We all know about Phillies right handed hitting first base prospect Rhys Hoskins who hit 38 homers in the regular season for Reading in 2016. But from the left side they have some power bats as well.
Last season from the left side Kyle Martin hit 19 homers good enough for fourth highest in the Florida State League. He likely will be the starting first baseman for Reading where Hoskins hit 38 homers in the regular season and one more in the playoffs. He homered in Wednesday’s spring game.
In spring training we have been following two other big left handed bats who play first base Darick Hall and Greg Pickett. Wednesday was a special day for both of them in spring training games at the Carpenter Complex. They both hit two home runs. Hall’s long balls were hit on Ashburn Field against the Pirates watch HERE and Pickett ‘s blasts were against a JUCO team on Roberts Field according to the BlueClaws Blog .
Hall was third in 2016 with 9 homers in only 195 at bats in the half-season New York-Penn League. He led the league in slugging percent and OPS. Also he was tied for first with 19 doubles. Watch one of his homers from the NY-Penn League HERE.
Thursday, we were focused in on Hall again and he almost took one deep again against the Blue Jays on Ashburn Field.
The Jays up 1-0 and managing the game as if it were the seventh game of the World Series, they brought in a lefty to face Hall with the tying run on second. Then, Darick hit a long drive to the deepest part of Ashburn Field just to the right of the Batter’s Eye in center. The wind blowing out to left held it up long enough for the outfielder to make the catch at the base of the fence. Click to watch the video HERE.
We knew Hall’s ball was hard hit just by the sound of it off the bat. It sorta reminded me of the Clint Eastwood movie back in 2012 “Trouble With Curve”, the anti Moneyball movie. Here is an excerpt about Eastwood’s character from the movie.
He disdains sabermetrics — he observes that “anybody that uses computers don’t know about the game” — and he is prideful of his ability to “spot talent from an airplane.” Yet the mere sound of a ball coming off a bat will tell him all he needs to know about a hitter’s ability.” Read HERE.
Clint Eastwood’s character in the movie, scout Gus Lobel, would have liked the sound of the ball coming off of Darick Hall’s bat yesterday even it it was caught!