Monthly Archives: November 2009

Prospect Tiers; Pitchers

Today is the second part to the prospect tiers which I brought up the other day. To understand the reasoning, check that post. I’m only going to break the pitchers down into RHP and LHP, simply because its tough to know which guys the organization will move from starter to reliever in any given season. I’ll make some editorial comments on guys I think should be converted, but I’m just going to address them as what they are, and then comment on the upside/downside relative to a role change in their future. So, lets get going.

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Arizona Fall League Final Stats

Pitchers: Michael Cisco, Age 22, 6 games (all starts); 1-2 with a 3.38 ERA.  18.2 IP, 14 H 8BB 13K, .203 opp. avg., .240 with RISP, 1.17 WHIP.  In a hitter friendly league, the Phils got what they were hoping for out of Cisco who continued to impress.  His control needs some work but he is solidifying himself into realistic prospect status in the organization.

Edgar Garcia, Age 22, 10 games (1 start), 2-2 with a 5.29 ERA. 17IP 23H 4BB 10K, .324 opp. avg., 1.58 WHIP, .267 with RISP. Garcia, who missed most of the Minor League season was less then sharp in the Fall League and was extremely hittable.  Presumably, the hitters were way ahead of him, having played a full season, but with that being said, his performace disappointed. Continue reading Arizona Fall League Final Stats

Free Agent Signings

As early December approaches, minor league teams attempt to fill in their organizational holes and the Phils are no exception.  First, they have re-signed a group of players including 1B Andy Tracy, P Jason Anderson, P Alex Concepcion and OF Rich Thompson.  Having watched many a Lehigh Valley game last year, these are excellent signings from an organizational perspective.  Tracy, although in his late thirties continues to be a team leader and a very positive presence in Allentown.  He plays a very good first place and has consistenly placed among league leaders in HR’s, RBI’s, Walks, and On Base %. He also gives you some organizational depth in that he can give you a professional at bat from the left side if called upon at the major league level. OF Rich Thompson is a personal favorite of mine as he personifies the word “hustle”.  The 30 year old Reading native had a cup of coffee in the bigs a few years back, but is now viewed as an organizational guy that does many things at an above average AAA level.  Good speed, a decent bat, and excellent fielding.  More than likely Thompson will be the 4th outfielder in a crowded Lehigh Valley outfield. Continue reading Free Agent Signings

Prospect Tiers; Hitters

As someone who loves to rank things, whether it be Phillies prospects, Seinfeld episodes, or fantasy football players, one of the things that I find most useful is rankings using tiers. Saying object X is ranked 1 and object Y is ranked 5 doesn’t tell you much unless you know the gap in quality between #1 and #5. For instance, if #1 is a Jaguar and #5 is a BMW, that’s different than #1 being a Ferrari and #5 being a Honda Civic. Or in baseball terms, if Domonic Brown is our #1 position player prospect, Michael Taylor is #2, and Jiwan James is #5, its important to understand the dropoff in prospect value from 1 to 2, and then 2 to 5, for instance. Lots of prospects have similar upsides, similar profiles, and similar projection, so just knowing they rank, say, 10 and 15, doesn’t tell you much unless you know just how similar the expectations are. So I’ve decided to try and create a little system to group prospects. Check below for more..

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Looking ahead to the Rule 5 draft

The Rule 5 draft will take place next month at the winter meetings, and its almost that time to look at who needs to be protected, who might be available, and everything else involved. The Phillies, by virtue of another excellent regular season, will be picking at the back end of the first round unless they pull off a trade and move up. Check below the fold for more…

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40 man roster moves

OF Quintin Berry, P Jesus Sanchez, and P Yohan Flande have all been added to the Phillies 40 man roster, effectively protecting them from selection in the upcoming Rule 5 draft.  In Sanchez’s first year on the mound, he started off slow but was very impressive by years end pitching for Lakewood. Flande, was dominant in Clearwater, but struggled at times in Reading and looks to start the year back in the Reading rotation.  Berry’s best asset is clearly his speed, which is well above average, having stolen 48 bases this year.  Plate discipline and defense appear to be the key areas for Berry to work on during the 2010 campaign which most likely will be in Lehigh Valley.

Notably, 1B Andy Tracy, P John Ennis, C Paul Hoover and P Tyler Walker were all outrighted from the Phillies and are currently free agents.  Early reports suggest that the Phils are interested in talking to at least Tracy, Ennis, and Hoover about remaining in the organization in 2010.

Fall League Update

On Friday Scottsdale beat Pao Sagueros 9-2, with Domonic Brown being the lone Phillie prospect seeing time and going 0-4.

Saturday night saw Scottsdale fall 4-2 to Surprise, with Domonic Brown hitting third and going 0-4. Tuffy Gosewisch was behind the plate and went 1-4 with a run scored, while Troy Hanzawa continued looking for his first hit, going 0-3 starting at SS. Steve Susdorf played left and hit eighth, going 1-3 with a double and an RBI. Scott Mathieson pitched a scoreless inning, although walked two hitters. Continue reading Fall League Update

Fall League Update

Scottsdale returned from the short Fall league All Star break with a 3-2 loss against Mesa on Monday evening, with Edgar Garcia (2-2), taking the loss.  Garcia, gave up a run on one hit in the inning he worked.  Domonic Brown, fresh off his start in the All Star game was 1-4 with two strikeouts, while Scott Mathieson threw a scoreless eighth, walking one. Continue reading Fall League Update