Phillies’ Affiliates’ Recap (6/29/2021)

Lehigh Valley got thumped again.  Reading beat Erie.  Jersey Shore lost.  Clearwater was rained out.  And the FCL Phillies won with a couple of pitchers throwing rehabs.  Teaser: one was Miller, I got firsthand velo.


Lehigh Valley (21-28) lost to Buffalo, 12-2.  Cristopher Sanchez started and took the loss.  He lasted three innings and gave up 4 runs on 2 hits and 4 walks.  Two of the walks scored. Brandon Kintzler pitched a clean fourth inning.  Jake Hernandez pitched the fifth.  He gave up a run on a hit and 2 walks.  One of his walked scored.  Brady Lail gave up 4 runs on 3 hits and a walk in one inning.  Damon Jones gave up 3 runs on 5hits in two innings. 

The IronPigs scored a run in the top of the first on Ruben Tejada’s RBI single.  They closed to within 5-2 with a run in the sixth on Ryan Cordell’s solo HR (11).  Didi Gregorius went 2-4 with a run scored.  He still hasn’t played a complete game.  He was replaced in the bottom of the eighth.  Rafael Marchan went 2-3 with a walk.


Reading (19-30) beat Erie, 9-3.  Josh Hendrickson got the win pitching five innings.  He gave up 2 runs on 4 hits and 4 walks.  He struck out five.  Tyler Carr pitched two innings and allowed a run on 2 hits and a walk.  Brian Marconi pitched two, scoreless innings and gave up 2 hits and 2 walks while striking out five.  

The Phils scored twice in the first inning on a 2-run HR by Jorge Bonifacio (10).  They scored again in the second on a solo HR by McCarthy Tatum (7).  They scored a run in the fifth on Madison Stokes‘ RBI single.  They added two insurance runs in the seventh on Stokes’ RBI double and Josh Stephen’s RBI triple.  They tacked on 3 more runs in the ninth on a fielder’s choice, Tatum’s sac fly, and Logan Landon’s RBI single.  Stokes went 4-5 with 2 runs, a double, HR (7), and 2 RBI.  Bonifacio went 3-4 with 3 runs scored, a double, HR (11), walk, and 2 RBI.  Daniel Brito, Tatum, and Landon had 2 hits each.


Jersey Shore (20-28) beat Hudson Valley, 4-1.  Ethan Lindow pitched six innings and gave up 3 runs on 8 hits.  He walked none and struck out five.  Carlos Francisco gave up a run in 1.2 innings on a hit and a walk.  Mark Potter inherited two runners and one scored.  He went 1.1 innings and gave up no runs on 2 hits, striking out three.  The BlueClaws collected three hits.  Jhailyn Ortiz went 2-4 with a solo HR (6) in the 7th inning.  Jonathan Guzman (1-3) had the other hit, a double.   


Clearwater (25-23) postponed.  Rescheduled as a doubleheader on Thursday.  First game at 4:00 PM.


FCL Phillies (2-0) beat the FCL Tigers West, 9-4.  Erik Miller made his first rehab start.  He was on a pitch limit and was lifted after he completed throwing to his fifth batter.  He threw 22 pitches.  He gave up a leadoff single then retired the next to batters on a popup and a strikeout.  Then his control slipped and he walked his final two batters.  The stadium gun had his fastball at 94-96 mph.  I got to watch the game from above home plate.  I observed the official scorer.  I will be the scorer for Wednesday’s game and as needed in the future.

Wilson Gherbaz stranded all three runners and went 1.1 innings without allowing a base runner.  Tom Sutera (also making a rehab appearance) blew the save/hold allowing 3 runs on 5 hits in two innings.  Jonas De La Cruz loaded the bases in 0.2 innings on a hit and 2 walks.  He was replaced by Frenchman Yoan Antonac who stranded all three runners.  Dylan Castaneda pitched the final four innings.  He allowed a run on 5 hits and struck out six.  He was awarded the win.

The Phillies scored in the second inning on a stolen base/2-base error.  The pitcher picked off Marcus Lee Sang, but Lee Sang broke for second on first move.  The throw sailed down the first baseline and Lee Sang scored without a throw.  After falling behind by a run, they scored 4 runs in the third on Jamari Baylor’s RBI single, Mitchell Edwards‘ 2-run single. and Lee Sang’s RBI single.  They added three insurance runs in the fourth on Edward Barboza’s RBI triple, Kervin Pichardo’s RBI triple, and Jadiel Sanchez‘ sac fly.  They tacked on a run in the sixth on a passed ball.  Edwards went 2-3 with 2 RBI.


