Kevin Markham was sent down from Clearwater to Lakewood to replace a highly regarded centerfielder, the injured Simon Muzziotti. It was Markham who looked more highly regarded than even Clearwater’s centerfielder, Mickey Moniak, who was blocking his way in the Florida State League. He was one of our Friday standout stars in the Phillies minor league organization.
Markham, who reminds me of Lenny Dyskra, had a game remember last night in Lakewood’s 5-2 win over first place Delmarva. He tracked down 4 fly ball outs in centerfield, stole 3 bases, had 2 base hits, scored 2 runs, walked 2 times and had 1 RBI. The win finally put Lakewood over .500 and is the only Phillies farm team to have won more game than it has lost.
Though the Threshers continued their losing ways, lefty Mackenzie Mills pitched his best game in a Phillies uniform last night against the Tampa Tarpons. He went seven innings allowing only three hits and a run in a no decision. He struck out six without issuing a walk. Mills was acquired last season from the Washington Nationals for Howie Kendrick.
The Phillies top draft picks and international signing all were off slow starts but have picked up the pace over the last several games. We have documented how Jhailyn Ortiz started to come around in his two previous game. Last night he had another hit to drive in a run. The 2016 top pick Moniak hit a two-run RBI single and 2017 No. 1 pick, Adam Haseley, had two singles but struck out three times last night in the Clearwater loss. Cornelius Randolph,the Phillies No. 1 draft pick from 2015, came up big in Reading’s 5-4 win over New Hampshire. He homered and drove in his second run on a sacrifice fly.
Friday night, the Phillies farm teams won two of the four games but still remain a combined 12 games under .500 as an organization starting the third week of the season.