Monday we saw more stars of the future at Phillies Instructs. They were playing the Pirates Instructs and jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning on a long home run to the right of the batter’s eye in center at Ashburn Field by first baseman Greg Pickett. Watch his blast HERE.
The situation was more than just a three-run homer, it was the Phillies future on parade. Remember the numbers 7, 13 and 28. They just might be key Phillies jerseys of the next decade.
After two outs in the first inning, 2017 first round draft pick, No. 7 Adam Haseley, drew a walk. Then the top international signing from 2016, No 13 Jhailyn Ortiz, also walked to set up the three-run blast by Pickett, No 28.
Pickett who will turn 21 later this month was a 2015, eight-round pick in 2015. He played for Williamsport in the New York/Penn League in 2017. He finish strong going 8 for 26 with a homer and six walks to end the season in September hitting .308 for a .938 OPS in the month.
The Phillies went the entire season without a start from a left-handed pitcher. Highly rated lefty Elniery Garcia pitched two innings in the game allowing a run and striking out two. He pitched to a 1.75 ERA in five starts for Reading after coming off an 80-game suspension for PEDs. He will show his stuff next week in the Arizona Fall League.
Another lefty who pitched was David Parkinson who pitched a clean inning in the game with a strikeout. Watch the strikeout, HERE. He was a 12th round draft pick in 2017 out of Ole Miss. He struck out 18 in nine innings combined in his first two starts for Williamsport in late August. Read HERE
Garcia will pitch at baseball age 23 and Parkinson will pitch at baseball age 22 next season. With the lack of the left-handed starters at the major league level in the Phillies system, both have a chance to move up quickly.
Though the Phillies Instructs lost 6-4 in the game we saw several Phillies prospects show major league promise in Monday’s game.