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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

Stott isn't stopping at Triple-A (May 5)
Since being optioned to Triple-A Lehigh Valley on April 25, Bryson Stott has amassed four multihit games in nine appearances. The No. 43 overall prospect added to that with a 3-for-5 performance in the IronPigs' 14-2 rout of Syracuse, including a two-run homer. He scored four times and drove in three runs.

The 24-year-old walked and scored in the first inning on a homer by Donny Sands. In the fourth, Stott notched his first RBI of the game on a single to right field. Philadelphia's No. 1 prospect smoked a ball to the bleachers in right-center for his second homer of the year in the sixth, and he beat out a single to second in the eighth for his third hit of the game.

The left-handed batter is hitting .333 since heading to the Minors. He batted .133 with three RBIs over nine games with Philly this year.

Sands, the Phillies' No. 27 prospect, finished the night with three hits, three RBIs and three runs. -- Ethan Sands

Simmons doubles home run total for Threshers (May 4)
Coming off his first back-to-back hitless games of the season, Philadelphia's No. 16 prospect Kendall Simmons responded with one of his best. Simmons cracked two homers -- matching his total from his first 10 games of the season -- and added a double as Single -A Clearwater beat Dunedin, 12-9.

After popping out in the top of the first, Simmons connected on a three-run blast to left in the third. Two innings later, the third baseman roped a double to left and followed with a solo shot to right in the sixth to cap his night.

The performance was Simmons' second three-hit showing in five games after not registering a multihit game through his first six. On April 27, the 2018 sixth-round pick doubled twice and belted a homer, driving in two. Wednesday's work at the plate pushed his slash line to .267/.298/.667. -- Tyler Maun

O'Hoppe ties career-high RBIs (April 30)
Philadelphia's No. 5 prospect Logan O'Hoppe had himself a career night capped by his second homer of the season.

In Reading's 8-0 shutout of New Hampshire, O'Hoppe tallied half of the runs batted in personally while coming across the place twice, accounting for six of the eight runs.

The 677th pick in the 2018 Draft finished Saturday's game 3-for-4. His first plate appearance saw him hit a two-run homer to left field to start the scoring. After O'Hoppe struck out on a 3-2 count in the third, he found himself on base in his next four plate appearances with two singles and two walks. The catcher had an RBI with each of his hits except for a single in the seventh. His total matched his career-high in RBIs (4).

O'Hoppe's been heating up over his last three games, hitting 6-for-12 and pushing his average to .274 for the season. -- Ethan Sands

Stott displays power in Minors (April 29)
After being optioned to Triple-A on April 25, the No. 43 overall prospect hasn't slowed down.

Since entering the Minors, Bryson Stott is 5-for-12 with two doubles, a triple and a home run. Stott's best performance came in the first game of Lehigh Valley's doubleheader on Friday, when the IronPigs took an 11-3 victory.

Stott finished the game 2-for-4 with a triple and a solo home run. The two extra-base hits already surpass the amount the 24-year-old had in the Majors this year (a double on April 8).

The shortstop was batting .133 when he was demoted to the Minors. But he had not started since April 18 in Colorado, and he had not played since a pinch-hit at-bat in the ninth inning on April 19 at Coors Field.

Stott will have to compete with veterans Johan Camargo and Didi Gregorius, who recently recovered from a bruised left hand, to regain a spot on the 28-man roster. -- Ethan Sands

Phillies option Bryson Stott to Triple-A (April 25)
The Phillies promised to play Alec Bohm and Bryson Stott regularly when both made the Opening Day roster.

They said they would not jeopardize the development of either player by letting one sit and rot on the bench.

The Phillies optioned Stott to Triple-A Lehigh Valley to play every day. Stott is the organization’s No. 1 prospect and the No. 44 prospect in baseball, according to MLB Pipeline. But he had not started since April 18 in Colorado. He had not played since a pinch-hit at-bat in the ninth inning on April 19 at Coors Field. Full story »

Abel fans nine in best start of young season (April 23)
Second-ranked Phillies prospect
Mick Abel had allowed five runs on five hits over six total innings in his first two starts of the season. In his third, he found his groove and his first win.

Abel struck out nine -- matching the total of his first two outings combined -- over five shutout innings while allowing just three hits and a walk for High-A Jersey Shore. Baseball's No. 80 overall prospect threw 48 of his 69 pitches for strikes, season highs in both categories.

Through his first 11 innings this year, Abel has now struck out 18 men while walking only two. The right-hander's WHIP dropped to 0.91, and opponents are now hitting just .211 against him after his third start of the campaign.

Philadelphia's No. 4 prospect Johan Rojas doubled and scored a run in the victory. -- Tyler Maun

Painter fans 14 in combined 22-strikeout effort (April 23)
While Andrew Painter is off to a spotless start to his professional career, his effort was only part of the story for Single-A Clearwater on Saturday night.

The Phillies' No. 3 prospect struck out 14 while allowing one hit and no walks in five innings, and relievers Malik Binns and Tommy McCollum fanned four apiece in the final four innings for a combined 22-strikeout effort in the Threshers' 3-0 win over Tampa. The performance is tied for the most strikeouts by a Minor League team since at least 2005 (the Major League record is 20). Read more >>

McGarry fans every batter he faces (April 20)
Griff McGarry’s start in High-A Jersey Shore’s 3-2 loss to Asheville was brief, but it was perfect.

