The 2014 Phillies draft class may turn out to be a good one if today’s opening day minor league spring training game action is any indication. Fifth round pick, first baseman Rhys Hoskins gave the Phillies Group Three team a quick lead over the Toronto Blue Jays team with a three-run homer in the top of the first. Second round draft pick Matt Imhof started the game and four of his six outs in his two shutout innings were by strikeouts.
Hoskins has had strong start strong. In a Saturday exhibition game against the Canadian National Junior Team he singled and walked and just missed a home run that the wind blew foul down the left field line.
In today’s game Hoskins drilled a three-run homer to left after Malquin Canelo and Tim Zier had both singled in the game at the Blue Jays minor league complex in Dunedin. In his next at bat in the third inning he doubled down the left field line to drive in his fourth RBI of the game. Hoskin would single later in the game and finished only a triple short of the cycle, going three for four with four RBIs. See Hoskins single HERE. Also he has looked good defensively at first.
Imhof looked like a man on a mission on the mound. Only when his fastball was up in the zone in the center of the plate did the Blue Jays hitters put the ball in play otherwise they had trouble making contact. He mixed his fastball and breaking ball to keep the Jays hitters off balance. He looks ready to have a big year on the mound either for Lakewood or Clearwater. See Imhof’s first strikeout HERE. See Imhof get a swinging strikeout against left-handed batter HERE.
With all the Phillies problems at the major league level, after Baseball Betsy and I watched the play of Rhys Hoskins and Matt Imhof today help is definitely on the way! What team can’t use a three-run homer right-handed hitting bat and a power lefty starting arm on its roster?
Newsy Notes: Alejandro Arteaga pickup another called strikeout in his one inning of work. It was his third after two in Saturday’s game. He seems to be moving the batter’s eye level up and down in the strike zone and keeps them guessing on two-strike counts. . . . Williamsport’s new manager Pat Border won his first game as his Work Group Four team won 4-1 over the Jays. Several of his pitchers were starter Ricardo Pinto, Tyler Viza, Alexis Rivero, Jared Fisher and Daniel Child. . . . Shawn Williams’ Work Group 3 in addition to Matt Imhoff saw Victor Arano, Nick Rodesky, Jesen Therrien and Preston Packrall get work. The score was listed as a 6-5 win for the Jays but I could find only four runs scored by the Phillies on my score sheet. All six run were scored off of Rodesky. . . Catcher Deivy Grullon hit the ball hard a couple of times and had a base hit to show for it..