New week, so a lot of losses. Lehigh Valley fell behind early and stayed behind. Reading walked off with a win. Jersey Shore wasted a great start. Clearwater dropped two. The FCL Phillies won Monday AND Tuesday. And, the DSL teams both lost.
I’ve got visitors arriving tomorrow. Daughter and her family that I haven’t seen in two years. So, no more Complex visits for 7-10 days. Daily recaps might be sketchy if I even get to them at all. I apologize in advance.
Let me leave you with this. One comment asked if I had seen any nuggets in Clearwater that might give hope in a couple years. Although I’ve seen a lot of Complex action, I’m only allowed on-site during home games. The latest breakout down here and all the injured players up and down the system have really influenced how much playing time the newest players have received. And, when they started making appearances with the Threshers, the team was on the road (for two weeks thru this Sunday).
However, one thing I’ve noticed is that the Latin American players are built better than the shorter, skinnier players I’ve become accustomed to seeing. I had always been jealous of the taller, bulkier players that made up the lineups of the Yankees, Pirates, and Tigers. But, SS Albert Jerez, OF Felix Reyes, OF Leandro Pineda are all bigger than usual. The Phillies were forced to promote a lot of players to help the Threshers. Reyes has stuck, so far.
The pitchers haven’t thrown enough for me to have an opinion. But, Tristan Garnett is intriguing. He’s a big lefty NDFA. I mentioned earlier this week that he’s built like Rick Mahorn (the basketball player). I can’t get close enough to see his velocity. But, he throws hard and lives at the bottom of the zone. He’ll have to clean up his loopy slurve to get outs as he moves up. But, he may be worth keeping an eye on.
Lehigh Valley (41-47) lost to Rochester, 8-4. Mark Appel (3-3, 5.61) bombed with one, five-run inning on 3 hits and 2 walks. Brady Lail (9.24) pitched two innings, walked three, and struck out three. Sam Coonrod pitched one, rehab inning getting 3 ground balls on 7 pitches. Bronze medal winner Ramon Rosso (4.18) returned and pitched one inning giving up one run on one hit and 2 walks. Damon Jones (6.75) pitched two scoreless innings on a hit, walk, and 2 strike outs. Braeden Ogle (4.23) pitched one inning and gave up 2 runs on 2 hits and 2 walks.
The IronPigs got as close as 5-3 and 6-4, but never could overcome that first inning. They scored 3 runs in the fourth inning on Darick Hall’s 3-run HR (11). They scored a run in the seventh on an RBI single by Mickey Moniak. The IronPigs managed just 5 hits. Mickey Moniak (.258) went 2-4 with an RBI. Freddy Galvis went 0-3. Nick Maton (.194) went 1-5 with a double. Matt Vierling (.244) went 0-3 with a walk. Rafael Marchan (.197) went 0-4. Arquimedes Gamboa (.276) went 0-2 with a walk.
Reading (35-56) beat Bowie, 3-2. Tyler Phillips was activated and pitched two innings of scoreless, one-hit ball. He struck out two. Josh Hendrickson (3.94) pitched five innings and held the Baysox to one run on 3 hits and 3 walks striking out four. Kyle Dohy (2.86) pitched two innings giving up a run that blew the save on a hit and a walk striking out three. He stuck around for the win.
Reading scored first on a run in the third inning on an RBI single by Bryson Stott. They took a late lead with a run in the seventh on an RBI single by Matt Kroon. They walked off in the ninth on an RBI single by Josh Stephen. Bryson Stott (.270) went 2-4 with an RBI. Josh Stephen (.211) went 2-4 with an RBI. Jhailyn Ortiz (.204) went 1-3 with a walk.
Jersey Shore (40-50) lost to Asheville, 4-1. Jhordany Mezquita (2-6, 4.82) pitched six innings and gave up one run on 2 hits and a walk striking out eight. Mark Potter (9.93) pitched 1.2 innings and gave up 2 runs on 4 hits and a walk. Jonas De La Cruz (13.50) pitched 1.1 innings giving up a run on one hit and 3 strikeouts.
The BlueClaws scored their lone run with 2 outs in the ninth inning on an infield single by Nicolas Torres. Adam Haseley went 1-4 with a double. DJ Stewart (.231) went 0-3. Logan O’Hoppe (.269) went 0-4.
Clearwater (39-47) lost to Bradenton, 5-4 in the completion of a suspended game, 5-4, and 7-4.
Suspended Game: The game picked up in the ninth and was lost in the tenth. Upon resumption, the Threshers had to make seven defensive substitutions. Abrahan Gutierrez, the Threshers DH when the game began, led off the ninth for Bradenton. 2021 NDFA Matt Russell pitched the ninth but didn’t get an out after a failed fielder’s choice set the stage.
