The Phillies have the worst winning percent in major league baseball going into Saturday’s games. But help is on the way!. That’s why Baseball Betsy and I like to look into the future and that is what we did yesterday when we watched Jorge Alfaro catch three innings for the GCL Phillies at Ashburn Field in Clearwater and then later in the evening we tuned-in MiLB-TV to watch right fielder Dylan Cozens make his AA debut for Reading.
Alfaro looks like a major league catcher. Big in size, he makes a nice frame for a pitcher. Watch HERE to see him frame an Adonis Medina strikeout. Also, he showed a strong arm in a throw to second.
It is Alfaro’s bat that caught our attention. Against a left to right breeze, he hit two long drives to left that the wind kept in the ball park to be caught. We could tell by his catching and swings he will be a potent force not only behind the plate but with the bat. Watch his long drives to left HERE and HERE.
Alfaro could be the key player in the Cole Hamels deal that gives the Phillies another potent right handed hitting power bat in future major league lineups. With the like of Maikel Franco at third and Rhys Hoskins, who went 3 for 4 last night for Clearwater, at first, the Phillies look set with power bats from the right side of the plate.
After the GCL game we headed back home to watch Dylan Cozens make his Easter League debut. Cozens earlier in the game hit a sacrifice fly to left for his first run batted in to give Reading a 5-4 lead. It was his last at bat when he just reached out and flicked a three-run homer over the right center field wall at the old Reading ballpark that caught our eyes to bring his total to four RBI’s on the night in Reading 9-4 win over Bowie. Welcome to AA! Watch HERE.
The left-handed hitting Cozens is a key to providing balance to future Phillies major league lineups to go with recently acquired Nick Williams, also from the Hamels deal. Cozens and Williams look to be big left-handed hitting bats at the corner outfield positions in future Phillies lineups.. Williams had hit four homers in his first 21 games for Reading before going on the seven-day DL with a concussion and is expected back soon.
With Alfaro behind the plate, Franco at third, Hoskins at first to go with Cozens and Williams patrolling the outfield, the Phillies lineups of the future look balanced and very, very potent!