Only a few Phillies prospects are playing winter ball going into December. In the past, the Caribbean Leagues were filled with them playing winter ball. Now, we do find a few of them playing in the Australian Baseball League playing this weekend as summer approaches down under.
On Saturday in Auckland, New Zealand and in Adelaide, Australia we did find Phillies prospects in action. Thanks to Youtube and Facebook Live we could watch their progress.
New Zealand is only 18 hours ahead of us here in Tampa Bay but we would not miss a Kyle Glogoski start. So, Friday evening at six o’clock we were watching his noon Saturday start in New Zealand against the Canberra Cavalry with a wind-driven rain in the air.
Kyle was protecting a 1-0 lead with two outs in the top of the fifth inning before he yielded a wind-aided homer to tie up the game. It was the first run he allowed in 14.2 innings of work in his three starts. He has been pitching no more than five innings and is on a 25- inning pitch limit imposed by the Phillies. It looks like he has only two more starts before he will be shutdown for the 2018 season.
In his three starts, Glogoski has allowed only three hits for a .063 opponents batting average. He leads the ABL in WHIP at 0.61. He has struck out 16 and walked three. Watch his four strikeouts from Saturday’s game, HERE.
Another player who is showing why he is a Phillies major league prospect is catcher Mitch Edwards. He hit his second homer of the season in Saturday’s game for the Adelaide Heat. It was a three-run blast, batting right-handed. He now has hit a homer from both sides of the plate in his eleven games so far in the ABL. He is hitting .306 with a .859 OPS overall and threw out a runner trying to steal second base in the game. Watch his home run, HERE.
Both Glogoski and Edwards are playing like major league prospects as 19-years-olds. They are two guys to watch in the Phillies minor league camp this spring because they have a chance to be the first players from New Zealand and Australia to have an impact at the Phillies major league level. Right now, they figure to compete for roster spots with either Williamsport or Lakewood in 2019, after spending last season in the Gulf Coast League.