We always hear managers and coaches talk about finishing the season strong. Phillies top catching prospect Mitch Edwards took that to heart by hitting a Grand Slam in his final at bat in the bottom of ninth playing in the Australian Baseball League on Saturday night. It was the end to a storybook season for him, watch HERE. (Fast forward the video until there is 4 minutes and 42 seconds left in the video.)
The 19-year-old catcher was signed back on June 9th as an international free agent and has not looked back since. In his last five GCL games back in August he hit .333 with a home run. Then, he was selected by the Phillies coaching staff as the top international player in Fall Instructs.
After Instructs in September, it was off to the U-23 World Cup games in Columbia, South America with Team Australia. There, he went five for ten with five runs scored and six RBIs. He hit a double and two homers to go along with two walks. Of all players in the tournament, Mitch had the highest OPS of 1.783, read HERE.
Finally, Mitch opened the ABL season in November with the Adelaide Bite where he ended the season Saturday night by hitting .321 with three homers and 24 RBIs in 140 at bats. He had the highest batting average of any catcher in the ABL.
Edwards will be joined in the minor league spring training camp by two other young Phillies prospects from “down under”, Bite middle infielder Curtis Mead and pitcher Kyle Glogoski from New Zealand. If the 2018 season is any indication, they all have chances to someday play in the major leagues.