Phillies’ Affiliates Recap (7/28/2022)

Here are today’s results. 

Lehigh Valley (52-44) lost to the Durham Bulls, 5-3, and dropped out of a three-way tie for first into sole possession of third place.  Durham is one of the first place teams.  Michael Plassmeyer (2-2, 3.65) gave up 3 runs in five innings on 5 hits and a walk.  He struck out four.  But, he gave up 3 solo HR.  Mark Appel (1.65) went 1.2 innings giving up a solo HR.  Jean Segura played second and went 1-4, his first rehab hit.  He still hasn’t played a complete game.  Rafael Marchan (.230) went 2-4 with a double.  Dalton Guthrie (.280), batting clean up, went 1-4 with a solo HR (8). Scott Kingery (.206) went 0-2 with 2 walks.  

Reading (40-53, 11-13) lost to the Erie SeaWolves, 8-3.  Noah Skirrow (4-7, 4.79) pitched 4.1 innings and gave up 4 runs (3 ER) on 5 hits and a walk.  He struck out seven.  Johan Rojas (.288) was back in the lineup after the birth of his child.  He went 1-4.  Simon Muzziotti (.198) went 1-4 with a solo HR (3).  Logan O’Hoppe (.273) and Jhailyn Ortiz (.259) each went 2-4.  Vito Friscia ((.237) went 2-4 with an RBI.

Jersey Shore (32-60, 7-19) lost to the Wilmington Blue Rocks, 3-0, and became our first affiliate to reach 60 losses.  They collected 3 singles by Jared Carr (.202), Carlos De La Cruz (.275), and Luis Garcia (.145).  Kyle Glogoski (2.48) was tagged for 3 runs in three innings (only one of which was earned) on 4 hits, no walks, and 4 K.  JP Woodward (7.20), Brett Schulze (9.00), and Jason Ruffcorn (4.65) shutout the Blue rocks the rest of the way.  Schulze struck out 2 in his inning.

A second game was suspended (rain) after four innings with Jersey Shore leading 2-0 and holding Wilmington to one hit.  Ben Brown (3.08) was solid through four with no walks and 4 K.  Herbert Iser (.243) and Uziel Viloria (.198) had RBI singles.

Clearwater (44-48, 9-18) dropped two to the Dunedin Blue Jays, 4-3 and 8-0.

Starlyn Castillo (12.46) had a decent appearance in game one pitching three scoreless innings allowing 2 hits and a walk.  Matt Osterberg (3.99) was fine allowing one run in three innings on 4 hits, no walks.  Gabriel Yanez (2-3, 2.04) blew the save giving up 3 runs on 2 HR in the top of the seventh.  Nicolas Torres (.151) had broken a 1-1 tie in the home sixth with a 2-run single.  He had a double and scored earlier in the game.  Lee Hao Yu (.286) went 1-4 with a double and RBI.

In game two, Gabriel Cotto (2-3, 4.58) gave up 3 runs in four innings on 3 hits and 4 walks.  Konnor Ash gave up 5 runs in 0.2 innings on 2 hits and 3 walks.  Victor Lopez (5.47) allowed an inherited runner to score.  Alex McKenney pitched a clean inning.  Nicolas Torres committed 2 errors that didn’t figure in the scoring.  Lee Hao Yu went (.286) went 1-3.  Marcus Lee Sang (.263) went 1-3.  Jamari Baylor (.135) went 1-3.

FCL Phillies (13-20) beat the FCL Tigers, 4-2.  Oswald Medina (1-3, 5.59) pitched six innings allowing 2 runs on 7 hits, no walks, and 4 K.  Fernando Lozano (3.00) earned his second save retiring all nine batters he faced.  Nikau Pouaka-Grego (.290) went 2-4 with a double and 2 RBI.  Felix Reyes (.241) went 2-4 with a double.  Yemal Flores (.178) went 0-3 with 2 K (that’s 35 in 87 PA).  Rickardo Perez (.350) DH-ed and went 0-4.

DSL Phillies Red (23-15) lost to the DSL Tigers2, 5-2.

DSL Phillies White (24-13) lost to the DSL Brewers2, 11-3.  William Bergolla (.231) started at SS, led off, and went 1-5.  (Note: his 2-2 from the suspended game isn’t included.  He would be 5 for 15 .333 with that game.)

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

Steve has included some observations from the Complex.

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7/28/2022 – RHP Nicoly Pina assigned to FCL Phillies from Clearwater
7/28/2022 – Reading activated OF Johan Rojas from the temporarily inactive list
7/28/2022 – Reading transferred RHP Carlo Reyes to the Development List
7/27/2022 – Jersey Shore placed 1B Rixon Wingrove on the 7-day IL
7/27/2022 – Jersey Shore activated C Karl Ellison


17 thoughts on “Phillies’ Affiliates Recap (7/28/2022)

  1. Keep hitting Ortiz…would love to see De La Cruz & Ben Brown in Reading sooner than later.

  2. Ben Brown seems to have righted himself after a slight downturn in his season. He might see himself in Reading before too long. He’s really put together an encouraging season.
    What’s the story on Pouaka-Grego? He’s really hit well all season. Is he a 2b only? Any upside potential?

