Around the System, Corner Infield

Second trip around for the corner infielders….Next up will be Middle Infielders, early next week.

Lehigh Valley

Cody Overbeck, 26, Phils 9th round pick in 2008; .279/.318/.452 in 208 AB’s; 6HR 30 RBI; 6%bb/20% k rates; .269 vs. LH, .284 vs. RH, .296 with RISP; .256 with 4 HR and 16 RBI since May 1. 58 games at 1B without an error; 7.83 R/F. Overbeck continues to hit, showing good power the other way and is doing a nice job at first base but with limited range. Has also played 2 games at 3B without an error.

Tug Hulett, 29, Acquired as a free agent in 2012; .229/.309/.302 in 96 AB’s between Reading and Lehigh Valley; 1 HR and 14 RBI. 17 games at 3B with 2 errors (.951); 2.29 R/F. Hulett was brutal in Reading but seems to have benefitted from the call up and a different environment, doing a nice job for the ‘Pigs.

Pete Orr, 33, Re-signed as a free agent in 2012. Orr was just sent down from the Phillies this week and will add some spark to the Lehigh Valley lineup.


Darin Ruf, 25, Phils 20th round pick in 2009, .328/.402/.549 in 204 AB’s; 10HR 41 RBI; 2 SB; 11%bb/16% k rates; .360 vs. LH, .310 vs. RH, .328 with RISP; .295 with 8HR and 31 RBI since May 1. 52 games at 1B with 2 errors (.995); 8.00 R/F. 3 games in the OF without an error. Continues to hit and is doing a nice job with the glove.  Also, continues to be blocked by Overbeck.

Tim Kennelly, 25, Signed as a free agent in 2003; .203/.224/.275 in 138 AB’s between Lehigh Valley and Reading; 2 HR 17 RBI; 1 SB; 37 games at 3B with 7 errors (.918); 3 games at 2B with 1 error; Has also played 2 games in the OF and 1 game at 1B.  Kennelly has been very “pedestrian” this year.

Jeremy Barnes, 25, Phils 11th round pick in 2009; .169/.242/.180 in 89 AB’s between CLearwater and Reading; 0HR and 8 RBI; 9%bb/25%k rates. 4 games at 3B with 3 errors.  Has been used mostly as a DH.  Not good, plain and simple.


Jim Murphy, 26, Phils 17th round pick in 2006, .267/.363/.445 in 191 AB’s; 6HR 41 RBI; 12%bb/21% k rates; .273 vs. LH, .263 vs. RH, .339 with RISP; .276 with 3 HR and 24 RBI since May 1. 48 games at 1B with 4 errors (.991); 9.40 R/F. Murphy has given the consistent level of production that he has at this level over the past several seasons.

Cody Asche, 21, Phils 4th round pick in 2011; .333/.357/.441 in 2 HR 20 RBI; 8SB; 4%bb/13% k rates; .321 vs. LH, .341 vs. RH, .310 with RISP, .333 with 2 HR and 15 RBI since May 1. 51 games at 3B with 4 errors (.964); 2.14 R/F. It has all been said already.  Asche has been outstanding.  Likely promotion to Reading come late July if he keeps it up.

Drew Hillman, 23, Phils 18th round pick in 2011; .275/.316/.449 in 69 AB’s between Lakewood and Clearwater; 3 HR 17 RBI; 5%bb/23% k rates. 6 games at 1B without an error; 1 game at 3B without an error; 5 games in the OF with 1 error.


Chris Duffy, 24,Phils 26th round pick in 2010;  .256/.253/.380 in 121 AB’s between Lakewood and Clearwater; 2HR and 17 RBI; 11%bb/26% k rates. Has been used almost exclusively as a DH.

Maikel Franco, 19, Signed as a free agent in 2010; .222/.284/.360 in 203 AB’s; 5HR 23 RBI; 7%bb/16% k rates; .254 vs. LH, ..208 vs. RH, .300 with RISP; .212 with 2 HR and 13 RBI since May 1. 46 games at 3B with 3 errors (.974); 2.74 R/F.  More has been expected out of Franco with the bat. He has played well in the field and at 19, there is plenty of time.

