Skip to main content

Top Pick Randolph not discouraged by slow start

"C" Randolph, Image- Jay Floyd
After starting the season with some struggles at the plate for the Class A Lakewood BlueClaws, last year's top Phillies draft pick Cornelius Randolph has maintained a positive approach.

Fresh off a season-opening road trip that saw the 18-year-old go 2-for-28 (.071 avg) in six contests, the young man that goes by the nickname "C" was anxiously awaiting the moment when he would start shaking off some bad luck at the plate and seeing his efforts pay off.

"In the box I feel good.  I mean, I'm seeing pitches early.  I'm taking good swings, I'm just not getting the results I want.  That's part of baseball.  It's gonna happen.  I'm not too much worried about it," Randolph stated in the home dugout at Lakewood's FirstEnergy Park prior to Thursday's home opener.

After debuting as a pro last year, the five-foot-11 205-pound lefty batter looked sharp with the rookie level Gulf Coast League Phillies.  In 53 games, Randolph posted a .302 batting average with 15 doubles, three triples, a home run and 24 RBI.

Manager Shawn Williams, who is entering his second season at the helm for the BlueClaws, is confident the Georgia native will soon show BlueClaws fans the skill set that made him the tenth overall pick in last year's amateur draft.

"The bat speed is there and that's what's impressive (about him). The things I have seen- guys with really good fastballs, which is hard to do, he'll turn it right around on them.  For me, that tool, it's hard to really teach hitting and you can't teach bat speed and he's got the ability to hit.

"For me, he's exciting just watching him hit.  He's done a fine job defensively.  He can run a little bit.  He can steal a base.  He has instincts.  He knows how to steal a base.  So it's kind of looking forward to him getting going and seeing the full package," Williams stated.

With the BlueClaws taking on Greensboro in their home opener on Thursday night, Randolph looked comfortable at the plate, going 1-for-2 with a double and two RBI while drawing three walks.

Did he feel pressure to turn things around?

"None at all, honestly.  I know it's going to happen, so I'm not really stressed and I'm just trying to barrel the ball up right now," Randolph said.

He'll continue to put bat to ball throughout the weekend, as the BlueClaws host Greensboro for three more games (Friday at 7:05pm, Saturday at 4:05pm, Sunday at 1:05pm).  Tickets for each contest are just $1 each.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

This Guy Speaks For All of You

This individual, interviewed by FOX 29 on Friday as the Phillies arrived back at Citizens Bank Park, said it best. When asked how he felt regarding the Phillies, he told Steve Keeley that he was, "Stoked, baby!" The unidentified phanatic then proclaimed, "We are talking about the Fightins here, the Fightins! Said!" Check out the media player below, as the transcribed version certainly does not do this phireball of phandom justice. The Phillies forced game 6 of the National League Championship Series with a 4-2 victory over the Giants in San Francisco on Thursday night. Game 6 will feature Roy Oswalt vs. Jonathan Sanchez in a return pitching match up from game 2. First pitch is scheduled for 7:57 pm EST at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia. Be sure to tune in on 97.3 ESPN's Weekend Sports Guide with Tyrone Johnson this afternoon around 1:15pm to hear me chatting about the Phillies! 97.3 is based in Atlantic City. You can listen live online HERE . _________

McGwire Stays Phony, Despite Admitting Drug Use

Mark McGwire made an effort to publicly come clean today, admitting to the world that he took performance enhancing drugs during his playing career. Steroids and human growth hormones were among the drugs that McGwire admitted to using. MLB Network featured a one on one interview with Bob Costas and McGwire on Monday evening. The broadcast was virtually garbage, thanks to McGwire. Ahead is a list of quotes from McGwire's interview. McGwire repeatedly stated his point of view that there were no dishonorable intentions involved when taking steroids, and that he was merely using them as a means to recover from varying ailments. When asked if he felt like he cheated... "As I look back now...I can see how people would say that. As far as the talent goes and the hand-eye coordination, the ability, the genetics I was given...I don't see it." "I did not take this for any strength purposes." Denial. Read on for similar B.S. He whined about the abuse he'

Catching prospect O'Hoppe tabbed to join Phillies

Logan O'Hoppe, image- Jay Floyd Please consider supporting my work and via my Patreon page .  For a small monthly fee, your patronage will get you exclusive interviews and other prospect related material as well as early access to all of my other content such as this feature.  Thank you.   On Friday, the Phillies added a pair of catchers to their 2020 player pool.  Minor leaguers Logan O'Hoppe (pronounced Oh-HOP-ee) and Henri Lartigue arrived in Philadelphia to help catch bullpen sessions for the team's collection of approximately 30 pitchers. The call to O'Hoppe was extremely welcome as the 20-year-old had been staying as active as he possibly could, working out with other players that have been been waiting out quarantine due to the current pandemic at his home on Long Island.  However, he had been very eager to step back onto an actual baseball field. "I just hope I can play soon.  Where ever that is or whatever form that is, that'd be awesom