Great weekend in the Australian Baseball League at the plate and on the mound for Phillies player development .
Two young left-handed hitters showed tremendous power. Left fielder, 19 year-old Chris Burke for the Melbourne Aces went deep for his third homer in his last seven games on Friday night. For the Adelaide Giants, first baseman Rixon Wingrove took over the league lead in home runs with his sixth and seventh homers of the season in the sixth and seventh innings of Saturday night’s second game of a seven inning doubleheader.
On the mound lefty Jonathan Hennigan and Austin Ross continue to put up zeros on the scoreboard out of the Giants bullpen as they did last night. Hennigan has not allowed a run or hit in 8.2 innings while striking out 10 in six appearances. Ross has not permitted a run in 10.2 inning while striking out 17 in eight appearances.
Hennigan picked up the win after Wingrove hit his second home run in the top of the seventh to put the Giants ahead 7-6. They fell behind 6-0 after two innings in the second game.
Big Rix had hit two walk-off home runs earlier this season when the Giants batted last. He now has won a third game with a solo shot in the top of the last inning of the second seven-inning game last night to push the Giants record to 12-10. He is becoming the one batter you want up at the plate in a close and late game. Read HERE.
Burke, Wingrove, Hennigan and Ross are proving to be four Phillies prospects to follow closely in the 2021 season. They could be long term solutions to left-handed power bats at the plate and shutdown set-up arms out of the bullpen.