The baseball season is finally over for all Phillies players. The 2014-15 season finally ended on the second weekend in February for Phillies prospects Maikel Franco and Brain Pointer. Both finished strong. That’s all you can ask of them. For Franco, he was already a top Phillies prospect. For Pointer, he can use his strong play in the Australian Baseball League post season to put himself on the prospect radar screen.
Franco went 4 for 8 with a double and a home run in his last two of the five games in the Caribbean Series for the Dominican Republic. Pointer was big in the ABL playoffs by hitting .500 going 8 for 16 with a homer, a double and five walks in five games down under.
Franco’s team was eliminated in the semi-finals by Mexico on Saturday in the round robin tournament in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He started out slowly going 1 for 15 in the first three games but heated it up in the last two. He also play a strong third base with his glove and arm in three of the games and played first base in the other two.
Pointer had a post season to remember. His Perth Heat were winners of the ABL championship on Sunday night against the Adelaide Bite by winning the deciding game in the best of three Championship Series. The Heat’s left fielder went 5 for 9 with a homer SEE HERE, a double and four walks in final series and 3 for 5 with a double in the clinching game. See Here.
Franco will turn 23 years old in August. He will now turn his attention next to major league spring training later in the month to win a job a some point in the regular season on the Phillies 25 man major league roster. Pointer, who just turned 23 years old January 28th, looks to report to the minor league camp in March to win a job on the Reading Fightin Phillies AA Eastern League roster. With Brian’s ability to pull the ball down the right field line he should put up big numbers at the hitter friendly confines of Reading’s First Energy Stadium.