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Prospect Nation 2016: #9 Catcher Jorge Alfaro

Posted by Jay Floyd, Tue, January 26, 2016 09:05 AM Comments: 3

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Acquired as part of the the return for Cole Hamels and Jake Diekman from Texas last summer, catcher Jorge Alfaro quickly became one of the Phillies’ most promising young talents.  With a powerful bat and outstanding skills behind the dish, Alfaro could become a fast moving performer for his new organization.

Originally signed by the Rangers for a reported $1.3 million in 2010 at the age of 16, the Colombia native would make his professional debut in the Dominican Summer League that same year.  In 48 games, the righty hitting Alfaro posted a .221 average and a home run along with 23 RBI.

The following year, with Class A short-season Spokane, the talented youngster tallied a .300 average with six homers and 23 RBI.

In 2012 with full season Class A level Hickory, he batted .261 with five home runs, 34 RBI and 16 stolen bases in 74 contests. Continue reading Prospect Nation 2016: #9 Catcher Jorge Alfaro

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Prospect Nation 2016: #13 RHP Ricardo Pinto

Posted by Jay Floyd, Wed, January 20, 2016 09:05 AM Comments: 0

Pinto n KnappRight-handed starting pitcher Ricardo Pinto (pictured, center) had a breakout season in the Phillies organization last year.  Honored as the top pitcher in their minor league ranks, the 21-year-old is very promising and will look to continue his success this year, as he moves up.

Boasting a mid-90′s fastball and a plus change up, Pinto has looked great at the lower levels of the minors.  Phillies director of player development Joe Jordan states that Pinto’s is the best change up among the organization’s righty prospects.  Development of a third offering, his slider, will be the determining factor of the type of progress he’ll see.

Signed as an international free agent in December, 2011, the Venezuela native debuted in pro ball in the Venezuela Summer League the following year.  In 15 games (10 starts) he sported a 7-3 record with one save, a 2.74 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP.

He repeated the VSL in 2013, posting a 3-5 record with a 2.85 ERA and a 1.06 WHIP in 14 games, strictly as a starter. Continue reading Prospect Nation 2016: #13 RHP Ricardo Pinto

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Hollands visits team doctor in Philly, progressing well

Posted by Jay Floyd, Tue, January 19, 2016 09:53 PM Comments: 0

Phillies left-hander Mario Hollands was in Philadelphia this week to have a follow up exam on his surgically repaired elbow and feedback was positive.

Hollands, who was the Phils’ 10th round draft selection in 2010 out of UC Santa Barbara, was sidelined last year during spring training, and soon underwent UCL reconstructive (Tommy John) surgery.

Nine months out from surgery, the throwing arm is healing as well as can be expected, according to team doctor Michael Ciccotti .

The team anticipates that Hollands will begin throwing off a mound by late January or early February.  His time table for facing batters remains to be determined, but with a month of spring training action still six weeks away, Hollands will have plenty of time to get in game shape.  Keep the 27-year-old in discussions for holding down a big league bullpen spot in the first half of the coming season.

In 50 games as a big league rookie in 2014, Hollands posted a 2-2 record along with a 4.40 ERA.

On Tuesday, Hollands returned to Florida to continue his rehab work with team training staff at their spring training home in Clearwater.

Additionally, minor league third baseman Zach Green, who missed much of last season with a broken left wrist, is fully healed and will report early to spring training by mid-week next week.

Green entered the 2015 season ranked as Phillies Nation’s number 13 prospect.  In just 26 games for Class A Advanced Cleatwater last season, the 21-year-old righty batter sported a .173 average with a home run and seven RBI.

A six-foot-three 210-pounder, Green was the Phils’ 3rd round draft selection in 2012.

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Prospect Nation 2016: #14 1B Rhys Hoskins

Posted by Jay Floyd, Tue, January 19, 2016 09:05 AM Comments: 7

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Hoskins, image- Jay Floyd

First baseman Rhys Hoskins made significant impressions in his first full season as a pro in 2015. With a powerful bat and a great approach at the plate, the righty hitting slugger could be on a fast pace toward the upper levels of the sport.

A product of Cal State- Sacramento, Hoskins tallied a .319 average with 25 home runs and 128 RBI in 168 college games prior to turning pro.

