Phillies 2015 Top 30 Prospects

I wanted to post my Top 30 Prospects list on the day pitchers and catchers report because it’s symbolic of the passing of not just one year to another, but one generation to another. Ok, I’m lying – it’s because I procrastinated for a very long time and this seemed like the latest I should let it go. So as late as I am, I thought it would be interesting to compare my list with a sample of those from around the industry. The very excellent Matt Winkelman (@Matt_Winkelman) from the very excellent PhilliesMinorThoughts.com had a big list of industry lists already, so I stole that and mushed it all together to create a consensus ranking for all of these players. Good man, that Matt Winks.

Now, this ranking comparison is by no means scientific – I tried to weigh factors like some guys only appearing on a couple lists and boot those picks as outliers. For instance, Mark Leiter was on one list at #15 or something, and as much as I like Mark Leiter for his paternal connection to the team, and for the fact that his Twitter proves him to be a Philly sports fan like the rest of us, 15 is pretty wild for a guy with his profile, so I pulled him.

The number in parentheses is where I am versus the consensus, so +1 means I am higher than the average, -1 means I am lower. Without further ado, (mercifully to you all), here’s the list.

  1. J.P. Crawford –(even) I will surprise no one by picking Crawford first. He is the consensus #1 in the system, and has been ranked as high as #7 in the game by two national prospect reporters. Crawford beats out Nola and Franco with the upside of a perennial all-star contender.
  2. Maikel Franco – (+1) This was a tough one, as clearly Aaron Nola is a fine prospect as well, but Franco’s ceiling is a bit higher, with a little more risk than Nola. For a reasonable upside, Franco looks like a 20-25 homer guy who can hold his own at third by getting to enough balls to make his arm play. His value in the present offensive environment seems higher than Nola’s reasonable #3 starter upside.Game 060 - RDG vs HBG-2655 Nola
  3. Aaron Nola – (-1) Nola clearly lands in the #3 spot on my list, as I think Franco would on most anyone else’s. His proxiomity as well as the outside chance his excellent command and control helps him tick up to a #2 starter made the choice to drop Nola down to #3 difficult, but the competition behind him is where things get very murky.
  4. Roman Quinn – (+2) That Quinn was able to pick up the running game a couple weeks back from an achilles injury says a lot about his conditioning and drive after that potentially devastating injury. He had a month or so in the summer where he was red hot – getting on base, walking a lot, stealing a bunch, and that carried over in the AFL with even more walks and an eye-popping two steal appearance in the AFL Fall-Stars Game. I am of the mindset that Quinn has what it takes to be about a league average producer in centerfielder, and that there’s not much holding him back from doing so. That’s a strong profile.
  5. Jesse Biddle – (even) I think this is the right spot for Biddle, though Eflin is close. Maybe it’s familiarity, or perhaps it’s bias towards the guy who has been down on his luck, with an illness and a concussion decimating his last two years, but I can’t argue my way into Eflin without assuming things not in evidence about Jesse Biddle.
  6. Zach Eflin (-2) New pickup from San Diego/Los Angeles, (JRoll) Eflin beats out Deivi Grullon on proximity/risk. I am looking forward to catching at least one game up the road at Bowie this July with what’s sure to be a fine Reading rotation. I hope Eflin’s all that’s left of the trio of pitchers already ranked here, as that would mean Nola did what he was expected to do and was in Lehigh Valley or Philly, and Biddle was either promoted on merit or mercifully allowed to leave his personal death trap, Baseballtown, USA.
  7. Deivi Grullon (+4) – I’m pretty high on Grullon now, (it’s a jumpy buzz that settles as a tingle in the right arm that can only be relieved by throwing behind runners), based mostly on his defense. The guy has the gun to shut down the running game, and is reported to have plenty of defensive tools to otherwise make the most of the position. And I get the impression from reports that he has enough at the plate to develop beyond “not a liability” and actually be an asset. For a backstop who’s still in his teens, I couldn’t be more excited.
