The Future is Unwritten: Andrew Knapp

The Phillies 2013 draft has acclaimed by many (including yours truly) as one rich with upside laden talent. JP Crawford, Cord Sandberg and Jan Hernandez are all dripping with athleticism and the potential for an explosive Major League tool or two if the Phillies player development squad can turn the dreams of all that raw talent into a reality. Lost among the forest of those teenage redwood saplings is Andrew Knapp, Philadelphia’s second round pick in that draft. The Cal (Berkley) catcher is already 22 years old, the cement on the body is mostly dry and there really isn’t really a chance for a plus tool here. Despite that, there is an interesting combination of athleticism and skills that could make Knapp an everyday catcher if things break right. Continue reading…

The Future is Unwritten: Kelly Dugan

Kelly Dugan, who was added to the 40-man roster by the Phillies a few weeks ago so as to protect him from next Thursday’s Rule 5 Draft, had himself a fine 2013 season as he hit .291/.352/.506 between Hi-A and Double-A. The 2009 second round pick (he was signed away from a commitment to Pepperdine whose baseball facility looks like this) will likely start 2014 back in Double-A but there’s a chance he might play in the Majors at some point next year if things go right for Dugan and if things go horribly wrong for the big club. His package of tools and his career path are both rather interesting. Continue reading…

The Future is Unwritten: Andrew Pullin

Second base-only bats are a rarity. Usually, players that end up at second are guys that couldn’t stick at shortstop or whose clubs didn’t think they’d hit enough to profile in a corner OF spot and so they gave them a shot in the infield and things happened to work out. At least, somewhere along the line there’s been experimenting. That holds true for Chase Utley, Robinson Cano (who actually caught a game in Trenton in 2003) , Jason Kipnis, Ben Zobrist, and on and on. Andrew Pullin is no different. Continue reading…

Phillies Arizona Fall League Update: Week 4

Ken Giles:

Giles put on a show in Saturdays’ Fall Stars game, touching 100mph several times and flashing an above average slider or two. I don’t think the command and secondary pitches are enough for him to close and I have concerns about how true and straight the fastball is, but former scout and current MLB.com writer Bernie Pleskoff thinks he’ll be an absolute stud closer if he irons out the command issues. I’ll see if I can’t get some thoughts from Bernie for next week’s update. This is a Major League arm, for sure. He just needs to stay healthy.

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The Future is Unwritten: Dylan Cozens

It’s hard to find a nineteen year old who lacks any sort of physical projection but the Phillies have one in Dylan Cozens, the 6’6”, 235lb behemoth outfielder who spent the 2013 season in Williamsport. Cozens, a second round pick in the 2012 draft out of a Scottsdale, AZ high school, was recruited as a Defensive End by Arizona State before the Phillies signed him away from the Sun Devils for a bonus just south of $660,000. Continue reading…

Phillies Arizona Fall League Update: Week 3

Ken Giles:

Giles had just one appearance this week, his first multi-inning excursion this fall. Fastball still sitting 95-97mph though it was down to 93mph towards the end of his second inning of work. He also threw what looked to be his first two changeups this month. He’s still living up in the zone far too often and the control is just okay. Still, the pure fastball velocity is missing pretty good Fall League bats. Giles is making the case to start the 2013 season in Reading despite a poor showing in the Florida State league during the season.

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