I have been watching a couple of players emerge within the last two weeks as major league prospects in the Phillies organization. For Clearwater it was first baseman/catcher/DH Wilson Garcia and for Reading it was outfielder Jiandido Tromp.
They made it look so easy last week. They each hit four homers for their teams in five game stretches to catch my attention.
Both of them have passed through recent Rule 5 drafts unnoticed. Garcia is now in his seventh season and Tump is in his sixth season in the Phillies system. They played at an exceptional high level last week. Now it will be interesting to see if they can maintain it for the rest of the season.
Garcia’s long balls have been timely resulting in several Threshers wins because of them and Tromp not only has been going deep but his best play was a left field to first base, 7-3 double play I saw on MiLB-TV in the ninth inning of Sunday’s game. He caught the ball coming in from left just as the shortstop was coming out toward him and threw a strike on the line to double up the runner at first.
Garcia reminds me of a Venezuelan version of Yogi Berra. He is a free swinger who always seems to make contact. In his last five games he is 7 for 19 with 4 homers and 11 RBIs. He has struck out only three times and walked once during that stretch.
He almost single handedly won the first half for the Threshers with his three-run homer in the final game against Bradenton only to fall a game short when Tampa won its final game of the first half. Watch HERE from MiLB-TV. The next night he hit another three-run blast to get the Threshers on the winning track in the first game of the second half. Watch HERE.
Both Garcia and Tromp have been tearing it up in their last ten games. Garcia is hitting .343 going 12 for 35 with 4 homers and 14 RBIs. Not to be outdone, Tromp also hit .343 going 12 for 35 with 4 homers with 7 RBIs in his last ten games. Watch two of Tromp’s homers HERE and HERE.
These are the kind of guys we root for. Both passed over in Rule 5 drafts. We have watched them since they have come stateside and now we are watching them blossom into legitimate major league prospects.
Both 23-years-olds, Garcia and Tromp finish the first half strong and now only need to finish strong in the second half to move on up. The time is now for them to shine if they hope to make the Show.