Aaron Altherr has received the call to Reading and we hope it is the start of something special. The Phillies at the major league level need a center fielder like an Aaron Altherr who has five tool potential. With Cameron Perkins in left and Kelly Dugan returning the lineup in right ,the Reading Fightins have major league potential at all there outfield positions, finally.
Last season with the Clearwater Threshers we watched Aaron play all three outfield position and finally he settled in center. Atherr was the only one returning outfielder from last season in the Phillies organization who had the triple, double in home runs, stolen bases and outfield assists.
Altherr’s major drawback is that he averaged a strike out about once in every four at bats or a little more than once a game last season and in the seven games for the Threshers this season he maintained similar ratios in striking out 8 times in 32 at bats.
Only a wrist injury set back his development in the Arizona Fall League and the minor league camp this season after being added to the 40 man roster over the winter. He returned to the Clearwater Threshers this season and we watched him on Saturday night get his hopefully last Florida State League base hit as he singled to center to start a ninth inning rally by the Threshers.
Altherr scored the first run driven in on an infield single by Art Charles See Here. Later in the inning Logan Moore singled in the game tying run. See Here. The 2-2 game was eventually lost in the 13th inning as the Lakeland Flying Tigers swept the three game series with the Threshers to drop them to 3-13 to start the FSL season.
With Altherr gone, first baseman Art Charles and catcher Logan Moore remain as two of the top prospects on the Threshers roster. Charles has hit over .300 in his last eleven games with one home run but must show more power. At Advanced A back in 2003 playing at old Jack Russell Stadium for the then Clearwater Phillies, Ryan Howard hit .304 with 23 homers and 82 RBIs in 130 games. Those numbers need to be Charles’ goals for this season.
Moore has thrown out only 2 of 14 base runners attempting to steal this season but on many of those successful attempts he had no chance to get the runners. Still he has an excellent arm. Logan does hit well with runners on base as he did in the clutch Saturday night, .273 (3 for 11 with 3 RBIs) so far this season.
Baseball Betsy and I have not given up on the Threshers despite them being ten games under .500 in April so far. One thing about this team is they make us stay to the ninth inning even though they might be losing because many times they either tie up the game or get the tying run to the plate close and late. That’s all you can ask of any team. They never give up.