You know I need a change of pace when I am even dreaming about future baseball lineups in my sleep. Here’s the latest after reading this last night before bed. Read HERE
Wow! Change is in the air. The Phillies Front Office finally worked up enough nerve to sit Ryan Howard or so it seems against right-handed pitching. Tommy Joseph has been outstanding and has won the first base job fairly.
Joseph earned it the old fashion way on merit so it seems. He clearly has out played the incumbent.
Now that the Phillies proved they can not compete with he best in the National League after the sweep by the Cubs this weekend why stop with Howard?
To me the future of the Phillies right now is not at AAA but at AA. So let’s see what the likes of Dylan Cozens, Roman Quinn and Rhys Hoskins can do at AAA sooner than later!
Need power in the lineup? Cozens leads the Eastern league by three with 14 homers and is second in RBIs with 42 in 49 games. Hoskins has 9 homers and 33 RBIs hitting behind Cozens in the Reading lineup. That’s all in less than what would be one-third of a season if duplicated at the major league level.
Roman Quinn is coming into his own in the lead-off spot hitting .318 with 8 stolen bases in his last 10 games for Reading. He is my future MLB centerfielder.
My idea would be moving these three up to AAA in a group for the second half of the minor league season and playing them at Citizens Bank Park in September. Hoskins and Quinn are 23 year old and Cozens turns 22 tomorrow. They are ready!
The key to making this all work is moving Hoskins to left field. He has played the outfield previously, most recently in the Cape Cod League. If “Bull” Luzinski could play 1,221 games in left in his MLB career so can Rhys Hoskins.
What a power lineup the Phillis would have on the corners with Hoskins and Cozens in the outfield and Franco and Joseph in the infield. Quinn would supply the speed in center to jump start the power-laden lineup.
They could keep Herrera in the Phillies line-up of the future by moving him to second to team with either Galvis or Crawford at short up the middle. Jorge Alfaro is my every-day catcher backed up by the left-handed bat of Logan Moore.
What a young, power lineup with speed and pop that would be to open the 2017 major league season!
Citizens Bank Park would be finally rocking once again and I can finally get some sleep.