A look at the OF in the top half of the organization. Look for the report card on the lower half on Monday or Tuesday.
Kyle Hudson, 25, Acquired from Tampa in 2012; .264/.335/.386 in 406AB’s; 0HR 25RBI; 22/33 SB; .175 vs. LH, .275 vs. RH, .286 with RISP; 10%bb/17%K rate; Hit .202 since August 1. 106 games in the OF with 3 errors (.986); 6 OF assists; With at least 2 OF from Reading likely to join Lehigh Valley and speed being Hudson’s only real tool, I would be surprised to see him back next year. Grade: C.
Derrick Mitchell, 25, Phils 23rd round pick in 2005; 6 year minor league free agent.; .218/.279/.353 in 238 AB’s; 7HR 35RBI; 8/11 SB; 7%bb/21%k rates; .147 vs. Lh, .247 vs. RH, .278 with RISP; .129 since August 1. 68 games in the OF with 1 error (.994); 8 OF assists; A big year was expected from Mitchell and we got just the opposite, with a broken wrist significantly limiting Mitchell for two plus months. WHen he returned, he really struggled. Mitchell has a big fan in ‘Pigs manager Ryne Sandberg but Mitchell will be with the organization that gives him the best shot to play regularly at AAA in 2013. Grade: D. 2013: Elsewhere
Steve Susdorf, 26, Phils 19th round pick in 2008; .286/.351/.379 in 377 AB’s between Reading and Lehigh Valley; 2HR 41RBI; 6/12 SB; .178 vs. LH, .303 vs. RH, .275 with RISP; 9%bb/14% k rates. 64 games in the OF with 2 errors (.984); 5 OF assists; Also played 3 games at 1B without an error. Susdorf can hit right handed pitching very well but with limited power. It is to that extent that he is limited however. Very poor numbers against left handed pitching and poor power numbers limit his ability to advance. Grade: B-; 2013: 4th OF in Lehigh Valley
Mike Spidale, 30, Re-Signed as a free agent in 2012; .286/.306/.335 in 269 AB’s between Reading and Lehigh Valley; 1HR 15RBI; 7/13SB; 2%bb/8%K rates; .269 vs. LH, .266 vs. RH, .192 with RISP; 66 games in the OF with 4 errors (.960); 1 OF assist. Spidale was “fine”. He can swing the bat at times, but is a poor defensive player and is not a run producer. With the talent coming in from Reading and Clearwater, likely to lose his organizational spot. Grade: C+. 2013: Elsewhere
Jason Pridie, 28, Signed as a free agent in 2012; .298/.356/.455 in 178 AB’s; 5HR 22 RBI; 4SB; 8%bb/20% k rates; .200 vs. LH, .331 vs. RH, .304 with RISP; 44 games in the OF without an error; 3 OF assists; Pridie spent some time in Philly and played well for Lehigh Valley. He is a good depth OF for an organization to have and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him back. Grade: B+ 2013: Lehigh Valley.
Leandro Castro, 23, Signed by the Phils in 2006; .287/.316/.427 in 478 AB’s; 10HR 71RBI; 13/22 SB; 3%bb/14% k rates; .326 vs. LH, .271 vs. RH, .304 with RISP; .286 since August 1. 125 games in the OF with 11 errors (.962); 11 OF assists; Castro had a nice year, probably good enough to be protected on the 40 man roster. His mind is sometimes elsewhere defensively and he needs to keep his focus. Grade: B; 2013: Starting RF in Lehigh Valley.
Jiwan James, 23, Phils 22nd round pick in 2007; .249/.291/.360 in 381 AB’s; 6HR 31RBI; 8/16SB; 5%bb/29%k rates; .283 vs. LH, .235 vs. RH, .205 with RISP; Hit .246 Post All Star Break. 105 games in the OF with 2 errors (.991); 6 OF assists; Definitely not the kind of season that James wanted as he struggled for most of the year with production and injury. Struck out a ton and his most impressive asset (speed) was inhibited by a sore knee. Very unlikely to be protected on the 40. Grade: D; 2013: Back to Reading.
