Last night we decided not to go to the Clearwater Threshers game or watch the MLB All Star game. No need to watch Zack Wheeler throw only three pitches in the game including two 100 mph fastballs for a strikeout with two out in the ninth inning. We already knew he could do that!
What we decided to do instead was watch the Jersey Shore Blue Claws-Brooklyn Cyclones game from Coney Island in Brooklyn NY on MiLB.TV. We wanted to see, what we thought, were the big bats in the middle of the BlueClaws lineup of Logan O’Hoppe, Jhailyn Ortiz, DJ Stewart and Vito Friscia. However, only O’Hoppe had a base hit in the game and the BlueClaws lost 1-0.
The Phillies farm system is struggling to win games and hit the ball. The five teams are a collectively 24 games under .500 as the second half of the minor league season got underway last night.
Clearwater is the only Phillies team over .500 and that is only two games over. The Phillies Florida Complex League team is at 5-5 after two weeks of that half season league. The rest of the teams are a collectively 26 games under .500.
So what’s the problem? The Phillies minor league teams for the most part can’t hit except for two Aussie catchers with the Complex team. Mitch Edwards is hitting .360 (9 for 28) and Chris Burke is hitting .417 (5 for 12).
Here are the sad batting averages for too many of the players in the starting lineups last night for the four other farm teams: AAA Lehigh Valley, seven hitting .223 or less, AA Reading, five hitting .210 or less, High A Jersey Shore, five hitting .187 or less and Low A Clearwater, four hitting .168 or less. No wonder these four teams all lost last night when the few big bats in the lineups don’t produce.
In this week’s Draft, the Phillies Front Office of their 20 draft picks, 14 selections were pitchers. These pitchers better be dominating because they likely will not have many runs to work with when they take the hill in a Phillies minor league uniform. Read HERE.