Two Phillies Prospect Questions May Have Been Answered In Last Night’s Games

Two Phillies prospect questions may have been answered last night: Can Spencer Howard and Erik Miller provide balance to a future Phillies rotation? Will Williamsport’s keystone combination of  Bryson Stott and Kendall Simmons add balance to a future batting order?

August 9th, 2019 might turn out to have been an important date in Phillies history. On this date, two starting pitchers in its farm system, Howard and Miller, pitched shutouts. At the same time, two minor league middle infielders went a combined 5 for 9, each with a double and a two out RBI.  Then later, we watched Bryce Harper hit two of the longest home runs of the season to drive in four runs for the Phillies.

Spencer Howard in Spring Training

We can envisage, hopefully sooner than later, RHP Howard and LHP Miller teaming up as a left-right balance in the Phillies starting rotation. Last night for Reading, Howard pitched a six-inning shutout, allowing only three hits, walking none and striking out eight. For Williamsport, Miller pitched a four-inning shutout allowing three hits, striking out seven and showing great command walking only one.

Balance in the batting order comes into play with left-handed hitting shortstop, Bryson Stott, and right-handed hitting second baseman, Kendall Simmons, for the Crosscutters. Stott is hitting hitting .333 with one homer in his last ten games. Not to be outdone, Simmons is hitting .375 with four homers in his last ten games.

Kendall Simmons in Spring Training

Just think at some point in the next decade, Bryce Harper hitting over 400 ft. homers backed up by Spencer Howard and Erik Miller racking up strikeouts on the mound. With Bryson Stott and Kendall Simmons fielding balls hit up the middle and joining Harper in hitting them out of the park, Phillies fans will have a lot to look forward to over the next decade.

 

About Baseball Ross

I have been a faithful Phillies follower all my life. Today I am most intrigued by those players in the minor league system who work every day of the year to make it to the Show. This is what this blog is mostly all about. To read more, click here: https://baseballross.wordpress.com/2012/02/05/how-i-got-started-in-baseball/
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1 Response to Two Phillies Prospect Questions May Have Been Answered In Last Night’s Games

  1. Steven P. Winkler says:

    Great information. I like following the young guys as well. Nice to know there are ways to keep up to speed on the boys who like you said, work hard every day to get to big show.
    Thank you for sharing.

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