Last night in Daytona, Threshers centerfielder Simon Muzziotti went deep to right with two outs in the fifth inning. His second homer of the year turned out to be the difference in the 2-1 Clearwater win. Watch his first homer HERE on May 11th. His homer last night raises more of a question than just with the win can they stay in the hunt for first half lead in the Florida State League’s Northern Division?
The really big question becomes what to do with two, left-handed hitting, centerfielders in the system who are similar in ages and skill sets. Both Muzziotti and Mickey Moniak at Reading are of the same age. Mickey just turned 21 years-old on May 13th. Simon will turn 21 years-old the end of December.
In his last ten games in the FSL, Muzziotti is hitting .341 going 15 for 44 with his only 2 homers, 4 RBIs, 2 walks and 4 strikeouts. In Moniak’s last ten games in the EL, he is hitting .350, 14 for 40 with 0 homers, 6 RBIs, 1 walk and 8 strikeouts. He has 3 homers on the season.
In other areas for the season, Muzziotti has three outfield assists and Moniak has two assists. In centerfield, Moniak has committed one error with a 2.o8 range factor compared to Muzziotti with no errors and a range factor of 1.86. Base stealing, Muzziotti is 7 for 14 and Moniak is 5 for 5.
Right now, there is very little to chose from between Muzziotti and Moniak. What we do know is that they are so similar in ages and skill sets that they both can not fit at the same time in a Phillies major league lineup!