Baseball Betsy and I have been watching Cord Sandberg ever since he was a Phillies third round draft pick three years ago. He will not turn 21 until the second day of the new year but he has already played a lot of baseball in the Phillies system. He is just now coming into his own.
This weekend Cord will be playing in his second week in the Australia Baseball League. In his first week down under he went 4 for 9 playing for the Canberra Cavalry. We watched him on the internet line two base hits in the Sunday game.
Back in late May we watched him play for Lakewood in Savannah, Georgia and in late June in Hickory, North Carolina. See Cord hit his grand slam in Hickory HERE. It was in the second half of the Sally League where he started to break out hitting .290 over his final 68 games.
We watched Cord play in the final instructs game of the season at Bright House two weeks ago and he drove in the winning run against the Yankees with a base hit against a drawn in infield to end the FIL season on a winning note. Watch HERE.
Just as important he has one of the most accurate outfield arms in the Phillies minor league system. His 13 outfield assists for Lakewood rank him as having one of the best arms in the Phillies system.
Sandberg was one of nine Minor League Baseball’s recipients of the 2015 Rawlings Gold Glove Award® for defensive excellence at their positions. He recorded a .983 fielding percentage in 120 games for the BlueClaws.
The Phillies minor league system is overflowing with outfield talent though. Last year Aaron Altherr became a top major league prospect putting up strong numbers in the Venezuelan Winter League and finally making it to the big team back in August.
Altherr split this season between Double-A Reading and Triple-A Lehigh Valley and was perfect in 107 games in the field, recording 279 chances and eight assists without committing an error.
In the 2015 post season outfielder Nick Williams hit three homers in eight Eastern League playoff games for Reading. Roman Quinn was an Arizona Fall League All-Star last season and is off to a strong start in the Dominican Winter League where he has hit two triples and a homer in his first eight games.
Now, throw into the outfield mix, Cord Sandberg who is hitting .444 after his first week in the ABL. The Phillies do have growing outfield depth in the minor league system going into the 2016 season.
I hope to wake up about four o’clock Friday morning and watch on the internet Cord Sandberg patrolling left field for the Canberra Cavalry down under. Some day we can project him doing same thing at Citizens Bank Park for the Phillies.