The report card for outfielders in the top half of the organization. Remember, grades are based against pre season expectations of that player, not against each other. Next up is the report card for the outfielders in the lower half of the organization, coming up over the weekend.
Leandro Castro, 24, Signed as a free agent in 2006; .256/.280/.368 in 438AB’s; 8HR 55RBI; 20SB; .328 vs. LHP; .228 vs. RHP; .308 with RISP; .226 Post All Star Break; 3%bb/17%K rates; 115 games in the OF with 8 errors; 8 OF assists; Castro performed better than I thought that he would at the AAA level and was a consistently clutch performer for the IronPigs. He lowered his strikeout rate to a very manageable level and stole a respectable 20 bases. The negatives are the continued very low walk rate and the fact that Castro is prone to enter outer space for periods of time causing some real head scratching plays. All that said, 2013 was a success. Grade: B; 2014: Castro is a guy that could realistically be plucked in the Rule 5 if not protected. Frankly, I was designate Gillies for assignment and protect Castro to give him another year to progress. He very well could become a capable 4th OF.
Steve Susdorf, 27, Phils 19th round pick in 2008 draft; .313/.390/.403 in 310AB’s; 2HR 36RBI; 11SB; .279 vs. LHP; .321 vs. RHP; .293 with RISP; .269 Post All Star Break; 11%BB/15%k rates; 64 games in the OF with 3 errors (.970); 3 OF assists; Also played 1 game at 1B with 1 error. Susdorf had an excellent year with the bat for Lehigh Valley. The only negative is the laack of power but Susdorf gives you perhaps the best at bat throughout the minor league system. Problematically, his defense is passable at best. Grade: A; 2014: Again, trying to separate my feelings as Susdorf is a super guy…I would be surprised if Susdorf is not exposed to the Rule 5 draft and could easily help a team, giving very capable major league at bats in a limited role. I am hoping he is back and the Phils give him a chance to earn the 25th spot on the roster in a role similar to Greg Gross, who Susdorf reminds me of…Realisitically, either another organization or Lehigh Valley.
Tyson Gillies, 24, Acquired from Seattle in 2009; .241/.298/.387 in 390AB’s between Reading and Lehigh Valley; 10HR 29RBI; 17SB; 7%bb/22% k rates; Hit .220/.286/.313 in 214 AB’s for Lehigh Valley; 3HR 8RBI; 8%bb/24% k rates; .170 vs. LHP; .234 vs. RHP; .091 with RISP, .238 Post All Star Game. 111 games in the OF with 6 errors (.975); 12 OF assists. A disappointing 2013 for Gillies who had to be sent down to Reading after hitting below the Mendoza line for the first two months of the season. Gillies did improve upon his return to Allentown, but not to an extent that puts him in a category of a successful year. He ended his season on the DL with another hamstring issue and was an absolutely abysmal 4-44 with RISP for the ‘Pigs. Grade: D+. 2014: I would like to see Castro replace Gillies on the 40 man roster as it appears he has more up side at this stage. I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see Gillies with another organization come the Spring.
Derrick Mitchell, 26, Phils 23rd round pick in 2005; .243/.317/.435 in 329 AB’s between Reading and Lehigh Valley; 13HR 40RBI; 13SB; 10%BB/24%rates; Hit .248 in 109 AB’s with Lehigh Valley; 4HR 15RBI. 95 games in the OF without an error (1.000); 12 OF assists; Mitchell has not fulfilled the promise he showed in 2011 with Reading…he suffered a significant wrist injury last year and was moved back to Reading to start 2013 where his playing time was somewhat limited. His average was low this year, but got on base due to a good walk rate, hit for power and showed some speed. He did play a very good outfield and has a very strong arm. . Grade: C; 2014: Mitchell is a minor league free agent eligible to sign with any team. One thing to keep an eye on is that Ryne Sandberg is extremely fond of Mitchell as a player, and very strongly advocated for Mitchell to be kept in Lehigh Valley rather than be sent down to Reading to start 2012. You wouldn’t expect a player who has spent parts of 9 seasons in the organization in the minors without extended success at the AAA level to have a legitimate shot for a major league roster spot, but stranger things have happened…havent they?
