End of the season report card on all 2B and SS. Remember, grades are based upon what pre-season expectations were for each player, measured against actual performance NOT against each other. Next up will be catchers on Tuesday.
Cesar Hernandez, 23, Signed as a free agent in 2008; .314/.378/.406 in 401 AB’s; 2HR 37RBI; 33SB; .321 vs. LHP, .305 vs. RHP; .264 with RISP; .325 post all star break; 9%BB/19% k rates; 79 games at 2B with 9 errors (.976); 4.56 R/F; 24 games in the OF with 4 errors (.948); 2.54 R/F. Hernandez far exceeded all expectations in 2013 and solidified himself as a top 10 prospect entering 2014. Even while being flip flopped from 2B into CF, Hernandez continued to perform at a very high level offensively, hitting well above .300 all year and was among the league leaders in SB’s. The question at the major league level: where does he fit. Grade: A; 2014: Philadelphia; Prospect Ranking: 4
Michael Martinez, 31, Acquired in the 2011 Rule 5 draft; .300/.352/.407 in 243 AB’s; 3HR 28RBI; 6SB; .343 vs. LHP; .283 vs. RHP; .311 with RISP; .275 Post All Star Break; 7%BB/14% k rates; 46 games at SS with 9 errors (.954); 12 games at 2B with 2 errors (.968); 10 games in the OF without an error; 2 games at 3B with 1 error. I desperately try to separate my feelings for MiniMart as a major leaguer as opposed to the season that Martinez had as a minor leaguer. Put simply, Lehigh Valley could not have asked for anything more out of him. He hit for average and was a offensive catalyst for Lehigh Valley (words I thought would never be associated with Martinez). His versatility was an additional plus as well. Now that said, I hope and pray never to see him in a Phillies uniform again (all due respect)Grade: A-; 2014: He could be back in Lehigh Valley and just as easily could be with another organization.
Freddy Galvis, 23, Signed as a free agent in 2013; .245/.274/.357 in 241 AB’s; 3HR 25RBI; 3SB; .316 vs. LHP; .223 vs. RHP; .263 with RISP; .227 Post All Star Break; 4%bb/20%k rates; 57 games at SS with 3 errors (.988); 4.28 R/F; 3 games at 3B without an error; 3 games at 2B without an error; Going into 2013, I thought Galvis would spend the entire season with the big club and play an important role for the Phillies. When it was clear Galvis was not going to get the AB’s he needed to stay sharp he was sent down and pretty much gave Lehigh Valley exactly what we thought. Outstanding glovework, with a mediocre bat. I still think Galvis has a bright future and the potential to play four or five days a week for a major league club. Grade: C; 2014: Floating between Lehigh Valley and Philly
Miguel Abreu, 28, Re-Signed as a free agent in 2013; .190/.224/.283 in 184 AB’s spanning 4 levels of the organization; 3HR 17RBI; 6SB; 11 games at 2B with 3 errors (.941); 20 games at 3B with 5 errors (.900); 16 games at SS with 5 errors (.923); 5 games in the OF without an error; Very rough year for ABreu who literally bounced around to every level of the organization and provided little other than versatility. Grade: D-; 2014: Another organization
Albert Cartwright, 25, Acquired from Houston in 2011; .254/.314/.350 in 489 AB’s; 7HR 42RBI; 26SB; .254 vs. LHP, .253 vs. RHP, .232 with RISP; .252 Post All Star Break; 6%BB/21% K rates; 105 games at 2B with 11 errors (.976); 4.34 R/F; 20 games in the OF with 1 error (.979); Cartwright had a solid year offensively and was one of the Phillies leaders in runs scored in the organization, showing increasing stolen base proficiency that has increased his value. Cartwright primarily played 2B but towards the end of the season was receiving regular OF work as well, indicating Cartwright continues to be in the Phillies plans. Grade: B; 2014: Lehigh Valley
Edgar Duran, 22, Signed as a free agent in 2007; .225/.277/.311 in 405 AB’s; 4HR 33RBI; 12SB; .222 vs. LHP; .225 vs. RHP; .256 with RISP; .210 Post All Star Break; 5%bb/21% k rates; 101 games at SS with 22 errors (.947); 3.87 R/F; 12 games at 2B with 1 error (.983); Duran’s offensive numbers were very blaise, which was expected, but the 22 errors were more than anticipated. There is just too much long term mediocrity for the possibility of a major league future. Grade: D+; 2014: Another organization
Matt Tolbert, 31, Signed as a free agent in 2013; .327/.364/.367 in 150 AB’s spanning four levels of the organization; 0HR 13RBI; 21 games at 2B with 1 error (.988); 17 games at 3B with 3 errors (.939); 3 games at SS without an error; 2 games in the OF without an error. Tolbert missed almost all of the season injured. He did a nice job in the minimal amount of time he was on the field but helps the organization only as a depth player. Grade: C; 2014: Another organization
Troy Hanzawa, 28, Phils 18th round pick in 2008; .292/.326/.387 in 253 AB’s between Reading and Lehigh Valley; 1HR 22RBI; 2SB; .294 vs. LHP; .296 vs. RHP; .217 with RISP; 3%bb/14%k rates; 60 games at SS with 4 errors (.981); 3.52 r/f; 11 games at 2B with 2 errors (.963); 5 games at 3B with 3 errors (.824); Hanzawa did what was asked of him which was to comeptently fill in middle infield gaps in Lehigh Valley and Reading during 2013. He played well in his role but a long term future is limited by a AAA skill set. Grade: B; 2014: I think Hanzawa will be back for one more year in a similar role to 2013.
