Here is today’s result.
Lehigh Valley (73-68) lost the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, 4-3. Noah Skirrow (2.65) pitched six innings of shutout ball allowing one hit and one walk. He struck out five. Jake Hernandez (4.40) retired just one batter as he blew the save opportunity and earned the loss. He gave up 4 runs on 3 walks and 2 hits including a grand slam. Chris Devenski (1.08) stranded an inherited runner and pitched 1.2 innings allowing one hit and striking out five. Nick Duron (2.89) pitched one inning, allowed a walk, and struck out one.
The IronPigs built a 3-run lead with one run in the second inning on a solo HR by Jorge Bonifacio (14) and 2 runs in the fifth on an RBI triple by Scott Kingery and an RBI single by Darick Hall.
Kingery (.225) went 1-4. Hall (.260) went 4-4 with a double. Rafael Marchan (.233) went 0-4. Bonifacio (.228) went 1-4. Ali Castillo (.255) went 1-3 with a double.
The IronPigs dropped into fifth place. With 8 games remaining, their elimination number is three. The RailRiders are in second, 5.0 games in front of Lehigh Valley.
And in other news …
Darick Hall and Andrew Painter were named the recipients of the 2022 Paul Owens Award. The award is presented annually to the top player and pitcher in the organization.
Marty Malloy, manager for the Class Single-A Clearwater Threshers, has been named the recipient of the 2022 John Vukovich Award.
The Phillies are one of 6 teams expected to pay Luxury Tax penalties, roughly $2.6M.
I would expect the Phillies to avoid going over the Luxury Tax two years in a row. As soon as they are eliminated, I’ll post the article that shows that they may have as much as $57,198,718 available to fill as many as 5 maybe 6 active roster spots with free agents. This includes Turner and an extension for Hoskins that would fit under the cap. At least ten positions would need to be filled from within at a minimum of $720K per player.
By my count, there are 36 first-time eligible players for this year’s Rule 5 Draft at the Winter Meetings in December. They are –
- Bryson Stott, but since he’s on the active roster, he’s not at risk.
- Erik Miller at Lehigh Valley who drew little interest at the trade deadline might be of interest.
- Reading: Aidan Anderson, Josh Hendrickson, Adam Leverett, Brian Marconi, McKinley Moore, Andrew Schultz, Vito Friscia, Chris Cornelius, Sal Gozzo, McCarthy Tatum, and Johan Rojas are mostly safe. Schultz and Rojas might draw interest.
- Jersey Shore: Erubiel Armenta, Albertus Barber, Carlos A. Francisco, Kyle Glogoski, Rafael Marcano, Dominic Pipkin, Carlo Reyes, Brett Schulze, Spencer Van Scoyoc, Arturo De Freitas, Herbert Iser, Kendall Simmons, Rixon Wingrove are similarly safe. Maybe a pitcher like Albertus, Pipkin, Schulze draws interest.
- Clearwater: Starlyn Castillo, Gabriel Cotto, Jordi Martinez, Eduar Segovia, Jeff Encarnacion, Wilfredo Flores all have no chance of being selected.
- FCL: Maikel Garrido, Nicoly Pina, Manuel Urias, Wilson Valdez all with no chance.
- Any eligible player not on the Triple-A roster is eligible during the Triple-A portion of the Rule 5 Draft.
- There are another 98 players who have been eligible in past years or who have enough time to be eligible even if they were never exposed to the draft. Most of this group is already under contract (Harper), will be tendered on December 2nd (Marsh), will be preparing to go through arbitration (Hoskins), or will have already declared free agency. Most of the tenders will be pre-arb and under team control (Stott).
- Note: this list was compiled several weeks ago. Some reassignments may have occurred, so the assigned affiliates might not be 100% accurate.
Sorry, some of this probably doesn’t belong here. But, with just one game, I started typing and well this was the result.
Oh, one more thing. I need suggestions for the Readers Poll. I’m working on a way to poll as in the past. But, in the likely event that it doesn’t work, let me know what you think will work. One way would be to just put your choices in the Comments section like we did to finish the last few spots last year. Another would be to submit your top 20s and I’ll tabulate and roll them out in reverse order. The first provides no cloak of anonymity for voters. The second relies on me receiving more than a handful of polls. The more received the better the outcome. I would like to get 50 or more, but I’ve never received more than 16 and finally stopped asking. We are a prospect site. We should be able to come close to 50. Let me know what you think.
9/20/2022 – RHP Matt Seelinger assigned to Lehigh Valley from Reading