Minors Wrap Up: Updates on Asche, Franco, Biddle, Crawford and More

Posted by Jay Floyd, Mon, July 15, 2013 08:00 AM Comments: 3

From all throughout the Phillies’ developmental ranks, here’s our weekly rundown of top performers and those players that have struggled recently.

Triple-A Lehigh Valley IronPigs-

Who’s hot…

Cody Asche, image- Jay Floyd

Third baseman Cody Asche had four multi-hit games over a five-game stretch last week, including a 5-for-5 effort against Pawtucket on Wednesday.  The 23-year-old International League All-Star is batting .288 with 10 homers and 56 RBI in 93 games this season.  Asche was the Phils’ 4th round draft choice in 2011.

The IronPigs’ other All-Star, second baseman Cesar Hernandez, is batting .333 with three doubles, a triple and five RBI in 13 contests this month.  Due to the Phillies’ void in center field, as Ben Revere suffered a broken foot over the weekend, Hernandez will not participate in the IL All-Star events, instead, he’s been assigned to Double-A Reading to get extra work in the outfield in case the Phils choose to call him up for the second half.  Hernandez has played six total games in the outfield as a pro.  The 23-year-old Venezuelan is batting .306 with 27 steals in 81 games at Triple-A this year.

Who’s not…

First baseman/outfielder/DH Josh Fields is batting just .148 in 10 games this month.  The 30-year-old veteran is sporting a .306 overall average with four homers 33 RBI in 74 games this season with the IronPigs.  Fields was signed as a minor league free agent last November. Continue reading Minors Wrap Up: Updates on Asche, Franco, Biddle, Crawford and More


Minors Notes: Updates on Ruf, Gillies, Watson, Joseph, James & More

Posted by Jay Floyd, Sun, June 30, 2013 06:45 AM Comments: 10

From all throughout the Phillies’ developmental ranks, here’s our weekly rundown of top performers and those players that have struggled recently.

Triple A Lehigh Valley IronPigs-

Who’s hot…

Outfielder Darin Ruf has picked up the production with his batting average of late, but has displayed minimal power during that stretch. The 26-year-old righty hitting slugger is batting .306 with only one extra-base hit, a double, while driving in seven runs in his past 10 games.  In 75 games with the ‘Pigs, Ruf is batting .270 with seven homers and 42 RBI.

Who’s not…

Righty pitcher Tyler Cloyd took his 7th loss of the season on Saturday, when he allowed six earned runs in 6 1/3 innings. The 26-year-old is 0-3 with a 10.69 ERA in three starts for the IronPigs since returning from the majors this month.

Double-A Reading Fightins-

Who’s hot…

Outfielder Tyson Gillies has been on a tear, batting .400 with three homers, seven RBI and two steals in his last 10 games. Gillies, who batted .244 through his first 25 contests at Double-A this year, has his average up to .275 after 50 games. The 24-year-old began the season with the IronPigs, where he struggled. Continue reading Minors Notes: Updates on Ruf, Gillies, Watson, Joseph, James & More


Minors Notes: Franco, Susdorf, Green and Others Heat Up

Posted by Jay Floyd, Mon, June 24, 2013 07:30 AM Comments: 0

From all throughout the Phillies’ developmental ranks, here’s our weekly rundown of top performers and those players that haven’t done much as of late.

Triple-A Lehigh Valley IronPigs-

Who’s hot…

Steve Susdorf with Reading in 2011

Outfielder Steve Susdorf has been on a tear lately, going 10-for-24 (.417 avg) with a double, a home run and four RBI in his last seven games.  The 27-year-old lefty batter was the Phils’ 19th round draft choice in 2008 out of Fresno State.  Susdorf is batting .326 with a home run and 23 RBI in 51 games this year.

First baseman Josh Fields has five multi-hit games in his last seven contests.  The 30-year-old is 10-for-25 (.400 avg) during that stretch.  Overall this season, Fields, who was signed as a minor league free agent last November, is batting .316 with four homers and 26 RBI this year.

Who’s not…

Infielder Pete Orr is 3-for-23 (.130 avg) with two doubles in his last seven games.  Orr, who has spent time in the big leagues with the Phillies in each of the past two seasons, is batting .231 with three home runs and 17 RBI in 54 games with the IronPigs this season. Continue reading Minors Notes: Franco, Susdorf, Green and Others Heat Up


Phillies Release Four Minor Leaguers

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Thu, June 13, 2013 12:45 PM Comments: 0

According to Phuture Phils, the Phillies have released five minor league players today. The group is headlined by infielder Tyler Greene, 20, who hit just .147/.270/.267 in 89 PA last year for Lakewood. Greene, an 11th round pick, seen as a fringe prospect who impressed in a brief stint with the Gulf Coast Phillies in 2011. Greene’s bat did not develop past the brief flashes that were shown in 2011.

The Others Released:

Right-handed pitcher Andrew Aizenstadt, 23, is a 6’5 righty who was an undrafted free agent out of Virginia Tech in 2012. He gave up nine earned runs in 9.2 IP in 2013 for Lakewood.

