Phillies’ Affiliates Recap (7/27/2022)

Here are today’s results. 

But first, I went to the Complex to see the new guys.  Eleven pitchers came out on Carlton Field at 10:30 AM.  They did several sets of exercises down the right field line, agility and sprinting.   Then they went down the right field line for long toss.  Fourteen position players came out on Roberts Field and went through similar exercises down the right field line.  Then they came in to do running drills rounding first and second.  Then they hit.  Yay! While one group hit, another group ran the bases, and a third group shagged.

The pitching group included Orion Kerkering, Mavis Graves, Alex Rao, Josh Bortka, Daniel Harper, Mason Ronan, Eric Garcia, Jack Dallas, Braden Fausnaught, Andrew Walling, and Danny Wilkinson.  Dallas, Fassnaught, and Walling didn’t take part in long toss.

The position player group included Justin Crawford, Caleb Ricketts, Chad Castillo, Gustavo Sosa, Emaarion Boyd, Jordan Disson, Cade Fergus, Troy Schreffler, Ty Penner, Dakota Kotowski, Cole Moore, Ryan Leitch, Matt Alifano, and Ezra Farmer.  Boyd didn’t take part in the base running or hitting.  He did shag for the other groups.

My guess is that the guys who watched couldn’t take part in baseball drills until the results of their physicals came back.  Otto Kemp came out to watch during the hitting.

That’s Crawford in the middle. He’s thin. Note his skinny stick legs. PS: that’s Sean Rodriguez against the batting cage.

And, now back to our four stateside losses.  (Bergolla played for DSL White.)

Lehigh Valley (52-43) lost to the Durham Bulls, 11-4.  Rehabbing Sam Coonrod pitched one inning and gave up 4 runs on 4 hits and 2 walks.  Jean Segura went 0-4 and played second base.  Mickey Moniak (.318) went 0-2 with 2 BB.  Nick Maton (.267) went 2-3 with a walk and RBI.  Dalton Guthrie (.281) went 2-4 with 2 HR (7) and 3 RBI.

Reading (40-52, 11-12) lost to the Erie SeaWolves, 6-3.  Eric Miller (1.63) pitched one inning and gave up one run on 2 hits and a walk.  Francisco Morales (1.63) struck out the side on ten pitches in his one inning.  Jhailyn Ortiz (.256) went 2-4.  Simon Muzziotti (.196) went 1-5 with a solo HR (2).

Jersey Shore (32-59, 7-18) lost to the Wilmington Blue Rocks, 6-5.  Cam Bedrosian got clobbered in 0.1 innings giving up 5 runs on 3 hits and 2 walks.  Carlos De La Cruz (.273) went 1-4 with a HR (9), 2 RBI, and 3 K.  Ethan Wilson (.244) went 2-5 with an RBI.

Clearwater (44-46, 9-16) lost to the Dunedin Blue Jays, 2-1 in 10 innings.  Scott Moss walked 4 and struck out 2 in 2.2 rehab innings.  Lee Hao Yu (.287) went 1-4.  Wilfredo Flores (.272) went 1-3.

FCL Phillies (12-20) no game scheduled

DSL Phillies Red (23-14) beat the DSL Tigers1, 6-3 in five innings.

DSL Phillies White (24-12) suspended in the 5th leading the DSL Giants Orange, 5-0.  William Bergolla appeared in his fourth game, played SS, and went 2-2 with a walk and RBI.  He’s hitting .400 (4-10).

Steve Potter’s Minor League Roundup from his Phillies – A Fan’s View

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7/27/2022 – Jersey Shore placed 1B Rixon Wingrove on the 7-day IL
7/27/2022 – Jersey Shore activated C Karl Ellison
7/26/2022 – Lehigh Valley placed 2B Daniel Robertson on the 7-day IL retroactive to 7/25
7/26/2022 – Lehigh Valley placed LHP Braeden Ogle on the 7-day IL


34 thoughts on “Phillies’ Affiliates Recap (7/27/2022)

  1. I thought omeone mentioned earlier that the Phillies don’t have any requirement for minor league players or staff to be vaccinated against Covid 19. Does anyone know what protocols or precautions are taken against contracting this illness, if any? And, does anyone know if the Phillies have ANY requirements for vaccination against anything?

  2. Something may be clicking for Carlos De La Cruz. When he signed as a 17 y.o. he was vey raw. Now it looks like he may be starting to put it all together.

    1. Very true and he’s a big guy and they sometimes take longer to put it all together.

    2. He’s a big fella too we serious raw power. And I mean in a good way. Aaron Judge type body…

      Jimmy you watch Lee Hao Yu what is he like in the field and as a hitter?

      1. DMAR….Carlos De La Cruz is a little more lean than Judge…though about the same height. Judge goes close to 290lbs…not sure De La Cruz comes in at that weight.

        1. Exactly.

          I saw De La Cruz play with JS at Wilmington a few weeks ago (McGarry’s last start in high A ball) and, no, he looks NOTHING like Aaron Judge, aside from the fact that he is tall. Think Harold Carmichael, not Aaron Judge.

        2. LOL you guys forget Judge is 30. When I first saw him in Trenton at the tender age of 23 is more what I was thinking. I was standing right next to him on the field for an event. Greg Bird too. My how their careers went in opposite directions.

          De La Cruz is only 22

      2. DMAR. I like him. A lot. I see him as an everyday second baseman with spot starts at SS and third if needed. At the plate, he has a very good approach. When I first saw him back in 2021, I thought he was a slasher with that pacific rim approach that you see in the asian leagues. But, he has shown an ability to square up pitches and hit with authority. I don’t want to say power, that can be misleading. He’s a competent base runner, but not as quick as he thinks he is.

