Phillies catchers up and down the organization have been hot at the plate and playing good defense which has resulted in winning baseball. Carlos Ruiz made a great tag at the plate in last night’s Phillies game and was the hitting star of the Dodger series. He went 7 for 14 with four doubles, a triple, a homer and six RBIs.
Ruiz was not the only catcher in the Phillies system to hit the ball in recent games. Koyie Hill and Sebastian Valle have been hot hitters at Lehigh Valley. Tommy Joseph has had a couple of home runs in recent Reading games. Logan Moore and Jesus Posso have been torching the ball with the Clearwater Threshers.
Last night the lowly Threshers took on the 15-4 Dunedin Blue Jays in Florida State League action. It looked like a mismatch but Logan Moore’s bat, Ethan Stewart’s pitching and six error by the team with the best record in the FSL resulted in a 6-3 Threshers win.
To me it was about Logan Moore who figured in four of the six runs by going three for five with three RBIs, scoring a run and throwing out two base runners. He scored a run all the way from first on a hit and an error in left. All I can say watching the game is that Moore “does not” run like a catcher. He has his average is up to .260 and looks poised to have a break out season.
The other hot Threshers catcher is somewhat of a surprise. Young, 19 year old Jesus Posse came over from extended spring training a few games ago and has shown he can drive the ball. In two games he is two for five with a homer, a double and two RBI’s. He too had thrown out a runner attempting to steal second in Wednesday’s game.
In the last ten at bats by Threshers catchers they have had five hits with a homer, double, five RBIs and thrown out three runners on the base paths. Both Moore and Posso are proving they are more than just “catch and throw” receivers.
Still the struggling Threshers could not have won last night last nigh without the great pitching of starter, big lefty Ethan Stewart. Early on he relied on a fastball sitting in 90-93 range and then as the tired it was his 78 mph curve ball that he threw for strikes in his last inning of work that got him through seven innings to earn his first win of the season and most importantly another “quality start”. He now has three “quality starts” in five outings.
Ethan Stewart below has been a real workhorse for the Threshers this season:
While Stewart is the workhorse of the Threshers staff and now leads all FSL pitchers in innings pitched, it now looks like Brody Colvin is assuming the swing man role of the Phillies minor league pitching staff. A role similar to the one Mario Holland held last season. Colvin is expect to start in tonight’s game at Bright House Field against the Blue Jays after coming down from Reading where he worked in relief. He is taking the spot of Colin Kleven in the rotation who is out with a lower body injury.
Hot hitting, defensive catching and good pitching usually means winning baseball at any level and this has proven true for the Phillies organization in the last several games up and down the system.