Phillies’ Affiliates Recap (8/23/2022)

Here are today’s results.

I went to dollar night at the Threshers’ game, so the later recaps will be very short.

Lehigh Valley (65-53) beat the Gwinnett Stripers, 10-5.  Bryce Harper went 2-3 with 2 HR and 2 walks.  Darick Hall didn’t play.  (I thought I read he was sent down to play every day.)  Mark Appel struck out 2 in one inning of relief.

Reading (52-63, 23-23) lost to the Birmingham Rumble Ponies, 8-6.  Johan Rojas went 2-5 with a HR (3) and 2 RBI.  Carlos De La Cruz went 2-3 with a double and RBI.  Herbert Iser also had 2 hits and an RBI.

Jersey Shore (44-71, 19-31) beat the Brooklyn Cyclones, 7-0, collecting just 3 hits.  Marcus Lee Sang (.238) had two of the hits.

Clearwater (54-60, 19-30) beat the Tampa Tarpons, 5-1, behind HRs by Ryan Leitch, Caleb Ricketts, and Leandro PinedaLee Hao Yu went 2-3 with a walk.  Victor Vargas pitched 5.1 innings allowing one run on a HR, 3 hits, and no walks.  Victor Lopez got his 7th win with 1.2, one-walk innings.  He stranded an inherited runner.  Keylan Killgore got the two-inning save.

FCL Phillies (26-29) beat the FCL Blue Jays, 7-0.  They closed out the season winning 9 of 10 games and finished in third place, two games behind the Jays.  Emaarion Boyd went 1-2 and finished the season with a .345 batting average.  Justin Crawford went 2-2 with 2 RBI and finished at .297 for the season.  Otto Kemp went 2-3 to finish 5-10.  Dakota Kotowski went 2-2 with 2 RBI and finished .484 in 31 at bats.  Jordan Dissin went 0-1 with a walk and finished .353 in 17 at bats.  Nikau Pouaka-Grego went 0-2 but still finished at .301/.424/.890 in 103 at bats.

Manuel Urias (4.23) pitched four innings and allowed one hit, one walk, and struck out seven.  Nicoly Pina (1-1) got the win with one scoreless inning allowing a hit and a walk.  Josh Bortka (0.00) pitched a clean inning.  Andrew Walling (6.75) pitched one inning allowed a hit and struck out one.  Braeden Fausnaught (0.00) struck out two in a scoreless inning.  And, Wilson Valdez (2.31) struck out one in the final inning.

DSL Phillies Red (36-23) lost to the DSL LAD Mega, 6-5, and missed the playoffs.  They were in a 4-way tie for the second wild card and lost out on tie-breaking procedures.  Jorge Mendez went 1-2 with a double, 2 walks, and 2 RBI.  He finished the season with a .400 batting average in 90 at bats.  Marco Soto went 1-4 with a walk and dipped to a .299 batting average in 177 at bats for the season.

DSL Phillies White (40-19) beat the DSL Texas Red, 8-1, and won the division on a tiebreaker with DSL Texas Blue who qualified as the first wild card.  William Bergolla went 1-1 with 2 walks and an RBI.  He finished with a ‘380 batting average in 71 at bats.  Leonardo Rondon went 1-3 with an RBI and finished the season with a .340 batting average in 103 at bats.  Jarol Martinez went 1-2 and finished with a .294 batting average in 85 at bats.  Jorge Garcia went 1-5 with a double and RBI and finished with a .308 batting average in 156 at bats.

Juan Melendez (16.55) got the start in this important game and pitched 3.1 innings allowing one run on 4 hits and 2 walks with 2 K.  Ezequiel Ventura (2.40) stranded 2 inherited base runners and pitched 1.2 scoreless innings allowing one hit, one walk, and 2 strikeouts.  Maikel Rosales (3.86) pitched two no-hit innings walking one and striking out three.  Javier Fuenmayor (3.82) allowed 2 hits in a scoreless inning striking out one.  Saul Alcala (1.50) did the same.

The Affiliate Scoreboard


8/23/2022 – Phillies sent RF Bryce Harper on a rehab assignment to Lehigh Valley
8/23/2022 – Phillies optioned 1B Darick Hall to Lehigh Valley
8/23/2022 – Phillies recalled 3B Yairo Munoz from Lehigh Valley
8/23/2022 – Lehigh Valley activated 1B Darick Hall
8/23/2022 – Lehigh Valley activated LHP Jonathan Hennigan from the temporarily inactive list
8/23/2022 – Lehigh Valley activated C Donny Sands from the 7-day IL
8/23/2022 – Reading placed RHP McKinley Moore on the 7-day IL retroactive to 8/22
8/23/2022 – Clearwater transferred LHP Jordan Fowler to the Development List
8/22/2022 – Phillies selected the contract of LHP Michael Plassmeyer from Lehigh Valley
8/22/2022 – Phillies designated RHP Tyler Cyr for assignment
8/22/2022 – C Jack Conley assigned to Reading from Lehigh Valley
8/22/2022 – Jersey Shore activated C Nick Matera from the 60-day IL
8/22/2022 – Jersey Shore transferred C Adony Mejia to the Development List

28 thoughts on “Phillies’ Affiliates Recap (8/23/2022)

  1. This Harper kid looks like the real deal. Do any of the FCL guys immediately move to the Threshers? Would love to see Crawford, Boyd, and Kapowski get more ABs.

