Phillies’ Affiliates Recap (8/11/2022)

Here are today’s results. 

Lehigh Valley (59-49) lost to the Charlotte Knights, 3-2.  Kent Emanuel (2.19) pitched seven scoreless innings.  He allowed 4  hits, walked none, and struck out eight.  Sam Coonrod pitched one rehab inning allowing one hit.  Nick Duron (3.28) blew the save in the top of the ninth allowing 3 runs in 0.1 innings on 3 hits, 2 walks, and a hit batter.  Bubby Rossman (5.40) got the final 2 outs on strikeouts stranding 3 inherited runners.  The IronPigs had just 4 hits but drew 9 walks.  Plus the Knights committed a couple of errors.  They held a one-run lead thru most of the game on Josh Ockimey’s solo HR (5) in the third.  The ‘Pigs rallied in the ninth loading the bases on walks to Dalton Guthrie and Justin Williams and a single by Will Toffey (his second hit in the game).  Scott Kingery drew a walk to force in a run and the Knights changed pitchers.  They put 3 balls in play but couldn’t score the tying run.

Reading (47-58, 18-18) beat the Harrisburg Senators, 3-1.  Ethan Lindow (4-3, 3.64) had a solid outing pitching six shutout innings allowing 5 hits and a walk.  Tyler McKay (5.11) pitched two scoreless innings allowing 2 hits.  Brian Marconi (4.02) earned his 16th save allowing an unearned run on a walk and 2 walks.  Carlos De La Cruz (.226) went 2-4 with a 2-run HR (1).  Herbert Iser made his double-A debut going 2-4.

Jersey Shore (39-66, 14-26) lost to the Greensboro Grasshoppers, 6-3.  Kyle Glogoski (0-4, 3.30) pitched six innings and gave up 4 runs (3 ER) on 5 hits and 2 walks striking out six.  Two solo HRs provided some of the damage.  Erubiel Armenta (4.25) pitched 0.1 innings and gave up 2 unearned runs on one hit and a walk.  Jason Ruffcorn (4.89) allowed one of three inherited runners to score in 1.2 innings walking in a run.  Marcus Lee Sang (.344) went 2-4 with a solo HR (3).  Kendall Simmons (.150) went 1-4 with a solo HR (2).

Clearwater (49-55, 14-25) beat the St. Lucie Mets, 6-5 in 11 innings.  Jordi Martinez (4.28) pitched 4.1 innings and gave up 2 runs (1 ER) on 5 hits and 2 walks with 4 K.  Gabriel Yanez (1.94) stranded 2 inherited runners and pitched 2.2 scoreless innings walking 2 and striking out three.  Carlos Betancourt pitched two scoreless innings allowing 3 hits.  Victor Lopez (6-1, 5.34)retired one batter and stranded 2 inherited runners for the win.  The Threshers rallied for 4 runs in the 11th inning for the win.  Lee Hao Yu (.288) went 2-4 with a HBP and RBI.  Caleb Ricketts (.440) went 2-5.  Wilfredo Flores (.266) went 2-5 with 2 RBI.  Yanez picked a runner off first.  Flores threw a runner out at the plate.  Cade Fergus threw a runner out at third.

FCL Phillies (17-28) lost to the DSL Yankees, 4-3 in seven innings.  Oscar Medina (5.66) pitched three solid innings before collapsing in the fourth.  He was finally pulled after going HR, single, single, single, walk, and giving up 2 runs.  That’s three-plus innings, 5 hits, 2 runs, 1 walk, and 2 K.  Cristopher Soriano (0-4, 5.21) stranded three inherited runners on a line drive double play and a strikeout but pitched two innings giving up 2 runs on 2 hits and a walk.  Nicoly Pina (3.97) pitched two scoreless innings allowing a hit and striking out three.  Justin Crawford went 2-4 with a SB (4) and CS (1).  His first professional hit was a bunt single.  The kid has blazing speed.  He made a catch in the gap that most spectators didn’t think he would get to.  Even the dozen-plus scouts were impressed.  Cole Moore went 1-3 and crushed a 2-run HR that easily cleared the right field fence.  Emaarion Boyd went 1-1 with a walk and a ground single up the middle for his first professional hit.

DSL Phillies Red (30-18) beat the DSL Miami, 9-8.  Pedro Reyes (2-0, 1.27) pitched six innings and gave up 2 runs on 8 hits and no walks.  He struck out three.  Jonh Henriquez (0.00) picked up his 2nd save with a clean inning and 2 K.  Santiago Torres (.205) went 6-3 with 2 triples and 3 RBI.  Marco Soto (.308) went 3-6 with an RBI.  Fernando Hernandez (.164) went 2-4 with 2 walks, a HR (2), and 4 RBI.  Jorge Mendez (.419) went 2-5 with a double and RBI.  Deivi Cabrera (.167) went 2-4 with a walk.

