Crash Bag, Vol. 87: Blizzard Shopping with Ruben Amaro

Hey, hey hey, interrogate me hey…

@mdubz11: “your hall of fame ballot, opinions, etc etc”

I’m shocked that nobody asked me this before now, but I guess there’s a certain point past which nobody cares about my opinion. Anyway, I answered this last year, and nobody got in, so a lot of my answers are the same…actually, look at that, it was Dubs who asked for my hypothetical Hall of Fame ballot last year too, the sneaky bastard.

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The Future is Unwritten: Aaron Altherr

Happy New Year. Let’s get right to it.

Aaron Altherr is the type of athlete the Phillies have stereotypically selected in the amateur draft. They made him a ninth round pick in 2009 out of Agua Fria High School in Arizona and floated him a $150,000 bonus to keep him away from the University of Arizona. The German-born Altherr (his mother was stationed there as a member of the U.S. military and his father was a German pro soccer player) has had his share of developmental quirks. Labeled a project from the start, Altherr only began focusing on baseball during his senior year in high school (he was also a terrific basketball player) and entered pro ball quite raw. It took Altherr three years before he was finally able to stick in full season ball. In 2011, after 40 Low-A games in which he only tallied seven extra-base hits, he was demoted from Lakewood back to Williamsport. The SALLY League was just too much for him to handle at the time. He showed some progress in 2012 but was still considered a lottery ticket talent.

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Longenhagen’s Scouting Report Index


Jesse Biddle 1, 2, 3

Brody Colvin

Cody Forsythe

Luis Garcia

Perci Garner

Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez with a few updates here

Severino Gonzalez

Matt Imhof

Jay Johnson

Mark Leiter Jr. 

Ethan Martin 1, 2

Sam McWilliams

Yoel Mecias

Hoby Milner

Adam Morgan 1, 2

Kevin Munson

Aaron Nola

Nefi Ogando

Chris Oliver

John Pettibone

Yacksel Rios

Mauricio Robles

Juan Sosa

Austin Wright



Tommy Joseph, 2

Andrew Knapp

Cameron Rupp



Cody Asche 1, 2

Malquin Canelo

Albert Cartwright

Art Charles

JP Crawford 1, 2

Luis Encarnacion

Maikel Franco, 2

Zach Green

Larry Greene

Jan Hernandez

Cesar Hernandez, 2

Rhys Hoskins

Emmanuel Marrero

Andrew Pullin

Darin Ruf 1, 2




Aaron Altherr

Aaron Brown

Zach Collier

Dylan Cozens

Kelly Dugan

Juslan Kamara

Cameron Perkins

Cord Sandberg

Steven Susdorf

Carlos Tocci


Draft Retrospectives

Reggie Taylor

Gavin Floyd

Chase Utley



More to come…

The Future is Unwritten: Cameron Perkins

There has been a good amount of wailing and gnashing of teeth among statistically inclined Phillies fans for the club to pursue more college hitters in the draft. A half dozen or so studies have been done on expected return of draft choices and many of them come out the other end touting college bats as the most beneficial type of selection (Rany Jazayerli, Phil Birnbaum and Victor Wang have all written about it at length). Generally, the Phillies do not select college hitters in the first round. The last time they did was in 2000 when they popped an infield prospect named Chase Utley from UCLA. In that vein, the prospect du jour is outfielder Cameron Perkins, the club’s sixth round pick in 2012 out of Purdue. Continue reading…

The Future is Unwritten: Luis Encarnacion

One nugget of Phillies-specific process that makes its way into the posts and comments here at Crashburn once in a while is the club’s traditional modus operandi when it comes to acquiring international talent. Usually, the Phillies give Sal Agostinelli, one of the best international scouting directors in the business, his proverbial prospect allowance and Sal doesn’t spend too much of it in one place. Instead, he spreads the wealth across Latin America to several lesser players whose names won’t be found on Baseball America’s annual list of the top July 2nd talent. Continue reading…

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…