In the Phillies organization, the major league team continues to be hard to watch. Last night they lost for the 19th time in the last 23 games. But action is more interesting at the AAA minor league level where Lehigh Valley won for the 16th time in the last 17 games.
Maybe the Front Office can just send all the MLB Phillies down to AAA and call up all the IronPigs to play at Citizen Bank Park. Problem solved!
Well, it not that easy but worth considering.
What is going on particularly at the AAA and AA levels in the Phillies system is much more interesting especially when it come to long balls.
Last night in Allentown, Dylan Cozens homered for the IronPigs. He is now tied for second place with Bash Brother, Rhys Hoskins among others, for the International League lead in homers each with 12. Watch his homer, HERE.
Nearby across the Delaware River at about the same time in Trenton, New Jersey, Andrew Pullin hit a long home run for Reading. The long ball was Pullin’s tenth of the season.
Pullin’s teammate, Scott Kingery, leads all of minor league baseball with 14 home runs. Together, they remain tied with the Cozens/Hoskins tandem with 24 homers.
Down at the A ball level on Monday night we watched the replay of Mickey Moniak hitting his first home run of the season in Lakewood. See HERE. (Moniak’s homer starts at 1:45) Remember, it is not easy to homer in Lakewood. As a team the BlueClaws have hit only three homers this season at home according to BlueClaws radio.
While the Phillies are floundering at the major league level, we can only look forward to the day when this is not the case. Pullin could be in left, Moniak patrolling center and Cozens running down fly balls in right eventually for the Phillies. In the infield Kingery will be at second base and Hoskins should be at first for the Phillies. hopefully sooner than later!
We do know hitting long balls, when these guys do get to Citizens Bank Park, definitely will not be any problem for them, if this season is any indication!