The GCL Phillies have open the season to a 2-2 record losing two games and winning one game on Tuesday by a run and winning big on Wednesday by a 18-7 score.
The rookie position players who have stood out include outfielders, first round draft pick Adam Haseley and Simon Muzziotti who was signed by the Phillies after his international signing rights were revoked from the Boston Red Sox by MLB in 2016. Read HERE.
Second baseman Brayan Gonzalez has played a strong second base and has hit 5 for 11 with a homer. Watch a base hit from Wednesday’s game HERE.
In three games Haseley has gone 7 for 12 with a triple and double, 4 RBIs, 2 walks and three strike outs. Watch two of his hits from Wednesday’s game against the Tigers, HERE.
In three games Muzziotti went 5 for 13 with 5 runs scored and 2 RBIs. Watch his two run RBI single HERE.
Rehabbing Zach Green hit three homers and a sacrifice fly RBI in four of his ten plate appearances to drive in six runs in two games. Watch his third home run, HERE. He has played a game at third and a game at first so far.
On the mound the Phillies starting pitching has struggled. The starters in the first three games gave up 14 earned runs in 12.2 innings. Rehabbing Zach Eflin started in today’s game and pitched three shutout innings against the Tigers in Lakeland. He took a start away from highly regarded Francisco Morales. After Eflin left, Morales gave up a three-run homer in his first inning of relief but otherwise pitched well striking out four with no walks in a five inning relief stint.
In Wednesday’s game two pitchers stood out in two innings each of shutout relief. Right hander Oscar Marcelino struck out four. Lefty Denny Martinez struck out three and showed a big swing and miss slider to left-handed hitters. Watch HERE.
The GCL Phillies wrap up the first week of the GCL season with a game at the Carpenter Complex Friday at noon and travel across the Bay to battle the Yankees East team at their Complex in Tampa on Saturday morning at 10:00 A.M.