The Philadelphia Phillies had an interesting draft this year, and feedback from reviewers was average. However, one of their rookies started his pro career in spectacular fashion on Tuesday, as he battled his way to a four-hit opener.

Caleb Ricketts, who the Phillies selected in the seventh round, sprayed four singles on Tuesday. Often lauded for his ability to create quality contact, it’s no shock that Ricketts came out swinging in his first.

While the 22-year-old from California is currently designated as a receiver, there is speculation that he could move to an outside field further down the road. However, the Phillies have a knack for developing catchers, so he could definitely stay at the position.

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Triple-A: Marchan hits base four times, avoids trade deadline

Rafael Marchan has struggled with injury this season, but is finally righting the ship with the Lehigh Valley IronPigs. He had three hits on Tuesday and walked once, reached four times, scored twice and drove in a run.

Crucial the 23-year-old was able to avoid the trade deadline, Marchan is far more valuable to the Phillies than he was to other teams, and rightly so. Switch-hitting catchers are rare, especially when they can actually hit, as Marchan has proven at the MLB level. Marchan also excels defensively and can handle a pitching stick, making him a truly formidable backstop.

His most captivating counterpart, Logan O’Hoppe, wasn’t so lucky and headed to the Los Angeles Angels in exchange for center fielder Brandon Marsh.

Marchan is a very similar player to O’Hoppe: he has much less power, but makes up for it with superior striking tool and similar plate discipline. It will be fascinating to see how the Phillies use Marchan from now on, but fans should be happy they didn’t end up giving the young and promising backstop.

Double-A: De La Cruz gets his first double-A shot

Many suspected Carlos De La Cruz’s promotion to Reading spelled doom for one of the tier’s current outfielders, but that turned out not to be the case. Instead, De La Cruz started DH on Tuesday and landed his first level hit.

It will be fascinating to see how the 22-year-old uses Reading’s batter’s park, as well as how he handles his plate discipline after such a big leap. He ended his stint with Jersey Shore on a high note, but will face much tougher pitching competition in the upper minors.

High-A: Garcia hopes to understand

Luis Garcia has been a much talked about Phillies prospect for years now. His more shortstop glove and solid contact tool made him a top name right off the bat, but he’s since faded in the Phillies’ system rankings. He recorded two hits for the Jersey Shore BlueClaws on Tuesday, including a triple.

It’s been a tough road for Garcia: Between the journey of adding extra muscle to his frame, the lost minor league year in 2020 and the injuries he faced in 2022, finding consistency has been tough for the 21-year-old player.

Still, he is full of promise and hopes the second half of the season will be kind to him.

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Single-A: Cade Fergus throws his first career Homer

Caleb Ricketts wasn’t the only Phillies rookie to make a strong pro debut – Cade Fergus joined in the fun, hitting his first career home run.

The Phillies selected Fergus over George Washington in the 13th round. He has a dynamic skill set: more speed, a tough glove, and more raw power. He fits the same mold as Phillies 2021 tenth-round pick Logan Cerny, who has since traded to the Houston Astros for Garrett Stubbs.

Fergus will be one to watch over time. Scouts like its ceiling, although its floor is cavernous, so it will all depend on development.

Lehigh Valley IronPigs vs. Syracuse Mets: W 13-6

UTIL Dalton Guthrie – 1 for 3, 3 R, 1 RBI, 2 BB

C Donny Sands – 2 for 4, 3 R, 3 RBI, BB

Reading Fightin Phils v Hartford Yard Goats: L 2-4

BY Simon Muzziotti – 1 for 4, 2B, 2K

RHP Noah Skirrow – 6.0 IP, 5H, 2R, 2BB, 4K

Jersey Shore BlueClaws vs. Hudson Valley Renegades: L 2-8

DE Marcus Lee Sang – 0 for 3, K

DE Jared Carr – 2 for 4, R, 2 K

Clearwater Threshers vs. Tampa Tarpons: W 9-1

OF Chad Castillo – 2 for 6, RBI

LHP Scott Moss – 3.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 3 K

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