A Successful Minor League Season


Eickhoff is a reason to be hopeful for Phillies fans. Photo by Richard Wilkins Jr.

Eickhoff is a reason to be hopeful for Phillies fans.
Photo by Richard Wilkins Jr.

Last night, the Reading Fightin’ Phils and the Williamsport Crosscutters clinched playoff spots. Clearwater already had a spot clinched. The GCL Phillies just finished up a second place season in rookie ball. Lakewood is playing out the string sitting in second place in the SAL Northern Division. The Lehigh Valley IronPigs will not make the AAA playoffs, but they climbed out of a deep hole in the basement to reach fourth place, while sending many prospects up to the majors.

With three playoff bound teams and five teams with winning records, it was a good year for the stateside’ affiliates of the Phillies. Beyond that though, the Phillies current roster is packed with players who appeared in the minors this year. The rotation has Nola, Morgan, Eickhoff, and Asher in it now, while Buchanan and Gonzalez have also made appearances this year. Aaron Altherr and Maikel Franco both came through the system, as did Ruf, Brown, and Asche, technically. Hector Neris, Elvis Araujo, Dalier Hinojosa, Adam Loewen, Colton Murray, and Nefi Ogando have all went from the minors to the bullpen.

The important thing is the talent moving up. The top prospect, J.P. Crawford, moved up a level. The second and third prospects in the pre-season are both in the majors. The Phillies completely revamped their roster, they picked up a lot of talent, and by basically every metric, had a good year.

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