Greetings From Clearwater – Midseason Meaningless Hardware Edition

Originally written by Bradley Ankrom.

It hasn’t been the most encouraging half-season of baseball down on the Phillies farm. There have been a couple of bright spots, notably the play of Cesar Hernandez, Jesse Biddle, and Lisalberto Bonilla, but plenty of disappointment. Let’s take a look around the farm and hand out some meaningless virtual hardware.

HITTER

PA

AVG/OBP/SLG

HR

SO%

BB%

SB

SB%

BIP

ALTHERR, A

21

LWD

LF

274

.234/.296/.367

4

20%

7%

20

80%

.283

ALVAREZ, M

22

CLR

LF

77

.184/.195/.197

0

34%

1%

2

67%

.280

ASCHE, C

22

CLR

3B

258

.346/.376/.449

2

13%

5%

9

82%

.390

BARNES, J

25

CLR

DH

62

.145/.226/.164

0

31%

10%

0

.216

BARNES, J

25

REA

DH

56

.208/.286/.229

0

16%

9%

0

.250

CASTRO, L

23

REA

RF

231

.288/.320/.442

4

16%

3%

4

44%

.328

COLLIER, Z

21

CLR

CF

67

.367/.403/.517

1

12%

6%

2

100%

.396

DUGAN, K

21

LWD

1B

195

.253/.344/.447

6

24%

9%

3

100%

.311

DURAN, E

21

CLR

SS

209

.258/.297/.340

1

15%

4%

4

40%

.302

ELDEMIRE, G

23

LWD

RF

227

.210/.344/.293

1

22%

15%

18

82%

.282

FRANCO, M

19

LWD

3B

260

.207/.269/.338

6

15%

7%

1

50%

.223

GALVIS, F

22

PHI

2B

200

.226/.250/.363

3

14%

4%

0

.253

GILLIES, T

23

REA

CF

192

.280/.349/.423

2

16%

6%

7

64%

.328

GONZALEZ, G

21

LWD

2B

126

.181/.230/.181

0

19%

6%

5

100%

.228

GONZALEZ, G

21

PHL

2B

3

.000/.000/.000

0

67%

0%

0

GREENE, T

19

WPT

2B

4

.333/.500/1.000

0

25%

25%

0

.500

GREENE, T

19

LWD

SS

89

.147/.270/.267

1

42%

15%

2

100%

.263

GREENE, L

19

WPT

LF

4

.000/.000/.000

0

50%

0%

0

HERNANDEZ, C

22

REA

2B

273

.316/.341/.444

1

14%

5%

12

52%

.364

HEWITT, A

23

CLR

RF

201

.249/.303/.432

8

30%

5%

6

60%

.322

HUDSON, K

21

LWD

CF

206

.202/.262/.271

1

31%

4%

22

81%

.296

JAMES, J

23

REA

CF

227

.252/.286/.408

6

27%

5%

5

45%

.319

MARTINEZ, H

22

LWD

1B

182

.262/.330/.341

0

18%

8%

1

100%

.323

MOORE, L

21

LWD

C

116

.177/.319/.271

1

25%

14%

0

0%

.242

OVERBECK, C

26

LEH

1B

252

.255/.298/.413

6

20%

6%

0

.300

PERDOMO, C

22

LWD

2B

152

.206/.276/.279

1

8%

7%

6

67%

.218

POINTER, B

20

LWD

LF

209

.222/.321/.417

7

31%

11%

7

78%

.300

POINTER, B

20

WPT

RF

4

.000/.250/.000

0

25%

25%

1

100%

QUINN, R

19

WPT

SS

5

.250/.400/.250

0

20%

20%

0

.333

RUF, D

25

REA

1B

272

.329/.393/.547

11

17%

9%

2

100%

.361

RUPP, C

23

CLR

C

185

.220/.281/.333

4

19%

8%

0

.256

VALLE, S

21

REA

C

213

.259/.277/.413

7

26%

3%

0

0%

.312

WALDING, M

19

WPT

3B

4

.250/.250/.250

0

50%

0%

0

0.5

 