    1. I think one of the amazing things about Nikau Pouaka-Grego is that he is the youngest player we have stateside. He won’t turn 18 years old until AFTER the FCL season is completed.

      They have him playing second and third with one game at short. He hasn’t made an error at third yet, but in half as many chances. He’s young enough to grow into the power profile for a third baseman if you are into that. But, he’s not there yet.

      I can’t come up with a fair comp. He reminds me of Kingery but Scott was a college kid who skipped GCL and went right to Lakewood. That’s pre-Reading Kingery. Nikau isn’t as quick as Kingery though.

      OF Herlis Rodriguez might be a decent batting comp at this level. But, who remembers Herlis?

      Potential? He learned his craft in NZ, not exactly a baseball hotbed. Who knows how far he can go with stateside development against the best payers in his age group in the world?

      1. Thanks Jim. When a 17 yr old kid can hit FCL pitching, it’s usually a great sign. He’ll only get bigger and stronger in the next few years. It didn’t work for Garcia though who also hit well at that level and has struggled since.

  3. Really disappointed with the overall hitting down on the farm.

    Now some good news is that Rojas, De La Cruz, Ortiz, and O’Hoppe seem to be doing well. Just would like to see more to really push this system to the next level. Moniak has it figured out in AAA…now if they’d give him regular at bats on the big squad, he could be somebody. Still confident of that.

    Is it the overall hitting philosophy of the org? Or did they just draft a lot of terrible hitters?

    Now a major bright spot seems to be the pitching. I will miss some names but..
    Abel & Painter have shown why they were 1st round picks. Mcgarry has put himself on the map. Brown could be a stud at some point. Miller, Appel, & Schultz are intriguing bullpen arm.

    Definitely growing the arms…now let’s grow the bats

    Mattingly seems to be more aggressive with promotions than the past regimes. Maybe I am wrong.

    1. You’re saying something I’ve been saying for a while now.

      The new administration has done a terrible job identifying hitters. I you’d have to give Barber and his team a D- or F when it comes to drafting hitters. It’s incredibly disconcerting. And what’s even more wild is that their philosophy is exactly the opposite of what Almaraz tried to (and he was no prize either). Almaraz was all about hit tool. This group is all about perceived ceiling and overlook the hit tool. I think neither philosophy works too well. You need to draft guys with projection, but they need to have some basic hit tool competence or it’s all for naught.

      Now, as poor as Barber has done with hitters, he has done extremely well with pitchers. You’d have to give him at least an A-, perhaps even an A, when it comes to drafting and developing pitchers. They identify high schoolers with great potential and hard throwing college guys who have upside but who need to be coached up. They’ve hit on so many guys – it’s impressive.

      So, overall, I’d give Barber and his team maybe a B-. Hopefully they do better with hitters over time. We will see, but that has to improve.

    2. FYI – Brown could be a stud right now. I’m predicting he will be in the Phillies rotation by next August, if he isn’t traded before the deadline this year. He does not have a long developmental timeline.

  4. I had high hopes for Rojas and his hitting, and that hasn’t panned out, but his speed and D are really top shelf. I don’t know how highly he is thought of around the league, but I don’t expect him to be a trade piece at all. And, hoping the hitting improves. I had him competing for CF in the Majors next season, and I may have been a tad ambitious!

  5. By the way, I was trying to watch McGarry’s last start on MILBTV and, by accident, I saw Painter’s last start. Having seen that, I think Painter isn’t quite as advanced as I thought (Matty Winks said essentially the same thing). Painter has a very good FB with really nice command, which allows him to breeze through A level hitters, but his secondary stuff isn’t near as advanced and isn’t as impressive as Abel’s. As far as velocity is concerned, both Abel and Painter throw in the high 90s. And I agree with Matt that McGarry’s pure stuff right now is the best in the system, which is mind blowing given that Painter and Abel are elite prospects and each have the potential to become TOR pitchers.

  6. Griff McGarry vs a very good Erie team tonight on the road. This should be a good test.

    If he finishes AA strong, there’s no reason why he can’t start 2023 at Lehigh. He’s already 23. He could be the first or second option for depth.

      1. Miller and Romero may be up by then too. The arms in the system are about to come to the rescue. As for trade bait – it’s hard to imagine that some catcher not named O’Hoppe won’t be one of the players traded.

        1. On September 1, rosters expand to 28. There’s no mention about the limit on pitchers (which is now 13).

      2. I seriously doubt it. The Phillies will be in a 40 man crunch very soon and they need all the slots they can get.

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