We have heard about the need on the Phillies major league roster for right-handed hitting outfielders who can field and have some power potential. They seem to have two players in the minor league system who fits the bill in Aaron Altherr and Derrick Mitchell. This season they were the only two outfielders in the organization to pull off a triple-double: double digits in homers, outfield assists and home runs.
Baseball Betsy and I watched Altherr all season with the Threshers. He hit 12 homer, had 17 outfield assists and stole 23 bases in a breakout season. At only baseball age 22 Altherr has a great chance to become a top ranked prospect protected on the 40 man roster if he can put up good numbers in the upcoming Arizona Fall League. His only problem is he strikes out a lot. His 140 K’s were the third highest in the Florida State League this season.
If you have followed this blog you would know Derrick Mitchell is one of our favorite players. He is a gentleman and a great athlete whom the Phillies Front Office refuses to give much of a chance. This season he bounced around AA and AAA. Combined he hit 13 homers, stole 13 bases and had 12 outfield assists in limited playing time. He was charged with no errors in 187 chances in the outfield. He ended the season strong against left-handed pitching hitting .300 ( 9 for 30) with three homers and an 1.038 OPS. He hit a couple of homers off of former major league starting pitcher lefty Ricky Romero at AAA in late August.
I am a big fan of five tool players with character who actually can play the game of baseball at its highest levels. It’s rare to have outfielders at any level to pull off this triple-double which showcases those tools. So many players have a few of the baseball tools at most but to have all the tools in one player to hit, hit with power, run, throw and field would rank that player up there with the best who have ever played the game which is so rare to find. At least with the Phillies. Aaron Altherr and Derrick Mitchell are two players this past season who fit that description and let’s hope some day they make it to the Show to show all of MLB baseball just how good of players they really are.