It was one out, bottom of the ninth, tying run on second with the league’s leader in RBI’s at bat. Aaron Altherr singles to put Zulia into first place in the Venezuelan Winter League. One of the Phillies top outfield prospects, he came through with a base hit up the middle to walk off the win in last night’s action.
It’s been that type of offseason in the VWL for Altherr who now has 24 runs batted in over 27 games to lead the league. He has a nice slash line of .301/.402/.500. Over the last four games he has started in all three outfield positions. With his play he is putting himself in contention for a Phillies outfield position in the future as the team rebuilds.
The Arizona Fall League wrapped up this week. Phillies centerfield prospect Roman Quinn finished up high in the AFL leader boards. He was first in stolen bases, second in runs scored and fourth in walks overall. Adam Morgan finished strong in his last start.
His outfield play and hitting stood out in two MBL network telecasts on back to back nights which we watched. In the first night he threw out a runner at the plate from centerfield and showed range making a great catch in left center. The next night his play in the Stars game was equally impressive when he went two for two with sharp singles from each side of the plate for an rbi each time. He also had two stolen bases and he caught two balls as a left fielder in the game.
Then there was Adam Morgan who has made a strong comeback after missing over a year from his shoulder problems to end his time in the Arizona Fall League on a strong note. In his final start he went four innings giving up a run on three hits and struck out three. In two of his three starts he combined in eight innings giving up only two earned runs on six hits and struck out six against some of the best young minor league talent in baseball.
With the Phillies in a rebuilding mode, outfield and starting pitching help looks to be on the way based on offseason play. With Quinn getting on base, Altherr driving in runs and Morgan getting ready to compete for a starting rotation spot, spring training is shaping up as an interesting time as the Phillies try to get younger to compete in the N.L. East.