• Steve Potter

9/6/21 : Week Eighteen Standouts ( 8/31 to 9/5 )


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 48-58, 3-3 during the past week) - next series @ Worcester ( Red Sox Affiliate )


IF CJ Chatham - went 10 for 24 ( .417 ) for the week with a double, home run and five RBIs. In limited action in the month of August he hit .300 for the Iron Pigs in 30 AB’s - he’s returned on 8/17 after suffering a broken hand and going on the IL on 6/5/21. Looking to finish strong, great start to doing so this past week.


IF TJ Rivera - went 7 for 16 ( .437 ) for the week with 4 doubles, a home run and 5 RBIs. The veteran 32 year old was acquired from the Pirates organization on 8/7/21 and has hit .359 in 25 AB’s since for the Iron Pigs. Perhaps a trivia answer for minor league buffs 🤔 … TJ was the Pacific Coast League batting champion in 2016 when he hit .353 in 405 AB’s for Las Vegas … I know, I need a life 🤦‍♂️


Strong Pitching :


LH Christopher Sanchez - 9/3 - 5 2/3 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 3 BB, 6 K’s - after yielding three first inning runs sat down the next 14 batters ( walked one but then got a double play )


RH Mauricio Llovera - pitched three innings of relief on 9/5 to record a nine out save, his 5th for the Iron Pigs. He yielded 1 run on 3 hits, walked none and struck out two batters.



Reading ( Overall Record 44-64, 3-3 during the past week) - next series @ Binghamton ( Mets Affiliate )

C Logan O’Hoppe - went 9 for 19 ( .474 ) for the week with 2 home runs and 4 RBIs … he’s hitting .406 in 32 AB’s with 3 home runs and 5 RBIs since being promoted to Reading from Jersey Shore on 8/25/21. Overall this season he’s hitting .283 in 350 AB’s with 18 doubles, 2 triples, 16 home runs and 53 RBIs …. Drafted in the 23rd round of the 2019 draft from West Islip, NY … just 21 years old.


OF Matt Kroon - went 10 for 24 ( .417 ) for the week with a triple, home run and three RBIs out of the lead off spot in the order. He had a hit in all six games, four hits in Saturday’s contest and two on Sunday. For the season he’s now hitting .293 in 184 overall ABs but also .312 in 154 AB’s for Reading. Solid year for the 24 year old who was drafted in the 18th round of the 2018 draft from Oklahoma.


Strong Pitching :


RH Colton Eastman - 8/31 - 4 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 5 K’s - 2021 - coming off strong month of August - 2.70 ERA in 4 games ( 10 IP ) - reactivated on 8/14 after being placed on IL 6/15 with broken finger suffered while attempting to bunt. Total of 33 IP for the year - I think is a strong AFL candidate due to missed time - 2018 4th round pick - Cal State Fullerton - 25 years old.


LH Josh Hendrickson - 8/31 - 4 IP, 0 R, 1 R, 3 H, 0 BB, 6 K’s - very solid season - 91 1/3 IP, 3.45 ERA, 1.11 WHIP - 90 K’s, 26 BB in 20 games - 2019 38th round draft choice - San Diego University - 23 years old from Perth, Western Australia


RH Adam Leverett - 9/2 - 6 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 3 BB, 8 K’s - didn’t yield a hit till the 7th inning in a 2-0 seven inning contest win. Adam has had a very solid season pitching at three levels ( High A, AA & AAA ) and has posted an overall 3.54 ERA and 1.12 WHIP in 81 1/3 IP.


RH James McArthur - 9/2 - 5 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 1 BB, 7 K’s - strong outing in second game of double header - he’s coming off a good month of August when he posted a 2.79 ERA in 19 1/3 IP with 26 K’s and 6 BB


LH Kyle Dohy - two appearances ( 9/2 & 9/4 ) - 3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 BB, 3 K’s - coming off an outstanding month of August ( 8 games - 10 2/3 IP - 20 K’s, 6 BB, 1.03 WHIP, 1.69 ERA ) … he’s 4-0 for Reading since being activated there on 6/9 in 24 games - 2.34 ERA and 0.95 WHIP with 52 K’s and 16 BB in 34 2/3 IP.