Harold Martinez, 22, Phils 2nd round pick in 2011; .264/.325/.345 in 148 AB’s; 0HR 17 RBI; 1 SB; 8%bb/19% k rates; .325 vs. LH, .241 vs. RH, .273 with RISP. 26 games at 1B with 5 errors (.978); 8.54 R/F; 13 games at 3B with 5 errors (.880); 3.00 R/F. Martinez has been just ok at the plate and below average in the field so far this year. Alot of work to be done.

Kelly Dugan, 21, Phils 2nd round pick in 2009; .263/.346/.460 in 137 AB’s; 5 HR and 16 RBI; 9%bb/24% k rates;.190 vs. LH, .298 vs RH, .308 with RISP.  25 games at 1B with 4 errors (.981); 8.74 R/F; Has also played 5 games in RF. Dugan, who has missed time with an ankle injury is producing fairly well in a very weak Lakewood lineup. Tough split vs. lefties.

19 thoughts on “Around the System, Corner Infield

  1. I hope Overbeck isn’t the reason Ruf is still in AA. If Overbeck can’t play anywhere but first, they can put him on the bench. That .319 OBP and .770 OPS is nothing special.

    1. I dont think Ruf will be any better than Overbeck in the long run. Overbeck had 24 HR’s last year, spending most of the year in Reading.

      1. Gregg I sent you an email and there is also a comment in the Day 3 draft page. Can you make a 2012 page in the draft tab with all the guys drafted then have them highlighted when signed and for how much like we have had the past few years? Thank You 🙂

      2. That may very well be. However, Ruf shouldn’t miss out on a chance to prove himself because Overbeck is doing okay at the next level.

        1. Also, Ruf’s OPS is almost 100 points higher than Overbeck’s at Reading last year. Maybe Ruf is better, or maybe his skill would translate better to higher levels.

  2. Im in no rush to rush asche…he was double jumped already…he needs to improve his power…next year reading at 22 and 23 at lehigh and possibly as a starter in 2015 in philly

  3. why are we the only oranization that goes slow with prospect, asche should see double aa in late july and start at triple a if he handles double a or at least start at doulbe a and move if he hits, he could be a september call up next year not two more years. like utley and howard

  4. If Asche fell on his face in ’10, he has remained straight upright in all of ’12 consistently. It is apparent that the Phils’ coaches and brass saw something in his ’12’s spring training that led them to double jump him to Clwtr. Seems they were correct.

    Remember, he is a college draftee thus he’s had 2 years of coaching/playing beyond high school. Should he maintain his play for another month, they would be foolish to deny him a move up to AA Reading. The IMMEDIATE future for the big club requires an answer for 3rd base sooner rather than later.

    From both the player’s and management’s standpoint, they’d both be well served by his elevation.

    1. They saw a log jam at 3b in Lakewood. Its not like he has a 1.200 OPS right now. Its barely .800 let alone what could happen if his BABIP normalizes. The immediate replacement for the Phillies at 3rd base is not a guy in high A. That player isnt in the system right now and if he is hes 4 years away. Cesar Hernandez is much closer to actually helping the big league roster right now.

      1. I agree. I want to get excited about Asche as a prospect but the only thing he’s doing really well right now is hitting singles. I think they should leave him in Hi-A unless he shows more power or starts walking a lot.

          1. Actually he had for a bit but he’s slumping more recently. No XBHs or walks in 8 games.

  5. This injury to galvis sounds like at least a year or more of rehab. and no replacement for him. in our system . unless someone comes out of the blue.

    1. You mean prospects? If so, Cesar Hernandez seems like a decent option (he needs more time, but so did Galvis). If you mean anyone, Utley seems like the obvious answer.

      This injury sucks and comes at the worst time (especially watching Fotenot have two errors so far this game, while missing balls Galvis would get to), but it’s not a kiss of death or anything. I’m more wondering why they won’t give Cloyd a shot at the majors at this point. It’s tough to win when Blanton and Kendrick consist of almost half of your SP.

  6. Really can’t wait for the short season. Want too see the 4 top draft picks from last year. Walding Quinn and greenes

  7. The way this season is going, we might see Cesar in September, along with Aumont, Cloyd, Brown, and Ramirez.

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