As long as I have been following the Phillies farm system, the slogan has always been “finish the season strong”. But this season many of the Phillies top prospects are running on fumes at the finish line.
Top 2014 international signing Jhailyn Ortiz and number one draft pick overall Mickey Moniak are struggling in the rookie Gulf Coast League as are Dylan Cozens and Rhys Hoskins at AA. Ortiz is hitting .184 and Moniak is hitting .205 over their last ten games while Cozens has gone 1 for 35 in his last nine games while Hoskins is hitting .235 over his last ten games.
Hoskins has shown signs of coming out of his end of season funk. Over the weekend he hit two homers to tie Cozens for the minor league lead in homers with 37 long balls. In those three games Hoskins drove in five runs to bring him within two RBIs of Cozens’ minor league leading 114. Watch Hoskins two homers HERE and HERE.
The good news is that Reading has clinched a spot in the Eastern League playoffs which start after Labor Day. The GCL Phillies magic number to clinch the Northwest division of the GCL is two with four games remaining.
However, a potential topical storm is expect to arrive over the Tampa Bay area Wednesday and Thursday when the final two game of the season are scheduled with the second place GCL Blue Jays. Usually, those games would not be made up. In any event the division winner will play the GCL Braves in a one game knockout for the right to play in the best of three GCL finals.
The good news is that is appears that Ortiz, Moniak, Cozens and Hoskins still have time to “finish strong” in the final week and in the post season playoffs.