Over the last several weeks, 22 year-old Jhailyn Ortiz and 21 year-old Rixon Wingrove are emerging as the two, big, young power bats in the Phillies minor league system.
Ortiz, a right-handed batter, is playing the outfield positions for the Jersey Shore BlueClaws at High A and Wingrove, left-handed batter, is the first baseman for the Clearwater Threshers at Low A.
On Sunday they both went deep. Ortiz hit a three-run homer for his 12th of the year in Jersey Shore’s 7-1 win over the Brooklyn Cyclones. Wingrove hit a couple of two-run homers for his 9th and 10th of the year in Clearwater’s 9-7 loss against the Dunedin Blue Jays.
Both Ortiz and Wingrove have been hitting long balls in recent weeks. In Ortiz’s last 18 games over 58 at bats, he has hit 7 homers and drove in 13 RBIs. In Wingrove’s last 27 games he has hit 9 homers and drove in 17 RBIs.
Both of them are on pace to hit at least 20 homers as the minor leagues move into the second half of the 120 games season. If they can stay hot with the long ball power they have shown in recent weeks, the Phillies are going to have two of the top young power hitters in 2021 the minor league season.