McGarry racks up 13 strikeouts for BlueClaws

June 23rd, 2022

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McGarry racks up 13 strikeouts for BlueClaws (June 22)
Griff McGarry struck out a career-high 13 as the right-hander led the way for High-A Jersey Shore's 5-3 victory over Brooklyn at Maimonides Park.

The eighth-ranked Phillies prospect allowed one run on four hits and a pair of walks over 5 1/3 frames. He whiffed eight batters in a row in a span between the third and fifth frames.

McGarry has amassed 71 punchouts over 40 2/3 innings this season. -- Rob Terranova

Rojas heating up at Jersey Shore (June 15)
No. 3 prospect Johan Rojas got off to a slow start with High-A Jersey Shore, slashing .193/.257/.269 through May. But in 13 games in June, Rojas has slashed .348/.388/.522 with five doubles, one home run, six RBIs and a .910 OPS. Rojas continues to run, too. He has eight stolen bases this month to bring his season total to 30 overall. He has not been caught stealing. -- Todd Zolecki

Russell notches unorthodox win (June 14)
On May 1, Matt Russell got off to a good start. Six weeks later, he finished the job.

In a quirk of scheduling, Russell got to pick up his own outing from a weather-suspended game and nearly went the distance -- combining for a wild line in the box score by throwing 129 pitches over eight innings with a career-best 12 strikeouts to lead High-A Jersey Shore to a backdated 6-4 win over Aberdeen.

“I was pretty stoked that our staff let me finish my own game,” Russell said after what technically went into the books as his first win of the season, though it actually moved his record to 2-4. “That was one of my better starts to my outings so far this year, so I was trying to keep that same energy. Having those numbers earlier in the year, obviously I want to improve each time and get the best outing I can and help the team, but it is cool that I got to finish that and go deep into the game like that."

Russell completed the third frame on the first day of May, allowing two runs (one earned) on two hits with six strikeouts and a walk before rain forced the suspension of that evening’s contest. It resumed over six full weeks later with the IronBirds in front, 2-1. Full story »

Painter continues his strikeout dominance (June 4)
Andrew Painter delivered his second consecutive quality start.

MLB Pipeline's No. 72 overall prospect continued his dazzling season for Single-A Clearwater against Dunedin.

The 19-year-old tossed his second six-inning performance in as many starts, this time allowing just one earned run on two hits and one walk while recording nine strikeouts.

The right-hander hadn't allowed an earned run through his first five starts in 2022 but has allowed at least one in his last four, giving up just one earned run in each of his last three starts.

The nine strikeouts in his most recent performance moves the Florida native into the No. 1 spot for punchouts (69) in the Florida State League after Toronto's Dahian Santos pitched the night before and finished with 65 fanned batters on the season.

This raging competition looks to be a back-and-forth battle that could come down to the final weeks of the season. -- Ethan Sands

O'Hoppe homers in fourth straight game (May 20)
After hitting only two homers through his first 25 games, Logan O’Hoppe is finding his power stroke.

The No. 5 prospect continued his home run tirade, blasting his fifth dinger in four games in a 2-for-4 night in Double-A Reading’s 6-2 loss to Somerset. He has six long balls in his last six contests to give him eight on the season.

“It feels a little weird, to be honest with you,” O’Hoppe said. “Nothing like this has happened in my career so far so I’m just trying not to overthink it and trying to ride it out.” Full story »

O’Hoppe, again! (May 19)
Can anything stop Logan O’Hoppe?

Not lately, apparently. The Phillies' No. 5 prospect homered for the third consecutive game and fifth time in five games in Double-A Reading’s 12-4 win over Somerset. O’Hoppe singled twice and launched a two-run homer in the sixth, scoring thrice in support of No. 11 lefty Erik Miller, No. 29 righty McKinley Moore and three others.

It was the latest in a string of strong showings for O’Hoppe, the club’s 23rd round pick in the 2018 Draft who jolted up the farm system in 2021, jumping three levels and starring in the Arizona Fall League. He’s spent this spring building on that growth, hitting .290 with seven homers and a .948 OPS in 30 games at Reading. -- Joe Trezza

O'Hoppe slugging in May, Painter makes Top 100 (May 18)
Logan O'Hoppe
is continuing to show his power.

Philadelphia's No. 5 prospect has four homers in as many games, with three coming in the past two days.

The 22-year-old followed up a two-homer game with another blast in Double-A Reading's 7-6 loss to Somerset.

