Phillies’ Affiliates Recap (8/31/2022)

Here are today’s results.

Lehigh Valley (68-57) lost to the Norfolk Tides, 4-1.  Kent Emanuel (2-2, 2.37) left with an injury after 16 pitches in the first inning.  He got one out and got tagged for 2 runs on 2 hits and a walk with one K.  Jonathan Hennigan (3.66) came in and stranded an inherited runner and pitched 1.2 innings walking 3 and striking out one.  Braeden Ogle (5.64) walked 2 and struck out one in two innings.  Chris Devenski made his IronPigs debut and gave up a solo HR, walked a batter, and struck out one in one inning.  Brian Marconi pitched one inning and gave up a hit, walked a batter, and struck out three.  Francisco Morales (5.68) struggled in his last outing before major league call-ups allowing a run in one inning on a hit and 3 walks.  Mark Appel (2.52) hit a batter in an otherwise clean inning.  Ali Castillo (.273) went 2-3.  Scott Kingery entered as a pinch runner and stole his 13th base.

Reading (53-69, 24-29) lost to the Hartford Yard Goats, 7-5.  Ethan Lindow (3.98) pitched five innings and gave up 5 runs on a walk and 7 hits (including a HR).  Tyler McKay (1-3, 5.35) pitched two innings giving up a run on one hit (HR), walked 2, and struck out three.  Matt Seelinger (3.76) gave up an unearned run in one inning allowing a walk and striking out one.  Jhailyn Ortiz (.244) went 2-4 with a HR (17) and 3 RBI.  Carlos De La Cruz (.286) went 2-5 with a double, HR (5), and 2 RBI.  Ethan Wilson (.200) went 3-4.  Wendell Rio (.269) went 3-5 with 2 doubles.  Johan Rojas (.257) went 1-5 with his 24th stolen base.

Jersey Shore (46-76, 21-36) beat the Hudson Valley Renegades twice, 10-7 in the completion of the suspended game and 2-1 in 8 innings in the scheduled game.

Victor Vargas (3.67) pitched four innings on Tuesday and gave up 4 runs on 5 hits including 2 HR.  Cristian Hernandez (5-3, 4.97) gave up one run on 2 hits in 2.1 innings.  Erubiel Armenta (3.89) allowed an inherited runner to score and gave up 2 runs on a HR in 1.1 innings.  Brett Schulze picked up a 4-out save, his first, allowing one hit.  Each of our pitchers walked a batter.  Baron Radcliff (.231) went 2-4 with a walk, 2 HR (16), and 5 RBI.  Rixon Wingrove (.246) went 2-4 with a walk, triple, HR (10), and 4 RBI.  Kendall Simmons (.207) went 2-3 with 2 walks and a stolen base.

Carlo Reyes (3.20) pitched 4.2 innings, allowed one run on 4 hits, walked none, and struck out six.  Tristan Garnett (0.00) stranded an inherited runner and retired the only batter he faced.  Joel Cesar (0.00) walked 2 and struck out 2 in one inning.  Rodolfo Sanchez (1-1. 4.82) pitched two innings with a hit, walk, and 2 strikeouts.  Jared Carr (.220) went 2-3.  Baron Radcliff (.235) went 2-4 with a double and RBI.  He drove in the go-ahead run in the eighth on a two-out single to the third baseman.

Clearwater (56-64, 21-34) v. the Lakeland Flying Tigers was postponed, doubleheader Thursday.

DSL Phillies White beat the DSL Rockies, 4-1 in 10 innings, and evened the final series at one win each.  The championship will be settled Thursday.

Maxwell Hernandez pitched six innings and gave up one run on 4 hits and 2 walks.  He struck out five.  Saul Alcala pitched 1.1 innings allowing no runs or hits.  He did hit a batter and intentionally walked the next batter after a wild pitch.  Jesus Querales entered and stranded the two base runners after loading the bases with a two-out walk.  He pitched the final 2.2 innings allowing a one-out hit in the ninth that was erased on a double play.  He stranded the unearned runner in the tenth for the win on 2 popouts and a K.  Manager Orlando Munoz got 16 players into the game plus the 3 pitchers.  The Phillies scored 3 runs in the top of the tenth on RBI singles by Wiliam Bergolla, Jarol Martinez, and Raylin Heredia.  Eight different Phillies had hits.  Jorge Garcia had the only extra-base hit, a double.  Heredia, Nolan Beltran, and Marco Soto successfully swiped bases.  Brahian Silva tied the game in the fourth with an RBI single.

The Affiliate Scoreboard


8/31/2022 – RHP Vinny Nittoli roster status changed by Phillies
8/31/2022 – Toronto traded RHP Vinny Nittoli to Phillies for C Karl Ellison
8/31/2022 – RHP Vinny Nittoli assigned to Lehigh Valley
8/31/2022 – Lehigh Valley placed RF Justin Williams on the 7-day IL retroactive to 8/30
8/31/2022 – Reading sent RHP Joel Cesar on a rehab assignment to Jersey Shore
8/31/2022 – Jersey Shore transferred SS Casey Martin from the 7-to the 60-day IL

27 thoughts on “Phillies’ Affiliates Recap (8/31/2022)

  1. De La Cruz has to be one of the most unheralded Phils minor leaguer I’ve ever tracked. I have never seen his name on a single list or report or article or anything. A 22-year-old with an .836 OPS is worth learning more about. Hopefully he carries the success into 2023 and gets a look at some point. Guy is doing everything right and can play a few positions.

