“It’s always darkest before the dawn”. For me that’s how I would sum up the Phillies minor league teams’ weak performances in the post season.
The Phillies are the only MLB organization not to have won a minor league championship over the last six seasons.
Two of four minor league Phillies teams which made the post season did make it to the Finals. The GCL Phillies went down 2 games to 1 to the Cardinals in the Gulf Coast League Finals and Lakewood lost 3 games to 1 to the Rome Braves in a best-of-five Sally League final series.
The four teams went 6-11 overall in the playoffs even though the Phillies farm teams had the best combined record in baseball during the regular season.
In two semi-final, best of five series, the Reading Fightins lost 3 games to 1 to the Trenton Thunder in AA and the Lehigh Valley IronPigs were swept 3 games to none by Scranton Wilkes-Barre in the AAA playoffs.
The only sliver of light was the pitching of several of the starting pitchers.
Ben Lively pitched 7.2 innings allowing only two runs in the first game lost to SWB.
Elniery Garcia won the lone Reading game giving up only two earned runs in his seven inning win over Trenton.
Franklyn Kilome threw a seven inning, one-hit, nine strikeout, shutout in the SAL finals against the Rome Braves and Jose Tavaras gave up only two runs to pick-up a seven inning win against Hagerstown in the semi-finals.
In the Gulf Coast League, the GCL Phillies several pitchers stood out with Sixto Sanchez pitching a seven inning shutout win against the GCL Braves in the one game semi-final and Nick Fanti pitched 5.1 innings of shutout baseball to get the a Phillies win in Game two of the best-of-three Finals against the GCL Cards.
Now its is on to Fall Instructs with the Phillies young invitees working out now at the Carpenter Complex. The games start Monday.
The Arizona Fall League opens on Tuesday, October 11th. Seven Phillies will join the Scottsdale Scorpions including pitchers, Victor Arano, Brandon Leibrandt, Miguel Nunez and Jeff Singer, infielders, Mitch Walding and Scott Kingery and outfielder Aaron Brown.
The Dominican Winter League opens October 20th with Phillies from the Dominican Republican playing there. Several Phillies from the USA are scheduled to play in the DWL as well. Read about several of the USA Phillies playing there HERE, HERE, HERE, and HERE.