Seems like Phillies baseball never ends. Phillies prospects had good games in the Arizona Fall League and in the U-23 World Baseball Cup tournament on Saturday.
The Phillies contingent came up big in the Arizona Fall League in a 9-7, 11 inning win and one of our favorite young catching prospects hit an RBI double in the U-23 tournament in Monteria, Columbia.
In the desert, first basement Darick Hall hit a solo homer and an RBI single. Right fielder Austin Listi had three “knocks”, as Mike Schmidt would say, with two runs scored and a drove in a run. Hall is second on the Scottsdale Scorpions in home runs with two and RBIs with seven in only six games. The problem is Hall has struck out in nine of 24 at bats.
On the mound, Luke Leftwich is Rule Five eligible and is fighting for a spot on the 40-man roster. He has been a shutdown reliever so far in the AFL. He pitched another shutout inning in the game and is yet to allow a run in 5.2 innings in four appearances striking out eight. Lefty, Jonathan Hennigan pitched a clean 11th inning striking two for the save.
In the U-23 tournament for Team Australia, catcher Mitch Edward lined a run scoring double to get the Aussies on the board. You can watch his hit HERE. They went on to a 5-3 win over the Czech Republic. In Sunday’s game, the Aussies downed the Dominican Republic 4-3 though Edwards did not play. They are now 2-1 in the tournament.
Edwards played in the recently concluded Fall Instructs in Clearwater. Watch Edward’s “loud out” in an Instructs game against the Yankees, HERE. He will play for the Adelaide Bite in the Australia Baseball League which opens up on November 15th. He will be joined by second baseman Curtis Mead who was also at Phillies Instructs. Other Phillies prospects listed on the ABL rosters are first baseman, Rixan Wingrove and pitcher, Nick Fanti for the Sydney Blue Sox and one of the top pitching prospects, Kyle Glogoski from New Zealand. He will pitch with a 25-inning ABL season limit for the Auckland Tuatara. Read HERE.