As we approach mid-season, players are being picked for league all-star games throughout the minors. Recently, five players and the trainer of the Lakewood BlueClaws were picked for the SAL All-Star Game.
Even with more home run heroics from Scott Kingery, the Reading Fightin Phils came up short in their battle against first place Trenton. Elsewhere, Lehigh Valley had an off day, Clearwater's game was suspended and Lakewood had to work overtime.
More than a month into the season, there are some definite leaders emerging from the list of Phillies minor league players. In this week's Sunday Stats Review, we look at the Phillies organizational leaders.
It was a good week for the Lakewood BlueClaws, with a nice, long win streak and a no-hitter. Pitcher Nick Fanti, the main architect on the no-hitter, was also saluted by the South Atlantic League.
Nick Fanti came oh, so close to throwing a no-hitter for Lakewood on Saturday, but needed just a little help from the bullpen. Trevor Bettencourt came on to get the last out and preserve the 'Claws 1-0 win over Columbia.
While a lot of the attention has been focused on the Lehigh Valley IronPigs and their prospect loaded roster, the Lakewood BlueClaws may have the second most talented roster in the Phillies organization.
Pitcher Nick Fanti has shown progress since being drafted late in the 2015 Draft by the Phillies. His velocity is up and he could turn out to be a decent surprise from a draft that is better known for the likes of Cornelius Randolph and Scott Kingery.
The 2017 World Baseball Classic is set for March 6-22 in sites across the world. This year's classic will include 10 Phillies players, eight of whom are on the 40-man roster.
February 9, 2017