After a couple of weeks off we finally made it to a Gulf Coast League at game at Robin Roberts Field on Saturday morning to see several of the best Phillies international standouts take on the GCL Braves. They included Canadian corner outfielder Ben Pettetier, late inning Russian reliever Anton Kuznetsov and Venezuelan shortstop Jose Gomez, a newcomer just acquired at the trading deadline in the Neshek deal with Colorado.
Pelletier started off with a long shot to the gap in left center that was run down by the Braves centerfielder just before he ran into the fence. Later in the game Ben lined a single to left and singled to center. Watch all of those at bats HERE.
Ben who will turn 19 years 0ld later this month has to be one of the best young players from Canada. He is hitting .317 with three homers and 18 RBIs in 101 at bats overall. He has really come on in his first five games in August going 10 for 19. In his last ten games he is hitting .389. With runners in scoring position for the season he is hitting .406 going 13 for 36.
Kuznetsov came on in relief in the eight inning with two outs and a runner on third. The first batter he faced hit a high catchable fly ball to left which Pelletier initially came in on but the ball went over his head. Two inherited runs scored on a hit ruled a double. Both runs were charged to Jose Jimenez who started the inning. Anton struck out the next batter for the final out watch HERE and retired the Braves with no runs in the ninth inning.
Anton has yet to give up an earned run in nine appearances over 15.2 innings. He has allowed seven hits, two walks and struck out 17 for a 0.57 WHIP. At 19 years-old, clearly Kuznetsov is the best pitcher I know of to ever to come out of Russia. In fact he is the only Russian pitcher I know of to have ever pitched in affiliated baseball.
Jose Gomez looks like a keeper at shortstop. At 20- years-old he is a bit older than most of the players who played on Saturday. He had a nice line drive base hit to right in the game. He is playing in the GCL on a rehab assignment from the Threshers and in two games he is 3 for 6 with a run scored and one RBI. Watch his hit from Saturday’s game HERE.
The GCL Phillies lost Saturday’s game in 11 innings, 7-6 to remain in second place in the Northwest Division of the GCL.