Phillies Affiliates’ Recap (9/08/2021)

Lehigh Valley lost a close one (Vince pitched well).  Reading was postponed (COVID, still).  Jersey Shore got routed, again.  Clearwater split a doubleheader.  The FCL Phillies split a pair of games (#1 pitched).  And, the DSL was idle except for two Yankees squads playing each other in a makeup game.

Lehigh Valley (48-60) lost to Worcester, 4-3.  Vince Velasquez pitched 3.2 innings and gave up one hit, a solo HR, walked one, and struck out nine.  He must have been on a 60-pitch count as he was lifted with two out and nobody on base in the fourth.  He had just struck out his ninth batter.  Vince struck out the side in the second after a leadoff solo HR and struck out the side in the third after a leadoff walk.

Damon Jones pitched 1.1 innings and allowed one walk and struck out two.  Braeden Ogle took the loss when he gave up 2 runs in one inning on 2 hits, one a HR.  Brady Lail pitched one inning and gave up one run on a hit and a walk.  He struck out two.  Jake Hernandez pitched a one-hit inning.

The IronPigs scored twice in the second inning on Nick Maton’s 2-run HR, his second in as many games.  They added a run in the ninth on Arquimedes Gamboa’s solo HR.

Luke Williams went 1-3.  Andrew Knapp went 0-3 with a walk.  Adam Haseley went 0-4 with a walk.  Mickey Moniak went 0-4.  Maton went 1-4 with the 2-run HR and 3 K.  Cornelius Randolph went 0-3 with a walk.  Darick Hall went 1-3 with a double and a walk.

Reading (44-64) postponed, COVID tracing New Hampshire.

Jersey Shore (49-59) lost to Greensboro, 13-4.  This one was over early.  Victor Vargas got lit up for 10 runs on 7 hits and 3 walks without retiring a batter in the second inning.  He left with the bases loaded and nobody out.  Aidan Anderson retired a batter before giving up a bases-clearing grand slam.  He went on to pitch three innings striking out five and walking one.  Gabriel Yanez pitched three scoreless innings, walking two and striking out four.  Victor Lopez pitched two innings and gave up 2 runs on 2 hits, walked two, and struck out two.  

The BlueClaws scored a run in the first inning on a ground out by Vito Friscia.  They scored a run in the second on an RBI single by Simon Muzziotti.  They crept a little closer with 2 runs in the sixth on an RBI single by Johan Rojas and a sac fly by Luis Garcia.  Johan Rojas went 4-5 with an RBI.  Simon Muzziotti went 2-5 with an RBI.  Luis Garcia went 2-4 with an RBI.

Vito Friscia went 1-5 with an RBI in his last game of the season.  He will be joining Team Italia for the European Championship tournament and be managed by former catcher Mike Piazza.

Clearwater (48-58) split a doubleheader with Bradenton, losing 4-2 and winning 5-3.

Game OneSpencer Van Scoyoc pitched one inning and gave up 2 runs on one hit and 3 walks.  Hsu Chi-ling followed with four innings and gave up 2 runs on five hits.  He walked none and struck out two.  Tommy McCollum pitched two scoreless innings with no hits, two walks, and 3 strikeouts.

The Threshers scored a run in the second inning on an RBI triple by Kendall Simmons.  They scored a run in the fourth on an error.  Simmons went 2-2 with a double, triple, walk, and RBI.  Felix Reyes went 1-3.  Those were the Threshers’ only hits.  Jamari Baylor went 0-3.  Ethan Wilson went 0-2 with a walk.  Jared Carr went 0-3.

Game TwoMatt Osterberg pitched 3.2 innings and gave up one run on 4 hits and 2 walks.  He struck out three.  Matt Russell pitched 2.1 innings, stranded an inherited runner, gave up 2 runs on 3 hits and a walk, struck out two, and got the win.  Jared Wetherbee earned his first save with a clean inning, striking out the side.

The Threshers took the lead with 2 runs in the second inning on solo HRs by Rixon Wingrove and Felix Reyes.  They retook the lead on a 2-run single by Ethan Wilson.  they added an insurance run in the sixth on a wild pitch.

Jamari Baylor went 0-3.  Ethan Wilson went 2-2 with a walk, triple, and 2 RBI.  Kendall Simmons went 0-3.  Jared Carr went 0-3.  TJ Rumfield went 1-3.  Felix Reyes went 1-2 with a walk, HR, and RBI.  Freylin Minyety went 1-3.

FCL Phillies (22-12) lost the continuation of a suspended game against the FCL Yankees, 9-8, and won the regularly scheduled game, 9-3.

Suspended Game:  It resumed in the bottom of the third with the Phillies leading 3-2, runners on the corners, and nobody out.  Josh Gessner (since traded to Texas) had been on the mound and would be charged with the runs when Leonel Aponte allowed the two inherited runners to score today.  Aponte pitched one inning and allowed a walk and a hit.  Joran Fowler pitched two innings and gave up 2 runs on 2 hits and a walk.  Rehabbing Fernando Lozano pitched one inning and struck out two.  Tristan Garnett blew the save and took the loss when he yielded a 3-run HR in the seventh with one out.

