Phillies’ Affiliates Recap (9/20/2022)

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.

The Affiliate Scoreboard

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 –

  1. Bryson Stott, but since he’s on the active roster, he’s not at risk.
  2. Erik Miller at Lehigh Valley who drew little interest at the trade deadline might be of interest.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Clearwater: Starlyn Castillo, Gabriel Cotto, Jordi Martinez, Eduar Segovia, Jeff Encarnacion, Wilfredo Flores all have no chance of being selected.
  6. FCL: Maikel Garrido, Nicoly Pina, Manuel Urias, Wilson Valdez all with no chance.
  7. Any eligible player not on the Triple-A roster is eligible during the Triple-A portion of the Rule 5 Draft.
  8. 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).
  9. 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

14 thoughts on “Phillies’ Affiliates Recap (9/20/2022)

  1. Why re-sign Kyle Gidson, let Noah Skirrow take his place. Save $10+ million a year, get same or better result.
    Noah Skirrow (2.65) pitched six innings of shutout ball allowing one hit and one walk.

    1. Gibson performed very well in April (2.93 ERA) and August (2.30 ERA) and mediocre at best across May through July (ERAs of 4.78 / 5.81 / 4.94).
      But September …
      ERA 9.68 / W – 1 / L – 2 / starts 4 / IP 17.2 / hits 32 / runs 19 /
      earned runs 19

    2. Even though Kyle Gibson hasn’t performed lately, he’s still a ML caliber pitcher.

      Noah Skirrow has a career minor league ERA of 4.35 and WHIP of 1.365. While I don’t doubt that Skirrow will eventually get his cup of coffee, the talent gap between AAA and the majors is large. Expecting Skirrow (at age 24) to be even a 4/5 pitcher is a large ask right now.

    3. I think they could easily resign him… but I’d be willing to gamble they can afford to let him go. I believe 2023 rotation is easily


      If they resign Gibson or Efflin, they block the young talent expected to produce. They also don’t take advantage of the cheap young talent that is supposed to produce. Not a guarantee they will but.. it’s a good bet to take.

      Upgrade the everyday players where possible, keep building that bullpen, and I think they can compete for real next year. Get the trade deadline right and will all be excited for a deep playoff run

  2. 1)Nice to give Hall an award, but what is he doing in LHV?
    2) Jim, why not, for the poll, have people give their top five choices with a brief explanation?

    1. Thank you for your suggestion. I will consider it and any others suggested.

      I see two limitations. 1.) Most people would likely not want to provide explanations. That would likely drive the number of submissions down. Although, I do like the accountability it brings. 2.) There is very little if any disagreement over the top prospects in the organization. Most would include Abel, McGarry, Painter, Rojas, and a fifth guy. Probably Crawford.

      The longer the lists submitted are, the less likely to have matching lists. The more lists submitted the harder it becomes to elevate a favorite prospect past more deserving prospects.

      A few years ago, a player was submitted on a list of one. It was enough to get him into the back end of the top thirty, It was the only poll on which he was listed. Probably submitted by a friend or family member.

      1. is it possible to have everyone submit their top-20/Top-30 and give a point value to each pick to get to a reader ranking?

        Top pick gets 1 point & #20 pick gets 20 points. Lowest point total is final #1 and so on.

        Would give a level of overall ranking and also provide some context where players fall in the range.

        Obviously, the danger in this approach is the family/friend factor that might impact the points system.

        1. I grew up back when we had AP and UPI Top Tens and Top Twenties. Teams received 10 points for being ranked first in the top ten and 20 in the top twenty. Teams got less points as they dropped down the rankings.

          That’s how I’ve handled previous mail-in polls. I think your suggestion accomplishes the same thing. However, it does raise a question (for me). Your suggestion looks like it works better for short lists (someone only providing a top twelve, for instance). Assigning points 1 thru 12 might work better than assigning points 20-9.

          I’ll give your suggestion some serious thought if the group elects to go with a mail-in method.

  3. I like the idea to submit our top 20+. With numerous returns I’m sure you could tabulate a top 30 or more from that since not everyone would pick the same players especially after the top 10

    1. Most readers might not be comfortable going out to a top 30, 40, 50, or more. But, 20 should be doable. And, you are right, there should be enough diversity that we would end up with at least a top thirty. This is my preferred method. It is more work gathering the data but I already have templztes needed from past years. Plus, I get to roll out the prospects from low to high. Creates a little drama until we get to the top guys.

      Historically, with polls, we seem to lose interest after the top seven or eight and participation drops off considerably to very few for the last dozen polls.

      Acquiring top twenty lists when interest is high seems like the best way to encourage mass participation. But, I’ll do what the majority prefer.

      If any of you would prefer answering outside the Comments Section, you can e-mail your suggestion/opinion to me at

  4. Had a buddy who went to the Phillies game/disaster yesterday and sat near the dugout and looked up to the suites on the 1st base side and saw Painter, Abel, Miller and a few other players.. I get Abel and Painter because their season is done. Has Miller been called up?

  5. Had a buddy who went to the Phillies game/disaster yesterday and sat near the dugout and looked up to the suites on the 1st base side and swears he saw Painter, Abel, Miller and a few other players.. I get Abel and Painter because their season is done. Has Miller been called up?

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