Before we get started, a couple of notes to try to keep the discussion on track. Each player that is on a final minor league roster or has less than 130 major league at bats, 50 innings pitched or 45 days on a major league roster will be graded. As far as grading goes, players will be graded against their own pre-season expectations as opposed to grading them against others in the organization. While I will be positing Top 40 rankings attached to the appropriate players, a final Top 40 list will be published for discussion when the report cards are done. To be considered for the Top 40, the same rules apply as above (less than 130 major league AB’s; 50IP and 45 days or less on ML roster). My hope is to get a new article out every three days or so, finishing up the entire system by mid October.
Josh Fields, 30, SIgned as a free agent in 2013; .289/.337/.406 in 377 AB’s; 4HR 45RBI; 10SB; .348 vs. LHP, .264 vs. RHP; .330 with RISP; .258 Post All STar Break; 7%bb/27% k rates; 31 games at 1B with 3 errors (.987); 7.29 R/F; 12 games at 3B with 1 error (.964); 10 games in the OF without an error. Fields had a very good year with the bat, showed his versatility, and was a good guy to have in the clubhouse. Grade: B+. 2014 projection: Another organization. I am sure that from Fields perspective having been left out of the callups, he needs to focus his career on a situation where he may be able to get some roster time at the major league level.
Tyler Henson, 25, Signed as a free agent in 2013; .278/.350/.439 in 353 AB’s between Reading and Lehigh Valley; 8HR 37RBI; 13SB; 9%bb/30% k rates; Hit .316 in 95 late season AB’s for Lehigh Valley; 12 games at 1B with 1 error (.988); 56 games at 3B with 10 errors (.934); 2.52 R/F; 30 games in the OF without an error; 1.77 R/F. Henson had his ups and downs this year which included landing on the DL for an extended period of time. After his call up to Lehigh Valley, Henson played very well and played a key role with his bat in the IronPigs late seasin success. Grade: B-. 2014: Henson will go where he has the best opportunity and that probably is not the Phillies organization. I think the Phils would like to have him back, but with 3B being a position that the Phils have major league ready talent, Henson very well could end up elsewhere.
Cody Overbeck, 27, Phils 9th round pick in 2008; .255/.307.450 in 440 AB’s; 19HR 65 RBI; 2SB; 6%bb/30% k rates; .308 vs. LH, .235 vs. RHP; .216 with RISP; .255 Post All Star Break; 96 games at 1B with 5 errors (.994); 8.05 R/F. Overbeck gave Lehigh Valley exactly what they hoped for this year. He hit for power in the middle of the lineup and played a very solid first base. The strikeouts were high as expected. All in all, a positive year but it is clear the Phils don’t have plans for Overbeck at the major league level. Grade: B-; 2014: I don’t expect Overbeck to be added to the 40 which exposes him to the Rule 5 draft, but doubt he will be taken. He has one year remaining until he becomes a minor league free agent and I expect him to be back in Lehigh Valley.
Maikel Franco, 21, Signed as a free agent in 2010; .320/.356/.569 in 541 AB’s between CLearwater and Reading; 31HR 103RBI; 5%bb/12% K rates; Reading: .339/.363/.563 in 277 AB’s; 15HR 51RBI; .314 vs. LHP, .348 vs. RHP; .300 with RISP; 122 games at 3B with 14 errors (.956); 2.49 R/F; 8 games at 1B with 1 error (.986); Franco had a truly exceptional year, exceeding all legitimate expectations and has landed himself the #1 prospect position on my list. Albeit with a low walk rate, he hit for average and power and played a very good 3B. Grade: A+; 2014: Start in Lehigh Valley, Phils by July. Prospect Ranking: 1
Jim Murphy, Soon to be 28, Phils 17th round pick in 2006; .273/.352/.465 in 505 AB’s; 23HR 83RBI; 1SB; .300 vs. LHP, .267 vs. RHP; .317 with RISP; 11%bb/21% k rates; .247 post all star break; 124 games at 1B with 8 errors (.992); 8.44 R/F; 3 games in the OF without an error. Murphy had a very, very good year and is an excellent guy to have around for the young players. His second half wasn’t nearly as good as his first half but he still provided much needed punch in the Reading lineup. Grade: A-; 2014: Murphy is now a minor league free agent and with his power, I would expect him to be able to go make a few dollars outside the Phils organization.
Harold Martinez, 23, Phils 2nd round pick in draft; .272/.317/.362 in 323 AB’s; 2HR 29RBI; 6SB; .247 vs. LHP, .282 vs. RHP; .276 with RISP; .316 post All Star break; 6%bb/23% k rates; 11 games at 1B with 1 error (.989); 58 games at 3B with 9 errors (.939); 2.34 R/F; Martinez started the season miserably and then really picked up the pace after he began getting regular playing time with Maikel Franco’s call up to Reading. Martinez was probably very close to be categorized as a complete bust but a very solid second half makes me re-think where we are at with Martinez. All that said, Martinez has now played two complete seasons at High A and should be putting up very good numbers. The lack of pop from a corner infield guy makes long term success unlikely. Grade: B-; 2014: Reading
Chris Serritella, 23, Phils 4th round pick in 2012 draft; .244/.291/.372 in 484 AB’s; 12HR 53RBI; .159 vs. LHP, .276 vs. RHP; .194 with RISP; .229 post all star break; 6%bb/24% k rates; 68 games at 1B with 4 errors (.993); 8.68 R/F. Serritella’s overall body of work in not awful but when you dig in deep there are significant problems for a guy that was a very high draft pick. Serritella did show some pop, but was absolutely miserable against lefties and with RISP, two critical categories for success. Grade: D+; 2014: I am not sure Serritella has done enough to move up. The dreadful splits are extremely problematic.
