This will be a long trek but the intention is to go through each player in the organization and grade his 2012. The grade will be based on expectations for that player entering the season as opposed to grades against other players. For instance, Trevor May, as the #1 prospect in the organization will be graded on a different playing field then say, Tyson Brummett (no disrespect Tyson). We will start with corner infielders and work our way through, with a projection on where the player will start 2013. So, with that said, here come the corner infielders.
Cody Overbeck, 26, Phils 9th round pick in 2008; .249/.307/.408 in 458 AB’s; 14 HR 71 RBI; 8%bb/23% k rates; .233 vs. LH, .255 vs. RH, .289 with RISP, .229 since August 1. 126 games at 1B with 5 errors (.995); 8.10 R/F. Also played 4 games at 3B without an error.Overbeck had disappointing 2012, after opening eyes in 2011. While he was among the league leaders in RBI’s, his average against lefties was woeful. After hitting .279 in 200 plus 2011 Ab’s with the ‘Pigs more was expected. He will be entering his 6th year in the organization next season and I would expect to see him back in Lehigh Valley, albeit with the possiblity of sharing playing time. Grade: C-
Pete Orr, 33, SIgned as a free agent in 2011; .258/.314/.354 in 302 AB’s; 4HR 33 RBI; 16/18 SB; 7%bb/16% k rates; .241 vs. LH, .339 vs. RH, .320 with RISP. .277 since August 1. 49 games at 3B with 5 errors (.964); 8 games at SS with 2 errors (.946); 12 games at 2B without an error; 13 games in the OF without an error.Orr spent the first several months of the season in Philadelphia before being sent down to Lehigh Valley when Utley returned to the Phillies lineup, and was back up at the end of the season. Orr played well in Lehigh Valley and provided much needed versatility to the ‘Pigs lineup. He is the prototype Quad A player, who is always hustling as his skill level is just under where is should be for the majors. Grade: B. 2013: Crapshoot. Could be back as a depth player and just as easily, could be with another organization.
Darin Ruf, 26, Phils 20th round pick in 2009. .317/.408/.620 in 489 AB’s; 38 HR 104 RBI; 2/2SB; 12%bb/18% k ratio; .392 vs. LH, .284 vs. RH, .286 with RISP; .349 with 20 HR since August 1. 107 games at 1B with 4 errors (.995) 7.75 R/F; 28 games in the OF without an error; 3 OF assists; If Ruf picked a statline to shoot for in 2012, it was what you just read. He did it all and did it well. He is blocked at 1B, and I would expect him to see a considerable amount of time in LF in Lehigh Valley next year, with starts at 1B as well. It will be very tough to keep a bat like this out of the lineup. Is his defense as bad as the Phillies lead us to believe? I have seen him about a half a dozen times and he is slow. That being said, he is far more capable then others I have seen, in the OF even at the AAA level. When he gets to the ball, he does the right thing. Ruf will have to be protected on the 40 man roster over the Winter. Grade: A.
Cody Asche, 22, Phils 4th round pick in 2011; .324/.369/.381 in 518 AB’s between Clearwater and Reading; 12 HR and 72 RBI; 11SB; For Reading: .300/.360/.513 in 263 AB’s; 10HR 47 RBI; .301 vs. LH, .300 vs. RH, .309 with RISP; 8%bb/20% k rates; .353 since August 1. 127 games at 3B with 18 errors (.941); 2.28 R/F. Asche put himself on the radar screen in 2012 with outstanding play in Clearwater and after a bumpy beginning in Reading, a nice adjustment and “continued success”, A good defender who is gaining pop, no reason to rush Asche (other than the fact the Phils dont have a 3B), who the Phils don’t need to protect on the 40 this off season. 2012 Grade: A; 2013: I struggle with this. All things being equal, I would like him to get another 100-150 PA’s in AA before the move up. I have seen Asche several times and have been very impressed but think we need to reel it in just a bit to give the kid a fighting shot.
Tug Hulett, 29, Signed as a free agent in 2012; .290/.361/.399 in 283 AB’s between Lehigh Valley and Reading; 4SB; 10%bb/18% k rates; .308 with RISP. 48 games at 3B with 9 errors (.922); 2.21 R/F. 17 games at 1B without an error; 8 games at 2B with 1 error (.972). Hulett bounced back and forth between Reading and Lehigh Valley and after an awful start in Reading, played well after the seasons first month. Hulett is an organizational guy at this stage. Grade: B-; 2013: Elsewhere.
James Murphy, 27, Phils 17th round pick in 2006; .274/.365/.383 in 460 AB’s; 17HR 85 RBI; 10%bb/24% k rates; .305 vs. LH, .254 vs. RH, .307 with RISP; Hit .278 with 11HR in the second half of the season. Murphy did as expected. Hit for power, knocked in runs and hit around .275. Grade: B; Now with the organization for six full seasons, Murphy becomes a minor league free agent this off season. 2013: Proved he can play High A. If he wants to stick with the organization, the Phils can use him in Reading.
Chris Duffy, 24, Phils 26th round pick in 2010; .322/.404/.499 in 373 AB’s between Lakewood and CLearwater; 13 HR 71 RBI; For Clearwater: .236/.314/.331 in 157AB’s; 2HR 15RBI; 8%bb/29% k rates; .250 vs. LH, .228 vs. RH, 22 games at 1B with 1 error (.994); Duffy was nearly unstoppable with the stick in Lakewood but had some real troubles in CLearwater Played in few games at 1B, the Phillies are clearly not confident in his defensive abilities. 22 games at 1B and 82 at DH. Grade: B-. 2013: A conundrum. What to do? Duffy mashed Low A, had troubles in High A, and presumably has trouble defensively…add to that the fact he is 24. I say back in Clearwater, but he may have a short leash with the organizaton.
