Daniel Brito is showing his versatility in VWL action, yesterday. After hitting three homers and knocking in 9 runs during an eight game stretch before the Christmas holiday, he cames back and showed his small ball ability in leading his team to a 6-5 and 4-3 doubleheader sweep.
In the first game, he worked a walk and scored from first on a double and then tacked on a key run in a later at bat with a sacrifice fly RBI to help the his team, Zulia, to a 6-5 win. In his first at bat he showed why he leads his team in runs scored.
In the second game, with score tied in the bottom of the sixth of a 7-inning game, Brito was hit by a pitch, stole second base, went to third on the catcher’s throwing error and scored on a sacrifice fly to give his team the 4-3 lead.
Brito showed his tools without the benefit of a base hit in the twin bill but his small ball play was vital in the sweep.
His two stolen bases yesterday brought his total to five this season including three in his last four games since the Christmas break. They do not run much in the VWL. His five steals are three more than any other player on the team.
In South Australia, Phillies farmhands are hard at work getting ready for the start of the Australian Baseball League season. It is planned to be a 24-game schedule played in January depending on Covid 19 conditions.
Adelaide Giants are expected to have at least 11 Phillies prospects on hand to start the season next week including two Australians, catcher Mitch Edwards and first baseman Rixon Wingrove and one New Zealander, pitcher Kyle Glogoski.
In yesterday’s intrasquad game, Phillies imports, as they are called there, included Luke Williams and Cornelius Randolph and pitcher Taylor Lehman.
It was announced during the streaming of the game that top Phillies infield prospect Kendall Simmons was due in Adelaide today after fulfilling a two week quarantine in Sydney.
Yesterday’s game was streamed on the Giants Facebook page. If you get a chance watch the game, it takes about two hours for the full game.
We were most impressed with Williams defense at second base where he make a great play to tag out a runner attempting to steal and turned a nice double play. He also lined a single to left.
Randolph was robbed of an extra base hit when he lined out to deep left.
Mitch Edwards doubled down the first base line.
On the mound the big lefty, Lehman, struck out two of the three batters he faced in the first inning.
Nothing beats watching Phillies baseball “NOW” while waiting for the 2021 season to begin!