Phillies team President Dave Dombrowski had to do something. The MLB Pipeline ratings of the farm system just came out and the Phillies fell to 27th place.
No Phillies farm team is even close to playing .500 baseball this season. Another example of what’s going on down on the farm is the Low A Clearwater Threshers team. It has 22 of its pitchers, including its No. 1, 2020 draft pick, Mick Abel and 10 of it position players on the Injured List.
Dombrowski had to do something. So yesterday he called a press conference to tell us he “relieved from duty” two of his Assistant General Managers and the team’s Farm Director. What do the Phillies have to lose by bringing in some new faces to revamp the farm system?
The news on the field was not all that bad yesterday. One of our favorite players, Bryson Stott, we have been highlighting here, went 2 for 5 in Reading’s win over the Portland Sea Dogs. He had a RBI single and hit a single off the Maine Monster wall in left but was thrown out trying for a double. His August batting average remains at .397.
Jhailyn Ortiz took one deep over the Maine Monster for his fourth homer as a Fightin Phil and 23rd of the season. However, in a later at bat, he appeared to injure his oblique area while swinging. He had to leave the game and could not complete his at bat.
We were impressed with Seranthony Dominguez in his one inning of rehab relief for Lehigh Valley. He struck out three and his breaking ball had a sharp late bit to it. He looks ready!
Another pitcher, lefty Josh Hendrickson, came on in the fourth inning for Reading. He went the rest of the way striking out eight in six innings to get the win.
It took Jersey Shore 13 innings to win in Wilmington, Delaware. Left fielder Ben Pettetier hit a two-run homer and a triple in the game. Adam Haseley had four hits and D.J. Stewart had four RBIs as well.
Jersey Shore Lefty Erubiel Armenta came on in the bottom of the 13th inning protecting a one run lead with the “free” runner at second. He retired the side on two strikeouts for the save. He now has struck out 40 in 18 innings of relief so far this season.
Though the Phillies Farm System may be ranked 27th in baseball which called for changes, we did see the light at the end of the minor league tunnel, yesterday. It’s not a speeding locomotive but some very good baseball being played!