No doubt the Phillies have outstanding young talent baseball age 20 and under. We were lucky enough to watch lefty Jhordany Mezquita pitch on Thursday in a game against the Yankees and Francisco Morales pitch on Saturday morning against the Blue Jays Instructs.
Mezquita was an eight round draft pick in the June draft. He was eligible for the draft though he was born in Santiago, Dominican Republic but is listed as living in Hazleton Pa.
Mezquita had a great season with the GCL Phillies where he started nine games and went 3-0. He allowed only 3 earned runs for a 0.72 ERA in 37.2 innings, striking 35 and walking 12. He had an amazing WHIP of 0.85. He will turn 20 years old on January 30th.
Baseball America selected Mezquita for its 2017 Rookie-Level Classification All-Star team. He was one of only two left-handed starters selected. The other one was the 2017 No. 1 draft pick of the San Diego. That is lofty company.
Watch HERE Mezquita strike out a Yankee Instruct in Thursday’s game at Ashburn Field.
Francisco Morales started Saturday’s Instructs game at the Blue Jays Complex in Dunedin. He was a starting pitcher also with the GCL Phillies also this summer. He had a 3-2 record 10 appearances including 9 starts. In 41.1 innings he compiled a 3.05 ERA striking out 44 and walking 20.
Morales will turn 18 on October 27th. He has grown into a powerful looking body. Originally signed in July of 2016 as an international free agent when he was listed at 6’4″ 185 lbs. He is now listed on the Instructs roster at 224 lbs.
He seemed to be working on pitching inside t0 right-handed hitters in a couple of innings of work on Saturday morning. Watch HERE him induce a bases loaded double play and record a strikeout.
The big bat after the first week of Instructs continues to be first baseman Greg Pickett. The left handed hitting first baseman hit one of the longest home runs to center I might have seen. He just missed clearing the top of the batters eye in straight center field at the Blue Jays field.
His first Instruct home run went just to the right of the batter’s eye at Ashburn Field earlier last week. This blast hit above the yellow line high up on the eye for his second Instructs homer. Watch HERE. In the games I saw last week, he hit two homers, a double and two singles.
Instructs wrap up this week with games against the Braves on Monday and the Yankees on Tuesday at the Carpenter Complex. A Phillies camp day is scheduled on Wednesday and a game at Pirate City in Bradenton is slated against the Pirates on Thursday. The Phillies break camp on Friday to end Florida Instructs for another season.
Our attention turns to the Arizona Fall which opens up tomorrow. Representing the Phillies on the Glendale Desert Dogs are pitchers Trevor Betencourt, Garrett Clevenger, Elniery Garcia and J.D. Hammer; catcher Edgar Cabral, infielder Zach Green and outfielder “C” Randolph.