Around the System–Corner Infield

Another month in the books since we looked at the corners….

Lehigh Valley

Jeff Larish, 28, .239/.330/.450 in 251 AB’s; 13 HR and 37 RBI; 12% bb rate, 30% K rate, .221 vs. LH, .246 vs. RH, .221 with RISP, .078 in July. 51 games at 1B with 2 errors (.996); 9.18 R/F; 18 games at 3B with 4 errors (.925); 2.72 R/F. Its turned into a disappointing season for Larish who is striking out a ton. 

Tagg Bozied, 31, .250/.408/.565 in 124 AB’s; 9 HR and 27 RBI; 18% bb rate, 33% k rate; .333 vs. LH, .216 vs. RH, .333 with RISP, .231 since June 1.  18 games at 1B with 2 errors (.987); 8.67 R/F. 3 games at 3B without an error. Still producing runs, even with a lower type average for Bozied.  Walking a ton and striking out a ton.

Cody Overbeck, 25, .261/.319/.492 between Reading and Lehigh Valley in 303 AB’s; 20 HR and 55 RBI; 7% bb rate, 26% k rate. .214 in 70 AB’s with Lehigh Valley, including 2 HR and 9 RBI; 5% bb rate/35% k rate in Lehigh Valley. .077 with RISP for LV.  53 games at 1B with 1 error (.998); 9.26 R/F; 2 games at 3B with 2 errors; 9 games in the OF with one error. Started very slow after getting called up to the ‘Pigs but has hit .310 in his 9 games in July.


Matt Rizzotti, 25, .297/.392/.518 in 313 AB’s; 16 HR and 54 RBI; 13%bb rate/24% k rate; .324 vs. LH, .284 vs. RH, .253 with RISP; .263 since June 1. 53 games at 1B with 6 errors (.986); 8.25 R/F.  Had a very rough June at the plate, but back scorching the ball in July.

Carlos Rivero, 23, .260/.324/.413 in 315 AB’s; 9 HR and 39 RBI; 7% bb/21% k rate; .305 vs. LH, .241 vs. RH, .265 with RISP, .343 in July thus far. 85 games at 3B with 17 errors (.914); 2.12 R/F. Picking it up a bit and producing more runs.  Has been brutal in the field.


Jeremy Barnes, 24, .265/.314/.383 in 298 AB’s between Lakewood and CW; 6 HR and 36 RBI; 7% bb rate/18% k rate; .267 vs. LH, .285 vs. RH, .351 with RISP (SPlits are CW); .263 since June 1.  Hitting .280/.306/.408 for CLearwater.  61 games at 3B with 6 errors (.960); 2.36 R/F. 15 games at 2B with 6 errors (.914).  Hitting consistently for the Threshers but needs to show more power if he is gonna stick at the corners.

Darin Ruf, 24, .312/.386/.487 in 298 AB’s for CW; 7 HR and 50 RBI; 10% bb/18% k rate; .329 vs. LH, .306 vs. RH, .337 with RISP; Hitting .363 since June 1. 40 games at 1B with 2 errors (.995); 9.58 R/F. 2 games at 3B with 1 error. Ruf seems to have mastered High A pitching and it is time to move him up after 700 AB’s at the High A level.


Carlos Alonso, 23, Hitting .353 in 23 AB’s between Lakewood and Williamsport. Was just added to the Lakewood roster late last week.

Travis Mattair, 22, .245/.318/.391 in 145 AB’s between CW and Lakewood; 4 HR and 29 RBI; 8% bb/27% k rate; .282 vs. LH, .229 vs. RH, .188 with RISP. Hitting .344 in July.  44 games at 3B with 8 errors (.926); 2.27 R/F. After missing about 6 weeks on the DL, Mattair has started to hit, but many of his 2009 issues have not been fixed as of yet.

Jim Murphy, 25, .285/.372/.546 in 302 AB’s; 17 HR and 57 RBI; 11% bb/24% k rate; .250 vs. LH, .300 vs. RH, .277 with RISP; .292 since June 1.  82 games at 1B with 9 errors (.989); 9.02 R/F. Not sure what to conclude about a 25 year old hitting well, with power, in A Ball. Has now had over 1100 AB’s between Lakewood and Clearwater.

Geancarlo Mendez, 21, .264/.333/.384 in 250 AB’s; 3 HR and 29 RBI; 10SB; 9% bb/15% k rate; .236 vs. LH, .275 vs. RH, .234 with RISP. 42 games at 3B with 10 errors, (.903); 2.21 R/F. Room for improvement in certain areas but a good season for Mendez thus far. Fielding needs alot of work.


