Austin Listi was named the Florida State League (FSL) Player of the Week on Monday and teammate Connor Seabold was named the league’s Pitcher of the Week. Both have been on somewhat of a blistering pace with Listin going 7-for-13 (.538) with a double a home run and three RBI over the past week. Seabold threw a complete game three-hitter, allowing just one walk and one earned run while striking out nine in a start against Tampa last Monday.
Seabold has made 11 starts this season with Clearwater and has wins in three of his last four outings. After a slow start – the 22-year old had a 5.59 ERA in April – Seabold has pitched well with a combined mark of 3-3 with an ERA of 3.18 in May and June. Opponents are batting just .221 against him and he has struck out 62 batters in 64 2/3 innings of work this season.
Originally, it was the Orioles that drafted the right-hander in the 19th round of the 2014 draft, but he didn’t sign. The Phillies took him in the third round of last year’s draft and he has pitched well. In his pro debut last season he pitched out of the bullpen with Williamsport and was 2-0 with a 0.90 ERA. Seabold pitched primarily as a starter for Cal State Fullerton and in three seasons he went 23-15 with a 2.89 ERA and 294 strikeouts in 279 1/3 innings.
Listi has been hot since opening day when he went 2-for-4 with two doubles and three RBI against Dunedin. He hit .365 in April, .322 in May and is hitting .354 in June for Clearwater. After hitting four home runs in the first two months of the season, he’s swatted five this month with 17 RBI. He’s also drawn 34 walks while striking out 42 times in 58 games, helping him push his on-base percentage to .453 on the year.
On the same day that the league honor was announced, the Phillies announced that Listi would be joining the Reading Fightin’ Phils. Along with Listi, left-hander Josh Tols – 1-0, 0.93 in four games with Clearwater – was also promoted to Reading. To make room on the Reading roster, Kyle Martin was sent down to the Threshers and infielder Brandon Bednar was released by the Phillies.
The 24-year old first baseman has also played some left field for Clearwater this season.
The Phillies drafted Listi in the 17th round of last year’s draft and he hit a combined 7-28-.262/.315/.451 in 53 games with Williamsport and Lakewood in 2017.