The Future is Unwritten: Cameron Rupp

The catching situation at the upper levels of the Phillies’ farm system looks drastically different than it did at the start of 2013. If you reflect back to the Spring, Tommy Joseph (who I projected to be an average everyday catcher with the caveat that he’d probably need at least a season and a half of work at Triple-A before he became a big leaguer) started the year in Allentown at the tender age of 21. Concussions have since clouded his future at the position and could force a move to first base where his bat won’t profile every day. Behind Joseph was Sebastian Valle, who had the look of a cost-controlled backup whose stock was down but still had an interesting swing path, some bat speed and average defensive skills. Valle was tasked with repeating Double-A, and somehow saw his tools regress even more than they did in 2012. Finally there was Cameron Rupp who began this year in a timeshare with Valle before grabbing the starting job by the balls and then ascending two levels to make his Major League debut last night. His development is a small but welcome feather in the cap of the organization’s front office that drafted Rupp just over three years ago. Continue reading…