Anthony Hewitt, 3B
Born: 4/27/1989 in Brooklyn, NY
When the Phillies chose Hewitt in the 1st round (24th overall) of the 2008 Draft, there were two schools of thought on the talented teenager. One said that he was the best athlete in the entire draft, a player that garnered extremely high ratings for raw power, speed and arm strength from scouts. Hewitt could flash any of his great skills at any given time and wow anyone watching. With a few years of work to become a professional hitter, Hewitt could become a star, many said.
But there was that second school of thought, the one that said the Phillies reached to draft a player who would never develop the right approach at the plate. He would have to switch from shortstop to third base because of his poor footwork, and even there he might never become a suitable defender.
Now in his second year of short-season ball, Hewitt has given reason for both sides to still think they will be right in the end. He has shown streaks of his immense talent, and he has also struggled to adjust to third base while failing to find consistency at the plate. Hewitt has made 23 errors at third this season, leaving him with an ugly .837 fielding percentage. At the dish, his .224 average looks bad and his 75 strikeouts against just 9 walks looks worse.
But the positives are still there. In 219 at-bats he has ripped off 18 extra-base hits, including 5 triples and 7 homers. He has also stolen 9 bases in a relatively short period of time with Williamsport. And considering he is still just 20 years old, there is reason to believe that he can correct his deficiencies with some helpful coaching along the way. The question with Hewitt is whether or not he will turn the corner and begin to showcase his natural ability on a consistent basis. That’s something that we may not know for three more years, but the athleticism and raw talent is there, so Hewitt’s ceiling is much higher than many of the organization’s prospects. Hopefully he’ll reach that ceiling some day.
Year Level AB H HR RBI BB K SB AVG OBP SLG
2008 ROOK 117 23 1 9 7 55 2 .197 .256 .299
2009 A- 219 49 7 29 9 75 9 .224 .259 .393
Rankings – All previous prospect profiles can be found here, which is also on the left sidebar for easy viewing
14. Anthony Hewitt, 3B
15. Justin De Fratus, RHP
16. Sergio Escalona, LHP
17. Yohan Flande, LHP
18. Julian Sampson, RHP
19. John Mayberry, Jr., OF
20. Mike Cisco, RHP
21. Freddy Galvis, SS
22. Jonathan Pettibone, RHP
23. Domingo Santana, OF
24. Jonathan Singleton, 1B
25. Drew Naylor, RHP