Outfielder Miguel Alvarez, 23, was signed in 2007 as a free agent out of the Dominican Republic and hit .315/.360/.425 in Lakewood last year but struggled mightily once promoted to Clearwater (.178/.198/.188 in 104 PA).

Outfielder Yan Olmo, 22, was signed in 2009 as a free agent out of the Dominican Republic and has struggled at the plate since joining the Phillies organization. Olmo has hit just .233/.302/.296 in 792 career minor league PA.

These housecleaning-type moves are done each year to accommodate the players who will be promoted to accommodate recently drafted players. We will follow the wire closely for more of these moves.


Who the #@%! was that? – PN’s Guide to Late Spring Call-Ups

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Sat, March 23, 2013 07:00 AM Comments: 0

Susdorf is one of the many players the Phillies have added to their role call late this Spring. He has the best chance of any to see any time with the Phillies in 2013. Photo: MiLB.com

If you have caught any of the Phillies Spring Training games this year, you likely have seen a player enter a game that you have never heard of. The Phillies have used 68 players in Spring action this year and have added a crop of folks according to their transaction page that you may see with the big club in the Spring. Some of them will receive very brief consideration regarding a potential 2013 call-up, however most are getting a quick look while the starters are resting or playing in minor league games to avoid seeing division rivals. Here’s a guide to those players:

Added on 3/1/2013

Mike Nesseth

Position: RHP Reliever

Age: 24

MLB Spring Stats: 1/3 IP, 1 K

Nesseth is part of the suddenly large contingent of University of Nesbraska Cornhuskers in the Phillies minor league rolls. Nesseth got his only out via strikeout this Spring. He turns 25 this April and, after finishing as Clearwater’s closer with a 2.76 ERA and a 1.261 WHIP, Nesseth will likely get a shot Reading this year.

Continue reading Who the #@%! was that? – PN’s Guide to Late Spring Call-Ups


Prospect Nation 2013: #8 SS Roman Quinn

Posted by Jay Floyd, Sun, February 24, 2013 07:15 AM Comments: 2

Roman Quinn, photo- Joe Wombough/PhoulBallz.com

Selected in the 2nd round of the 2011 draft out of Port St. Joe High School, speedster Roman Quinn was immediately a prospect that many thought would be on a fast track upward in the Phillies system.

The extremely athletic 5-foot-10 170-pounder is praised for his adaptability and has shown considerable improvement during his time in the professional ranks.

Quinn signed fairly late after being drafted and did not play in an official game in 2011.  He did, however, spend time with the Gulf Coast League team late in their season and played with the Florida Instructional League team following the regular season.  He made his official pro debut in 2012 with the short-season A level Williamsport Crosscutters.  There, Quinn tallied a .281 average with nine doubles, a league-leading 11 triples, one home run and 23 RBI while swiping 30 bases in 36 chances.

Phillies executives were very pleased with his progress last year.  According to Joe Jordan, the Phils’ director of player development, “the sky is the limit” for Quinn.  Even his teammates are excited by his skills, as players will often remark about his noteworthy quickness. Continue reading Prospect Nation 2013: #8 SS Roman Quinn


ESPN’s Law Releases List of Top 10 Phils Prospects

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Thu, February 07, 2013 01:18 PM Comments: 1

http://mobile.milb.com/images/players/mugshot/ph_605388.jpgKeith Law must have been really, really busy over the last few days.

Law released his Top 10s by organization today. The Phillies list produced mostly familiar names but there were a few surprises for the organization he ranked 27th in MLB. More surprisingly, while Law has a poor outlook for the Phillies in 2013, he believes the Phillies could rocket into the Top 20 very easily with big years from any of their high potential players.

Valuing Future v. Current Value

Other lists like Baseball America and Minor League Ball‘s placed seemed to more evenly distribute future value versus immediate value. Other than Adam Morgan, who Law believes can contribute to the Phillies in 2013 and ranks number one, and Jonathan Pettibone, ranks seventh, Law’s list features of a lot of the Phillies lottery-ticket type players in low levels who have high potential.

Shortstop Roman Quinn, 19, who Law identifies as a big-time sleeper, is found at number three, while third baseman Maikel Franco, 20, is ranked fourth. Law believes the Phillies system can move fast, well into the top 20 should Quinn, Franco, and pitchers Kenny Giles, 22, ranked ninth, and Shane Watson, 19, a narrow miss, make large jumps in 2013.

Law gives a very positive outlook for 2015+ in terms of bringing talent to the Major Leagues but does note that the missing prospect links leave 2013 and 2014 sparse with MLB-ready talent.

Position Player Concerns

Law notes that other than third baseman Cody Asche, 22, who he has at eighth with an MLB ETA of 2015, the Phillies are rather top-heavy with pitching. He says Darin Ruf, unranked, can be a useful bench bat but does not feel translates into an every day player.

Greene = Found

Law was the only prospector to rank Larry Greene in his top 10. Greene, ranked exactly tenth, does not have text related to him in the list.


Prospect Nation 2013: #18 OF Larry Greene Jr.

Posted by Jay Floyd, Sun, February 03, 2013 09:00 AM Comments: 8

Larry Greene Jr., quietly began his ascension upward in the developmental ranks last season, after being selected in the supplemental 1st round, 39th overall, by the Phillies in 2011.

