Phillies Notes: A Name to Watch in Trade Market, Darick Hall Getting the Call
With Bryce Harper out of the lineup until at least mid-Auguest, it looks like the Phillies are adding a left-handed bat to try and replace him.
According to NBC Sports Philadelphia's Jim Salisbury, the Phillies are expected to call prospect Darick Hall up to the big leagues Wednesday.
Hall, 26, is a left-handed hitting first baseman, who has played some corner outfielder during his college days, who just hit his 20th home run on Tuesday night for Triple-A Lehing Valley. Overall this season, Hall is hitting .269 with 20 home runs and 67 RBI for Lehigh. He has a .346 OBP and five stolen bases.
The Phillies selected Hall in the 14th round in the 2016 MLB Draft out of Dallas Baptist University.
While the team called up Hall for some extra offense, they might have their eyes on a more established player, according to Jon Morosi of MLB Network.
Morosi reports that one name to watch for the Phillies is current Kansas City Royals outfielder, Andrew Benintendi. BenintendI has ties to Phillies President of baseball operations Dave Dombroski, the duo won a World Series in Boston together with the Red Sox.
He is currently having a fine season with the Royals, hitting hitting .299 with three homers and is on an expiring contract.
Adding would be a huge move for the Phillies, giving them a potential leadoff man and center fielder, which would allow them to move Kyle Schwarber into the No. 3 spot in the order. This move would also give the Phillies a more natural center fielder and improve their outfield defense.