Onward to the report card for Catchers throughout the organization. Remember, grades are based on pre-season expectations against themselves NOT against each other. Prospect rankings are based on which players will potentially have the most impact for the Phillies as major leaguers. Look for the next report on outfielders in the top half of the organization (LV, REA, and CW) coming Wednesday or Thursday.
Cameron Rupp, Soon to be 25, Phils 3rd round pick in 2010; .258/.318/.437 in 325 AB’s between Reading and Lehigh Valley; 14HR 45RBI; 5%bb/21% k rates; Hit .269 for Lehigh Valley; .404 vs. LHP; .215 vs. RHP; 84 games caught with 6 errors (.991)and 6 passed balls; Threw out 28 of 82 base stealers (34%); A very good year of progress for Rupp who hit for power and was very good defensively. His production was pretty much exactly what we would have hoped pre-season. Grade: B+ ; 2014: He will see major league time, just a matter of when. Until then, Lehigh Valley. Prospect Ranking: 14
Steven Lerud, 28, Re-Signed as a free agent in 2013; .217/.353/.311 in 180 AB’s; 3HR 21RBI; .212 vs. LHP, .218 vs. RHP; .241 with RISP; Hit .167 Post All Star Game; 16%bb/23% k rates; 60 games caught with 8 errors (.982); 10 passed balls; Threw out 18 of 51 would be base stealers(35%); Very pedestrian numbers for Lerud with the caveat that he does get on base because of a good eye at the plate and did very well gunning down base stealers. Grade: C; 2014: Another organization.
John Suomi, 32, Re-Signed as a free agent in 2013; .243/.331/.336 in 107 AB’s between Reading and Lehigh Valley; 3HR 13RBI; 12%BB/5% k rates; 21 games caught with 1 error (.993); 7 passed balls; threw out 5/29 base stealers (17%); 4 games at 1B without an error; As with the past few years, Suomi bounced around and played as needed at the upper levels of the organization performing competently. Grade: C; 2014: Could be the end of the road for Suomi unless the Phils keep him around for an emergency in the upper parts of the organization.
Sebastian Valle, 23, Signed as a free agent in 2006; .203/.245/.359 in 354 AB’s; 12HR 41RBI; 5%bb/24% k rates; .198 vs. LHP; .205 vs. RHP; .186 with RISP; .182 Post All STar Break; 90 games caught with 1 error (.999); 10 passed balls; Threw out 32 of 120 base stealers (27%); Just a miserable year with the bat for Valle who is in jeopardy of losing his 40 man roster spot. Defensively, he is a leader, calls a good game and did a nice job keeping runners honest. Grade: D+; 2014: If he isn’t designated for assignment and lost to another organization, I expect him in Lehigh Valley as a back up until Joseph’s health becomes less of a question mark.
Justin Dalles, 24, Signed as a free agent in 2013; .284/.324/.537 in 95 AB’s between Lakewood and Reading; 5HR 22RBI; Hit .219 for Reading in 32AB’s; 5%BB/16%K rates; 23 games caught with 4 errors (.977); 1 passed ball; threw out 8/31 base stealers (26%). Dalles was decent in what he was asked to do…which was play about once a week for Lakewood and Reading. Grade: B- 2014: Dalles almost retired after last season and based on the limited opportunity he was given this year, retirement wouldn’t surprise me.
Tommy Joseph, 22, Acquired from San Francisco in 2012; .179/.229/.285 in 123 AB’s across 4 levels; 3HR 16RBI; 5%bb/23% k rates; 33 games caught with 1 error (.996); 11 passed balls; threw out 12/47 base stealers (26%); The season could not have gone much worse for Joseph who struggled mightily both offensively and defensively out of the gate for Lehigh Valley and then suffered a major concussion that, after two attempts to come back, effectively ended his year. Whether Joseph will be able to continue catching is currently a question mark, with the hope of Joseph seeing significant action in the Florida Instructional League. Grade: D (note this grade is not bast on getting injured, it is based on pre-injury production). 2014: Reading; Prospect Ranking: 12
Logan Moore, 23, Phils draft pick in draft; .185/.257/.272 in 302 AB’s for Clearwater; 4HR 28RBI; .187 vs. LHP; .185 vs. RHP; .227 with RISP; 10%bb/21% k rates; .203 post all star break; 91 games caught with 8 errors (.989); 8 passed balls; Threw out 51/124 base stealers (41%); Moore somehow managed to make the FSL All Star Team while hitting below .200 which shows just how highly others think of his defense; He has an outstanding arm and is very good at calling the game. That said, his offense was consistently anemic all year. Grade: C…I just can’t go higher than that for a guy who hit .185. 2014: Based on comments I have read from Joe Jordan, I would be very surpised if Moore were not in Reading next year.
Bob Stumpo, 26, Phils 33rd round pick in 2010 draft; .210/.306/.286 in 105 AB’s; 2HR 11RBI; .156 vs. LHP; .233 vs. RHP; .172 with RISP; 12%bb/18%K rates; 37 games caught with 4 errors (.983); 3 passed balls; 15/43 baserunners caught stealing(35%); Stumpo did an adequate job as Moore’s back up, basically giving Clearwater the same as Moore. Not much offense and good defense. Grade: C; 2014: With all the up and comers below him, Stumpo is going to have a hard time sticking around next year.
