What makes a team and player go? The Phillies’ New York-Penn team, the Williamsport Crosscutters, had one of the worst records in minor league baseball until recently. Now they are the one of the hottest teams going 10-2 in their last 12 games. Kendall Simmons struggled to start the season hitting under .200 in his first 21 games for the Crosscutters. Now, he has gone 9 for 25 with 5 homer runs and 10 RBIs in his last eight games and is one of the hottest hitters in baseball.
Simmons was the Phillies 6th-round draft pick in 2018. The 19-year old struggled to breakout to start the season. When Bryson Stott, the Phillies 2019 No. 1 draft pick, came to town, he was pushed out of the shortstop job in favor of Stott. Clearly, Simmons has taken full advantage of the move to second base.
In last night’s 9-3 win over division leading Batavia, Simmons did it all. He hit a two-run homer and a sacrifice fly RBI and made a great play at second base. Read HERE.
Two names to watch develop up the middle of the Williamsport infield are Bryson Stott and Kendall Simmons.