With one-third of the minor league season in the books we have a good idea of which players are prospects and which ones are suspects or organizational fillers. But even I was amazed last night following the Clearwater game in Daytona that they could actually score 18 runs and get 22 hits in a nine inning game. Until Aaron Brown homered in the game they were last in home runs in the Florida State League and are now tied for last with 13 long balls so far this season. They have struggles to get the ball out of the park but they have bunted a lot.
The best major league position prospects at Clearwater starting the season were J.P. Crawford, Aaron Brown, Dylan Cozens and Andrew Knapp, three left handed bats and a switch hitter. Finally they put a big game together with Crawford gone. Brown homered for the second time this season and Cozens had four hits in the game but has gone yard only twice all season.
Crawford somewhat surprisingly was call up to Reading after Friday nights game. He left getting 31 hits in the month hitting .392. But with only two extra base hits, a homer in his first game back and a double in last Thursday’s game with minor league director Joe Jordan in the stands. Though Crawford struggled at short defensively in several of the games I attended, he showed enough to move him on up to Reading and he will probably get the Player of the Month of May Award by the Phillies Front Office. We wish him nothing but the best!
But my pitcher and position players for May whom I had the pleasure to watch in person during the month are Clearwater’s Mark Leiter Jr. went 2-1 with a 1.34 in five starts striking out 29 while walking only 6 in 33.2 innings with a WHIP of 0.86. Opponents hit .195 off him in the month and Lakewood’s first baseman Rhys Hoskins who currently leads the Sally League in total bases and OPS for the season and for the month of May hit .342 with two homers and 23 RBIs and has hit .410 over his last 10 games.
With the 2015 amateur draft coming up next Tuesday, the mock draft boards are projecting that the Phillies will draft a high school catcher from Georgia, 6′ 4″, 210 lbs. Tyler Stephenson but they are not sure. John Manuel from Baseball America has this report below in his latest mock draft with the Phillies picking tenth overall.
The Phillies could take Kaprielian if he’s there but are said not to favor Harris, who lacks present physicality. Instead they’re tied more to upside prep bats such as the outfield class and Stephenson.
Selection: Tyler Stephenson, c, Kennesaw Mountain (Ga.) HS”
Then on July 2nd when the international free agency opens up the Phillies are expect to pay $4 million for a big 16-year old Dominican right handed bat to play left field, Jharlyn Ortiz. See Here .
So over the next five weeks the Phillies will be making moves that will define the organization’s direction for years to come.