PITCHER

W-L-S

G

IP

FIP

WHIP

SO/BB

SO9

BB9

H9

HR9

AUMONT, P

23

LEH

1-0-8

18

18.0

4.04

1.78

1.53

13.5

8.5

7.5

0.5

BIDDLE, J

20

CLR

3-3-0

12

60.3

2.92

1.24

3.33

10.4

3.1

8.1

0.4

BIRMINGHAM, J

23

LWD

0-0-0

9

7.7

7.77

2.35

0.56

8.2

11.7

9.4

0.0

BONILLA, L

22

REA

2-1-1

14

22.3

2.20

1.12

3.44

12.5

3.6

6.4

0.4

BONILLA, L

22

CLR

1-1-1

10

13.3

1.60

0.98

4.50

12.1

2.7

6.1

0.0

BUCHANAN, D

23

REA

3-5-0

12

72.3

4.41

1.33

1.74

5.0

2.9

9.1

0.9

CLOYD, T

25

LEH

7-1-0

10

64.7

3.57

0.91

2.92

6.4

1.8

6.4

0.7

CLOYED, T

25

REA

3-0-0

4

25.0

2.45

1.00

6.67

7.2

1.1

7.9

0.4

COLVIN, B

21

CLR

3-4-0

16

63.7

4.78

1.65

1.36

7.5

5.5

9.3

0.7

DE FRATUS, J

24

CLR

0-0-0

1

1.0

3.40

1.00

0.0

0.0

9.0

0.0

DIEKMAN, J

25

PHI

1-0-0

13

10.7

2.66

1.78

2.29

13.5

5.9

10.1

0.0

DIEKMAN J

25

LEH

1-0-5

13

15.3

0.96

1.04

7.33

12.9

1.8

7.6

0.0

DUKE, R

23

LWD

0-2-3

9

9.7

3.39

1.45

4.00

11.2

2.8

10.2

0.9

DUKE, R

23

CLR

0-1-0

13

21.0

2.21

1.10

4.67

12.0

2.6

7.3

0.4

GAILEY, F

26

REA

2-2-0

15

13.3

4.48

1.88

2.33

9.4

4.1

12.8

1.4

GAILEY, F

26

CLR

0-0-0

4

3.3

2.20

2.70

2.50

13.5

5.4

18.9

0.0

GARNER, P

23

CLR

3-3-0

12

62.3

4.56

1.62

1.15

6.5

5.6

9.0

0.4

HOLLANDS, M

23

LWD

0-1-0

9

21.7

3.23

1.48

3.00

8.7

2.9

10.4

0.4

HOLLANDS, M

23

CLR

3-0-0

3

16.0

2.84

0.69

14.00

7.9

0.6

5.6

0.6

HYATT, A

26

REA

1-0-0

3

17.0

4.70

1.29

2.11

10.1

4.8

6.9

1.6

HYATT, A

26

LEH

2-6-0

10

51.0

5.46

1.57

1.43

5.8

4.1

10.1

1.6

JOHNSON, J

22

PHL

0-0-0

1

1.0

2.41

1.00

27.0

0.0

9.0

0.0

JOHNSON, J

22

REA

0-0-0

6

5.3

1.37

1.31

11.8

1.7

10.1

0.0

KNIGGE, T

23

CLR

3-1-5

25

34.0

2.67

0.97

2.64

7.7

2.9

5.8

0.0

MANZANILLO, E

20

LWD

0-5-0

11

49.3

4.57

1.91

1.42

6.8

4.7

12.4

0.4

MARTINEZ, L

20

LWD

3-4-0

12

58.3

6.25

1.65

0.83

4.6

5.6

9.3

1.2

MAY, T

22

REA

6-4-0

13

69.7

3.87

1.31

2.70

9.4

3.5

8.3

1.0

MORGADO, B

23

LWD

2-0-0

8

15.3

4.18

1.57

2.33

8.8

4.1

10.0

0.6

MORGADO, B

23

CLR

0-0-0

3

7.3

4.08

0.95

3.50

8.6

2.5

6.1

1.2

MORGAN, A

22

CLR

2-6-0

12

68.0

3.00

1.19

4.00

10.1

2.5

8.2

0.7

MURRAY, C

22

LWD

1-3-4

20

30.7

3.95

1.60

1.92

7.3

3.8

10.6

0.3

NESSETH, M

24

LWD

5-1-2

16

41.3

4.37

1.31

1.22

6.1

5.0

6.8

0.2

PETTIBONE, J

21

REA

6-5-0

14

86.7

3.45

1.34

2.43

5.8

2.4

9.7

0.5

RAMIREZ, J.C.

23

REA

0-2-3

16

27.3

4.81

1.24

1.29

5.9

4.6

6.6

1.0

RAMIREZ, J.C.

23

LEH

0-0-0

4

5.0

1.04

0.80

8.00

14.4

1.8

5.4

0.0

RODRIGUEZ, J

21

REA

4-1-0

13

73.7

3.52

1.26

2.16

8.7

4.2

7.2

0.4

ROSENBERG, B.J.

26

LEH

1-0-0

12

22.3

2.64

1.21

4.67

11.3

2.4

8.5

0.8

ROSENBERG, B.J.

26

PHI

0-1-0

2

1.7

9.13

2.40

3.00

16.2

5.4

16.2

5.4

ROSENBERG, B.J.

