My takes from yesterday’s Phillies minor league box scores:
No. 1. Reading’s Roman Quinn’s first week of the 2015 season will be one to remember. His slash line of .478/.538/870 leads the Eastern League and is one of the highest in all of minor league baseball. His 1.408 OPS is second highest in AA. Only a 26-year old in the Texas League has a higher one. Roman turns 22 years old May 14th. Yesterday against New Hampshire he just about did it all: hit a double and a single, stole a base, walked twice, scored two runs, threw out a runner at the plate and had a rbi The Phillies have a superstar in their midsts.
No. 2. Clearwater Threshers David Whitehead continues to rise up the Phillies starting pitching prospect list. In his second start of the season he went six innings and held the Marlins farm team in Jupiter to one run. His first run given up of the season. What impressed me more was that he induced 12 ground ball outs to only one fly out. In his two starts he has now forced 18 ground ball outs and allowed only four fly ball outs. In 86 innings in his professional career he has allowed only one home run. Compare this to the Phillies 2014 No. 1 draft pick Aaron Nola who has given up nine homers in his 60 professional innings. Also in his 12 innings of work this season he has struck out 12. David Whitehead’s numbers have the potential to be major league starter stats.
No. 3. Clearwater scored seven runs in the ninth inning after trailing 4-0 last night to defeat Jupiter. Talk about an eventful inning for Aaron Brown. He lead off the ninth inning with a single after having struck out in his three previous at bats in the game. He would later double in the inning to drive in two runs but was thrown out at the plate to end the inning.
No. 4. Ulises Joaquin came on for the save in the bottom of the ninth for the Threshers. He pitched a clean inning striking out two to pick up his second save of the season. He is quickly emerging as one of the top closer prospects in the Phillies system.
No. 5. Ricardo Pinto joins David Whitehead as the two most impressive starting pitchers from the first week of the season. The 21-year old struck out ten in seven innings for Lakewood yesterday. His numbers are only slightly behind Whitehead’s numbers. He has struck out 12 in 13 innings and has given up only two runs in his first two starts. He has been more of a fly ball pitcher but yesterday had six ground outs to three fly outs. In his first game he had only two strikeouts to go with three ground outs and ten fly outs.
Players to watch this season: Quinn, Whitehead, A. Brown, Joaquin and Pinto.