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The 2011 “ProspectNation” Prelude

Posted by Jay Floyd, Mon, January 03, 2011 04:00 PM Comments: 7

Now that the first 75, or so, days since the Phillies’ 2010 journey ended have flown by and as we begin the painfully slow crawl of the 40-something days until spring training, PhilliesNation.com will deliver its 2011 top 25 Phillies prospects list, in count down fashion.

Gradually, over the coming week that lead to the dawn of a fresh campaign, with hopes higher than Lawrence Taylor while surfing online personal ads, we will be unveiling prospect rankings with reviews of all the players that our readers should be familiar with.

These rankings will not include Domonic Brown, Vance Worley or Antonio Bastardo, as each of those players spent considerable amounts of time with the Major League club last year. Those individuals all project to make the big league roster in the coming season as well.

In addition, some remarkably talented young players did not make the cut simply because other individuals ranked higher.  Included in the group that fell short of making this year’s top 25 list are slick fielding shortstop Freddy Galvis, former top draft picks Anthony Hewitt and Joe Savery, outfielder Zach Collier, righty hurler Colby Shreve, former member of the Phillies’ bullpen Sergio Escalona, 2010 draft bargain pitcher Eric Pettis, lefty hurler Nick Hernandez and the last man trimmed from the list, RHP Josh Zeid.

Galvis, a superior defensive shortstop once regarded as a prospect with the tools necessary to develop into a big leaguer, seems to have stalled on the offensive front. He posted a paltry .233 batting average and a dismal .586 OPS in 138 games at Double A Reading in 2010. In 21 games with the Navegantes in the Venezuelan Winter League, Galvis, who was signed out of Venezuela as a free agent in 2006, posted a .188 average with just one extra base hit, a triple. Galvis no longer seems worthy of high prospect praise despite his top tier glove and excellent range.

Hewitt struggled quite a bit at the plate in 2010 while with Class A Lakewood. Hewitt switched to the outfield this year, after beginning his professional career as an infielder. In 116 games with Lakewood, Hewitt posted the following splits- .202/.243/.327. Those are certainly not numbers expected from a former first round draft pick at the age of 21, playing in a league where much of the talent was younger than he was. The Phillies have plenty invested in Hewitt, who signed for around $1.4 million, so he will get every chance to succeed.

Savery, a 2007 first round draft selection out of Rice, is likely to make a transition to being an everyday player after spending time as a designated hitter late in the 2010 season. Savery, a lefty who was named a Double Eastern League All-star in 2009, posted a 28-31 record with a 4.29 ERA in four seasons as a starting pitcher in the Phillies’ organization. As a hitter in 2010, Savery batted .348 with 3 doubles, 1 HR and 6 RBI in 23 games.

Collier, a compensatory first round pick in 2008, experienced a wrist injury that cost him his entire 2010 season. With Lakewood in 2009, Collier, listed at 6’2″, 185 pounds, struggled (.218/.275/.319) and was demoted to Williamsport for a stretch of the season. The lefty hitting Collier, who turned 20 in September, will likely return to Lakewood for the 2011 season where he hopes to prove that he is ready to progress.

Shreve, a right-hander,  is a solid prospect who has the potential to soar upward in the Phillies prospect rankings in the 2011 season. Shreve, who turns 23-years-old this week, was a sixth round draft pick in 2008, but suffered an elbow injury during his college season that required Tommy John surgery. The Phillies thought so highly of Shreve, that they still drafted him quite high, despite the injury status. While recovering, Shreve missed the entire 2009 season and made his professional debut as a member of the Lakewood BlueClaws in 2010, going 7-5 with a 3.95 ERA. Shreve, whose repertoire is fastball, change up, curveball, is expected to pitch at High-A Clearwater in 2011.

Escalona, formerly a situational left-hander out of the big league Phillies’ bullpen has fallen off as a well-regarded prospect for the organization. As a member of the Double A Reading Phillies in 2010, Escalona had a 4-8 record, with 10 saves, and a 3.81 ERA. Those are surely respectable numbers, but in a season during which he turned 26-years-old, the club wished to see more strength in key relief situations from Escalona, who blew several saves with Reading.

Pettis shined as a late round steal in the 2010 amateur draft. The 6’2″, 200 pound right-hander was taken in the 35th round out of UC Irvine and performed extremely well with the short season Williamsport Crosscutters before joining Lakewood for the postseason. In regular season action, Pettis posted an 8-0 record and a 1.37 ERA while striking out 67 batters in 59 innings as both a starter and reliever. Pettis’ arsenal includes a 2-seam fastball, a change up and a slider that he feels is his best asset. Look for Pettis to lead the BlueClaws’ charge for a third straight SAL championship in 2011.

Lefty hurler Nick Hernandez was a guy who was among my top prospects during the 2010 season, but he has fallen out of consideration at this time…not for any doing of his own, but simply because others have shined brighter in the time that has since passed. Hernandez suffered an injury to his throwing shoulder during the 2010 season, after being named to the mid-season South Atlantic League All-star team as a member of the Lakewood BlueClaws. In 8 starts prior to the injury, Hernandez, whose uncle Angel is a MLB umpire, went 3-1 with a 1.61 ERA and a .192 batting average against. Hernandez experienced setbacks while rehabbing with the Rookie level Gulf Coast League Phillies, and his season was cut short to allow proper healing. With a jam packed list of potential starting pitchers ready to go at High-A level Clearwater next season, Hernandez, who spent a month at instructional ball following the 2010 postseason, could be back with Lakewood to begin the season.

