The Trenton Thunder are the Double A minor league affiliate of the New York Yankees, but they’re close enough to Philadelphia for minor league fans of the Phils to show up in force at tonight’s Thunder game against the Reading Phillies at pretty Waterfront Park.
Ostensibly the post-game 3-D fireworks were a draw, but the real intrigue was the “local” debut of two Phillies stars of the future.
Tommy Joseph, the prize in the Cracker Jacks package the Phillies got in the Hunter Pence deal has played a few games already for the R-Phils. He has good form in the batter’s box, but had a rough night with the bat. My brief glimpse showed him looking alot better behind the plate than alongside it, and it wouldn’t surprise me to see him do another year at Double A before moving on to the Iron Pigs. How quickly he moves along will depend on the progress of his predecessor in Reading, Sebastian Valle.
The pleasant surprise of the evening was the young prospect who started the game for the R-Phils, Adam Morgan, fresh up from the Clearwater Threshers. Morgan, a left-hander whose stuff is already drawing comparisons to a cross between a young Cliff Lee and a young Cole Hamels, was good enough to skip low-A ball at Lakewood. Tonight I (along with the Thunder batters) saw why. He’s got a low-90s fastball with some sink to it, a slider with sharp bite, and a nice change-up enabling him to limit the Thunder to no runs and one hit in 7 innings, with 6 Ks and 2 BBs. Nice line for a 22 year-old in his first move up from single A to double, facing a strong Trenton team with a 70-47 record.