In my previous blog I wrote about the four, “crème de la crème”, prospects who played the entire 2016 season in the Phillies minor leagues system.
Including the playoffs, Dylan Cozens (41 homers, 128 RBIs) and Rhys Hoskins (39 homers, 118 RBIs) were one and two in all of minor league baseball in hitting long balls out of the park.
Also, including the playoffs, Ben Lively, 18-6, .750 winning percent, had not only the most wins in the entire Phillies system but all of minor league baseball. Elniery Garcia pitched to a 13-4 record. His .765 winning percent was the highest in the Phillies system and one of the highest winning percents in all of minor league baseball of those pitchers with at least 17 decisions.
Combined, Cozens and Hoskins hit 80 homers and drove in 246 runs. Lively and Garcia had a 31-10 won-loss record with ERA’s well under 3.00 combined during the regular season and playoffs.
So now lets take a look at four Phillies farmhands who caught our eyes in final game of the 2016 regular season when the Clearwater Threshers took on the playoff bound Dunedin Blue Jays.
Baseball Betsy and I sat in limited shade behind home plate for a Sunday afternoon three o’clock start in blazing 90 degree heat in the old Dunedin Stadium. A Stadium which is awaiting badly needed renovations. Read HERE. But, we were at the game and glad we came.
We got to see the final at bats of the season for outfielder Jiandido Tromp, second baseman Josh Tobias and catcher Austin Bossart. The starter that day was Brandon Leibrandt who missed most of the season on the DL.
Tromp had a strong 2016 season. He turns 23-years-old on Tuesday. He hit 20 home runs and was one of only six players in the Phillies minor league system to hit at least 20 home runs, ten each with Lakewood and Clearwater. For the season he was 14 of 18 in stolen bases. He has five-tool ability and finished the FSL season strong in the last ten games going 10 for 38 with three homers and 12 RBIs. He is eligible for the Rule Five Draft in December. Watch his sacrifice fly in the last game of the season against Dunedin HERE.
Second baseman, 23-year-old Josh Tobias can hit a baseball. Playing with Lakewood and Clearwater this season he finished up hitting .291 with 9 homers and 69 RBIs. Watch his long home run in the last game of the Threshers season against Dunedin, HERE.
Catcher Austin Bossart had a great season. The only problem was he did not play much. He only caught a game or two a week for the Threshers. Over his last ten games covering the last six weeks of the season, he hit an amazing .429 (12 for 28) with six RBIs. We all would like to see a little more of the 23- year-old University of Penn graduate next season.
When is the last time you have read about a backup catcher who hit over .400 at any p0int in the season?. I have read about only one ever and that was Austin Bossart in the Phillies minor league system this year. Watch Bossart’s double driving-in two of his three RBIs in the final game of the season against Dunedin HERE.
Left-handed, starting pitcher Brandon Leibrandt finished up an injury plagued second season with the Threshers. He picked up the win in the final game of the season to go 4-1 on the season. In two seasons with the Threshers, the 23-year-old sixth round draft pick out of Florida State has gone 11-4 in 23 starts. Watch one of his strikeouts against Dunedin HERE.
It will be interesting to watch what happens in the future to Tromp, Tobias, Bossart and Leibrandt. They all finished strong in the final game of the 2016 season.