LH Brian Marconi - two appearances - two saves - 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 4 K’s - 2021 - 13 saves in 14 chances - 2.09 ERA in 35 games ( 47 1/3 IP ) - 62 K’s, 24 BB - 1.14 WHIP - outstanding season - signed 6/12/19 - UDFA - George Mason University


Logan O’Hoppe

Jersey Shore ( Overall Record 49-57, 2-3 during the past week) - next series @ home vs Greensboro ( Pirates Affiliate )


1B/3B DJ Stewart - 6 for 17 ( .353 ) for the week with a home run. He’s had a very solid season and is now hitting .271 overall in 321 AB’s between Clearwater and Jersey Shore with 12 doubles, 2 triples, 14 home runs and 57 RBIs … he’s 22 years old and was the club’s 39th round draft choice in the 2017 draft from Westminster Christian Academy in St Louis, Missouri


UTL Nicolas Torres - went 7 for 21 ( .333 ) for the week. Since being promoted to Jersey Shore on 8/14 from Clearwater he’s hit .393 in 61 AB’s - the 21 year old from Venezuela was signed 7/2/16 as an amateur free agent.


IF Luis Garcia - went 7 for 23 ( .304 ) for the week including going 3 for 5 in his last game for Clearwater before being promoted to Jersey Shore on 9/2. The 21 year old has had a solid season and has shown pop in the bat with 11 home runs and 42 RBIs in 351 total AB’s

OF Johan Rojas - went 5 for 17 ( .294 ) for the week with a double, home run, two RBIs and three walks. He too was promoted to Jersey Shore from Clearwater on 9/2 … very solid year for the 21 year old …. 16 doubles, 3 triples, 9 home runs, 43 RBIs and a system leading 27 stolen bases in 84 games ( 334 AB’s ).


Strong Pitching :


RH Griff McGarry - 9/3 - 5 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 BB, 9 K’s - 2021 - 2.25 ERA in 6 games ( 16 IP ) with 31 K’s and 7 BB - 0.94 WHIP - Clearwater - 5 games, Jersey Shore - 1 game - 2021 5th round draft choice - University of Virginia - 22 years old


LH Erubiel Armenta - 9/3 - 2 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 1 BB, 4 K’s - 2021 - 2.14 ERA in 15 games ( 21 IP ) - 47 K’s, 15 BB - 3 for 3 in saves - signed 7/11/19 - Mexico


RH Carlo Reyes - 9/4 - 4 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 2 BB, 4 K’s - 2021 - 2.19 ERA in 33 games ( CW/JS/REA ) in 53 1/3 IP - 69 K’s and 19 BB - 1.13 WHIP - signed 10/8/18 - Dominican Republic


RH Victor Lopez - 9/4 - 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 BB, 3 K’s - 2021 - 1.74 ERA in 14 games ( FCL/CW/JS ) - 20 2/3 IP - 24 K’s, 5 BB - 1.02 WHIP - signed 3/30/19 - Dominican Republic


RH Blake Brown - 9/4 - 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 3 BB, 2 K’s - 2021 - 3.15 ERA in 33 games ( 40 IP ) - 58 K’s - 34 BB - signed 6/18/20 UDFA - UNC Asheville





Clearwater ( Overall Record 47-56, 2-3 during the past week) - next series @ home vs Bradenton ( Pirates Affiliate )


IF Jamari Baylor - went 6 for 18 ( .333 ) for the week - he was 2 for 3 in an FCL game on Tuesday and was promoted to Clearwater on 9/2 … Jamari doubled and had three RBIs in his first game with the Threshers. The 21 year old was the club’s 2019 3rd round draft selection from Benedictine HS in Richmond, VA.


OF Simon Muzziotti - went 4 for 13 ( .307 ) for the week in his first game action of the season. He began the week playing for the FCL Phillies on 8/31 before moving up to the Threshers. The mercurial center fielder is 22 years old and was signed by the Phillies in July of 2016. If possible he may be a candidate to play in the AFL due to the lost time this season.

OF Jared Carr - went 5 for 14 ( .357 ) for the week with 5 walks and a home run. He’s hit three home runs in his first 21 games … was the team’s 13th round selection in the 2021 draft from Shepherd University in Shepherd, WV … he’s 22 years old.


IF Freylin Minyety - went 6 for 17 ( .353 ) for the week with a double, home run and two RBIs. He’s hitting .300 in his first 50 pro AB’s … was signed as an UDFA from Wabash Valley JC in Illinois on 7/20/21.


