Yesterday’s games were an interesting time in the Phillies farm system. I watched two players who particularly caught my attention, the Clearwater Threshers’ Simon Muzziotti and the Williamsport Crosscutters’ Kendall Simmons.
I went early to watch the first game of the Threshers doubleheader. The team is greatly lacking in major league prospects. However, Muzziotti stood out. He lead off with a single, put down a perfect RBI bunt single and walked in his only three at bats. For some reason, he was the designated hitter last night.
Muzziotti needs to be in a lineup and in the outfield every game! Especially, when I learned later that Roman Quinn again was placed on the Phillies’ Injured List. Muzzy will make an excellent replacement for the often injured Quinn, sooner than later. He is only baseball age 20. He can can hit, hit with power, run, throw and field. More importantly he played in his 100th game yesterday. We watched him hit two of his three homers this season.
Bored with watching the current “no-prospect” team for the most part, I went back home to watch other Phillies minor league baseball on MiLB.TV. There, I saw a budding superstar play for Williamsport, baseball age 19, Kendall Simmons. He hit a triple and homered in the game in Morgantown, West Virginia. He now has hit 8 homers in his last 17 games. He is second in homers in the New York Penn League with ten long balls in short season league.
Simmons has seen the most amazing improvement in monthly slash lines I have ever seen: June, .194/.244/.476; July .229/.321/.435; August .356/436/.867. His OPS went from .716 in June and is now 1.301 in August.
Two names to remember in the Phillies farm system are outfielder, Simon Muzziotti and infielder, Kendall Simmons. They showed in yesterday’s games that they are made of major league stuff and moving quickly toward the top of the Phillies prospect list.