Posted by Jay Floyd, Tue, September 03, 2013 08:00 AM Comments: 2
As the Class A Lakewood BlueClaws wrapped up their regular season with a rain out on Monday, I spoke with manager Mickey Morandini about several of his players’ progress this year. Additionally, first baseman Art Charles and outfielder Jiandido Tromp shared some thoughts on their 2013 season and what the off-season might hold. Read ahead for quotes from all three men.
Off the top, Morandini shared a list of BlueClaws that will be participating in the Florida Instructional League- RHP Zach Cooper, RHP Delvi Francisco, RHP Kevin Walter, RHP Shane Watson, SS J.P. Crawford, 1B Art Charles, OF Larry Greene Jr. and OF Carlos Tocci.
Morandini spoke about which of those players would benefit most from more time on the field with the Phillies’ coaches and minor league staff…
Larry needs to go down there and continue to work on his swing. Tocci really needs to go down there and get stronger. I don’t think he needs a lot more games. He’s pretty tired right now. And Walter needs to go down there and work on his mechanics a little bit. He throws across his body a little too much and that impacts some of his off-speed pitches, so he’s gonna work on that. Mainly, I think Larry needs to go down and iron out the issues with his swing right now.
On the topic of RHP Severino Gonzalez (7-5 record, 2.00 ERA, 119 K’s, 22 walks in 103 2/3 innings combined at three levels), who became a bit of a breakout prospect in the Phils’ system this season…
Yeah, he’s made a name for himself. There’s no question about it. You know, he started out in extended spring and he did a couple of appearances in the Florida State League and really took off. A very smart pitcher, throws four pitches for strikes, a very confident pitcher that’s not afraid to pitch inside. He’s had a tremendous year, there’s no question about it.
On if Severino could be on the verge of being the type of prospect that fans and media will really buzz about next year… Continue reading BlueClaws Quotables: Morandini, Charles & Tromp Reflect on 2013