Greetings From Clearwater – May 1

Originally written by Bradley Ankrom.

It wasn’t a terribly exciting week for Phillies hitting prospects, with most players simply continuing the trends we saw in last week’s update. Let’s dig in.

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HITTER

AGE

LVL

AVG/OBP/SLG

AB

H

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

A. Altherr, of

21

A

.314/.362/.442

86

27

4

2

1

4

16

9

2

M. Alvarez, of

22

A+

.222/.222/.259

27

6

1

0

0

0

13

1

0

C. Asche, 3b

22

A+

.333/.370/.400

75

25

3

1

0

5

10

1

1

J. Barnes, 2b

25

A+

.140/.240/.163

43

6

1

0

0

6

17

0

0

L. Castro, of

23

AA

.214/.240/.329

70

15

5

0

1

1

19

2

2

K. Dugan, 1b/of

21

A

.245/.344/.396

53

13

2

0

2

7

15

0

0

E. Duran, ss

21

A+

.254/.275/.381

63

16

2

3

0

3

12

1

2

G. Eldemire, of

23

A

.239/.398/.328

67

16

4

1

0

16

26

12

2

M. Franco, 3b

19

A

.235/.309/.424

85

20

5

1

3

7

17

0

0

F. Galvis, ss

22

MLB

.191/.219/.294

68

13

4

0

1

3

12

0

0

T. Gillies, cf

23

AA

.289/.333/.446

83

24

6

2

1

3

15

3

0

G. Gonzalez, ss

21

A

.209/.221/.209

67

14

0

0

0

1

15

3

0

T. Greene, ss

19

A

.164/.235/.311

61

10

6

0

1

6

30

1

0

C. Hernandez, 2b

22

AA

.278/.310/.367

79

22

5

1

0

4

14

2

3

A. Hewitt, of

23

A+

.170/.220/.319

47

8

1

0

2

2

15

2

1

K. Hudson, cf

21

A

.162/.203/.203

74

12

1

1

0

2

27

13

3

J. James, cf

23

AA

.250/.278/.444

72

18

4

2

2

4

24

2

2

H. Martinez, 1b/3b

22

A

.259/.276/.407

27

7

4

0

0

1

4

0

0

L. Moore, c

21

A

.173/.328/.288

52

9

3

0

1

9

20

0

1

C. Overbeck, 3b

26

AAA

.313/.356/.458

83

26

6

0

2

6

13

0

0

C. Perdomo, ss

22

A

.205/.279/.308

39

8

1

0

1

3

5

4

2

B. Pointer, of

20

A

.295/.387/.577

78

23

3

2

5

12

24

5

0

D. Ruf, 1b

25

AA

.378/.402/.524

82

31

6

0

2

6

15

2

0

C. Rupp, c

23

A+

.273/.355/.400

55

15

4

0

1

7

10

0

0

S. Valle, c

21

AA

.281/.329/.375

64

18

3

0

1

5

22

0

0

Aaron Altherr raised his batting average by 24 points last week, going 9-for-29 with a double, a triple, and three stolen bases. His nine steals rank seventh in the South Atlantic League.

Three of Clearwater third baseman Cody Asche’s last four games have been of the multi-hit variety, and he notched his first extra-base hit in more than two weeks last night with a double off of Brevard County’s Brandon Williamson. Asche has the fifth-best batting average, .333, in the Florida State League.

Leandro Castro has now gone hitless in eight-consecutive games after a 3-for-5 night at Richmond on April 17. Castro has only reached base once, via walk on April 24, during that stretch.

Lakewood first baseman Kelly Dugan was placed on the disabled list with a sprained right ankle on April 24.

Edgar Duran sits in a five-way tie for the Florida State League lead in triples with three after stroking a pair of three-baggers last week. He still isn’t drawing walks, but the 21-year-old shortstop is holding his own as one of the youngest regulars in the league.

It was another rough week for Gauntlett Eldemire, who extended his streak of games without an extra-base hit to 12 with an 0-for-4 effort yesterday against Greenville. Eldemire’s dozen stolen bases rank second behind Lexington’s Delino DeShields.

When Maikel Franco hits, he hits often. Since going 1-for-4 on April 13, Franco has collected three, two, or zero hits in 13 games. He fell a double short of the cycle against Asheville on April 24, but has gone 2-for-23 since, dropping his batting average from .290 to .235.

Philadelphia second baseman Freddy Galvis is one of eight qualifying National League hitters to carry a sub-.200 batting average into May. His .519 OPS ranks sixth-worst in the league, and stellar defense hasn’t been enough to keep him above replacement level (-0.5 WARP).

Tyson Gillies has hit in 12 of his last 13 games, including a 3-for-5 effort with a pair of doubles to help Trevor May secure his fifth win of the season last night at New Hampshire. Three of his six doubles have come in the last three days, and eight hits last week bumped his batting average up from .266 to .289.

Tyler Greene’s struggles at Lakewood continue, as a 1-for-17 week dropped his season line down to .164/.235/.311. Had he enough plate appearances to qualify, Greene’s batting average would be nearly 70 points worse than the next-worst average in the South Atlantic League, and only two players can top his 30 strikeouts. Greene seems primed for a reassignment to short-season Williamsport in June.

Back-to-back 0-for-4 games dropped Cesar Hernandez’s batting average 32 points, serving as a testament to just how early we are in the 2012 season. Hernandez was as high as .310 after going a combined 5-for-7 on April 26-27, but now sits at .278, only three points lower than this time last week.

It turns out that Anthony Hewitt’s big game against Jed Bradley on April 23 was a mixed signal, as Hewitt ripped his second home run of the season last week, and is now hitting .170 after missing the start of April with injury, but also carries an ugly 15:2 strikeout-to-walk ratio into the season’s second month.

Despite starting April hitting .400/.409/.850 through six games, Reading outfielder Jiwan James closes the month at a disappointing .250/.278/.444. James hasn’t gone deep since April 10 and had eight strikeouts (and only one walk) last week.

Last year’s third-round pick out of Miami, Harold Martinez made his season debut with Lakewood when Kelly Dugan went on the disabled list. Primarily a third baseman in college, Martinez has played six of seven games thus far at first base, hitting .259/.276/.407 through 28 trips to the plate. Despite his late start, Martinez already ranks third on the BlueClaws with four doubles.

Four multi-hit games raised Lehigh Valley first baseman Cody Overbeck’s batting average 43 points to .313. He also slugged his second home run of the season, and first since April 13, on Sunday.

Brian Pointer continued his subtle breakout last week, socking his fifth home run of the year on April 28 and running his successful stolen base attempt streak to 13. Pointer ranks third in the South Atlantic League in home runs, sixth in RBI, seventh in slugging average, and 13th in OPS.

Reading first baseman Darin Ruf had a nine-hit week, which actually dropped his batting average 15 points. His .378 mark still ranks third among Eastern League leaders, and he’s in the top 10 in slugging average and OPS. Ruf has always hit, but a 25-year-old first baseman slugging away in Double-A offers little reason for excitement.

Sebastian Valle walked not once, but twice last week, and Is now 40 percent of the way toward matching his 2011 total of 13 free passes. The power Valle exhibited in 2010 may have caused expectations for his bat to become over-inflated, but if this is what he is—a good defender who won’t be a burden at the plate—that isn’t a bad thing to have in your system.

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