After working on the Top 30, I ended up with a list of names that I had opinions on. This list may only represent two-thirds of them, because I just didn’t have time to finish them all. This is not meant to be really in depth, so if you want more on a player just ask. Previously I had attached this list to the Top 30, but in an effort to streamline the main list, the supplement gets its own post. From this list you can probably take a good guess on who made the Top 30, so enjoy the speculation.
Sweaney just missed the list. Some evaluators love the upside, but I just feel that a raw catcher that may not catch, just doesn’t have a ton of value. Check back in a year and he could be much higher in lesser form of what a Grullon did this year.
Speed and defense in centerfield make him intriguing. The strikeouts are a bit high and the speed hasn’t translated to base paths. Tromp is going to need a strong spring to force his way into a crowded Lakewood OF.
Buchanan has always been a personal favorite, it is a fringe #5/swing man ceiling but the FB is above average and he could end up with big league time if injuries are plentiful.
Munson is a classic fastball-slider reliever and both could be very nice pitches. Command is a problem, but if it improves, it is a legitimate bullpen arm that could stick for all of 2014.
The fastball has plus velocity and the slider shows potential. He hasn’t missed bats, and the lack of a changeup point to a reliever profile.
Nic is a classic sinker baller, the velocity is more average and the secondary pitches are lacking. But at 6’7″ Hanson brings a potentially elite groundball profile if he can keep the ball down through the levels.
Lakewood has not been kind to Pointer. There is some power in the swing, but the park has sapped much of it. What Pointer did well in 2013 was walk and steal bases. It is make or break time for Pointer, who has more of a tweener profile than anything. He should get forced up to Clearwater based on playing time, and if he can put it all together, there might be a 4th outfielder in there.
I was really high on Gueller a year ago when showed three potential plus pitches. This year Gueller’s fastball wasn’t there, and he didn’t show confidence in the secondary stuff. I want to see the stuff before Gueller goes back up the list.
Viza put up good surface numbers in the GCL (1.41 ERA), but low strikeout numbers and low BABIP, point to stuff that is more average than anything right now. But he shows feel for three pitches and a fastball that was 90-92 predraft. Coming in at 6’ 3” 170lbs, there is plenty of physical projection left.
I thought Lino’s underlying numbers were better than the surface a year ago. In 2014 he showed harder contact and better defense, but it came with a worst approach and at a lower level. Lino has big time tools, but he has to put the together on the field.
Right after the draft the Phillies moved Child to the bullpen and he ended the season n Clearwater. Child can show a plus fastball/slider combination. The control can waver but Child could move very quickly in the bullpen.
Denton was an overslot signing at the last minute for the Phillies in the 2013 draft. On the field he was in impressive with underdeveloped secondary stuff and a fastball in the hi-80s. Don’t worry too much, the Phillies see a big projectable frame that could add more velocity over time. Keye may take a while to develop but he is lottery ticket.
I am out on Gillies. He will be 25 years old in 2014, is in his last option year, and to this point has struggled to stay on the field. The Phillies tinkered with his swing to add more power with some success, but overall the numbers aren’t great. There are good tools, but the defense is suspect due to bad route running, and the effort/makeup have been suspect.
Each year we will talk about the good scouting reports with Walding until he either puts it together or loses his playing time. Walding was raw coming into pro ball, and the power is coming slowly. Injuries slowed him in 2013 so a healthy 2014 will be big for any development.
Despite an 80 grade name, Biter is more gamer than tool shed. There might not be an average tool other than speed, but he makes it work in centerfield. It is the kind of profile that could end up a bench outfielder, he’ll just need to keep proving it.
Another year as a starter, that I thought Garner should be relieving. In a relief role Garner could be overpowering with a power fastball/slider combo that could see his strikeout rate spike. It is hard to see the arsenal and feel playing as more than a fringe starter.
Valle is a lesson in approach not necesarily improving with age. The defense is just not good enough to make him a backup and his offense will need to show more of what he did in winter ball and less of what he has done in pro ball.
Brody Colvin is an enigma, the control is gone, the stuff is everywhere. At this point the easy answer is to put him in the pens and see if it helps. You could see the Phillies keep him as a starter in a thin Reading rotation to give him more innings to try and figure it out.
Williams was thought to be a Top 3 round talent in 2012, but fell to the Cardinals in the 11th round and failed to sign. The Phillies took him in the 7th round based on his bloodlines, raw power, and bat speed. There have been questions about the approach and mental makeup. Additionally his lack of foot speed and actions at third base, likely make him a first baseman long term.
Larry Greene Jr.
Greene is a first baseman with plus raw power. Right now if any other tool comes to 30 grade he is lucky. Ultimately he needs to show up and be a different player than he has been, and it starts with showing up to Spring Training in shape.
Herlis raked to the tune of .389/.436/.533 (.434 BABIP) in the GLC, before sputtering to end the year in Williamsport Herlis can go get it in center field, but he is going to need to make hard contact up the ranks to have a chance in a crowded center field bunch.
Wright’s transition to the bullpen happened earlier than many expected, but isn’t too unsurprising. The changeup never came around and the control can be iffy. Despite poor results so far, the combination of size, velocity, and hammer curve will serve him well in the bullpen.
Castro is going to get his major league shot eventually. He does enough things right to be somebodies 5th outfielder. It is going to be hard to do that in Philly, even though he could be 80% of Mayberry right now.
Hewitt destroyed lefties in 2013, and improved his defense. He still can’t hit breaking balls and is miserable against RHP. That being said he could start in AAA in 2014, and that is incredible.
I’ll be honest, I never have thought of Milner as a starter. The changeup is nice, but the rest of the arsenal is fringy. He really faded late and the frame does not suggest stamina going forward. He was a dominant reliever in college, and the changeup could make him more than a LOOGY.
Speaking of LOOGYs, Johnson is a side arming lefty the Phillies have developed along the lines of Jake Diekman. Johnson lacks Diekman’s velocity (though he does sit mid-90s). What Johnson has is a curveball (rare from low arm slot) that has sharp bite, from insane rotation he imparts on the pitch. Johnson could be ready in 2014 if there is a spot for him in the major league bullpen.
Vargas still has the stuff that made him a darling a year ago. The control took a step back, but in a system light on pitching he could see a shot in the rotation in 2014.