Phillies Affiliates’ Recap (9/03/2021)

Lehigh Valley lost.  As did Reading.  Jersey Shore split.  Clearwater lost the completion of a suspended game then had the second game suspended.  The FSC Phillies won by twenty.  And the DSL teams won two out of three.

But, let’s break the routine and start with the FCL Phillies game.  Not only did they kick butt, but Andrew Painter made his long-awaited start.  It’s not every day that your first-round pick debuts.  Happens just once a year.

Actually three players made their debuts today.  In addition to Andrew Painter, #16 Ty Collins and NDFA Matt Goodheart also made their first appearances.  And International free agent Lee Hao Yu played in his second game and got his first professional hit.  And, Ben Brown made his second appearance since coming off the development list.

The FCL Phillies (20-11) crushed the FCL Tigers East, 24-4.  With the Threshers on the road and weather saturating the Complex fields, the game was played in BayCare Field.  First-round pick Andrew Painter made his debut and pitched a solid inning.  He allowed a leadoff single then picked the runner off first base.  He went on to strike out the next two batters.  His day was done after those 17 pitches, 10 strikes.  He threw ten 4-seam fastballs, 9 at 95 mph and one at 96 mph.  He added 6 sliders at 80-84 mph, and a cutter at 87 mph.

The Phillies scored 7 times in the first inning and in every inning except the seventh (and, of course, the ninth since they were at home).  Rather than report each individual scoring play, here’s the batting lines of the many standouts –

  • #10 pick, Logan Cerny (.308) went 2-3 with a double, triple, and RBI
  • Marcus Lee Sang (.282) went 3-4 with 2 HR, and 5 RBI
  • 2021 IFA, Lee Hao Yu (.200) went 1-4 with a double and walk
  • Wilfredo Flores(.227) went 1-1 with a walk, HR, and RBI
  • Alexeis Azuaje (.414) went 4-4 with 3 doubles and 4 RBI
  • #3 pick, Jordan Viars (.208) went 1-4 with 3 walks, a HR, SB, and 3 RBI
  • Junior Ortega (.333) went 2-4 with a double, walk, and RBI
  • NDFA, Matt Goodheart debuted and went 2-3 with an RBI

In addition to Painter, the Phillies used 9 pitchers –

  • Ben Brown (1-0, 2.25) – 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HBP
  • #4 pick, Micah Ottenbreit – 1.0 IP, 1 BB
  • Kyle Glogoski (4.50) – 1.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R
  • #6 pick, Jose Pena, Jr. (54.00) – 0.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R
  • Rafael Marcano (2.08) – 0.1 IP, 1 K, 1 inherited runner scored
  • Jose Ulloa (11.57) – 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 HBP
  • #16 pick, Ty Collins – 0.2 IP,2 BB, 2 K, 1 WP
  • Lionel Aponte – 0.1 IP, 1 K, stranded 2 inherited runners
  • Justin Fowler – 1.0 IP, 2 H

Lehigh Valley (47-56) lost to Syracuse, 7-3.  

Cristopher Sanchez (4.81) pitched five innings and gave up 3 runs on 4 hits and 3 walks.  He struck out six.  Austin Ross (1.04) stranded an inherited runner and pitched 1.1 scoreless innings.  He gave up one hit and walked two, but also struck out four.  Zach McAllister (1-1, 5.79) went 1.1 innings and gave up 4 runs on 3 hits and a walk.  Damon Jones (5.94) allowed both inherited runners to score and gave up a hit and a walk in 0.2 innings.

The IronPigs tied the game with 3 runs in the sixth inning on a 2-run double by TJ Rivera and RBI double by Tyler HeinemanCJ Chatham (.283) went 2-5.  Cornelius Randolph (.276) went 1-5.  Mickey Moniak (.251) went 3-4 with a double.  Rivera (.274) went 2-4 with a double and RBI.

Reading (43-63) lost to Hartford, 10-5.

Tyler Phillips (6.35) pitched four innings and gave up 3 runs (2 ER) on 3 hits and 3 walks. He also allowed 4 stolen bases while pitching.  Noah Skirrow (1-3, 5.70) went two innings and gave up 3 runs (2 ER) on 3 hits and a walk.  He struck out three.  Jonathan Hennigan (7.23) lasted 0.1 innings and gave up 4 runs on 3 hits and 3 walks.  Aneurys Zabala (7.71) allowed one of three inherited runners to score and pitched 1.2 innings, no hits, no walks, 2 strikeouts.