Drafted by the Phillies as a 5th round selection in 2014, Hoskins made his minor league debut as a member of the Class A short-season Williamsport Crosscutters. In 70 games there, the California native posted a .237 average with nine homers and 40 RBI.  He was said to have hit better there than his numbers would show, as he hit into a lot of hard outs and lacked luck at the plate.

He would spend time at the Florida Instructional League following the regular season.  It was there that coaches implemented a leg kick as a timing mechanism, to assist with Hoskins’ efforts at the plate.  It worked very well and the proof was in the numbers to come.

After a strong spring, Hoskins would open his 2015 campaign with Class A Lakewood.  In 68 games for the BlueClaws, the 22-year-old put together a .322/.397/.525 slash line en route to being named a South Atlantic League All-Star and earned a promotion. Continue reading Prospect Nation 2016: #14 1B Rhys Hoskins

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Prospect Nation 2016: #16 OF Dylan Cozens

Posted by Jay Floyd, Sat, January 16, 2016 09:05 AM Comments: 9

Outfielder Dylan Cozens is one of the Phillies most underrated prospects.  A pure athlete that can really drive the ball, the 21-year-old could have a very promising future as he matures on the diamond.

At six feet six inches tall and weighing 235 pounds, Cozens has an imposing frame that was well-suited for the grid iron, as he was a two-sport star in his high school days. Already touting some significant power, the youngster sports some big time homer potential.

After he was selected in the 2nd round of the 2012 draft, Cozens debuted in the minors with the rookie level Gulf Coast Phillies. In 50 games there, he notched 15 doubles, two triples, five homers and 24 RBI. Cozens also participated in the Florida Instructional League in 2012.

Following a productive spring in 2013, Cozens was retained in extended spring training and made his official season debut with the Class A short-season Williamsport Crosscutters when they began playing in June. Cozens was among the league leaders in many categories that year, placing second in doubles (19), extra base hits (30), and runs (50) while ranking third in slugging percentage (.469). Additionally, he batted .265 with two triples, nine home runs and 35 RBI in 68 games for the Cutters. Continue reading Prospect Nation 2016: #16 OF Dylan Cozens

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Prospect Nation 2016: #17 RHP Alberto Tirado

Posted by Jay Floyd, Fri, January 15, 2016 09:05 AM Comments: 0

Right-hander Alberto Tirado has an arm that scouts can go wild for.  Acquired by the Phillies from Toronto last season as part of the Ben Revere trade, the talented hurler could develop into a top bullpen arm for the organization in the coming years.

Despite concerns with his accuracy, Tirado misses plenty of bats and clocks big numbers on radar guns, which leads many to feel he has a very high ceiling.

Signed by the Blue Jays in 2011, Tirado would make his professional debut as a member of their rookie level Gulf Coast League team in 2012 as a 17-year-old.  In 14 games started, combined with the rookie level Appalachian League and the Gulf Coast League teams, he tallied a 3-2 record with a 2.63 ERA and a .198 batting average against.

He returned to the Appalachian League the following season posting a 3-0 record with a 1.68 ERA and an 8.2 K/9 mark in 12 games (eight starts).

In 2014, splitting time between Class A short-season Vancouver and Class A Lansing, the Domincan native posted a combined 2-2 record with a 5.00 ERA and a 9.0 K/9 mark in 30 apearances (10 starts). Continue reading Prospect Nation 2016: #17 RHP Alberto Tirado

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Prospect Nation 2016: #18 RHP Edubray Ramos

Posted by Jay Floyd, Thu, January 14, 2016 09:05 AM Comments: 3

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Righty pitcher Edubray Ramos took strides with an exceptional campaign last year and locked himself into discussion among hurlers that could impact the big league roster very soon.

Equipped with a fastball that steadily ranges from 93 to 95 MPH, the promising reliever also has a standout breaking pitch described by battery mate Andrew Knapp as “a wipe out slider” that is a plus offering as his out pitch.  He also tosses a curve ball to get ahead in the count at times along with a change up to keep batters honest.

Splitting his time rather evenly at three levels in 2014 after missing two seasons, Ramos tallied a 2-1 record with 10 saves, a 0.81 ERA and a .189 batting average against in 26 total games combined with the Phillies’ Venezuelan Summer League team, the rookie level Gulf Coast League team and with the Class A short-season Williamsport Crosscutters.

