The 2021 Phillies started this week with an Adelaide Giants game in Brisbane, Queensland in Australia. The game told me a lot about the Phillies organization.
The game showed the Phillies have talent in the minor league system but can they development them before they trade them away? Five of them were in the lineup for the Giants in the Australian Baseball League on opening day.
It was either feast or famine for them. The Phillies farmhands struck out eight times in the seven inning game. On the other hand, left fielder Cornelius Randolph homer, first baseman Rixon Wingrove hit a two-run double and Kendall Simmons scored two runs getting on with a walk and single in the 6-1 win over the Brisbane Bandits.
Another starter for the Giants was a former Phillies infield farmhand Curtis Mead who they gave away last year for a pitcher who was starting his seventh year in the Tampa Bay Rays farm system. I predict Mead will be a major league All Star at the hot corner in two or three years for the Rays.
The Phillies prospect I will be watching most closely in the ABL is the 20 year-old, shortstop Simmons. He played every infield position except first base for the Williamsport Crosscutters in 2019. Also he turned two double plays in the game.
Watch the recap of the Game in an article HERE.