The Phillies hold a $5,000,000 club option on Pedro Feliz for next season which they would be fools to not pick up, based on both his production and the available major league ready talent (none)in the system currently. Read about the talent below the fold.
Mike Cervenak, Age 33, Re-signed as free agent prior to ’09 season. 36 games at 3B, 22 in the OF; 28 at 1B and 31 at DH. .305/.347/.350 in 462 AB’s. 9 HR 77 RBI, 1SB. .393 vs. LHP, .277 vs. RHP, .317 with RISP, .328 post all star. 4 errors at 3B (.951). Cervenak was once again outstanding at the plate, cutting down on his strikeouts and hitting consistently all year, providing many big hits for the ‘Pigs. He fielding was relatively solid as well this year. Having missed a month after taking a Tommy Hanson fastball off his wrist, not much more could be expected from Cervenak then what he gave, returning early from the broken wrist to put life back into the middle of the Lehigh Valley order. The future in the organization is questionable for Cervenak aho, at age 33 is a free agent. He is very well respected in Allentown as a very hard working player…it is simply a matter of where the Phils want to go with their AAAA players. Cervenak additionally provides roster flexibility in his ability to play multiple positions.
Terry Tiffee, Age 30, Signed as a free agent prior to ’09 season. .269/.295/.378. in 246 AB’s. 5 HR and 34 RBI’s. .324 vs. LHP and .247 vs. RHP. .345 with RISP. 4 errors (.973) After being expected to be a big part of the Lehigh Valley lineup, Tiffee missed the first half of the year with significant back issues. When he returned, he added some punch to the ‘Pigs lineup, as a switch hitter who consistently makes contact. He probably didn’t quite live up to expectations as he was battling his back most of the year. 2009 was his 7th season in AAA, and although a fairly valuable minor league commodity, I wouldnt be surprised to see him in another organization next year.
Neil Sellers, Age 27, Acquired in the Minor League Rule 5 Draft prior to ’08 season. .317/.383/.486 in 586 AB’s. 17 HR and 86 RBI’s. 5 SB (5CS) .366 vs. LHP; .321 post all star, .292 with RISP. 14 errors, (.961). Made the Eastern League All Star team, and was named a Post Season Eastern League All Star. Also played 3 games at 2B and 11 games at 1B. After spending his third full season in AA ball, Sellers certainly excelled at the plate this year, hitting consistently for both average and power. He is clearly ready for a move to AAA, at least based on his hitting line. Whether or not the Phils decide that he will be in Lehigh Valley has most to do with the future of both Cervenak and Tiffee above him.
Cody Overbeck, Age 23, Phils 9th round pick in 2008 draft. .230/.282/.399 in 361 AB’s. 12 HR 51 RBI; 29% K Rate. .314 vs. LHP; .204 vs. RHP; .208 with RISP. 17 errors (.915). Overbeck is a guy that came with some expectations and after a decent ’08 in Williamsport, he disappointed this year with a tough year at the plate and an even tougher year in the field. I think Overbeck has to move up, as Mattair will not be doing a 3rd year in Lakewood.
Yonderman Rodriguez, Will be 23 in February. Signed as a free agent in 2003. .248/.329/..298 in 282 AB’s. 2 HR 24 RBI, 8 SB (9 CS). .272 with RISP, 9 errors at 3B (.942). Played 55 games at 3B, 20 at 2B, 10 at SS, 1 in LF and 1 at 1B. Rodriguez’ strength is simply is versatility. He will be around if the Phils feel they need another organizational guy that will be able to move up and down and fulfill needs at several positions.
Travis Mattair, Will be 21 in December; Phils 2nd round pick in 2007 draft. .236/.326/.333 with 3 HR and 39 RBI in 450 AB’s. 12 SB. .219 vs. LHP. .193 with RISP. .218 post all star, 29% K rate. 19 errors (.948). The positive this year for Mattair was a higher walk rate and better fielding (although still not very good), but other then that it was a very disappointing year for the 2nd round draft choice who spent his second consecutive year in Low A ball, and saw many of his numbers decline. He hasn’t been able to produce the power needed in a third baseman, is striking out alot and not hitting for average, a difficult combination for any semblance of success. The bright side is Mattair by all accounts has a very good work ethic and still is young, at 21 for the entire next season. I highly doubt the Phils will keep him at Low A for a 3rd year, and will hope a change of scenary in CLearwater will help him.
Anthony Hewitt, Age 20, Phils 1st round pick in 2008 draft. .223/.255/395 in 233 AB’s. 7 HR 30 RBI, 9 SB (5 CS). 33% K rate. .146 vs. LHP; .167 with RISP; .223 post all star. 26 errors (.827). Where to begin….well, his hitting improved from the .197 mark he put up in the GCL league in 2008 and he showed flashes of true promise but with that being said, it was not a good year at all for Hewitt. His offense was below par, albeit with flashes of power and speed and his defense was simply pourous. Until he is able to a minimally competant job at 3B, I cant see the Phils moving him out of Williamsport, which is an age appropraite league for the 20 year old. A move to the OF seems to make some sense.
Alan Schoenberger, Age 20, Signed by the Phils as a free agent in 2006. Schoenberger hit .143 in 21 at bats in Lakewood and .228/.325/.327 in 101 AB’s in Williampsort with 1 HR and 9 RBI’s. Schoenberger has not shown much is his third season with the organization, his first two with the GCL Phils. He is still young and fairly versatile in the field. It is simply a matter of how long the Phils will hang on. It is extremely doubtful he will be a major league talent at any point.
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Luis Paulino, Age 20, Signed by the Phils as a free agent in 2007. .201/.248/.342 in 149 AB’s. 2 HR and 15 RBI, .191 with RISP; .250 last month of the season. 15 errors (.860). Paulino’s numbers were not good at the plate or in the field although he did drive in some runs and show improvement towards the end of the season. He still needs alot of work before he is ready for a move to even WIlliamsport.
Lendy Castillo, AGe 20, Signed as a free agent by the Phils in 2006; .179/.235/.218 in 79 AB’s. 0 HR and 7 RBI. 4 SB (6CS); .045 vs. LHP; .167 with RISP; 1 error (.970). Castillo also saw time at 2B and SS. Castillo is simply not hitting enough to move forward. He will need continued work in Extended Spring Training if the Phils choose to keep him in the organization.