As we all know, the focus of the Phillies this season is transitioning to the future. Three “kids” are getting a chance to play every day now, SS Freddy Galvis, CF Odubel Herrera and 3B Maikel Franco. The Phillies minor league system is improving and will be turning out more big leaguers in the next year or two.
Part of the future is taking place today in the Phillies offices as Johnny Almaraz, the new Director of Amateur Scouting, oversees the first of many meetings in preparation for the annual first-year player draft which begins 7 o’clock Monday night, June 8, on the MLB Network. The Phillies will have the 10th, 48th, 83rd and 114th selections in the first four rounds. After that, every 30th pick will be the Phillies.
Joining Almaraz are Mike Ledna and Billy Moore (scouting coordinators), supervisors Darrell Conner (west), Gene Schall (mid-Atlantic), Scott Trcka (central) and Eric Valent (southeast), Shane Bowers (southern and central California), Sal Agostinelli (director, international scouting), Bart Braun (special assistant to the GM) and Rob Holiday (director, amateur scouting administration). Pat Gillick, Ruben Amaro, Charlie Manuel and Dallas Green will also participate. Representing the Phillies in the MLB Network Studio on June 8 will be Mike Schmidt and Dan Goroff, long-time director of ticket sales who retired this March.
Since the draft began in 1965, the Phillies have had the 10th selection one other time, RHP Tyler Green out of Wichita State University in 1991.
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (19-30)
Split a pair in Gwinnett, 3-0 loss in opener, 6-4 win in nightcap, tying the game with 2 in the seventh and winning with 2 in the eighth. Night included a 1:41 rain delay before the first game. LP: RH Phillippe Aumont (2-2), 3.2-1-3-3-6-2, 2 HB. RF Dominic Brown, 2-5, ninth steal in the DH. WP: Dustin McGowan (1-0); SV: Nick Hill (1). 2B Tyler Henson, 3-4, including 2 doubles. C Logan Moore, 2-4, 2 RBI.
Next: LH Adam Morgan (0-4), 7:05 in Charlotte.
Reading Fightin Phils (25-21)
Scored 1 in the ninth to take 3-2 lead but gave up 2 in the last of the ninth and a tough 4-3 loss in New Hampshire. 1B Brock Stassi, 1-2, HR (6), 2 RBI (39) which leads the EL; .351 average also is tops. His fielding error allowed the winning run to score. RF Aaron Altherr, 3-4, 11th-12th doubles, 2 runs. No decision: LH Tom Windle, 5.1-4-2-2-3-6.
Next: RH Ben Lively (4-1), 7:05 tonight vs. Richmond.
Clearwater Threshers (23-24)
Split a pair with Ft. Myers, 2-1 loss and 8-3 win. RH Mark Leiter (3-1) lost, 7-5-2-2-0-5. SS J.P. Crawford, 3-6 for the night; hitting .392. Second on the club with 14 walks even though he didn’t begin playing until May 6. RF Dylan Cozens, double, triple, 2 RBI in the win. WP: RH Yacksel Rios (1-1); SV: Edubray Ramos (4), 2 hitless innings.
Next: LH Brandon Leibrandt (5-2), 6:30 tonight vs. Ft. Myers.
Lakewood BlueClaws (23-23)
Began a 7-game road trip with a 10-2 romp in Greensboro. 1B Rhys Hoskins, 3-4, 3 runs, HR (6), 3 RBI; 9-16 in last 4 games, lifting average to .331. C Deivi Grullon, 3-5, double, 3 RBI. CF Herlis Rodriguez, 1-6, extending hitting streak to 6 games. WP: RH Chris Oliver (3-4), 6-4-2-1-3-1, and a pick-off at first.
Next: LH Elniery Garcia (2-4), 7:00 tonight in Greensboro.
Today In Phillies History
1965: 3B Dick Allen hits measured 529-foot home run completely over the Coca-Cola billboard atop Connie Mack Stadium’s left-center field roof off RHP Larry Jackson. First-inning blast sends Phillies to a 4-2 win over Chicago.
1985: Mike Schmidt switches to first base as rookie Rick Schu is brought up from Portland to play third base. Phillies lose, 6-1, at Los Angeles.
1986: Greg Gross collects his 100th career pinch-hit in a 5-4 win over San Francisco.
2010: RHP Roy Halladay tosses perfect game, 1-0, over the Marlins in Miami. He throws 115 pitches (72 for strikes) and fans 11.
More historic moments for the last two days of May can be found at http://www.phillies.coom/alumni. Among the names that were involved are Babe Ruth, Steve Carlton, Mike Schmidt, Ryan Howard and Jamie Moyer.
Two best second-round selections for the Phillies in the annual summer draft are Mike Schmidt, 1971 (30th overall) and Jimmy Rollins, 1996 (46th overall).