|Anthony Hewiit, image- Jay Floyd|
Selected with the 24th overall pick in the 2008 amateur draft out of Salisbury High School in Connecticut, Hewitt was selected as a shortstop and converted to an outfielder. He spent six seasons in the Phils developmental ranks and did not develop into the offensive threat that the team anticipated he could become.
After signing for $1.38 million, the six-foot-one 190-pounder went on the tally a .223/.264/.370 slash line in 595 career games, highlighted by an All-Star campaign for Class A Lakewood in 2011 in which he posted a .240 average with 14 home runs, 55 RBI and 36 steals in 119 games.
Last season, in his second campaign at Double-A Reading, Hewitt sported a .140 batting average with one homer and eight RBI through 34 games when he was demoted to Class A Advanced Clearwater. After heading south, Hewitt proceeded to strike out 15 times in 31 plate appearances before the Phillies decided to part ways with the once highly regarded prospect.
Despite the rocky road, the righty batting Hewitt asserts that he's pleased with his time and his efforts with the Phils.
"My time with the Phillies was a learning experience. I would not change a thing," Hewitt stated.