Last night was an easy formula for a Reading win: Two-run homers from each Darick Hall and Jan Hernandez. Then, put that game in the win column for the Fightins. The Hall blast in the sixth inning gave the Fightins a 2-1 lead and the Hernandez shot broke a 2-2 tie in the ninth for the 4-2 win.
In 2016 the Fightin Phils had the “Bash Brothers”. Now Phillies teammates, Rhys Hoskins and Dylan Cozens combined for 78 home runs during that season.
I am not saying Darick Hall and Jan Hernandez are the new versions of the minor league “Bash Brothers”. It’s highly unlikely no two players will ever come close to what the “”Bash Brothers” did that season but last night Hall and Hernandez played “Bash Brothers” in a second remake for a night.
Reports keep circulating that the Phillies No. 1 draft pick, Alec Bohm, may not stick at third base. First base or a corner outfield spot may be options for him. Such a move would directly affect the futures of Hall and Hernandez.
Last night Hernandez was playing in center field for only the fourth time this season after playing 40 games in right field. Hall has only ever played at first base.
Hall leads the entire Phillies organization in home runs this season with 13 long balls. Four more homers than anyone on the Phillies major league roster. He has 51 home runs in 231 games in his Phillies minor league career. He will be hard to move out as the first baseman of the future. His left-handed power bat will be needed to supply balance to the major league lineup some day.
Hernandez is having an interesting season. After hitting only .212 last season in the Florida State League, Jan has turned himself into a major league prospect this season. He is hitting .321 in the Eastern League, good enough for fifth place in hitting in the League. His long ball in Altoona last night was his fifth homer in his last 29 games. He has a cannon for an arm and looks like a natural in the outfield after struggling for four and half seasons as a third baseman in the Phillies system.
It will be interesting to see what happens in the rest of the season with Darick Hall and Jan Hernandez and where Alec Bohm finally winds up in the field.