Phillies’ Affiliates Recap (8/30/2022)

Here are today’s results.


Lehigh Valley (68-56) lost to the Norfolk Tides, 5-0.  Rossman, Bettencourt, Kelly, Gomez, and Miller each gave up a run.  Bettencourt’s was unearned.  The IronPigs collected just 3 hits, a double by Guthrie and singles by Munoz and Camargo.


Reading (53-68, 24-28) lost to the Hartford Yard Goats, 7-3.  Noah Skirrow gave up 3 runs in 4.1 innings (2 ER)on 6 hits, 2 walks, and 8 K.  Leverett stranded 2 inherited base runners and gave up one run in 2.2 innings striking out four.  Schultz got tagged for 3 runs in 0.2 innings walking three.  Baker stranded two as he got the final out.  Rojas went 2-4 and was picked off/caught stealing.  Ortiz hit a solo HR (16).  Corredor hit a 2-run HR (13).


Jersey Shore (44-76, 19-36) was suspended leading Hudson Valley, 7-4, in the bottom of the fifth.  The game will be completed tomorrow.


Clearwater (56-64, 21-34) beat the Lakeland Flying Tigers, 9-4.  Jimenez gave up 3 runs on 2 HR in four innings.  Osterberg got the win with three shutout innings.  Betancourt got a 4-out save.  Chad Castillo went 4-4 with a double and HR (3).  Viars went 2-4.  Schreffler went 3-5 with his first HR.


DSL Phillies White closed out the semifinal series on Monday, 2-games to none with a 6-3 victory over the DSL Pittsburgh Gold.  Amarante got the win, Astudillo the save.  Heredia went 3-4 with an RBI.

They dropped the opener of the finals to the DSL Rockies, 4-2.  Bata gave up 2 runs in six innings, Mijares gave up 2 in three.  White was one hit through the first seven innings.  Their first 2 base runners (1st and 8th innings) were erased on double plays.  They mounted a rally in the ninth that fell short Bergolla went 1-4 with an RBI.  Heredia went 2-4.

The Rockies had the better record and opted to start the series on the road in exchange for home games in games two and three.  Phillies White must win the remaining two games as the visitor.


The Affiliate Scoreboard


Transactions

8/30/2022 – RHP Trevor Bettencourt assigned to Lehigh Valley from Reading
8/30/2022 – Reading activated C Jack Conley from the temporarily inactive list
8/30/2022 – LHP Matt Osterberg assigned to Clearwater from Reading
8/30/2022 – RHP Estibenzon Jimenez assigned to Clearwater from FCL Phillies
8/29/2022 – Phillies signed free agent RHP Chris Devenski to a minor league contract
8/29/2022 – RHP Chris Devenski assigned to Lehigh Valley
8/29/2022 – Clearwater transferred OF Emaarion Boyd to the Development List
8/27/2022 – Jersey Shore activated SS Kendall Simmons from the 7-day IL
8/27/2022 – Jersey Shore placed SS Casey Martin on the 7-day IL

19 thoughts on “Phillies’ Affiliates Recap (8/30/2022)

  1. Rojas with 2 hits and Radcliff with 2 more homers and 5 rbis, plus Ortiz with a homer and Viars with 2 hits. Those are the only positives but they’re big ones. Radcliff continues to have an amazing August and will be the saddest guy when the season ends. Radcliff hit below 200 in the prior months but is killing it in August. He figured something out.

      1. Viars was kind of the forgotten 3rd rounder above slot if not mistaken pick from last year. Just 19 he has some ground to make up but he was someone I was interested in watching coming into this year.

        Seems he had a touch of the I don’t like to be coached bug early on. The tabs said he could hit.

      2. How sad is it that it took so long to have Radcliff go back to his old approach?

        Time and again, when we hear about Phillies MLB or minor league hitters (except for this year in the big leagues – Kevin Long knows what he is doing), we hear they either solve problems on their own or from someone outside the organization. I don’t know how much of the problem has been drafting and how much of the problem has been instruction, but the results are dreadful. But really good to see that Radcliff is hitting because the power is supposedly immense and the plate discipline has always been especially good. Maybe we will see a Howard/Hoskins-like breakout from him next year.

