Top 25 Prospects from 2009

Prospect Rankings No. 21: Freddy Galvis

Posted by Ben Seal, Fri, August 14, 2009 03:10 PM Comments: 4

Freddy Galvis, SS

galvis 1Born: 11/14/1989 in Punto Fijo, Falcon, Venezuela

Height: 5’10”

Weight: 154

At the most important defensive position on the field, Freddy Galvis is a wizard with the glove. His excellent range and slick glove at shortstop have scouts claiming that Galvis could be a major league infielder right now – perhaps even better than average. The 19-year-old has a control of his position that very few athletes ever develop and he still has room to grow. But before Galvis toes the dirt of a major league infield he has a ways to go at the plate to make his quiet bat match his wonderful glove.

When the Phillies signed the switch-hitting Galvis out of Venezuela for an undisclosed bonus in 2006, it was clear that he played Gold Glove-caliber defense and would need to develop offensive skills. In 839 career at-bats, Galvis is hitting just .236 with a .288 on-base percentage across four levels. His power rates about as low as possible on scouting scales, though his low slugging percentage has increased nearly 30 points this season. It doesn’t come as much of a surprise that a teenager with such a small frame, especially one playing against older competition, is struggling to show offensive skills.

As Galvis makes his way through the Phillies organization – and playing at Clearwater at age 19 is good progress – he will need to do a few things at the plate to become a serious prospect. He has a decent strikeout rate of about one per 7 at-bats over his career, which could use some improvement to become a more productive batter. More importantly, Galvis needs to bring up his low walk rate (just over 6%) to get on base more often and allow his speed to shine. And when he does make it to first base safely, he needs to show a better ability to swipe bags consistently. If Galvis can do those things he could be a similar player to Elvis Andrus of the Rangers, who has changed that team’s style this season with Gold Glove defense and speed on the basepaths, despite being just 20 years old.

Scouts have often compared Galvis to Omar Vizquel for his magical infield play. He makes all the routine plays and also wows the crowd at least once a game with his range. If he makes offensive adjustments he profiles as a bottom of the lineup shortstop that doesn’t produce many runs, but saves them with his glove. With Jimmy Rollins plugging the shortstop hole for the Phillies in the near future, Galvis still has time to develop a complete game in the minors. And if he does match his offense with his defense he will certainly have a major league roster spot waiting.


Year   Level   G    AB    H    HR   RBI   BB   K   SB   AVG   OBP   SLG

2007   Low-A  38  143   29   0     7   10   20   9   .203   .255   .252

2008   A      127   458  109  3   42    39   58  14  .238   .300   .288

2009   ROOK   7   29     8     0    0    1    4    1    .276   .300   .310

2009 High-A   53   209  52   1   14     9   33   6   .249   .282   .311

RankingsAll previous prospect profiles can be found here, which is also on the left sidebar for easy viewing

21.  Freddy Galvis, SS
22.  Jonathan Pettibone, RHP
23.  Domingo Santana, OF
24.  Jonathan Singleton, 1B
25.  Drew Naylor, RHP


Prospect Rankings No. 22: Jonathan Pettibone

Posted by Ben Seal, Mon, August 10, 2009 03:07 PM Comments: 1

Jonathan Pettibone, RHP

Born: 7/19/1990 in Yorba Linda, California

Height: 6’5”

Weight: 200

Pettibone, a compensation pick (110th overall) in the 2008 draft, is the third teenager to make the prospect list so far, following Jon Singleton and Domingo Santana. The Phillies picked him last year well aware that it would be a challenge to sign the high-schooler, who planned to attend USC this year. Though it took until August 11, the Phils locked up the talented hurler by giving him a $500,000 signing bonus, nearly four times the assumed slot value for that pick. The bonus alone shows that the organization has high expectations for Pettibone’s future after luring him away from the Trojans.

