Last night in Bradenton, Florida may have been a seminal moment in Phillies history. Their $4.2 million international free agent from 2015, Jhailyn Ortiz, went very deep twice before an announced crowd of 678 fans. But all the world saw what a power hitter he is becoming during the three game series on MiLB.TV. He hit three homers in Bradenton and they were no-doubt-about it round trippers. Watch his second home run last night, HERE.
Ortiz’s second two-run homer of the game broke open a tie game to give the Threshers a 9-7 lead and they went on to win 12-7, to win two of the three games in opening series of the second half.
Finally, Ortiz is coming into his own. In his last 30 games he has hit 9 home runs. Hitting long balls are not easy in the Florida State League. This is the power that we all expected to see from him when he first signed. Sometimes, we forget he will not turn 21-years-old until November 18.
His bat has started to come around after a slow start. In his last ten games, Ortiz is hitting .278 going 10 for 36 with 3 homers and 9 RBIs. Most importantly he struck out only five times during the time.
His outfield defense has also impressed me this season. According to Baseball Reference, in 44 games mostly in right field, he has been charged with no errors and has eight assists.
One name to watch in the second half of the FSL season is Jhailyn Ortiz. He is coming into his own as a top power hitter.