Harold Martinez, 22, Phils 2nd round pick in 2011; .242/.301/.337 in 359 AB’s between Lakewood and CLearwater; 3HR 32 RBI; 3SB; For Clearwater: .226/.276/.333 in 195 AB’s with 3HR and 15 RBI; 6%bb/22% K rate; .177 vs. LH, .259 vs. RH, .212 with RISP.38 games at 1B with 7 errors (.978); 63 games at 3B with 15 errors (.911); 2.44 R/F. A very disappointing year for Martinez who played both 1B and 3B throughout the year and scuffled for a good part of it. The complete lack of pop is an issue, his defense is an issue, as is his average. Grade: D+. 2013: This is one where the Phils may have their hands tied a bit. Maikel Franco needs to be in Clearwater, immediately and playing. I think Martinez goes to Reading and see limited time at 1B/3B until Asche goes to Lehigh Valley.
William Carmona, 21, Phils 11th round pick in 2012; .281/.329/.423 in 196 AB’s between GCL and Lakewood; 4 HR 30 RBI. For Lakewood: .221/.270/.327 in 104 AB’s; 2HR 10 RBI; 5%bb/25% k rates; .200 vs. LH, .228 vs. RH, .250 with RISP. 23 games at 1B with 3 errors (.983); 10 games at 3B with 3 errors (.870); Carmona was raking in the GCL and was double jumped to the SAL where he struggled, although came around a bit at the seasons end. Still, as a 2012 draft pick, his season should be considered a success. Grade: B. 2013: Lakewood.
Trey Ford, 22, Phils 14th round pick in; .167/.280/.245 in 102 AB’s between CLW, Williamport and Lakewood; 1 HR 6RBI; 25% k rate in lakewood. 17 games at 2B with 2 errors (.968); 5 games at 3B with one errors (.909); 4 games at 1B with 1 error. Not much to speak of in 2012 for Ford who played in three different levels but far from regularly. Grade: D. 2013: Either Lakewood or cut.
Maikel Franco, 20, Signed as a free agent in 2010; .280/.336/.439 in 503 AB’s; 14HR 84 RBI; 7%bb/15% k rates; .295 vs. LH, .273 vs. RH, .331 with RISP; Hit .346 with 8 HR and 57 RBI Post All Star Break. 122 games at 3B with 16 errors (.944); 2.21 R/F.After a very mediocre first half, Franco came on like gang busters during the second half of the season, hitting for power, average and producing plenty of runs, with good defense to boot. May have played himself onto the Top 10 Phils prospects list, and has the potential to move quickly from here. Grade B+; 2013: Clearwater starting 3B.
Chris Serritella, 22, Phils 4th round pick in 2012; .297/.349/.437 in 300 AB’s; 6HR 47 RBI; 7%bb/16% k rates; .289 vs. LH, .300 vs. RH, .269 with RISP; .293 since August 1.50 games at 1B with 10 errors (.977); Serritella was certainly one of the Cutters most consistent hitter this year, playing just as he should after being drafted out of Southern Illinois. Fielding needs work. Serritella probably needs to start at Lakewood, but could move quickly. B+
Cameron Perkins, 21, Phils 6th round pick in 2012; .294/.339/.391 in 289 AB’s between GCL and Williamsport; 1HR 41rbi; 5sb; .355 VS. lh, .284 VS. rh, .344 with RISP; 5%bb/14% k rates. Hit .304 for WIlliamsport after spending the first two weeks of the season in the GCL. Hit .351 since August 1. 25 games at 1B with 3 errors (.988); 14 games at 3B with 1 error (.974); 10 games in the OF without an error. After a slow start, Perkins really came around and had an excellent NYPL season after being drafted fairly high out of Purdue. Grade: A-; 2013: Perkins is an excellent candidate for the double jump. Very good production, played in a major college program and it looks like he can play both corner infield positions as well as the OF on occasion. CLearwater.
Mitch Walding, 19, Phils 5th round pick in 2011; .233/.326/.308 in 253 AB’s; 1HR 31 RBI; 5SB; .167 vs. LH, .254 vs. RH, .297 with RISP. 11%bb/23% k rates; .194 since August 1. 64 games at 3B with 15 errors (.925); 2.89 R/F. Disappointing season for Walding who was expected to produce in a big way. He has too much talent to not bounce back but will need to regain his confidence prior to his stroke. Grade: C-; 2013: Lakewood prior to Williamsport season beginning and then judging whether he should stick in Lakewood or drop back come June.
Carlos Valenzuela, 21, Signed as a free agent in 2008; .187/.253/.310 in 155 AB’s; 2HR 17 RBI; 1 SB; .257 vs LH, .167 vs. RH, .278 with RISP, .111 in August; 6%bb/24% k rates; 30 games at 1B with 3 errors (.990); 9.57 R/F; 3 games at 2B with 1 error; 12 games at 3B with one error (.970). Awful season for Valenzuela who has now had 340 AB’s in the GCL between last year and this year. Grade: F. 2013: Gone.
Zack Green, 19, Phils 3rd round pick in 2012; .284/.333/.426 in 169 AB’s; 3HR 21 RBI; 2/4 SB; .372 vs. LH, .254 vs. RH, .250 with RISP; 5%bb/24% k rates. A very good start to his minor league career for the youngster, that being said, his defense needs alot of work at 3B. 31 games at 3B with 13 errors (.870); 2.81 R/F; 9 games at SS with 3 errors (.925). Grade: B+. 2013: Lakewood to start, with the possibility of falling back to NYPL in June.
Look for the report on the middle infield on Sunday or Monday!