Phillies No. 9 Prospect notches 5 hit game, a spot on MLB’s Top Prospect Performers list
In 2017-2018, the Philadelphia Phillies signed international prospect Luis Garcia. He was the third highest ranked shortstop behind only Wander Franco and Jelfry Marte. The 20-year old prospect appeared in 43 games in his first year of minor league ball and slased, .369/.433/.488 with 11 doubles, three triples, and 32 RBI. The following year, Garcia struggled with a .186 average and this year, has been much better for the young shortstop.
Garcia entered yesterday’s game with an average of .210 from the plate. He left yesterday’s game with an average of .223. It was the first five-hit game of Luis Garcia’s career and the first time all season that he’s had more that three hits in a game. He added a walk, an RBI, and three runs to his big day yesterday. Garcia has a long way to go in his development and honestly, has a few years to spare.
The Phillies second overall prospect, Bryson Stott will definitely be the next shortstop moving up to the major league level. Over his last 30 games, Stott is averaging .375 with a .900 OPS. He has three home runs and 12 RBI with nine doubles. Stott himself has landed on the MLB Top Prospect Performers list several times this year, as well as Mickey Moniak and Jhailyn Ortiz.
In other Clearwater news, Vincent Velasquez pitched in a rain-shortened game on Friday as he begins his rehab assignment. Vinny threw two innings, allowing zero hits and no runs while striking out four.