26

REA

1-0-3

5

8.0

3.18

0.88

9.00

11.2

2.2

5.6

1.1

SAVERY, J

26

PHI

0-2-0

16

20.3

4.66

1.28

2.60

5.8

2.2

9.3

1.3

SAVERY, J

26

LEH

0-0-2

4

5.7

3.75

0.88

6.00

9.5

1.6

6.4

1.6

SCHWIMER, M

26

LEH

2-1-6

15

18.3

3.48

1.20

4.50

9.3

2.5

8.3

1.0

SCHWIMER, M

26

PHI

0-1-0

12

13.3

4.56

1.35

1.12

6.1

5.4

6.8

0.7

SHREVE, C

24

REA

0-1-1

5

5.7

4.64

2.12

0.60

4.8

7.9

11.1

0.0

SHREVE, C

24

CLR

1-1-2

13

20.0

4.35

1.15

3.17

8.6

2.7

7.7

1.4

SHREVE, C

24

LWD

2-1-0

6

15.0

4.60

1.27

2.29

9.6

4.2

7.2

1.2

SOSA, J

22

CLR

3-3-3

26

33.0

3.49

1.36

3.60

9.8

2.7

9.5

0.8

STEWART, E

21

LWD

3-6-0

14

69.3

4.55

1.31

1.20

6.2

5.2

6.6

0.4

WRIGHT, A

22

CLR

6-1-0

13

69.0

3.55

1.41

2.23

8.7

3.9

8.7

0.4

First-Half Player of the Year: Cesar Hernandez has swung one of the most consistent bats in the organization over the season’s first two months, and has already established a new career high in doubles and is sitting one triple shy of his career-best. Hernandez has plus speed but isn’t a burner, and could use some work on his base stealing technique after being thrown out in 48 percent of his stolen base attempts this year. He’s had three or more hits in five games this year, including four- and five-hit efforts on May 4 and April 17, respectively. Scouts aren’t totally sold on the pop in Hernandez’s bat, and while most believe he’ll be a big leaguer, few expect him to develop into a first-division regular.

First-Half Pitcher of the Year: Jesse Biddle was a mess at the start of the season, with an ERA approaching eight after his first three starts. Since April 26, however, he’s gone 3-1 with a 1.84 in nine starts, including eight-consecutive outings where he allowed two runs or fewer and a stretch of six-straight quality starts. His command has wavered at times, but on the whole he’s lowered his walk rate while increasing his strikeouts. He still has a few things to work on – holding runners, gaining consistency with his fastball command, etc. – and should spend all year in Clearwater.

First-Half Breakout: Despite struggling in his professional debut last summer, the Phillies dispatched third baseman Cody Asche to Clearwater for his first full season. Last year’s fourth-round pick out of Nebraska, Asche has ranked among the Florida State League’s leaders in batting average for most of the year, and currently owns a .346/.376/.449 line. He hasn’t displayed much power this year, but some scouts believe he could eventually hit 8-10 home runs annually. That will play in the majors if he’s able to stick at third base, which isn’t a guarantee. If he has to move across the diamond, his future becomes much less interesting.

Other First-Half Storylines:

At the end of April, the Lakewood outfield of Aaron Altherr, Gauntlett Eldemire, and Brian Pointer was hitting .286/.389/.533; since then they’ve combined to go .185/.284/.378, and Pointer was demoted to short-season Williamsport earlier this week. Of the three, scouts are least bullish on Pointer, whose diminutive size and lack of athleticism are stark contrasts to Altherr and Eldemire. Altherr’s combination of age and tools makes him the best prospect, and he’s shown some signs of life with the bat in recent weeks. Eldemire has patience and speed, but more than half of his times on base have come via a walk or hit-by-pitch.

Tyler Cloyd threw a no-hitter in his season debut at Triple-A Lehigh Valley, but was forced back to Double-A when the IronPigs rotation became overcrowded. He went 3-0 with a 1.80 ERA in four starts for Reading before being recalled to Triple-A in early-May. For the year, Cloyd has run up an impressive 10-1 record to go along with a 2.21 ERA and 0.94 WHIP, though his success has done little to change scouts’ opinion of him. Cloyd succeeds with ordinary stuff by getting ahead of hitters with a heavy sinking fastball and relying on his defense to get outs behind him. His luck this year has made him more confident and, in turn, more aggressive. There’s a chance he makes it as a big-league middle reliever, but he has little chance of starting for a competitive ball club.

Phillies top prospect Trevor May got off to a strong start at Reading, carrying a perfect 5-0 record and 2.40 ERA into May, but the wheels fell off in the season’s second month. He’s looked better in his last two starts, striking out 15 batters while walking three over 11 1/3 innings. May’s slider is his fourth-best pitch, and he tends to lose his mechanics when he messes around with it, which could be the root of his May struggles. He’s expected to spend the second half in Reading, but a September call-up to Philadelphia isn’t out of the question.

