Posted by Jay Floyd, Sun, November 23, 2014 11:40 AM Comments: 0
It’s time once again for another weekly review of Phillies players’ performances and progress in off-season leagues around the globe.
Dominican Winter League-
Third baseman Maikel Franco has been in a slump lately, going 3-for-27 (.111 avg) over his last seven games. One positive out of that is that two of his three hits during that time are home runs. Overall in 22 games for the Gigantes, the 22-year-old is batting .239 with six homers and 21 RBI. This year in 133 contests with Triple-A Lehigh Valley, the righty hitting Franco posted a .257 batting average with 16 home runs and 78 RBI.
Right-handed reliever Hector Neris has made 11 scoreless appearances for the Toros while striking out five and walking four in 8 2/3 innings. The 25-year-old appeared in one game with the Phils this year, earning a win in his big league debut.
Australian Baseball League-
Power hitting outfielder Dylan Cozens has a .205 average with three homers and six RBI in 11 contests with Melbourne. This year, with Class A Lakewood, the 20-year-old sported a .248 average with 16 home runs and 62 RBI in 132 games. The six-foot-six 235-pounder was the Phillies’ 2nd round draft selection in 2012.
Catcher Chace Numata has tallied a .295 average with three doubles and four RBI in 12 games, also with Melbourne. Numata missed much of the 2014 season after undergoing surgery to repair a broken hamate bone prior to the season. The 22-year-old was the Phillies’ 14th round draft pick in 2010.
After opening his season 1-for-12, outfielder Brian Pointer has gone 11-for-34 (.324 avg). Overall, Pointer has a .261 average with a home run and five RBI in 12 games with Perth. In 123 games for Class A Advanced Clearwater this year, Pointer posted a .246 average with 15 homers, 53 RBI and 16 steals. The 22-year-old lefty batter was the Phils’ 28th round pick in 2010.
Third baseman Mitch Walding is batting .220 with three doubles and eight RBI in 11 contests for Canberra. Walding sported a .237 average with seven home runs and 55 RBI in 108 games for Class A Lakewood this year. The 22-year-old was the Phillies’ 5th round draft choice in 2011. Continue reading Off-season League Updates: Franco slumps, Martin deals with injury