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Recent Transactions

6/29/2021 – Phillies optioned RHP Spencer Howard to Lehigh Valley
6/29/2021 – Phillies activated SS Jean Segura from the 10-day IL
6/29/2021 – Lehigh Valley placed 3B Austin Listi on the TIL
6/29/2021 – RHP Julian Garcia assigned to Reading from Lehigh Valley
6/29/2021 – LHP Zach Warren assigned to Reading from Lehigh Valley
6/29/2021 – RHP Andrew Brown assigned to Jersey Shore from Reading
6/29/2021 – RHP Adam Leverett assigned to Jersey Shore from Reading
6/29/2021 – RF Carlos De La Cruz assigned to FCL Phillies from Clearwater
6/29/2021 – Clearwater activated RHP Gunner Mayer from the 7-day IL
6/28/2021 – Phillies purchased the contract of LHP Tyler Alexander from Sussex County

23 thoughts on “Phillies’ Affiliates’ Recap (6/29/2021)

  1. The Top 3 affiliates are a combined 60-86. I want to give Brian Barber and his staff a chance but I want to see improvement soon. Also why hasn’t Bonafacio been moved up to Lehigh Valley?

    1. He’s not a prospect, he’s just a veteran bat brought in to help Reading’s lineup. The same with Cordell at LHV.

      1. Not sure how you are linking Brian Barber to the success of the Phillies minor league affiliates. He’s only drafted four players as the team’s scouting director. One has already been traded. And … BTW … that player is kicking butt in the Giants system. Carson Ragsdale has totaled 41 IP, 32 H, 20 BB, 76 K at low A San Jose.

        Mick Abel is just 19, and the Phillies top prospect.

        Give him a couple more drafts before you can fairly judge his performance as amateur scouting director. And never judge his ability to draft on the wins/losses of the Phillies minor league affiliates.

  2. Reading needs help, moving up a former big leaguer does nothing for lhv, why move him up? They dont want to take time away from three first round bust picks that are at lhv

  3. Brito continues to hit and get moved up to LHV in July. Ortiz is hitting just enough to still offer some hope that he’s not a complete bust. Damon Jones is looking like he’s hit his ceiling. He could be a throw in in a trade if another team wants to take a shot with his arm.
    Jim, official scorer??? Working your way up! Enjoy. I really know very little about all of the FCL guys. Let’s see if anyone separates himself.

  4. It came to my attention over the weekend that the Trenton Thunder picked up Toronto as a AAA affiliate. The heat sapped all my motivation to head over and catch the game.

    1. Only for this year because their AAA park in Buffalo is hosting the major league team while Canada is closed due to Covid.

  5. how crazy is it that Reading might have a better record than LV by the All-Star break??

    Didn’t see that one coming..

    1. Some of the hitters at Reading have finally come around (Brito, Stokes, Bonifacio). They also gained Bryson Stott but lost Matt Vierling. As for the pitching, Morales has been better of late and they gained Perkins and Hendrickson.

      Lehigh has had a ton of injuries (Haseley, where’s Cornelius Randolph?) and they lost Falter, Jankowski, Luke Williams, Spencer Howard (for a while), DLS, Feliz to the big club. Kingery and Moniak haven’t hit at all. Medina, Parkinson, Jones are not pitching well. The only decent reliever that they have left is JD Hammer.

      Anyways, Lehigh is supposed to supply the big club and in that respect, they are doing their job.

      1. Read somewhere (Matt Geib in the Athletic maybe?) that Randolph has a “significant” injury but haven’t seen that anywhere else.

    1. He’s still only 22 at JS, but this is already his 5th year in the system. The time is now for him to break out and show the Phillies that he’s for real.

      1. Phillies paid him $4M plus…both Soto ($1.5M) and Tatis Jr ($825K) in that same class did not total that much together….and ranked at the bottom of the 30 from that class.
        Can you imagine the Phillies dumping the money on those two…and having change left over.
        Pays to be a little lucky….and a little good.

  6. Luis Garcia with 2 Hrs today….. Game still in the 7th..

    Also the catcher Guitterez is up to .293, but given up 4 SBs so far…

  7. FCL score from today. I was under the impression that a team could not have more than one FCL team but Detroit has two. There may be teams with more than one. The Phillies have one. It is a joke if the Phillies could have had more than one but passed with all of those kids under contract. No amount of practice or inter-squad games can take the place of real games.

    https://www.milb.com/gameday/fcl-yankees-vs-fcl-phillies/2021/06/30/657668#game_state=final,lock_state=final,game_tab=box,game=657668

    1. There are only three MLB orgsI can see with two clubs in the FCL,
      …Pirates, Orioles and Tigers.
      Maybe they were allowed permission to do that or maybe it is just an option for the individual organization, or then again maybe they had to balance out the schedule and travel issues..
      Sure the Phillies probably have enough players to field two teams….probably all of the clubs do.

      https://www.milb.com/gulf-coast/standings/

    2. There is a 180 player domestic limit and the Phillies felt they had too many injured players to field a 6th total team under that limit. They kind of have enough FCL players for 1.5 teams. Pretty sure they will have 2 DSL teams where they don’t have those limits and they did leave some players in the DSL this year that normally would have played in GCL (notably their 2 top signees Rickardo Perez and Yemal Flores).

      1. Thank you, Andy. You seem to have some inside info the rest of us don’t have. I was anxious to see Jefferson and McKenna pitch. They both got bombed today.
        That is okay. My feeling is they learned more today than they would have from individual instruction or from pitching shutout innings in inter-squad games. Hence the more minor league teams the Phillies can field the better.

      2. Yes, I read that too. They don’t have enough healthy players for two teams in the FCL and they’re limited in their ability to just add players by the new rules.

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