Saturday was another beautiful day in Clearwater as the third day of the Phillies minor league intrasquad games took place. The standout player was first baseman Greg Pickett who is quickly emerging as a serious major league prospect.
In Saturday’s intrasquad game at Ashburn Field, Pickett hit a two-run, rbi single in his first at bat. In his his second and last at bat he drove a ball deep that was caught just in front of the newly installed scoreboard in right field. Watch HERE and HERE.
The 20-year-old started out as a right fielder but moved to first base in the spring camp. He looked good defensively around the bag in Saturday’s game.
He enters a crowded first base position in the organization. It looks like Rhys Hoskins will be the first baseman at Lehigh Valley, Kyle Martin at Reading, Damek Tomscha at Clearwater, Darick Hall at Lakewood leaving Pickett starting out in extended spring training and then Williamsport in the short season NY-Penn League. Only Hoskins and Tomscha hit right-handed.
If Pickett continues to hit as well as he has, he may force the Phillies’ hand to move him up quickly.
Injured, he did not play in the 2016 season regular minor league season. He played in only 29 games in the Gulf Coast League in 2015. He was an eight round draft pick that year who signed for an above slot for $350,000.
The Phillies are about ready to reap the rewards of the talent of Greg Pickett if he can stay healthy this season.