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With two solid outings, Tyler Cloyd at the very least should have earned a trip to spring training.
If every young player played the game of baseball the way the Washington Nationals' Bryce Harper does, you wouldn't be able to look away for fear of missing something.
Yes, some perceive him as overly cocky and he probably is. It's an understood feeling in the sport that you have to earn cockiness with years of performance and results. Essentially, if you are cocky, you need the body of work to back it up.
Now being a rookie with little to no minor league service time, Harper certainly doesn't have the body of work to come off as cocky. That said he is a confident ball player who knows his abilities and knows exactly how to use them.
Sure, that is going to tick off, annoy and maybe even force other pitchers to bean him a few times, but on the face of it, isn't it this kind of style of play that baseball is missing?
I mean look at the Cincinnati Reds and their base stealing machine in Billy Hamilton. He has stolen over 100 bases in the minors this year and has been known to score from second on a sac fly. That kind of speed hasn't been clocked since Ricky Henderson and I could guess that Reds fans are salivating of the possibility of him coming up and stealing bases.
On top of that, they've got Aroldis Chapman, who when he pitches, it's really blink and you'll miss it (it being the 101 MPH fastball he is going to blow by you).
When young players with this kind of talent rise through the ranks, it is hard not to watch.
Sure, the Phillies don't have a guy with the internal swagger of Harper or the base stealing prowess of Hamilton, but they do have guys with energy.
They have a guy by the name of Darin Ruf, who just finished a minor league season at Reading that saw him blast more home runs than Howard ever did there in a season. Call him Mr. August because in the Double-A season's final month he was absolutely indescribable.
Before that there was Tyler Cloyd, who had a near perfect year managing to show off a Jamie Moyer type of pitching style that got batters out without blazing speed. He already got the promotion and could, in a few years, be someone sitting behind Hamels as the second best pitcher on this team.
Fans have to be excited about this next generation of players for the players. If for nothing more than the fact that they will and looking at the surge the Phillies have made late this year, that they already have reinvigorated this team with a shot of energy.