The Philadelphia Phillies farm system had a pretty crazy weekend. Not only were there some exciting promotions, like those of Griff McGarry and Johan Rojas, but one of Philadelphia’s best arms in Andrew Painter finally made his first start since June 12.
His absence is due to load management constraints that were placed on the top prospect in an effort to temper his innings and workload. Painter pitched two scoreless innings for Jersey Shore on Sunday, striking out two.
Matt Gelb of The Athletic was also the first to report something that had been rumored since June 23, which was that top prospect Logan O’Hoppe was sidelined with a non-COVID illness.
Along with some big news, promotions and throwbacks, there were a host of individual performances worth highlighting this weekend, so here’s everything you missed from the Phillies farm over the weekend. July 1 to 3.
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Triple-A: Donny Sands and Will Toffey will continue to have good seasons
As mentioned in several previous episodes, receiver Donny Sands continues to blow up the raters. The 26-year-old hit his third home run of the season on Sunday, taking his season average to a whopping .346, alongside a .951 OPS. He only punched 21 times during the season and, conversely, walked 26 times, showing strong discipline and a knack for solid contact.
Will Toffey, the Phillies’ minor league hitter of the month for June, is a new name in the mix, however. The infielder has a solid glove and had a massive June, hitting .338/.459/.632, while smashing his first three homers of the season.
Things didn’t slow down for Toffey in July either. The southpaw has worked seven hits in his first three games of the month and continues to show a knack for getting on base.
Once a fourth-round pick, Toffey was traded to the Phillies from the San Francisco Giants in exchange for utility Luke Williams, who now resides with the Miami Marlins.
While Toffey doesn’t have a similar value to Sands, it will be interesting to see if either player receives interest at the early August trade deadline.
Double-A: Johan Rojas begins his Double-A career with a four-game hitting streak
Following his aggressive promotion to Reading, Johan Rojas proved he was up to the challenge, smashing five hits in his first four games.
The youngster also showed off his impressive gauntlet as well as his positive speed, slipping four sacks in his first four games.
Many have speculated that the Rojas promotion will serve as a showcase for interested parties ahead of the trade deadline. So far, it’s been easy for the top prospect, who has yet to knock on his new home, walking twice.
High-A: Ben Brown cuts out Wilmington
Following Andrew Painter’s two-run return to the BlueClaws rotation, Ben Brown followed in extra-long relief mode.
The impressive right-hander threw seven good innings, allowing three runs on just four hits, while striking out 10.
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Brown continues on the breakout route, now sporting a 3.79 ERA on the season with a whopping 80 strikeouts in 57.0 innings. He, like many others in today’s article, will prove to be a name often mentioned before the MLB trade deadline.
Single-A: Luis Garcia launches Hot Rehab Start
After being sidelined earlier this season by injury on April 19, shortstop prospect Luis Garcia made his long-awaited return to the Phillies system this weekend, whipping out two singles, walking once and slipping a bag.
Garcia has been in the upper echelon of Phillies prospects for a while now, mostly due to his strong defensive toolset, as well as his knack for contact, but lack of power in the game.
The shortstop will likely return to Jersey Shore very soon, where he hopes to find some solid offensive results.
Lehigh Valley IronPigs vs. Syracuse Mets: L 4-5, W 9-5, W 7-5
C Rafael Marchan – 4 for 8, HR, 2B, R, RBI, BB, K
LHP Ryan Sherriff – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 1 K
Reading Fightin Phils vs Somerset Patriots: W 7-5, W 9-6, L 3-8
LHP JoJo Romero – 1.0 IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
RHP Francisco Morales – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K
Jersey Shore BlueClaws vs. Wilmington Blue Rocks: L 3-4, W 3-1
RHP Mick Abel – 6.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 4 BB, 4 K
OF Ethan Wilson – 3 for 8, 2 2B, R, K
Clearwater Threshers vs. Lakeland Flying Tigers: L 0-3, L 6-7, L 6-8
RHP Jean Cabrera – 4.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 4 K
LHP Jordi Martinez – 5.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 3 K
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