Brock Stassi, 24, Phils 33rd round pick in 2011 draft; .295/.347/.399 in 288 AB’s; 3HR 32 RBI; 8SB; .316 vs. LHP, .288 vs. RHP; .300 with RISP; .295 post all star break; 7%bb/14% k rates; 60 games at 1B with 3 errors (.994); 8.27 R/F; 12 games in the OF without an error. Stassi received far more AB’s than expected and answered with a good deal of success, hitting for average and showing some speed. Still, Stassi does not figure to be a true prospect at this stage, but can be thought of as an important extra piece that gives you some versatility. Grade: A-; 2014: Reading
Willie Carmona, 22, Phils 11th round pick in 2012; .303/.356/.433 in 462 AB’s; 6HR 54RBI; 1SB; .279 vs. LHP, .310 vs. RHP, .288 with RISP; .316 Post All Star Break; 8%bb/19% k rates; 32 games at 1B with 2 errors (.993); 9.06 R/F; 24 games at 3B with 5 errors (.921); 2.42 R/F. Carmona was one of the most consistent hitters in the Phillies system during 2013, hovering around 300 almost all season. He was used primarily as a DH this season but received regular AB’s and will move on in 2014. Grade: B+; 2014: Clearwater
Art Charles, 22, Acquired from Toronto in 2013; .251/.339/.412 in 442AB’s; 11HR 72RBI; .167 vs. LHP, .276 vs. RHP; .292 with RISP; .254 Post All Star Break; 12%bb/25% k rates; 14 games at 1B with 14 errors (.985); 8.56 R/F. Charles showed some power, was a run producer and has an excellent eye at the plate but struggled desperately against lefties and in the field. In his four seasons in the minors, his average has always hovered right around .240. Grade: C+; 2014: Clearwater
Mitch Walding, 20, Phils 5th round pick in 2011 draft; .224/.323/.386 in 404 AB’s; 1HR 42RBI; 6/13 SB; .210 vs. LHP; .228 vs. RHP; .243 with RISP; .191 Post All Star Break; 12%bb/26% k rates; 112 games at 3B with 25 errors (.923); 2.69 R/F. Not a good year for Walding who struggles at the plate continued after a disappointing 2012. His struggles this year extended to the field where he had his troubles as well. Grade: D+; 2013: He stays at Lakewood to start with hopes to move him up by June.
Logan Pierce, 23, Phils 15th round pick in 2013; .266/.356/.392 in 237 AB’s; 5HR 29RBI; .170 vs. LHP, .293 vs. RHP; .281 with RISP; .264 since Aug 1; 10%bb/15% k rates; 65 games at 1B with 8 errors (.987); 9.43 R/F. Pierce was very consistent for the Crosscutters swinging a good bat with the typical stuggles against left handed pitching for the left handed swinger. Grade: B; 2014: Pierce fits the profile for a players the Phils would consider a double jump but that will depend on whether Carmona or CHarles are left behind in Lakewood. I will be conservative and say Lakewood for 2014, where he will be old for that league.
Zach Green, 19, Phils 3rd round pick in 2012; .252/.344/.478 in 270 AB’s; 13HR 41RBI; 8SB; .218 vs. LHP; .266 vs. RHP; .250 with RISP; .250 since Aug 1; 10%bb/30% k rates; Green profiles as one of the best power prospects in the system, probably behind only Franco. He had a good 2013 showing excellent power and run production with the stereotypically high strikeout rate. Green led the NYPL in homers and was 4th in RBI’s. 72 games at 3B with 17 errors (.921); 2.74 R/F. Grade: B; 2014: No reason to rush Green with the upper level talent at 3B. Lakewood. Prospect Ranking: 13
Wilmer Oberto, 20, Signed as a free agent in 2010; .316/.387/508; 6HR 45RBI; 8%bb/18%k rates; .288 vs. LHP; .329 vs. RHP; .391 with RISP; 40 games at 1B with 3 errors (.992); 9.43 R/F. Oberto was outstanding, opening many eyes during the short GCL season. He led the league in RBI’s, was among the league leaders in Avg, OBP and homers, and played well in the field. Grade: A+; 2014: Lakewood to start with a potential fall back to Williamsport if necessary. Prospect Ranking: 36
Trey Williams, 19, Phils 7th round pick in 2013 draft; .208/.306/.304; 3HR 9RBI; 9%bb/19% k rates; .294 vs. LH, .176 vs. RHP; .207 with RISP; .242 in August. 14 games at 1B with 3 errors (.974); 23 games at 3B with 9 errors (.877); Williams really struggled in the early going but was starting to come around towards the later part of the season. Grade: C-; 2014: Williamsport
Jan Hernandez, 18, Phils 3rd round pick in 2013; .210/.291/.347; 3HR 14RBI; 7SB; 9%bb/37% k rates; .303 vs. LHP, .176 vs. RHP; .207 with RISP; 35 games at 3B with 11 errors (.890); 2.54 R/F; Hernandez really struggled with a Dave Kingman like strikeout rate. He does have a good deal of raw skill and has the potential to hit for power, play good defense and has speed…that said, a disppointing start to his professional career. Grade: C-; 2014: GCL unless substantial progress is shown in the Florida Instructional League. Prospect Ranking: 23
Look for the report card on Middle Infielders Sunday or Monday