It’s rare anytime for an organization to have a player named Player of the Month but to have two players from the same organization receive such an award in the same month is unheard of.
It’s been an amazing month of June for two Phillies prospects: Reading’s third baseman Mitch Walding in the Eastern League and Lakewood’s first baseman Darick Hall in the South Atlantic League. They both received June, Player of the Month Awards, in their two respective leagues. Read HERE and HERE.
This should have come as no surprise if you followed this blog during spring training. We were there to watch Walding hit for the cycle in a game near the end of the minor league camp, watch HERE.
In the first week of the spring training games we watched Darick Hall hit three homers, one to each field, in two games at the Carpenter Complex. See HERE.
We had an idea something special was up for both of them in the 2017 season and so far this has been what has happened!
Walding will be headed to the Eastern League All Star game Wednesday, July 12th in Manchester, New Hampshire. There, he will be the top seed in the Eastern League Home Run hitting contest. A title he won in the Florida State League Home Run Hitting contest last year.
Friday night, Hall hit a three run homer for his 16th of the season and last night hit his 17th long ball in Greensboro N.C.. He is now one RBI ahead of Lehigh Valley’s first baseman Rhys Hoskins with 67 RBIs for the most RBIs in the Phillies organization this season. Because of an April injury Hall has 46 fewer at bats this season than does Hoskins. Watch HERE for an interview with Farm Director, Joe Jordan.
Remember the names Mitch Walding and Darick Hall. They are developing quickly as two left handed power bats at the infield corner positions in the Phillies farm system.