 

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16 comments

  1. nik

    June 19, 2012 12:34 PM

    Another storyline to follow: Zach Collier playing great in limited ABs after coming back from a suspension. As a supplemental round pick, he has the pedigree to be a prospect.

  2. Bradley Ankrom

    June 19, 2012 12:37 PM

    Yes indeed. He and Larry Greene are two big names to watch in the second half.

  3. nik

    June 19, 2012 12:49 PM

    Also very interested to see what Quinn and Cozins can do.

  4. Dan K.

    June 19, 2012 05:00 PM

    Cozens went 3-4 with a HR today, from what I was told. I personally wouldn’t have picked him where the Phillies did, but I’m glad he’s in the system because he is HUGE. If his hit tool is average or above he will be a helluva power hitter.

    Also, glad to see you posting again, Bradley. Hope you enjoyed your time off.

  5. hk

    June 20, 2012 06:25 AM

    Bradley,

    Can you include Dom Brown in future reports? I know that he doesn’t qualify as a “prospect” in some circles because of his MLB time, but it would be helpful to see his stats with the other minor leaguers and, more importantly, to read any analysis of his play – when he starts playing again – that you can provide.

  6. Scott G

    June 20, 2012 12:06 PM

    Ruf doesn’t seem to be too bad either. It’s a relief to see that taking walks and getting on base is something our minor leaguers excel in as well.

  7. Dan K.

    June 20, 2012 01:08 PM

    @Scott G,

    The minor leaguers, as a whole, do not excel at that. Ruf is absolutely crushing minor league pitchers, though. He’s doing everything right offensively. It’s kind of frustrating that he isn’t getting recognized by the FO for what’s he’s done and is doing.

  8. Bradley Ankrom

    June 20, 2012 01:54 PM

    Ruf’s having a fine year, but he’s also a 25-year-old bat-first first baseman in Double-A, so your expectations have to be adjusted accordingly.

  9. Scott G

    June 20, 2012 02:27 PM

    Dan K,

    I was being sarcastic about the minor leaguers excelling. Just like our ML team.

  10. LTG

    June 20, 2012 05:25 PM

    I was wondering about the low walk rates myself. Do the Phillies recruit impatient hitters because they like them, or by accident? Does impatience tend to go along with some other skill that the Phillies like a lot? Do the Phillies teach batters to swing more and not take walks?

    I don’t know whether we can answer these questions, but they puzzle me.

  11. Dan K.

    June 20, 2012 06:13 PM

    @Bradley,

    I’m not suggesting he’s an elite prospect, but the organization has been fairly slow to move him considering his offensive output for his minor league career. It’s not like anyone is really blocking him or anything.

    @Scott,

    It occurred to me that it might be sarcastic, but who can be entirely sure on the interwebs?

  12. LTG

    June 20, 2012 08:17 PM

    I wasn’t going to say anything but Dan K. is forcing me.

    It is often pretty easy to tell whether someone is being sarcastic, as long as the context is sufficiently shared. In this case it was. Anyone who read this post would see that the average walk rate of Phillies MiLB hitters is <5%. And anyone making a point about the hitters walking ability should be assumed to know what is obviously bad (and what is obviously good for that matter), because it would be idiotic to look at such a peripheral stat without knowing what you are looking at. These considerations combined with Scott G's well established persona make it extremely uncharitable to read his comment as straight rather than sarcastic. And the charitable reading is always to be preferred to the uncharitable one.

    Sarcasm generally, not just on the internet, is difficult to gage when a) context is not sufficiently shared and b) personalities are unfamiliar (and this is just another part of the context really). Neither was the case here.

  13. Dan K.

    June 20, 2012 08:24 PM

    @LTG,

    A) He might not be familiar with the Phillies minor league players. The numbers are posted above, but that’s not all of them and he didn’t necessarily read all of the listed ones anyways.

    B) I don’t know Scott G. I’ve seen him post a couple times, but we’re not friends or acquaintances. I have no idea of his tendencies for sarcasm.

    Please don’t patronize me.

  14. LTG

    June 20, 2012 11:54 PM

    Sorry. I didn’t take myself to be patronizing, just making explicit what went wrong so it might not go wrong in the future. It seemed relevant to me only because you tried to blame the internet. It is a common but false view that sarcasm works differently on the internet than in conversation. If you’d said “Oh, yeah, duh,” I would have kept my big mouth shut.

  15. Bradley Ankrom

    June 21, 2012 03:20 AM

    Re the low walk rates throughout the org: the Phillies have historically placed emphasis on acquiring raw, toolsy athletes, and a farm system with few refined hitters is one of the byproducts of that approach.

  16. LTG

    June 21, 2012 07:16 AM

    Thanks, Bradley.

    And, as for my last post, I’m just going to say sorry to Dan K. and leave it at that.

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