Phillies Affiliates’ Recap (4/16/2022)

Six games, six losses.  Reading and Jersey Shore both were swept in doubleheaders.  Lehigh Valley got blown out.  Clearwater just lost, again.

I went to the Complex to watch a scrimmage and picked up an XST roster.  There are 64 players on the roster.  Twenty-three are injured or at some point during a rehab.  One was dispatched to St. Lucie to be activated for Saturday’s Threshers’ game.  And, another player suffered an injury during the game and had to be helped into the clubhouse.  That leaves 39 healthy bodies for the Complex league – 26 pitchers, 5 catchers, 7 infielders (including Kingery and Corredor), and 3 outfielders.  I think it is very unlikely that the Phillies could field two Complex League teams this summer.

Jean Cabrera, Eiberson Castellano, Estibenzon Jimenez, Wilson Valdez, and Jayden Estanista got at least two innings work each.  They played the equivalent of 9 half innings.  Today we had umpires and at one point, he invoked the two pickoff attempts limit and called a balk on the third throw over when it did not result in an out.  First time I’ve seen that.

Cabrera looked good in his two innings.  The others had their moments -getting hit a little but recovering.  Even Castellano who gave up 3 runs to his first 3 batters actually pitched stronger over his three innings.

Catchers Freddy Francisco, Herbert Iser, and Jackie Pertruz provided the muscle with HRs.  Scott Kingery singled and scored.  Erik Brito made a great defensive play look easy, charging a soft tapper to second where he had to charge and throw to first across his body from the infield grass. The game ended on an infield single that went off the first baseman’s glove toward Brito who fired home to nab a runner trying to score from second.  The standard 3-4-2.

Aidan Anderson was the pitcher who was called up to the Threshers.  2021 IFA top prospect catcher Rickardo Perez was the player who left injured.  He collapsed on a swinging strike three.  He writhed in pain and could be heard in distress.  The trainer came out and after a few minutes, Perez left the field with assistance but putting limited pressure on his leg.  We debated the severity until we saw him leave after the game on crutches with one of those soft, elastic sleeves providing support.  We’re hoping that since they treated him in the clubhouse that he’ll be fine in a few days.

Clearwater (1-7) lost to St. Lucie, 5-4. link

Andrew Painter opened with four, no-hit innings.  He walked two and struck out seven.  Jared Wetherbee gave up 4 runs in one inning on 4 walks and one hit.  Malik Binns gave up one run in 1.2 innings on a hit and 2 walks.  Buddy Hayward pitched 1.1 scoreless innings.

The Threshers scored 2 runs in the third on an RBI single by Odubel Herrera and a force out by Lee Hao Yu.  They scored twice in the eighth on RBI doubles by Kendall Simmons and Felix Reyes.

Jadiel Sanchez threw a runner out at third base.  Herrera went 2-3.  Reyes (.286) also had two hits.

Lehigh Valley (4-7) lost to Worcester, 13-1. link

This game was over early, and often.


Reading (3-6) dropped two to Akron, 11-0 and 2-1 in eight. link 

Game One:  Josh Hendrickson got four outs, and gave up seven runs on 6 hits and a walk.  Julian Garcia stranded an inherited runner and gave up one run on two hits.  He struck out three.  Mike Adams pitched two innings and gave up 3 runs on 4 hits and 2 walks.  Bubby Rossman pitched a scoreless inning.

The Fightin Phils got one hit as there’s a drive into deep left field by Castellanos …

Game Two:  The Phils went with a bullpen game, so needless to say the bullpen let themselves down. Seriously, they pitched well as a group.  The game headed to an extra inning after Braden Zarbnisky, Zach Warren, Francisco Morales, and Brian Marconi combined to throw seven scoreless, 3-hit, one-walk innings.  McKinley blew the save and lost the game recording just one out while giving up 2 runs on 2 hits and 2 walks.

The Phils took the lead in the top of the eighth when the “unearned runner” scored on Colby Fitch’s SF.  Jonathan Guzman stole a base, Kevin Vicuna was caught.  Jordan Ockimey had 2 of the team’s 3 hits and had the only hit in game one going 3-5 with a walk in the DH.

Jersey Shore (1-7) dropped two to Brooklyn, 4-1 and 6-1. link

Game One:  Jersey Shore pulled ahead in the top of the sixth, but couldn’t hold on.  The BlueClaws scored their first run on McCarthy Tatum’s solo HR in the third inning.  They took the lead in the sixth on a wild pitch and Luis Garcia’s RBI single.  Tatum (.316) had a two[hit game.

Ben Brown went two innings and gave up 2 runs on 3 hits and 4 walks.  J.P. Woodward, Dominic Pipken, and Tyler McKay each tossed a scoreless inning.  Andrew Schultz gave up two runs in one inning.

Jared Carr had an outfield assist at home from LF.  Nicolas Torres stole a base.  Woodward picked off a runner.