Scheduled Game: Vince Velasquez gave up one hit and struck out three in one rehab inning. Gabriel Cotto (2.70) pitched four innings and gave up 2 runs on 5 hits and one walk striking out five. Maikel Garrido (8.16) got a hold for 1.2 innings allowing 3 hits and 3 walks. Leonel Aponte (5.28) stranded three inherited runners and pitched 1.1 scoreless innings allowing one hit and striking out two. #8 pick Jason Ruffcorn (6.75) blew the save and lasted 0.2 innings giving up 2 runs on 3 hits and 2 walks. #15 pick Matt Osterberg (0-1, 54.00) stranded 3 inherited runners, then gave up a 3-run HR in the tenth.
The Threshers scored all their runs in the fifth inning on an RBI single by Kervin Pichardo and a 3-run HR (3) by Casey Martin. Martin (.242) went 1-4 with a walk. Luis Garcia (.214) went 0-5. #2 Ethan Wilson (.190) went 0-5. Johan Rojas (.239) went 0-5. #13 pick Jared Carr (.238) went 2-4 with 2 doubles. #12 pick TJ Rumfield (.214) went 0-3 with a walk. Felix Reyes (.273) went 2-4.
FCL Phillies (13-7) beat the FCL Yankees,10-6, on Monday and the FCL Tigers East, 5-4, on Tuesday.
Monday: 2021 NDFA Konnor Ash made his professional debut and pitched two innings giving up 3 runs (2 ER) on 2 hits and a walk with 4 strikeouts. Wilson Gherbaz (4-0, 1.86) pitched three innings and gave up one run on 3 hits and a walk. 2021 NDFA Jared Wetherbee made his 2nd appearance and gave up 2 unearned runs in one inning on a hit and 2 walks with 2 strikeouts. 2020 NDFA Corey Phelan (1.29) pitched one scoreless inning, allowed a hit, and struck out a batter.
Marcus Lee Sang (.323) went 2-4 with a double, triple, and 2 RBI. Jamari Baylor (.316) went 0-4. Cornelius Randolph (.125) went 1-3 with 2 RBI. Ben Pelletier (.727) went 2-2 with a double, HR, and 2 RBI. Junior Ortega (.400) went 2-2 with a HR and RBI. #3 pick Jordan Viars (.167) went 0-1 with a walk.
Tuesday: Spencer Van Scoyoc pitched one inning and struck out two of the three batters he faced. International free agent Lee Ji Tae made his professional debut and retired the three batters he faced. #17 pick Alex Garbrick pitched two innings in his 2nd appearance and gave up one run on 2 hits and 2 walks striking out three. Yoan Antonac struck out onein one inning. 2021 NDFA Tristan Garnett pitched two scoreless innings in his 2nd appearance giving up 3 hits and 2 walks. Tyler Adams got a BS hold going 1.1 innings and giving up 3 runs on 3 hits and a walk. Jaylen Smith (2.45) allowed one inherited runner to score but picked up his second save giving up one hit in 0.2 innings.
The Phillies scored 2 runs in the first inning on an RBI single by Cornelius Randolph and a fielding error. They scored a run in the sixth on an RBI double by Ben Pelletier. And single runs in the seventh and ninth on RBI singles by Wilson Valdez and Guarner Dipre.
Marcus Lee Sang (.314) went 1-4 with a walk. Jamari Baylor (.333) went 2-3 with a double and walk. Cornelius Randolph (.200) went 1-2 with an RBI. Ben Pelletier (.643) went 1-3 with a double and RBI. #3 Pick Jordan Viars (.143)went 0-1. 2021 NDFA Anthony Quirion went 0-1 with a stolen base.
DSL Phillies Red (12-12) lost to the DSLAngels, 3-1. Rickardo Perez (.350) went 1-2 with an RBI.
DSL Phillies White (15-8) lost to DSL Giants Black, 4-1. Yemal Flores (.200) went 0-2 with a walk.
Rosters and Stuff
- organization’s rosters (8/17)
- organization’s injury list (8/17)
- organization’s Rule 5 eligibility (8/17) (includes player info, assignments, …)
8/17/2021 – Phillies sent SS Freddy Galvis on a rehab assignment to Lehigh Valley
8/17/2021 – Phillies sent RHP Sam Coonrod on a rehab assignment to Lehigh Valley
8/17/2021 – Phillies sent RHP Vince Velasquez on a rehab assignment to Clearwater
8/17/2021 – Reading activated 1B Brock Stassi from the 7-day IL
8/17/2021 – Reading activated RHP Tyler Phillips
8/17/2021 – Jersey Shore sent LHP Spencer Van Scoyoc on a rehab assignment to FCL Phillies
8/17/2021 – LHP Matt Osterberg assigned to Clearwater Threshers from FCL Phillies
8/17/2021 – RHP Yoan Antonac assigned to FCL Phillies from Clearwater
8/17/2021 – RHP Fernando Ortega assigned to DSL White from DSL Red
8/16/2021 – Phillies sent RHP David Paulino outright to Lehigh Valley
8/16/2021 – Clearwater sent OF Ben Pelletier on a rehab assignment to FCL Phillies
8/16/2021 – Clearwater sent 1B Rixon Wingrove on a rehab assignment to FCL Phillies
8/16/2021 – FCL Phillies activated SS Albert Jerez from the 60-day IL
8/16/2021 – FCL Phillies activated SS Jamari Baylor from the 60-day IL