On the latest edition of Phillies Nation TV, Pat and Corey discuss the Chase Utley contract extension. Also, Corey and I chat about rising Phils talent such as Ethan Martin, Adam Morgan, Cameron Rupp, Tommy Joseph, Cody Asche and others. Johnny Goodtimes returns to interview Penn Professor Bruce Kuklick about Shibe Park. Check out the media player below for the full episode and look for new episodes premiering every Tuesday at 6pm on The Comcast Network.
An All-Star in 2019 with the short-season Class-A Williamsport Crosscutters, Kendall Simmons is one of the Phillies' most promising prospects. Simmons, an outstanding and multi-positional infielder, was the Phillies' 6th round draft pick in 2018. That year, he made his professional debut in the Rookie level Gulf Coast League, posting a .234 average with three homers and 11 RBI in 32 games. The right-handed batter tallied a .234 batting average with 12 homers, 34 RBI and five stolen bases in 51 games with Williamsport in 2019. In the 2020-2021 off-season, Simmons played in the Australian Baseball League, making up for some of the time missed due to the cancelled 2020 season. In 21 games with Adelaide, he notched a .172 batting average with a home run, seven RBI and three steals. Last year, Simmons played primarily with Class A Clearwater. With the Threshers, he recorded a .226/.321/.460 slash line in 41 games. Listed at six-feet-two, 180 pounds, strength and athleticism