Phillies MLR: High & Low Lights So Far in 2022 – 71Bait

Lehigh Valley IronPigs (36-30, 1.5 games down in division)

key club:

Darick Hall – .260/.343/.528, 17 HR, 57 RBI, 28 BB, 54K, 4 SB (246 bats)
Nick Maton – .241/.360/.462, 5 HR, 30 RBI, 25 BB, 39K, 1 SB (145 At-Bats)
Scott Kingery – .211/.315/.355, 2 HR, 9 RBI, 10 BB, 30 K, 4 SB (76 bats)
Rafael Marchan – .208/.311/.415, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 7 BB, 7 K, 0 SB (53 at-bats)
Donny Sands – .333/.476/.462, 2 HR, 16 RBI, 26 BB, 50K, 1 SB (78 bats)

key jugs:

Colton Eastman – 38.1 IP, 30 H, 22 R, 21 ER, 31 BB, 39 K
Mark Appel – 25.2 IP, 18H, 6R, 5ER, 7BB, 22K
Francisco Morales – 10 IP, 10 H, 11 R, 10 ER, 17 BB, 12 K
Hans Crouse – 7.1 IP, 10 H, 9 R, 9 ER, 4 BB, 9 K

The IronPigs have been pretty good so far! Aided by pitching/hit veterans, but boosted by the outburst of Darick Hall, whose 17 HR leads the International League (and is only 5 away from the MiLB lead). Scott Kingery had finally found his way back to AAA, but the result wasn’t great and you have to be wondering how much longer the Phillies will keep giving him at-bats and that he’s clearly buried deep in the views depth chart. Mark Appel proves you can make a comeback as he’s been super effective as a reliever this season. It’s amazing he hasn’t been called up yet, but without a 40-man spot, the Phillies are cautious. Hans Crouse, arguably one of the better/closest contenders to the majors, was injured for most of the season. The said could be said for reserve catcher hopeful Donny Sands, who crushed it at the plate before suffering an injury.

Reading Fightin Phils (27-36, 14 games back in division)

key club:

Jhailyn Ortiz – .225/.302/.425, 10 HR, 24 RBI, 19 BB, 82K, 3 SB (200 bats)
Logan O’Hoppe – .282/.395/.559, 14 HR, 38 RBI, 28 BB, 37 K, 5 SB (195 At-Bats)
Simon Muzziotti – .250/.333/.417, 0 HR, 3 RBI, 3 BB, 7 K, 0 SB (24 strokes)

key jugs:

James McArthur – 54 IP, 61 H, 33 R, 30 ER, 21 BB, 63 K
Noah Skirrow – 39 IP, 37 H, 18 R, 14 ER, 12 BB, 50 K
Erik Miller – 23.2 IP, 14 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 12 BB, 30 K
Francisco Morales – 16.1 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 6 BB, 28 K

Batting at Reading is usually a highlight but not this season. If you factor in breakout star Logan O’Hoppe, things get pretty grim. Speaking of O’Hoppe, he’s working his way into one of baseball’s best catching odds. Ultimately what will that mean for his future when JT has signed quite a bit and guys like Stubbs, Sands and Marchan are in the system? Jhailyn Ortiz sees his season of bad bats melt away and his potential status dwindle even further to the point where he could be a borderline top-25 prospect in the system. Simon Muzziotti struggled with visa problems until a very late start to the season and only got injured shortly after his debut. Noah Skirrow, the 23-year-old Canadian, was a pleasant surprise. Erik Miller took to his new role as a helper pretty well before he got injured. The aforementioned Francisco Morales looked like he was about to turn the corner in AA before being promoted.

Jersey Shore BlueClaws (24-39, 19 games back in division)

key club:

Johan Rojas – .230/.288/.319, 2 HR, 20 RBI, 19 BB, 52 K, 31 SB (235 bats)
Casey Martin – .184/.241/.285, 2 HR, 13 RBI, 13 BB, 54K, 9 SB (207 bats)
Ethan Wilson – .238/.305/.357, 3 HR, 26 RBI, 18 BB, 52 K, 18 SB (210 bats)
Luis Garcia – .147/.216/.206, 0 HR, 4 RBI, 2 BB, 13 K, 1 SB (34 at-bats)
Rixon Wingrove – .324/.410/.515, 4 HR, 14 RBI, 8 BB, 27 K, 1 SB (68 bats)
Carlos De La Cruz – .282/.362/.418, 3 HR, 8 RBI, 11 BB, 45K, 1 SB (103 bats)

key jugs:

Mick Abel – 49 IP, 48 H, 25 R, 23 ER, 18 BB, 63 K
Ben Brown – 45 IP, 36 H, 19 R, 18 ER, 18 BB, 63 K
Grip McGarry – 35.1 IP, 28H, 19R, 19ER, 18BB, 58K
Andrew Painter – 3 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 4 K
Kyle Glogoski – 16.2 IP, 13 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 6 BB, 20 K

This is the team with all the star power, although only a few of these names shine as brightly. Johan Rojas started the season as the Phillies’ top pick, but that’s all but gone with the emergence of guys like Logan O’Hoppe. This season, however, he’s perfect in stole-base attempts. Luis Garcia also had some shine left despite being terrible even before his injury. Those high upside guys like Casey Martin and Ethan Wilson were very bad. But hey, at least there are the B**y A**s! Mick Abel was about as good as advertised and the stuff remains absolutely top notch with a wide range of offerings. Grip McGarry has had its ups and downs as his control remains a work in progress. Ben Brown is the breakout pitcher in the org so far this season and will be someone to watch as he recovers from Tommy John Surgery.

Clearwater Threshers (32-30, 7.5 games back in division)

key club:

Hao Yu Lee – .283/.385/.472, 7 HR, 37 RBI, 23 BB, 33 K, 8 SB (159 bats)
Marcus Lee Sang – .253/.326/.407, 6 HR, 27 RBI, 20 BB, 64 K, 11 SB (194 at-bats)
Kendall Simmons – .223/.309/.433, 8 HR, 25 RBI, 15 BB, 49K, 7 SB (157 bats)
Jadiel Sanchez – .236/.286/.429, 6 HR, 19 RBI, 10 BB, 27 K, 2 SB (140 bats)
Yhoswar Garcia – .206/.303/.310, 1 HR, 16 RBI, 14 BB, 35 K, 29 SB (126 bats)
Jamari Baylor – .117/.312/.242, 3 HR, 13 RBI, 24 BB, 49K, 15 SB (113 at-bats)

key jugs:

Andrew Painter – 38.2 IP, 17 H, 10 R, 6 ER, 16 BB, 69 K
Gabriel Cotto – 39 IP, 28 H, 21 R, 18 ER, 17 BB, 45 K
Oswald Medina – 34 IP, 42 H, 23 R, 16 ER, 6 BB, 22 K
Jordi Martinez – 33 IP, 36 H, 20 R, 14 ER, 12 BB, 26 K
Jean Cabrera – 26 IP, 24 H, 14 R, 14 ER, 12 BB, 25 K
Eiberson Castellano – 21 IP, 12 H, 6 R, 4 ER, 6 BB, 26 K

This team is all about Andrew Painter and Hao Yu Lee, which is both good and bad. Good thing the top prospects are doing above average, and bad because no one else is actually doing it. Painter earned a promotion and Hao Yu Lee was probably on his way before joining the IL. Marcus Lee Sang is pretty much the only other hitter who has really accomplished anything this season. Top contender Yhoswar Garcia could hit a lot, but could get into base and steal bases at will. Jamari Baylor remains a major disappointment in his development.

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