Today’s Phillies posts on Philly.com read like “two ships passing in the night”. Let’s hope they never meet again. One story is about 38 year old A.J. Burnett who led the league in losses last season deciding whether or not he wants $12 million to pitch again this year for the Phillies.
The other story is about prospect Adam Morgan who has never pitch an inning in the major leagues coming back from injury and pitching himself into contention for the Phillies starting staff.
Burnett represents all that was wrong with the Front Office decisions last season that the aged 2014 Phillies could compete for the post season with just a few more tweaks with even older players.
On the other hand, Adam Morgan represents the new philosophy of rebuilding with youth.
On Monday in the desert the 24 year-old Morgan pitched his best game since coming back from shoulder surgery which cost him the the 2014 season. In a four inning start in the Arizona Fall League Adam went four innings, giving up one earned run on three hits, striking out three and walking one He threw 57 pitches, 36 for strikes with seven ground ball outs to only one fly ball out to pick up the win.
We remember his first appearance last month in an intrasquad game at Bright House where he was on a 40 pitch count limit and his fastball topped at 88 mph. In Monday’s game his fastball was reported at 91-92 mph. So far so good for him.
More good news is that it’s not only Morgan who is having a breakout AFL season. Last night Roman Quinn tripled, walked twice, stole two more bases, scored two runs and drove in two more runs. Roman now leads the AFL with 12 steals, is tied for the lead in triples and is second in runs scored and walks while leading off and playing center field for the Scottsdale Scorpions.
Tonight, Roman Quinn and Logan Moore can be seen on a tape delayed “pace of game” at 7:00 p.m. ET on the MLB Network. On Saturday night at 8:00 p.m. ET Quinn will be playing in the AFL Stars game on the MLB Network to show off his skill set against the best young players in minor league baseball .
Acting team President Pat Gillick said recently that the Phillies are now in a rebuilding stage and will not be ready to compete until the 2017 or 2018 season. It will be with the likes of Adam Morgan in the starting rotation and Roman Quinn leading off and playing centerfield who will lead this team back into contention.
Let’s hope they can play their way onto the Phillies 25 man major league roster in the near future after coming out of the AFL just like Cody Asche and Ken Giles have done.