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.
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.
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.