Greetings from Clearwater

Originally written by Bradley Ankrom.

Welcome to the first installment of “Greetings from Clearwater,” your weekly rundown of what’s happening on the farm. The minor league season got underway last night, so we’ll dive into some of the player performances a little later; first, though, let’s talk about what you can expect to see in this space going forward.

Who The Hell Am I?
This is a good place to begin. My name is Bradley Ankrom, and I write and build things for Baseball Prospectus. You’ll usually find me writing about prospects, player development, and talent evaluation on Tuesdays and answering reader questions via the Research Mailbag on Thursdays. I also contributed to this year’s Baseball Prospectus annual. I live in Tampa, Florida, and routinely make the 45-minute trek out to Clearwater (hence the title of this article) to catch the Threshers battling for Florida State League supremacy. I’m not a Phillies fan, per se, but I believe that objectivity will help me to provide unbiased and grounded analysis of the prospects within the organization.

Establishing The Follow List
Obviously not every player in an organization is considered a prospect, and the players who aren’t don’t need to be tracked as closely as the ones who are. For that reason, I’ve put together a follow list that consists of every player in the Phillies organization that is considered to be a legitimate major-league prospect. These are the players that will be followed regularly throughout the season, and players may be added or dropped as the year wears on.

Aggregate Top 30 Prospects
Not all prospects are created equal, and it’s for that reason that I’ve established the following ranking of the Phillies top 30 prospects. I haven’t personally seen the majority of players in the organization, therefore I’m uncomfortable throwing together what would ultimately be an arbitrary and derivative ranking of its prospects. Instead, I’ll average the rankings of five talent evaluators whose opinions I respect and value: Matt Forman at Baseball America (BA), Kevin Goldstein at Baseball Prospectus (KG), Keith Law at ESPN (KL), Jonathan Mayo at MLB.com (JM), and John Sickels at MinorLeagueBall.com (JS). Where a player wasn’t ranked by one evaluator, a generic ranking was used to calculate the average (BA: 31, KG: 21, KL: 11, JM: 21, JS: 22).

Rk Player Pos BA KG KL JM JS Avg Assignment
1 Trevor May RHP 1 1 1 1 1 1.0 Reading (AA)
2 Jesse Biddle LHP 2 2 2 2 2 2.0 Clearwater (A+)
3 Sebastian Valle C 3 5 4 6 3 4.2 Reading (AA)
4 Phillippe Aumont RHP 5 3 NR 5 7 5.0 Lehigh Valley (AAA)
5 Brody Colvin RHP 8 11 6 3 4 6.4 Clearwater (A+)
6 Jon Pettibone RHP 4 6 3 10 15 7.6 Reading (AA)
7 Freddy Galvis SS/2B 6 4 5 8 17 8.0 Philadelphia
8 Justin De Fratus RHP 7 12 NR 7 6 8.6 Philadelphia-15
9 Larry Greene OF 20 7 7 4 5 8.6 Extended ST
10 Maikel Franco 3B 10 10 9 9 10 9.6 Lakewood (A)
11 Roman Quinn SS 11 8 NR 11 11 10.4 Extended ST
12 Julio Rodriguez RHP 17 9 8 16 8 11.6 Reading (AA)
13 Lisalberto Bonilla RHP 12 14 NR 13 14 12.8 Clearwater (A+)
14 Jiwan James OF 9 15 NR 19 20 14.8 Reading (AA)
15 Aaron Altherr OF 15 17 NR 12 NR 15.4 Lakewood (A)
16 Cesar Hernandez 2B 14 16 NR 14 NR 15.4 Reading (AA)
17 Carlos Tocci OF 13 13 NR NR NR 16.0 Extended ST
18 Perci Garner RHP 21 20 10 17 13 16.2 Clearwater (A+)
19 Austin Hyatt RHP 22 NR NR NR 16 18.2 Lehigh Valley (AAA)
20 Ervis Manzanillo LHP 16 NR NR NR NR 18.2 Lakewood (A)
21 Austin Wright LHP 26 NR NR NR 12 18.2 Clearwater (A+)
22 Michael Schwimer RHP 30 NR NR NR 9 18.4 Lehigh Valley (AAA)
23 Mitchell Walding SS 23 18 NR NR 19 18.4 Extended ST
24 Leandro Castro OF 24 NR NR 15 NR 18.6 Reading (AA)
25 Kyrell Hudson OF 18 NR NR NR NR 18.6 Lakewood (A)
26 Harold Garcia 2B 19 NR NR NR NR 18.8 Reading (AA)-R
27 Joe Savery LHP 25 NR NR NR 21 19.8 Philadelphia
28 Zach Collier OF 27 NR NR NR NR 20.4 Lakewood (A)-7
29 Tyler Greene SS NR NR NR NR 18 20.4 Lakewood (A)
30 Ethan Stewart LHP NR NR NR 18 NR 20.6 Lakewood (A)

Others: RHP-David Buchanan, RHP-Mike Cisco, RHP-Garrett Claypool, RHP-Tyler Cloyd, RHP-Ryan Duke, RHP-Kenny Giles, RHP-Tyler Knigge, RHP-Ebelin Lugo, RHP-Colton Murray, RHP-Jonathan Musser, RHP-Mike Nesseth, RHP-Roman Oviedo, RHP-Eric Pettis, RHP-J.C. Ramirez, RHP-B.J. Rosenberg, RHP-Colby Shreve, RHP-Juan Sosa, RHP-Kevin Walter, LHP-James Birmingham, LHP-Jake Diekman, LHP-Frank Gailey, LHP-Nick Hernandez, LHP-Mario Hollands, LHP-Jay Johnson, LHP-Lino Martinez, LHP-Bryan Morgado, LHP-Adam Morgan, LHP-Braden Shull, LHP-Matt Way, C-Tuffy Gosewisch, C-Logan Moore, C-Cameron Rupp, 1B-Cody Overbeck, 1B-Darin Ruf, 2B-Carlos Perdomo, 3B-Cody Asche, 3B-Jeremy Barnes, 3B-Harold Martinez, SS-Edgar Duran, SS-Gustavo Gonzalez, OF-Miguel Alvarez, OF-Kelly Dugan, OF-Gauntlett Eldemire, OF-Tyson Gillies, OF-Anthony Hewitt, OF-Brian Pointer.

