Read below the fold for a look at how the top half of the system performed in the OF this year. Look for an article on the lower half of the system on Wednesday.
Michael Taylor, Age 23, Phils 5th round pick in 2007 draft. In Reading: .333/.408/.569 in 318 AB’s. 15 HR 65 RBI 18 SB. In Lehigh Valley, .282/.359/.491 in 101 AB’s. 5 HR 19 RBI, 3 SB. Combined: .320/.395/.549 in 419 AB’s with 20 HR 84 RBI and 21 SB. 3 errors, 11 OF assists. Taylor won several awards, most notably the Paul Owens Award as the Phillies Minor League Hitter of the Year. Simply an outstanding year that was cut about three weeks short due to a lingering oblique injury. Taylor will be playing in Mexico during the Winter. Taylor is a five tool guy that is impressive in both his production and demeanor. I was fortunate enough to watch him live hit for the cycle, and both start and end an inning with OF assists, so maybe I am a bit too awstruck. Next season: Lehigh Valley with a September callup.
John Mayberry, Will be 26 in December, Acquired by the Phillies from the Texas Rangers prior to the ’09 season. .256/.332/.456 with 13 HR and 43 RBI in 316 AB’s. 6 SB (2CS). .243 vs. RHP, .237 with RISP. .296 vs. LHP. 30% K rate. Mayberry was called up three times by the Phils this season, and as of 10/1 is hitting .196 for the Phils. Mayberry needs to play every day to be successful and that will not be in Philadelphia. He is a free swinging power hitter that someone will need to show much patience for success. He was moderately successful in Lehigh Valley showing flashes of promise, but with those flashes come alot of strikeouts on bad pitches. With the Phillies OF situation, they would be best served by trying to move Mayberry for some type of infield prospect. Next year, unless traded, Mayberry most likely will see most of his time in a crowded ‘Pigs OF with the possibility of an occasional start at 1B.
Jason Ellison, Age 31, Signed as a free agent prior to the ’09 season. .261/.332/.339 in 449 AB’s. 5 HR 37 RBI, 15 SB. .311 vs. LHP; .293 post all star; .262 with RISP. 1 error/12 OF assists. AFter a slow start, Ellison came on strong for Lehigh Valley and had a decent year at the plate, especially when leading off (his average was above .300 when he led off), and an exceptional year in the field. I would be shocked if Ellison were back next year, simply because of the significant OF talent that will be in Allentown next year, but having watched Ellison live about 30 times, he is simply an excellent defensive outfielder. He covers a ton of ground, saves alot of runs and has a very good arm. He is a very good depth guy for an organization. His plate discipline could use work.
Rich Thompson, Age 30, Re-signed as a free agent prior to ’09 season. .265/.334/.366 in 445 AB’s. 3 HR 36 RBI; 26 SB (4CS); .303 post all star; .294 with RISP. 3 errors, 13 OF assists. Personally, I love the way Thompson plays the game. He works very hard, and is all out, all of the time. At the plate, he was very streaky in 2009, but moderately successful and stole alot of bases with a Manager not known for running. In the field, he is excellent. He covers a ton of ground and has a very good arm. All that being said, with what the Phils have moving through the system in the OF, it will be difficult to find every day playing time at the AAA level for Thompson. I hope he is back, but would be surprised if he is.
Domonic Brown, Age 22, Phils 20th round pick in 2006 draft. In CLearwater: .303/.386/.517 in 238 AB’s with 11 HR 44 RBI and 15 SB (8 CS). In Reading, .279/.346/.456 in 147 AB’s with 3 HR 20 RBI and 8 SB. Combined .294/.377/.504 with 14 HR 64 RBI and 23 SB. 10 OF assist/9 errors. Brown was a Florida State League Mid-Season All Star. A good year for the highly rated Brown, who missed over a month with a broken wrist and saw his power numbers suffer a bit after he returned from injury, He continues to have the ability to be a five tool major leaguer, but his nine errors in the OF are too much. I would start him in Reading and analyze where he is at after 100-150 AB’s. If he is crushing the ball in the Arizona Fall League, that could sway my opinion.