After falling behind early, the Phils tied the game with a run in the fourth inning on Matt Joyce’s solo HR and 2 runs in the fifth on a 2-run HR by Matt Kroon.  They added 2 useless runs in the ninth on a wild pitch and a SF.  Bryson Stott (.299) went 0-4 with a walk.  Logan O’Hoppe (.417) went 3-5.  The Yard Goats stopped running when Phillips left the game.

Jersey Shore (48-56) split with Aberdeen, winning 4-0 and losing 6-4. 

Game One:  In his High-A debut, Griff McGarry (#5 pick) picked up his first win with Jersey Shore going five innings.  He allowed 2 hits and struck out nine.  No walks.  Erubiel Armenta secured the shutout and picked up his second save with two scoreless innings allowing 3 hits and a walk while striking out four.

DJ Stewart got the party started with a solo HR in the second inning.  Carlos De La Cruz doubled home a run later in the inning.  The BlueClaws tacked on single runs in the sixth and seventh innings on an RBI single by McCarthy Tatum and a wild pitch.  Johan Rojas went 0-3 with a walk.  Luis Garcia went 0-3 with a walk.  Stewart went 1-3 with a HR and RBI.  De La Cruz went 2-3 with a double and RBI.

Game TwoJonathan Hughes (3-8, 6.45) pitched four innings and gave up 4 runs on 6 hits and 4 walks.  Aidan Anderson pitched two innings and was tagged for 2 unearned runs.  He allowed a hit and walked three.

Johan Rojas hit a solo HR in the third inning.  Vito Friscia hit a 2-run HR (7) in the fourth.  The Claws added a run in the seventh on a wild pitch.  Rojas went 1-3 with a HR, RBI, walk, and a caught stealing.  Yeah, it happens.  Garcia went 1-4 with a stolen base.  Friscia (.273) went 1-2 with a HR, walk, and 2 RBI.

Clearwater (46-54) lost the completion of their suspended game with Lakeland, 10-5.  Their second game was suspended in the top of the fourth with the Threshers trailing 3-2.

Gunner Mayer (7.41) made his first appearance since being activated of the IL when the game started on 9/2, and pitched two scoreless/hitless innings walking two and striking out four.  Today’s resumption was terrible.  Glad it was an away game.  #$11 pick, Andrew Baker (1-2, 9.35) walked six batters and was lifted.  He walked his first batter on 5 pitches.  After a mound visit (after one batter?), he walked the next 4 batters on 16 pitches.  He went to a full count before walking his last batter.

NDFA Jared Wetherbee (1.69) entered and struck out the first two batters he faced.  And, then walked three batters thus securing a blown save.  Maikel Garrido relieved and walked in the seventh run of the inning before striking out the third out.  That’s 7 runs on ZERO hits and 10 walks using three pitchers.

Garrido (6.87) continued with 2 clean innings.  Tyler Adams (6.75) pitched the final inning and gave up 3 runs (2 ER) on 3 hits and 2 walks.

The Threshers actually opened the scoring when the game re-started with a 4-run third inning.  RBI singles by Chris Burke and Simon Muzziotti and a 2-run double by Jamari Baylor accounted for the runs.  They added a run in the sixth on an RBI single by Baylor.

Muzziotti went 2-3 with a walk and RBI in his first Low-A action.  Baylor went 3-4 with a double and 3 RBI in his first game after being promoted to Low-A action.  Burke (.241) went 2-4 with an RBI.  #2 pick, Ethan Wilson (.257) went 0-4.  Kendall Simmons went 0-2 with 2 walks. NDFA Freylin Minyety (.310) went 1-4.

Spencer Van Scoyoc pitched 2.1 innings in the suspended game and gave up one run on one hit, 2 walks, and 6 strikeouts.  NDFA Matt Russell relieved and allowed an inherited runner to score plus 2 more runs.  #13 pick, Jared Carr hit a solo HR in the third inning.  Rixon Wingrove drove in a run in the fourth on an RBI single, the last play before the game was suspended.

DSL Phillies Red (21-16) beat the DSL Yankees1, 4-2.  Nineteen-year-old Oswald Medina pitched five shutout innings.  He allowed five hits, walked one, and struck out five.   Rickardo Perez (.276) played first base and went 2-3 with a walk and RBI.

DSL Phillies White (24-12) lost the completion of a suspended game with the DSL Cubs Red,5-4 in ten innings.  They won the regularly scheduled game, 13-5.  Yemal Flores (.250) went 1-3 with a double, walk, and RBI.

