Three Phillies minor league players caught my attention yesterday. Reading’s Darick Hall finally had a two hit game in August, Lehigh Valley’s Connor Brogdon finally picked up a save and Williamsport’s Kendall Simmons contributed without hitting a home run.
Hall had a great July where hit .304, put up a 1.035 OPS with five homers in the month but no call up to AAA ever came. Then everything went south in August. Even after getting hits in his last four games and two hits yesterday, Darick has hit only .192 with an OPS of .628 with one homer and 3 RBIs in August.
For some reason the Phillies minor league department refused to promote Hall even tough he had a strong season up until the final month. Yesterday on MiLB.TV, I watched Hall drive a ball down the left field line for a double and he might be back.
You can’t blame Hall. At AA Reading in all of this season and part of last season, he has played in over 200 games and has over 700 at bats. He has hit 35 homers and driven in 119 runs. No matter what he does, the Phillies Front Office seems not impressed. Since he has only played first base, he appears not to figure in Phillies plans.
Lehigh Valley’s Connor Brogdon also caught my attention. He picked up his first save of the season with a clean ninth inning yesterday. Brogdon has closer stuff with his fastball sitting at 95 MPH and now reportedly topping at 98 MPH this week but he has had few save opportunities in his three-year Phillies minor league career. Maybe after the blown save by Hector Neris Monday night in the Phillies game, a light bulb went off on the Phillies braintrust’s prospect board and Brogdon’s name lit up.
I am always interested in any 19-year-old who has hit 12 homers in 151 at bats with a .936 OPS in a season. Other than a couple of journeymen at AAA, Kendell Simmons is one of the few Phillies minor leaguers with an OPS over .900. His Williamsport’s numbers so far in the New York-Penn League are ones to remember. Yesterday, he did not homer but he did drive in the first run of the game with a base hit and later scored a run after a walk in the Crosscuttter’s win. We all know how the Phillies Front Office prioritizes the base on balls!
Let’s hope the Phillies know what to do with Simmons. They have him playing third, short second and DHing in games so far this season. He seems like the real deal. Then, I thought Darick Hall was the real deal after I watched him debut in 2016 minor league spring training games.