Joseph Homers Twice, Plus Cozens, Hoskins And Alfaro Go Deep Again and Viza Pitches A Gem To Give Phillies Hope For A Better Future

With the Phillies in a free fall, losing 11 of their last 14, we must look around for a better future.  And it was right before our eyes last night.

Phillies first baseman Tommy Joseph went deep twice against the Nationals.  He now has an amazing  seven homers in only 65 at bats.

He is emerging as one of the most powerful hitters in major league baseball.  Colorado’s Nolan Arenado leads the National League with 19 homers in 234 at bats.  Watch a video of his two homers last night HERE.

Joseph’s 1.010 OPS trails only the Nationals’ Daniel Murphy who leads the National league   with an 1.038 OPS.

Not to be out done last night, Reading’s Dylan Cozens, Rhys Hoskins and Jorge Alfaro all went deep in the same game for the second time in the last four games.

They went back to back to back in an 11-1 shellacking of Akron on June 7th.

Last night in the 9-2 win against Altoona, Cozens hit his league leading 17th of the season in the third inning immediately followed by Hoskins’ 15th homer.  Alfaro went deep for his sixth of the season in the fourth inning. Watch the video HERE.

Cozens is now tied for the most home runs in all the minor leagues and Hoskins is tied for third. The full season minor league season is still just less than half over.

Tyler Viza

Tyler Viza

Tyler Viza (Photo Courtesy of the Reading Fightins)

Tyler Viza (Photo Courtesy of the Reading Fightins)




Last night for Reading Tyler Viza was brilliant on the mound in making his Eastern League debut after his call-up from Clearwater.  We watched on must see MiLB-TV, the 21-year-old rely on his 95 mph fast ball and a sharp slider to induce nine ground ball outs.  He pitched six innings giving up only a run on five hits, no walks and striking out three for his first AA win.

He was denied a shutout when left fielder Aaron Brown lost a high, lazy, fly ball in the twilight.  The pop fly landed 15 feet in front of the warning track in left as Brown looked on helplessly.

Remember this date, June 10, 2016.  That’s when Phillies stars of tomorrow, Joseph, Cozens, Hoskins, Alfaro and Viza put on shows to remember to give us all hope for a better  Phillies future.





About Baseball Ross

I have been a faithful Phillies follower all my life. Today I am most intrigued by those players in the minor league system who work every day of the year to make it to the Show. This is what this blog is mostly all about. To read more, click here:
This entry was posted in June 2016. and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s