Strong Pitching :


LH Gabriel Cotto - 9/4 - 5 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 BB, 6 K’s - 2021 - 2.47 ERA in 10 games - 37 1/3 IP - 50 K’s between FCL Phillies and Threshers ( 6 games ). 21 year old 2018 7th round draft choice - Puerto Rico Baseball Academy - Gurabo, Puerto Rico


LH Matt Osterberg - 9/4 - 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 BB, 2 K’s - 2021 - 1.50 ERA in 6 games ( 12 IP ) with 17 K’s, 6 BB - 0.92 WHIP between FCL Phillies and Threshers ( 5 games ). - 2021 15th round draft choice - St Cloud State, Minnesota - 22 years old



Florida Complex Phillies ( Overall Record 20-11, 2-0 during the past week)


OF Marcus Lee Sang - 9/3 - 3 for 4 - 2 home runs, 5 RBIs

IF Alexeis Azuaje - 9/3 - 4 for 4 with 3 doubles, scored four runs and had 3 RBIs

OF Logan Cerny - 9/3 - 2 for 3 ( double and triple ), two runs scored - two RBIs

1B Matt Goodheart - 9/3 - pro debut - 2 for 3 , 1 RBI

IF Hao Yu Lee - 9/3 - first pro hit - double - three runs scored

OF/1B Jordan Viars - 9/3 - first pro HR - 3 RBIs, 3 BB, 3 runs scored


Strong Pitching :


RH Ben Brown - two appearances - 3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 BB, 3 K’s - he popped the glove at 96 mph, free and easy motion - sinker ( highest velocity ) and four seamer, mixed in a slider, cutter and curve - this young man, if healthy, can dominate hitters, he can be a really good one - coming off of 2019 TJ surgery - looks stronger than ever


LH Tristan Garnett - 8/31 - 3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 3 K’s - pitches “downhill” - ball comes out of his hand with a seemingly downward slope, a bit of a short arm delivery, showed swing and miss secondaries - seemed to be today’s focus - impressive outing


RH Andrew Painter - 9/3 - pro debut - 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 2 K’s - threw three deliveries ( Fast ball - 94.6 to 95.6 , Slider - 80 to 83.8 and Cutter - 86.9 ) totaling 17 pitches. Smooth delivery for the tall right hander, strong outing … left us wanting to see more.


RH Micah Ottenbreit - two appearances - 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 BB, 0 K’s - pro debut 8/31 - good velo - 93-94 - tall thin hurler with easy delivery - showed curveball and change as secondaries



Ben Brown - photo by Mark Wylie

Dominican Summer League Phillies :


Phillies Red ( Overall Record 22-16 ,4-1 during the past week)


OF Jeury Corona -3 for 8 during the week with 2 BB - .342 avg for season - 26 for 76 with 16 stolen bases


C Rickardo Perez - 4 for 13 for the week with 4 BB, 2 RBIs


Strong Pitching :


LH Joel Valdez - 9/4 - 5 IP, 0 R, 5 H, 1 BB, 3 K’s - 2022 - 1.74 ERA in 10 games - 41 1/3 IP

RH Manuel Urias - 9/2 - 5 IP, 1 unearned R, 3 H, 0 BB, 9 K’s- 2021-42K’s, 3 BB-33 1/3 IP

RH Oswald Medina - 9/3 - 5 IP, 0 R, 5 H, 1 BB, 5 K’s - 2021 - 1.84 ERA in 10 games-44 IP

RH Ezequiel Ventura - 9/4 - 3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 2 K’s

RH Jesus Querales - 2 gms - 5 IP,0 R,2 H,1 BB, 4 K’s-2021-1.47 ERA-14 games-18 1/3 IP


Phillies White ( Overall Record 24-13, 4-3 during the past week)


IF Deivi Cabrera - 9/4 - went 3 for 3 with a home run, scored three runs and had two RBIs. Just 17 years old - from Valencia, VZ - signed 2/2/21


Strong Pitching :


RH Estibenzon Jimenez - 9/4 - 3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 3 BB, 3 K’s - 2021-1.00 ERA - 27 IP-11 gms

RH Jean Cabrera - 9/2 - 5 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 1 BB, 7 K’s - 2021-1.18 ERA - 46K’s,6 BB - 38 IP

RH Jonathan Petit - 9/4 - 5 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 5 K’s -2021-2.19 ERA - 24 2/3 IP


Happy Day, Happy Baseball ⚾️

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