Other Notable Hitters
SS Cole Stobbe-Stobbe joined the GCL Phillies after the Phillies drafted him in the third round this season. He slashed .270/.337/.405 in 168 plate appearances, batting towards the bottom of the order. Stobbe walked 8.3% of the time, but also struck out in 17.9% of his appearances. He manned shortstop for the team but made 11 errors there. Some see him moving over to third base at some point in his future.
2B Daniel Brito-Brito improved upon his affiliated debut in the Dominican League last summer in the GCL this year. He raised his batting average and tallied more extra-base hits. On the other hand, the 2014 signee walked less and struck out more in his first season stateside, which is to be expected with the increased competition level. After spending time at both middle infield positions in the Dominican, Brito played solely at second this year. Still just 18, Brito will likely see another year in the GCL.
C Rodolfo Duran-The Phillies continue to flood the lower minors with catching talent, and Duran was one of four catcher on the GCL Phillies’ roster. He showed a solid combination of contact and power with a .315 average and three home runs in 78 plate appearances. Like many other 18-year olds, he struggled with plate discipline as he walked just four times.
C Lenin Rodriguez-Rodriguez also had to battle for playing time behind the plate, but he took advantage of the time he got. Rodriguez’s .340 batting average came and 168 wRC+ both led the team among players with 40 or more plate appearances. In addition, he walked more than he struck out, with nine walks compared to eight strikeouts. While a small sample size, Rodriguez’s ability to get on base should help him climb the ladder.
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