Phillies Affiliates’ Recap (9/02/2021)

Lehigh Valley posted a win.  Reading swept a doubleheader including a one-hitter.  Jersey Shore lost in a blowout.  Clearwater’s games were suspended and rained out.  The FCL Phillies were rained out.  And the DSL teams both lost.

Lehigh Valley (47-55) beat Syracuse, 3-2.  The IronPigs used seven pitchers. 

Rehabbing Vince Velasquez pitched three innings and gave up one run on a hit and 2 walks.  Tyler Alexander (4.43) pitched to four batters and got one out.  He left with the bases loaded.  Brady Lail (1-0, 7.47) stranded the 3 inherited runners and pitched a scoreless 1.2 innings with a walk and 2 strikeouts.  Recently relegated Seranthony Dominguez (21.00) struck out the side in his one inning.  Braeden Ogle (4.85) allowed a hit in one scoreless inning.  Jake Hernandez (4.88) struck out one in a clean inning.  Mike Adams (2.52) earned his first save but allowed a run in one inning on two hits. 

The IronPigs scored all their runs in a 3-run fifth inning on RBI singles by Adam Haseley, CJ Chatham, and Darick HallHaseley (.206) went 2-4 with an RBI.  Mickey Moniak (.244) went 0-4.  Logan Moore (.149) went 2-2 with a walk.  Cornelius Randolph (.280) went 0-1 as a pinch hitter.

Reading (43-62) swept Hartford, 2-0 (one-hitter) and 2- 1.

Game OneAdam Leverett took a no-hitter into the seventh inning.  A questionable call on a ground ball to Bryson Stott ended the no-hit attempt.  A subsequent hit batter ended Leverett’s night.  Brian Marconi stranded the two inherited runners striking out the next two batters for his 12th save.  Leverett went 6.1 innings and gave up one hit, 3 walks, and struck out eight.

Reading scored a run in the fourth inning on an RBI single by Dalton Guthrie.  They added an insurance run in the sixth on Logan O’Hoppe’s opposite-field solo HR (2).  Bryson Stott (.307) went 1-3.  Rehabbing Matt Joyce went 0-3.  O’Hoppe (.368) went 2-3 with a HR (2) and RBI.  Dalton Guthrie (.237) went 2-3 with an RBI.

Game TwoJames McArthur (4.41) pitched five innings and gave up one run on 5 hits and a walk.  He struck out seven.  Nick Lackney (4.11) a scoreless inning allowing 2 hits and striking out two.  Kyle Dohy (2.48) picked up his second save pitching one scoreless inning and allowing a walk.

 The Phils tied the game with a run in the fifth on a wild pitch.  They took the lead in the sixth on an RBI double by Colby FitchStott (.303) went 0-3 with a walk.

Jersey Shore (47-55) lost to Aberdeen, 9-1.  Victor Vargas (2-3, 9.12) lasted 3.2 innings and gave up 6 runs on 9 hits and 2 walks while striking out five.  Tom Sutera (5.33) pitched 3.1 innings and gave up 3 runs on 4 hits and 2 walks.  Carlos Francisco (6.48) pitched a clean inning with a strikeout. 

The BlueClaws scored their lone run on a sac fly by Herbert IserJohan Rojas went 2-3 with a walk in his High-A debut.  Luis Garcia went 2-4 in his High-A debut.  DJ Stewart (.250 went 2-4.  Nicolas Torres (.438) went 2-4 with a double.

Clearwater (46-53) game one was suspended in the top of the third with no score, game two was postponed due to rain.

FCL Phillies (19-11) postponed due to rain.

DSL Phillies Red (20-16) lost to the DSL Yankees1, 7-3.  Red managed just 3 hits.  Rickardo Perez (.260) went 1-3.  Manuel Urias (2.43) pitched five innings and was charged with an unearned run on 3 hits.  He walked none and struck out nine.

DSL Phillies White (23-11) lost to the DSL Cubs Red, 12-9 in eleven innings.  Regulation ended 6-6.  Each scored a run in the tenth.  The Cubs outscored the Phillies in the eleventh, 5-2.  Yemal Flores (.246) went 1-5.  Jean Cabrera (1.18) pitched five innings and gave up one run on 5 hits and a walk.  He struck out seven.

