The Florida State League All Star game traditionally signals moving day for the best players in the Florida State League. This year’s game is scheduled for June 16th in Tampa.
In watching Sunday’s Clearwater Threshers 5-4 win, four players jumped out as candidates to move on up to AA or even AAA in the Phillies organization. They include left-handed hitting, first baseman Darick Hall, right-handed hitting, DH/LF/1B Austin Listi, switch-hitting catcher Henri Lartigue and left-handed relief pitcher Jakob Hernandez.
Hall will turn 23-years-old July 25 and went 3 for 4 with a rbi and scored a run. He put on another clinic on using the entire field by hitting a single to left and a double off the right field wall down the line. Watch HERE. In his last ten games he is hitting .390 with ten RBIs and ten runs scored. For the season, he leads the FSL with ten home runs and 25 runs scored. He is second in the league in slugging and OPS.
At baseball-age 24, Listi has been a surprise this season. He went 2 for 4 with two runs scored in Sunday’s 5-4 Clearwater win over the Dunedin Blue Jays, watch HERE. He made his debut at first in the game after limited duty in left field this season. He mostly has been the Threshers DH this season. In his last ten games he is hitting .417 and is second in the league in hitting at .372 and third in OPS for the season.
Lartigue playing at baseball-age 23, made third string backup catcher/DH/1B, Wilson Garcia expendable as Willie was dealt to the Orioles organization. In Sunday’s game Henri went 2 for 4 with a run scored. In his last ten games he has hit .368 to raise his average by 82 points to .349 for the season. His .970 OPS would have placed him fourth behind Hall and Listi in the league if he had enough at bats to quality. Watch HERE.
Reliever Jakob Hernandez is an interesting story. He will turn 22-years-old on May 19th. He got off to a terrible start with the Threshers but has been brilliant in his last six appearances out of the pen. Hernandez came on to get a two out, bases loaded strike out. He was the winning pitcher in his last two appearances including on Sunday where he went 2.1 innings striking out 4. In those last six appearances he has pitched 11 innings allowing no runs, 7 hits, one walk and has struck out 18. Watch his bases loaded strikeout from Sunday, HERE.
These are the players most we believe most likely deserve to move on up at the All-Star break.