Lights out stats with Class A Advanced Clearwater had fans and media members clamoring for his promotion for much of the 2015 season and he made that happen, moving up and continuing to shine once he did. Continue reading Prospect Nation 2016: #18 RHP Edubray Ramos

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Prospect Nation 2016: #19 OF Carlos Tocci

Posted by Jay Floyd, Wed, January 13, 2016 09:05 AM Comments: 13

Since he was signed by the Phillies for a reported signing bonus of $759,000 in the summer of 2011 on his 16th birthday, Carlos Tocci has been followed by a tremendous reputation that he seemed to finally be living up to during his 2015 season.

Right from the start of his career, the Venezuelan was tasked with very challenging assignments.  Tocci says that one of the things that resulted in him choosing to sign with the Phillies was that they pledged to allow him to begin his pro career in the United States instead of playing at home in the Venezuelan Summer League.

After participating in the Phillies’ fall instructional league in 2011, Tocci debuted in the minors with the rookie level Gulf Coast League Phillies in 2012, batting .278 with two doubles, nine RBI and nine stolen bases in 38 games. The following year, as a 17-year-old, he played the entire season with the Class A Lakewood BlueClaws. Struggling against more experienced pitching, Tocci posted a .209/.261/.249 slash line in 118 games.

The unimpressive numbers didn’t sour the Phillies on his ceiling, though, as the organization maintained its opinion of the young righty batter as a very promising prospect.  Tocci is a guy that has always been praised for his maturity, which his coaches love.

In a repeat campaign with Lakewood in 2014, Tocci, who grew up admiring MLB slugger and fellow Venezuelan Miguel Cabrera, continued to adapt to the elder competition, seeing some improvement at the plate with a .242/.297/.324 slash line in 125 games. Continue reading Prospect Nation 2016: #19 OF Carlos Tocci

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Prospect Nation 2016: #20 SS Malquin Canelo

Posted by Jay Floyd, Tue, January 12, 2016 09:05 AM Comments: 0

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Shortstop Malquin Canelo had a breakout season in 2015, proving himself worthy of being in consideration to rank among the Phillies’ top prospects, coming a long way as a hitter from previous seasons as he continued to shine with his glove.

Signed out of the Dominican Republic in 2012, the talented youngster made his professional debut that year with the Phils’ Dominican Summer League team.  In 54 games, Canelo sported a .167 average with five doubles, two triples and nine RBI.

The following season, he split time at two levels, producing a .221/.287/.296 slash line in 61 total games for the rookie level Gulf Coast League Phillies and the short-season A level Williamsport Crosscutters.

In 2014, Canelo displayed improvements with the bat posting a .249/.302/.324 slash line in 66 combined games with Williamsport, Class A Lakewood and Class A Advanced Clearwater.

As a 20-year-old, Canelo would open the 2015 campaign back at Lakewood, where he would earn a nod as a South Atlantic League All-Star.

As the lead-off man for Lakewood, the righty hitting Canelo displayed a very good head for his role, doing his best to put the ball in play and often taking till the pitcher threw two strikes, giving his own teammates the best opportunity to see the hurler’s offerings as much as possible. Continue reading Prospect Nation 2016: #20 SS Malquin Canelo

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Prospect Nation 2016: #25 LHP Matt Imhof

Posted by Jay Floyd, Wed, January 06, 2016 09:30 AM Comments: 0

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Lefty hurler Matt Imhof quickly shot toward the rankings of Phillies top prospects after being selected as their 2nd round pick in 2014.  Following a season in which he suffered an injury to his throwing arm, Imhof’s position on such lists has taken a hit.

Regarded as a polished college hurler, the Cal Poly product looked tremendous in his junior season, posting a 10-4 record with a 2.45 ERA and an 11.24 K/9 mark in 15 starts while earning second team All-American honors and leading to him being drafted 47th overall. He wrapped up his college career with an 18-7 record and a 2.68 ERA in 48 games.

After the draft, Imhof quickly signed his first pro deal and proceeded to pitch at three levels of the developmental ranks in 2014. Following his initial outing in which he tossed three scoreless frames for the rookie level Gulf Coast League Phillies, Imhof was promoted to short-season A level Williamsport. As a member of the Crosscutters, he posted a 1-0 record while allowing just one earned run in 12 innings (0.75 ERA).

In mid-July that year, the six-foot-five 220-pounder earned another promotion to Class A Lakewood, where he tallied a 0-2 record with a 4.28 ERA in seven starts. Continue reading Prospect Nation 2016: #25 LHP Matt Imhof

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