Phillies Affiliates’ Recap (8/11/2021)

Only two games yesterday.  Lehigh Valley got a great start from Mark Appel on their way to beating one of the top teams in their division again.  Reading was rained out.  Jersey Shore rallied in the ninth to win on the road.  Clearwater was rained out.  And, the FCL Phillies and DSL teams weren’t scheduled.

Lehigh Valley (39-44) beat Scranton, 9-3.  Mark Appel (3-2, 4.41) may have had his best outing of the season.  He pitched six, shutout innings giving up 4 hits, and walking one.  He struck out six.  Jeff Singer (4.54) pitched two innings and gave up a solo HR, walked a batter, hit a batter, and struck out two.  Julian Garcia (7.12) mopped up sloppily, walking one and giving up a 2-run HR.  These are two relievers taking a step away from a possible major league callup. 

The IronPigs broke the game open with 5 runs in the third inning on a 2-run single by Rafael Marchan and a 3-run HR by Matt Vierling.  They turned the game into a rout with 3 runs in the fourth on a sac fly by Marchan and a 2-run HR by Jorge Bonifacio.  They tacked on a run in the seventh on an RBI single by TJ Rivera.  It turned out to be enough as the bullpen pitched to a 9.00 ERA over the last three innings.

Rafael Marchan (.204) went 1-4 with a double, SF, and 3 RBI.  Jose Bonifacio (.333) went 3-3 with 2 walks, a HR (3), and 2 RBI.  Matt Vierling (.236) went 2-5 with a HR (3) and 3 RBI.  TJ Rivera (.249) went 2-4 with an RBI.  Arquimedes Gamboa (.417) went 1-3 with a walk.

Reading (33-52) postponed, rain.  Makeup on August 14th.

Jersey Shore (38-47) beat Hudson Valley, 7-6.  Jhordany Mezquita (5.24) gave up 4 runs in 4.1 innings on 4 hits and 5 walks.  He struck out seven.  Andrew Brown (2.60) stranded an inherited runner then gave up 2 runs in 2.2 innings on 2 hits and a walk.  He struck out six.  Tom Sutera (3-2, 4.30) got the win pitching a scoreless inning and walking two.  Blake Brown (3.90) got his 6th save with a perfect inning striking out two.

The BlueClaws scored 3 runs in the first inning on a throwing error on a catcher’s pickoff attempt and a 2-run HR by Vito Friscia.  They retook the lead with 3 runs in the sixth on an RBI double by DJ Stewart and a 2-run HR by Herbert Iser.  They broke a tie in the ninth on an RBI single by Logan O’Hoppe.

Nate Fassnacht (.213) went 2-5.  Logan O’Hoppe (.270) went 2-5 with an RBI.  Vito Friscia (.262) went 2-3 with 2 walks, a HR (4), and 2 RBI.  DJ Stewart (.247) went 2-4 with a double, walk, and RBI.  Herbert Iser (.171) went 1-4 with a HR (5) and 2 RBI.

Clearwater (39-41) postponed, rain.  Makeup on August 12th.

FCL Phillies (10-6) game cancelled.

DSL Phillies Red (10-10) and DSL Phillies White (12-7) no games scheduled on Wednesdays.

The Affiliate Scoreboard, the FCL Scoreboard, and the DSL Scoreboard.

Rosters and Stuff


8/11/2021 – Phillies sent RHP Seranthony Dominguez on a rehab assignment to Reading
8/11/2021 – Phillies placed LHP Jose Alvarado on the 10-day IL, left shoulder impingement
8/11/2021 – Phillies optioned LHP Damon Jones to Lehigh Valley
8/11/2021 – Phillies activated CF Andrew McCutchen from the 10-day IL
8/11/2021 – Phillies activated RHP Connor Brogdon from the 10-day IL

14 thoughts on “Phillies Affiliates’ Recap (8/11/2021)

  1. this is a great great site and i don’t want to make more effort for anyone, which is why i am volunteering ME if i had the ability and the authority ahd maybe the knowledge. Most of the tabs on this page, from Michael Schwimer posts, to prospect rankings, to prospect profiles, date back to the paleolithic era….tell me what should be done and I will try to work on it….

  2. How far off is Mark Appel from his days as a first round pick? Is he pitching on ability or on reputation? I am hoping he is not too far away from his first round abilities.

    1. Mark Appel is 30(!) and he’s walking 6.6 per game at Lehigh. It would be a great story if he came up to the bigs but I don’t think anybody should be expecting him to stay there for any significant length of time. His prime days are WAY past him. As a comparison, in 2013 in his first year in the Houston system, he walked 2.1 per game.

      1. not doing bad for a guy who hasnt played competitive ball in 2-3 years. I dont believe the goal for this year is MLB but I could definitely see it next year.

        1. and if you look at his game log, he has been doing better on the walks.

          That 6.6 per 9 is a bit deceiving IMO

          1. I guess you have a point….8 games so far at LHV….actually throw out the 4 innings and 10 walks at the two away Buffalo games…and his BB/9 does come down to 4.3

  3. Logan O’ Hoppe continues to sustain and hit Hi-A pitching……wonder if the Bonifay and the gang will give him the opportunity to get in a few ABs vs Double -A pitching and get a taste of it, before the season ends one month from now.

    1. I don’t know if they will or not, but they need to start preparing for #2 at the top, that is a pathetic situation as evidenced by last night. Time to move some of our catching talent along the pipeline.

      1. Skeet…I think Knapper is gone after this season…Marchan becomes the back-up next season…unless he is traded.
        Also a few dollars cheaper.

        1. I don’t agree, I think Knapp will be back for another year. The team and the pitchers like him. Marchan still hasn’t played a full season at LHV and he hasn’t hit much while he’s been there. O’Hoppe might pass him by next year. Marchan could be traded in the off-season as well.

          1. Similar to what they did with Rupp…..I think they let Knapp walk in his age30 season and last arb year before free agency..
            Not mush of a savings, but still saves about almost $2M since Knapp will be eligible for a raise in his last arb year from his current $1M salary.

            Now if they decide to trade Marchan…then Knapp will be back..

            1. This is not the same issue. Rupp was a starter but Alfaro was the hot shot rookie ready to take over. Knapp was also perceived to be the better hitter than Rupp and he was younger (and cheaper) than Rupp. So Rupp got cut, Alfaro became the starter and Knapp was the backup.

              Again, as I have mentioned previously, any backup to JT (whether it be Marchan or Knapp) will be sitting on the bench a lot. Historically, JT has played at least 75% of games. In 2019, JT started 130 games at catcher, which comes out to 80.2%.

            2. I agree, I think they view Marchan as a back-up, I think they view O’hoppe as a regular. So, i think they view Marchan/Knapp as an either or situation, but man Knapp has to pick it up FWIW being liked and comfortable with is one thing, but performance has to be an integral part of the equation.

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