Friday, August 4, 2017

Baseball - Ortiz, Young, Crawford, Gamboa Earn Organizational Honors for the Month of July

Jhailyn Ortiz (www.Crosscutters.News File Photo)
Lehigh Valley shortstop J.P. Crawford, Williamsport outfielder Jhailyn Ortiz, Williamsport left-hander Kyle Young and Lakewood shortstop Arquímedes Gamboa have been selected as the Phillies Minor League Co-Hitters, Pitcher and Defender of the Month, respectively, for July.

Ortiz, 18, batted .342 (27-79) with eight doubles, a triple, five home runs, 19 RBI, nine walks, a .436 on-base percentage and a 1.094 OPS in 23 games. He recorded 11 multi-hit games, finishing third among New York-Penn League players in batting average during the month. Ortiz leads the league this season in slugging percentage (.565), is tied for first in home runs (7) and extra-base hits (17), second in RBI (25) and fourth in both on-base percentage (.407) and total bases (65). He was signed by the Phillies as an amateur free agent on July 9, 2015.

Kyle Young (www.Crosscutters.News File Photo)
Young, 19, made five starts in July, going 4-0 with a 0.72 ERA (2 ER, 25.0 IP). He surrendered just 15 hits and six walks (0.84 WHIP) while striking out 29 batters and holding opponents to a .172 batting average. Four of his five starts were scoreless, and he began the month with a 15.0-inning scoreless streak over three starts. Young’s ERA was the lowest in the New York-Penn League by more than a full run, and his 1.60 ERA for the season (7 ER, 39.1 IP) ranks second. The 6-foot-10 southpaw is also tied for fourth in the league in strikeouts with 47. Young was selected by the Phillies in the 22nd round of the June 2016 draft.

Crawford, 22, batted .281 (27-96) with four doubles, three triples, eight home runs, 18 RBI, 16 walks, 21 runs scored, a .389 on-base percentage and a 1.025 OPS in 27 games. His 15 extra-base hits and 16 walks were both tied for second-most in the International League in July. Crawford recorded seven multi-hit games, including his first multi-home run game of the season on July 4. His eight home runs were the most he has ever hit in a month, and he has now tied a career high with 11 this season. Selected by the Phillies in the first round of the June 2013 draft, Crawford leads all triple-A players with 60 walks in 2017.

The 19-year-old Gamboa played in 23 games at shortstop for Lakewood in July, and committed only one error. He had a 20-game errorless streak from June 29 to July 24, the longest such streak of his professional career. Gamboa, a Venezuela native in his third professional season, was signed by the Phillies as an amateur free agent on July 17, 2014.

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