The Phillies Next Generation Was in Action Tuesday Night: Alec Bohm for Clearwater and Darick Hall For Reading Go Deep

Tuesday was a special night in the Phillies minor league system. Top prospects Alec Bohm for Clearwater and Darick Hall for Reading went deep.. Each hit two-run homers and drove in three runs.

Alec Bohm

Down in Bradenton Fl., Bohm went 3 for 4 with three RBIs against the Marauders. He helped bring the Clearwater Thresher back from a big 8-1 deficit after three innings but they still fell short in an 8-6 loss.  Watch his home run HERE.

Back in Reading, Hall hit his 13th homer of the season and went 3 for 5 with 3 RBIs in leading the Fightin Phils to a 10-2 win over Akron. Reading was battling for first place in the Eastern League’s East division, but came up percentage points short as the Trenton Thunder won its game and the first half championship in the division. Watch Recap HERE.

Alec Bohm and Darick Hall are two power bats in the Phillies system to keep an eye on as the second half of the minor league season gets underway!




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Clearwater Threshers Off To A Strong Second-Half Start Winning 7-5 on MiLB.TV, Led By Long Balls of Stokes and Duran

The Clearwater Threshers finished second in the first half of the Florida State League Northern Division. They put on a strong show of power in a 7-5 win over the Bradenton Marauders last night to start the second half.

The three-game Bradenton series are the only Threshers’ games that are on MiLB.TV this season. Only Bradenton televises home games in the Florida State League.

Madison Stokes

The Threshers were led by a two-run homer by Madison Stokes and a solo homer by Rodolfo Duran. It was a team effort as seven of the nine hitters in the lineup contributed either a run scored or an RBI.

Keylan Killgore


Closer Keylan Killgore picked up the save and is still perfect going 7 for 7 this season. He is 17 for 17 in save opportunities in his two year Phillies minor league career. His fastball was topping at 94 mph.

Rodolfo Duran

The player to watch in the lineup and on the field is Duran. Especially, since the 21-year-old will be Rule Five eligible in December.  Duran had a breakout 2018 season hitting 21 homers including three in the playoffs with Lakewood.

This season he got off to his usual slow start buried in a three catcher Threshers rotation. Now seeing more action, Duran is heating it up just as he did last season in June when he hit .397 with 7 homers in the Sally League.

Duran hit his second home run of the month when he lined a homer into the seats in left at Bradenton. The homer was the sixth Threshers’ run and it held-up as the game winner.

Duran has been on a tear in June. In nine games this month, he is hitting .323 with his two homers and eight RBIs.

Defensively, Rodolfo leads all Phillies minor league catchers this season by throwing out 38% of base stealing attempts. He has been fun to watch behind the plate since he has played error-free baseball in 383 chances this season.

The Phillies have time to continue to evaluate corner infielder-left fielder Madison Stokes, who is only in his second season in the Phillies organization. On the other hand, they must make a decision on Duran whether to protect him on the 40-man roster at the end of the season or expose him in the Rule Five draft in December. He is now in his fifth season after being signed as an international free agent out of the Dominican Republic.


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Should Damon Jones Get a Chance to Be The Phillies Fifth Starter?

It’s always “darkest before the dawn”. It could not have been any darker than it was on Sunday for the Phillies pitching.  They gave up 15 runs, all earned, in a humbling 15-1 loss to the Atlanta Braves in the battle for first place in the N.L. East. The best Phillies pitcher was a position player Sean Rodriguez. He pitched a clean eight inning in the game.

Damon Jones pitching earlier in the season for Clearwater

At the same time on Sunday, Damon Jones was making his AA debut for the Reading Fightin Phils against the Harrisburg Senators in the Eastern League. He was the bright spot in the Phillies organization by all but shutting down the Senators for six-innings in Reading’s fight for first place in the first half of the Eastern Division.

Jones allowed only a run, a hit, a walk and struck out 12 over his six innings of work.  He  faced only two batters over the minimum leaving the game tied at 1-1. Reading would go on and win 2-1.  Read HERE.

Jones just arrived from the Clearwater Threshers in the Florida State League where he was leading the Florida State League in strikeouts and ERA. Including Sunday’s start, all he has done in his three starts in June over 18.2 innings is allow only three runs while striking out 31 and walking only three.

The Phillies will need a fifth starting pitcher in the major league rotation for Friday night’s game against the Miami Marlins at Citizens Bank Park. The one pitcher who seems ready to fill the fifth starter spot in the Phillies rotation is 24-year-old lefty, Damon Jones, who has been the best pitcher this season in the entire Phillies organization.


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Phillies Still On the Lookout For a Left-handed Starter at the MLB Level. Note Damon Jones Update

The Phillies just can’t find a left-handed starter. Last season lefty Ranger Suarez failed in his three starts at the big league level and has been ineffective at AAA this season.

This season Cole Irwin was given three Phillies starts earlier in this season but was found wanting and sent packing back to AAA. Now he is back but the Phillies say he will pitch out of the pen behind Sunday’s starter Vince Velasquez.

The Phillies Minor League Pitcher of the Year in 2018, David Parkinson, has been just “ordinary” at the Reading this season, especially after suffering a loss on Saturday night.

Now, it looks like JoJo Romero is getting ready to throw his cap into the lefty ring. After a disastrous start at AAA and even AA this season, Romero pitched a three-hit, eight strikeout, seven inning shutout against Harrisburg on Friday night. Read HERE.

