Per Todd Zolecki, Adam Morgan had shoulder surgery this past month and Shane Watson is scheduled for surgery soon. The Phillies expect both to be out until August. This represents a big blow to the farm system as it makes it essentially two lost years for the pair of pitching prospects. Continue reading
I have to run to work so I will fill in some details later, but BP released their Phillies Top 10 today, you can read it here, http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=19360#131023. For now I will leave the names and projection (OFP and what it means) and tools (if there is a * it is a potential not an actualized tool)
1. Jesse Biddle (6, #3 starter, moderate risk)
Tools: 5+ FB, 6* CB, 5+ CH
2. Maikel Franco (6, first division player, high risk)
Tools: 5+* hit, 6 raw power, 6+ arm
3. Adam Morgan (6, #3 starter, moderate risk)
Tools: 5+ FB, 6 SL, 5+* CH, 5* CB
4. Roman Quinn (6, first division player, high risk)
Tools: 8 speed, 5+* hit, 5+ arm
5. Tommy Joseph (hi 5, solid-average regular, moderate risk)
Tools: 6 power, 6+ arm Continue reading
The Phillies have always liked their live armed lefty pitchers. The system has a large quantity of left handed pitchers with plus stuff. Tops of these arms are two pitchers with mid-rotation ceilings and the proximity to make them relatively safe bets to meet those expectations. The Phillies hope that one of the young pitchers behind them can establish themselves as more than just an arm but a serious pitching candidate. The good thing about left handed starters is that their floors can be relatively high as long as they can master some fastball control and a good breaking pitch. This is because there is always a need for good LOOGYs, and even more important left handed relievers who can get both left handed and right handed batters out. The Phillies have a history of giving these guys the chance to start until they fail before moving them to the bullpen, some of these pitchers may make it to the majors as starters before reaching their ultimate home in a bullpen.
Jesse Biddle (21) – Biddle is the best prospect in the system, a big strong workhorse Biddle has a plus fastball and curveball, and he also has a change up that profiles as at least average as well as a slider and two-seamer that were late additions in 2012. Biddle will face a tough challenge in AA but he has a fairly safe #3 starter profile, but there is plenty of room for him to improve to a #2 starter ceiling if he can continue to make the same size strides he has in previous years. Continue reading
Today Baseball America released their Top 10 prospects in the Phillies System. Since the scouting reports are behind the pay wall I will keep the scouting reports to quick paraphrases of Baseball America’s reports.
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1. Jesse Biddle – LHP – Age 21 -Biddle has drawn comparisons to Andy Pettitte for his strong left handed frame. Biddle’s fastball sits 88-93, he follows it up with a curveball which profiles as plus, an average change up, and a added a two-seamer and slider in 2012. Biddle has a great work ethic and he physically profiles as a workhorse with a clean smooth delivery. Biddle has a very good chance to be a #3 starter but there is a chance that he could profile better if one of his pitches takes a step forward. Continue reading
Baseball America posted their Eastern League Top 20 today including three members of the Reading Phillies, note that Adam Morgan and Ethan Martin were not eligible for this list due to innings accrued.
Tommy Joseph – Joseph a catcher was the centerpiece of the trade with San Francisco for Hunter Pence. He put up crazy numbers in the Cal League in 2011 and his numbers came down this year in the EL. He has the ability to hit the ball to all fields and has at least plus power right now. His contact rate has gone down recently but his walk rate has increased. It is still to be seen where the Phillies send him next year with Valle at LHV and Rupp behind him.
Clearwater southpaws Jesse Biddle and Adam Morgan both made BA’s top 20 prospect list for the FSL. They were the 2nd and 3rd best LHP and 5th and 6th best pitchers overall.
Biddle was the second youngest pitcher to qualify for the ERA title (behind former #2 pick Jameson Tallion). He led the league in strikeouts with 151 and he was 10-6 with 3.22 ERA over 143 IP. Biddle’s fastball sits average to slightly plus (90-93) though he can flash higher than that. Biddles curveball is a true plus pitch and changeup is showing major improvement.
Adam Morgan led the league in strikeouts before being promoted to AA Reading (his FSL line was 118 IP 4-10, 3.29 ERA, 27 BB, 133 K). His fastball is plus sitting 91-94, his secondary stuff profiles as average though there is some room for improvement. Much of Morgan’s success can be attributed to his ability to locate his fastball throughout the zone.
At this point both profile to be at least #3 starters with the possibility of being slightly better than that. Morgan having finished the year in AA is slightly ahead of Biddle in major league ETA but with Biddle opening the year in AA he is not that far away.
(Scouting reports paraphrased from Baseball America write ups)