Across the Bay in Tampa the New York Yankees were having a Home Run Derby of their own in batting practice between Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton. Read HERE.
Right here on Roberts Field this afternoon the Phillies minor league guys were doing much the same thing. The ball was flying out of that back field to left. It was perfect weather conditions to take the ball deep.
Right handed, power hitters: outfielder Carlos De La Cruz, third basemen Zach Green and Cole Stobbe all went deep at least three times each in batting practice. But it was catcher Deivi Grullon who went deep on three consecutive pitches that was most impressive.
I was not keeping an exact score but it was a lot of fun to watch them lift the ball far and deep off of a coach throwing batting practice. They were all putting on quite a show in front of farm director Joe Jordan who was watching them from behind the batting cage.
Watch De La Cruz taking BP, HERE.
These guys are names to watch this season in the Phillies farm system. Green would seem to be targeted for third at AA Reading, Stobbe at third in high A Clearwater and Grullon catching in Reading for another season.
Watch Green and Stobbe fielding HERE.
The real question mark is where to assign De La Cruz for the 2018 season. The 18- year-old, 6′ 8″, prodigy was signed out of New York City’s George Washington High School as a free agent last August and has only played in Fall Instructs.
All 30 teams passed on De La Cruz in the 2017 draft. Even though he appears he can do it all. Last week he caught a ball effortlessly in BP headed to the batter eye in dead center. Carlos reminds me of a taller version of Hall of Famer Dave Winfield.
The Yankee may have Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton for their home run hitting contests. But the Phillies have some younger prospects of their own who showed today on a backfield at the Carpenter Complex they can hit the ball as far and deserving of the Yankees radio voice John Sterling’s signature home run call, “It is high, it is far, it is gone!”