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Monday, July 25th : Minor League Roundup

A 10 AM Florida Complex League double header against the Yankees today on Roberts Field in the brutal heat and humidity we are all experiencing in many parts of the country at the moment.  Also on hand are the minor league coordinators and lead development staff to conduct mini camp for the new drafted players and un-drafted free agent signees.  Those that have formally signed their contracts were scheduled to get on the practice fields in the afternoon.  There’s a lot of prerequisites before that happens, full physicals, multiple meetings on team protocols, etc.

We have been fortunate to chat with a few of the new fellas already, today I met fellow West Chester University alum and recent Phillies pending signee LHP Braedon Fausnaught.  I graduated way back in the day in 1981 which means the new Phillies hurler wasn’t even born when I graduated 😳🤪.   He said how it still felt like a dream to be joining the organization that he grew up cheering for - this year’s class of new Phillies has quite a few local ties.

Prior to agreeing with the Phillies Braedon pitched for the Trenton Thunder in the MLB Development League posting a 2-1 record and 3.38 ERA.  Fausnaught went 9-3 with a 3.29 ERA in 104 innings this past season at West Chester University and helped the Golden Rams reach the Division II World Series. Fausnaught’s 130 strikeouts set a single-season program record. We are very happy for him and eager to report on his progression as after he formally signs he embarks on a pro baseball career.

Today’s Games :

Mondays are off days for the full season affiliates.

Florida Complex League :

Phillies ( 12-19 ) Yankees ( 24-8 ) - double header - seven inning games

Game One - Yankees 3 Phillies 2 - eight innings

Summary :

The Phillies loaded the bases in the 3rd inning - Albert Rodriquez reached on an error, Jehisbert Sevilla singled and Nikau Pouaka-Grego walked.  Ricardo Rosario singled to center field to score Rodriquez - Sevilla was thrown out at the plate on a tremendous throw by Yankees center field Nelson Medina ( hose worthy ! ).

The Yankees tied the game in the sixth on two walks and an RBI single by Andres Chaparro.

The game went into extra innings in a 1-1 deadlock.

In the top of the 8th two walks loaded the bases with the placed runner advancing to third.  A bases loaded walk scored one one and a sac fly by Alan Mejia scored another.

The Phillies scored once in the bottom of the 8th - placed runner Felix Reyes scored when Yankees center fielder Nelson Medina made a throwing error trying to nab him at third base on a fly out advance from second. That one wasn’t hose worthy 🤪.

On the Hill :

RH Estibenzon Jimenez - 5 1/3 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 1 BB, 7 K’s - he was excellent - great command and pitch movement - FB had late life - sat 92-94 mph - he’s been very impressive last couple outings

RH Wilson Valdez - 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 K - 1 inherited runner scored

RH Malik Binns - 2 IP, 2 R - 1 earned, 1 H, 3 BB, 2 K’s - threw the ball well - got pinched a bit - 93-94 mph FB

At Bat : 4 H, 1 BB, 7 K’s

Jehisbert Sevilla had two hits, Jackie Pertuz doubled.

Estibenzon Jimenez - file photo by Casey Burns

Game Two - Yankees 1 Phillies 1

Summary :

The Yankees scored in the third inning on three singles with the RBI going to Jesus Rodriquez.

The Phillies were hitless till the 4th when Felix Reyes singled, they loaded the bases with two walks and Reyes scored on a sac fly by Lou Helmig.

The game went into weather delay ( lighting ) in the top of the 6th.  It was eventually suspended.

On the Hill :

RH Jonathan Petit - 4 2/3 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 0 BB, 6 K’s - FB sits low 90’s - has a sharp slider and cutter

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

Dominican Summer League :

Phillies Red 10 ( 22-13 ) Blue Jays 2 ( 10-21 ) - seven innings

Summary :

Kliubert Avila doubled in the second, went to third on a wild pitch and scored on a sac fly by Jorge Mendez.

Aroon Escobar singled in the 4th, stole second and scored on a single by Kliubert Avila.  Jorge Mendez singled to advance Avila and Arquedion Muller singled to score him.

Aroon Escobar singled in the 6th and later scored on a throwing error. Jhorjan Guevara singled to score two more runs later in the inning.

Arquedion Muller doubled to score three runs in the 8th, Deivi Cabrera singled to score another.

The Blue Jays plated two in the bottom of the 7th on two walks, an error and a single.

On the Hill :

RH Enrique Segura ( 17 yrs old ) - 4 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 4 BB, 0 K’s

LH Jared Loyo - 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 BB, 3 K’s

LH Edwar Chirinos - 1 IP, 2 unearned R, 1 H, 3 BB, 1 K

At Bat : 13 H, 4 BB, 3 K’s

Kliubert Avila & Aroon Escobar each had three hits.  Jorge Mendez & Arquedion Muller each had two knocks.

Avila & Muller doubled.

Phillies White 5 ( 23-12 ) Tigers1 2 ( 12-23 )

Summary :

The Phillies scored four runs in the 2nd inning -  Jarol Martinez walked, Juan Villavicencio singled - Derek Escobar singled to score Martinez and send Villavicencio to third.  Angel Mata singled to score Villavicencio. Romel Mendez singled, a wild pitch moved him and Mata up a bag, Mata scored on a ground out by William Bergolla.  Leny Carela singled to score Mendez.

Angel Mata hit into a double play on a ground out with the bases loaded in the 6th on which a run scored.

The Tigers scored a run in each of the 8th and 9th innings.

On the Hill :

RH Danyony Pulido - 4 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 4 BB, 7 K’s

RH Maikel Rosales - 3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 2 K’s

RH Wilmer Blanco - 1 IP, 1 unearned R, 1 H, 0 BB, 1 K

LH Kelyderve Andrade - 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 BB, 2 K’s

At Bat : 7 H, 6 BB, 2 K’s

Juan Villavicencio had two hits. Derek Escobar singled and walked twice.

Braedon Fausnaught and a fellow West Chester University alum

Signings :

The Phillies announced that 1st Round Pick Justin Crawford has officially signed.  They also noted the following formal signings of contracts :

OF Gabriel Rincones Jr.

3rd round, No. 93 overall

RHP Orion Kerkering

5th round, No. 152 overall

LHP Mavis Graves

6th round, No. 182 overall

C Caleb Ricketts

7th round, No. 212 overall

RHP Alex Rao

8th round, No. 242 overall

OF Chad Castillo

9th round, No. 272 overall

C Gustavo Sosa

10th round, No. 302 overall

C Jordan Dissin

12th round, No. 362 overall

OF Cade Fergus

13th round, No. 392 overall

SS Bryan Rincon

14th round, No. 422 overall

OF Troy Schreffler

15th round, No. 452 overall

RHP Josh Bortka

16th round, No. 482 overall

RHP Daniel Harper

17th round, No. 512 overall

RHP Drew Garrett

19th round, No. 572 overall


 Additionally, the Phillies have signed left-handed pitchers Ezra Farmer (Tahquitz High School, CA), Mason Ronan (College of Central Florida) and Danny Wilkinson (Villanova University, PA), third baseman Matthew Alifano (Adelphi University, NY) and outfielder Dakota Kotowski (Missouri State University) as non-drafted free agents.



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