We have been watching a lot of Gulf Coast League games lately. It’s good baseball at no charge and free parking with the games starting at high noon during the week and 10:00 a.m. on Saturday mornings.
This was the case on Thursday in the GCL Phillies 3-2 win over the GCL Pirates. It was strong pitching that led the way in the win. Four Phillies pitchers held the Pirates to two runs, four hits and they struck out nine.
Starter Francisco Morales won his first professional game going the first five innings giving up the two Pirates runs in the fourth. He struck out four, three called, relying on a slider on the corners. Watch HERE.
Lefty, Aaron Brown made his professional debut as pitcher and earned a hold after three full seasons plus 26 games this season as an outfielder totaling 296 games and 1,022 at bats in the Phillies system. Watch his strikeout of the first batter he faced as a pitcher HERE.
Another lefty, Jakob Hernandez, 21st round 2017 draft pick who goes 6’4″ 260 lbs, was impressive striking out two of the three Pirates he faced in the seventh inning for his first hold. Watch one of his strikeouts HERE.
After pitching three seasons in the Dominican Summer League, 20 year old Oscar Marcelino came on to pitch two clean innings for his first save. He has pitched seven inning allowing only one hit and no runs in three appearances coming out of the pen for the GCL Phillies. Watch a strikeout HERE.
The most impressive hitter for the GCL Phillies yesterday was recent signee, 21st round, 2017 draft pick, first baseman Quincy Nieporte. He went 2 for 3 with a run scored and was HBP. See HERE. In his first game after he signed he had homered and doubled.
Our favorite French Canadian Phillies position player is 18-year-old, corner outfielder Ben Pelletier. He was a 34th round pick in the 2015 draft and went 1 for 4 yesterday but today so far he is tearing up the GCL Tigers over in Lakeland going 3 for 3 with a two-run homer, a walk and three RBIs. Ben is now second in the GCL in RBIs with nine in nine games. Watch his base hit from Thursday’s game HERE.
If you are not doing anything on Saturday morning, the GCL Phillies take on the Tigers East team at around 10:00 a.m. at the Carpenter Complex. For me you will see many times more interesting baseball than watching MLB Phillies games!