Lehigh Valley and Reading were rained out last night. Jersey Shore had their winning streak snapped at four while Clearwater stretched their winning streak to seven.
You probably noticed that I missed three Recaps last week. I apologize for that. I tweaked my back and sitting at the keyboard was too painful. The meds I took put me to sleep before the games were finished. Sometimes in my chair before I made it to bed. I’m not looking for sympathy. I just felt you ought to know why.
Now, onto “Painter Mania”. I feel strongly that fans should rein in their expectations. Expecting a promotion as early as May 1st is just plain silly. Let me provide some facts.
- 2018 – HS frosh, 23.0 IP; plus USA Baseball 15U National Team that summer
- 2019 – HS soph, 53.2 IP; plus Under Armour All-America Game at Wrigley Field
- 2020 – HS Jr., 15.0 IP; COVID pandemic
- 2021 – HS Sr., 47.0 IP (plus any traveling teams or showcases each year)
- 2021 – Rookie Level, 6.0 IP (all in September)
- 2022 – Class A, 12.0 IP
- Painter turned 19-years-old on April 10th
- SAL League-Average – Batters, 22.6; Pitchers 23.2
- FSL League-Average – Batters, 21.2; Pitchers 22.1
- Cole Hamels was drafted in 2002 but didn’t pitch professionally until 2003
- Hamels’ first season, his age-19 season began in Class A, 13 games, 74.2 IP
- Hamels was promoted to A+ and pitched 5 games, 26.1 IP
I can’t imagine Painter will come close to Hamels’ 90+ innings in his first full season with the way pitches and innings are tracked nowadays. I don’t see a need to rush Painter up just because some are enamored with his early-season numbers. Time to cool your jets and wait for the inevitable setback from which he will rebound. That’s when he’ll be ready to advance. (This actually used to be a required part of development in the org. I don’t know if that is still the case.)
Clearwater (8-8) reached .500 and extended their winning streak to seven games with a 7-3 victory over the division-leading Fort Myers Mighty Mussels. The Threshers are now tied for second place, 2.0 games behind the Mussels. link
Oswald Medina pitched four innings. He gave up 2 runs (one earned) on 5 hits and a walk. Victor Lopez pitched two innings and gave up one run on one hit and a walk. Alex Garbrick pitched two shutout innings allowing a walk and a hit. Rodolfo Sanchez struck out two in a clean inning.
The Threshers scored 3 runs in the first inning before an out was recorded on Lee Hao Yu’s 2-run double and a throwing error on Yu’s steal of third. After the Mussels closed to within one run, the Threshers scored 3 more runs in the fifth on RBI singles by Yhoswar Garcia and Freylin Minyety and a throwing error. They tacked on a final run in the seventh on Lee Hao Yu’s solo HR.
Yhoswar Garcia went 4-5 with 2 runs scored and an RBI. Lee Hao Yu went 3-5 with 3 runs scored, a double, HR, and 3 RBI. Freylin Minyety went 2-4 with an RBI.
There was a lot of action on the base paths, mostly by the Threshers. Yhoswar Garcia stole 4 bases (10), Lee Hao Yu stole one base (5), and Alexeis Azuaje stole one base (6). Arturo De Freitas, Garcia, and Jadiel Sanchez were each caught once. Marcus Lee Sang was picked off first base. The Mussels lone attempt was gunned down by De Freitas.
The Threshers recent hot streak has lifted their pitching staff to tops in the Florida State League. Their offense has risen to fourth in the league for AVG and OBP and fifth in SLG and OPS. They have a league-leading 35 stolen bases but were also caught a league-leading 11 times. The team with the second most is the Mussels with 27 successful steals.
Lehigh Valley (9-9) at Scranton/WB postponed, makeup on April 29th.
Reading (4-11) at New Hampshire postponed, makeup on April 27th.
Jersey Shore (6-10) lost to the Aberdeen IronBirds, 10-2. link
Griff McGarry pitched 2.1 innings and gave up 3 runs on 3 hits (2 HR) and a walk. He struck out four. Ethan Lindow gave up a run in 2.2 innings on 3 hits and 2 walks. He struck out four. Carlo Reyes pitched one inning and gave up 3 runs on 4 hits and a walk. Jonathan Hughes pitched one inning allowing one hit and striking out two. Andrew Baker gave up the final 3 runs in one inning on 3 hits and a walk.
The BlueClaws scored twice in the fourth inning to get back into the game for a couple innings. Johan Rojas (13) stole home on a double steal with Casey Martin (3). Tatum McCarthy drove in Martin with a double.
Rosters and Stuff
Not up to date, yet.
4/26/2022 – Phillies optioned LHP Bailey Falter to Lehigh Valley
4/26/2022 – Phillies recalled LHP Damon Jones from Lehigh Valley
4/26/2026 – Lehigh Valley released SS Ronald Torreyes
4/26/2022 – Reading activated 1B Aldrem Corredor
4/26/2022 – Reading placed CF Simon Muzziotti on the 7-day IL retroactive to 4/24
4/26/2022 – Clearwater activated LHP Jordi Martinez from the 7-day IL
4/25/2022 – Clearwater placed LHP Corey Phelan on the 60-day IL
4/25/2022 – Phillies transferred LHP Ryan Sherriff from the 10- to the 60-day IL, shoulder
4/25/2022 – Phillies optioned SS Bryson Stott to Lehigh Valley
4/25/2022 – Phillies selected the contract of CF Roman Quinn from Lehigh Valley
4/25/2022 – Clearwater placed C Rickardo Perez on the 60-day IL
4/24/2022 – 1B Rixon Wingrove assigned to FCL Phillies from Clearwater
4/20/2022 – LHP Corey Phelan assigned to Clearwater from FCL Phillies
4/8/2022 – Clearwater placed LHP Jordi Martinez on the 7-day IL