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

Rosters and Stuff


9/02/2021 – Phillies sent RHP Vince Velasquez on a rehab assignment to Lehigh Valley
9/02/2021 – LHP Spencer Van Scoyoc assigned to Clearwater from Jersey Shore
9/02/2021 – RHP Griff McGarry assigned to Jersey Shore from Clearwater
9/02/2021 – SS Luis Garcia assigned to Jersey Shore from Clearwater
9/02/2021 – CF Johan Rojas assigned to Jersey Shore from Clearwater
9/02/2021 – Clearwater placed 2B Casey Martin on the 7-day IL
9/02/2021 – SS Jamari Baylor assigned to Clearwater from FCL Phillies
9/02/2021 – OF Simon Muzziotti assigned to Clearwater from FCL Phillies
9/02/2021 – OF Marcus Lee Sang assigned to FCL Phillies from Clearwater
9/02/2021 – Juan Melendez assigned to DSL White from DSL Red

29 thoughts on “Phillies Affiliates’ Recap (9/02/2021)

    1. What is the consensus about his defense? It almost feels like he’s flown under the radar a little this season, despite great offensive numbers.

      1. Imo he is a very good defensive catcher. Strong arm. I saw him throw out a runner from his knees at a Jersey Shore game this season.

  1. I loved seeing Rojas and Garcia go up and each get 2 hits in their debut. Keep it up! Also, OHoppe is really making himself a legit prospect

    1. Phillies have challenged OHoppe all the way….from 19 years old down to Australia, to 20 years old at the Alt Site last season, and now as a 21 year old catcher , no less, at Reading….and every stop he has did very well at the bat and behind the plate.
      He gets no national attention because of his late round draft status, so he will fly under the radar until next season at LHV.
      All in all, with almost 800 total minor league PAs and an OPS over .800…at his age and as a catcher…he is doing an outstanding job.

      1. Completely agree. Assuming reports of his good defense are accurate it is a NO BRAINER for me that he is a top 10 prospect for the Phillies. Another thing that you need to pay attention to, in my view, is a player’s strength and build. To me, if a player has a lot of usable strength, it means that if he can figure out the contact and plate discipline side of things, he has a big additional upside. And, man, is that ever true of O’Hoppe. Physically, the man is a beast and I will probably have him ranked around 5-7 in my Phillies prospects. There is no way I could have Morales ranked ahead of him. Catchers with big power potential upside and decent hit tools are enormously valuable and O’Hoppe fits this profile. We shouldn’t sleep on him even if the prospect gurus are. They will figure it out sooner or later.

        1. I agree I am thinking he might be at the end of our top five. Gotta love baseball that a guy drafted late like this can come on this strong.

        2. Agree on Morales. I’m getting that Franklyn Kilome vibe with him. Can’t see him justifiably being in the top 10.

          O’Hoppe is definitely rising the ranks with a bullet. After Stott (due to proximity), Rojas and (maybe) Garcia, he’s next among position players. Ethan Wilson hasn’t had the time or pedigree to be ranked quite so high just yet.

          1. Six months ago Fangraphs did not have O’Hoppe ranked in their top 41…. Marchan and Duran as the two catchers in the Phillies system on the list, were ranked higher.

            The write up at the time:
            “’O’Hoppe, 21, was a surprise inclusion at the 2020 alt site, perhaps as much due to geographic proximity to the Lehigh Valley as anything. He has a great frame and is fairly athletic but he’s a slow bat guy who needs a simple swing to stay on time, which curtails his in-game power”

            That may change when they do their next prospect system analysis.

          2. Francisco Morales was promoted to Reading at age 21 which is fairly young for that level. The Eastern League does not go easy on pitchers. The Phillies figure that he’s mentally strong enough to take his lumps and improve. He will most likely be repeating AA to start next season.

          3. Garcia is a serious riser. He has done two things this year that make him stand out as a 20 year-old. He has hit for more power and his walk rate is excellent. He didn’t have a break out year, but it wouldn’t surprise me if that’s coming. I will definitely have him in the top 10.

            My top 10 for now looks like this with the top 3 standing quite a bit above the rest.

