Phillies Affiliates’ Recap (5/4/2022)

The affiliates won two out of three last night.  Lehigh Valley received another poor performance from a starting pitcher.  Reading was rained out.  Jersey Shore shut out the opposition.  And, Clearwater won in a shootout.


Clearwater (10-10) beat the Dunedin Blue Jays, 12-9.

Oswald Medina (4.50) pitched four innings and gave up 3 runs on 7 hits and a walk.  He struck out four.  Fernando Lozano (1-0, 4.00) pitched two innings and gave up one run on one hit striking out three.  Malik Binns (2.25) pitched 1.1 innings giving up 2 runs on one hit and 2 walks.  He struck out three.  Rodolfo Sanchez (2.89) allowed an inherited runner to score plus 3 more runs on 4 hits.  Cam Wynne (0.00) pitched 0.1 innings and allowed an inherited runner to score on one hit before getting the final out.

The Threshers scored 3 runs in the third to take a 2-run lead on Kendall Simmons’ 3-run HR after Lee Hao Yu walked and Wilfredo Flores singled.  The BlueJays tied the game in the bottom of the inning.  Clearwater struck for 3 more runs in the sixth.  Simmons led off with a double and advanced to third on a wild pitch.  He scored on Marcus Lee Sangs’ RBI single.  Felix Reyes reached on a fielding error with two out.  Both runners scored on Micah Yonamine’s 2-run double.

Dunedin scored once in the bottom of the inning and the Threshers restored their 3-run lead on Simmons’ two-out, solo HR in the sixth.  They tacked on 2 more runs in the seventh.  Reyes walked with two out and Yonamine singled him to second.  Jamari Baylor cleared the bases with a triple.  After the Jays scored twice in the eighth, the Threshers tacked on 3 important runs in the ninth.  Arturo De Freitas was hit by a pitch.  With one out Yonamine singled.  Baylor then launched a 3-run HR.

Flores (.313) went 2-6 with a run scored.  Simmons(.267) went 3-5 with 3 runs, a double, 2 HR (4), and 4 RBI.  Yonamine (.185) went 2-2 with 2 runs scored, a double, 3 walks, and 2 RBI.  Baylor (.154) went 2-5 with a run scored, triple, HR (1), and 5 RBI.


Lehigh Valley (14-12) lost to the Syracuse Mets, 5-3. link

James Marvel (0-5, 13.30) dropped his fifth game in six starts.  He gave up 5 runs on 6 hits and 2 walks.  Jonathan Hennigan (2.84) pitched two scoreless innings allowing one hit and striking out one.  Kyle Dohy (4.70) pitched one scoreless inning navigating around a hit and a walk with 2 strikeouts.

The IronPigs drew first blood in the third inning.  Bryson Singled with two out and stole second.  After Donny Sands walked, Darick Hall produced an RBI single.  After Marvel gave up 4 runs in the bottom of the third, Austin Wynns brought the IronPigs within one run in the fourth with a 2-run HR following a two-out HBP to Jorg Bonifacio.  The IronPigs managed just 3 walks the rest of the way.

The IronPigs had just 5 hits.  Bryson Stott went 2-4 with a run scored.  Bonifacio had an outfield assist at second base.  Hennigan picked a runner off first.


Reading (8-14) v. the Portland Sea Dogs rained out. Makeup on May 5th.


Jersey Shore (8-14) beat the Hudson Valley Renegades, 5-0. link

Victor Vargas (1-1, 2.84) threw six shutout innings needing just 75 pitches (49 strikes, 65.3%).  He walked two, allowed 3 hits, and struck out three.  Three BlueClaws’ relievers contributed one inning each to the shutout.  Erubiel Armenta (4.76) allowed a hit and a walk but struck out three.  Aidan Anderson (0.00) tossed a perfect inning with one K.  And, Dominic Pipkin (7.71) tiptoed around 2 hits and a walk.  He struck out one and escaped with a game-ending double play.

