Phillies Affiliates’ Recap (8/15/2021)

Lehigh Valley won taking four of six from Scranton.  Reading, Jersey Shore, and Clearwater all lost.  The rookie leagues do not play on Sunday.

I often have to remind myself, that the minor leagues are for development.  Winning is secondary.  After losing spring training and a season in 2020, player development is all the more important this year.  More so for teams (like our own) that chose to use the Alternate Sites as they were intended, to keep players available to support their major league teams.

So, while the outcomes of so many games and the performance of so many players may be disappointing, I remind myself that at least the minor leagues have an excuse.  The big club, not so much.


Lehigh Valley (41-46) beat Scranton, 5-4.

Adonis Medina (5.17) pitched three innings and gave up 3 runs on 2 hits and 4 walks striking out four.  Cristopher Sanchez (4-4, 3.48)  pitched 4.1 innings and allowed one run on 2 hits and 5 walks.  Mike Adams (1.33) allowed an inherited runner to score and pitched 1.1 innings.  He gave up 3 hits and walked two.  Jake Hernandez (6.11) picked up his second save getting the final out.

The IronPigs opened the scoring with 2 runs in the first inning on an RBI double by Jorge Bonifacio and a wild pitch.  They tied the game in the second on an RBI single by Bonifacio.  They took the lead with 2 runs in the eighth on an RBI triple by Arquimedes Gamboa and an RBI single by Nick Maton.

Nick Maton (.194) went 1-3 with a walk, HBP, and RBI.  Rafael Marchan (.201) went 1-4 with a walk and double.  Mickey Moniak (.255) went 1-5.  Matt Vierling (.248) went 1-4 with an HBP.  Arquimedes Gamboa (.296) went 1-4 with a triple and RBI.

Reading (34-56) lost to Akron, 11-7. 

Noah Skirrow (0-2, 5.14) pitched three innings and gave up 4 runs (3 ER) on 6 hits.  Seranthony Dominguez (27.00) continued his rehab with 1.2 innings (36 pitches/20 strikes, 55.6% is not good).  He gave up 3 runs on 3 hits and a walk.  Tyler Carr (5.19) pitched two innings and gave up an unearned run on 2 hits and 4 walks.  Brian Marconi (2.62) pitched 1.1 innings and gave up the 3 runs that stunted the Phils’ comeback on 3 hits, a walk, and a 3-run HR.  Carlo Reyes (2.61) pitched a clean inning with a strikeout.

The Phils had a brief lead when they scored 2 runs in the second inning on Grenny Cumana’s 2-run HR (2).  They crept back within a run with a run in the third on an RBI triple by Josh Stephen.  They remained close with 2 runs in the sixth on a wild pitch and a double play.  They came within one again in the seventh on Bryson Stott’s 2-run HR (8).

Bryson Stott (.266) went 2-5 with a HR and 2 RBI.  Jhailyn Ortiz (.196) went 0-4.  Josh Stephen (.206) went 2-2 with 2 walks, a triple, and an RBI.  Grenny Cumana (.276) went 2-4 with a HR and 2 RBI.  Matt Kroon (.275) went 2-4.

The Phils hit into 4 double plays.

Jersey Shore (40-49) lost to Hudson Valley, 5-4.

Tom Sutera (3-3, 5.94) pitched two innings and gave up 4 runs on 6 hits and a walk.  Jonathan Hughes (5.71) pitched five innings and gave up one run on 4 hits and a walk.  He struck out three.  Erubiel Armenta (5.40) pitched a clean inning with a strikeout.

The BlueClaws pulled within one run, scoring 4 runs in the fifth inning on 2-run doubles by Nate Fassnacht and Vito Friscia.

Rehabbing Adam Haseley went 0-3 with a walk.  DJ Stewart (.234) went 0-4.  Cole Stobbe (.183) went 0-3 with a walk and strikeout (87).  Newly promoted Nicolas Torres went 2-4.  Nate Fassnacht (.213) went 2-4 with a double and 2 RBI.  Vito Friscia (.265) went 1-4 with a double and 2 RBI.

Clearwater (39-45)  lost to Tampa, 7-6, in ten innings.

Lin Hsin-Chieh (7.43) pitched two innings and gave up 2 runs on 3 hits striking out two.  Pick #5, Griff McGarry (3.60) pitched 2.2 innings and gave up one run on one hit and a walk.  He struck out six.  Victor Lopez (1.93) pitched 2.1 innings and gave up no runs on 2 hits and 2 walks.  He struck out five.  Pick #20, Cam Wynne made his pro debut and blew the save.  He pitched two innings and gave up 3 runs on 4 hits and 2 walks striking out two.  Yoan Antonac (19.29) opened the tenth and pitched to just one batter giving up the game-winning hit.

The Threshers opened up an early lead with a 6-run second inning, scoring on bases-loaded walks to Baron Radcliff and Kervin Pichardo, and a grand slam by Casey Martin (2).  They loaded the bases twice after that (on one hit, a hit batter, and 4 walks), once with only one out, but couldn’t score again.

Casey Martin (.242) went 1-4 with a walk, HR, and 4 RBI.  Luis Garcia (.218) went 1-5.  Johan Rojas (.244) went 1-5.  Felix Reyes (.241) went 1-4 with a walk, double, and 2 stolen bases.  Pick #13, Jared Carr (.176) went 0-3 with 2 walks.  2021 NDFA, Freylin Minyety (.273) went 0-3 with a walk, HBP, and a stolen base.  Baron Radcliff (.189) went 0-2 with 3 walks and an RBI.  Rehabbing Nick Matera had the distinction of going 1-5 with a double, no RBI, and 10 LOB.  I don’t recall ever seeing a double-digit LOB (left on base).

FCL Phillies (11-7) are not scheduled on Sundays.

DSL Phillies Red (12-11) and DSL Phillies White (15-7) are not scheduled on Sundays.

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

Rosters and Stuff


8/15/2021 – Phillies optioned RHP Adonis Medina to Lehigh Valley
8/15/2021 – Phillies activated RHP Chase Anderson from the 10-day IL
8/15/2021 – Phillies optioned RHP Adonis Medina to Lehigh Valley
8/15/2021 – Lehigh Valley activated SS C.J. Chatham from the 7-day IL
8/15/2021 – Reading sent C Nick Matera on a rehab assignment to Clearwater
8/15/2021 – Clearwater placed C Arturo De Freitas on the 7-day IL

6 thoughts on “Phillies Affiliates’ Recap (8/15/2021)

  1. Wow Nick Mattera C for Clearwater left 10 men on base while hitting. He is fitting the mold to be a Phiilie soon.

  2. Agree to an extent Jimmy about the minors and development but winning games speaks to whether or not you have winning players in the system and too much losing can produce players that are content to do so.

    It’s troublesome to me

  3. I have been interested in the player now known as Lin Hsien-Chieh since the Phillies signed him. Does anyone know if he still is throwing a fork ball, along with the low-90s FB?

  4. Searching for positives I did find Abel has logged 44.2 IP has a WHIP of 1.209 and a K rate of 13.3

    That’s exciting…

  5. Stott staying hot with some power is exciting. He needs to stay hot. I know he’s only a minor league fill in bat but Bonifacio keeps producing, know at AAA. He’s only 28, who knows.

    1. Assume Phillies plan on keeping Stott at shortstop and letting him begin his MLB career there. So far this season he has played 71 games there and 10 at second base.
      It will be interesting to see if that is what they plan on doing with him next season if he is at LHV……almost all games at shortstop.

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