I was able to make it over to Bright House on Wednesday afternoon to see the Thresher do battle with the Pittsburgh Pirates farmhands from Bradenton in Florida State League action. I wanted to see Adam Morgan pitch. Right now he is the best young power pitcher in the Phillies system. I was a little late for the noon start but by the time I got there the hard throwing lefty already had struck out five in three innings of work. He finished up with seven strikeouts in 5.1 innings of work in a game suspended after five and half innings in a 2-2 tie because of rain.
Morgan and his battery mate Cameron Rupp are showing this month that they are ready to move up in the Phillies system to AAA or AA but that probably won’t happen until to next season. Morgan’s seven strikeouts kept him in the lead in strikeouts in the Florida State League. He is tied with 111 strike outs for the season among all pitchers in the high A leagues. This month so far he has a 1.42 ERA and has fanned 31 in 25.1 innings of work. Rupp has had an explosive second half start hitting .346 with five home runs in the last 23 games he has played.
Morgan and Rupp are former college players and seem more ready to advance up the Phillies organization ladder than do formerly top rated pitcher Trevor May and catcher Sebastian Valle at AA Reading. They have not developed this season so far as projected when the season began. While Morgan and Rupp are breaking out in July in the FSL, up at AA May is struggling with a 6.00 ERA and has walked 17 in 15 innings so far this month. Valle is hitting only .136 for the month.
To me it is obvious that Morgan and Rupp have demonstrated that they have become the top young minor league pitching and catching prospects in the Phillies system. On the other hand this season the much heralded May and Valle have struggled after a strong start. Let’s see it they can bounce back in the final weeks of the 2012 season.
Watch Morgan strike out a Marauder HERE
Watch Morgan get his 7th strike out of the game HERE