The first of the “Around the System” reports for the 2012 season. I am looking to make this a regular feature once again but it may be a bit slower than in years past because of time constraints. Look for a report on Middle Infielders sometime next weekend, if not earlier.
Cody Overbeck, 25, 9th round pick in 2008, .282/.324/.408 in 103 AB’s; 2HR 15 RBI; 6%bb/16%K rate; .355 vs. LH, .250 vs. RH, .292 with RISP. 28 games at 1B without an error. Overbeck has deservedly started receiving some attention as the most consistent hitter in the Lehigh Valley lineup and a guy that has been a regular run producer throughout his minor league career. Another month or two of this type of production should lead to promotion to Philly talk.
Hector Luna, 32, Acquired as a free agent in 2012; .280/.324/.398 in 93 AB’s; 1 HR and 11 RBI; 6%bb/17% k rates; .261 vs. LHP, .286 vs. RHP; .240 with RISP; .303 over the last 10 games. 21 games at 3B with 5 errors (.909). Luna started slow but has picked it up lately and gives the organization some depth if/when Polanco goes down. Has unexpectedly struggled defensively at times.
Darin Ruf, 25, Phils 20th round pick in 2009; .368/.417/.509 in 106 AB’s; 3HR and 15 RBI; 9%bb/16%k rates; .436 vs. LHP; .328 vs. RHP; .313 with RISP; 27 games with 2 errors at 1B (.990); Ruf had hit consistently throughout the minors and has added power to his arsenal last year and continued this year. He has been dominating AA pitching through his first 100 plus AB’s and while advanced in age, is certainly worthy of attention because of his consistency.
Tim Kennelly, 25, Signed as a free agent in 2003; .246/.254/.323 in 65 AB’s; 1HR 12RBI; 3%bb/18% k rates; .148 vs. LHP; .318 vs. RHP; .238 with RISP. 17 games at 3B with 3 errors (.930); Has also played 1 game at 1B and 2 games at 2B. Nothing spectacular for Kennelly but better than the .215 he hit last year for the RPhils.
Tug Hulett, 29, Signed as a free agent in 2012. .225/.091/.225 in 33 AB’s; 0HR 4RBI. 10 games at 3B with 2 errors (.923); Started the year in an awful slump and has just started to come out of it with a hit or two.
Jim Murphy, 26, Phils 17th round pick in 2006; .255/.357/.457 in 94 AB’s; 4HR 25 RBI; 13%bb/19% k rates; .267 vs. LHP; .245 vs. RHP; .304 with RISP. The Phils minor league leader in RBI’s; 21 games at 1B with 2 errors (.989); Murphy continues hitting for power but does not project as anything more than an organizational player, albeit a player that has been the catalyst for many Lakewood and Clearwater wins.
Cody Asche, 21, Phils 4th round pick in 2011; .344/.379/.427 in 96 AB’s; 0HR 6 RBI; 6%bbrate/15% k rate; .351 vs. LHP; .339 vs. RHP; .273 with RISP; 23 games at 3B with 2 errors (.957); After struggling in his rookie season at Williamsport, Asche has been flat out hitting in the first month plus of 2012. Don’t want to be too picky with the improvement he has shown (with a double jump) but a corner infielder is going to have to produce runs at a higher rate then Asche has.
Chris Duffy, 24, Phils 26th round pick in 2010; .315/.431/.500 in 54 AB’s between Lakewood and Clearwater; 2HR 12 RBI; 13%bb rate; 32% k rate. Has seen most of his time at the DH spot and has hit nicely although with a very high K rate.
Jeremy Barnes, 25, Phils 11th round pick in 2009; .140/.240/.263 in 43 AB’s; 0HR and 5 RBI; Has been on the DL for the last 2 weeks and wasn’t playing well during the prior two weeks.
Maikel Franco, 19, Signed as a free agent in 2010; .221/.302/.375 in 104 AB’s; 3HR 10 RBI; 9%bb/17% k rates; .261 vs. LHP, .210 vs. RHP; .286 with RISP. 24 games at 3B without an error. the young talented 3B started quick but has slowed considerably. Has already equaled his HR total from 2011.
Harold Martinez, 22, Phils 2nd round pick in 2011; .255/.295/.340 in 54 AB’s; 0HR and 2 RBI; 6%bb 14%k rates. 8 games at 1B with 4 errors (.941) and 2 games at 3B without an error. Called up from extended spring two weeks into the season, Martinez has had a few games worth talking about early on. Perhaps most interesting is that the bulk of his playing time is coming at 1B.
Kelly Dugan, 21, Phils 2nd round pick in 2009. .245/.344/.396 in 53 AB’s; 2 HR and 9 RBI; 11%bb/25% k rates; 14 games at 1B with 2 errors (.983). A mediocre start before going on the DL again.