Posted by Jay Floyd, Sat, July 06, 2013 09:55 AM Comments: 20
Third base has been a troublesome offensive spot for the Phillies over the last decade. A homegrown prospect hasn’t graced the hot corner for the Fightins since 2002, when the club dealt former second-round pick Scott Rolen. In the years since that swap, Phillies third basemen have lacked the usual power that comes from third base.
During a period when the big league team enjoyed five straight division titles and a couple of World Series bids, the void at third base didn’t stand out very much because of all the offense posted by nearly every other position on the field. But as players around the diamond have declined, the lack of pop from the hot corner has been more apparent.
Since the Phils traded away Rolen, the 29 other teams have roughly averaged a .262 batting average, while tallying 261 homers and 1,119 RBI from their third basemen. The Phils’ talent at that position has delivered a .256 average with just 150 total home runs and 927 total RBI.
On the way to the rescue is a pair of prospects that have swiftly risen through the Phillies’ developmental ranks. With Triple-A All-Star Cody Asche and Futures Game representative Maikel Franco pounding opposing pitchers for their respective teams, the Phils could soon be faced with a problem they’ll enjoy hashing out — having two ascending stars make a push for a starting role at the big-league level at once.
But, will the Phillies, as a precaution, make a move to prevent any crowding at third base?
“Right now, I don’t think so,” Reading manager Dusty Wathan said of the possibility of the Phillies forecasting a change of positions for either Asche of Franco, to prevent a conflict at the position at the top level of the Phils’ organization. Continue reading Prospect Jam at the Hot Corner for Phillies