The Phillies minor league system has a chance to have players win all four full season home run championships. This will be difficult with potential call-ups and possible injuries but up and down the Phillies system they have put up great power numbers this season so far.
With about six weeks or 40 games to go in the minor league season, Phillies minor league players share the lead in home runs in International League and are leading in home runs in the AA, Eastern League and the Low A, South Atlantic League. They have a player who is fourth, three homers short of the lead in the High A, Florida State League where home runs are difficult to come by.
Yesterday, Rhys Hoskins hit his 23rd home run of the season, Watch HERE, to tie teammate Dylan Cozens for the lead in homers in the International League Reading’s third baseman Mitch Walding leads the Eastern League with 23 long balls and Darick Hall has 19 bombs for Lakewood to lead in the SAL.
The dark horse in the Florida State League home run race is Phillies one-time third base prospect Jan Hernandez for the Clearwater Threshers. But he hit a 400 ft. blast to center yesterday in Bradenton going yard for the 13th time this season. He trails the league leader in the FSL by only three homers. Watch HERE.
Hernandez has hit well since moving to right field. In only seven games in right, he has gone 9 for 27 with two homers. Yesterday, he showed off a strong arm by picking up his first ever outfield assist.
Lehigh Valley’s second baseman Scott Kingery has also hit 23 long balls this season, 18 for Reading and 5 for Lehigh Valley.
The race is on to see if the Phillies farmhands can sweep the home run championships in the four full season leagues in which they field teams.