Not sure if anything else is needed. Crawford is ailing in Lakewood, but expected back tonight, when he is ready for Clearwater the Phillies will figure something out.
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 Baseball Prospectus Phillies Top 10
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 Phillies Top 10 Prospects
Up the middle positions (catcher, short, second, and center field) are some of the hardest positions to fill because the defensive requirements force many players off to the corners. Shortstop and second base have been filled at the major league level for the past decade by Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley, but they have moved past their prime and the organization needs to look to future at the positions.
Again for those that haven’t read it or would like to refresh themselves on the end of season discussion, here is gregg’s end of season report card
Second base is a tweener position, often second baseman are short stops that don’t have the range or arm or third baseman who have the defense to play second and do not have the offensive profile for third. Teams recently have been moving players in from the outfield to second base early in their careers with some success. Second baseman have to hit, because there are no back up second baseman on the major league level. In order to be a back up a player has to be able to handle short stop to have a utility profile. Continue reading What to Expect in 2013: Middle Infield
SS Roman Quinn was named the number three prospect in the New York Penn League by Baseball America behind Rays pitcher Taylor Guerrieri and Pirates pitcher Luis Heredia. After being recognized as the fastest baserunner in the Phils system by BA in 2011, Quinn went on to hit .281 with 1HR and 26 RBI’s to go along with 30SB in a successful 2012 campaign.
ICYMI – Couple media reports I found interesting this week so far:
Mitch Rupert interviews Joe Jordan Williamsport Sun-Gazette (7-23) Notes on Quinn, Asche, many others, etc. Good long interview with the man in charge.
Mike Drago on Tyson Gillies Reading Eagle (7-24)
Drago on Trevor May Reading Eagle (7-24)
Mike Newman on Mitch Walding FanGraphs (with defensive drill and BP video) (7-23)
BA has a new article up today (subscription content) listing the #11 prospect for every NL team. They list Roman Quinn as #11 and point to the things we’ve already heard before: he has blazing speed (comparing him to Michael Bourn) and note his surprising power for someone his size. That’s about it. Nothing new, but I thought him being ranked #11 was notable. Feel free to discuss.