What did you do on the 4th of July? Baseball Betsy and I were up early for 10 o’clock baseball to watch the Gulf Coast League Phillies take on the GCL Pirates at the Phillies Carpenter Complex’s Ashburn Field.
There, we saw the Phillies $13 million teenage outfield in action of Cornelius Randolph in left ($3.2 million, No.10, overall 2015 draft), Mickey Moniak ($6.1 million No. 1 overall 2016 draft ) in center and Jhailyn Ortiz ($4 million top international signing in 2015) in right.
It goes without saying they are along way from playing in the major leagues. In fact Randolph is returning from a shoulder injury and Moniak left the game in the 5th inning of today’s game with a reported back injury.
Randolph, who made a couple of nice catches in left, and Moniak both went hitless and struck out twice.
Two Pirate hitters were able to drive the ball for a double and triple over the heads of Ortiz and Moniak who showed they needed defensive work in the outfield.
But it was the bat of Ortiz who saved the day for the $13 million outfield. He was a triple short of the cycle as he doubled, homered and singled in the game. The Pirate pitchers could only slow him down by hitting him with a pitch in the sixth.
The Pirates went on to win the game 4-2 but it was an interesting 4th of July morning on Ashburn Field. I am sure Richie would have said to Harry something like that a $13 million outfield in the Gulf Coast League is “hard to believe”