It was a windy, cold, 12 inning game Monday night at Bright House Field but the Clearwater Thresher won it 8-7 thanks in part to the the hot bat of its right fielder Anthony Hewitt. The 2008 Phillies first round draft pick and 24th overall in that year’s draft finally had a break out game with a three run homer and a double early in the game against the Brewer’s 2011 No. 1 pick on the mound Jed Bradley. Big Jim Murphy’s walk off single with the bases loaded in the 12th and Jordan Whatcott’s three, shut out extra innings of relief sealed the game for the Threshers.
Earlier this season I watched Hewitt pull a muscle running in a minor league spring training game. Then I saw him line a base hit up the middle in an extended spring training rehab assignment. After going one for 20 after being activated on the Thresher’s roster, Hewitt finally broke out in this game against the Brevard County Manatees. He used the whole field by taking advantage of the 25 mph wind blowing to right to line a three run homer in the 3th inning that easily cleared the second fence down the right field line. Then in the fifth inning he grounded a double just inside the third base line for his first two extra base hits of the season.
Though many fans may have given up on Hewitt I have not. I like five tool players and a guy who can hit the long ball like Hewitt did last night and steal 36 bases like he did last season with Lakewood is still on my radar screen. He will be only 23 years old this coming Friday and remains a prospect in my mind. Last night he showed he can hit the ball a long way to the opposite field and can pull a ball down the left field line. His problems in previous seasons have been striking out too much and his fielding. Last night he put the ball in play each of his five at bats and caught three fly ball outs in right.
At least in last night’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers No. 1 draft pick and 11th overall from last year’s draft left handed pitcher Jed Bradley, Anthony Hewitt looked like the better No. 1 pick that he was for the Phillies back in the 2008 draft.