Since Valentines Day Baseball Betsy and I have watched a lot of Phillies minor league baseball. We have seen just about every prospect except a few drafted players they assigned to Williamsport after the two games we saw the Crosscutters play at the start of the NY-Penn season. Two big position guys who I was most interest in was recent fifth round draft pick first baseman Rhys Hoskins and international free agent from Venezuela outfielder Freddy Zorrilla.
Yesterday, both of them had break out games with the bat. Hoskins was a triple shy of the cycle going 3 for 4 with 5 RBIs for the Crosscutters. He hit a grand slam which was his first homer as a pro. Zorrilla was DHing for the VSL Phillies and hit his first homer of the season. He was also a triple short of the cycle going 3 for 5 with 2 RBIs.
In our trip through the Phillies farm system a few weeks ago we saw Hoskins play twice. In the opening night game at Bowman Field he did square up several balls which were caught in deep centerfield at the spacious field. We finally saw him get his first pro hit several games later at Medlar Field against the State College Spikes. SEE HERE. He got off to a slow start in the NY-Penn League after coming out of college and hitting well in last summer’s Cape Cod League. He was only 7 for 45 in his first 12 pro games until yesterday.
I watched Zorrilla in several minor league camp games this spring. In those games he homered and showed a strong arm in the outfield. His build caught my attention. He too got off to a slow start after being sent out after the end of the minor league camp. He is hitting .444 in the VSL with the bases empty but only .154 with runners in scoring position.
The Phillies are always talking about needing big right-handed bats in the line-up almost since Pat Burrell and Jayson Werth left. Twenty-one year-old, 6’4″ 225 lbs. Rhys Hoskins at first base and 19-year -old 6’4″ 195 lbs. outfielder Freddy Zorrilla could supply the right- handed pop in future years in the Phillies organization.