It was a big game last night. The Threshers downed the Lakeland Flying Tigers 7-3. They are now only a half game off the pace in the battle with them for first place in the FSL North in the second half and a playoff spot.
Three players caught my eye in the game for the Threshers: Luke Williams, Mickey Moniak and Adonis Medina. They will be key if they stay but don’t be surprise if they get the call to Reading at some point before Labor Day’s end of the season arrives. Why? Because they deserve the call-up if they continue to play as they have done recently.
The real story this season for the Threshers has been the rapid development of swing man Luke Williams. He has not only started to hit but has played all over the field. Normally a third baseman, he has also started games at 1b, 2b, cf and lf this season.
It has been his bat which has captured scouts attention who sit game after game in section 111 at Spectrum Field. After hitting .145 in April and .200 in May, Luke tore the cover off the ball in June hitting .333 with a .973 OPS. His six homer in the month was more than the three homers he hit in his first three season in the Phillies system. Far and away, June was the best month of his four-year minor league career.
To open July last night, Luke went 3 for 5 with a run scored and a RBI. What impressed me last night was his one of his base hits where he went with the pitch and drove a RBI single to the opposite field in right. He has become not just a power hitter but showed how he is recognizing the pitch and location. Watch HERE.
Williams is still young and turns just 22 next month. He has a bright future ahead of him!
Moniak seems ready to breakout. He showed last night that the power is coming. He hit a line drive off the centerfield wall for a triple. I forget that the ‘Mick” just turned 20 years old in May. The best is yet to come. Watch his triple, HERE.
What can I say about Medina? He is playing at baseball age 21 this season and in his last ten starts has gone 6-0 striking out 62 in 54 innings. He has a mid 90’s fastball with a major league slider. This is why he is MLB Pipeline’s second highest rated player in the Phillies system.
Last night Medina did give up two back-to-back home runs in the fourth inning but he came back and struck out three in the fifth inning, Watch HERE. He threw a quality start over six innings with nine strikeouts to go 8-2 on the season.
Williams, Moniak and Medina are why the Threshers are only a half game out of first place in the second half. All three of them are showing that they are ready to move on up in the Phillies system and soon!