The Phillies Front Office is continuing to struggle to evaluate talent. Needless to say outfielders are one area of need. It seems that the $30 million dollar contract they awarded to Odubel Herrera will be eventually written off as he continues to disappoint and play undisciplined baseball. He simply is hard to watch!
But the Phillies outfield of the future is coming into focus in places like in Clearwater FL. and Williamsport Pa.. The Phillies future outfield competition is still wide open so lets look at who are the morning line favorites.
It appears that a couple of 18- year-olds, Ben Pelletier of the GCL Phillies and Jhailyn Ortiz of the Williamsport Crosscutters along with Ortiz’s teammate Adam Haseley, are out in front for the Phillies outfield spots of the future.
Yesterday, we watched 18- year-old right-fielder Ben Pelletier hit one of the longest home runs we have ever seen hit at Ashburn Field at the Carpenter Complex. His three-run blast appeared to land in the playground area for youngsters inside neighboring Spectrum Field. Watch HERE.
Pelletier was a 34th round draft pick in 2015 from suburban Montreal. In 12 games, Pelletier is now second in the Gulf Coast League in home runs with three and RBIs with 14. He is hitting .293 and has hit his three homers in his last four games. Ben likes to hit with runners in scoring position going 6 for 14 with 11 RBIs so far. this season.
The Phillies signed Ortiz as a $4.1 million international free agent out of the Dominican Republic. Playing right field for the Crosscutters he is hitting .276 with three homers and 12 RBIs in 17 games.
In 11 games for the Crosscutters in center, the 21-year old Haseley is hitting .375 with a homer and five RBIs. He was the Phillies 2017 first round draft pick.
Columnist Bob Brookover of Philly.com has posted an interesting column on Ortiz and Haseley. Read HERE.