May 10, 2011
Playing at: Lakewood (A) Position: Rightfielder MLB service: None Height: 6-1. Weight: 195. Age: 22 Born: April 27, 1989, in Brooklyn, N.Y. Bats: Right. Throws: Right. Draft stuff: Was a shortstop at Salisbury (Conn.) High School but moved to the outfield when he turned pro . . . Passed up a commitment to attend Vanderbilt after he was selected in first round, 24th overall, in 2008. Pluses/minuses from one scouting report: "Tools galore and perhaps as much upside as anyone in the draft class . . . He's a little raw, and hasn't faced stiff competition in the Northeast.
April 22, 2013 |
Time is running out for Anthony Hewitt to emerge as the player the Phillies hoped he would become when they made him the 24th overall pick in the 2008 draft. After this season, the 23-year-old Hewitt can become a minor-league free agent and sign elsewhere. Joe Jordan, the Phillies' director of player development, still believes Hewitt can have a future in Philadelphia. "He's still a prospect," Jordan said. "I hope we're adding him to the [big-league] roster next fall. That's what we want.
May 23, 2013 |
READING - When you're a first-round pick in the NBA draft, you make the big club and you're expected to be an impact player. Be picked No. 4 in the NFL draft, and the comparisons to Hall of Famers are soon to follow. But when you're a first-round pick in the Major League Baseball draft, first you have to pay your dues and then you have to make good on the club's expectations. It's not easy. It's like the sea turtle hatchling trying to make it to the water hoping to avoid being gobbled up by a bird, raccoon or some other predator.
March 3, 2009 |
During the most difficult days last summer, when Anthony Hewitt made another error at his new position or returned to the dugout after a strikeout, he would mutter to himself. "Don't be a punk," he would say. "Keep going. You want this, don't you?" Hewitt, 19, is learning just how much work, and how much commitment, is needed to succeed in professional baseball. Selected by the Phillies in the first round of last year's draft (24th overall) as a shortstop out of Connecticut's Salisbury High School and given a $1.38 million signing bonus, the Brooklyn-born infielder reported to the Phillies' Gulf Coast League affiliate in early July.
June 2, 2014 |
There is always a story, and that is because scouts love stories. They were there for the moment The Next Great Thing was discovered. Like that time six years ago when Marti Wolever and Mike Ledna - two top amateur scouts for the Phillies - lingered at the Salisbury School's baseball field in Connecticut long after the other teams' scouts departed. Wolever asked Anthony Hewitt, a lanky 19-year-old high school shortstop, if he would mind holding an impromptu personal workout. A school official pulled the batting cage into place.
August 26, 2011
O BSERVATIONS, insinuations, ruminations and unvarnished opinions . . . John Kruk was a relatively little guy - 5-10, 170 - when he was drafted twice In the third round in 1981, first in the defunct January special phase by the Pirates, then in the defunct June secondary phase by the Padres. He signed with the Padres. Even when he was point-guard size - and, yes, Krukker was a slick point guard at Keyser HS in West Virginia. I used to know a guy who was a Kruk teammate and he said John was Division I material.
April 26, 2011 |
BUFFALO - Dylan Owen struck out six in six shutout innings to lead the Buffalo Bisons past the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, 5-3, in the International League on Monday afternoon. Lehigh Valley's Nate Bump gave up all five Buffalo runs to take the loss. Lakewood 4, Charleston 3 CHARLESTON, S.C. - Aaron Altherr's infield single with two out in the bottom of the ninth allowed Anthony Hewitt to score from third and gave the BlueClaws the win over the River Dogs in the South Atlantic League.
February 25, 2010 |
Chase Utley will get his chance against Roy Halladay today. The Phillies will take live batting practice for the first time this spring, which means the hitters and pitchers square off against one another. It involves more than answering those "What if?" questions. For the hitters, facing a live arm can be beneficial this time of year, manager Charlie Manuel said. "In the wintertime, sometimes you get a guy inside or a machine. It's completely different. A pitcher is usually throwing better, and he'll be mixing in curveballs and change-ups and stuff.
May 17, 2011 |
ALLENTOWN - Josh Barfield went 3 for 4 with a homer and drove in a pair of runs to lead the Lehigh Valley IronPigs past the Norfolk Tides, 4-3, in the International League on Monday. Ryan Feierabend allowed two runs in five innings to get the win. Former Phillie David Herndon got his first save since being returned to the triple-A team earlier this month. Brandon Moss had two hits, including a double, and an RBI for Lehigh Valley. Norfolk starter Rick VandenHurk struck out seven in five innings and allowed three earned runs, earning the loss.
July 4, 2016 |
BRIDGEWATER, N.J. - You could see why they wanted him. Anthony Hewitt took batting practice Wednesday, and everything looked right. Hewitt is 6-foot-1 and 215 pounds, his beefy upper body tapering to his feet like a giant V, and at each pitch he took an easy inside-out swing from the right side of home plate. Still, the ball rocketed off his bat: a line drive to the right-center-field gap, a deep fly ball to the warning track, so easy. As a senior in high school, Hewitt had put on an awe-inspiring batting-practice display that had helped persuade the Phillies to select him in the first round of the 2008 Major League Baseball amateur draft.