It was a wild Sunday in the Phillies usually moribund offensively minor league system. While the big league team was winning it second 1-0 game of the season, all four teams in the minor league system put up a lot of runs on the board. All totaled they scored 45 runs as three of the four team won. Even woeful Clearwater in defeat did manage to score five runs.
This offensive outburst did result in a shake up of the leader board in the nearly famous Baseball Ross plus/minus offensive rating system. Reading’s Tommy Joseph has surged into the lead by scoring two runs and picking up three RBIs in Sunday’s 15-2 drubbing of Harrisburg in Eastern League action. Joseph now has a + 9 score with 8 runs scored and is tied with Willians Astudillo for the Phillies minor league organization lead with 18 RBIs on the season. He has played in only 17 games.
Lakewood’s first baseman Astudillo is in hot pursuit of Joseph with a +7 for the season helped by scoring 3 runs and driving in two more runs by going three for six with a homer in Sundays’ 14-11 win over Asheville. Reading’s Carlos Alonso keeps chugging along with a +7 on a run scored and an RBI in Sunday’s game. His 20 runs scored ties him for the organizational lead with J.P. Crawford of Lakewoo even though Carlos has not played in four of Reading’s games. His teammate Cameron Perkins, who has played in all 26 Reading games, was able to tie him in +/- at +7 by scoring a run and picking up two RBIs in Sunday’s game.
Lehigh Valley’s Reid Brignac is next with a +6. Reading’s Cesar Hernandez who has been on fire with the bat has tied Brignac with a +6 but made his eight error of the season as he struggles defensively in the infield. Though still on the DL, Lehigh Valley’s Cameron Rupp is next with a +5. Aaron Altherr is quietly putting together a strong season offensively with +1 at Clearwater to go with a +4 now with Reading after hitting a two-run homer and scoring two runs Sunday for Reading. Clearwater’s Pete Lavin is trying to carry the whole team on his back with a +4 offensive rating leading the dreadful team in both runs scored and RBIs.
Moving up on the leader board is Lakewood’s J.P. Crawford at +3 joined by teammate Mitch Walding who is off to a good start since coming off the DL with a +3 in 6 games. Koyie Hill, Lehigh Valley’s catcher, is at +3 also.
A couple of guys at Lehigh Valley are now in positive territory with first baseman Jim Murphy at +2 and Tyler Henson at +1. Henson had a remarkable game Sunday and was involved in 9 of the 11 Lehigh Valley runs by scoring two and driving in seven more runs. He hit two homers including a grand slam.
Lakewood’s Dylan Cozens is coming to life and is finally out of negative territory scoring 13 runs and driving in 16 runs in 29 games. DH Gabe Lino is a +3 for Clearwater to go earlier with a -3 with Lakewood to pull out of negative territory as well.
All the rest of the organizational’s hitters remain in negative territory offensively as their runs scored and runs batted in combined are less than the games they have played. More offensive is still needed in the Phillies minor league organization but the Baseball Ross +/- scoring system shows just which players are generating positive offense in the system so far after a big offensive day on Sunday.