Phillies’ Affiliates Recap (8/26/2022)

Here are today’s results.

A couple more Complex players were promoted.  I saw the comments and the confusion the moves caused.  Without trying to sound the way I apparently normally come across, let me say that player development looks at a different set of criteria than the backs of baseball cards or stat lists on baseball sites.  So, guys you think are underperforming must be doing other things right to be promoted.  It’s not our job to decide who deserves what.

One other observation, in case you missed the later comments yesterday, the “new farm director” is making do with the schedule of games he was dealt.  Somebody, Handzus I think, pointed out that the later draft date had a big effect on post-draft development.

The draft used to be held in early June and occurred before the short-season leagues started.  Now the draft is held 6 weeks later and can steal as many as 3 weeks of development time.  Making use of longer-running full-season league schedules is just adapting to a new working environment.  It’s not necessarily a sign of a more proactive regime or a more forward-thinking development approach.

Lehigh Valley (67-54) won a pitchers’ duel beating the Gwinnett Stripers, 14-13.  Brandon Marsh went 3-4 with 3 runs scored, 3 RBI, and a stolen base.  Dalton Guthrie (.292) went 4-4 with a double and 3 RBI.  Bullpen game, Brian Marconi pitched 1.1 scoreless innings with just a walk.  Francisco Morales earned his second save with a perfect ninth,

Reading (53-65, 24-25) lost to the Birmingham Rumble Ponies, 3-1.  Carlos De La Cruz (.257) went 2-4 with a solo HR (4).  Griff McGarry (0-3, 2.35) pitched 3.1 innings and gave up one run on 3 hits and 3 walks.  He struck out six but had to leave the game.

Jersey Shore (44-74, 19-34) lost to the Brooklyn Cyclones, 7-5.  Lee Hao Yu hit his first HR.  Baron Radcliff (.226) went 2-4 with 2 HR (13) and 4 RBI.

Clearwater (55-62, 20-32) beat the Tampa Tarpons, 7-6.  Justin Crawford went 1-5 with 2 stolen bases.

DSL Phillies White beat DSL Texas Blue, 4-3, in the completion of a playoff game suspended with one out in the bottom of the ninth.  Phillies White won the second game of the playoff in a rain-shortened 4.5 innings, 3-0.

William Bergolla went 3-5 with a double and 3 RBI in game one.  Maxwell Hernandez pitched five shutout innings allowing 3 hits and a walk in Game two.

Phillies White advances to the semifinals.

The Affiliate Scoreboard


8/26/2022 – Phillies placed CF Simon Muzziotti on the 60-day IL, patellar tendon tear
8/26/2022 – Phillies activated RF Bryce Harper from the 60-day IL
8/26/2022 – Phillies recalled LHP Bailey Falter from Lehigh Valley
8/26/2022 – Phillies optioned 3B Yairo Munoz to Lehigh Valley
8/26/2022 – Lehigh Valley placed LHP Jace Fry on the 7-day IL
8/26/2022 – Lehigh Valley activated LHP Brian Marconi
8/26/2022 – LHP Brian Marconi assigned to Lehigh Valley from Reading
8/26/2022 – Clearwater placed C Ryan Leitch on the 7-day IL
8/26/2022 – RHP Josh Bortka assigned to Clearwater from FCL Phillies
8/26/2022 – OF Dakota Kotowski assigned to Clearwater from FCL Phillies

28 thoughts on “Phillies’ Affiliates Recap (8/26/2022)

  1. The DSL guys are far away from the majors obviously but it’s still great to see them in a playoff series and great to see Bergolla come up big there. He might be a legit hitter at a very young age. Is Maxwell Hernandez legit also? 5 shutout innings in a playoff start impresses me.
    We really haven’t talked about Radcliff much due to his poor start but this kid has figured things out. His split numbers are off the charts and he has big power potential. He still strikes out too much but he’s really trending up.

    1. Bergolla has to be a Top 10 prospect in the system, right? Middle infielder, makes good contact, walks four times as often as he strikes out (which is rare), pedigree (huge signing bonus, son of a big leaguer). Kid’s 17!

      1. Just kind of throwing this out there because I’m sure the industry consensus would be on Bergolla’s side, but if he’s top 10 (and he might be) where does that leave Pouaka-Grego?

        NPG is also 17, at a higher level and has arguably better numbers than Bergolla. He doesn’t have as much defensive potential, I don’t think, but what if the bat is real?

      2. Woo, pump the breaks. I eould never put a prospect top 10 until he is stateside. And an .042 is. What are the scouting reports on him.

        The bat to ball skills are intriguing but Willians Astudilli was never a top 10 that I recall.

        1. Astudillo wasn’t a big money LA signing and had serious defensive question marks. Also wasn’t protectable.

          Bergolla has that stuff going for him, plus the system is weak. I usually wouldn’t rank DSL guys that high either but I think it makes sense in this case.