  8. Ben Lively (-1) – New guy in from Cincy, (Byrd). I’ll ignore my personal feelings on his questionable/offensive Twitter game for the moment and concentrate on the product we’ll see on the field. Lively brings a back-end starter’s floor, it would appear, with enough upside that some evaluators have tagged him with a #3 ceiling.
  9. Kelly Dugan (+3) – I have been a Dugan proponent for a while now, thanks in part to him putting together some really impressive offensive spurts in the short season leagues when he wasn’t down with injury. His 2013 was huge for his stock, as he was on the field most of the year, hit 20 homers, and was given a very nice write-up by Keith Law. His 2014 was once again injury-plagued, and his power numbers were down, even in hitter-friendly Reading, but his walks were up over his short 2013 AA stint. Word from the club is that he was told to try to use the opposite field more, which is backed up by his spray charts. I prefer him over Matt Imhof based mostly on proximity and how scarce offense with even a hint of power has become in today’s game.
  10. Matt Imhof (-1) – 2014 second round pick Imhof from Cal-Poly had a pretty nice start to his pro career, with no red flags in his stats to contradict pre-draft reports that he has a good feel for pitching and good control. I have him ahead of Mecias mostly based on the latter’s injury history. The two hurlers will likely both pitch at Clearwater this year, though if Imhof is pitching well, he could move up anytime there’s room at AA.
  11. Yoel Mecias (-1) – Had a nice half of a year back from Tommy John, and there was positive reporting on his stuff. Let’s all cross our fingers that he regains all he lost during his time off and continues his progress towards being a mid-rotation starter. Based mostly on upside, he gets the nod over…windle
  12. Tom Windle (-2) – Received as the second piece from the Dodgers for Jimmy Rollins, Windle is the wild card in the trade, as his value could spike if he lands in the mid-rotation range, or could plummet if he can’t hack it as a starter. His proximity beats out all the upside you see with…
  13. Franklyn Kilome (+2) – I’m a little high on Kilome, and that may be premature, but I do love upside on starting pitchers, and Kilome’s may be the highest in the system. With a ceiling like that, I gave him the nod over…
  14. Andrew Knapp (+10) – I’m probably the high man on Knapp, as I remain enamored of catchers who can hit. Knapp had what some might call a disappointing season as he couldn’t stick at A+ Clearwater. For me, I wasn’t necessarily expecting him to stick there anyway, coming back slowly from off-season TJ surgery that basically meant he could not hit for weeks on end, (and throw for even longer). I expect him to break camp at high-A and I’d love to see him knocking on the door to Reading by mid-season promotion time. The glove may hold him back from such an aggressive move, even if the bat is good to go.
  15. Dylan Cozens (-1) – I considered dropping him a good bit further when I was weighing his peripherals, as both his BB rate and his K Rate went the wrong direction in 2014 over his nice 2013 campaign. In the end I kept Cozens this high as a recognition of the in-game power we all crave seeing in young sluggers. His stolen base totals may catch some eyes, but there’s not a speed game in this guy – at best, his steal totals show he doesn’t intend to be a base clogger, despite his size. Call it a positive, but to me it’s just barely so.
  16. Aaron Altherr (+9) – I have yet to see anyone suggest that German-born Altherr cannot play centerfield. As such, I’m not sure why I’m so much higher on him than many others. I don’t think I am mis-reading his mediocre offensive numbers. I just think I am properly valuing his defense, and I see his package as that of a second division starting CF. Also, did you all know his nickname is “The Rhineland Rocket”, a reference to his home region in Germany and an awesome thing that lights on fire to take stuff to space and propels grenades and whatever? IT’S TRUE!
  17. Carlos Tocci (-4) – That Tocci woud still be in the conversation for a Top Ten spot in the system had it not been for the draft and trades tells you how I feel about his season. It was not great, but not a disaster by any means. He’s still got time to prove it with the bat as he goes up levels, and his defense is for real as well. Guy could use a gift card to Old Country Buffet, maybe. I’ll get the Kickstarter going.
  18. Victor Arano (+3) – The primary return for Robbie Fausto, (unless you like Valentin more, which I do not), Arano looks like he could be a reasonably quick-moving starter-type. He’s shown good K rates and BB rates thus far, with a 17.4% K-BB rate last year. He showed a high HR rate that we’ll see if he can tame over a full season, as he pitched just about a half season’s worth of innings in 2014. The 20-year-old righty should begin the year young for the Florida State League.
