The post season is over already for one Phillies farm team. On Sunday, the Gulf Coast League East Phillies were eliminated in a one-game, semi-final loss to the GCL Cardinals by a 4-1 score.
This was the first season the Phillies had two GCL teams. We have selected the “Baseball Betsy and Ross Best Domestic and International Pitcher and Position Player 2018 Awards” from those two teams. It so happens all of them played for the GCL Phillies West team. The team that did not make the GCL playoffs.
Best Domestic Pitcher, Ben Brown
The big 6’6″, 18-year-old, right-hander from Long Island, New York had a remarkable season in the GCL. Brown was a 2017, 33rd round draft pick. Back on July 27th of this year, he pitched the most impressive game in the Phillies minor league system this season. Big Ben struck out 16 GCL Tigers in six innings, allowing only two hits and walking one to get a win. Brown would go on and finish with a 4-2 record in the GCL. He is now pitching for Williamsport in the New York-Penn League where he lost his first start on Saturday.
Best International Pitcher, Kyle Glogoski
Glogoski is a 19-year-old from Aukland, New Zealand. In 10 games, 8 starts, he went 4-0. He pitched 39 innings striking out 47 and pitched to a 2.31 ERA. Kyle already has a reputation as a Yankee killer. His best games were a six-inning, one-hit, shutout, win against the GCL Yankees West team and a six inning, three hit, shutout, no decision against the GCL Yankees East team.
Best Domestic Position Player, Catcher, Logan O’Hoppe
O’Hoppe is an 18-year-old catcher from Long Island, New York drafted in the 23rd round of the 2018 draft. All Logan does is hit. He ended up hitting .367 in 109 at bats with two homers and 21 runs batted in. He had an .411 OBP and a .532 slugging percent for a .943 OPS. The most impressive numbers of anyone on the Phillies GCL teams. He had a .987 fielding percent behind the plate and had a 33% caught stealing percent in the GCL. All numbers that indicate a long career catching.
Best International Position Player, Shortstop, Luis Garcia
Luis Garcia, a 17-year-old who will turn 18 years-old on October 1st, led the entire GCL with a .368 batting average. He had a .921 OPS to just finish behind O’Hoppe’s .943 OPS. From the baseball hotbed of San Padre de Macoris in the Dominican Republic, the switch-hitting shortstop had a strong rookie season and looks like the top major league shortstop prospect that everyone said he was when he was signed. Read HERE
We would expect to see most, if not all, of these “Best” Phillies GCL players and many more in Fall instructs in a few weeks. It should be interesting.