    1. Maybe this Harper kid will get a September call up so we can see if he can hit ML pitching 😛

  2. Jersey Shore lost 7-0, with only 3 hits.
    Boyd and Crawford are two legit fast guys and they both produced. Fingers crossed on their future success.

  3. Perhaps Johan Rojas will get on roll until the end of the season…last 9 games, 12 for 36 ABs with 6 SBs….only drawback 9 Ks

      1. Agree….would be a great experience for him.
        Maybe Marchan and Ortiz would also benefit, from the positional players.
        Pitching…..not sure about Painter and Abel
        But McGarry could be on their list to send.
        Pitcher usually get about 20/25 innings of work in there

        1. I would vote for Lehman, Victor Vargas, Schultz, McGarry, Iser, Rojas & Ortiz for Arizona Fall League.

  4. I know he is far from ready but I would rather see Rojas playing CF on the big league team right now than have to suffer through these Bradley Zimmer at bats

    1. You would rather suffer through the Rojas at-bats instead?

      Zimmer will be gone in a week as soon as Harper is activated from the 60-day IL.

    2. DegDan….come next August, Rojas could be battling Marsh for the CF job…depends on how Marsh does getting out of the gates next season and if he ends up in a slump around mid-season.
      Rojas will be put on the 40 in three months so bringing him up will not be any big maneuver transactional endeavor..

      1. I’d be really surprised if Rojas was challenging for a big league starting role or even platoon role by next summer. I hope I am wrong, but I doubt it.

        1. There are just so many OFers that a team carries on their 40 man ( maybe 6 or 7, depending on 2 or 3 catchers and 6 or 7 infielders)…..he will be one of them protected come November, unless he is traded before then.
          When the time comes, if they need him due to injuries ….he will be called up.
          Right now some have to be DFA….Muzziotti or Ortiz could be, and I just assume Castellanos, Schwarber, Harper, Marsh and Vierling stay.
          Adding Rojas will give them 7 for that grouping.

        2. You may be right, but I don’t know how Dombrowski views Rojas, or other high ceiling/high risk prospects…meaning, might he be more willing to aggressively promote a guy like Rojas in a position of organizational weakness, who shows lots of wow! mixed with lots of whoa! in order to find out if he can prove himself at the highest level before moving on to someone outside the organization. It’s really a case by case judgment, and I tend to think Dombrowski makes those types of decisions based on risk/reward outcomes. He certainly trades that way.

        3. He’s got a long way to go on offense to be a major league player good enough to compete with Marsh. He’s going to have to up his game quite a bit and take a very big leap toward to get a real shot by the end of next year.

      2. Romus once my knee heals, i could beat out Marsh for CF, I wonder what ceiling Maton has, is he a everyday second basemen or super utility guy, I love some of the young guys, don’t like Verling as a starter, But this combination of veterans and young guys is exciting,

        1. rocco…before you get excited about Nick Maton, remember his metrics in the minors, and they were over a very large sample size of almost 1700 PAs, ….slash of 251/.344/.382 ….K-21% and BB- 12%…ISO-131.
          He has the glove and versatility, but usually players do not outperform their minor league metrics, and if they do, it isn’t by much and may take them years at the MLB level before they can do that..
          I just think he will get exposed over a full season of say 145 games or more.

        2. rocco…..look at Mets’ Jeff McNeil’s minor league slash over 1900 PAs….312/.380/.444……you can see the difference in hitters between Maton and McNeil

  5. Looks like 2022 4th round pick Alex McFarlane will be starting today’s game for Clearwater. I wonder if the Phillies will tinker with his delivery and try to turn him back into a viable starter, similar to what they did with Griff McGarry.

    1. I would be surprised if they don’t do exactly that. Doesn’t seem worth taking him in the 4th round if they see him as a pure reliever.

      Plus if they didn’t, they would have gone a whole draft without selecting a college SP, and only one SP overall since I expect the other picks, outside of Graves, will be exclusively relievers.

  6. Jackson Jobe, the #3 pick from the 2021 draft by the Tigers (ahead of Andrew Painter), was just promoted to High-A. The Tigers promote their prospects aggressively. His numbers are decent but he’s giving up almost 2 HRs per game. His numbers were worse than Mick Abel at age 19, and Abel stayed the whole season at Clearwater (with lower innings pitched).

    1. Remember that DD trades prospects. Some of those with question lots of talent but question marks like Ortiz and Rojas could be in another organization by next season. Ditto any veteran minor leaguers who appear to have turned it on like Appel and Sands.

      Whoever DD trades, I have confidence in his decisions. The Phillies appear to have very quickly upgraded their abilities to scout second-tier players in and out of the system. Look at Plessmeyer as possibly the latest example.

  7. Romus……..your take on Herbert Iser. Do we have another asset at catcher. I saw Marchan is back and had 3 hits last night.

    1. Skeet….he definitely has the size, another DBU guy like Hall, and if he does make to the majors, probably a back-up. He has a lot of swing and miss so far….K-27%..his overall slash of 218/.282/.345…550 PAs….does not indicate he will be a big threat at the plate…BUT this year, in A and AA ball, he has figured out something and has done well at the plate. have to see how he handles AAA pitching over these last few weeks.

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