The Phillies need offense and they have two guys in the minor leagues who might help them sooner than later. Jose Pujols and Zach Green are both putting together career years with the bat.
Last night it was Jose Pujols driving in four runs with a two-run single. Later in the game he hit his 21st home run of the year in only 109 games between Clearwater and Reading. Watch his first two AA home runs from earlier this month, HERE and HERE. Jose’s three AA home runs have been a three-run blast and a grand slam in Bowie and last night’s two-run dinger in Harrisburg.
The night before Lehigh Valley’s, Zach Green hit two doubles to bring his total to 34 combined between Reading and Lehigh Valley. His doubles total is one of the highest in the minor leagues.
Last night I sat down to watch the Reading-Harrisburg game on MiLB-TV and what a good game it was. Our friend Felix Paulino had a no-hitter going for 5.1 innings before tiring in the sixth. It was a line drive two-run homer to right by Pujols which turned out to give Reading the winning 7-6 margin. He also made a nice catch in right on a line drive which saved a run from scoring.
Pujols had a very strong season with Clearwater before his call up. His slash line in the Florida State League was .301/.364/.523 with 18 home runs. When he was called up, he was second of qualified players at the time among FSL batting averages. After a fast start in AA, Jose went into the game last night off of a 2 for 28 in his last nine games with Reading. He broke out with a vengeance last night. In 109 games with Clearwater and Reading, Pujols is hitting .295 with 21 homers and 70 RBIs for an .874 OPS.
Green started slowly at AAA but has come on strong in August, slashing at .348/.388/.696 so far this month. Between Reading and Lehigh Valley he has hit .289 with 72 RBIs to go with 20 homers and 34 doubles in only 105 games. He leads the Phillies organization with a .917 OPS for the season.
Two players who are my Phillies minor league offensive players of the year are right fielder Jose Pujols and corner infielder Zach Green.