The Phillies’ No. 9 prospect struck out every batter he faced in two innings of work, registering nine swings-and-misses and throwing 18 of his 26 pitches for strikes. He has yet to allow a run in three innings of work this year.

McGarry, a fifth-round selection in the 2021 Draft, has only thrown 27 1/3 innings in his career but has been effective. The 22-year-old has fanned 51 batters and walked 14 with a 2.63 ERA, a 0.99 WHIP and a .138 batting average against. -- Nick Trujillo

Painter yields no hits, fans 7 (April 16)
Andrew Painter, the Phillies' No. 3 prospect, was unhittable for Single-A Clearwater. The 19-year-old right-hander threw 42 of his 65 pitches for strikes as he cruised through four scoreless innings. A pair of walks kept Painter from being perfect, but the 2021 first-round Draft pick (13th overall) was still plenty dominant.

Painter is off to a strong start this season and it seems likely he won't spend much more time in Clearwater. It's only been a pair of starts, but he's yet to allow a run and has struck out 16 batters over seven innings. -- William Boor

Ortiz swats two homers (April 15)
Jhailyn Ortiz
used both sides of the field in Double-A Reading’s 12-3 win to record his first multihomer game of the season and the seventh of his career.

The Phillies’ No. 12 prospect crushed a ball to left field in the fifth inning for a two-run home run. An inning later, he drove a breaking ball out to the opposite field for a three-run blast.

Ortiz now has three home runs on the season and his show of power is nothing new. He drilled a career-best 23 homers in 95 games last season and has matched or improved his home run total in each season of his career. -- Nick Trujillo

Local kid Singer lives dream for a day (April 13)
The Phillies promoted left-hander Jeff Singer from Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Tuesday because Corey Knebel was on the COVID-19 injured list. It fulfilled a lifelong dream for Singer, who was born in Philadelphia and grew up in South Jersey. Singer did not pitch in Tuesday’s loss to the Mets. He learned on Wednesday morning that he was designated for assignment. He would love to make somebody’s 40-man roster in the next week, but if that doesn't happen, he is headed back to Lehigh Valley.

“At the end of the day, it’s making the big leagues,” Singer said. “Making it to the big leagues first with the Phillies is an awesome experience. It’s something that nobody can ever take away from me. But if I get a call, I’m going to be ready to play. But it was everything I wanted it to be. If they called my name I was going to be ready, but seeing how the game was going, the guys who were supposed to pitch pitched. I get it. You’ve just got to keep on going, whether I’m with a new club or back in Triple-A with the Pigs.

"But I got to look around, sit back, relax and enjoy the moment. I had a lot of family and friends come to the bullpen. Was it short lived? Yeah. It’s baseball. It’s a business. But I made it. I’m really lucky. I’m really happy.” -- Todd Zolecki

Painter records every out via the strikeout (April 9)
Phillies’ 2021 first-rounder Andrew Painter was dominant in his first start of the year. The 19-year-old tossed three innings, recording all nine outs via the punchout in Single-A Clearwater’s game against Fort Myers. Painter, the Phillies’ No. 3 prospect, allowed one unearned run on three hits and a walk and is yet to allow an earned run in nine career Minor League innings. The 6-foot-7 right-hander tossed 40 of his 58 pitches for strikes and could be a quick riser through Philadelphia’s system with his high-strikeout arsenal. -- Nick Trujillo

Moniak is on fire (April 3)
Mickey Moniak
was boxed out of a big league job early in camp, with Bryce Harper, Nick Castellanos, Kyle Schwarber, Matt Vierling, Odúbel Herrera and Adam Haseley ahead of him on the depth chart.

But Moniak, who is the Phillies’ No. 18 prospect, looks like a lock to make the team, especially with Herrera injured and Haseley traded last week to the White Sox.

Maybe Moniak can be more than an extra outfielder. He homered twice in Sunday’s game against the Tigers at BayCare Ballpark, giving him five homers this spring. His shot to right field in the fourth inning cleared the ballpark, leaving his bat at 108.5 mph and traveling a projected 426 feet, according to Statcast. Moniak then hit a two-run homer to left in the sixth. That one left his bat at 99.6 mph, landing just over the fence. Moniak has a 1.241 OPS in 29 plate appearances this spring. -- Todd Zolecki More >>

Jones has a shot to make Opening Day roster (April 2)
The Phillies could be shorthanded in the bullpen with Sam Coonrod out with an injured right shoulder, José Alvarado only making his Grapefruit League debut on Sunday and Connor Brogdon needing to pick up almost 3 mph in velocity. Those setbacks gives left-hander Damon Jones a chance to make the team. Jones, 27, is the organization’s No. 30 prospect. He struck out two in a scoreless inning in Saturday's 2-2 tie against the Blue Jays, which ended in the sixth inning due to rain.

Jones has a 1.69 ERA in five Grapefruit League appearances. He has struck out seven and walked one in 5 1/3 innings. He has allowed only one hit.

“He’s been really good,” Phillies manager Joe Girardi said. “The last thing to come for him was his command, and he’s had it all spring. He started to get it last year. He’s kept it going. Sometimes guys mature a little bit later. It takes them a little bit more time. But he’s seemed to really find himself.” -- Todd Zolecki