Hammer, Randolph Named AFL Fall Stars

The Phillies will have two representatives on the AFL’s West roster for Saturday’s Fall Stars Game. Pitcher J.D. Hammer and outfielder Cornelius Randolph have made the roster of the best of the best in this year’s Arizona Fall League.

Hammer, 23, has pitched 7 1/3 innings in six outings with the Glendale Desert Dogs this fall and hasn’t allowed a run. He’s also posted a WHIP of 0.68 and has six strikeouts in his six outings with two saves. The Phillies acquired Hammer from the Colorado Rockies this past July in the trade that sent reliever Pat Neshek to Colorado. Hammer had opened the season with low-A Asheville and was 4-1 with a 1.20 ERA and 47 strikeouts to go with just five walks in 30 innings of work. The Rockies promoted him to high-A Lancaster and he had 12 innings under his belt there, but had struggled with a 5.25 ERA, striking out 18 and walking nine in 12 innings.

The Phillies assigned Hammer to high-A Clearwater and he pitched in 12 games with the Threshers with a 2-0 record and a 0.57 ERA covering 15 2/3 innings, with 20 strikeouts and just two walks.

Joining Hammer on the Fall Stars roster will be Randolph, the Phillies first round pick – 10th pick overall – in the 2015 Draft. The 20-year old spent the entire season with Clearwater, the first time that he played a full season of baseball in the minors, playing in 122 games with 13 home runs and a .250 average on the season.

Randolph is somewhat of a surprise pick for the roster, since he has hit just .194 in 10 games with the Desert Dogs. Randolph has a .293 on-base percentage and .278 slugging percentage and has two stolen bases in his time with Glendale.

Chuck Hixson

Chuck has a wide and varied background in covering sports both locally and nationally. Living in the Lehigh Valley area of Pennsylvania, Chuck has the distinction of being the only person to have covered both the Lehigh Valley IronPigs and Lehigh Valley Phantoms in every season of their existence.

Chuck began covering sports in 1998 when he was the first program director and morning host at WTKZ-AM in Allentown, Pennsylvania when the station switched to an all sports format. Chuck produced the stations coverage of the Allentown Ambassadors baseball team, which played in the independent Northeast League.

From there, Chuck was the editor and writer of Pinstripes magazine, covering Phillies baseball. That led to Chuck founding Philly Baseball Insider in 2003.

Chuck has done freelance work for national entities such as USA TODAY, CBS, FOX Sports, Washington Times and others.

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