  19. greenZach Green (+3) – He’s been fitted with orthotics to correct for one leg being longer than the other, which was part of the reason injuries derailed the first half of Green’s year. He didn’t play much third when he came back, so we’ll see how he responds to moving back onto the hot corner after some down time, and see how his bat responds to the advanced pitching in Clearwater this year. For me, he’s still a third-baseman with playable power, and that ain’t nothin’.
  20. Aaron Brown (-1) – Some in the industry are sky high on Brown, lumping him in with the second group of prospects in the mid-single digits in the system. I look at his swing-first approach and see trouble on the horizon. No one’s denying that he needs to alter his approach, but some don’t seem to think that will be a problem. I’m curious how often that sort of thing pans out – seems like a lot less than would allow a guy like Brown to be ranked in the Top Ten in this system.
  21. Luis Encarnacion (+8) – A $1M sign from 2013, he was the youngest player stateside last summer and held his own for the better part of the year. His placement this summer could tell us a lot about how far the Phils think he has come in the intervening months. I’d be surprised if he’s challenged with a promotion to Lakewood, but the club has done so in the past with Williamsport mid-year as a fallback. That could be the plan here.
  22. Jose Pujols (+4) – Monster raw power is waiting in the wings if he can ever figure out the rest of his offensive game. He has the pop to challenge Jia Tromp’s home run record in Williamsport this summer if he has his swing working, but he could start in Lakewood as well, and maybe stick there if he takes care of business.
  23. Cord Sandberg (-5) – I ding him for his inconsistency and his low walk rate. Obviously the package is there for a jump forward, but for now there’s too much talent ahead of him.
  24. Jesmuel Valentin (-8) – Keith Law thinks he could still be a shortstop, but the Dodgers weren’t playing him there despite org guys taking the spot in his A Ball lineup, so I’m not sure why they would keep him off the most valuable position he could play. I wasn’t in love with the offensive profile for a second baseman, but when I remember that Chase Utley has spoiled us all forever, it looks a good bit better. After all, he did well with a 123 wRC+ at low-A last year before the trade to the Phils.
  25. Ricardo Pinto (-8) – I thought I was pretty high placing Pinto in the mid-20s when I started organizing my list. Apparently other people like him as well. Looking forward to the full-season debut from this power arm.
  26. Arquimedes Gamboa (+8) – $900k bonus for the then 16-year-old shortstop last July 2nd after he was tagged as the #8 Amateur Free Agent by Baseball America. So he’s a case of expectations without results, thus far, which turns a lot of people off. I am not one of those people.
  27. joelyJoely Rodriguez (+5) – The off-chance that former Pirate farmhand Rodriguez (Bastardo deal) becomes a back-end starter is intriguing to me. Also, he shares a birthday with Freddy Galvis and, well, me – the off-chance that someday we’ll all celebrate it together is also intriguing.
  28. Odubel Herrera (-1) – His risk is high as a Rule 5 pick, since there is a fair chance he won’t be the Phils property by this time next year. I hope the club recognizes his worth and burns the roster spot all year even if he’s not good enough at baseball yet, but they didn’t do so with the DBacks 2014 ROY contender Ender Inciarte a couple years back, in a year where they started Delmon Young and also played Darin Ruf, Casper Wells, Michael Martinez and Roger Bernadina in the outfield, so who even knows.
  29. Jiandido Tromp (+7) – Tromp is suffering from a lack of available time ahead of him in the system. You hope somehow people move quickly ahead of him and clear some space, or he just dominates in the spring and forces a decision, but his best chance may be an injury. That’s no fun. Also I almost just spelled his name with a “G”, like Giancarlo, which I think is a good sign.
  30. Andrew Pullin (+3) – Not sure what happens to Pullin this spring. I hope the club likes what they see from Valentin and moves him to AA to start, but that’s very aggressive. If Valentin starts at Clearwater, Pullin may wind up repeating Lakewood for the time being, or playing some outfield, where his bat does not profile very well.

