Instructs are used for many purposes such as defensive drills, player evaluations, learning new positions, getting players ready for the Arizona Fall League and most importantly to see if one of your top minor league pitching prospects is healthy can come back from an injury.
Yesterday at Bright House Field in an intrasquad game Adam Morgan threw 40 pitches and all signs pointed to the the fact that his stuff was impressive. He was sending a bat flying, sawing one of them off and getting a strikeout. HERE, HERE, and HERE. Oh sure, Adam has a ways to go and he left a few hittable pitches up in the zone late in his outing but yesterday was an important first step back.
At times Morgan looked like he had just pitched last week rather than last August. He appeared to be well on the way back from shoulder surgery that has sidelined him for the past 13 months since last pitching for Lehigh Valley.
He was mixing up his fastball that was sitting at 87-88 and topped at 89 with an impressive curve ball coming in the low 70’s and an occasional 80 mph change up. Adam looked that he will be ready.
Also yesterday was a time to try guys at positions different than the ones they played for the most part last season. We saw second baseman Andrew Pullin and corner infielder Luis Encarnacion in left field and shortstop Grenny Cumana at second base.
It’s always important to evaluate the talent. We are getting a chance to see play some of the top players from the Dominican and Venezuelan Summer Leagues. Also we are seeing several top prospects from the June Draft. First baseman Rhys Hoskins who had another hit and center fielder Aaron Brown who lined a single to left yesterday have been both impressive so far. See Brown’s hit HERE.
So far so good for the Phillies prospects in Instructs. But to me the big story as we approach the halfway mark of Instructs is that Adam Morgan was back on the mound and looking good. He is putting himself on the road to making the Phillies starting rotation sooner than later next season.