Larry Greene Promoted to Lakewood:
As per his twitter account Larry Greene is heading north to join the Blueclaws. Greene showed up out of shape to play the OF and was held back to work on his conditioning before being sent to full season ball. Greene’s 2012 was slightly disappointing because his raw power did not show up in games but he did more than hold his own in Williamsport showing good patience at the plate albeit with a high strikeout rate as well. If he is going to succeed he is going to have to prove that he does not have a slow bat, and that he can identify his pitches to drive. Even if his long term destination is first base the Phillies are determined to keep him in the OF as long as possible.
Kyrell Hudson Demoted to Extended Spring Training:
I couldn’t find any reason why this occurred other than the fact that he wasn’t hitting or stealing bases. Hudson has all the defensive tools in the world but the bat means he won’t see the majors.
The bigger impact is on Aaron Altherr who will move to center field for the Threshers. Altherr is enjoying a good start to his season after ending 2012 well and has the raw tools of every day big leaguer. That path to the majors is going to be much easier if he can play center field where he won’t have to hit quite as much, if he is relegated to a corner then he is more of tweener 4th OF.
Kenny Giles and Kelly Dugan Promoted to Clearwater:
Both appear to be over their injuries and ready to play everyday. Giles’ oblique injury shouldn’t affect him going forward but it does but a damper on those of us who thought he might be able to rise quickly to make the majors by the end of the year. The biggest questions carry over from last year, can he improve the control and how does the secondary pitch develop.
Dugan had a monster 2012 driven by an insane BABIP. He showed some power and patience but a high strikeout rate. He will need to cut down on the strikeouts while maintaining other parts of his game. He will likely be the everyday RFer and will need to show that he is a corner OFer not a first baseman long term. If he mashes he could make it to Reading where there isn’t a lot blocking him.
Brandon Erbe Promoted to Reading:
He fills Juan Sosa’s roster spot (and gives Giles a place to go in Clearwater). I profiled Erbe back in spring training, he is a former top prospect whose career was derailed by wildness and injuries, but he throws a good fastball and used to have good secondary pitches. After a bad first 1.1 IP Erbe has gone 5 IP 3 H 0 BB 5 K with 9/2 groundball to flyball rate. There are a lot of RH relievers in AA and AAA for the Phillies but Erbe is one of Joe Jordan’s guys and could make an impact going forward.