The remaining three weeks in the minor league season are the most important for any minor league player. Every player evaluator for the 30 major league organizations asks the question “did he finish strong”. It the answer is “Yes” many doors for 2018 will open.
In the minor leagues it’s better to be known as Mr. August than Mr. of any of the other of the five month season. Just ask Mr October, Reggie Jackson and Mr. November, Derek Jeter, at the final level.
We ranked below the Phillies top prospects for August based on OPS (on base percent plus slugging) after the first half of this month.
Lakewood’s first baseman Darick Hall leads the pack with 1.147.
He is followed closely by Clearwater’s first baseman/catcher Wilson Garcia at 1.141. Yes, Wilson has caught one game so far this season. Let’s hope we will see him more behind the plate in the future based on how he can hit for power.
Reading’s outfielder Cord Sandberg is third at 1.076.
Fourth is Lehigh Valley’s shortstop J.P. Crawford at 1.026.
Fifth is GCL Phillies corner outfielder Ben Pelletier at .989
Sixth is Lakewood’s catcher Colby Fitch at .983 .
And seventh is Reading’s corner infielder/left fielder Damek Tomscha at .926.
Going into Tuesday’s action Pelletier leads in OBP at .489 and Hall leads in SLG. at .729, Home Runs 5 and RBIs 9 for the first half of August. Hall is the Baseball Ross morning line betting favorite for Mr. August.
Last night we were at the Threshers game where Wilson Garcia went 4 for 4 with a solo homer and a RBI single. Watch Wilson’s homer and RBI single, HERE. While the Threshers lost their eight in a row last night, he has been one of the best players for them in the first half of August.
We will be we watching if these guys and others finish final three weeks of the 2017 season “strong”. For some it might be the most important three weeks of their baseball careers.