Mike Spidale, Will be 28 in March, Re-signed as a free agent prior to ’09 season. In Lehigh Valley: .289/.340/.333 in 90 AB’s. 0 HR 7 RBI, 5 SB. In Reading: .297/.336/..399 in 263 AB’s, with 3 HR and 27 RBI’s. 12 SB. Combined: .295/.337/.382 in 353 AB’s. 3 HR 34 RBI, 17 SB. .294 with RISP. .350 vs. LHP. Spidale more than likely will never be a major leaguer, but is a very good guy for an organization to have around, as he plays the game the right way, and can float between AA and AAA and produce. It is simply a matter of numbers for the Phils and opportunity for Spidale as to whether he will be here or somewhere else.
Quintin Berry, Age 25, Phils 5th round pick in 2005 draft. .266/.355/.335 with 5 HR and 28 RBI in 516 AB’s. 48 SB/14 CS; 118 K’s. .305 vs. LHP; .249 vs. RHP; .228 with RISP; .240 post all star. 3 assists/2 errors. Berry continues putting up impressive numbers as he heads into his Rule 5 Winter, where a decision must be made whether or not to protect him. He led off for the RPHILS until late in the year, when he was relgated to further down the order, probably because of his propensity to strike out. He also had a couple notable defensive lapses down the seasons home stretch. Next Season: If Protected,Lehigh Valley.
Steve Susdorf, Will be 24 just prior to next season; Phils 19th round pick in 2008 draft. In Lakewood: .333/.402/.500 in 99 AB’s. 2 HR and 15 RBI; 2 SB. In CLearwater: .371/.421/..510 in 151 AB’s. 3 HR 22 RBI, 3 SB. In Reading: .221/.318/..351 in 77 AB’s. 2 HR 7 RBI. Combined: .324/.389/.467 in 306 AB’s. 7 HR 44 RBI, 5 SB. In a year in which he climbed from Lakewood to Reading, he performed very well until the AA stumbling block at the end of the season, which could be expected. He had a 34% K rate in Reading as he attempted to rise to the level of his competition. Susdorf should be back in Reading showing what he can do with more AB’s next season.
Gus Milner, Age 25, Phils 14th round pick in 2006 draft. In CLearwater: .239/.280/.339 in 109 AB’s; 3 HR and 11 RBI’s. 2 SB (2 CS); In Reading: .226/.292/.315 in 257 AB’s; 3 HR and 23 RBI; 3 SB (8 CS); .375 in 8 AB’s for Lehigh Valley. Combined: .233/.292/.329; 6 HR and 34 RBI’s; 5 SB (11 CS); 8 assists, 5 errors. AFter a 2008 with some promise, it was a very disappointing ’09 for Milner who did not show much of anything, until a two game recall in Lehigh Valley at the end of the year. Where Milner starts next year will be based on where the Phils need to fill a need rather then Milner’s potential which remained unfulfilled this year.
Javis Diaz, Age 25, Drafted by the Phils in the Minor League Rule 5 draft in 2009. .253/.326/..321 in 368 AB’s. 2 HR 23 RBI, 34 SB (9 CS); .091 vs. LHP; .206 with RISP; 7 assists, 5 errors. Diaz, at 25, clearly old for A ball, was decent this year, showing good speed while leading off for the Threshers. The fact that he has had such difficulty with left handed pitching makes a promotion and every day play very questionable for Diaz.
Arlon Quiroz, Will be 23 in November, Signed by the Phils as a free agent in 2006. .229/.314/.278 in 284 AB’s. 0 HR 19 RBI, 20 SB (8 CS); .199 vs. RHP; .267 with RISP. 11 assists, 4 errors. Quiroz has not shown the he is a good enough hitter ro progress much further without marked improvement at the plate.
Derrick Mitchell, Will be 23 in January; Drafted by the Phils in the 23rd round of 2005 draft. .208/.254/.384 in 331 AB’s. 11 HR and 31 RBI; 7 SB; .173 with RISP; .299 in August; 8 OF assists. Mitchell most likely will be Rule 5 exposed; but almost certainly will not be picked up and has one more year before free agency kicks in. It was a lousy season for Mitchell, who showed some late glimpses of life in August. The organization seems to like him, as they continued to run him out there avery day, even while hitting well below .200 most of the season. That being said, I cant see him getting promoted. Clearwater in 2010 or out of the organization.