The designated hitter began the night with a single in the first inning, pushing his hit streak to four games. O'Hoppe launched his third blast of the series to left-center field in the fifth and finished 2-for-4. He's tripled his home run count since entering May.

The right-handed hitter has had an up-and-down season at the plate. His average has been as high as .600 on April 9 to as low as .220 on April 27. But the 6-foot-2, 185-pounder seems to be on the upswing, elevating his average from .244 to .272 over the past six games.

Also, Phillies fans have another prospect to keep an even closer eye on. Third-ranked has cracked MLB Pipeline's overall Top 100 Prospects list. He's sporting a 1.14 ERA and 47 strikeouts over 23 2/3 innings for Single-A Clearwater this season. -- Ethan Sands

O'Hoppe clubs a pair, Painter continues to dominate (May 17)
Logan O'Hoppe provided all of the offense for the Fightin Phils in Double-A Reading's 10-3 loss to Somerset.

The fifth-ranked Phillies prospect notched the first multihomer game of his pro career -- launching a solo shot to deep left-center in the sixth before mashing a two-run blast to almost the same spot in the eighth. O'Hoppe has three home runs in his last three games and has clubbed five over 28 games this season.

Meanwhile, Andrew Painter continued to blow away the competition in the Florida State League. The flame-throwing righty fanned six over four scoreless frames in Single-A Clearwater's 5-4 victory in 11 innings over Fort Myers.

The third-ranked Phillies prospect worked around a pair of hits and two walks as he retired the side in order in the second and fourth while notching a pair of strikeouts in each frame. He exited after throwing 68 pitches, 40 for strikes. Painter is sporting a 1.14 ERA, a 0.76 WHIP and a .111 average against with 47 punchouts over 23 2/3 frames this season with the Threshers. -- Rob Terranova

Painter lights up radar gun with Clearwater (May 14)
It wasn't a very long outing, but it was a memorable one for Andrew Painter. The flame-throwing righty was perfect over three frames -- with five punchouts -- and flashed triple digits three times in Clearwater's 9-5 victory over Daytona. Painter threw 100.8 mph to complete a strikeout of the side in the first inning, 100.1 mph in the third and his hardest pitch was 101.5 mph for a strike two call on Braylin Minier en route to a punchout on three pitches to end the frame.

The third-ranked Phillies prospect's final line -- three runs on a hit and two walks with seven strikeouts over 3 2/3 innings -- doesn't quite paint an exact picture because two of those runs were inherited runners who scored on reliever Gabriel Yanez after Painter departed the game.

The 6-foot-7, 215-pound 19-year-old yielded his first runs of the year, bringing his ERA to 1.14 with an astounding 47 strikeouts over 23 2/3 innings. -- Rob Terranova

No. 12 prospect Ortiz slams Reading to win (May 12)
Jhailyn Ortiz made significant power strides in 2021, slugging .521 in 74 games at Single-A Jersey Shore to earn a promotion to Double-A Reading and a place on the club’s 40-man roster.

This year, that power is showing up at Double-A as well.

The Phillies No. 12 prospect starred on a big offensive night for the Fightin Phils, his grand slam highlighting their 11-6 win over Bowie at FirstEnergy Stadium. Connecting off left-hander Easton Lucas in the sixth, Ortiz’s sixth homer of the season helped put the game out of reach before the Baysox scored four times in the seventh. The right fielder also doubled and scored three runs, finishing with three hits. He sports a .809 OPS through 28 games so far in 2022. -- Joe Trezza

Hard to top Painter's start (May 7)
Andrew Painter has left off right where he began his professional career. In the 2022 season, the 19-year-old has yet to give up an earned run in 20 innings pitched.

If that's not impressive enough, Philadelphia's No. 3 prospect hasn't let in a single earned run since entering the professional ranks. He's allowed just eight hits over 26 innings pitched and nine appearances. Painter continued his masterful performance in High-A Clearwater's 6-2 victory over Dunedin.

The 6-foot-7 right-hander tossed four innings, giving up two hits, two walks, an unearned run and struck out four. Painter's ERA stands unblemished.

Although the Florida native still hasn't given up an earned run, his career record has been touched. In his first appearance in 2022, he faced Fort Myers and took the first and only loss of his career due to an unearned run through three innings of work. His record still stands at 0-1.

Painter was selected directly out of high school with the 13th pick in the 2021 Draft and has shown a high ceiling to start his professional journey. -- Ethan Sands