Not a whole lot going on from a Phillies standpoint down in the winter leagues right now. They’re winding down in Arizona, with the last regular season games on Thursday. Mesa, for which the Phillies prospects play, is currently tied for first in their three-team division and has a chance to play for the league title this weekend.
Jason Donald has played sparingly in the last few days, but went 3-4 with a three-run home run, his fourth of the winter, in his last appearance. He’s third in the league in batting average (.422), fourth in on-base percentage (.484), and third in slugging (.747). He’s made three errors in 24 games but remember, he’s working at some new positions, second and third base. He’s normally a shortstop.
Quintin Berry continues to play well. He has six multi-hit games in his last ten, and is hitting .325 over that stretch, and .333 for the fall. The speedster swiped 51 bases this year at Clearwater, and is likely headed to Reading in the spring. He’s been a post-season all-star each of the last two seasons. Not bad for a guy who started his pro career 0-27.
Andrew Carpenter has allowed six home runs in 26 innings and has a 5.88 ERA. Sergio Escalona and Pat Overholt have each allowed multiple runs in their most recent appearances, one inning each.
Here’s an interesting stat: 15 of the 18 players who won a Silver Slugger Award this year were Arizona Fall League alums. One who wasnt? Phillies 2nd baseman Chase Utley.
Switching over to Hawaii, where Dominic Brown, Michael Taylor, and Kyle Drabek played for the Honolulu Sharks.
Quickly on Drabek, we noted his six shutout innings from last week. In his last start of the winter on Saturday, he allowed two runs over 4.1 innings, and finished up with a 3.05 ERA. But what’s even more notable is that Drabek allowed just eight hits and four walks while striking out 19 in 20.2 innings. Clearly the overpowering stuff he had before his injury is still there in some form. A very encouraging winter for the former first-round pick.
Michael Taylor was named the Phillies organizational hitter of the year, but cooled off a bit in Hawaii, where he hit .247. But overall an excellent year for Taylor, who was maybe the most improved player in the organization this year. He hit .227 in 2007 at Williamsport before hitting .346 between Lakewood and Clearwater this year. We’ll have more on Taylor later in the week.
Finally, a big winter for Dominic Brown, who won the HWL batting title, finishing at .389. Brown was with Lakewood in 2008, where he hit .291 with 22 steals. The Georgia native, who turned down the chance to play wide receiver at Miami, is another supremely athletic outfielder the Phillies have drafted in recent years, following Quintin Berry, Greg Golson, and D’Arby Myers.