On Sunday and Monday several Phillies prospects stood out as the first half of the minor league season nears an end.
Big lefty Cole Irvin had some of his better stuff last evening including a 94 mph fastball for a strikeout, but heavy rain caused the game to be called after three innings with no score.
Watch Irvin’s strike three from behind the net, HERE. The game resumes today at 5 p.m. before the regularly scheduled game against the Lakeland Flying Tigers at Spectrum Field.
Also yesterday, Lakewood’s Darick Hall hit his ninth home run for his 40th RBI of the season. The big left-handed hitting first baseman is second in the South Atlantic league in runs batted in with 40 even though he has played in only 45 of the 64 Lakewood games this season. He suffered a lower body injury after the first week of the season to set him back.
Also yesterday, Lakewood’s third baseman, 20-year-old Luke Williams, lost a 12 game hitting streak going 0 for 3 in the 3-2 loss to Hagerstown. Still Luke is hitting .325 over his last ten games with a home run.
Who said the Phillies do not have any third base prospects in the farm system? Mitch Walding has been on fire for Reading. The third baseman hit two homers on Sunday and now has 13 for the season. Watch HERE.
In his first nine games in June, Mitch is hitting .323 ( 10 for 31) with seven home runs and a 1.447 OPS. Not bad!
Walding is now in the chase to catch the minor league overall home run leader, teammate Scott Kingery. But it won’t be easy. Scott hit his 18th homer earlier in the same game on the way to Reading’s win on Sunday. Watch Kingery’s homer HERE.
Let’s talk about pitching on Sunday too. Franklyn Kilome took a no-hitter into the sixth inning before leaving with a 3-1 lead for Clearwater. Franklyn had pitched 20 shutout innings in a row over his last three starts before allowing the run in the sixth.
Franklyn did not figure in the decision as the Threshers bullpen was touched four runs in the eight inning in the loss to Jupiter. Kilome has gone 3-2 with a 2.28 ERA over his last ten starts. His big problem has been his control recently, walking 8 and hitting two batters in 10.1. innings in his last two starts.
The Phillies farm system is developing a nice blend of hitting and pitching prospects as the minor league season heads to the halfway point. It will be interesting to see who the Front Office promotes for the second half of the minor league season.