Posted by Jay Floyd, Tue, July 26, 2011 10:00 AM Comments: 37
In recent years, the Phillies have acquired elite talent, adding Cliff Lee, Roy Halladay and Roy Oswalt in separate blockbuster trades. The packages of players sent away to make those deals all included highly ranked prospects.
Fans and experts alike presume the Phillies have depleted their system of prospects with the amount top minor league players traded in those deals. That’s far from true, as many individuals currently in Philadelphia’s developmental system have proven worthy of high recognition.
If the Phillies are going to put together similar groups of players to add a key contributor at the big league level again this season, they’ll surely need to send away more ascending young talent. In order to understand what type of package the Phillies would be required to deal, it’s important to look at what they gave up in those previous trades.
Cleveland/Lee trade…July, 2009- RHP Jason Knapp, IF Jason Donald, C Lou Marson, RHP Carlos Carrasco.
Knapp was the young ace of the Class A Lakewood staff and had earned attention with his high-90′s fastball. The emerging young hurler with ace potential on the BlueClaws staff this year is last season’s top draft choice Jesse Biddle. But Biddle, a 19-year-old Philadelphia native, doesn’t throw quite as hard as Knapp – his fastball has been ranging in the low-90′s in recent starts. In his latest 10 starts, Biddle has been sharp, posting a 1.85 ERA.
Donald was a force with Double A Reading in 2008 (.304 avg, 14 HR, .889 OPS in 92 games) and turned 25-years-old in 2009, after he was sent to Cleveland. The current Phils prospect most comparable to Donald is likely third baseman/first baseman Cody Overbeck, who has ripped up Double A pitching, but has now hit a bit of a skid at Triple A Lehigh Valley. The 25-year-old Overbeck leads the Phillies organization thus far in 2011 with 21 homeruns, combined at two levels. Overbeck, an 8th round draft pick in 2008, has even dabbled in the outfield this year, adding to his versatility and appeal to potential trade partners.