    Wingrove – wondering if he sneakily becomes a Darick Hall-like guy at some point. The pop is clearly there. Fun to root for the guys from the other side of the world.

    Good to see the DSL team having some success. Would be nice for one of our “big” international FA’s to actually become an impact guy for once (Bergolla). Maxwel Hernandez looks like a fun name to watch for FCL/Clearwater next year too.

    1. The DSL teams and their players provide hope.
      Sometimes one has to discern the difference between and truly exceptional talent and one that may be doing well based on experience or just overage ‘talent’
      The league is made up of 17-year olds thru 19-year olds…..and there can be a world of difference in potential and upside between those two age players.
      I like to look at the rosters and pick out the youngest players .and see how they are doing vs the rest of league.
      Bergolla falls into that category s one of the youngest and is excelling

      1. De La Cruz has been one of the few pleasant surprises among our position prospects. To my mind, he has surpassed Ortiz as a prospect and has a fairly good chance to make it to the majors at some point, although in what capacity is still to be determined. Rojas to me is a real unknown. There’s no doubt the raw tools are amazing, but it remains to be seen if he will walk enough and make enough contact to be a starting position player in the majors. Next year is the year we need Rojas to take a really big step forward.

    2. yes, wasnt really familiar with De La Cruz until seeing him in Reading last weekend- definitely catches your eye with that size. Seeing his K rate has decreased in Reading but only 3 walks in 91 ab.
      Wingrove with 9% walk rate but 89k in 217 ab.

  2. I think there is something there with this Radcliff kid. And hearing him say he simplified things by going back to his college approach is truly a daunting statement for this organizations development approach. What are they teaching? Is there some disconnect somewhere? I truly think player evaluation and development has been the bane of this organization’s existence since its creation.

    1. I’ve been complaining about the same things. What are they teaching? Why are they not working with the player to build off of what he already does well? Why was it the player (apparently), and not the team, that prompted the changes? Why are so many players/hitters developing much, much worse than expected?

      And, I am sorry, but the excuse of “well, the Phillies have a lot of professionals and they know a lot more about what needs to be done than the fans, so you the fans have no right to second guess them.” Well, that’s nonsense. Just because we don’t know all the answers doesn’t mean we can’t see when the team is doing a poor job, as compared to some other teams, of developing players. So, yeah, I am second guessing them and their performance almost demands that I do so.

      That said, I must point out what a good job they are doing at nearly all levels of developing pitching. To have a guy like McGarry make that much progress in a year is phenomenal, putting aside all of the other great stuff we’ve seen from Painter and Abel.

      1. And to reinforce the pitching results….look at both Suarez and now Falter…..a low signing bonus Latin kid from the Ven, and a 5th round draft choice.
        And they seem to be holding their own and in some cases doing well on relievers coming up also.

        1. For the record, I watched Suarez pitch in Lakewood a few years back and saw something in him then. He just knows how to pitch. Falter on the other hand was always thought to just be a system arm. However, he’s getting better and better. I met him at spring training a few years back, he’s a real good guy too so he’s easy to root for.

      2. Agree, Catch. We may not know as much as the professionals about what supposedly needs to be done to develop a prospect, but we can all evaluate data and when a large number of generally highly regarded (high draft picks) hitting prospects fail to develop into impact ballplayers, you have to question the professionals responsible for their development.

        1. The Phillies know that the hitting has not developed. And at the end of the season, certain people will lose their jobs. That’s how it goes.

          1. I think you’re right. They obviously have moved forward on the pitching side and I think they are really trying to improve things so I’ll be interested in how the hitters progress next year under some new instructors.

  3. Baron Ratcliff was 8-24.347 in 75 ABs in month of August. Extrapolated for a full year it could be 40-120-.347. I just love dreaming.

    1. Extrapolated, had to look that word up/ extend the application of (a method or conclusion, especially one based on statistics) to an unknown situation by assuming that existing trends will continue or similar methods will be applicable.
      “the results cannot be extrapolated to other patient groups

    2. Not buying Radcliff yet because the strikeouts are still a giant red flag, even during his hot streak. He’ll be 24 next year in Reading so it’s sink or swim time. He’ll have to put up Darin Ruf/Ryan Howard numbers to be taken seriously at all.

  4. I’m officially excited about Maxwell Hernandez. He started the DSL championship series must win game and gave up only 1 run in 6 innings. For the season the 19 yr old pitched 55 innings with an 0.80 Era. Clearwater next season will tell us more.

  5. Wilson is one of the biggest disappointments of the system this year. However, let’s hope the 3 hits yesterday starts him on a hot streak to end the year.

  6. DSL team just won game three and the ship! 7-3!! Well done muchachos!!! Bring that winning feeling to the states next year.

  7. Seems many are down on the Phillies developing hitting /position prospect’s to their full potential.
    Maybe the org can put one of these babies at each of the five minor league sites (DR/CLW/JS/Read./LHV) and have the guys spend time on it.
    Since minor leaguers are not part of the MLBPA…yet…..then should be no problem having them give up a little more of their time on a regular basis to hone their batting skills.
    Perhaps Preston M. may initiate something like that, if it is not already in place.

  8. Guthrie has played so well this year, I really think he should get a chance at a bench spot next year. I hope they add him to the 40 and give him a shot next year. A bench of Vierling, Maton, Guthrie and a catcher would not be bad.

      1. Have you been impressed by him? I haven’t. I’m also hoping that our SS next year is in LA right now….

        1. If he was super good, the Cardinals wouldn’t have traded him. You have to give him more than 18 games to prove himself.

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