        1. Teams usually try to clean up the mechanics, sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t (although it seems like it’s not working for a lot of people). Radcliff gave it almost 2 years and he went back to his old stance.

          1. Dan….it is hard to really say that. Every org has their hits
            and every one has their many misses.
            Stott and Bohm seem to be coming around.
            They were first round picks, so should be expected.
            Then again Moniak and Haseley were also high picks and they did not materialize as expected in the organization.
            Every level has different instructors….then there is the newer system with Jason O., that they brought in about 5 years ago.

            1. Stott and Bohm were, I believe, consensus/team picks that were effectively made between the Almaraz and Barber administrations (or at least when Almaraz had very little power left), although both fit closer to Alamaraz’s mold (but in a good way) as both have very solid hit tools and somewhat limited athleticism (at least the type of “quick twitch” athleticism Barber seems to like).

            2. I could be straight up wrong with this, but seems like the system likes to try to tweak players mechanics into what they think are the “right” mechanics instead of working on what the players have done that got them to this point. Again, could be wrong.

            3. Dan – I agree. I don’t know if the new administration with Mattingly will change that, but I suspect you may be right.

            4. And as Jim has alluded at times over the years, there are some kids who are more receptive to instructions and others that find it a challenge making any adaptations out of their comfort zone they have been use to through their formative years.

            5. I don’t disagree that some kids are more amenable to instruction than others. However, when you have a whole system where most kids are hitting under .220, there’s a big problem.

      3. If you look at the splits, Radcliff’s K rate began to improve in July, despite the fact that he was not hitting much. The improvement continued in August. While still a high rate, it is no longer ridiculous. He clearly has found some key, returning to his old approach or otherwise.

  2. Time to seriously evaluate the hitting coach personnel at Jersey Shore. My goodness what a wasteland of results there.

    1. Yeah, but it’s system-wide, just as it was with pitching, which has since improved dramatically. But you can almost be sure that the problem is not just instruction. The organization has had no guiding philosophy on how it will draft and develop hitters. We have swung wildly from the “toolshed” model invoked by Marti Wolever (mostly unsuccessful for many years), to the hit tool exclusive model used by Johnny Almaraz (a pretty big disaster) back to a toolshed/athlete model the current administration now implements to poor effect (the pitching side has been great).

  3. Radcliffe had a 35% college and summer ball K rate. His highest average was .273 one summer with Kalamazoo. He was drafted for his potential power and no other reason. He was not some superior prospect. His minor league K rate is 37%. Not much different from his college K rate. Not sure you can blame the Phillies development staff for that. I hope he can continue his hot streak but like the Cozens and Ortiz’s of the world he probably won’t.

    1. Actually, Radcliff had a remarkably bad resume for a 5th round pick. But it’s not his fault he was drafted there and it’s nice he’s now showing some potential.

      I sometimes get the feeling that the Phillies’ staff thinks they can fix control with hard throwing pitchers (to a great degree, I think they are right) and improve the hit tool for athletic hitters. On the latter point, they are usually sadly mistaken (if they were right, Scott Kingery would be an All-star right now), although there are no doubt some exceptions.

      1. Every player drafted has their warts. There’s always going to be something that needs to be fixed or tweaked. The issue is that the talent level in the bigs is so high, that most players (90%) will never be able to reach it, let alone stay there for any significant amount of time.

        If every team were able to develop their own players, they wouldn’t have any need for FA.

        Radcliff is showing something, but he has a long way to go.

      2. They definitely have a “tools over skills” approach. I think the best teams know how to balance the two and, of course, bring out the best in players once they’re in the system. I don’t think one approach is inherently better than the other. Sometimes it makes sense to take the raw toolshed player and sometimes it doesn’t.

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