Carlos Alonso, 25, Phils 32nd round pick in 2010; .260/.360/.349 in 453 AB’s; 4HR 43 RBI; 2SB; 12%bb/14% k rates; .218 vs. LHP, .280 vs. RHP; .252 with RISP; .250 Post All Star; 117 games at 2B with 2 errors (.996); 4.59 R/F.; 3 games at 3B without an error and 2 games in the OF without an error. Alonso is admittedly my favorite under the radar guy in the organization. It doesn’t look all that pretty but he consistently gets the job done, and does it well. Scores a ton of runs, high OBP and extremely solid in the field. Grade: B; 2014: Reading
Jose Mojica, 25, Signed as a free agent in 2013; .233/.286/.286 in 275 AB’s; 0HR 25RBI; 1SB; .279 vs. LHP; .212 vs. RHP; .200 with RISP; 6%bb/17% k rates; 83 games at SS with 17 errors (.954); 4.20 R/F. Not much more to say other than simply medicore at best this year. Grade: C-; 2014: Another organization
Jon Roof, 24, Signed as a free agent in 2013; .254/.321/.381 in 307 AB’s between Lakewood and CLearwater; 6HR 42RBI; 5/11SB; Hit .246 for CLearweater in his 248 AB’s; .221 vs. LHP, .256 vs RHP; .250 with RISP; Hit .174 in August. 9%bb/13% k rates; 26 games at 2B with 2 errors (.978); 3.25 R/F; 12 games in the OF with 1 error; 47 games at SS with 10 errors (.953); 4.30 R/F. Roof was very strong at the beginning of the year, but faded as the year went on. Looking at the overall body of work, Roof was relatively solid in the field and his bat produced at times. Grade: C+; 2014: I dont see a promotion in Roof’s future with the Phillies but he could be back in CLearwater if the Phils have a need and Roof has a want.
JP Crawford, 18, Phils 1st round draft pick in 2013; .308/.405/.400 in 195 AB’s between GCL and Lakewood; 1HR 21RBI; 14SB; Hit .208 in 53 late season AB’s for Lakewood; 14%BB/15% k rates; 45 games at SS with 9 errors (.959); 4.74 R/F; Overall a very successful start to Crawford’s professional career. While he did struggle a bit during the last week of the season in Lakewood; Crawford was immediately an offensive catalyst and leader for the GCL Phils before his promotion: Grade: A-; 2014: Lakewood to start; Prospect Ranking: 3
Angelo Mora, 20, Signed as a free agent in 2010; .218/.288/.308 in 435 AB’s between Williamsport and Lakewood; 5HR 41RBI; 21SB; .227 vs. LHP, .210 vs. RHP; .207 with RISP; .240 Post All STar Break; 9%bb/19% k rates; 61 games at SS with 15 errors (.944); 4.18 R/F; 57 games at 2B with 11 errors (.963); 5.05 R/F. Very pedestrian offensive numbers absent his good speed on the basepaths. Just 20, there is room for hope for Mora as he makes a reasonable amount of contact. Grade: C; 2014: Clearwater, playing second opposite Quinn at SS.
