The Phillies announced their Minor League Players of the Month for June with Lehigh Valley’s Will Toffey and Griff McGarry (formerly of Jersey Shore) taking the monthly hitter and pitcher awards. McGarry’s month was also strong enough that he was recently promoted to Double-A Reading.
The 27-year old Toffey has played primarily at third base for the IronPigs this season, but has also made four appearances in left field and played two games at first base since Darick Hall was promoted to Philadelphia. In June, Toffey put up a line of 3-13-.338/.459/.632 and scored nine runs and drew 13 walks in 21 games with Lehigh Valley. The three home runs are the only three that Toffey has hit this season and the 13 RBI encompass most of his season total of 22. He has slashed .279/.405/.471 at Triple-A this season. Currently, Toffey is third in the International League (IL) in on-base percentage (.405) and tied with Hall for seventh in the league in doubles with 18.
The Phillies acquired Toffey just prior to the start of the season when they sent Luke Williams to San Francisco to get the former Vanderbilt standout who was originally drafted by Oakland in the fourth round of the 2017 MLB Draft.
McGarry, 23, faced 116 batters in June and whiffed 48 of them in his five starts at High-A Jersey Shore. The 48 Ks led the South Atlantic League for the month. The right-hander posted a 2.86 ERA during the month and recorded double-digit strikeouts in his last three starts of the month, setting a new career-high for strikeouts when he set down 13 Brooklyn hitters in an outing on June 22. On the season, the University of Virginia product has 82 strikeouts in 46 2/3 innings of work with a 3.86 ERA in 12 starts. The Phillies selected McGarry in the fifth round of last year’s draft.