched an inning and two third, four runs, four hits, two walks, one strikeout.


Happy Day, Happy Baseball ⚾️



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