Heat Check: Simon Muzziotti is on FIRE in Lehigh Valley
It has been somewhat of an unusual journey to the Philadelphia Phillies for Simon Muzziotti.
Muzziotti was originally signed as an international free agent by the Boston Red Sox in 2016 but after it was determined that the Red Sox violated MLB rules, he was declared a free agent and picked up by the Phillies.
Much like everyone else in the minor leagues during COVID, there really wasn’t a season in 2020 and in 2021, Muzziotti missed a ton of time while dealing with visa issues before making his MLB debut last season with a nine-game stint early in the season with the Phillies.
Muzziotti finished his 2022 campaign on the injured list with a partially torn right patellar tendon. Now healthy, and playing every day in Lehigh Valley, the 24-year old from Venezuela is absolutely dominating at the Triple-A level.
Heat Check: Simon Muzziotti
In 122 at-bats, the Muzziotti is averaging .402 from the plate with 49 hits, three home runs, and 19 RBI while carrying a beautiful .971 OPS. Over his last 54 at-bats, he has 27 hits and just last night went 3-for-4 from the plate, capped by an impressive 2-run home run.
Muzziotti is one of three outfielders in the minor leagues on the Phillies’ 40-man roster, with Jake Cave and Johan Rojas also in Lehigh Valley.
With Cristian Pache currently on the injured list, Dalton Guthrie made his Phillies’ season debut last weekend against the Boston Red Sox and failed to impress with an 0-for-5 performance from the plate and a run scored.
The Phillies should probably reevaluate what they want to do with their extra bench spot at the major league level.
Do you continue to let Muzziotti play every day and light up Triple-A?
That’s most likely how they will handle Muzziotti right now, yes.
Not sure if there’s actually enough value in bringing him up this early in the season to give guys like Kyle Schwarber, Brandon Marsh, and Nick Castellanos some extra rest days.