Reading’s left fielder Josh Stephen is finishing his 2019 season very strong. In his last 25 games since the Eastern League All-Star game, he is slashing at .329/.391/.671. Part of that is because has turn up the heat up even greater in his five August games where he is hitting .353 for a 1.330 OPS.
His last two games were no exception. He hit a three run, walk off, pinch hit, home run in the bottom of the ninth to win Wednesday’s game. Last night, he homered and doubled after he started in left field.
Stephen is playing this season at baseball age 21. He was an 11th round draft pick in 2016. He is now in his fourth year in the Phillies farm system. He is unique in that the Phillies minor league department skipped him over Clearwater and jumped him from low A Lakewood last season directly to AA Reading this season.
The move is paying off for Josh who is having a break out season in his last 25 AA games. He is becoming a top left-handed hitting outfield prospect. He would seem to be a top candidate for the top prospect Arizona Fall League.