Sleepers:

Malquin Canelo – If he can hit at A+ whenever he’s given the chance there, (read: after JP Crawford is in Reading), his glove will carry him up the rankings.

Samuel Hiciano – He was having a great debut in full-season and faltered mid-year. Even with a horrid June, he managed a wRC+ of 98 at a reasonable age for the league. If he’s stable and hitting for power without his Ks spiking up, he could be a big mover on next off-season’s lists.

Breakouts:

Deivi Grullon – Could easily be sniffing Top 100s with a strong campaign at the plate as a 19-year-old receiver in Low-A, and prove even more if he handles himself in an aggressive promotion to A+ if Knapp is not playing there for one reason or another.

Kelly Dugan – The right combination of results and opportunity could land Dugan an everyday role in Philly before the year is out.

Make or Break:

Cameron Perkins – The 24-year-old is in his protection year, so he needs to show more than the dismal 50 wRC+ he put up over half a year at AAA in 2014 that sent his stock tumbling.

It’s worth noting that buried in here are some notes culled from my memory, which are very likely to have been reported originally by the dedicated work at Lakewood/Reading and beyond by Jay Floyd (@Phoulballz) at Phoulballz.com, or by Mike Drago (@mldrago) of The Reading Eagle. So Jay or Mike, or anyone who I may have missed who wants credit for the tidbits of their original reporting contained within, i.e. stuff not in press releases from the clubs, but rather reported by you as part of your job or otherwise as a product of your hard work, please let me know and I will happily add the credit.

Aaron Nola photo credit to Tug Haines (@photugraphy) and The Reading Fightins’. Windle, Green, Rodriguez via MiLB.com.

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  1. Romus

    February 19, 2015 08:26 AM

    List is pretty comprehensive, though a bit surprised that Biddle is higher then I would have expected. He may have something to prove this year after last season.
    Also think Doobie would have been higher then 28. If he had been in the Phillies system for the last four years vs the Rangers , with his slash history, he would have been 10-15 range.

    • Brad Engler

      February 19, 2015 09:01 AM

      Agree on Herrera – I would have him easily ahead of Valentin on the 2B depth chart, and maybe as high as 15 on my list. The risk of the Rule 5 is pretty large, IMO. I know with the way the roster is constructed he’s got a fair chance if he can actually play CF, but he could be back in the Rangers system by the middle of March if he’s not ready for the bigs this year. If he sticks on the club, he would theoretically jump up a prospect list, but then graduate 45 days later on service time. Maybe the better question for him if he sticks is where do you rank him on an Under 25 List. I didn’t construct that list this year, but I suspect if I did mid-year and he was still around, he would easily be on the list.

      As for Biddle – I know the concerns, and the missed time is often trouble, but he was so good early last year before the concussion that it’s hard to even think of 2013 as a lost year. He pitched through that mess for the most part and came out strong the following spring. The concussion is the real concern, but I am unwilling to make that into a career concern unless it takes him out of action this season, too. As far as I am concerned, it’s passed. His most troubling injury may be the elbow tweak from winter ball. That has me a little worried.

      • Steve

        February 20, 2015 08:54 AM

        I dont know why, i just feel it would be disastrous to let Herrera walk back to the Rangers. Probably more symbolically than anything else, as I dont expect him to turn the entire Phillies organization around.
        We managed to keep Mike Martinez on the roster while we were trying to contend, how can we not find a roster spot for a guy who led his AA and his winter league in hitting? Ryno has been on record as saying Utley will get more rest. Our OF is Revere, Brown, and Ruf/Sizemore/ Francour? Yes it would be great if he can play CF, but who on the current roster would you rather see as backup 2b or at any of the 3 OF spots? The Phillies cant say they are committed to a rebuild, and starting from the ground up within the organization, and then choose guys like sizemore or francour over the potential of Herrera.
        BTW the Rangers are probably salivating over the idea of gettin him back with Profar out for the year again.

      • Brad Engler

        February 20, 2015 12:28 PM

        I agree Steve, there’s not a lot of reason to send him back when the club will be so bad. But if the opinion of their evaluators is a year away from the minors will ruin his for the future anyway, then what are you really holding onto? With a guy with as much hit tool as Herrera, however, I think they will try to keep him and hope pinch hitting and starting once every weeks-ten days keeps him from too much trouble going forward.

