One season ends and the next one begin. Saturday night we turned off Mike Ventola, voice of the Reading Fightin Phils after the final Eastern League playoff game where they lost 7-2 to the Bowie Baysox. Only to be reminded that Fall Instruct workouts start this week here in Clearwater.
Hard to believe Fall Ball is Here. The Florida Instructional League will extend until October 16th. You can see the preliminary roster as well as the Phillies Fall Instructional League schedule HERE.
We expect the guys the Phillies are sending to the Arizona Fall League to show up at the Carpenter Complex at some point during Instructs, as well. But since the Reading season just ended we may only get to see cameo appearances from the Reading players headed to the desert including position players Dylan Cozens, Andrew Knapp and J.P. Crawford and pitchers Tom Windle and Edubray Ramos.
The two other pitchers listed on the Glendale Desert Dogs AFL roster played for the Clearwater Threshers this season, Jesen Dygestile Therrien and Yacksel Rios.
The guys I will be watching closely at Instructs with likely major league futures are Jorge Alfaro behind the plate, Jonathan Arauz at second and Kyle Martin at first. In the outfield I like Juan Luis, Cornelius Randolph, Nick Williams and of course the $4 million international free agent Jhailyn Ortiz.
On the mound for Instructs, I saw this season future major league arms in Jimmy Cordero, Bailey Falter, Franklyn Kilome, Felix Paulino, Alexis Rivero, Ranger Suarez, Jake Thompson and Alberto Tirado.
Still, I can’t figure out why Rhys Hoskins was not included on the AFL list. He is a badly needed right handed power bat. In 137 games this season between Lakewood, Clearwater and the two FSL playoff games, he led the Phillies minor league system with 18 homers, hit over .300 and was one of only a few minor league players anywhere at any level to have an OPS over .900 in 2015.
Hoskins played half his games in the unfriendly hitting confines of his home ballparks in Lakewood and Clearwater. He hit only four homers at home and 14 on the road this season.
Hoskins should put up interesting long ball numbers in the hitter friendly confines of the Reading ball park next season. I have him pegged at 30 homers next season. Hoskins is a badly needed right handed power bat in the Phillies system.
For Baseball Betsy and me, the baseball season never ends down here. Now, we start looking toward next season with fall ball in the air. Then it is planning for next season.
A guy we housed on the Clearwater Threshers roster this season messaged us over the weekend that he is back in town for Instructs. Earlier last week a potential future Thresher also contacted us to see if we could put him up for next season.
For us, the baseball season never ends.