It seems like just a short time ago when players started trickling into camp in Clearwater. Now, we're a month into the season and players are starting to establish themselves with their play. The Phillies honored three of their young prospects with organizational Player of the Month honors for fielding, hitting and pitching.
Reading starter Ben Lively, who has pitched in the shadows of bigger prospects, was given the Pitcher of the Month award for his five starts with the Fightin' Phils. Lively won three of the five starts, without suffering a loss, while posting a scant 1.55 ERA. The 24-year old threw 29 innings and struck out 30 hitters, while walking just six. He held opponents to a .189 average and earned a 0.896 for the first month of the season.
The Phillies added Lively in the deal that sent Marlon Byrd to the Cincinnati Reds on December 31, 2014. At the time, Lively was the reigning Player of the Year in the Cincinnati organization and he went on to make 25 starts at Double-A last season, posting a 4.13 ERA with the Fightins.
The honors as the organization's top hitter in April was given to Lakewood second baseman Josh Tobias, who batted .347 and had a .462 on-base percentage with the BlueClaws. Tobias drove in 19 runs and posted 11 extra-base hits, including eight doubles and two home runs. The 23-year old also drew more walks (11) than he struck out (10) during April. The switch-hitting Tobias did most of his damage against lefties, and is batting .542 against them on the season, while hitting .290 against right-handers.
Clearwater's Scott Kingery (pictured above) was the recipient of the Defensive Player of the Month award from the Phillies. Kingery, 22, fielded 94 balls in 180 innings at second and didn't make an error. Last season, his first in the pros, Kingery committed just four errors in 281 chances for a fielding percentage of .986 with Lakewood. On the year, Kingery is hitting .266 with two home runs, after hitting .250 with three home runs in all of last season with the BlueClaws.