Baseball America posted their Eastern League Top 20 today including three members of the Reading Phillies, note that Adam Morgan and Ethan Martin were not eligible for this list due to innings accrued.
Tommy Joseph – Joseph a catcher was the centerpiece of the trade with San Francisco for Hunter Pence. He put up crazy numbers in the Cal League in 2011 and his numbers came down this year in the EL. He has the ability to hit the ball to all fields and has at least plus power right now. His contact rate has gone down recently but his walk rate has increased. It is still to be seen where the Phillies send him next year with Valle at LHV and Rupp behind him.
Cody Asche – Asche was a 4th round pick in the 2011 draft out of Nebraska by the Phillies. After a terrible year in the NYPL attempting to play 2B the Phils sent him to CLW at 3B. He mashed at Hi-A and was promoted to AA in June, where after struggling for a month he hit .371 with 27 extra base hits over his last 42 games. Asche is a good hitter with a line drive swing that allows him to hit the ball all over the park. When he was drafted it appeared as if he had above average power but he has yet to display that amount of power in the minors so far. He is a work in progress at 3B where most of his defensive tools are average at best and it looks like the Phils are committed to him there long term despite rumors at the beginning of the season he was destined for catcher.
Jon Pettibone – Pettibone was on the youngest everyday starters in the EL. His fastball sits 88-92 with good sink and he can touch 94 when he needs to. His change up and slider are fringe average but play up because of his ability to throw strikes. He has plus control and for the most part has limited the HR he has given up. The Phils moved him up to LHV towards the end of the season where he continued to put up good numbers. His lack of strikeout potential or overpowering stuff limits his upside to mid-to-back of the rotation starter.
There will likely be questions concerning some other Reading guys to miss the list Ruf, Valle, May, Martin, Morgan, and Hernandez in the chat.