There is little information on Pettibone in the form of scouting reports, though one report said his low-90s fastball projects well as his development progresses. Pettibone fits the mold of pitcher the Phillies seem to target – tall and lanky with room to fill out and become a powerful pitcher. This season at Williamsport he has made 7 starts, four of which were very good and three of which went the other direction. In those four positive starts he has thrown 21 innings and allowed just one run on 16 hits with 21 strikeouts. So the potential for big things is clearly there. The other three starts, in which he allowed 16 runs in 11 innings, show why projecting teenagers is so difficult.

Nonetheless, the room for progress is there, as his 34 strikeouts in 32 innings show. Pettibone also has an impressive 1.9 groundout-to-airout ratio, a very positive sign for a young pitcher. He has not pitched since July 22 with a minor arm injury, but his manager has said that his time on the sideline is strictly precautionary. If he gets back on the mound soon he is definitely a prospect to look out for.


Year   Level   W   L   ERA   IP   H   ER   BB   K   K/9

2009   Low-A  2   3   4.78  32  33  17   13   34   9.6


22. Jonathan Pettibone, RHP

23. Domingo Santana, RF

24. Jonathan Singleton, 1B

25. Drew Naylor, RHP

Around the Minors

Lehigh Valley – The adjustment to triple-A is still going slowly for outfielder Michael Taylor, who is hitting just .244 in 86 at-bats so far with the Iron Pigs. He has walked just once in his last 10 games and is suffering through a bit of a slump, but still collected three hits over the past two games against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Drew Carpenter is on a roll, allowing just 4 earned runs over his last four starts. In those 25 innings he has struck out 27 batters and walked just 6. He is now 9-2 with a 2.72 ERA on the season.

Reading – The move to double-A clearly hasn’t phased outfielder Domonic Brown in the least, as the 21-year-old continues to rake. He went 3-for-5 with a pair of solo homers yesterday and now has multi-hit efforts in five of his last 9 games, including 3 homers and 6 RBI.

For the first time all season, Kyle Drabek tossed two bad outings in a row last week. Over his last two starts he has given up 9 earned runs in 11 innings, with an ugly 9:7 strikeout-to-walk ratio. His ERA with Reading is now up to 3.66.

LakewoodTrevor May’s 6’5”, 215-pound frame is giving him all the necessary power to blow by batters right now. In his last 22.2 innings he has 32 strikeouts against 9 walks. He has allowed 8 runs during that stretch, but his dominant strikeout numbers are encouraging.

Williamsport – Two pitchers are posting eye-popping numbers with the Crosscutters and deserve some attention. Matthew Way, a 22-year-old out of Washington State, has a 1.67 ERA and .96 WHIP through 37.2 innings this season. He also has 43 strikeouts against just 8 walks in his 8 appearances (all starts).

Austin Hyatt, a 23-year-old from Atlanta, has allowed just one run in 31.2 innings this season. In 13 appearances out of the bullpen, Hyatt has given up just 14 hits while striking out 49 against 5 walks. Batters are hitting just .131 against the righty.


Prospect Rankings No. 23: Domingo Santana

Posted by Ben Seal, Fri, August 07, 2009 12:00 PM Comments: 5

Domingo Santana, RF

Born: 8/5/1992 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Height: 6’5”

Weight: 200

In late March, just before the Phillies got their title defense underway, many local stories tacked on a note at the end about a low-profile international signing. The Phillies scouting department spent $300,000 to reel in a lengthy Dominican outfielder – one that the Yankees had also pursued heavily. Though he is very young, just having turned 17 this week, Santana is progressing well in the Gulf Coast League a month into the rookie season. At such a young age any impressive showing from the right-handed corner outfielder will get him notice as he works his way through the system.

Well, 26 games into his career on the farm with the Phillies, Santana is certainly impressing. In just 82 at-bats he has knocked 5 homers and 21 RBI, both good for top-10 ranks in the rookie league. He splits time between left and right field, with an occasional appearance at designated hitter thrown in for good measure. Interestingly enough, despite his strong overall numbers he is 0-for-9 with 6 strikeouts when playing at DH.

