Stephen’s a pleas­ant sur­prise in fall league

The Morning Call - - SPORTS - By Tom Housenick

Josh Stephen con­tin­ues to sur­prise even him­self.

The out­fielder, who spent all of 2019 at Dou­ble-A Read­ing, is do­ing quite well with the Scotts­dale Scor­pi­ons in the Ari­zona Fall League.

The 22-year-old has five hits in his first 14 at-bats (.357) with a triple, an RBI and three walks for the Scor­pi­ons (8-7).

Stephen, an 11th-round draft pick in 2016, was shocked to start this sea­son at Read­ing, skip­ping High-A Clear­wa­ter. That was equaled by the sur­prise of how much — and how well — he played for man­ager Shawn Wil­liams’ club (a .271/.342/.483 stats line with 47 ex­tra-base hits and 47 RBIs in 113 games).

Most of the Phillies’ big-name prospects con­tinue to do well for Scotts­dale.

Alec Bohm, a 2018 first-round pick, is bat­ting .390 (16-for-41) with three dou­bles, six RBIs and two walks to go with 10 strike­outs.

In­fielder Nick Ma­ton, a 2017 sev­enth-round pick bat­ted .333 (4-for-12), with a dou­ble, home run and walk with six strike­outs be­fore be­ing shut down with an in­jury. Fel­low in­fielder Jose Gomez is hit­ting .250 (1-for-4) with one RBI as Ma­ton’s re­place­ment.

Out­fielder Mickey Mo­niak, a 2016 first-round pick, is bat­ting just .171 (7-for-41) with two dou­bles, a triple, walk, stolen base and four RBIs to go with seven strike­outs.

Pitcher Con­nor Se­abold con­tin­ues to dom­i­nate. The 2017 third-round pick is 1-0 in three starts with a 0.75 ERA, 0.58 WHIP and 18 strike­outs in 12 in­nings.

Fel­low starter Spencer Howard has a 2.79 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and 13 strike­outs in three starts.

Class-A re­liever Zach Warren al­lowed two earned runs on one hit and two walks in two-thirds of an in­ning in his lone out­ing.

Morn­ing Call re­porter Tom Housenick can be reached at 610-820-6651 or at thouse­[email protected]

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