CSN Philly's Jim Salisbury reports the Phillies have released 2008 first-round pick outfielder Anthony Hewitt. The move comes one week after the five-year anniversary of his selection on June 5th, 2008 out of the Salisbury School in Connecticut.
The 25-year-old really struggled in seven seasons with the Phillies organization never playing higher than Double-A Reading. He batted .223/.264/.370 with 63 home runs and 252 RBIs in seven seasons but, perhaps the most concerning number, is his 763 strikeouts in 2,309 minor league at-bats.
Hewitt's best season came in 2013 when he batted .244/.296/.430 with 16 home runs and 51 RBIs in 116 games for Double-A reading. But 2014 was quite a different story as he was batting .137/.142/.176 with one home run and eight RBIs in 42 games split between Single-A Clearwater and Double-A Reading.
Unfortunately, Hewitt is the latest example of the Phillies taking a chance on a "toolsy" player with a high upside but coming up empty. It's another strike against scouting director Marti Wolever who had a few bad drafts but looks to have had a solid 2013 draft and hoping the same for 2014.
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