There is not much information on Santana in the way of scouting reports – and no photo to be found – but he has a very large frame with room to grow and fill out.  Santana has a strong throwing arm and is a decent runner. There is reason to expect an athlete of his size and stature to improve his speed in the outfield and on the basepaths as he gets older. Santana reportedly struggles to adjust to breaking balls, as do many taller players, and will need to improve to become a complete player.

Any player as young as Santana is difficult to project, so all we can do is look at what he’s done so far in limited action and hope it bodes well for the future. In three years Santana could very well have flamed out, never adjusting to higher levels of professional baseball. Or in three years he could be a physical specimen like Michael Taylor or Domonic Brown that the organization sees as the future in a corner outfield spot. Either way, his progress is well worth tracking.


Year   Level   Games   AB   H   HR   RBI   BB   K   AVG   OBP   SLG

2009   ROOK     26     82   22   5    21   11   34  .268   .375  .524


23. Domingo Santana, RF

24. Jonathan Singleton, 1B

25. Drew Naylor, RHP


Prospect Rankings No. 24: Jonathan Singleton

Posted by Ben Seal, Wed, August 05, 2009 01:00 PM Comments: 6

Jonathan Singleton, 1B

Born: 9/18/1991 in Lakewood, California

Height: 6’2”

Weight: 220

Over the past several years the Phillies scouting team has done an excellent job producing first-round talent in the later rounds of the draft. Dominic Brown (Round 20, 2006) and Michael Taylor (Round 5, 2007) both look like upper-echelon talents now despite being passed over for several rounds when they were drafted. It looks like the Phillies might have struck gold again with Singleton, a big body with great power who slipped deep into the draft. The Phils picked Singleton No. 257 overall in the 8th round this June, and since signing just over two weeks ago he has been tearing up the Gulf Coast League.

Singleton, a first baseman who many scouts say is cut from the Ryan Howard mold, starred at Millikan High in Long Beach, CA, where he hit .321 (26-for-81) with 30 walks and 10 extra-base hits last season. He also stole 9 bases without being caught. While Singleton was at Millikan he spent three years working out at MLB’s Urban Youth Academy in nearby Compton, where he took instruction from former stars like Rod Carew and Frank Robinson and became friends with Lakewood’s Anthony Gose.

At just 17 Singleton is far from his physical peak, but is already well on the way toward reaching Howard’s size and stature. He bats from the left side and has excellent bat speed through the zone. A long swing could need a slight correction, but Singleton gets the bat head through the zone quickly to make up for any deficiency in his path to the ball. He has a very lean, muscular build that helps him to get behind the ball and drive it. According to scouts – and Singleton himself – he had to slow down his game to match his high school competition, meaning his power did not show to its full extent. Since he arrived with the GCL Phils, though, he has been showcasing the skills that had him projected as an early-round pick.

In his first game in rookie ball Singleton went 3-for-3 with a double and 2 RBI, then went on to hit in 8 straight games. His line of .414(avg)/.486(obp)/.934(ops) thus far might have him moving up to A-ball before the season is out. And at age 17, that makes him a player to watch.

He is not a great defensive player and will need to improve his footwork around the bag to make himself into a professional first baseman. But with a strong physique and room to fill out, Singleton’s work at the dish could make him a very high-upside player. By the time these rankings are adjusted it’s likely he will already have moved into the teens.

For some more insight into Singleton, check out this ESPN piece that includes an interview and some highlights.


Year   Level   G    AB   R   H   RBI   BB   K   AVG   OBP   SLG   OPS

2009   ROOK  10   29   4   12   4     5   4   .414   .486   .448   .934


24. Jonathan Singleton, 1B

25. Drew Naylor, RHP


Prospect Rankings No. 25: Drew Naylor

Posted by Ben Seal, Mon, August 03, 2009 04:00 PM Comments: 14

For weeks the talk of the town – even in the midst of the Phillies blistering hot July – focused on the future. While the big club used its big bats to reel off one win after the next, the organization and its fans directed their attention to the minor leagues, where the stars of tomorrow reside. Kyle Drabek and Michael Taylor grabbed headlines, as fans across the Delaware Valley begged management to keep the team’s prospects in-house.

