Pullin stars in Crosscutters' twinbill

Phillies' No. 16 prospect collects six hits, plates three runs

Andrew Pullin is 16-for-41 in his last 10 games for Williamsport. (Mark Olson/MiLB.com)

By Robert Emrich / MiLB.com | July 8, 2013 9:53 PM ET

Since the calendar turned to July, New York-Penn League hurlers have hardly been able to get Andrew Pullin out. Monday turned out to be just another day at the office for Pullin.

The Phillies' No. 16 prospect collected three hits and three RBIs in Class A Short-Season Williamsport's 6-1 win over Auburn in the opening game of Monday's doubleheader and smacked three more hits in the club's 5-1 loss in the nightcap.

Pullin smacked three doubles and scored a run across the twinbill. The performance raised the Washington native's average to .299 in 19 games for the Crosscutters.

"I was just hitting the ball where it's pitched," Pullin said. "Couple of balls to left field and a couple to right field. Today, I just made contact every at-bat it felt like."

The 19-year-old outfielder struggled through the New York-Penn League's first month, batting .188 in 12 June contests for Williamsport. But Pullin has started to put it together in July, hitting the ball at a .483 clip with five extra-base hits and six RBIs in seven games.

"In June, I was just pushing a little bit too hard, being overaggressive and swinging a lot," he said. "Now I'm more relaxed. I feel like I'm swinging at better pitches and not chasing the bad pitches. I'm seeing the ball better."

After being selected in the fifth round of the 2012 Draft, Pullin spent the season playing in the Gulf Coast League, where he posted a slash line of .321/.403/.436 for the Phillies. So far, he is enjoying his experience in the New York-Penn League.

"I think it's great, playing under the lights with all the fans, a real baseball atmosphere. It's a lot of fun," Pullin said.

Jon Prosinski, a 10th-rounder by the Phillies last month, earned his first pro win after allowing four hits over five shutout innings in the opener.

Dylan Cozens, a 2012 second-round pick, homered for the first time this season for Williamsport.

Robert Emrich is a contributor to MiLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @RobertEmrich This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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