Chace Numata, 21, Phils 14th round pick in 2010 draft; .231/.307/.305 in 308 AB’s; 3HR 37RBI; 4SB; .284 vs. LHP, .214 vs. RHP; .209 with RISP; .201 Post All Star; 9%BB/13% K rates; 90 games caught with 16 errors (.979); 28 passed balls; Threw out 38/148 base stealers (26%); Numata started the season very hot and then really came back to Earth and had a troubling year defensively. Grade: C; 2014: I think he moves up to CLearwater but will be the #2 catcher behind Andrew Knapp.
Gabrial Lino, 20, Acquired from Baltimore in 2012; .254/.304/.376 in 189 AB’s between WIlliamsport and Lakewood; 4HR 32RBI; 6%bb/30%K rates; Hit .242 in 42 AB’s for Lakewood; Caught 49 games with 3 errors (.992); 10 passed balls; Threw out 24/76 base stealers (36%); I was a bit surprised that Lino started in WIlliamsport this year, but through his time there, he re-gained confidence and played well. A very high K rate needs to be worked on but he played well defensively and added some offensive punch at times. Grade: B-; 2014: Lakewood, starting catcher
Josh Ludy, 23, Phils round pick in 2012 draft; .246/.306/.360 in 114 AB’s between Lakewood and Clearwater; 1HR 8RBI; Hit .245 in 102 AB’s for Lakewood; 7%BB/32% K rates; 13 games caught with 2 errors (.971); 0 passes balls; Threw Out 2/12 base stealers (17%); Difficult year for Ludy who hardly played. Only 13 starts behind the plate the whole year and a 32% k rate at bat leads me to believe the Phils will go a different direction next year. Grade: D+; 2014: Elsewhere
Andrew Knapp, 21, Phils 2nd round pick in 2013 draft; .253/.340/.401 in 217 AB’s for Williamsport; 4HR 23RBI; 7SB; .214 vs. LHP; .267 vs. RHP; .193 with RISP; .257 Post All Star Break; 9%bb/24% k rates; 21 games caught with 4 errors (.974); 10 passed balls; Threw out 6/23 base stealers (26%). Knapp played almost the entire season with an injured elbow which will be fully healed come Spring 2014. It’s pretty clear the Phils made an extremely good pick nabbing Knapp when they did as his potential is obvious when you watch him. His statistical line is below what I would expect moving forward. Grade: B-; 2014: Starting Catcher in Clearwater; Prospect Ranking: 9
Chad Carman, 24, Phils 24th round pick in 2012 draft; .269/.340/.301 in 93 AB’s between Lakewood, GCL and Williamsport; 0HR 7RBI; 5%bb/13%k rates; Hit .200 in 20 late season AB’s with WIlliamsport; caught 30 games with 2 errors (.989); 3 passed balls; Threw out 14/46 base stealers (30%). I am admittedly a Carman fan because he is a super nice guy and I am trying to be objective here…His season was all but lost due to a significant finger injury, and because of the promotion of Lino, Carman went back to Williamsport when healthy. When he played, Carman did a good job but he is stuck with the label of a low draft choice, with advancing age at a low level. Grade: B-; 2014: Total crapshoot. It all depends on who is healthy come the end of SPring Training. Could be in Clearwater in they want three catchers, but could just as easily be with another organization.
Corey Bass, 22, Phils 20th round pick in 2013 draft; .155/.271/.190 in 58 AB’s; 0HR 5RBI; 8%bb/30%k rates; 15 games caught with 6 errors (.935); 7 passed balls; Threw out 4/23 base stealers (17%); Simply not pretty in any way, shape or form. Grade: D-; 2014: I would be surprised to see Bass back.
Deivi Gruillon, 17, Signed as a free agent in 2012; .273/.333/.364 in 121 AB’s; 1HR 14RBI; .462 vs. LHP; .183 vs. RHP; .250 with RISP; 8%BB/14% k rates; 38 games caught with 5 errors (.974); 9 passed balls; Threw out 12 of 43 base stealers (28%); Plenty to be excited about as the 17 year old opened many an eye with his bat and glove. Grade: B+; 2014: Williamsport; Prospect Ranking: 33
Jake Sweaney, 18, Phils 4th round pick in 2013 draft; .164/.256/.192 in 73AB’s; 0HR 3RBI; 6%BB/40% k rates; caught 26 games with 3 errors (.982); 4 passed balls; Threw out 3/29 base stealers (10%); Really no positives from a very high draft pick. Bright side is that he is young. Grade: D- (because he is young); 2014: GCL
Jose Mayorga, 21, Signed as a free agent in 2010; .196/.339/.235 in 51AB’s; 0HR 2RBI; 15%bb/8%K rates; 21 games caught without an error; 2 passed balls; Threw out 8/11 base stealers (73%); Played 7 games at 1B without an error. In limited playing time, Mayorga was outstanding defensively, and the sub Mendoza offensive numbers may have been decieving based on the extremely low K rate. Really not enough playing time to judge, but enough positives that Mayorga will get a closer look in the FIL and in Spring Training. Grade: C+; 2014: Williamsport