Baseball Betsy and I have watched mostly high A Clearwater Thresher games this season. Thursday night we were in Reading to watch the Reading Phillies vs. the Bowie Baysox game. Get to Reading early and you can get a chance to check in with the players just before they go on to the field. Betsy had time to say “hello” to a couple of former Thresher players we saw with the Threshers who are now with the R-Phillies, third baseman Cody Asche and relief pitcher Tyler Knigge.
Asche and Knigge did not disappoint us though the R-Phillies lost to Bowie 3-1. Asche hit long triple in his first at bat that the Baysox centerfielder could not handle as he fell in front to the center field wall. Knigge came on in the ninth and recorded his first AA strike out. It’s good to see these young players moving on up in the Phillies system.
Earlier in the day the Clearwater Threshers’ catcher Cameron Rupp received some good news in a minor league report in the Philadelphia Daily News. The paper carried a story on an interview with the Phillies farm director Joe Jordan. Jordan said in the story that Rupp has emerged as the best catching prospect in the Phillies system. We strongly agree having watched Cameron catch all season at Clearwater. Since the start of the second half of the season Rupp is hitting . 362 and is playing strong defense behind the plate and throwing out runners trying to steal on the bases.
Thursday night in Clearwater Rupp caught Roy Halladay in his first rehab start. Then he hit a walk off two out single to win the game 4-3 in the bottom of the 12th inning. Cameron Rupp proved tonight that he has earned the right to be designated the best Phillies catcher of the future based on the Jordan analyst, his handling of Halladay and the clutch walk off single in extra innings A minor league ball player could not have had a better day than Cameron Rupp had on Thursday.
Baseball Betsy and I had a good trip north. We watched the Eastern League All Star game on Wednesday night in Reading where Troy Hanzawa had a 10 pitch at bat which resulted in a walk and he eventually came around to score the winning run in the bottom of the ninth. It was one of the best at bats with two outs in the bottom of the ninth down by a run I have ever seen. Then on Thursday night we watched Cody Asche get his first AA triple, Tyler Knigge get his first AA strike out and back in the Hotel room we followed Cameron Rupp get his walk off single. It was a couple of interesting nights watching the Phillies stars of the future playing right now.