Yesterday was a long one, a doubleheader at Robin Robert Field to watch the GCL Phillies and then up the road four miles to watch the Threshers battle the Dunedin Blue Jays in FSL action. Nothing beats “three for free’. The GCL games, my personal favorites, are free and as Threshers season ticket holders Baseball Betsy and I get in free for all Threshers road games.
Starting at 11:00 in the morning and ending around 9:30 last night. it was all good baseball. The GCL Phillies split the twin bill with the Astro and the Threshers won over the Blue Jays 6-3 behind the pitching of Ricardo Pinto and the bat of Rhys Hoskins.
We were on the hunt for future major leaguers again. At the GCL games we saw left fielder Cornelius Randolph continue to hit. The first game was a continuation of a rain postponed game from August 1st. He went five for seven in the two games and raised his averaged to .309 for the season. His double in the first game gave him 14 for the season to lead the GCL. Watch HERE.
In the second game centerfielder Juan Luis hit two triples, one down the ling to right and the second into the gap in right center. Though second baseman Jonathan Arauz went 0 for 8 in the twin bill his long drive against the wind to right was squared up and barreled but caught on the track in right center. Watch Arauz drive HERE.
After the completion of the doubleheader at the Carpenter Complex, a few hours later the Threshers game kicked off at Dunedin Stadium. Rhys Hoskins sent the Threshers into the lead early with a tape measure home run into the old oak trees behind the left field wall for his six homer of the season with the Threshers and 15th overall which leads all Phillies minor league players. Watch HERE. He raised his average to .306 with the Threshers and .315 for the season.
Ricardo Pinto was sharp on the mound. He struck out six in 6.2 shutout innings relying on a low to mid 90’s fastball and a 79-81 mph off speed pitch to go to 7-2 with the Threshers and 13-4 overall this season to lead all Phillies pitchers. For two of his strikeouts Watch HERE and HERE.
Dylan Cozens had two hard hits late in the game including an rbi triple down the right field line. Cozens uses the whole field. Watch HERE and HERE. His triple drove in Hoskins who had singled in the previous at bat. Watch Hoskins hit HERE.
Yesterday was a good day to be watching future Phillies major league prospects show their skills. Nothing beats “three for free”. It was a long day and into the night but rewarding to see the Phillies stars of tomorrow playing right now!
But with each passing game as the season comes to an end in a few weeks, it is becoming more and more apparent that Rhys Hoskins is the best bat and Ricardo Pinto is the best starting arm at the A-ball level that the Phillies have in their minor league system.