Zach Collier, 23, Phils 1st round pick in 2008; .222/.310/.348 in 446AB’s; 8HR 36RBI; 17SB; 10%BB/26%K rates; .236 vs. LHP; .218 vs. RHP; .194 with RISP; .263 Post All STar; 118 games in the OF with 1 error (.996); 9 OF assists. Looking at the overall body of work, simply not a good year for Collier, who often seemed lost at the plate. Things changed in August, when he posted a .327 average to close out the year winning the Phillies Minor League Hitter of the Month; outstanding in the field all year. Grade: D+; 2014: I think you have to give Collier one more year based on his last 100 at bats this season and his relatively successful 2012. My feeling is that should be done in Lehigh Valley. Prospect Ranking: 31
Anthony Hewitt, 24, Phils 1st round pick in 2008; .244/.296/.430 in 386 AB; 16 HR 51 RBI; 21SB; .389 vs. LHP; .199 vs. RHP; .216 with RISP; 6%BB/33% K rates; .240 Post All Star Game; 98 games in the OF with 6 errors (.967); 9 OF assists. Hewitt hit .240 for Lakewood in 2011, .241 for Clearwater in 2012, and .244 this year. THe same problems remain. He can’t hit RHP and strikes out a TON. That said, 2013 brought glimpses of hope never seen before from Hewitt. Grade: C+; 2014: A decision about whether to put Hewitt on the 40 needs to be made. I think you give him a year. Too much has been invested to lose him and see him turn into a legitimate major leaguer. If he fails next year, it would be much easier to move forward. Lehigh Valley in ’14. Prospect Ranking: 30
Kelly Dugan 22, Phils 2nd round pick in 2009; .291/.352/.506 in 429 AB’s between Clearwater and Reading; 20HR 59RBI; 1SB; 6%BB/25%K rates; For Reading: .264/.299/.472 in 212 AB’s; 10HR 23RBI; .269 Post All Star Break. 100 games in the OF with 2 errors (.992); 9 OF assists. Very successful year for Dugan who solidified himself as a Top 10 prospect. Still work to be done, but Dugan projects now as a solid major league corner OF. Grade: B+; 2014: Reading for 200-250 AB’s. Prospect Ranking: 8
Aaron Altherr, 22, Phils 9th round pick in 2009; .275/.337/.455 in 466AB’s; 12HR 69RBI; 23SB; .254 vs. LHP; .283 vs. RHP; .307 with RISP; 9%BB/27%K rates; .252 Post All STar Break; 114 games in the OF with 2 errors (.993); 17 OF assists; A very good year for Altherr who consistently put up impressive offensive numbers, and was very, very good in the OF. The strikeout rate is a concern, but more of a secondary concern with the production otherwise this year. Altherr’s performance in the Arizona Fall League will be closely watched. Grade: B+; 2014: I expect Altherr to be added to the 40 man roster and to play in Reading next year ; Prospect Ranking: 15
Cameron Perkins, 22, Phils 6th round pick in 2012; .295/.346/.444 in 387 AB’s for Clearwater; 6HR 53RBI; 4SB; 6%BB/14%K rates; .317 vs. LHP; .284 vs. RHP; .340 with RISP; .250 Post All Star Break; 89 games in the OF with 7 errors (.961); 9 OF assists; Prior to going down with a broken wrist in late May, Perkins was one of the most talked about hitters in the organization absolutely raking the first two months in the year. Post injury, Perkins struggled at times to get his swing back, but was really beginning to come back around in late August/September. Defense needs some work. Grade: B; 2014: Reading; Prospect Ranking: 24
Peter Lavin, 25, Phils 20th round pick in 2011; .224/.314/.336 in 214AB’s; 0HR 14RBI; 5/12 SB; .217 vs. LHP; .227 vs. RHP; .235 with RISP; 12%BB/16% k rates; .222 Post All Star Break; 50 games in the OF with 6 errors (.942); 6 OF assists; Lavin missed the first two months of the season on the DL and was less than productive when activated. The only positive in his line was a good walk rate. His line went significantly backwards in his 2nd year at High A. Grade: D; 2014: Another organization
Jiwan James, 24, Phils 22nd round pick in 2007; .260/.301/.322 in 146 AB’s for Clearwater; 0HR 10RBI; 8SB; .180 vs. LHP; .302 vs. RHP; .250 with RISP; 5%BB/18% K rates. 34 games in the OF without an error; 3 OF assists; James, who moved back a level in 2013 came back from a significant knee injury to start playing in July. He did a decent job but nothing to warrant forcing the Phillies hand to call him back up to the AA level. After a .249/.291/.360 year for Reading in 2012, James may have reached the end of the road with the Phillies organization as he has become a minor league free agent. Grade: C.