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2012 Top 25 Prospects

Prospect Nation 2012: #21 1B Cody Overbeck

Posted by Jay Floyd, Mon, January 23, 2012 12:00 PM Comments: 3

Cody Overbeck has proven himself to be an impact slugger after slamming 48 total homeruns and driving in 154 runs across three levels of the Philadelphia developmental ranks from 2010-2011. Throughout his time in the Philadelphia system, Overbeck, who is regarded for his quick hands and his ability to drive the ball, has been valuable to every lineup he has swung a bat for.

Formerly a third baseman through his first three seasons in the minor leagues, Overbeck, a 6-foot-1-inch 200-pounder, dabbled in the outfield and was primarily a first baseman in 2011 with Double-A Reading and Triple-A Lehigh Valley. The experience for Overbeck increased his versatility. Continue reading Prospect Nation 2012: #21 1B Cody Overbeck

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Prospect Nation 2012: #22 RHP David Buchanan

Posted by Jay Floyd, Sat, January 21, 2012 03:55 PM Comments: 3

Righty hurler David Buchanan has proven himself as a guy on the fast track upward in the developmental ranks. The 22-year-old ripped through Class A South Atlantic League competition, leading his manager, former big leaguer Chris Truby to describe him as “the most consistent pitcher in the league”.

The Lakewood BlueClaws’ horse became the starting pitcher for the SAL Northern Division All-Star team in 2011. In 20 starts, Buchanan went 11-5 with a 3.38 ERA and a .246 batting average against with Lakewood before being promoted for the final month of the season. As a member of the Class A Advanced Clearwater Threshers, Buchanan posted considerable numbers through his first five outings, sporting a 3-1 record with a 3.07 ERA. A weak final start to his 2011 campaign (4 ER, 8 hits, 3 innings) largely effected his Clearwater stats. Continue reading Prospect Nation 2012: #22 RHP David Buchanan

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Prospect Nation 2012: #23 RHP Garett Claypool

Posted by Jay Floyd, Thu, January 19, 2012 11:30 AM Comments: 4

Right-handed pitcher Garett Claypool is a UCLA product that was selected in the 11th round of the 2010 draft by the Phillies. The 6-foot-2-inch 175-pounder broke out, in 2011, with an All-Star campaign for the Class A Lakewood BlueClaws.

Armed with a fastball that ranges from 90-92 MPH, a strong slider which he uses to put hitters away, as well as a curve ball and a change up that are definitely improving, Claypool ranked in the top 10 among South Atlantic League pitchers in several key statistical categories. His ERA (3.47) ranked 8th, and he was tops in strike outs (151). That dominance is even more impressive considering he was 21 K’s ahead of the next highest total while only having the 11th highest innings pitched total (137 1/3) in the league.

According to Claypool himself, the key to his success has been Continue reading Prospect Nation 2012: #23 RHP Garett Claypool

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Prospect Nation 2012- #24 Cameron Rupp

Posted by Jay Floyd, Wed, January 18, 2012 12:05 PM Comments: 6

A blazing hot second half of his 2011 season solidified a spot on this list for catching prospect Cameron Rupp. Following a feeble opening half last season in which he sported a .219 batting average with 2 homeruns and 13 RBI in 48 games, Rupp exploded after the All-Star break, batting .318 with 2 homeruns and 31 RBI in 51 games.

Selected in the 3rd round of the 2010 amateur draft out of the University of Texas, Rupp made his professional debut with the short-season Williamsport Crosscutters that season. In 55 games in 2010, Rupp posted a .218 batting average with 5 homeruns and 28 RBI against NY-Penn League competition.

Praised for his work ethic on defense, his strong throwing arm, his solid footwork and especially for his ability to lead, Rupp is quickly becoming the complete package on that side of the game. Continue reading Prospect Nation 2012- #24 Cameron Rupp

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Prospect Nation 2012: #25- LHP Austin Wright & OF Aaron Altherr

Posted by Jay Floyd, Mon, January 16, 2012 12:00 PM Comments: 2

It just so happens that this year’s list of top 25 Phillies prospects includes 26 deserving talents. As a result, we have a pair of individuals that simply can’t be left off of these annual rankings brought to you by PhoulBallz.com and PhilliesNation.com. Two men tied for the number 25 spot on our list.

Austin Wright, an 8th round draft selection last year, prevailed as a tremendous talent in his few short months of professional baseball. The 6-foot-4-inch 235-pound left-hander was a JuCo standout and later transferred to Ole Miss, where he lived up to his parents’ dreams of him pitching in the Southeastern Conference.

Previously selected in the 23rd round by the Boston Red Sox in 2010, Wright chose not to sign at that time.

Wright, an Illinois native that grew up as a Cubs fan, idolizing impressive pitchers such as Kerry Wood and Mark Prior, capitalized on a strong confidence in his own abilities and improving control to sport a 4-3 overall record, a 3.03 ERA and a .234 batting average against in 15 games (14 starts) between short-season Williamsport and Class A Lakewood. Continue reading Prospect Nation 2012: #25- LHP Austin Wright & OF Aaron Altherr

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Prospect Nation 2012: The Prelude

Posted by Jay Floyd, Fri, January 13, 2012 11:00 AM Comments: 2

It’s time once again for everybody to come aboard the PROSPECT TRAIN!

With just over five weeks until pitchers and catchers report to Clearwater, FL to officially kick off spring training, we’ll be spending this time reviewing our exclusive rankings of the top 25 prospects in the Phillies’ organization. Taken into consideration when reviewing these young talents will be age, minor league performance relative to levels played, value to the organization and future potential.

Gradually, over the comings weeks, as we approach a new season with hopes higher than Snoop Dogg on his marijuana stocked tour bus, we will be unveiling player reviews for all of the best developmental talent that Phils fans should be familiar with. Continue reading Prospect Nation 2012: The Prelude

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