The Phillies international signings from Australia and New Zealand appear to be paying off. Yesterday, GCL West’s first baseman, Australian Rix Wingrove went 3 for 4 with a triple, double and six RBIs.
This morning, the second baseman for GCL East, Australian second baseman Curtis Mead, lined a single. Then later he hit a triple and stole home to tie-up the game in the eight inning. He is now hitting over.400 in his last ten games.
Tonight in Florida State League action, Kyle Glogoski from New Zealand takes to the mound in a start for the Clearwater Threshers. He is 3-0 with a 2.11 ERA averaging more than a strikeout an inning in his last ten starts combined for Lakewood and Clearwater.
Several of the Phillies Latin international position players have also started strong in the GCL. Middle infielders Wilfredo Flores is leading the GCL in hitting with a .455 average. Gaumer Dipre is fifth in the league hitting .351 and Edgar Made is eight at .341 in the GCL.
The Phillies top international signing from 2018 pitcher Starlyn Castillo made his GCL debut this morning. He did get two outs in the first inning but walked two, allowed two hits and three runs before being lifted. The Phillies gave him a reported $1.6 million to sign last year. Read HERE.
The real surprise in the Gulf Coast League this season has been the bat of the big, left-handed hitting Wingrove. He is hitting .385 with two homer and 14 RBIs in his last ten games. He leads all the GCL in RBIs with 21 in only 17 games. He just turned 19-years-old back in May.
Mead started slowly hitting only .105 in June but has hit over .400 in July. The right handed hitting second baseman is built along the lines of Chase Utley. He is only 18-years-old and appears to have a bright future in the middle infield.
The 20-year-old Glog0ski has been effective but not dominating as a starter with Clearwater pitching to a 2.75 ERA in 19.2 innings striking out 20 in his four starts. It will be interesting to see how he does tonight in his start against the Bradenton Marauders on MiLB.TV at 6;30 ET.