Maikel Franco, 18, .267/.330/.360 in 86 AB’s; 1HR and 15 RBI; 9% bb/15% k rate; .278 vs. LH, .265 vs. RH, .438 with RISP. 13 games at 3B with 1 error (.969); 2.38 R/F. Plenty to be excited about.

Harold Martinez, 21, .237/.416/.305 in 57 AB’s; 0 HR and 4 RBI; 23% bb/31% k rate. .188 with RISP. 10 games at 3B with 1 error (.963); 2.60 R/F. Crazy high walk rate, but high K rate for the high 2011 draft pick.

Patrick Murray, 24, .246/.297/.348 in 69 AB’s; 1 HR and 9 RBI; 5% bb/22% k rate; .182 with RISP. 17 games at 1B with 5 errors (.969); 9.12 R/F. Has been pretty brutal in the field.

Brock Stassi, 21, Hitting .333 in 12 AB’s; 8 games at 1B with 1 error (.980). 


Trey Ford, 21, Hitting .043 in 21 AB’s with a K rate approaching 50%. 6 games at 3B with an error (.944) and 2 games at SS with 2 errors (.714); 2.50 R/F.

Chris Duffy, 23, .231/.388/.333 in 39 AB’s; 1 HR and 9 RBI. 12 games at 1B with 1 error (.990); 8.83 R/F.

Drew Hillman, 22, .303/.395/.394 in 33 AB’s; 0HR and 0 RBI. 7 games at 3B with 2 errors (.909); 2.86 R/F.

Carlos Valenzuela, 20, .362/.383/.569 in 58 AB’s; 2 HR and 7 RBI; 17% k rate; .273 vs. LH, .417 vs. RH. 6 games at 3B with 1 error (.917); 1.83 R/F; 6 games at 2B without an error.

Matt Holland, 23, .324/.465/.529 in 34 AB’s; 1 HR and 6 RBI; 7 games at 1B with 1 error (.981); 7.29 R/F.



9 thoughts on “Around the System–Corner Infield

  1. See, an early season moving of Larish for “straight cash” not so bad of an idea. Bozied could have been bounced early on without too big of a loss also. That would have cleared up some of the logjam. Ruf could have went to AA, and Murphy to A(A), Mendez could have played 1B at A as a regular, which he as of now is not. No downside.
    And whither Savery, not 1B, OF, P, DH.

      1. Oh , that wasn’t a prediction, it was a “what should be done” piece. Same if you go back to the call to bring up the various minor league veterans with emphasis on Middle Infielders after the 2009 season. That was also a “what should be done” piece. I hope in the proposed article suggested on here, that people can make the subltle distinction between a prediction and a “what should be done ” piece. I am sure that if that subtle distinction can be made, and the full roster of all predictions can be made without editting, it will turn into a laudatory paean.

        1. I think I know the distinction…if it happens, then it was a prediction. If it didn’t, then it was a “what should be done” piece. Is that about right?

          1. Nope, I believe if you go back to the Larish/Bozied issue, which I believe goes back to one of the first of these “around the system- Corner Infielders” pieces of the season, I believe My first sentence was “here is what they should do”, something like that. I believe most of the rest of what I put on here is similarly labeled. Someone should call that up. I guess we will just have to wait for the proposed, and if accurately related, laudatory paean, to find out.

    1. He sure is. It’s definitely still a work in progress with the transition, but he’s showing good signs. Better at going to his left than his right, but real solid when turning the double play. Defensively I think he’ll be just fine.

  2. Doesn’t quite fit here but Myers was hot in June .375 .417 .792 but hotter in July .417 .583 1.000

  3. Bozied with .972 OPS and seems to be crushing LHP. Likely not a good enough fielder to help at 3B and now redundant to Overbeck. I think Orr was the right choice for quick callup with Worley coming back soon and Polanco day to day. At some point I’d like to see if Bozied could be the right handed bat Phillies need but Mayberry has more utility. One of those guys with good numbers but does not have a position other than hitter.
    Larish is the lefty corner infielder. With Gload hurt, if Larish was having a great year, he could have earned a promotion and some time at 3B. For just a hitter, Rizzotti could possibly fill that role. I was surprised to see Gload play 1B, so maybe he can make it through the season.
    Rivero who is supposedly a great fielder (used to be SS) has a high level of errors. He does not seem to have the traditional 3B power bat.

    There is a reason so many of the corner infielders not high prospects. It seems like the ones who can hit are terrible fielders. Those who can field cannot hit (Rivero, Barnes, Mattair). Being limited to 1B is unlikely to help the Phillies with the $125M Big Piece kicking in next season.

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