          1. Right. Bergolla isn’t some random kid who happened to show good metrics at the DSL. He was a top five international prospect who got a huge bonus and is showing he’s got some skills.

            Also … Astudillo made it to the majors, so perhaps he should have been a top ten prospect in the system?

  2. What happened to McGarry

    I know Phillies don’t have a top system but sure seems like they’re getting better.

    Tons of great inf/DH types. OF is actually set for a bit but would like to see one of the OF prospects separate themselves from the pack rest of this year and next. Not crazy to think Phillies could have a top 20 system next year.

  3. Guthrie has earned a call up September 1. I don’t know if he is in the plans, but talk about earning a shot, he has.

  4. Very much a novice compared to others on this site so I was wondering what others think happened to Kingery. ( sorry if this already been discussed)

    Was he over rated in the minors?
    Did league figure him out?
    Was his career mismanaged?

    Finally, Phillies coaching seems to have improved as Bohm and Stott seem to be progressing. They think they can fix Marsh. Is there any hope that Kingery can be fixed?

    I liked his skill set and was expecting him to get better.

    As with other prospects, want to see them all do well. At least Kingery got paid.

    1. Kingery has two big problems that are almost impossible to overcome. First, he’s not good at hitting breaking pitches and, second, he can’t hit really hard fastballs up in the zone. With that it’s hard to see any path forward for him and I’m pretty sure you cannot fix those problems with coaching.

    2. I’m in the “he was overhyped” camp. The power/speed combo is apparent so I can see why people got excited over that but aside from 2017’s half season in Reading he never put up numbers that scream “can’t miss prospect”. He went to AAA that year and did pretty well but wasn’t exactly a patient hitter.

      His career AAA slash is now .247/.330/.387. He’s just not that effective against pitchers who know how to pitch.

  5. Based on reports from Mitch, Griff struggled with commanding his breaking ball last night. Threw a lot of pitches. This is why he isn’t up in MLB. If he can’t consistently command/control his off-speed pitches, then he will be a relief pitcher. You can’t get through MLB lineups more than once with only a fastball. Even if you sit upper 90s.

    1. Blistering….I think McGarry issues of late with command, and maybe even control, is his trying to work around the issue with his skin on his finger, the seam of the ball and the amount of grip tightness he must try to apply resulting in friction causing his blistering And to make matters worse is when a pitcher wants to create more spin.
      If blistering is his issue again, as it was two weeks ago….shut him down for a week or so or until it gets fully resolved.

    2. Looks like McGarry throws a 2 seam and 4 seam fastball.

      McGarry is going to be a work in progress. Control issues, blisters, he’s going to have to manage that if he wants a long ML career.

  6. V thanks for sharing that. Wow his fastball has a lot of life to it, definitely could see him as a closer but hope he can stay a starter. Good to see Marsh have a good game, hopefully he can rejoin the big club for the road trip.

  7. A couple of things on McGarry.

    You’re right – he’s not major league ready and his control is sufficiently off that I don’t think he would be a very good reliever right now. In my opinion the one guy who could clearly be a reliever in a pinch right now is Abel. I’m sure he could do it, but they are understandably reluctant to interfere with his development.

    As for McGarry, while he could be a solid or better high leverage reliever. All of his breaking pitches flash plus to plus plus. His ceiling is a Cy Young contender (even a winner), so you need to give that a chance, even if his most likely outcome is as a mid-rotation starter. There’s just way too much upside to take him off that track until it’s a necessity.

    1. Agreed. I wasn’t implying moving Griff to reliever anytime soon. At some point it may have to happen but I agree give him every opportunity to improve his command as a starter.

  8. Anybody……..thoughts on Marconi? I saw him a couple times this year and 1 showing was unimpressive, which can happen to anyone. Good vibes or meh.

  9. McGarry is going to have to soak his hand in pickle juice. Isn’t that what Nolan Ryan did to deal with blisters?

  10. Last 26 games Baron Ratcliff is 26-81, battng .321. With 7 homers and 21 RBIs. Extrapolated over 162 games, that is 44-131-.321. Love projecting, lol.
    Will he be the real deal?

  11. In that 14-13 pitchers duel last night, Ian Anderson got pounded for 7 runs. He’s really struggling at AAA and a long way from getting back to Atlanta.

    1. ciada…….he had the similar hype coming up like Abel and Painter…and did well in the short 2020 season and for the most part last season….but metrics have been going in the wrong direction.

  12. Painter got through 6 innings in just over an hour, with 77 pitches. He gets the ball and is ready to go. Showed great pickoff move after leadoff walk. Just a few decently hit fly balls through six (6k’s, 2h), albeit against a pretty weak Binghamton lineup, , and was hitting 96/97 consistently.
    With one out in 7th, had a lefty down two strikes and what looked like an 82 mph curve got one hopped off right field wall for a triple, then another curve got driven out to left for a homer to tie the game, and that was his night.
    Nothing went right for Taylor Lehman in the 8th. Rohas had two hits, stealing second and then scoring the second run for Reading.

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