Read below the fold for the final edition of Around the System for 2009. With the start of the Arizona Fall League late next week, look for updates twice weekly on the goings on with the Phils prospects in Scottsdale.
Anthony Gose, Age 19, Phils 2nd round pick in 2008 draft. .259/.323/.353 in 510 AB’s. 2 HR 52 RBI, 76 SB (20 CS). .288 vs. LHP; .248 vs. RHP; .291 with RISP; 13 OF assists, 7 errors. Mid Season and Post Season South Atlantic League All Star. Can’t find too much to complain about with Gose, who clearly will be moving up to CLearwater next season. He needs to work on his average a bit, but if he keeps up the pace, he is on the way to leading off in the big leagues in 2012/2013.
D’Arby Myers, Age 21, Will be 21 in December. Phils 4th round pick in 2006 draft. .270/.309/.381 in 270 AB’s. 2 HR 23 RBI, 16 SB (4 CS). .182 with RISP. .311 post all star. 4 OF assists, 4 errors. Myers bounced back relatively well from a very disappointing ’08, putting up respectable numbers. He should be ready to compete in High A ball.
Vladimir De Los Santos, Age 23, Signed as a free agent in 2005. .221/.263/.325 in 163 AB’s. 3 HR 20 RBI, 31% K rate. .143 vs. LHP. .244 with RISP. 4 assists and 1 error. De Los Santos did not show too much this season with the BlueClaws. Its up in the air, whether there will be enough room for De Los Santos with so much talent surrounding him.
Brian Gump, Age 22, Drafted by the Phils in the 26th round of 2009 draft. In GCL: .317/.386/.484 in 126 AB’s. 4 HR 19 RBI, 6 SB (5 CS). In Lakewood, .200 in 35 at bats. Gump impressed in the Gulf Coast League and earned a late season recall to Lakewood. Not enough of a sample size for an opinion on South Atlantic League success, but I would expect to see Gump back there next year.
TJ Warren, Age 21, Phils 8th round pick in 2006 draft. In Williamsport: .286/.337/.364 in 77 AB’s. 0 HR 12 RBI, 9 SB (2 CS). In Lakewood: .183/.300/.300 in 60 AB’s. 0 HR 7 RBI, 3 SB, 33 % K rate in Lakewood. Combined: .241/.320/.336 in 131 AB’s. 0 HR 19 RBI, 16 SB. Another toolsy OF struggling a bit in Lakewood. After a 2008 in which he hit .251 in over 200 AB’s in Lakewood, Warren’s progress slowed a bit, and I would expect to see him back playing regularly in Lakewood next Spring.
Leandro Castro, Age 20, Signed as a free agent in 2007. In Williamsport: .316/.351/.512 in 256 AB’s. 7 HR 43 RBI, 18 SB (9 cs); .379 vs LHP; .329 with RISP. In Lakewood: .152/.230/.212 in 66 AB’s. 0 HR 6 RBI, 2 SB’s. Castro started the season in Lakewood,struggled and was sent to Williamsport where he was superb, hitting consistently, showing good speed and some power. He additionally made the NYPL All Star Team. He should be moving up, playing regularly, and someone to be excited about in 2010.
Zach Collier, Age 19, Phils 1st round pick in 2008 draft. In Lakewood: .218/.275/.319 in 298 AB’s. 0 HR 32 RBI, 13 SB (7 CS). In WIlliamsport: /226/.280/.336 in 137 AB’s. 1 HR 13 RBI, 7 SB. Combined: .221/.276/.324 in 435 AB’s. 1 HR 45 RBI, 20 SB. Collier was disappointing in 2009, struggling in Lakewood, getting sent back to WIlliamsport and having similar stuggles in WIlliamsport. I think the Phils will try to start him in Lakewood, and not hesitate to pull him back once again to WIlliamsport as they attempt to get another full season under Collier’s belt.
Jiwan James, Will be 21 at the start of next season, Phils 22nd rd pick in 2007 draft. .264/.336/.372 in 121 AB’s. 1 HR 13 RBI, 7 SB (4 CS); .286 post all star; .333 with RISP. James is a converted pitcher and this season was his first professional season in the OF, and he saw some moderate success. I see James starting in Williampsort, with a call up to Lakewood in short order if his success continues.
Carl Uhl, Will be 23 at the start of next season. Drafted by the Phils in the 18th round of 2009 draft. .237/.304/.355 in 152 AB’s. 1 HR 9 RBI, 10 SB. .182 with RISP. Uhl showed some limited potential with his speed in Williamsport, but not a heck of alot beyond that. The 23 year old, 18th round draft choice will be on the fringe starting next season.
Michael Dabbs, WIll be 23 at the start of next season. Drafted by the Phils in the 17th round of 2009 draft. .211/.263/.345 in 171 AB’s. 3 HR 17 RBI, 4 SB. 30% K rate. Again, on the fringe.
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Domingo Santana, Age 17, SIgned by the Phils as a free agent in 2008. .288/.388/.508 in 118 AB’s. 6 HR 28 RBI, 3 SB. .262 vs. LHP, .303 vs. RHP; .357 with RISP. The decision making on Santana, who doesnt turn 18 until August will be interesting. I would start him in Williamsport and see what he does with his 100-150 AB’s prior to his 18th birthday, and then go from there.
Kelly Dugan, Age 18, Phils 2nd round pick in 2009 draft. .233/.297/.300 in 150 AB’s. 0 HR 8 RBI, 9 SB (5 CS); .148 vs. LHP; .281 vs. RHP; .175 with RISP; Dugan simply isnt ready to face more advanced pitching then Rookie Level, and until he proves otherwise in Extended Spring Training, I cant see him moving up, even with the large bonus money he received.
Aaron Altherr, Will be 19 in January; Phils 9th round pick in 2009 dradt; .214/.283/.286 in 84 AB’s. 1 HR 11 RBI, 6 SB. .154 with RISP; .185 vs. LHP; 3 errors. Altherr is another player that came with expectations, and has not shown too much yet. I would again expect to evaluate ALtherr’s positioning for 2010 in Extended Spring Training.
Miguel Alvarez, Age 20, Signed as a free agent in 2007; .260/.308/.370 in 73 AB’s. 0 HR 7 RBI, 5 SB. .389 vs. LHP; .218 vs. RHP. A prediction would simply be no more then a guess.
David Hissey, Will be 24 in November; Phils 50th round pick in 2009 draft. .226/.344/.226 in 53 AB’s. 0 HR 2 RBI, 2 SB. No room for a 50th rounder hitting .226.
Kyrell Hudson, Will be 19 in December; Phils 3rd round pick in 2009 draft. .162/.225/.216 in 37 AB’s. 0 HR 6 RBI, 2 SB. I would think back to the GCL to start for the high draft pick.