The Phillies had built their early lead last month on a 2-run HR by Felix Reyes in the first inning and added a run on a fielding error in the second.  After falling behind 6-3, the Phillies took the lead with 2 runs in the fifth on RBI singles by Jordan Viars and Matt Goodheart, 2 runs in the sixth on another fielding error and a sac fly by Viars, and a run in the seventh on an RBI double by Marcus Lee Sang.

Scheduled Game: Andrew Painter made his second appearance and threw a scoreless inning.  He retired the Yankees on 10 pitches and struck out one batter.  His FB was at 95 mph on a scout’s gun.  Julian Garcia pitched two innings and gave up one hit and struck out SIX batters.  Micah Ottenbreit was charged with blowing a save in the fourth inning (?) when he allowed the Yankees to tie the game with 3 runs on 4 hits.  Ty Collins pitched one inning and was awarded the win walking one and striking out one.  Riley Wilson came off the IL and had a clean inning with one strikeout.  Lin HsinChieh followed with a clean inning, no strikeouts.

DSL Phillies Red (23-17) no games scheduled on Wednesday.

DSL Phillies White (25-14) no games scheduled on Wednesday.

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Rosters and Stuff


9/08/2021 – Phillies placed RHP Zach Eflin on the 60-day IL, right patella tendinopathy
9/08/2021 – RHP Julian Garcia assigned to FCL Phillies from Reading
9/08/2021 – RHP Andrew Baker assigned to FCL Phillies from Clearwater
9/08/2021 – OF Jadiel Sanchez assigned to FCL Phillies from Clearwater
9/08/2021 – Clearwater sent RHP Fernando Lozano on a rehab assignment to FCL Phillies
9/08/2021 – LHP Tyler Adams assigned to FCL Phillies from Clearwater
9/08/2021 – Clearwater activated RHP Chi-Ling Hsu from the 60-day IL
9/08/2021 – Clearwater activated LHP Rafael Marcano from the 7-day IL
9/08/2021 – FCL Phillies activated LHP Riley Wilson from the 60-day IL

14 thoughts on “Phillies Affiliates’ Recap (9/08/2021)

  1. Alexeis Azuaje looks like to watch in the FSL. He was signed and played in the DSL in 2019. The 19 yo has played 2B, 3B and SS. He’s hitting .400/.488/.743/1.231 in 14 games. He has 8 XBH out of his 14 hits. He has 3Ks and 2 BBs. I remember us, on this site, talking about him a lot in 2019 as a 17 yo playing in the DSL.

    1. Good call. I remember Azuaje’s name. It’s frustrating that he’s only played in 14 games scattered across two months. I know they have a lot of players to get ABs with only one FCL team this year but it’s ridiculous that they’re all playing so infrequently.

      1. Azuaje has been a top 30 prospect for me since last year. He’s got an ⬆ next to his name. Probably top 20 following this season. He’s always had plus-plus speed (one of the top 3 fastest prospects in the system behind Corbin Williams, and with Yohswar Garcia), but the pop in his bat has been impressive (especially for a smaller kid).

  2. Victor Vargas has really hit a wall. 16 ER’s in last 4 innings in 2 starts. Got excited with his progress. Dead arm?

    1. Denny…early on he was my candidate for the Paul Owena POY Award……now could be one of these three……….Josh Hendrickson….Jack Perkins or Adam Leverett .

      1. No obvious choices this year. Did they ever select a RP? Marconi has had the best year of any pitcher.

        1. Yeah…may give it this year to a reliever…not many relievers have got the award….Luis Garcia in 2014…..Mike Zags….Trevor May as a starter in the system…..Ricky Bo I think got it and was a reliever….cannot remember too many more

          1. Yeah it’s gonna be Stott(if he wasn’t a former #1 pick O’Hoppe would have a shot) and probably a non prospect like Hendrickson or RP.

  3. There was so much draft capital in that LHV lineup last night, even with Bohm out hurt, adding in rehabbing Knapp and Williams. So sad that we’ve gotten so little from the three firsts, a 2nd and a 3rd. Add in Kingery to that too. Awful.
    On a good note, Rojas and Garcia are doing very well after their promotion and Muzzioti seems to be finding his stroke and should be at Reading soon.

    1. Yep…a very depressing thought.
      And all the first round picks were top tens in the draft….ouch.

      Phillies and Middleton make a good case for trading Rule 4 draft picks….at least first rounders. The perceived value of a first round pick among GMs and other organizations could bring back some value at the MLB level.

    1. Stott and OHoppe going up to LHV I would hope now, to get some additional ABs before the winter off-season.

      1. Notice Reading does have six away games left at Binghamton…I would still send Stott and O’Hoppe up to LHV for their last 20 games thru Oct 3rd..

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