It ‘s fun to watch Phillies baseball again even today in a 9-8 defeat to the Miami Marlins and its even fun following the Phillies minor league sluggers. The problem is many of the power hitters in the organization play first base.
Rhys Hoskins has hit eight home runs and has driven in 19 runs in his 15 game major league debut so far as a Phillies left fielder after spending almost all his time at first in the Phillies minor league system. He and Tommy Joseph, the current Phillies first baseman, went deep in the Miami game. For Tommy it was his 19th long ball of the season.
Yesterday, first baseman Darick Hall broke the all time Lakewood home run record with his 25th and 26th home runs of the season and tied the BlueClaws single game record for RBIs with seven. He also set the single season Lakewood RBI record with 93 breaking the previous record of 91. Read HERE
Also in yesterday’s action Reading’s third baseman Mitch Walding, who was in his second and final game of rehabbing with the GCL Phillies, went 4 for 5 with a single, two doubles and a triple. He missed hitting for the cycle in the game when he just came up short of a homer by bouncing his first double off the right field fence at Ashburn Field. Watch HERE.
Walding was activated today for the last 12 games of Reading’s season and has an excellent shot to add to his career high 23 home runs this season with the Fightin Phils.
So the power has returned to the Phillies lineups both at the major league and minor league levels just in time as the 2017 major league season approaches its final month and the minor league season nears an end over the Labor Day weekend.