Monthly Archives: October 2007

Reader Top 30, #26

Karl Bolt won yesterday’s vote, and while I can understand why people would get behind him, he’s not really a prospect at this point. He’ll be in and out of the team with his military obligation, and he was already old for his league. But hey, this is YOUR list, not mine, so it’s all good.

01. Carrasco
02. Cardenas
03. Savery
04. Costanzo
05. Outman
06. Carpenter
07. Marson
08. Donald
09. Drabek
10. Happ
11. Harman
12. Golson
13. Jaramillo
14. E Garcia
15. Brown
16. Bastardo
17. Bisenius
18. Berry
19. Myers
20. d’Arnaud
21. Naylor
22. Galvis
23. Correa
24. Mattair
25. Bolt

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Reader Top 30, #25

Travis Mattair takes the 24th slot on the list, and we have only 6 more spots left with a bunch of promising guys left to pick. Here’s the plan. We’re going to finish the last 6 spots on the list. After we finish the day by day, I’ll take your individual top 30 lists if you’d like to send them, and we can compare and contrast each other’s lists. At some point in the next couple weeks, I’ll give my own Top 30 list, and then I’m going to present my rankings based on the evaluation system I created, as well as rankings based on position for all minor leaguers, to get an idea where I think Phillies prospects stack up, and where each team’s farm system ranks. Until then, let’s finish the day by day, starting with #25 today.

01. Carrasco
02. Cardenas
03. Savery
04. Costanzo
05. Outman
06. Carpenter
07. Marson
08. Donald
09. Drabek
10. Happ
11. Harman
12. Golson
13. Jaramillo
14. E Garcia
15. Brown
16. Bastardo
17. Bisenius
18. Berry
19. Myers
20. d’Arnaud
21. Naylor
22. Galvis
23. Correa
24. Mattair

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Phillies hire Chuck LaMar

Last week, the Phillies announced that they had hired Chuck LaMar and installed him as the director of pro scouting. My first reaction? WHY???? And that’s partly when I didn’t mention this earlier, because I needed some time to assess the situation, assess LaMar fully, and then try and figure out the ramifications of the entire ordeal. My negative first reaction is based simply on his inability to handle major league talent and make proper moves for his franchise. Then I began to think that maybe his job here would simply allow him to evaluate talent and advise Gillick, and that was the role they had for him. Then I remembered that Gillick is likely going to walk away from the team after 2008. When he does, we’ll need a new GM. Most people who tend to have a pessimistic outlook on the Phillies general decision making process assume (rightly or wrongly) that Ruben Amaro is the man to take over the job. Some people (like myself), hope that they look outside the organization, maybe to a guy who believes in 21st century baseball. But now, Chuck LaMar adds another twist to this impending situation, and with that, we’ll take a look at his ledger.

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Reader Top 30, #24

Before we get to #24, I wanted to address the Phillies hiring Chuck LaMar. I’m going to devote a separate writeup on this a little bit later, so check back for that. First reaction? Not good.  Heitor Correa took the #23 spot on this list in fairly convincing fashion, and we move on to #24 today.

01. Carrasco
02. Cardenas
03. Savery
04. Costanzo
05. Outman
06. Carpenter
07. Marson
08. Donald
09. Drabek
10. Happ
11. Harman
12. Golson
13. Jaramillo
14. E Garcia
15. Brown
16. Bastardo
17. Bisenius
18. Berry
19. Myers
20. d’Arnaud
21. Naylor
22. Galvis
23. Correa

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Winter League update

The news is….well, it’s not particularly good.

Arizona

Golson: 46 AB, .196/.224/.261 — 4 R –3 2B — 5 RBI — 2 BB — 8 K
Costanzo: 43 AB, .163/.245/.302 — 3 R — 2 HR — 6 RBI — 5 BB — 17 K
Bisenius: 8.2 IP, 5.19 ERA — 10 H — 3 BB — 10 K
Outman: 7.2 IP, 5.87 ERA — 11 H — 2 BB — 8 K
Overholt: 7.2 IP, 8.22 ERA — 10 H — 3 BB – 5 K
Savery: 5.0 IP, 0.00 ERA — 2 H — 2 BB — 2K

Hawaii

Naylor: 3.0 IP, 0.00 ERA — 1 H — 0 BB — 3 K
Cruse: 13.0 IP, 4.15 ERA — 14 H — 4 BB — 6 K
Hill: 10.1 IP, 7.84 ERA — 14 H — 6 BB — 10 K

Hey, Naylor and Savery are awesome, so we’ve got that.

Oh, and pitching in Hawaii must really stink…

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Reader Top 30, #23

We finish the week with #23, and we’re winding down now. When we finish the Top 30, I’ll give you my Top 30 without any thought or analysis, just my gut feeling. I’m still working on my evaluation system, and it will take a while to finish, but it will be a good point of discussion once it’s complete. Anyway, on to #23

01. Carrasco
02. Cardenas
03. Savery
04. Costanzo
05. Outman
06. Carpenter
07. Marson
08. Donald
09. Drabek
10. Happ
11. Harman
12. Golson
13. Jaramillo
14. E Garcia
15. Brown
16. Bastardo
17. Bisenius
18. Berry
19. Myers
20. d’Arnaud
21. Naylor
22. Galvis

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Reader Top 30, #22

Not a lot of votes yesterday….are you guys getting bored? We’re inching closer to the finish line.

01. Carrasco
02. Cardenas
03. Savery
04. Costanzo
05. Outman
06. Carpenter
07. Marson
08. Donald
09. Drabek
10. Happ
11. Harman
12. Golson
13. Jaramillo
14. E Garcia
15. Brown
16. Bastardo
17. Bisenius
18. Berry
19. Myers
20. d’Arnaud
21. Naylor

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Reader Top 30, #21

Travis d’Arnaud comfortably took yesterday’s vote to round out our Top 20. We have 10 more spots to go, and still some intriguing guys available for selection.

01. Carrasco
02. Cardenas
03. Savery
04. Costanzo
05. Outman
06. Carpenter
07. Marson
08. Donald
09. Drabek
10. Happ
11. Harman
12. Golson
13. Jaramillo
14. E Garcia
15. Brown
16. Bastardo
17. Bisenius
18. Berry
19. Myers
20. d’Arnaud

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Reader Top 30, #20

Today we round out the top 20, and then head for the final third of the list. After we finish the top 30, I’ll be working on some general stuff leading up to me sharing my top 30. As I have mentioned in the past, over the last few months I’ve developed a system to rank prospects not just on the Phillies, but throughout the entire minor leagues, and my system works without bias. It’s far from perfect, but it’s a start. I’ll share more details on that later, I’m still processing data and inputing it into the system, it’s not close to ready yet, so it will be a while. Anyway, on to #20

01. Carrasco
02. Cardenas
03. Savery
04. Costanzo
05. Outman
06. Carpenter
07. Marson
08. Donald
09. Drabek
10. Happ
11. Harman
12. Golson
13. Jaramillo
14. E Garcia
15. Brown
16. Bastardo
17. Bisenius
18. Berry
19. Myers

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