  2. Dante

    February 19, 2015 09:11 AM

    No Severino Gonzalez?

    • Brad Engler

      February 19, 2015 09:33 AM

      He is #31 on my list. I was low on him last year, so his poor results and lackluster scouting reports, even with restrictions the club put on his pitch arsenal, (plus all the new additions to the system), dropped him even further for me. I debated putting him the Make or Break, but it’s not even close to that dire for him. He could repeat AA and still be a prospect, though the club seems to be ready to pass him to AAA. The name ahead of him that game me the most pause was Joely Rodriguez, but Rodriguez back-up plan of leverage-LOOGY is better than Gonzalez backup plan of swing-man/7th inning, IMO.

  3. Bob

    February 19, 2015 10:37 AM

    If the Phillies had accepted a purported deal trading Hamels for Renfroe and Hedges, where would Renfroe and Hedges slot?

    If the Red Sox are offering young “major leaguers” as has been speculated in the form of JBJ and Vazquez, where would they slot on your list?

    • Brad Engler

      February 19, 2015 11:47 AM

      Renfroe and Hedges I think would be 4&5 respectively. Renfroe versus Nola for me would be a much harder decision than Nola vs Quinn. And after that, Quinn versus Hedges would be a much harder decision than Quinn versus Biddle.

      As for the Sox guys – if it’s JBJ and Vazquez, they’d both be on a U25 list only, (they are both graduated to the bigs). I mentioned above I haven’t attempted a U25, so I wouldn’t have a good basis for making that ranking.

  4. Handzus

    February 19, 2015 11:03 AM

    Good list, Brad. My biggest differences would be Tocci (I have him higher) and Altherr (lower). My understanding of Altherr’s CF defense is that it’s just in the “acceptable” range, so he’ll need to have some value with the bat to be a starter, and I have my doubts. I have Pinto higher, too.

    • Brad Engler

      February 19, 2015 11:37 AM

      I think Pinto’s age should ding him a little – he played WIL as a 20-year-old last year. Also, with a smallish body, I wonder about durability.

      Perhaps my reading of Altherr’s defense is too cheery. Or maybe I’m just rooting for the nickname. Hard to say.

      • Boston Phan

        February 19, 2015 11:50 AM

        This is picking nits, but Pinto was 1.4 yrs younger than the average player in the NYPL last year. I don’t think his age should hold back his ranking. Your point about body type is much more relevant in terms of his prospect status.

      • Handzus

        February 19, 2015 12:45 PM

        I agree with Boston Phan about Pinto. His durability is a fair concern; we’ll have to see how he handles an expanded workload. He was a tad old for a non-college prospect in W-Port, but because of the more advanced college players that populate that level I think it’s forgivable. I like that he already has two above-average pitches and the changeup could be plus. I think he can finish this year in Clearwater, depending on how many innings the Phils want to give him.

      • Brad Engler

        February 19, 2015 01:39 PM

        Yeah, alright, the age isn’t a big deal, and it was his stateside debut, so I’ll agree with that. Don’t think it moves the needle on my ranking, though. I still like all of the position players I have right ahead of him, and the next pitcher up is Arano who I really like quite a lot.

    • Romus

      February 19, 2015 02:44 PM

      Handzus……what report listed Altherr’s defense as in the ‘acceptable’ range?
      Just read yesterday from someone in Clearwater that Altherr is probably the best defensive outfielder in camp….of course that is not saying much with Happy Ben, Domonation, Ruf and an inexperienced Herrera in camp.

      • Brad Engler

        February 19, 2015 02:52 PM

        FTR – BA’s current write-up calls him the best defensive outfielder int he system, so at least someone likes his game out there.