The BlueClaws scored single runs in five different innings.  Jared Carr walked to lead off the second inning.  He advanced on a ground ball to the pitcher and stole third while Carlos De La Cruz drew a walk.  He scored on Nicolas Torres’ infield single.  Casey Martin hit a solo HR on a 3-0 pitch with two out in the fifth.  Nick Matera hit a solo HR on a 2-2 pitch with two out in the sixth.  In the seventh, Johan Rojas doubled with one out and Ethan Wilson was hit by a pitch.  With two out, Rojas stole third and scored on an errant throw by the pitcher.  Wilson took third but wasn’t credited with a steal.  Nick Matera tripled with two out in the eighth.  He scored on De La Cruz’ RBI single.

The BlueClaws scored all five runs with two outs.  Every player in the lineup had a hit except Carr who did walk, steal his 8th base, and score the game’s first run.  Matera went 2-4 with 2 runs scored, a triple, and a HR (2).  Rojas notched his 16th steal.


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Transactions

5/04/2022 – Lehigh Valley activated SS Dalton Guthrie from the 7-day IL
5/04/2022 – RHP Carlos Betancourt assigned to Clearwater from FCL Phillies
5/03/2022 – Clearwater placed RHP Victor Lopez on the 7-day IL retroactive to 5/1
5/02/2022 – Reading transferred RHP Julian Garcia to the Development List

9 thoughts on “Phillies Affiliates’ Recap (5/4/2022)

  1. Good to see JS starting to play a little better and get a few wins. Vargas has had a few bright moments the last few years. What’s his ceiling?

  2. Sheesh its been pretty ugly across the board so far. I feel comfortable saying Stott is a MLB player and so is O’Hoppe. Marchan would be as well if he were healthy.

    Beyond that and excluding pitching I’m not seeing many shining stars in Hi or Low A.

    Maybe Simmons but at 22 in Low A its tempered enthusiasm for me. He’s OPSing over 900 but his OBP is under 300 so clearly something is going to give there. He’s truly an electric athlete but 2 BBs to 17 K’s that’s not going to play.

    1. DMAR….Ethan Wilson, YGarcia and Rojas all seem to have tremendous talent and upside. Jordan Viars has yet to come on, but he seems to be another with plenty of talent. I like Taiwan Lee and Yemal Flores, both have the physical body types to make an impact at the plate.
      Baylor and Simmons have the raw skill traits, but just too much swing and miss in their game.

    2. Was at the Thresher game in Duneiden last night. Garcia, Sanchez, Summons, and maybe Lee have a chance. Painter is a star in the making, and I like Mayer and Osterberg

  3. I was wondering where have Crouse and Muzziotti been? Also Luis Garcia. Finally, does MLB update their Top 30 throughout the season or just 1 or 2 times? I saw Pipken is 30th but I didn’t remember him being there at the start of the season.

    1. For the MLB top 30, if a prospect graduates off the list or if a new prospects gets traded into the system, they will slot accordingly.

      I know they update the list at the beginning of the season and during the break. Don’t recall if they do one at the end of the season.

  4. DMAR, I dug into Johan Rojas a bit. He’s 21 at A+ (JS)

    On surface, his .195/.290/.534 ops in 94 PA is ugly. But consider in 2021 he climbed to A+. and in 74 PA he hit .344/.419/.982 ops. So we know he can succeed at JS.

    While his slash is drastically different there are underlying stats that point to a bounce.

    His bb%/k% was 9.5%/10.8% and is 11.7%/16% this year. Both are up and his 0.73 bb/k is not bad.

    Last yr BABIP of .352 was high but actually within career range. This year’s .239 is way below career low of .283 and should improve.

    Also, I notice that Johan’s first month last year (May) at A (Clw) he hit .200/.236/.541 ops. So maybe he’s a slow starter and/or
    maybe he’s a Latin kid still adjusting to cooler weather.

    There’s also one are of improvement this year at JS. Last yr at JS he stole 8 of 11 bags. This yr he’s 16 for 16!

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