The Phillies’ 2013 outfield is far from set.
With that, Rule 5 draft pick Ender Inciarte is giving “200 percent” in making his case to be the club’s fifth outfielder. The 22-year-old continued his spring audition with a start in centerfield in the Phillies’ 2-1 win over the Pirates on Thursday at Bright House Field.
And he did so with an eye-opening play on defense and another hit at the plate.
“He’s definitely got talent when it comes to playing defense,” manager Charlie Manuel said.
“I have to show them all my qualities,” Inciarte said. “When I was in centerfield, I was asking for that ball to be hit to me.”
Inciarte got his wish. In the second inning, the left-handed Venezuelan fielded a single and fired a one-hop laser to home plate to nail Pirates outfielder Brad Hawpe. Inciate’s strike to Erik Kratz finished off the second frame, kept the game scoreless and drew raves from the sellout crowd.
“When the ball was hit, I didn’t know if [Inciarte] was gonna have a shot at him or not,” Manuel said. “He made it up. His arm is what allowed him to finish off the play.
Inciarte impressing in fight for fifth OF job
CSN Philly | Mar 15