Phillies top prospects Bohm, Moniak win slugfest in Reading
It was a big night for some of the Phillies top prospects playing in Reading.
Phillies fans are anxious to see some of their top prospects arrive to help the big league club, and a couple of those prospects gave us a sneak peek of what to expect.
Mickey Moniak, the first overall pick in 2016, slugged two of Reading’s five home runs Wednesday night in a walk-off win against Hartford. It was the 21-year-old’s first professional multi-home run game.
With home runs in the first and third inning, Moniak now has nine on the season with a .266 batting average.
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Also homering in the game was top prospect Alec Bohm, who hit his 18th of the season and 11th for Reading. Be warned, Reading is a very home run friendly ballpark, as demonstrated by Dylan Cozens and Darin Ruf. While Bohm does have power and his three home runs in four games is exciting, we’ve seen this before with other prospects.
Arquimedes Gamboa, once among the organization’s top-10 prospects, provided a solo home run in the sixth, and pinch-hitter Josh Stephen hit a three-run walk-off in the ninth.
Gamboa, 21, is hitting just .186 this year but has come on lately with seven hits in his last 10 games and nearly as many walks as strikeouts. He’s one of many young shortstops in the Phillies organization along with first round pick Bryson Stott, Luis Garcia, Nick Maton, Jamari Baylor, and Daniel Brito.
Another prospect who performed well was starting pitcher Connor Seabold, a borderline top-30 prospect in the organization. He went six innings giving up two runs on five hits and six strikeouts.
This Reading team is chock full of talent with three of their top five prospects (Bohm, Adonis Medina, Spencer Howard) and about eight other notable names (Moniak, Gamboa) also on the roster.
Look for some of these prospects to make their big league debuts by this time next season.