No doubt about it, the Phillies have signed several of the top talented players from the lands “Down Under”. As we start the new year, three teenagers signed by the Phillies in 2018, catcher Mitch Edwards, second baseman Curtis Mead from Australia and pitcher Kyle Glogoski from New Zealand, have been the talk of off-season Phillies baseball.
The switch-hitting Edwards is hitting .337 in 101 at bats for sixth best in the ABL in batting average. He is hitting .395 in his last ten games. Watch his double from last weekend HERE (Go to the 2 hour and 11 second mark) Read about him HERE.
Mead is hitting .278 in his last ten games playing for the Adelaide Bite also. Read about him HERE.
Glogoski started four games in the ABL for Auckland, N.Z. before being shutdown for the rest of the season to get ready for the upcoming Phillies minor league spring training camp. He was among the leaders in ERA and WHIP at the time in 19.2 innings of work. Read about him HERE.
Back in February, the Phillies hired long time former Minnesota Twins international scout Howie Norsetter. He is based in Australia. HE has opened the talent spigot “down under” for the Phillies. As far as we can remember, the only Phillies signed Australian player to get a hit for them was Brad Harman. He made several cameo appearances with the 2008 Phillies team. I remember watching him line a double into the left-center field gap against the Pirates in Pittsburgh that year for his only major league hit.
It will interesting to watch Mitch Edwards, Curtis Mead and Kyle Glogoski in the Phillies minor league spring training camp this spring. They are three of the best under 20-year-old players in Australia and New Zealand.