Middle infielder Genny Cumana continues to dazzle in Phillies Instructs games. In today’s intrasquad action he went deep hitting a long drive to the left field wall for a double. His high blast backed up left fielder Luis Encarnacion to the base of the wall and it just missed going out into the visitors bullpen at Bright House Field. SEE HERE.
Cumana has been one of the most impressive players in the four week Instructs action. His play in the field, especially at second base, has been of major league quality. He has made all the plays from turning double plays to throwing out runners on ground balls and taking charge of high pops to shallow right field. He has the range and arm and now add a power bat to his tool set to be a big league impact player.
But it has been his bat that his impressed us from the start of instructs. He has hit the ball hard and today drove the ball about as far as you can to left without leaving the park. It was the best hit ball of the six inning game by a long shot.
Though Cumana played only at the GCL rookie level this past season, its hard to believe he can be kept in extended spring training and not sent to a full season team to start the 2015 season. He is quickly emerging as the Phillies second baseman of the future with his instructs play though had played exclusively at shortstop for the GCL Phillies this season. He seems more at home as a second baseman which is good since J.P. Crawford is the Phillies shortstop of the future.
The 18 year-old Cumana does not turn 19 until November 10th. He is only 5’5″. But he plays much older and has a major league skill set comparable to the Astros All-Star second baseman and fellow Venezuelan, the 5’6″ Jose Altuve who jumped directly from AA to the Astros at baseball age 21 back in 2011.
The only shortcoming I have seen in Cumana’s game is base stealing. On Tuesday he was thrown out twice by the Blue Jays catchers in his attempts to steal second base. He seemed to kick up dirt in one of his attempts and did not get much of a jump.
Two other hard hit balls caught my attention in today’s game. One of the best young catchers in camp is 18 year-old switch-hitting Gregori Rivero. He smashed a triple down the right field line in his one of his at bats. SEE HERE. Lakewood’s second baseman this season Andrew Pullin, who is now playing in left field at Instructs, drove a ball hard into the hole to right for a base hit in one of his at bats. SEE HERE.
On the mound Franklyn Kilome was sharp in his start. He had struggled with command in his last start against the Blue Jays but was dominate today.
Only two more games remain before camp breaks on Friday. Another intrasquard game is on tap for tomorrow. Right now, I have to give consideration to Grenny Cumana as my Phillies Instructs Outstanding Player of the 2014 Camp . He has played four weeks of eye opening baseball.