Two Phillies prospects named Gulf Coast League All-Stars
Two Phillies rookie-level minor-leaguers were named 2019 Gulf Coast League All-Stars after standout seasons down in Florida.
While the major-league season wraps up, the minor-league regular season ended last weekend. Minor League Baseball announced the Gulf Coast League All-Stars, and two Phillies minor-leaguers made the cut.
First baseman Rixon Wingrove and third baseman Edgar Made were the two Philadelphia prospects named All-Stars. Only the Tigers had more prospects (three) named All-Stars, while the Blue Jays and Nationals both had two prospects listed. The Marlins, Red Sox, and Yankees were also represented on the list; seven of the 15 organizations affiliated with the league were represented.
Wingrove and Made were both signed as amateur international free agents by Philadelphia. Made was signed in July of 2016 from the Dominican Republic, while Wingrove was signed last year from Australia. Neither was touted highly when they were signed.
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In 48 games this year, Wingrove hit five home runs, drove in 37 runs, and posted a .298/.374/.500 line. He led the league in runs batted in and doubles and finished second in hits and sixth in slugging percentage among qualified hitters. After struggling last year in the GCL, Wingrove had a major turnaround.
Made actually started the year in short-season Williamsport, but a poor start there led to him returning to the GCL for a second season. He took the demotion in stride and wound up as one of the best hitters in the league.
Made finished the season with a .333/.391/.509 line and 34 runs batted in.
He led the GCL Phillies West in OPS and batting average. In addition, he ranked in the top six in batting average, slugging percentage, OPS, triples, and runs batted in on top of leading the league in hits.
Both Wingrove and Made played for the West squad, who finished the year 33-15 with the best record in the North division. The East team finished 21-27, fifth in the division. The West team would have advanced to the GCL playoffs, but they were canceled due to Hurricane Dorian.
While neither Made nor Wingrove are highly-touted prospects, they surely put themselves on the radar internally with their strong seasons. Both are still just 19 years old and have plenty of time to develop as they rise through the system, starting in Williamsport next season.