Roman Quinn, 20, Phils 2nd round pick in 2011; /238/.323/.346 in 260 AB’s; 5HR 21RBI; 32SB; /266 vs. LHP; .230 vs. RHP; .203 with RISP; 9%bb/22% k rates; 64 games at SS with 31 errors (.878); 3.39 R/F. Quinn missed the last 10 weeks of the season with a broken wrist and was ready to get back on the field at years end. Quinn’s season really cant be viewed as anything other than disappointing between the very difficult transition to SS, the injury and an unimpressive triple slash. That said, plenty of talent and still plenty of time. Quinn would have had 50 plus SB’s even hitting just .238 but for his injury. Grade: C-; 2014: Clearwater, although where he plays will become a debate if the problems at SS continue. A movr to the OF seems likely. Prospect Ranking: 5
Alejandro Villalobos, 22, Signed as a free agent in 2010; .272/.323/.335; 0HR 29RBI; 3SB; .333 vs. LHP; .244 vs. RHP; .288 with RISP; 6%bb/11% k rates; Hit .288 post all star break; 63 games at 2B with 7 errors (.977); 4.65 R/F; 2 games at 3B without an error; Very solid season for Villalobos in a Lakewood lineup that was generally pretty anemic. Little speed and less power limit him long term, but certainly played well enough to move up, including a good season in the field. Grade: B; 2014: CLearwater, with an outside shot at Reading.
Andrew Pullin, 19, Phils 5th round pick in 2012 draft; .261/.283/.412 in 211 AB’s; 3HR 23 RBI; 1SB; .311 vs. LHP; .240 vs. RHP; .269 with RISP; .233 post all star break; 3%bb/17% K rates; 49 games at 2B with 5 errors (.976); 4.14 R/F; While Pullin did not do quite as much with the bat as I expected, the successful transition to 2B makes up for that this year. He did a solid job and his skill with the bat came out, just slightly less often than expected. Grade: B ; 2014: Starting 2B in Lakewood; Prospect Ranking: 23
Sam Dove, 22, Phils 14th round pick in 2013 draft; .171/.202/.248 in 105 AB’s between GCL and WIlliamsport; 2HR 9RBI; 0SB; 3%bb/16%k rates; .205 Post All Star Break; 21 games at 2B with 5 errors (.950); 4.57 R/F; 5 games at 3B with 1 error; 7 games at 1B with 1 error; A rough beginning for his professional career for the Georgia Tech product; Playing part time is surely a difficult transition and DOve showed glimpses, but those glimpses were infrequent; Grade: D; 2014: He may get a few early season AB’s in Lakewood but hasn’t done much to warrant a promotion yet, so I expect him in Williamsport unless he really impresses in the FIL/Spring Training.
Jairo Cardozo, 19, Signed as a free agent in 2010; .196/.267/.228 in 92 AB’s; 0HR 3RBI; .156 vs. LHP, .217 vs. RHP; 9%bb/15% k rates; 13 games at 2B with 2 errors (.963); 13 games at SS (.948); 5 games at 3B without an error. AFter hitting .209 in the GCL in 2012, Cardozo fell back under the Mendoza line in 2013. Grade: Tough to grade a 19 year old in under 100 AB’s, but I suspect the Phils were hoping for more…D+; 2014: Extended Spring and then WIlliamsport
Malquin Canelo, 19, Signed as a free agent in 2011; .221/.287/.296 in 199 AB’s between GCL Phils and Williamsport; 1HR 15RBI; 10SB; .250 vs. LHP, .206 vs. RHP; .120 with RISP; Hit .265 since Aug 1; 9%bb/24% k rates; 60 games at SS with 15 errors (.949); 4.68 R/F. ALbeit with 15 errors in short season, Canelo projects as an outstanding defensive player and came along offensively during the last month of the season. Canelo just turned 19, so time is on his side as far as development. Grade: C+; 2014: Lakewood
Robinson Torres, 21, Signed as a free agent in 2010; .283/.356/.390 in 159AB’s; 2HR 20RBI; 10SB; .283 vs. LHP; .283 vs. RHP; .289 with RISP; .310 in August; 8%bb/11% k rates; 44 games at 2B with 8 errors (.959); 4.20 R/F. Extremely solid 2013 for Torres who is a bit old for this level. 2014: Certainly Williamsport with an outside shot at Lakewood.
Jair Morelos, 19, SIgned as a free agent in 2010; .291/.328/.331 in 128 AB’s; 0HR 8RBI; 1SB; .263 vs. LHP; .303 vs. RHP; .310 with RISP; .319 in August; 5%bb/8%K rates; 24 games at SS with 8 errors (.927); 4.21 R/F; 14 games at 2B with out an error; Grade: B; Morelos had a solid first season in the States and has done enough to move to WIlliamsport for 2014.
Gustavo Gonzalez, 22, Signed as a free agent in 2010; Hit .174 in 46 AB’s split between GCL, Lakewood, and CLearwater. 1HR 3RBI; 40% K rate; 12 games at SS with 2 errors (.951); 6 games at 2B without an error. Gonzalez has gone backwards over the past two years. Grade: D-. 2014: I dont think he is back