First things first. Phils just posted on their Facebook page that Matt Stairs has been given the job as hitting coach. I like that move. Put it this way – can’t be much worse than their performance under Steve Henderson, so let’s think positively! And … as I type this, Phils just posted the news on their website. Of course, Phils’ fans have a soft spot for Stairs from his dramatic pinch hit homer in the 2008 NLCS vs. the Dodgers’ Jonathan Broxton.
Secondly, Scott Kingery is the lone Phils’ representative to the 2016 AFL Fall Stars Game. Kingery is having a nice Fall at second base, though his offensive stats leave something to be desired with a .292 OBP and a .261 average. The player whose performance seems to be more worthy of being on the Fall Stars team representing the Phils is left-handed hitting 1B/3B Mitch Walding, with his OBP/SLG/AVG slash line of .422/.459/.297.
Although AFL return prospect Aaron Brown has the dubious distinction of having the same batting average as Tim Tebow, he did make a very nice defensive play a few days ago that made the highlight section of the Phils’ website.
Lastly, our buddy Jim Salisbury has a nice feature over at csnphilly.com about the best Phillies prospect you’ve not yet heard of, Sixto Sanchez. The kid does look smooth on the mound.