Tyson Gillies, 23, Acquired from Seattle in 2009; .299/.369/.440 in 298 AB’s; 4HR 40RBI; 9/16 SB; 6%bb/19%k rates; .253 vs. Lh, .326 vs. RHP; .231 with RISP; .327 since August 1. 71 games in the OF with 2 errors (.987); 7 OF assists; Definitely and up and down year for Gillies who started well, got injured, came back, got injured, got suspended, came back and played very well. He needs to do alot better than a 60% success rate stealing bases if he is going to be a productive major leaguer and perhaps more importantly needs to stay on the field and out of the doghouse. The last month of the season was very impressive, but it will take 250 AB’s without being suspended or injured for me to turn the mental corner on Gillies. Played a good CF this year. Grade: B. 2013-Starting CF for Lehigh Valley.
Brandon Tripp, 27, Re-Signed as a free agent in 2012; .264/.316/.391 in 368 AB’s between Clearwater and Reading; 6HR 44RBI; 2SB; 5%bb/23% k rates; .208 vs. LH, .283 vs. RH, .250 with RISP; 68 games in the OF with 5 errors (.958); 8 OF assists; Also played 3 games at 1B with 1 error; Only had 70 AB’s after the all star game. Tripp was decent when filling in for injured OF in both Clearwater and Reading but that was what his role was limited to. Grade: C+; 2013:
D’Arby Myers; 23, Phils 4th round pick in 2006; .305/.333/.347 in 190 AB’s between CLearwater and Reading; 4HR 19 RBI; 12/13 SB; 5%bb/15% k rates; 51 games in the OF with 3 errors (.968); 3 OF assists; Myers completed his 7th minor league season in the Phils organization and can become a free agent in the off season unless he is protected on the 40, which is unlikely. He played well seeing a decent amount of late season playing time in Reading. After a poor 2011 where he hit .235 in limited AB’s for Clearwater this was an important year for Myers if he wanted to continue his minor league baseball career. I still believe he has the talent to be successful, however I doubt it will be with the Phils. Grade: B; 2013: Elsewhere
Pete Lavin, 24, Phils 20th round pick in 2011; .269/.322/.367 in 442 AB’s; 6HR 38RBI; 16/21 SB; .233 vs. LH, .288 vs. RH, .264 with RISP; 7%bb/15% k rates; .305 since August 1; 112 games in the OF without an error; 5 OF assists; Lavin played regularly and did a nice job. At 24 and in High A, he is behind the 8 ball but should move up to Reading in 2013. Grade: B-
Anthony Hewitt, 23, Phils 1st round pick in 2008; .241/.281/.387 in 411 AB’s; 13HR 50 RBI; 13/22 SB; .253 vs. LH, .234 vs. RH, .178 with RISP; 4%bb/32% k rates. 95 games in the OF with 19 errors (.909); 7 OF assists; Hewitt showed glimpses more than in years passed but still had an abysmal K rate, horrible production with RISP and a fairly awful triple slash. Combine that with 19 errors and you get a generous Grade: D+ 2013: Phils will not protect him on the 40 and I highly doubt he is taken. WIll get his last chance in the organization next year in Reading.
Zach Collier, 21, Phils 1st round pick in 2008; .269/.333/.399 in 283 AB’s; 6HR 32RBI; 11/14 SB; .222 vs. LH, .293 vs. RH, .293 with RISP; 8%bb/19% k rates; Hit .251 Post All Star Break. 74 games in the OF with 3 errors (.980); 1 OF assist; Collier missed the first 50 games of the year suspended after testing positive for a banned substance and did a generally good job after he came back. Still just 21, he can still progress and the Phils must decide whether to protect him on the 40 this year. Other than hitting .271 with the GCL Phils in 2008, Collier has never hit higher than .269 for the organization. Grade: B. 2013: Reading
Drew Hillman, 23, Phils 18th round pick in 2011; .215/.256/.354 in 181 AB’s between Lakewood and CLearwater; 5HR 22 RBI; 4%bb/20% k rates; .263 vs. LH, .182 vs. RH,.211 with RISP; 18 games in the OF with 2 errors (.913); 0 assists; 6 games at 1B with 1 error (.974); Hillman has not shown much in either of his two years with the organization. Grade: D. 2013: It very well may become a numbers game with Hillman, with a good deal of talent below that needs to push up.