Reading’s Josh Stephen and Williamsport’s Kendall Simmons Finishing the Phillies Minor League Season Strong

Its always nice to get out to a lead in any game. That’s what both Reading’s Josh Stephen did with a RBI single in the first inning for Reading and Kendall Simmons did with a tw0-run homer in the second inning for Williamsport, yesterday. Reading would go on and beat Hartford 5-1 and Williamsport would down Batavia, 10-3.

Reading’s Josh Stephen hits a pinch hit, three run, walk off, home run.  He barrels up the ball on the outside corner of the plate, belt high and drives it over the left field wall.    ( Photo courtesy of

Stephen is one of the best surprises this season in the Phillies farm system. He skipped over Clearwater this season going directly to Reading from Lakewood where he played in 2018.  The Reading left fielder is leading the Fightin Phils in batting average, hitting .274, 10 points more than Alec Bohm has hit with Reading. In Josh’s last ten games, he is hitting .351 finishing the season strong.

Williamsport’s All Stars-L-R, Corbin Williams, Bryson Stott, Logan O’Hoppe and Kendall Simmons (Photo courtesy of

Simmons has been the power hitter of the year in the Phillies farm system. In the half-season New York-Penn League, the infielder has hit 12 homers including 10 long balls in his last 22 games. With only eight games remaining in the NY-Penn season, he has a chance to track down the league leader who has 13 homers.

The Phillies should be announcing any day now who will go to the Arizona Fall League. Read HERE. With the new rules allowing any player under contract to a MLB team eligible to be assigned to the AFL, Stephen and Simmons have earned at least consideration to keep playing into the Fall.


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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:
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2 Responses to Reading’s Josh Stephen and Williamsport’s Kendall Simmons Finishing the Phillies Minor League Season Strong

  1. Romus says:

    AFL Participants….Moniak, Howard, and Maton so far.
    I expect JoJo and Stephen to get the call also….and who knows, under the new rules Haseley could also get a chance

  2. Romus says:

    Also Alec Bohm is going to the AFL… right now it is Bohm, Moniak, Howard and Maton for sure.

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