We settled in last night to watch the Reading vs. Harrisburg game on MiLB-TV . We were rewarded with a quite showed by Reading’s left fielder Andrew Pullin. He hit two homers including a grand slam on a ball hit just to the right of the 380 ft. sign in deep right-center field as it headed toward the West Shore side of the Susquehanna River. Reading went on to downed the Senator 9-1. Watch HERE.
Pullin has just propelled himself into the talk as the Phillies No. 1 left field prospect. All Pully is doing is leading the Eastern League in doubles, OPS and is tied with Scott Kingery for the league lead in homers with five.
He is having an April to remember hitting .381 going into tonight’s game. Pully clearly is out preforming all the rest of the Eastern League.
With Oduble Herrera tied up with a long term contract in center, it looks like the two corner outfield jobs for the Phillies are up for grabs and Pullin has thrown his hat into the ring for the left field job with the major league team.
We go to games in Clearwater to see player development and eventually see them go on to the major leagues. This is something we have seen less than half-of-the-time in the last sixth seasons we have had season tickets to Threshers games. Of the Phillies 25-man roster as of this weekend, we have seen only 12 of those players in at least one game in a Threshers uniform. That’s why we are rooting for Pully to quickly move on up.
One of the players I was looking forward to watching play this season in Clearwater was Jose Pujols in hopes of him eventually winning a corner outfield spot with the big league team in a few years. He had a breakout season of sorts last year for Lakewood where he led all of low A ball in home runs with 23.
To be honest Pujols has had a dreadful season after 15 games for the Threshers. He has struck out at least once in every game he appeared but one, including three games when he has struck out four times including Saturday night’s game. In his only at bat Saturday night where he put the ball in play he did drive in the lead run at the time with a double to right center. Watch HERE.
All totaled he has struck out 30 times in 60 at bats to start the season. No matter what the pitch he seems to swing through it. He has hit right in the middle of the Threshers lineup so far and his ineffectiveness has resulted in them being ninth in the 12-team league in runs scored despite the team leading the league with 16 home runs so far this season.
Clearly the Phillies minor league coaching staff is at a loss to help him. In Sunday’s game they benched him!
Last season in the Sally League in April, Pujols slashed at .256/.295/.427 for a .722 OPS. He hit four homers and drove-in 13 runs. He struck out 27 times in 80 at bats in 20 games.
This season in the FSL in April, Pujols has slashed only at .183/.210/.217 for a .426 OPS. He is yet to homer and has driven in only 6 runs. He has struck out 30 times in 60 at bats in 15 games..
It looks like Andrew Pullin will soon be on the move to AAA. On the other hand, it will be interesting to see how much longer the Phillies can stick with Pujols in the Advanced A Florida State League. Right now he is clearly over matched!