The fact that much of Zeid’s success occurred at the Class A Level at the age of 23 kept him from making the list. As a member of the South Atlantic League champion Lakewood BlueClaws in 2010, Zeid earned Phillies minor league pitcher of the month honors in April when, as the team’s closer, he posted a 2-0 record with 2 saves while allowing no earned runs in 9 outings. He was also honored as a mid-season SAL All-star in 2010. The Phillies’ developmental staff likes Zeid, who combined to start 16 games in 2010 between Lakewood and the Arizona Fall League, better as a reliever than a starter. Zeid struggled with his slider at times during the 2010 campaign, but he worked hard to improve his results, using it as a key weapon to put his mark on Lakewood’s title run. His repertoire also includes a fastball and a split-change hybrid known as a fosh. Zeid, a 10th round draft choice in 2009, could skip over High-A Level Clearwater completely and join the Double A Reading staff out of spring training.

In the coming weeks, check back with PhilliesNation.com regularly as we unveil our list of top 25 ranked prospects within the Philadelphia organization, one by one.  The future is certainly bright.

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Jay Floyd is PhilliesNation’s minor league contributor.  You can read more from Jay by visiting his site, PhoulBallz.com.

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Prospect Rankings No. 13: Colby Shreve

Posted by Ben Seal, Fri, September 04, 2009 12:00 PM Comments: 3

shreveColby Shreve, RHP

Born: 1/5/1988 in Las Vegas, NV

Height: 6’5”

Weight: 210

This is easily the most ambitious of all the rankings you will find in our Top 25 Prospects. After undergoing Tommy John surgery in May of 2008, Shreve has still not thrown a professional pitch. But the Phillies are knowledgeable when it comes to bringing pitchers back from the surgery, as Kyle Drabek’s success this season attests. And because Shreve, who was chosen in the 6th round of the 2008 draft, regularly hit 96 mph on the radar gun before his surgery, with two other pitches to complement his fastball, he has the potential to bounce back next year and start off on the fast-track.

Shreve was drafted in the 7th round by the Braves in 2007 but chose not to sign and instead returned for another year of JuCo ball at Southern Nevada. The extra year gave Shreve a chance to really work on his arsenal and he took advantage. He cranked his fastball up from the low-90s to the mid-90s on a regular basis and developed a strong changeup to go with it. He uses his curveball as a spot pitch, much like Cole Hamels, and will need to improve on it to use it in pro ball. Shreve’s long frame allows him to easily throw blazing fastballs, and with an above-average changeup he has two pitches to get batters out with.

Obviously there is not much to go by with Shreve, but the fact that the Phillies drafted him in a high slot despite his surgery coming before the draft says a lot. It was a risky pick, one that the Phillies know will yield a high return if he is capable of maximizing his ability. It won’t be until 2010 that we get a feel for what Shreve can do against professional hitters, but the potential for a great bullpen arm is there, so keep an eye on him.

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

13.  Colby Shreve, RHP
14.  Anthony Hewitt, 3B
15.  Justin De Fratus, RHP
16.  Sergio Escalona, LHP
17.  Yohan Flande, LHP
18.  Julian Sampson, RHP
19.  John Mayberry, Jr., OF
20.  Mike Cisco, RHP
21.  Freddy Galvis, SS
22.  Jonathan Pettibone, RHP
23.  Domingo Santana, OF
24.  Jonathan Singleton, 1B
25.  Drew Naylor, RHP

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Draft Preview: With 75th Pick, Not Much To Preview

Posted by Tim Malcolm, Mon, June 08, 2009 04:20 PM Comments: 11

DraftThe Phillies usually have a steady draft strategy. They’ll go for a athletic prep school player early, someone who shows speed and range but might not be ready to hit the ball yet. After that comes a mix of established college players and power prep pitchers. What results is a fast and ready group of players who energize the farm system early in their minor league careers.

This year, however, you can throw all of it out the window.

The Phillies open their picks with the 75th selection in this year’s Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. It’s impossible to predict what the Phillies will do in this position, but there are thoughts. Phuture Phillies goes with Jeff Malm, a high school first baseman who has a strong commitment to USC.

Honestly, though, you don’t know what the Phillies will do this year. At least last year there was discussion about Anthony Hewitt. This year the Phillies’ first pick will determine more on what other teams do before them. Remember, though, last year the Phils scored numerous nice picks in the second round and beyond. Players picked after 75 last season include Vance Worley (102), Trevor May (136), Colby Shreve (196), Cody Overbeck (286), Michael Stutes (346), Brian Rosenberg (406), Michael Schwimer (436), Tyler Cloyd (556) and Mike Cisco (1,096).

We’ll update you with the picks starting tomorrow night (6 p.m.).

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