JoJo Romero

While Romero is getting back into the lefty picture at AA, we all thought Damon Jones at Clearwater would get a shot at Reading sooner than later but he has not pitched since June 7th and was a no-show in the lineup in last night’s Florida State League All-Star game. Jones leads the FSL in ERA and strikeouts at mid-season.

Update on Damon Jones:

Today, Jones made his Eastern League debut with Reading against Harrisburg. In six innings of work, he allowed only one hit, one run and one walk while striking out 12. He left with the score tied 1-1. Watch his 12th strikeout HERE.

I think the Phillies have just found their left-handed starter of the future!

Damon Jones

Only the many experts in the Phillies Front Office know for sure who will be the Phillies left-handed starter of the future and they are not talking.





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Threshers Player Development–The Phillies’ Way

It’s not easy being a Phillies minor league fan. Last night we hoped to see Alec Bohm play for the Clearwater Threshers. He was on the bench instead. This made the third time in ten days he was given a game off. In the games he has actually played, he has been alternating between third base, first base and designated hitter.

The theory must be “a jack of all trades, master of none.” With the exception of the four catchers who have played for the Threshers this season, the position players have started at three different positions.  The outfielders have started in all three outfield positions. The corner infielders have started at first, third and left field. The middle infielders have started at second, short and third. The position movement helps because of all the shifting that has overtaken baseball defenses at all levels.

Last night in the final game of the first half, the Threshers lost 3-2 thanks to a three-run homer. All three runs were unearned due to an error at third by Matt Kroon in the top of the fifth inning. We have seen  Kroon start at first and in left field in addition to third so far in his 15 games with the Threshers.

The Threshers were even alternating managers last night. First base coach all season, Harold Garcia was flashing signs furiously at third base while listed manager Marty Malloy was reduced to collecting helmets and batting gloves while coaching first base. It was the first time in my many years of watching minor league baseball that I saw the listed manager coaching first base.

In any event, the Threshers finished the first half of the season strong in second place behind the Dunedin Blue Jay in the FSL North. I have learned to pay little much attention to wins and losses.  So I don’t.

Let’s focus on what players stood out in the final game of the first half. The Threshers could only muster four hits over nine innings. Making his Florida State League debut, catcher Jack Conley had a hard-hit, two-run single to left giving the Threshers their only runs in the fourth inning.

I have to give credit to Threshers pitching coach, Brad Bergesen, who appears to be one of the better coaches in the business. His staff led the FSL in strikeouts in the first half with 46 more strikeouts than the second place staff and 155 more than the last the last place staff in strikeouts.

Starter Ethan Evanko pitched a six inning gem except for the two-out homer which resulted in all three unearned St. Lucie runs. He struck out six. Watch the movement and different speeds on three of his strikeouts

Zach Warren

The Threshers relievers were equally strong. Zach Warren and Grant Dyer pitched shutout baseball. Dyer struck out the side in the ninth.

The Threshers will send seven players to the Florida State League All-Star game, Saturday night, at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Florida. Read HERE.









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Clearwater’s Jhailyn Ortiz is Showing Signs of Turning the Corner with 4 Doubles in Last 5 Games

The Phillies signed Jhailyn Ortiz to a $ 4.2 million signing bonus back in 2015 as a top international free agent. Whether he was worth it remains to be seen. Every time we think Jhailyn is going to break out with the bat, he returns to the vicinity of the Mendoza line.

In the month of May for the Clearwater Threshers, Ortiz hit six homers in 83 at bats. However, so far in June he has no homers in 42 at bats but remains tied with teammate Madison Stokes with 7 homers for the season to lead the team.

Now, Jhailyn is on a what we would consider a doubles hot streak. He has gone 5 for 19 with four doubles to drive in four runs in his last five games. In yesterday’s contest against the St Lucie Mets, he hit two doubles and drove in two runs.  This gives him the team lead in RBIs with 30 at the halfway point in the season. Still, his slash line is nothing to write home about at .210/275/.387. Watch his RBI double from Monday’s game.

Every time Ortiz puts a modest homer or doubles streak together, we fans in the stands get excited only to be disappointed by a series of hitless games that follow. He is a much better hitter than his current .210 average at the half point in the Florida State League season. He needs to have a breakout second half to stay a serious prospect.



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Nothing Left to Prove With Clearwater, Alec Bohm Is Ready To Move Up

Alec Bohm has nothing left to prove in the Florida State League. Now that he has been added to Florida State League All Star game on Saturday, his days appear to be numbered in the Florida State League. It’s time for him to move on up!

In his last two games for the Threshers, he has hit a long double and a triple. He has walked four times. He has nothing left to prove in the FSL.

Though with Austin Listi heating it up at third and Darick Hall hitting the long ball both for Reading, the two positions played by Bohm are taken at Reading. So one or both of those guys have to move up to AAA to make room for the Phillies 2018 first round draft pick at AA.

Alec Bohm has earned the right to move on up to AA, ASAP!

On Tuesday night the Phillies lined up all their signed 2019 draft picks across the second deck of Spectrum Field. Something’s got to give with all that talent waiting to be placed.

Phillies Prospects 2019

Phillies Prospects 2019

Phillies Prospects 2019

Phillies Prospects 2019


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