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JP Crawford came in behind Austin Meadows, Lucas Giolito, Reese McGuire, Dominic Smith, and Franklin Berreto, all of who were higher draft picks or big international signings who put up big years.
BA notes that Crawford has good hand eye coordination and plate discipline. His swing can get loopy but there is fringe average power potential. Crawford is an average runner with good instincts and defensive profile that should stick at SS. Crawford’s final GCL line was 167 PAs 8 2B 3 3B 1 HR 25BB 25K and a .345/.443/.465 triple slash line.
Any information on Crawford and other GCL Phillies from the BA chat at 1:30 PM ET will be posted here as well. Continue reading
This post will provide a brief summary about the new names seen on the minor league work groups this spring. There are more than 20 players on the minor league spring training rosters that are new signings or who played last year in one of the two Latin American complex leagues (the DSL and VSL).
The big news internationally for the Phillies this past year was the signing of OF Carlos Tocci for a reported bonus of $759,000. This bonus is one of the largest ever given by the Phillies to an International player, though the team’s largest bonuses in the past have a mixed record of success. The highest bonuses have generally been spent on players that did not work out (Seung Lee, Il Kim, Carlos Rodriguez), though the team has had some success with mid-level bonuses to players like Carlos Carrasco and new 2B Freddy Galvis. By all accounts Tocci is a highly skilled CF with plus tools but with major questions about how much power he might eventually add. Tocci is the big name in spring training, however, and it will be interesting to see where the team places him. Galvis was in a similar situation and he was given an aggressive placement in the NY-Penn league when he was 17. Tocci will not even turn 17 till later in the Summer, however, so a GCL destination is the most likely. Continue reading
It’s that time of year again. The draft has ended and the short-season leagues in Williamsport and Clearwater have started. The Crosscutters and GCL Phils are giving us our first looks at some new prospects. After the first week plus of games, both teams sit tied for the lead in their respective divisions.
Instructional league starts today (9/21). Preliminary roster and schedule after the jump. New names from the Latin American leagues include Lino Martinez and Lisalberto Bonilla as well as the first extended look at recent signees such as Brody Colvin and Colin Kleven. Continue reading
Sorry for the lack of updates. I had been having some computer troubles that I finally got resolved. I’m sure you’ve all been faithfully following along the last few weeks so I’ll recap Williamsport’s last two weeks and the past week for GCL.
Williamsport: 13-11, 3 GB, T2 in the NYPL Pinckney Division
Is Anthony Hewitt’s light bulb coming on? Is Matt Way the next JA Happ? Take a look inside the weekly recap and start the discussion.
The shortseason teams are in full swing, so let’s get to the recaps. GCL, as usual, has missed a few games due to the rain.
It’s that time of year again, so let’s get right to it.
Williamsport : 5-4, 1 GB in the NYPL Pinckney division
Williamsport beats State College 15-2
Leandro Castro got the year off on the right note by going 5-6 with a HR, 2 RBI and 2 R. TJ Warren also had a big night going 3-5 with a 2B, 3B, 3 RBI and 3 R. Catcher Jean Rodriguez was 3-5 with 2 RBI and a R while Francisco Murillo added two doubles and 3 RBI. Hewitt started the season with a 1/4 night that included an RBI, R and 2 Ks. Siulman Lebron got the win in his first start stateside. The 22 year old righty went 5.2 innings, allowing 2 ER on 6 H and 1 BB while striking out 6. Massingham, Long and Grieve went the rest of the way without allowing a hit.
Each year the Phillies bring a host of new International players to spring training, mostly from their complex league teams in the Dominican Republic and Venezuela. This article will summarize some notes on all the new players that have not yet made their debuts in U.S.-based minor leagues. Some of these players may get sent back to the DSL or VSL leagues to start the season, though most of them usually end up on a GCL roster. The list of players is based on the minor league work groups posted here on PhuturePhillies. It is possible there are a few others in camp that were not on that initial list of workgroups. Continue reading