It’s been a big week for Schuylkill League baseball prospects.
Earlier this week, both North Schuylkill’s Reggie Crawford and Pottsville’s Eli Nabholz got picked the 2019 MLB Draft. Crawford to the Royals and Nabholz to the Brewers.
Former Pottsville Star Connor Hinchliffe Signs Contract with Phillies
Just a couple days later, another Pottsville prospect got a similar call.
That’s when the Philadelphia Phillies signed former LaSalle University pitcher Connor Hinchliffe to a contract. Hinchliffe is a 2015 Pottsville Area graduate.
He just finished his senior season with the Explorers and is considered one of the top relief pitchers in college. However, he only started pitching for LaSalle in his junior season.
“I’m incredibly grateful to play professional baseball,” Hinchliffe says in a release from LaSalle. “A year ago this was something I never thought was possible, and to be given the opportunity to play for the hometown Phillies is amazing. I can’t wait to wear the Philadelphia ‘P’ on my chest.”
Hinchliffe Answers the Tough Question
Not long after the proverbial ink was dry, Hinchliffe posted the news on Twitter.
Philadelphia! You’ve given me so much over these past 4 years and I guess you’re not done with me yet. A year ago I never would have thought playing professional baseball was even possible but with the help of my family, friends, coaches, and teammates today it is. Go Phils! pic.twitter.com/Q2F6NMXfSL
— Connor Нinchliffe (@hinchy0) June 7, 2019
He got a lot of Likes and more than 2 dozen replies to this tweet. And he took the time to reply to everyone — mostly Schuylkill County Twitter users — which is a nice gesture.
Hinchliffe even fielded the tough questions. Better get used to it with that Philly media, should he rise to that level one day.
The fastball comes from former Hazleton resident @EricDavies01. In a reply he says:
“Congratulations. I’m from Hazleton PA. Spent a lot of time in Pottsville. Is the Roller Rooster still open.”
Hinchliffe don’t blink and thanks his newest fan and does report that yes, indeed, the Rooster is still open.