The best way to take the league lead in total hits in the 2013 Florida State League season is by hitting a tac on home run after Chris Serritella had just homered in the eight inning to break up a 2-2 tie last night. That’s what Cameron Perkins did in hitting a line drive home run into the left field seats in front of the Tiki Bar at Brighthouse. The back to back solo homers gave the Clearwater Threshers a 4-2 win over the Tampa Yankees.
Perkins third home run of the season was his 39th hit only five weeks into the FSL season. He went 3 for 4 in the Threshers win. The Phillies 22 year old emerging right handed hitting left field prospect was a sixth round draft pick in the 2012 draft out of Purdue.
Perkins is in the midst of a breakout season. Overall he is third in the league in hitting with a .368 average and is hitting .436 in his last ten games. He is hitting with power and getting on base as he is third in the league with a .983 OPS. This season Perkins has owned left-handed pitchers with a .458 average and has been clutch by hitting .480 with runners is scoring position.
What has impressed me the most however is his ability to put the ball in play this season. Of the players in the FSL with at least 100 at bats Perkins is second with fewest strikeouts with only 14. Baseball Betsy was impressed by Cameron when the team was introduced at the season ticket holders party. There, the tall 6′ 5′, 200 lbs. corner outfielder wore a smart looking tie and collared shirt and looked like he was dressed for success. And so he was.
I must admit I really did not notice Perkins much in his few games with the GCL Phillies after signing last summer. He went on to Williamsport to hit .301 but with only one homer in the NY-Penn League. This season Perkins has shown he has more than warning track power. He line out last night to deep left in his previous at bat before going deep in the eight inning.
Perkins has been playing the infield and outfield corners since his signing and once they settle on a position his defense will improve. He was a third baseman coming out of Purdue and played there and first base along with right field with the Crosscutters. This season he started in right field and now has moved to left since Kelly Dugan has come off the DL to take over in right. Cameron has struggled in the outfield though, committing three errors there so far this season.
With the Phillies having a great need for a right handed power bat who can play left field look for Cameron Perkins to move up the chain quickly. The FSL All-Star game is schedule for June 15th in Dunedin. I am looking forward to seeing Perkins there and after that look for more player movements to begin. With his great start with the Threshers and the weak hitting by the outfield bats at AA Reading and AAA Lehigh Valley so far this season, I would not be surprised to see Cameron Perkins at a higher level sooner than later.