Yesterday was the Cord Sandberg show in the GCL Phillies 9-5 loss to the GCL Yankee1 yesterday. He played like a man among kids in the game on Carlton Field at the Carpenter Complex . He went 3 for 3 including a long home run high over the right center field fence. Also he stole two bases, scored two runs, worked a walk and for good measure playing in center made a nice catch heading toward the fence.
Sandberg was the Phillies third round, 89th overall draft pick, earlier this month. The 18 year old from nearby Bradenton showed why he was an early draft pick. Already in just two games I have seen him play he has shown his major league baseball tools. In Saturday’s GCL season opener against the Blue Jays in Dunedin, he played in left field but he looked just as much at home roaming center field at Carlton yesterday.
It nice to see an early round draft pick make a positive first impression after so many struggles by early round Phillies draft picks in recent years. In the opener he played all 13 innings in a game scheduled for only seven innings and went one for six. You could see though the best was yet to come. Yesterday’s game showed why he may not be long for the Gulf Coast League. The left-handed throwing throwing and hitting outfielder has a major league tool set which should allow him to move up quickly in the Phillies farm system.