DSL Phillies White (30-18) beat the DSL Nationals, 2-1 in seven innings.  Saul Teran (4.82) pitched five shutout innings allowing 5 hits, one walk, and striking out six.  Diego Linares (4-1, 3.97) got the win but blew his second save in two innings allowing one run on one hit and a walk with 3 K.  Jarol Martinez (.262) went 1-2 with a walk and 2 RBI.  William Bergolla (.366) entered the game as a pinch hitter in the seventh inning and was hit by a pitch.

Red and White are part of a 3-way tie for first place in their division.  The playoffs consist of 6 division winners and the 2 best winning percentages.  Seeding is by winning percentage regardless of finish within divisions.  Right now, all three teams in the 3-way tie qualify for the playoffs and are ranked fifth thru seventh in the seeding.

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8/11/2022 – Lehigh Valley sent 2B Daniel Robertson on a rehab assignment to FCL Phillies
8/11/2022 – Reading activated RHP Tyler McKay
8/11/2022 – Jersey Shore sent C Nick Matera on a rehab assignment to FCL Phillies
8/11/2022 – RHP Carlo Reyes assigned to Jersey Shore from Reading
8/11/2022 – RHP Eric Garcia assigned to FCL Phillies

32 thoughts on “Phillies’ Affiliates Recap (8/11/2022)

  1. Any thoughts on Kent Emmanuel? Yesterday he “retired the first 10 batters he faced – the first 6 via strikeout 😳. He was excellent going seven shutout frames.”
    From Steve Potter.

    1. Isn’t he in his 30’s? A little long in the tooth to still be at AAA unless it’s a rehab assignment..

  2. Sang is a guy we don’t talk about much but the kid has hit at each level. I’m not sure he’ll hit enough for a corner OF but he can play.

      1. And, while are at it.

        Lee is Hao Yu Lee – with Lee being the last name. Is that correct? I don’t want to mess it up, especially since he might be our best hitting prospect.

        1. Not really. His name is Lee Hao Yu. That is how he is addressed in articles I’ve read from his home country. I asked his interpreter for the proper order and pronunciation, he replied “Lee How You”. Even made the how you distinction for me.

          Now it is correct that Lee is his family name or what we call a surname. The Chinese put the family name first. They also have rules for the second and third names. I became aware of but don’t recall the the naming rules when I read James Michener’s Hawaii years ago. I believe Yu is his equivalent of my first name James, but I’m not 100% sure.

          So, he will show up in boxscores as Lee, and I will continue to type his name as Lee Hao Yu out of respect for his traditions.

          Now, in the case of Marcus Lee Sang, and knowing the above, I just asked his parents at the Complex when he was drafted.

          1. There may be a reason in Taiwan that it is Lee Hao Yu…..English, like Mandarin Chinese in mainland China, is written left to right and then top to bottom. But in Taiwan, characters are written predominantly top to bottom and then right to left.

    1. He was always going to be a bit of a project, but there’s a reason he got $440k as an 11th-round pick. Seems like it’s starting to come together for him a bit.

      For me, he was always a guy I’d check in on to see how things were going, but he’s turned into a daily check.

    2. I said that the other day and Jimmy made it seems as though I am making it up so I am waiting to see by the end of the year. The most impressive thing to me about Leesang is that he is still only 21 and this is only his first full season of pro ball. He lost a season to covid and only played in 38 games in 2 others (I don’t know why so few). He is from a cold Northern state (like Ohoppe) where they don’t play as much baseball and the competition isn’t as great. Someone pointed out that those prospects out of northern HS will take time to develop because they haven’t seen nearly enough pitches as kids from the south or college players to develop plate discipline, a hitting eye and an advance approach to their at bats.. However, you can just see this kid is getting better with more experience and we don’t know how good he can be because he is still raw and has gotten better at every level. The learning curve is just greater for him than even a younger but more experience prospect like Hao Yu Lee so I wonder who has the higher ceiling. Although he strikes out too much, to hit at A and doing even better at high A says something. Look at the other ranked hitting prospects in the system and compare their age and where they have actually done well. (many are still just projected or did well in the DSL and GCL). Just look how Leesang keeps improving and instead of performing great at the lower levels and then a little worse like many prospects as they rises to harder levels, he is doing the opposite (this is like Ohoppe). Also he was drafted as a CF and has played there too in the minors. He certainly has the speed to play CF and s hitting enough to play CF. He is still developing his hit tool, so corner outfield might not be out of the question. All I am saying is what you just did in that we don’t talk enough about him but we will see if it is warranted in time.

  3. Boy, on the whole our minor league hitting this year has been hideous with a few notable exceptions (the biggest of which was O’Hoppe – so that’s of no use at this point).

    Of course the pitching has been as good as the hitting has been bad so I want to acknowledge that and also note that the goal of a minor league system is to produce potential star players. At some level, it doesn’t matter that much if they are star pitchers or hitters.

