On Tuesday the GCL Phillies were officially eliminated from the Gulf Coast League playoffs. They put up a good fight in the bottom of the last inning in the game but could not come back from a 3-0 deficit to keep their playoff hopes alive. GCL Blue Jays have clinched the northwest division and will move into the post season starting next week.
We were impressed with the fight of the second place GCL Phillies in Tuesday’s game against the Yankees1 team. Trailing 3-0 in the bottom of the last inning of the scheduled seven inning game, outfielder Yunior Reyes hit a two-out double to drive in two runs to bring the Phillies to within one run. Watch HERE
Then with runners on second and third and two out catcher Rodolfo Duran hit a long drive to the track in left center. It was caught as Yankees1 centerfielder laid out to make a game saving catch to end the game resulting in a 3-2 defeat and elimination of the Phillies from the playoffs. Watch HERE.
Our two top players for the GCL Phillies this season were starting pitcher Felix Paulino who took the loss, Watch HERE, and left fielder Cornelius Randolph who singled earlier in the game, Watch HERE.
Paulino with his five wins is our GCL Phillies Pitcher of Year. He struck out 46 in 50 inning in 11 appearances with a 2.34 ERA and a 0.92 WHIP. He has the sixth best ERA and second best WHIP in the 16 team GCL.
Randolph is our Phillies GCL Position Player of the Year. He is hitting .298 and .326 with runners in scoring position. He is tied for the league lead in doubles with 15 and second in OPS. He has a nice slash line of .298/.423/429 for an .852 OPS in 52 games.
The GCL season wraps up on Saturday morning against the Blue Jays. Several of the GCL Phillies are expected to return for the Fall Instructional League which starts September 2oth with workouts and followed by a three week season of games with nearby teams in the Tampa Bay area.