Monday, February 8, 2016

Anthony Hewitt, former first-round pick, released by Phillies

The Phillies released former first-round pick Anthony Hewitt.

Anthony Hewitt, former first-round pick, released by Phillies

Anthony Hewitt. (Ralph Trout/Reading Fightin Phils)
Anthony Hewitt. (Ralph Trout/Reading Fightin Phils)

Anthony Hewitt, selected as the 24th overall pick in the 2008 draft, was always viewed by the Phillies as a long-term project. He was an 19-year-old shortstop from a prep school in Connecticut, but the team's amateur scouts envisioned an athletic player who could one day harness those tools.

But Hewitt never hit, and he was released Thursday from single-A Clearwater. The 25-year-old outfielder struck out in 33 percent of his career minor-league plate appearances. He never batted above .244 in a single season.

He showed flashes of promises while at double-A Reading in 2013. He used a hitter's park to his advantage and produced 16 homers in 116 games. Hewitt repeated Reading to start 2014. The results were dismal. He was demoted to Clearwater last week and struck out 15 times in 31 plate appearances there.

That, the Phillies decided, was enough.

More coverage
Download FREE Philly Sports Now app for iPhone!
Final season stats for Phillies
Buy Phillies jerseys and other gear
WATCH: Daily fantasy baseball updates

Hewitt signed for $1.38 million in 2008. The Phillies thought he could play third base, but that experiment was shelved after 76 games at the position. He was a high-risk, high-reward pick that failed.

"This is why you scout," said Marti Wolever, the team's amateur scouting director, at the time of the pick. "These are the kind of players we grew up liking and wanting in the organization. Because when these guys hit - and not all of them do - you're not talking about an average major-league player. You're talking about a well-above-average player. And to me, that's what you win championships with."

Have a question? Tweet @magelb with the hashtag #GelbBag for possible use.

We encourage respectful comments but reserve the right to delete anything that doesn't contribute to an engaging dialogue.
Help us moderate this thread by flagging comments that violate our guidelines.

Comment policy: comments are intended to be civil, friendly conversations. Please treat other participants with respect and in a way that you would want to be treated. You are responsible for what you say. And please, stay on topic. If you see an objectionable post, please report it to us using the "Report Abuse" option.

Please note that comments are monitored by staff. We reserve the right at all times to remove any information or materials that are unlawful, threatening, abusive, libelous, defamatory, obscene, vulgar, pornographic, profane, indecent or otherwise objectionable. Personal attacks, especially on other participants, are not permitted. We reserve the right to permanently block any user who violates these terms and conditions.

Additionally comments that are long, have multiple paragraph breaks, include code, or include hyperlinks may not be posted.

Read 0 comments
comments powered by Disqus
About this blog

The place for up-to-the-minute Phillies coverage from The Inquirer's beat writers and columnists.

Jake Kaplan Inquirer Staff Writer
Bob Brookover Inquirer Columnist
Marc Narducci Inquirer Staff Writer
Matt Breen Staff Writer
Latest Videos:
Also on
letter icon Newsletter