  5. Boston Phan

    February 19, 2015 11:46 AM

    Brad, thanks for this. I always enjoy your commentary and thoughts. I think you are overrating Altherr’s defensive value. More specifically, I don’t think his defensive value can outweigh his poor offensive performance. For example, ZiPS projects his 2015 wOBA in the majors to be .271. That is worse than BJ Upton in 2014. Upton plays good defense and is essentially a replacement level player now. At the age of 24 and probably headed to AAA, I fail to see how Altherr could be anything but a late game defensive replacement type in the future. I hope his offensive game comes around but at this point he feels like Jiwan James to me…and Jiwan James could *really* play CF.

    • Brad Engler

      February 19, 2015 11:48 AM

      You’re the second person to think I am overrating Altherr’s defense…anyone else? Three people and we can call it a trend 🙂

      • Andrew R.

        February 19, 2015 12:04 PM

        Well Brad, here’s the way I look at it. I’m sure Altherr has great defense in center. But we haven’t heard about it until 2013 or so. Why haven’t we heard about it sooner. I remember when Freddy was signed as a 16-year old, his defense was his calling card. Carlos Tocci, is known first for hai defense. Aaron Altherr is not raved about like the other two defensively.

      • Brad Engler

        February 19, 2015 01:47 PM

        @Andrew – Coming up, he was splitting time in CF with Kyrell Hudson so there likely weren’t as many good looks at him on the position as there could have been. Beyond that, and I’m speculating here, but maybe his size drew people to think he would wind up in a corner, and so his CF defense was moot when people looked at his game. Don’t know, but every year he took more time away from Hudson until Hudson left the game, (I’m sure it wasn’t Altherr’s fault that Hudson left – unless Altherr was subliminally whispering “football” in Hudson’s ear while he slept). Could be he has improved. Either way, I still may be overvaluing it.

      • Romus

        February 19, 2015 02:48 PM

        Brad…i’m wich you on Altherr’s defense.

    • Brad Engler

      February 19, 2015 01:58 PM

      @Boston – I think using ZIPS to project Altherr is way too early. Guy hasn’t spent a minute at AAA and had just 5 MLB PAs. His wOBA was never close to as bad as it turned out to be in 2014, so projecting it down from there into a 2015 big league season doesn’t mean a thing for me. Guy won’t be in the bigs for any significant time this year unless he figures it out at Lehigh Valley.

      What I do see from his 2014 offensive stats is more contact, (lower K Rate which is nice, but the walk rate went down as well), but less success on balls in play, in part due to a bad LD Rate. Did the pitching at Double A simply beat him? Maybe. I don’t deny there’s trouble with his offensive game, but he’s always been a slow mover through the system, so a year at AAA is not a problem for me.

      • Boston Phan

        February 19, 2015 04:02 PM

        Thanks Brad. Fair enough on ZiPS. I wouldn’t say it doesn’t mean a thing, but fair enough. I was trying to use it to come up with an MLB comp and show that even a second division team wouldn’t want him starting in CF.

        The point is that he was awful at the plate last year and was not so young that it could be excused. Your argument was that his defensive ability in CF makes him valuable and I was arguing his poor performance with the stick counterbalances that value. Perhaps it was an anomalous year, I sure hope so. It is kind of amazing how similar Altherr’s 2014 was to Jiwan’s 2012 in Reading.

        I am not trying to hate on Altherr (I feel like I was making similar arguments on another website), but my optimism is mostly gone given age and deterioration at the plate.

      • Brad Engler

        February 19, 2015 04:48 PM

        How dare you hate on the Rhineland Rocket?

  6. geoffrey

    February 19, 2015 05:24 PM

    Take a closer look at Will Morris…..sleeper ready to have a coming out party.RHP

  7. Bubba0101

    February 19, 2015 06:37 PM

    Not even a sniff of Shane Watson or Mitch gueller. What a disterous couple picks they were.

    • BradInDC

      February 19, 2015 10:15 PM

      Watson is a real bummer. Gueller…I don’t know that we’ve heard the last of him, but he’s a deep sleeper type. They haven’t even penned him yet, and who knows what could happen there. Also, the bat is a fall-back, though it’s been such a long time without competition that it could be a lost cause there.

  8. ES

    February 19, 2015 09:56 PM

    Great stuff, Brad. Enjoyable and informative. Thanks for this

  9. Bubba0101

    February 19, 2015 11:20 PM

    While we are at it… Adam Morgan? Tommy Joseph? Ethan Martin? Any chance we see any of these guys contributing to the Phillies?

