It’s late in the season and players are running out of time to make an impression. Only a little over 20 games remain in the minor league season. Right now it is vital for minor league players to finish strong. Several Phillies minor league players had big games yesterday. The kind of games that open eyes in the Phillies Front Office, especially a day after the Phillies Team President relieved his Assistant General Manager with the oversight of the minors as well as removing the team’s Farm Director.
It was one of the those “hard to believe, Harry” moments in the Phillies organization. The Phillies third round 2020 Draft Pick, Clearwater Threshers’ shortstop Casey Martin hit a grand slam in the first game, then put the Threshers ahead for good in the second game with a two-run homer in last night’s doubleheader sweep .
Martin has hit four homers in his last 27 at bats over eight games: two grand slams, a three-run homer and the two-run homer. He has driven in 15 runs during this time. In 194 prior at bats with Clearwater he hit hit one homer. In 110 at bats with Jersey Shore back in June and July he hit .136 with one homer.
Reading managed to down the Portland Sea Dogs 9-7 last night. Reading’s closer, Brian Marconi, came on in the ninth inning and struck out three for the save. He now leads the league in saves with 10 in 11 opportunities. He was an undrafted free agent out of George Mason University back in 2019.
Two other Phillies minor league players caught our attention. In the Florida Complex League, left-handed hitter, catcher Chris Burke went 2 for 3 with two line drive singles. He also threw out a base runner attempting to steal. Burke is from Melbourne Australia who just turned 20 years-old last week.
Breaking out of a long slump, Reading’s third baseman Madison Stokes has gone 6 for 9 with 4 doubles and 4 RBIs in his last two games against Portland.
With all the change going on in the Phillies organization, now is the time for players to get “hot” to prepare for the Arizona Fall League, Fall Instructs and other off-season baseball.