Game Two:  Mick Abel went three innings and gave up 2 runs on a hit and a walk.  He struck out four but hit 3 batters.  Jhordany Mezquita gave up 3 runs in two innings on 2 hits and 3 walks.  Jonathan Hughes pitched an inning and gave up a run.

The BlueClaws scored their lone run in the second inning on DJ Stewart’s solo HR.  Ethan Wilson (.310) had 2 hits.  He also stole his eighth base.

The Affiliate Scoreboard

Rosters and Stuff

Not up to date, yet.


4/15/2022 – Phillies sent LHP Jeff Singer outright to Lehigh Valley
4/15/2022 – Reading activated LHP Nick Lackney
4/15/2022 – Jersey Shore activated RHP Jonathan Hughes
4/14/2022 – Phillies signed IFA C Angel Mata to an MiLB contract

20 thoughts on “Phillies Affiliates’ Recap (4/16/2022)

  1. Scan…scan…scan…ugh…ugh..ugh. OK, Ethan Wilson and Andrew Painter has encouraging days.

  2. Painter now with 16 Ks in 7 innings. Enjoy him now Jim because he could go up to Jersey Shore soon. I think they’d like to have Painter and Abel together if possible. Other positives – Pipkin and Morales are adjusting well to relieving.

    1. Morales has elite reliever potential…the stuff is there. Could very well see him in philly sooner rather than later

    2. Painter is not going anywhere just yet. He just turned 19 and he has 7 total innings at Clearwater. Cole Hamels was dominant in the minors and even he had 74 innings at low-A as a 19 year old. There’s absolutely no need to rush a golden arm like Painter. Painter will get to JS when it’s time.

      Morales has looked spectacular. SSS, but he hasn’t walked anybody in 5 innings. That’s huge for him. Considering he’s already on the 40 man roster already, he knows he’s close to the bigs. He’s looking to make it happen which is great.

    3. Agree with Murray. I also believe the Phillies would like to run Abel & Painter through the system together. In fact, I’d love to see Brian Barber select one of the college LHPs @ 1-17, and throw that player into the same rotation with Abel & Painter. There are some incredible college south paws who are missing the 2022 season recovering from TJ. Both Connor Prielipp (Bama) and Reggie Crawford (UConn) are dudes who could have gone top five this summer if healthy. They both could be available now for the Phillies. Hunter Barco is another lefty (he’s healthy) who may (or may not) be available at 1-17.

    1. He has filthy stuff but he’s still learning how to control it. If he figures it out, there’s a very high ceiling. He just needs innings at this point.

  3. Looking back over the past few drafts, it’s clear the lower volume of picks have hurt the system’s depth, especially at the upper levels. But there seem to be quite a few big misses on some of the higher picks.

    No 3rd rounder in 2018, no 2nd rounders in 2018, 19 or 20. The 3rd rounders we did have in ’19 and ’20 are big zeroes in Baylor and Martin. So the 2019 draft had no 2nd round pick, Baylor as a 3rd round pick and then Miller, Mayer, Schultz and Schulze – four pitchers who have been injured for the bulk of their time. That’s rough.

    Other HS picks from 2018 and 2019 seem to have really been hindered by the pandemic. Guys like Lee Sang and Yonamine are barely holding on to prospect status. It’s hard to know what, if anything, we got out of the UDFA’s from 2020. At least the early returns on the 2021 class are sort of encouraging.

    1. It goes back to the old question, whose to blame, drafting or development? Also when you swing for high ceiling high risk guys, you miss more than you hit. But it’s still the right strategy

      1. I think in the Phillies’ case its been mostly development, especially considering some of the reporting that’s come out about how unaligned the team’s coaches and scouts were under the previous regime. Also injuries stink. But you can’t discount the impact of having less picks (though no one’s complaining about signing Wheeler and Harper).

        There needs to be a balance between the high risk picks and the safe floor picks. If the MacPhail years were one extreme then the Amaro years were the other extreme and neither one worked out. DD seems more in the Amaro camp but it’d still be great to find more Hoskins’ and Nolas.

        1. After watching Hunter Greene throw last night, it’s hard to not like the Barber/Dombrowski drafting philosophy of hunting high ceiling. That kid is incredible.

          1. Greene was almost the first pick in the draft, so it’s a little different than taking a guy in the 3rd round and hoping he learns how to make contact with the ball. Very impressive game from him last night.

  4. I read this recap every day and it always makes me sad. For real though, we all know the deal – wins and losses dont matter really. Painter looked good at least and Abel was not perfect but he showed some flashes. This is just brutal though.

    I do love that there is a guy in Reading named Bubby Rossman. HOF level name.

  5. To add insult to injury that Curtis Mead for Sanchez deal could end up being a really really bad one from DD. Guy has absolutely been crushing the ball.

        1. No problem. Your point is correct. It’s still early, but that deal has a chance to end up Ryne Sandberg-esque.

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