In his senior year of high school, the lefty batting Greene became an All-American, posting a .536 average in 30 games with 11 doubles, 19 home runs, 52 RBI and 37 walks.

Greene worked out with the Gulf Coast League Phillies late in the 2011 season, after signing his first professional contract, which came with a reported $1 million signing bonus.  He also spent some time at the Florida Instructional League as well that year.

Despite sitting out a good deal of time at Instructs with a groin injury, the slugger was able to take in plenty of batting practice and put himself on display for the brass in attendance, who were there to see many of their newly drafted prospects.  The ailment resulted in some downtime through the winter months and Greene wasn’t in the best shape when he reported to spring training in 2012. Continue reading Prospect Nation 2013: #18 OF Larry Greene Jr.


PN Interview: Joe Jordan Talks Young Prospects, Catching Depth & More

Posted by Jay Floyd, Fri, January 25, 2013 07:00 AM Comments: 2

This week, at the Phillies’ winter charity banquet in Lakewood, NJ, I had the opportunity to speak with Phillies director of player development Joe Jordan about many matters related to the Phillies developmental system. Included in the topics of discussion were the depth at the catcher position, the team’s plans for some of their youngest prospects and two former top draft picks among other things.

Prior to joining the Phils last off-season, the former pro catcher held the position of director of scouting with the Baltimore Orioles.  The University of Oklahoma product also previously worked in scouting with the Expos and Marlins.

Read ahead for that full interview.

- Looking back on last year, it seems the system underwent a bit of a refined approach since you were hired, with several players from the 2012 draft class quickly made their debuts with Class A full season Lakewood.  In previous seasons that was rather rare.  Can you speak on that a bit?

Well, I don’t know, as far as the change of approach.  But, the thing that I really tried to do last year, when I came over, was I tried to involve as many people as I could in our decision making process.  I did not make those decisions by myself.  I really leaned on Benny Looper, our assistant GM, who has done my job before and he is my boss.  But, I also leaned heavily on the managers and the rovers that see the players, really, more than I do, that knew the players.  And I think there were some instances where maybe we were being more aggressive, maybe, than the past.  But really, it was a group decision and most of them I think were good decisions.  I think a couple of them maybe the player wasn’t quite as ready as we thought, but, you know, I don’t really believe in pushing guys, but I believe in keeping them challenged and that’s what we tried to do.

- The Phillies currently have considerable catching depth in their developmental ranks.  Is that a nice luxury to have?

It is and it’s very unusual and we’re very fortunate, as an organization.  It’s a hard, hard position to find and we feel good.  We really feel good.  Obviously, we have a fine catcher in the Major Leagues, an All-Star catcher.  But, you know, when you look at Double-A and Triple-A, behind that, we’ve got Steven Lerud, who did a good job for our Major League team, when he went up last year.  And he’s a very good defensive catcher, but prospect wise, when you look at (Sebastian) Valle and (Cameron) Rupp and Tommy Joseph, obviously, you know, those guys have gotten a lot of attention and it’s warranted, because they’re, I think…they have talent, but it’s a competitive situation and that’s gonna help all of them, because they’re gonna have to come to camp ready to go and ready to perform.  We like that, down low we’ve got some guys that we like as well.
Continue reading PN Interview: Joe Jordan Talks Young Prospects, Catching Depth & More


Baseball Prospectus Offers Unique Phillies Top 10

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Fri, January 11, 2013 03:59 PM Comments: 26


Franco's placement at two by BP is a little surprising but well deserved. Photo by: Jay Floyd

Baseball Prospectus released their Top 10 Phillies prospects list today. Like Baseball America and Minor League Ball before them, which we covered here and here, BP named lefty Jesse Biddle the Phillies Top Prospect for 2013. BP says Biddle is a legitimate Top 100 prospect in baseball. After Biddle, however, there are quite a few surprises.

Strong Placing for Franco

Maikel Franco, eighth on BA’s list and ninth on Minor LB’s list, ranks in at an aggressive second on BP’s list. Franco enters his age 20 season coming off of a .280/.336/.439 year with 14 HRs for Lakewood and projects to start the year in Clearwater. A hot start could have Franco manning the hot corner for Reading. Franco’s positioning is surprising considering he is five places above the presumed 2014 starter at third base, Cody Asche.

You’ll Not’ve Seen Nothing Like the Mighty Quinn

Pardon my Bob Dylan/Manfred Mann reference, but Roman Quinn is developing quite the reputation. Quinn ranks fourth by BP after second and third place finishes in the other projections.

Morgan and Martin Ranked High Again

Adam Morgan continues to gain attention after his age 22 season that saw surprising success in Reading. Morgan will compete for the IronPigs’ rotation and probably is not that far away from reaching the Phillies. BP liked him just about as much as the other prospectors, placing him at #3 compared to #2 and #5 finishes on the other lists. His possible future rotation-mate Ethan Martin comes in sixth on BP’s list, compared to third and eighth place finishes on the other lists.

Continue reading Baseball Prospectus Offers Unique Phillies Top 10

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