Daniel Brito is making AAA so look easy after going going 6 for 13 in his first four games with Lehigh Valley. That’s .462 and then throw in a couple of homers and before you know it he has a 1.563 OPS to start AAA.
We watched Brito play second base for the Clearwater Threshers back in 2019 where he hit a modest .243 in just over 100 games. The highlight of the season there was when he received the second base minor league Gold Glove he won the season before with Lakewood.
We liked him in Clearwater but never did we think he would shoot up the prospect leader board as he is now doing. With his left handed swing, Brito always reminded me a little bit of Chase Utley. Utley only hit .257 when he played second base in Clearwater as a 22 year-old in back in 2001 but he never won a Gold Glove.
The 23 year-old Brito was not protected in last December’s Rule 5 Draft. He played off season ball in the Venezuelan Winter League where he hit .277 and had an OPS of .757. The best offensive numbers for him since his days in the rookie Gulf Coast League.
His development continued where he was hitting .296 with a .820 OPS with Reading this season. Those were gaudy numbers for Brito. Now with his start in Lehigh Valley, he is one step from the Show. Who would have thought it!
Brito is not the only hot bat in the Phillies system from that 2019 Clearwater team. Both Mickey Moniak for Lehigh Valley and Jhailyn Ortiz for Jersey Shore hit two home runs each in last night’s games.
Moniak now has 12 homers at AAA. He hit only 11 long balls all season in 2019 with 232 more at bats than he now has. Ortiz now has 16 homers with the Jersey Shore. He hit 19 homers in 2019 with 200 more at bats than he now has.
All of the sudden the Phillies now have prospects with power bats emerging from all directions from that 2019 Clearwater team.