Previewing the Williamsport Crosscutters

The Williamsport Crosscutters, New York-Penn League affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies, finished last season in second place in the Pinckney Division with a 42-34 record.  They will not travel to Dodd Stadium this season, but the Connecticut Tigers will play a three game series against the Crosscutters in Williamsport July 11-13.

The two most prominent Phillies prospects who may play for Williamsport this season are outfielders Kyrell Hudson and Kelly Dugan.  Hudson is an athletic center fielder with a lean 6-foot-1 and 185 pound frame.  Baseball America says he has excellent speed and arm strength, but he will need time to develop as a hitter.  Dugan is a corner outfielder with a larger 6-foot-3 frame.  Baseball America says he has good power now and projects to hit for more as his body matures.

Second baseman Cesar Hernandez is a candidate to hit near the top of the Williamsport batting order.  He has good speed and contact ability, but PhuturePhillies.com says his defense needs improvement.

Right-handed pitcher Steven Inch is a candidate for Williamsport’s starting rotation.  The 6-foot-4 Canadian was selected by the Phillies in the sixth round of the 2009 draft.  Baseball America says he throws a mid-to-high 80s fastball and has good feel for a breaking ball.  He already has an advanced feel for pitching and should add velocity to his fastball as he fills out his frame.

Left-handed pitcher Ryan Sasaki is also a likely member of Williamsport’s starting rotation.  He made 11 starts with the Phillies’ Gulf Coast League affiliate in 2009, posting a 3.78 ERA with 38 strikeouts and 14 walks in 52.1 innings pitched.

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