Saturday was one of those days that the Phillies organization won all five games played. From the team with the best winning percentage in the system, to the lowest Lakewood, they all added a “W” to the standings. The magic formula was simple: dominating pitching and timely hitting.
The key for us who follow the Phillies is not the big league team. They can take care of themselves. It is the development teams in the minors. We look for the stars of tomorrow who are playing right now!
Though reliever JD Hammer did not get into the game, his call from AAA to the Show yesterday gives hope to all minor league players that they have a shot to go all the way to the top. Hammer was a 24th round draft pick of the Colorado Rockies back in 2016. He signed for $1,000.
The other extremed happened in Jupiter Florida in the Florida State League. Jhailyn Ortiz hit a two-run homer that was the difference in the Clearwater Threshers 4-2 win. Ortiz was an international signee back in 2016 for $4 million. Though he is hitting only .2o6 in May, he has hit five homers in the month so far.
Still, it was the pitching that was the difference for the Phillies organization on Saturday. Lead by the best eight inning start of the season for the Phillies Jake Arrieta, it was dominating starts by Ramon Rosso for Reading, Damon Jones for the Threshers and Kyle Glogoski for Lakewood that were the keys to victories.
Perhaps the best start of the group was by the 20-year-old Glogoski. He faced only 17 batters striking out 11 and walking none in five innings. He was touched for only two hits. Throwing a big curveball, change up and his fastball at 90-91 mph in 66 pitches, he stymied Kannapolis. Read a story about Glogoski’s career, HERE.
The next best start was by the Threshers lefty Damon Jones. He went 5.1 innings and struck out 10. Jones now leads the FSL in strikeouts with 69 in 45.2 innings and is third with a 1.58 ERA. Jones was allowed to throw 96 pitches before being pulled in the sixth inning.
Against Harrisburg, Reading’s Ramon Rosso went seven innings for the first time in eight starts this season. He needed only 80 pitches. He allowed only a home run while striking out four and walking only one.
I was really impressed watching Lehigh Valley’s new closer Yasksel Rios yesterday on MiLB-TV. He has gone 4 for 4 in save opportunities since May 16th. He does it with his customary 95 mph fastball and a now a sharper breaking slider that I have ever seen him throw before. He struck out two in the ninth inning for the save. Catcher Deivi Grullon was the difference with the bat going 3 for 4 with a double, home run and four RBIs.
Yesterday’s games really showcased the Phillies system from top to bottom as they swept all five games with great pitching and timely hitting.