The 2017 season for the Philadelphia Phillies has been one of the longest seasons in franchise history. The Phillies still have the worst record in baseball and with the Pete Rose saga still fresh in fans minds it is finally nice to have something to cheer for when the team takes the field. One good thing when a team has nothing to play for is the fact that we get to have a preview of the future of the organization. Young players get the early call up to the majors because this is the perfect reason for the minor leaguers to gain some experience at the big league level. Since the beginning of August, the front office has taken some steps ensuring the future of this team is a bright one.
The first player who has made a major impact in his short time in the majors has been Rhys Hoskins. His power stroke this past road trip has opened eyes of fans all over the City of Brotherly Love. He just hit five home runs in a seven game span which is very impressive for a rookie. Rhys did finish the minor league season with 29 home runs and his power stroke just might be what the Phillies need going ahead. Obviously the team departed ways with Ryan Howard last year and finding a first base power hitter is on the team’s must have list. It it way too early to tell if Rhys has the skill set to match what Howard did in his career but he is on his way to earning a starting first baseman job over the disappointing Tommy Joseph.
Another player finally hitting his stride is pitcher Aaron Nola. After the month of May, Nola’s ERA of 5.06 was a huge disappointment and fans began to worry about his development. Aaron must have discovered something and he completely turned his season around. He just recently had a streak of ten straight games where he gave up two or fewer runs. During that span, his ERA was a major league best 1.71. That streak did end on Friday night with a loss to the Giants but a streak of that magnitude is extremely important for a young player’s mindset. Aaron is finally showing the organization why he was once considered a top prospect.
The most anticipated major league debut for a player in the Phillies minor league system might not happen this year. Some have called J.P. Crawford the face of the franchise and he is constantly rated as the top prospect for the team. He most likely won’t make it to the big league roster this season but he is making strides down in AAA ball. Since July 1, he has hit 306 and has raised his average to .246. He also struggled through the year but that seems to be the norm given this team in 2017.
The one great thing about a team being completely out of the playoff race by August is the future of the team gets to show off their potential. These three players are hopefully showing the fans that this is just the beginning of their major league careers. It seems that all three started off the season slow but have found their rhythm. Fans are getting excited and hopefully this is a sign of change for the organization. A change this team desperately needs!
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