Daily Archives: February 28, 2007

Phillies beat FSU 12-4

I felt like now would be a good time to explain what I’m going to be doing now that we have actual games to follow. Tomorrow I’ll be posting a wrap-up of the prospect grades, and then I’m going to focus my attention on getting in gear for the season. As of now, I’m going to handle all of the writeups/previews, but I’m also going to be looking to enlist the services of a few ambitious contributors to help in this task as the season progresses. I’ll give more on that at a later date, so stay tuned. Basically, once the minor league season begins, I’ll be writing two posts every day, one recapping the previous night’s games, and one previewing the upcoming day’s game action. I figured I’d use the Phillies/FSU game as a template. Here is how the review post will look every day

The Phillies downed Florida State by a 12-4 margin tonight. Click here for the box score. Prospect action of note:

Kyle Drabek: 2 IP, 2 ER, 2 H, 1 BB, 1 K
Alfredo Simon: 2 IP, 1 ER, 2 H, 1 BB, 2 K
Joe Bisenius: 1 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 BB, 1 K
Jim Ed Warden: 1 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 BB, 2 K

Michael Bourn: 2 AB, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 RBI, 1 R,

Pretty simple, huh? But, it will give you everything you need to know about the previous night’s game. If anything of note occurred, I’ll make a note of it, but I’m mainly going to be highlighting the performance of actual prospects in the game, not roster filler guys. As I mentioned earlier, I’m going to also try and recruit some people to help do game writeups of games they attended, things they noticed, pictures they took, etc etc. I want as many contributions to the cause as I can get. Also, I’ll do a “prospect hot list” every Monday, highlighting the best/worst performers of the past week, and other little features like that, as well as passing along articles/links and all of that other good stuff. I’m really excited about this season, and I’m hoping this site can develop into a useful minor league resource for all things Phillies prospects. But, I’m going to really need the help of those of you who visit every day, and I really hope that we can foster some solid discussion here and learn some stuff as the season progresses.

Prospect Grades: Williams, Monasterios, Bastardo

Today is the final day of new prospect grades. I’m going to go back and go over all of the past grades, see if anything needs adjusting, and then tomorrow, I’ll do a recap of all the grades, breaking them down in tiers. If you feel like I missed anyone, please drop me a line in the comments or via email so I can grade those players before doing my recap.

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Williams, Jermaine, OF (age 20) Grade = D

Williams, the Phillies 7th round pick in 2005, looks like a complete bust. Considered a raw project, he debuted with a .603 OPS in 2005, but completely bombed in 2006, hitting .079 with a .114 OB% and an .092 slugging %. I can’t even put into words how bad those numbers are, but if I did use words, they’d have to be censored. As he only turns 20 in March, I guess it’s not the end of the road yet, but really, what can we even expect from him in 2007?

2007 Outlook: Grim. Bad. Not good. Those are the words I’d use to describe his 2007 outlook. Who knows, he might turn it around, but don’t count on it. He’ll be somewhere in short season ball, probably a 3rd year in the GCL.

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Carlos Monasterios, RHP (age 21) Grade = B

Monasterios, acquired in the Bobby Abreu deal, is another in the line of young arms to watch in 2007. Though already 20 years old, Monasterios was pitching in the US for the first time in 2006, and put up solid numbers overall between the GCL Yankees and the GCL Phillies teams. He pitched 45 innings, posting a 3.20 ERA, allowing 41 hits and 6 walks to go with his 35 strikeouts. Obviously, his command is the first thing to jump out at you, and his K/BB rate is outstanding for a raw pitcher. Normally I’d deduct points for him being 20 in the GCL, but because it was his first pro season, you cut him a bit of slack. I don’t have much in the way of a scouting report on him, but he does have a good fastball, by all accounts, and will just need to work on his approach to pitching and refining his secondary stuff.

2007 Outlook: Carlos just turns 21 in March, so 2007 will be his age 21 season. He’s a likely candidate to head to Williamsport, and he should remain a starting pitcher for a while until the Phillies feel he can’t handle the role.

Bastardo, Antonio, LHP (age 21) Grade = C+

Bastardo, making his US debut in 2006, pitched well, all things considered, and showed a bit of promise. The Phillies were cautious with him, allowing him to pitch only 23 innings, mostly in relief, but he allowed only 20 hits, while walking 14 and striking out 27. The walks are obviously a concern, but the K rate is solid, and he allowed fewer hits than IP in his debut, so that’s a positive. I know little about his past, and I know little about what he throws, hence my cautious grading of him, but he could prove to be a useful bullpen arm in a few years, or he could prove to be little to nothing at all.

2007 Outlook: A repeat of the GCL is likely, as he learns to harness his stuff and acclimate himself to life in the United States. His control and command will be key, but if he can retain his strikeout numbers, positive things could be on the horizon.