Posted by Jay Floyd, Mon, February 10, 2014 11:00 AM Comments: 2
Aaron Altherr has long been praised for his on-field skills and this upcoming season may provide the evidence that many are looking for to see if he truly has what it takes to be a top prospect.
A righty hitting outfielder that stands six-foot-five and weighs around 195 pounds, Altherr was selected by the Phillies in the 9th round of the 2009 draft and debuted as a pro that year with the rookie level Gulf Coast League Phillies. In 28 games there, he batted .214 with a homer and 11 RBI while swiping six bags.
The following year, he spent time with the GCL team and earned a promotion to the Class A short-season Williamsport Crosscutters. In 55 total games in 2010, Altherr batted .297 with a home run, 25 RBI and 12 stolen bases.
In 2011, Altherr began the season with Class A full season Lakewood, where he struggled as a 20-year-old, posting a .211/.272/.272 line in 41 games. The concerning output got Altherr demoted, but he bounced back in a return to Williamsport, earning himself a spot as a New York-Penn League All-Star. His .260 average with five home runs, 31 RBI and 25 steals in 71 games were impressive.
Returning to Lakewood in 2012, Altherr showed that he could handle that level and became one of the club’s most dependable offensive threats, batting .252 with 27 doubles, six triples, eight home runs, 50 RBI and 25 stolen bases in 110 games. Continue reading Prospect Nation 2014: #13 OF Aaron Altherr