Yesterday’s Action

TM HITTER POS

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

BB

SO

SB

CS

PHI Freddy Galvis 2B

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

LHV Domonic Brown LF

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

LHV Cody Overbeck 1B

2

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

0

0

REA Tyson Gillies CF

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

REA Cesar Hernandez 2B

8

1

3

2

0

0

2

0

1

0

0

REA Sebastian Valle C

3

2

2

0

0

1

1

1

1

0

0

REA Leandro Castro RF

7

1

2

0

0

1

4

0

1

0

0

REA Jiwan James LF

2

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

1

0

0

REA Darin Ruf 1B

7

1

3

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

CLW Miguel Alvarez LF

4

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

CLW Cody Asche 3B

3

0

1

1

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

CLW Edgar Duran SS

3

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

CLW Cameron Rupp C

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

LAK Gauntlett Eldemire RF

4

0

1

1

0

1

1

0

0

0

0

LAK Brian Pointer DH

4

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

2

1

0

LAK Kelly Dugan 1B

4

1

2

0

0

1

1

0

2

0

0

LAK Maikel Franco 3B

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

LAK Aaron Altherr LF

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

LAK Kyrell Hudson CF

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

2

0

0

LAK Logan Moore C

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

LAK Tyler Greene SS

3

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

Leandro Castro hit a game-winning two-run home run in the bottom of the ninth to give Reading the win in game one of its doubleheader against Portland. Sebastian Valle also hit his first home run of the season, off of Chris Balcom-Miller in the second inning. Second baseman Cesar Hernandez collected three hits, including a pair of doubles, on the day.

Kelly Dugan, the Phillies’ top pick in 2009, started at first base for Lakewood and hit his first home run of the season and only the fifth of his career.

TM PITCHER IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

HR

WP

PIT-ST

GO-FO

TBF

LHV Phillippe Aumont 1.0

1

0

0

0

1

0

0

20-11

1-1

4

LHV Tyler Cloyd 6.0

0

0

0

0

8

0

0

73-46

7-3

18

LHV Jake Diekman 1.0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

17-11

1-1

3

LHV Michael Schwimer 1.0

0

0

0

1

1

0

0

21-11

0-1

4

REA Mike Cisco 1.0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

3-3

1-1

3

REA Jay Johnson 0.2

3

2

2

1

1

0

0

11-7

1-0

6

REA Jonathan Pettibone 6.0

10

1

1

0

1

0

0

25-25

7-3

23

REA B.J. Rosenberg 2.0

1

1

1

0

4

1

0

16-15

2-0

7

CLW Frank Gailey 0.2

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

6-6

0-0

2

CLW Adam Morgan 4.2

7

3

3

3

6

0

0

46-32

0-5

23

LAK Lino Martinez 5.2

6

1

1

0

4

0

0

32-31

5-3

23

Tyler Cloyd, a 24-year-old right-hander taken in the 18th round of the 2008 draft, threw six perfect innings against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in his Triple-A debut, earning the win. Phillippe Aumont, Jake Diekman, and Michael Schwimer combined to allow just one hit in relief. Schwimer, who led the IronPigs with 10 saves last year, picked up his first save of the year.

Jonathan Pettibone scattered 10 hits and one earned run over six innings in the first game of Reading’s season-opening doubleheader against Portland, but didn’t factor in the decision. Mike Cisco pitched a scoreless top of the ninth inning and notched the win after Leandro Castro hit a game-winning two-run home run in the bottom of the inning.

Lino Martinez went five and two-thirds innings in Lakewood’s opener at Greenville, giving up one earned run while striking out four and walking none.

This Weekend’s Schedule

Four of the Phillies’ top 11 pitching prospects, including top overall prospect Trevor May, will make their 2012 debuts tonight. Jesse Biddle, the organization’s number-two overall prospect, will face Asher Wojciechowski in Dunedin on Saturday. Lakewood will face a pair of Red Sox 2011 first-round picks in Greenville this weekend, Henry Owens (36th overall) and Matt Barnes (19th).

Friday, April 6
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (Dellin Betances, 0-0) at Lehigh Valley (Austin Hyatt, 0-0)
Portland (Brock Huntzinger, 0-0) at Reading (Trevor May, 0-0)
Dunedin (Sean Nolin, 0-0) at Clearwater (Brody Colvin0-0)
Lakewood (Ervis Manzanillo, 0-0) at Greenville (Luis Diaz0-0)

Saturday, April 7
Lehigh Valley (Pat Misch, 0-0) at Pawtucket (Alex Wilson, 0-0)
Lehigh Valley (Tom Cochran, 0-0) at Pawtucket (Aaron Cook, 0-0)
Portland (Chris Hernandez, 0-0) at Reading (David Buchanan, 0-0)
Clearwater (Jesse Biddle, 0-0) at Dunedin (Asher Wojciechowski, 0-0)
Lakewood (Mike Nesseth, 0-0) at Greenville (Henry Owens, 0-0)

Sunday, April 8
Lakewood (Ethan Stewart, 0-0) at Greenville (Matt Barnes, 0-0)