Most Instructs games go quickly but the game Thursday against the Pirates was an exception. The game last three hours and ten minutes and the two team combined for 15 runs and at least 23 hits. The final 8-7 win was not important. But watching some of the pitching, defense and bats of young major league Phillies prospects was riveting baseball.
Elniery Garcia: Elniery has been impressive in Instructs. What impressed me was how he induced a ground ball double play with the sinker that he has been working on in Instructs. See HERE.
Carlos Duran: Duran has put himself into outfield prospect status with a strong effort in Instructs. He made a great diving catch coming out of nowhere in center to take an extra base hit away. See HERE.
Grenny Cumana: Grenny has been one of the most impressive guys in camp. His play at second has been of major league caliber. In this game he was at short. His bat has come alive. He has hit the long ball in earlier games but See HERE as he legs out an infield hit. He can do it all.
Jan Hernandez: Jan finished strong in camp. He took an up and in pitched and lined an rbi base hit. See HERE.
Willians Astudillo: Willians has played in left, third, first and caught in Instruct games. But all he does is hit. He knows how to make contact and seems to always puts the ball in play where no one is. See HERE. He is more than just a super-sub. He makes hitting a baseball look so easy.
Andrew Knapp: Knapp looks like the top catching prospect in the Phillies system. In Thursday’s game he was one of the two designated hitters and lined a base hit to center. SEE HERE. He has hit, caught and thrown well.
Tomorrow we will discuss the final Instructs game on Friday against the Blue Jays and Monday announce our 2014 All-Phillies Instructs team by position.