        1. That’s an exciting profile Jim. I greatly appreciate your first eye accounts. I’ll still don’t forget what you told us when Luis Garcia was being hyped…

      1. IIRC, the park at Lakewood favors pitchers, so what we are seeing may be a SSS blip.

    3. De La Cruz is about to be officially more intriguing than J. Ortiz…which is more of an indictment on the latter. Hope DLC keeps raking – it’s fun to root for an underdog.

  3. Thanks Jim on the complex update, the new batch of players should be joining the FCL team in a few weeks.
    Good news on Morales’ game. Fingers crossed on him because he’s been bad since he went to the show.

  4. If the Phillies need an emergency fill in, perhaps look into bringing Nick Maton up …over last 39 games slashing a torrid … 319/.412/.493

    1. If you had to ask me to pick one under the radar guy in the Phillies’ system who could end up developing into an above average major league player, I might very well pick Maton (you could pick Vierling, but he’s no longer under the radar). This is a developing, evolving player who already has a good and broad skillset. And when you watch him play, there’s almost a wow factor to him – he’s just always in the right place at the right time. My guess is that the team is going to exercise Segura’s option for 2023 because there’s no proven bat to take his place, but don’t be surprised if Maton ends up as the team’s second baseman in 2024. He’s got a chance to be pretty good.

      1. Agree I love Maton since WPT. He’s pretty much always produced at every level even on his short stints to the big club

      2. You summed it up best…..Maton could be their 2B option down the road… he reminds me a little of Mets McNeil.

      3. I don’t disagree with your assessment, but Maton has a .834 OPS at Lehigh. He’s already played 115 games at AAA. There’s no reason for him to go back to Lehigh in 2023. So he either takes 2B in 2023 or he’s on the bench.

        1. I never said or suggested he should go back to AAA next year, although it’s possible. He would be the perfect guy to be the back-up at 2 or 3 positions. If he hits, they will find a place for him even if he isn’t a starter. He should get plenty of big league ABs without being a start next year – IF he hits.

          1. If Segura is back, I don’t think Maton is going to get as much ABs as you think he will. Carmargo has the far superior glove than Maton so he’s going to get his ABs. Segura is going to play every day. Stott and Bohm will play a lot. Barring injuries, Maton will be lucky to get 250 ABs.

            1. It all depends on how much Maton hits. If he’s got a low OPS and is below .255, yeah, he won’t get many ABs. But if he has a strong OPS and fields well, between injuries and the struggles of others, he could get a lot of ABs. I don’t think he’s going to be guaranteed many ABS – but he could earn them.

      4. I don’t think they’ll pick up Segura’s option but I’ll stop there and keep the minor league thread going. I think Maton has a good chance to make next year’s team as a bench guy. Our SS next year might not be here yet.

      5. I like Maton a lot and even as a platoon player I think he provides a ton of value. Solid glove and he’s on the right side of a platoon. Even if he’s an every day option I think you could do worse with a guy like him hitting 8th/9th in this line up (assuming everyone else isn’t slumping). I think he and Stott could form a solid up the middle combo at a cheap rate allowing the Phillies to spend on pitching next offseason.

        I think the Phillies like him too. I remember Dombrowski mentioning him as a good young player in a press conference last year (in the same vein as Stott).

  5. Happy to write this but all you guys are wrong about Segura or Maton at second base next year. It’s going to be Scott Kingery. His batting average is now up to TWO O NINE. Hey, crazier things have happened. And don’t tell me that I need my cup of jo. GO JET PAX.

  6. Guru, I think your numbers on Maton are slightly misleading. Although, I don’t think that lessens your conclusions.

    Maton’s .834 OPS this season is in 51 games. It kind of masks the difficulty he had in 2021 when he batted .199 and OPSed .677.

    His overall OPS in 115 career Triple-A games is .751.

    I think that plus the success he’s had at the major league level (.268/.767 in 138 PA) still supports your argument for more playing time at the major league level. Although, his 2021 line, which is not skewed by this season’s 3 for 6 with a triple and HR, is still very acceptable for the role he would fill (.256/.708 in 131 PA).

    This is a good discussion. I’ll devote Sunday’s article to this and more of the same.

  7. I would also pay some attention to Dalton Guthrie. He was a guy that was thought of as a possible 1st rounder until he hurt his throwing arm in college. We drafted him a couple of rounds ahead of Maton. His early development did not look too promising, but in the second half of last year he hit very well at LHV, although he was derailed for over a month by an injury. He is looking good again this year and showing a bit more power. Not saying that he will be a star or even a regular, but would echo others pointing out that developing a few regulars and a bunch of versatile bench players and relievers could save a lot of budget for big name FA signings.

    1. You’re saving money if the prospect develops into a good starter or reliever. Backups are not paid much, so even if Guthrie becomes a bench player, the Phillies are not saving a lot of money. Philies signed Camargo off the street for $1.4M.

      Guthrie needs to be lights out at Lehigh to have any shot of making the Phillies, barring a crazy number of injuries. He has to be behind Maton and Moniak.

    1. What the Phillies have done to Miller this year unless he was supposed to be at the MLB by now is a near pitching malpractice. He a consistent franchise low ERA with a very low WHIP/SO/9 and he’s still at AA. How the Phillies took a 6’5 240 LHP freight train into a one inning reliever is one that has to be discussed around the league with a collective HUH? . Trade him.

  8. Familia is an absolute train wreck – a horrible pitcher. I could care less what they are paying him. He needs to be gone by tomorrow.

      1. Catch, no apology needed. The message on Familia needs to be shouted out every place possible.

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