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

Rosters and Stuff


9/03/2021 – Phillies optioned SS Nick Maton to Lehigh Valley
9/03/2021 – Phillies activated CF Travis Jankowski from the paternity list
9/03/2021 – Phillies activated SS Didi Gregorius from the restricted list
9/03/2021 – RF Jorge Bonifacio returned to Lehigh Valley from Philadelphia Phillies
9/03/2021 – C Micah Yonamine assigned to FCL Phillies from Clearwater
9/03/2021 – 1B Matt Goodheart assigned to FCL Phillies
9/03/2021 – RHP Ty Collins assigned to FCL Phillies
9/03/2021 – RHP Andrew Painter assigned to FCL Phillies
9/03/2021 – RHP Saul Alcala assigned to DSL White from DSL Red

15 thoughts on “Phillies Affiliates’ Recap (9/03/2021)

  1. Yu is on second.

    In Taiwan Lee Hao Yu was considered a power hitting 18-year old infielder who the Phillies just sign two months ago…hopefully that power bat translates here in the states.

  2. Viars, our #3 pick, is a future DH if he can hit enough because he’s not a good fielder. He has 6 errors already.
    Baylor is flying up the prospect list, clearly a top 10 guy.

    1. Yeah, watched the video of him fielding grounders in the outfield. Slow moving, along with an extra crow hop on throws back to the infield. First thing I ever learned as a little league outfielder was always stay on the balls of your feet, lean forward and anticipate the ball being hit to you.

      1. So I guess guys cannot improve? We are putting him in as a DH after a handful of games? Entitled to your opinion but geez

        1. I don’t think Murray or I were implying he couldn’t improve. And I didn’t see any video of him at 1b. Just observing where he’s at right now. At 18, there’s much time for development. You can relax.

          1. Nope, cant relax. I’m too excited about this new director’s drafts and group of players. I can see he’s no Fred Astaire but hoping he can be adequate. Utley was a hack and they were going to move him to left field and he outworked expectations and became a pretty darn good 2b.

            1. Agree that Viars isn’t yet condemned to be limited to a DH role, though that certainly is a possible outcome. To your point, he could improve to become at least “adequate” at a position where teams try to hide their weakest defenders (i.e., usually 1B or sometimes LF). Greg Luzinski actually comes to mind. He is the poster child of “adequate” – very limited range and a below average arm, but didn’t mess up the routine or easy plays.

              But no one can ever change the slow/lumbering.aspect of Viars’ defensive profile.

            2. Well, you’ll need to relax and use just ONE handle. That’s a rule on this site. You started with Observer. Stay as Observer, lose the gdobbsy thing.

        2. This conversation reminds of this yuong man’s 19-year old season in Greensboro.

          Year-1993 Age- 19 Greensboro NYY SS Games-126…Errors-56….Fld%-.889

          Hall of Famer now.

          1. And Jeter was never a good fielder but at least he started out at the position with the most, or second most, defensive value. Viars is starting closer to the bottom end of the spectrum and, yeah, seems likely to end up a 1B/DH type. I’m not crazy about using a high pick on a guy with that profile but if he can really hit it’ll be worth it (nobody complaining about Freddie Freeman or Pete Alonso being 2nd rounders).

            1. Well to begin he will be limited defensive by positions, just because of his dominant throwing hand….as a lefty thrower there are really four positions he can play in the field. So basically all he needs to work on are 1B and a corner OF position.
              I do not see it as a big problem for him going forward.

    2. In Jordan Viars, the Phillies taking a HS position player in the top ten rounds is not unusual. Virtually all the teams do it.
      Maybe this time it will pay dividends for the Phillies.
      Some of the past have had varied forms of success…mostly unsuccessful tough.
      —Jamari Baylor…2019 and Kendall Simmons-2018…jury is still out.
      —Cole Stobbe-2016
      —Luke Williams and Greg Pickett-2015
      —Cord Sandberg and Jan Hernandez-2013
      —Dylan Cozens and Zach Green-2012
      —Roman Quinn and Mitch Walding-2011.

      Every team looks for the next Mookie Betts or Cody Bellinger.
      Hoping Viars breaks the recent Phillies track record.

  3. I really like Griff McGarry. Watched him shove against Mississippi St. and thought man this guy has first round caliber stuff. If he can continue to reign it in control wise, I believe his upside can be pretty tremendous.

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