Great baseball yesterday for the Phillies minor league centerfield prospects. Reading’s Roman Quinn went 3 for 5 with a triple, had two stolen bases and scored two runs; Clearwater’s Aaron Brown went 2 for 4 with a double and a triple to score two runs and Lakewood’s Carlos Tocci doubled and then hit a grand slam.
It just does not get any better than that!
Switch-hitting Roman Quinn has caught the attention of everyone in the Eastern League. After his first five games he leads the league in runs scored,7, triples 2, total bases 17 and slugging percent and is tied in steals with three. He has hit 9 for 20 with a double, two triples and a home run for a .450 average which is second in the league. He also has two sacrifices. He has done it all!
Left-handed hitting Aaron Brown has started more slowly for Clearwater but has treated us with great defensive play in center. Brown reminds me of a Mike Trout in build and will only get better as the season progresses.
Right handed hitting Carlos Tocci has been the surprise of the minor league system. The 19- year old is starting his third year with Lakewood. His grand slam home run last night was only his third in three seasons there. He is off to a strong start going 9 for 23 for a .391 average. What has impressed me is Tocci has struck out only once in the first six games. Also he is three for three in steals after normally being around 50% in caught stealing in his two previous seasons.
A special shout out to Elniery Garcia for a job well done. He picked-up his first win in the South Atlantic League last night for Lakewood pitching six strong innings allowing only one unearned run, walking one and striking out four. But what impressed me the most was that his sinker was working with 9 ground outs compared to only four fly outs including inducing two double play balls. We watched him develop his sinker last Fall in instructs and it is now paying off.