The Gulf Coast League Phillies have started well after 13 games this season. They are 10-3 to start the GCL season.
They are first in the league with a 2.03 team ERA. and second in team batting at .262.
On Saturday morning we went over to Ashburn Field to see them in action against the Tigers West team. Though the Phillies lost in a 1-0 game to the Tigers, watching young teenage Phillies talent gives fans hope for four or five year down the line.
The GCL Phillies team is made up of mostly teenagers. We did get our first look at 18-year-old starting pitcher Kevin Gowdy who was the Phillies second draft pick in the June draft. Gowdy gave up an unearned run in two innings of work. He gave up a triple and hit a batter. Watch the HBP, HERE.
Howdy was the only player wearing the high stirrup socks as he made his pro debut.
Eighteen year old Will Stewart came on and pitched five shutout innings before rehabbing Jimmy Cordero came on and pitched a scoreless eight inning. The game came down to the ninth inning when 18 year-old, lefty, closer Jhon Nunez pitched out of trouble in the top half by striking out the final Tiger’s batter to keep the game at 1-0, see HERE. Nunez has pitched five scoreless innings in his five appearances with two saves in his new ninth inning role.
Manager Roly DeArmas had his lineup stacked in the bottom of the ninth with the No. 1 overall draft pick Mickey Moniak leading off. Watch HERE.
Moniak grounded out bringing up the big bopper, 17- year-old Jhailyn Ortiz, to the plate representing the tying run. Ortiz just missed driving the ball over the left field fence which would have tied up the game but the ball was caught at the base of the wall. Watch HERE. Ortiz had hit three homers already earlier in the week and just missed hitting number four in Saturday’s game.
Though the GCL Phillies went down 1-0, we did get a chance to see several likely Phillies stars of tomorrow in Gowdy, Nunez, Moniak and Ortiz.