The rookie-level Gulf Coast League Phillies wrapped up their season with a loss in the GCL Championship. Numerous prospects stood out for the Phillies as several made their debuts in the organization.
The GCL Phillies finished an overall successful season Wednesday despite losing in the championship. The GCL playoffs end quickly, as the first round consists of a one-game playoff followed by a three-game championship series.
In game three Wednesday, the Phillies opened up the scoring with a two-run single from Danny Zardon in the first. Kyle Young yielded a run to the GCL Cardinals in the fourth, but the lefty looked solid overall as he struck out four over five innings.
The real damage came in the sixth when 21-year old Luis Carrasco allowed three runs in the sixth. He took the loss as the Phillies couldn’t rally back from the hole.
Even though the GCL Phililes couldn’t take home the championship, they still put together a great year. They finished the regular season with the best record in the Gulf Coast League at 43-15. After missing the playoffs in 2015 despite one of the best records in the GCL, they left no doubts making the playoffs.
Several notable prospects propelled the GCL Phillies to their strong record. Most will progress to short-season Williamsport next season. If these prospects continue their strong play, the CrossCutters should be playoff contenders next year.
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