    That being said, I’d really like to see a few high level hitters by next year and I’d like to know why we have been so bad at identifying and developing position players. Not to cast blame, but to fix it.

    1. I’m not suggesting I can fix it. I just hope they are analyzing these things with a mind to doing them better. The worst thing about some of the old Phillies regimes was that they made the same drafting and Int’l FA signing mistakes over and over and over again (with a graveyard full of “toolsy” outfielders who couldn’t hit their way out of a paper bag). Enough of that nonsense.

    2. High level hitters? There’s some hope, but they are all still years away:

      Hao Yu Lee (age 19, Clearwater)
      Rickardo Perez (age 18, FCL)

      The hope is that Viars (age 19, FCL) finally turns it on.

      Of course, this year’s draft (Crawford, Ricketts, Boyd).

      Unfortunately, the Phillies won’t be banking on hitting help from the minors for a while.

      1. High level as in high ability. The performance of the system as a whole, is wretched. There are a few older prospects who have done well in the upper minors and few rays of sunshine in the lower minors, but the hitters this year get a “D” grade at best. It’s been ugly.

        1. And, who knows, maybe there learned something with the last few drafts where athleticism was put a premium and the hit tool was largely ignored (are you listening Casey Martin?). You can be the greatest athlete in the world (literally, just look at Michael Jordan or Ricky Williams) but if you can’t hit a breaking ball or high velocity FB and don’t have good plate discipline, it really doesn’t matter.

        2. No doubt, it’s been ugly. You figure somebody in the JS coaching staff is going to be ths scapegoat. That team was supposed to be the highlight and it’s been a disaster of biblical proportions.

          1. Here’s what I would say about the development of our hitters as a whole.

            Way, way, way too many of our hitters have progressed according to a “worst case scenario”. Tons of guys with batting averages under .200 and not much power or plate discipline to speak of. Full on disaster scenarios and a LOT of them. Heads should be rolling across the system in terms of the development of hitters.

            1. That’s why when I see posts here about whether Jonan Rojas is going to compete for the CF job in 2024, I think to myself “wait a minute! This guy hasn’t even proven he can hit AA pitching. Let’s not get ahead of ourselves.” And I like Rojas and all, but he may only end up having a cup of coffee (or less) in the big leagues. Nobody knows.

      2. Viars had a good debut last year. It’s been a bad shock that he’s taken a big step backwards in the same league – it doesn’t bode well for his long-term prognosis.

  4. Kent Emanuel turned 30 the first week of June. He is on the 40 man roster so he could conceivably be called up to pitch in the DH next week bypassing Falter.

    In the case of Marcus Lee Sang, he has played center field but he mostly plays LF now. It could be that maybe his are is lacking to play CF. Doctor Jimmy would know.

    The Koreans, like the Chinese, put the person’s last name first when writing it. In this case it is Lee Hao Tu. Think Yao Ming or one of my favorites, tennis star Li Na.

    1. Yes, so do the Japanese, so in Japan our favorite Japanese superstar is Ohtani Shohei. But in America, the first name is used so it becomes Shoehei Ohtani. Hence my question. I think his first name(s) is(are) Hao Yu and his last name is Lee. I was seeking confirmation on that.

  5. Does anyone know when Able and Painter are scheduled to pitch? The Blueclaws are in Greensboro [NC] this week, and I plan on seeing Saturday’s game. My email and voicemail inquiries to the Blueclaws have gone unanswered.

    1. Abel typically pitch on Fridays now and Painter pitch on Saturdays. Painter has pitched on Saturday almost every week when he is active on the roster since Clearwater to JS

  6. Aaron
    Thanks for your helpful reply. I just phoned the Grasshopper’s office and confirmed that Abel pitches tonight and Painter tomorrow night. The Grasshoppers were a lot more helpful than the Blueclaws’ office, which definitely belongs in the minor leagues.

  7. Not sure how the Phillies can only have 1 FCL team. Between international signings, DSL players coming stateside, draft picks and undrafted FAs, how do you find playing time for all these players with only 1 FCL team?

    1. Don’t forget all the rehabbing minor leaguers from higher levels go there. With Williamsport no longer in existence and only one FCL team the development of very young kids is really hurt. No way there are enough AB’s or IP’s for everybody. Other than Painter and Ottenbtreit (TJ surgery) the high school pitchers drafted last year have hardly pitched this year. Literally just a handful of innings.

  8. If you’re a FCL manager or instructor, you have to have patience. Looking at today’s FCL game, the amount of walks, wild pitches, HBP are staggering. I’m actually surprised there wasn’t a balk thrown in there. I know that some of these players are raw, but it’s crazy to see these numbers on a box score almost very game.

    1. Makes for a long long game in the Florida heat.
      On a positive note….NP-G is still swinging a hot bat.

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