For those of use who live in Dunedin, Florida yesterday’s loss by the Toronto Blue Jays in the ALCS brought an end to our 2015 major league season. Now, Baseball Betsy and I can focus on Phillies fall and winter ball taking place in the Caribbean and Australia.
We’re both excited about sitting around our 21st century “wireless” tonight and watching a couple of Australian Baseball League games up on our Apple TV at 9:00 o’clock for one and 10:00 o’clock for the other.
The ABL is in full a swing in its first weekend for two Phillies prospects Cord Sandberg with the Canberra Cavalry and Rhys Hoskins with the Sydney Blue Sox. They have been dispatched about as far away as possible from Phillies nation to down under in Australia but we will be there on the internet for them!
So far in the offseason leagues the Phillies have sent 16 position players and 16 pitchers to the Caribbean Leagues, the Arizona Fall League and Australia. Read HERE for how they are performing in the early going.
Some of the prospects have started strong. Many have not. The Phillies centerfielder of the future Roman Quinn in his first, three games for Licey in the DWL went 5 for 14 with a homer, a triple, three rbi’s and a stolen base. In his two games since he has gone 0 for 9 and is now hitting .216.
Carlos Tocci has started strong in the VWL going 10 for 30 but has only one extra base hit.
But most of the other Phillies prospects have started poorly in offseason ball. Including only players with at least 15 at bats their averages are low: Willians Astudillo, .194, Malquin Canelo, .235, JP. Crawford, .150, Edgar Duran, .235, Gabriel Lino, .268, Angelo Mora, .176, and Herlis Rodriguez, .200.
On the mound, most of the pitchers are working in relief. In two starts in the VWL, Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez continues to struggles going 0-2 giving up 8 runs in 14.1 innings. Out of the pen Victor Arano has won two games giving up a run, striking out five in six games over 6.1 innings in the Mexican Pacific League.
I always look for relievers who can average at least a strike out an inning. So far in the AFL, Edubray Ramos and lefty Tom Windle have struck out three in less than three innings each out of the pen in two appearances.
Next week the Phillies Front Office personnel with its reported new General Manager Matt Klentak head to Clearwater to take stock of an organization that continues to rebuild. They hold the first draft pick in next year’s major league’s draft because of the team’s worst 2015 record in major league baseball. We will continue to follow the young talent in the Phillies organization over the offseason and hoping that several gems emerge by the time spring training rolls around next February.