            1. Abel (ceiling is insane)
            2. Stott (he has performance and proximity on his side)
            3. Painter (great scouting reports)
            4. Crouse (decent chance to be at least as good as Howard, but quite different)
            5. Garcia (I am really starting to believe)
            6. Rojas (not great stats but I saw him ST and the talent is truly electric)
            7. Wilson (just have a feeling he’s going to be a good big league hitter – nice pick)
            8. Marchan (will be plus/elite defender – if he he’s an average hitter he’s a starter)
            9. O’Hoppe (could easily flip him with Marchan – so underrated it’s ridiculous)
            10. Baylor (hard to know what to make of the very good low A stats – but another electric raw talent).

  2. Nicolas Torres (.438) went 2-4 with a double. This guy is on fire. Does he have a chance for the MLB?

    1. Yes, Torres is a nice player. He hit a ton in 2019, although at a low level, so he has the hitting gene. He just has to keep it going. He’s played all over this year too so he wouldn’t be a 2B only.

      1. Phillies gave him almost $700K to sign back in 2016…one of their higher $$$ signings in that international signing period….so they had good reports on him out of Venezuela as a 16-year old.
        Looks like he may be one of their better high dollar Latin signings

  3. It will be interesting to see Luis Garcia play in AA. He has been hitting well for the last month or so. I hope he can continue his progression. Nocolas Torres, like Garcia, is someone to watch. He has been a high average hitter, much like Altuve. O’Hoppe is making it possible for Dombrowski to to make some deals with a catcher sometime next year. Rojas has the pedigree. He needs more time against good pitching.

    1. It will be nice to see him hit in AA, sometime next year. For now, he’s been promoted to high A.

  4. V1 – O’Hoppe hit the HR into the second deck. Right field in Dunkin’ Donuts park is so shallow that a net extends in front of the first deck and acts as a “wall”. So, in order to hit a home run to RF, the ball must be hit into the second deck. It’s really a beautiful ball park.

  5. Lots of good things happening at the complex today.

    Also … Alexeis Azuaje (who may be the most underrated prospect in the system/top 25 guy for me) is 4 for 4 w/three doubles.

    1. Looks like a new set of young prospects (U-20) could be emerging.
      Phillies got to keep it rolling.

      1. Looks like the Phillies will be drafting in the mid to late teens next year. That could be the sweet spot for falling prepsters when college players rise late in the process. Brian Barber hasn’t been shy about using high picks on HS players (and DD is completely on board with what Barber [and Sal Agostenelli] have been doing).

        Here’s a kid I’m growing to really like for the Phillies, and I think he could/should be available in the middle of the first round.

        ➡ Sal Stewart … is a big, Austin Riley-looking RHH 3Bman. The Florida prepster is 6’3″/215 and led the country with 17 HRs as a HS jr in 2021. He’s dominated the summer showcase circuits for the past 3 years, and has a commitment to Vanderbilt. He’d look great near the top of Phillies Prospects Lists this time next year.

        1. The other kid I’d love to see end up as the Phils’ top pick next summer is Alabama Crimson Tide LHP Connor Prielipp. Prielipp would be a slam dunk top 5 pick in 2022 if he hadn’t suffered an arm injury late in 2021. He’ll miss most (probably all) of 2022 recovering from TJ. Kid is a Wisconsin native, and throws a well commanded mid 90s FB, a devastating, high spinning SL (up to 90 MPH), and a pretty good CH. He’s totaled 28 IP, 13 H, 7 BB, 47 K, 0.96 ERA in his two seasons with Bama.

  6. Dreaming about 2025….
    c/1b/2b/dh JT Realmuto
    c Logan O’Hoppe
    1b/dh Jordan Viars
    2b/3b Bryson Stott
    ss Luis Garcia
    3b *buy the bat!*….or draft a college 3b soon.
    lf Ethan Wilson
    cf Johan Rojas
    rf Jhailyn Ortiz
    of/dh Bryce Harper
    bench: Simon Muzziotti, Casey Martin(?)

    sp Mick Abel
    sp Andrew Painter
    sp Zack Wheeler
    sp Erik Miller
    sp Hans Crouse
    closer….who could possibly foresee this….

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