Phillies’ Affiliates Recap (9/6/2022)

Here are today’s results.

Lehigh Valley (69-59) No game scheduled.  Open series at home against the Worcester Red Sox on Wednesday, scheduled to be Noah Skirrow’s first Double-A start.  Monday’s rainout will be made up on Thursday.  The IronPigs are in second place, 4.5 games back with 21 to play.  They were 0.5 games out of first place ten games ago.  They are now in a 3-way tie.  Their elimination number is seventeen.  Triple-A does not play halves.

Reading (55-71, 26-31) v. the New Hampshire Cats was postponed, wet grounds.  Makeup is scheduled for September 7th.  Fightin’ Phils are in 4th place in the second half, 9.5 games back with 12 to play.  Their elimination number is three.  They finished the first half in fifth place.

Jersey Shore (47-79, 22-38) v. the Aberdeen IronBirds was postponed, rain.  Makeup is scheduled for September 7th.  The BlueClaws are in last place and have been eliminated.  They have 6 games remaining and need to win 4 of them to better their first-half record when they also finished sixth.

Clearwater (56-68, 21-38) beat the Bradenton Marauders, 5-4 in a walk-off.  Estibenzon Jimenez (3.00) pitched five shutout innings allowing one hit and one walk.  He struck out eight.  He looked dominant.  The only hit was a slow chopper to third where the throw pulled the first baseman off the bag.  Josh Bortka (3.00) pitched one inning and gave up one run on one hit and a walk.  Daniel Harper (1.35) pitched two scoreless innings retiring all 6 batters he faced.  Orion Kerkering (6.75) blew the save and got the win pitching one inning and giving up 3 runs on 4 hits.

The Threshers took the lead in the second inning on Dakota Kotowski’s towering HR (1) into the bullpens.  The Threshers stretched their lead to 3 runs in the fifth inning on an RBI single by Cade Fergus and a bases-loaded walk to Jamari Baylor.  The Threshers rallied in the ninth on an RBI double by Baylor and a fielder’s choice by Erick Brito.  With just one out and runners on second and third, the second baseman failed to cut down cade Fergus at the plate.

Kotowski (.143) went 1-4 with a HR and RBI.  Fergus (.169) went 1-3 with a HBP and RBI.  Baylor (.183) went 1-4 with a double, walk, and 2 RBI.  Brito (.227) went 1-5 with an RBI.  Jordan Viars (.238) went 1-4 with 3 K.  Troy Schreffler (.214) went 2-4.

Brito cut down a runner at the plate in the ninth to keep the Threshers within one run.

The Threshers have 5 games remaining in their season.  They finished the first half in second place with a 35-30 record.  They tumbled to sixth place in the second half and aren’t likely to improve on this finish.

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9/06/2022 – Detroit claimed SS Luis Garcia off waivers from Phillies
9/05/2022 – RHP Griff McGarry assigned to Lehigh Valley from Reading
9/05/2022 – RHP Noah Skirrow assigned to Lehigh Valley from Reading
9/05/2022 – RHP Brett Schulze assigned to Reading from Jersey Shore
9/05/2022 – Reading activated RHP Brett Schulze

19 thoughts on “Phillies’ Affiliates Recap (9/6/2022)

  1. Is Noah Skirrow a viable prospect?
    Matt Winkelman’s assessment:
    “Noah Skirrow, RHP – Skirrow has experienced an uptick in velocity that moves him from trending like an org guy, to trending like a depth starter. He is missing more bats, but has been very hittable at the same time.”

    1. Most players in the top 30 have the ceiling to stick in the bigs. Whether they reach that ceiling is another question for another day.

      Skirrow is not in the top 30 so analysts feel that his ceiling is not very high. That doesn’t mean he can’t stick in the bigs. It just means that he needs to outwork others but make no mistake, the odds are real long against him.

      Again, anything can happen. If Kyle Kendrick can hang around for 10 years, then Skirrow certainly can. But I doubt he is more than a #4 or #5 pitcher.

  2. Skirrow 98IP, 4.65 ERA, 115 SO (missing bats) 107 hits (getting more than a hit per inning) 32 BB (that is good control/better than average). His game log stats don’t look that great. He seems to keep the team in the game and throws a clunker every now and then.

    1. Just throwing this out; can anyone think of a pitcher that has a high ERA but is or has been very successful by throwing 5 to 6 great games and then one “klunker” as a pattern?

      1. Romus, he may not be a top prospect but he is defenitely one to watch and keep an eye on. Kendrick, Happ, Worley were all who did not have the top prospect label but they did well. Others in system now to keep an eye on with Skirrow would include Plassmeyer, Glogoski, Lindow, and Cotto their stats say they are having success and not everyone needs to throw 100 to be good.

        1. Like the late ’90s, Braves had Maddux, Glavine & Smoltz. Had a revolving strong 4th starter like Millwood, Neagle & Merkle, with varied 5th starters. It was successful. We might have the same situation soon.

        2. Yes…that is true.
          There is a place for pitchers who persevere and who can keep their peripherals, ie BABIP, BB/9, H/9 and HR/9 , at a reasonable level.
          Often times they are back-of -the- rotation guys

        3. Happ had a nice career but I wouldn’t say that Kendrick (4.6 WAR) and Worley (5 WAR) did well.

          1. Nice career is a relative term. Not many prospects end up achieving 4.6 or 5 WAR at the Major League level. For most mortals, those are nice careers, but I get your point.

            1. I agree. Nice is relative. 9+ and 7+ years in the majors is a pretty good career. Worley is still active, laboring in the Atlantic Association in independent ball for the Kane County Cougars at age 34.

            2. If the goal is to hang around and collect a ML paycheck, then yes, Worley and Kendrick did well. But if you want your career to be more than wearing funky glasses and being traded for Ben Revere or being “traded” for Kobayashi, then I would say no.

            3. I’ll mostly remember Worley for being the 5th starter on one of the best rotations in recent history, and pulling his weight (3.01 ERA that year). 667 innings and an ERA+ just a bit below league average is pretty nice. I don’t know what else to call it; most guys who make the majors don’t achieve that.

  3. Guru, I don’t want to appear to be arguing because I understand your point. I just don’t want to be dismissive of guys who achieved so much more than so many others who pursued the same dreams. Kendrick, especially, has achievements he can look back on with pride — 81 wins, a half-dozen seasons with double-digit wins and having won some key games in pennant races.

    Both a heck of a lot more than this old sand lotter.

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