With the trade deadline fixed squarely in the rearview mirror, the farm system is still largely intact. Four high-ranking players were shipped out to bring in Cliff Lee, but there is still plenty of depth left in the minors. So today Phillies Nation begins to roll out its own Prospect Rankings, beginning with No. 25 Drew Naylor.

The list was composed for several reasons, the most important being so that you, the fans, can become well-versed in the next generation of talent. Many of these players will suit up in red pinstripes over the next several years, while many others will never get to touch the grass at Citizens Bank Park. But each is important to the organization, as we saw last week when four prospects – three of whom had never sniffed the majors – brought a hefty ransom from the Cleveland Indians. A year from now these will be the young guns coming up in trade talks when the Phillies need an injury replacement or bullpen help. And if they continue their growth each one has a shot to earn some major league service time.

The prospects on the list are ranked in order of potential impact on the Phillies. Some are struggling to post impressive statistics at the moment, or will in the near future, but their overall makeup and ceiling make them worthy prospects. Placing young athletes in order of ability is hit-or-miss, so these rankings will be updated from time to time, but they will provide a basic understanding of each player’s talent and where he fits into the grand scheme with the Phillies. Rather than print the entire list right now, one prospect will get an in-depth analysis every Monday, Wednesday and Friday until the list is completed.

Today we’ll kick off the rankings with a hurler from down under who comes in at No. 25:

Drew Naylor, RHP

Born: 5/31/1986 in Brisbane, Australia

Height: 6’4”

Weight: 210

Naylor is a testament to the Phillies’ ability to scout outside American borders, as he was signed out of Australia as an amateur free agent in March of 2004. The club allowed Naylor to stay at home for two years after signing him before he made his professional debut in 2006 with the Gulf Coast Phillies. After a very strong year in Williamsport in 2007, Naylor spent last season splitting time between Lakewood and Clearwater, faring much better against hitters at single-A Lakewood than he did once he arrived at the advanced-A Florida State League.

This year brought Naylor a full season of work with the Threshers, and his results have been a mixed bag. His K/9 rate is the lowest since he was playing rookie ball, sitting at 6.4 compared to the 10.0 K/9 he posted at Lakewood last season. Still, with a career K:BB ratio of 3.01 he has shown good control of his pitches and the strike zone.

Naylor attacks batters with three pitches, all of which show promise. His fastball sits in the 88-92 range, generally toward the lower end, and he has shown an ability to use it well on both sides of the plate. The curveball that Naylor throws is of the 12-6 variety and is especially difficult for right-handed batters to pick up. It has room to become an above-average major league pitch. Naylor uses his changeup infrequently, but it has enough sink in it to work as a strong third pitch. It’s possible that his future is in the bullpen, where he could keep his fastball around 91-93 for an inning at a time and complement it with a knee-buckling curve.

At 23 years old Naylor is a little delayed in his progress, which is as much due to his background as anything else. He may get a taste of double-A with Reading before the season closes out, or stay on track to begin there next year. Any major league aspirations should be on hold for at least another year or two, but if he can master his curve and produce an average changeup he could climb the ranks.


Year   Level      W     L     ERA     IP         H     ER     BB     K     K/9

2006  GCL        2      3     4.66    36.2    43    19       9      22     5.4

2007  Low-A     8     6     3.28     93.1    78    34     28     97     9.4

2008   A          5     3     2.99     87.1    69    29     21     97     10.0

2008  High-A    3     7     4.85    78.0     86    42     31    59     6.8

2009  High-A    6     9     4.40    116.2   123   57    30     83    6.4

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