The Phillies can put together a strong infield of under 20 year-olds, right now! GCL Phillies East’s Curtis Mead, at baseball age 18, would be my third baseman. Joining Mead in the infield would be Williamsport’s Kendall Simmons at second and GCL Phillies West’s Rix Wingrove at first. All three of them currently lead their respective teams in home runs.
After playing almost exclusively at second base in Australia, Mead has been playing some at third base lately for the GCL Phillies East. His power bat has taken off in the last two weeks. He has hit four solo home runs in his last eight games including Saturday’s game. He has hit in 14 of his last 17 games.
In our previous post, we have blogged about first baseman, Rix Wingrove, who leads the GCL in several offensive categories. If Mead sticks at third base, the Phillies could have two Australians as top prospects at the corner infield positions. Curtis is showing he has the power for the corner position.
Mead started slowly hitting only .105 in 19 at bats in June to start the season but picked it up in July hitting .338 and now hitting .300 in August. The big difference now has been all his four homers have come in his last eight games as he is finishing the season with strong long ball power.
In addition to emerging home run power, Mead has put up a strong .326 average, hitting with runners in scoring position in the GCL. He leads his Phillies East team in just about all offensive categories including runs, hits, doubles, homers and RBIs.