For several Phillies prospects the 2015 season seems to never end. For them the season is still going on and is now moving deep into January of 2016.The likes of Rhys Hoskins and Cord Sandberg are still playing in Australia. Hoskins’ season will likely conclude this coming weekend Down Under as his Sydney Box Sox are on the verge of playoff elimination in the final weekend of the regular season. But Sandberg will soldier on since his team, the Canberra Cavalry, will play at least one more weekend in the Australia Baseball League when the Playoffs start.
In the Dominican Winter League, Logan Moore’s Licey Tigers clinched one of two places in the finals by winning the 18-game round robin semi-finals. But Hector Neris is done. His Toros’ team was eliminated last night in a knockout game after tying for the second slot in the semi-finals. Neris was charged with the loss.
For Hoby Milner, he probably wishes the Puerto Rico Winter League never ends. Mastering his role as a left-handed specialist, Hoby last night faced four batters including two left-handed bats and retired them all including two by strikeouts. One was striking out Cubs major leaguer right-handed hitting Javier Baez.
Hoby has yet to give up a run from a left-handed batter in both the PRWL regular and post seasons for his Indios de Mayaguez team. In the playoffs he has appeared in six games and in 5.1 shutout innings against all batters, he has given up only three hits and struck out five.
Two other Phillies are still playing for Mayaguez. Dylan Cozens went hitless last night as the DH as did second baseman Jesmuel Valentin. The best of seven Finals start Friday night with Mayaguez having already clinched a spot.