For those of you who have access to BP’s pay content go to the site and read the full article at http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=18646#commentMessage as well as ask questions in the comments.
For those that don’t it is a large scouting report written by Hudson Belinsky who does a ton of scouting in the Northeast. The premise of the article being that he often uses Lakewood as a venue to see the prospects in the SAL and can get caught up really watching a Phillies’ prospect, in 2011 it was Domingo Santana and in 2012 it was Maikel Franco.
Some notes and quotes:
- Over the course of the season Franco has really started to develop more patience that was manifesting more in swinging at the right pitches rather than drawing walks
- Hudson was impressed by the mental make up of a 19 year old overcoming the early season that Franco had and continue to improve over the course of the year
- His overall impression “Overall, Franco is far from a perfect prospect. He could become an outstanding offensive player, launching 25-30 bombs per season while batting .285 with modest on-base skills. If his body allows him to stick at third base, he could become an above-average defender there.”
- There is a small unknown at Franco’s age whether he will continue to stick at 3B since there is a chance that he just outgrows the position. The next progression would be to LF (where his lack of speed would not help) and then to 1B but for now he has the potential to be a good thirdbaseman.
In the slowness of the offseason I thought this might help bring some more to the discussion of the Phillies’ system.