    • Brad Engler

      February 20, 2015 12:30 PM

      All three of those guys are up in the air to me. “Healthy” coming into the year but how effective can they be? Were I wagering, I would say Martin has the best chance to contribute this year and going forward, but if Joseph can avoid more head injuries, (and other injuries), who knows how soon he might be a big league caliber player.

      • Romus

        February 20, 2015 05:14 PM

        I would seriously think I would have Joseph split time between catcher and first base and minimize the likelihood of future head traumas. He did play first base in HS for three years and some so far in the minors. And if you project out his numbers pre-May 2014 thru the season without the wrist injury, they would be decent for first base positional value.
        What say you?

      • Bubba0101

        February 20, 2015 08:19 PM

        Thanks for the info Brad.

    • Hey

      February 20, 2015 05:13 PM

      If TOJO stays healthy, (big if), he has to shoot up the rankings. Dude can hit.

      • Romus

        February 20, 2015 05:14 PM

        Hey…….we think alike.
        Scary!

  10. Tim

    February 21, 2015 09:31 AM

    Just curious, what is questionable/offensive about Ben Lively’s twitter? I follow him also, and cant remember noticing anything offensive.

      • d'ante benjamin

        February 22, 2015 10:55 AM

        I…don’t follow.

      • Bill Baer

        February 22, 2015 12:09 PM

        @ d’ante

        I think the new Snapchat he’s referring to is an update that sends a notice to the user if someone has taken a screenshot of his/her picture. Ben is saying he’s only seen women complaining about it and he’s quoting a domestic abuser (Chris Brown) to insult promiscuous women.

      • Tim

        February 23, 2015 02:28 PM

        Bill, I am guessing you don’t use Snapchat. Snapchat has sent a notification to the user if someone has taken a screenshot of their picture for years. There was a recent update, however, around the time of this tweet that changed the appearance and organization of friend lists of Snapchat. I am pretty sure you mis-read this one, and he is making a joke about their brand loyalty (to Snapchat, whose users are predominantly female).

        And although I don’t think Chris Brown is a good role model, calling him out for quoting one song lyric (amongst an otherwise benign set of twitter posts) on a blog read by many people is a little irresponsible.

    • Romus

      February 22, 2015 11:01 AM

      I think his reference to women as ‘hoes’ is a bit crude and rude, though he was referencing Chris Brown’s remark. Could be offensive to many, especially women.

    • Brad Engler

      February 26, 2015 08:43 AM

      Bill’s right, it was the “hoes” tweet that set me off. Also, he had previously sent out a close-up of a cheerleader and made a lewd remark. Chris Brown, whether Lively faults him for being an abuser or not, said “hoes”, which is patently offensive. Lively chose to quote it.

  11. Berdj Joseph Rassam

    February 22, 2015 02:57 AM

    The Phillies really need to add talent to their big league team in all aspects of their game. At the end of the day, I wonder how many of these guys will actually be a serious contributor up at the bigs.

  12. derekcarstairs

    February 22, 2015 07:36 AM

    Couldn’t find a better place to post this.

    With Profar’s needing surgery, that reduces somewhat the chances of the Rangers’ acquiring Hamels.

    An interesting point on Profar. Though he missed all of 2014 and will miss all of 2015 and though he has under 350 major-league PAs, because Profar was on the 25-man roster at the end of 2013, he has been accumulating major-league service time since then and will be arbitration-eligible going into the 2016 season as a Super 2.

    • Romus

      February 22, 2015 09:16 AM

      Derekcarstairs……the question I would have on trying to acquire Profar…..his arm due to the shoulder issues may not be strong enough anymore for ss, though Elvis had that locked up with the Rangers, so, he will probably only be a 2nd baseman for here on out. But that is fine since his hit tool was still rated very high before he went down.

      • derekcarstairs

        February 22, 2015 12:00 PM

        If Profar were healthy, the Phils might have been interested in either Profar or Odor. If either were available in trade before the announcement about Profar, now neither is since the Rangers need a second baseman.

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