All of a sudden plenty of depth at catcher and some significant decisions to make as to where players may fit it…
Sebastian Valle, 22, Signed as a free agent in 2006; .253/.271/.428 in 388 AB’s between Reading and Lehigh Valley; 17HR 58RBI; .218/.232/.397 in 78 AB’s for Lehigh Valley; 4HR 19RBI; 3%bb/26%K rate in Reading; 3%bb/39%k rate in Lehigh Valley; Caught 100 games with 3 errors (.996); 11 passed balls; Threw out 28 of 107 baserunners (26%). Valle played well in Reading but I was a little surprised that he landed in Lehigh Valley so quickly. Having now seen him quite a few times, what the critics say is accurate, he needs alot of work on his plate discipline. That being said, a year during which Valle has stayed on track to make a major league debut in the 2014 season if not late next year. Grade: B-. 2013: Sharing time with Tommy Joseph in Lehigh Valley. Notable that the first time Valle was scouted it was as a 3B years ago….
John Suomi, 31, Re-Signed as a free agent in 2012; .265/.311/.393 in 196 AB’s; 4HR 18RBI; 6%bb/14% k rates; .289 vs. LH, .263 vs. RH, .180 with RISP; .196 after August 1. Caught 35 games with 3 errors (.988); 7 passed balls; Threw out 6/32 (19%) of baserunners; Also played 7 games at 1B without an error. Suomi, who had been up and down the organization during the previous several years spent the entire season in Lehigh Valley and saw a decent amount of playing time with Erik Kratz spending several months in Philly. Suomi has a very weak arm and therefore, won’t be a major leaguer but swings a good bat and calls a decent game. Grade: B; 2013: If a “depth” catcher is needed at LV or Reading, he could be back.
Tommy Joseph, 21, Acquired from San Francisco in 2012; .257/.317/.399 in 404 AA AB’s; 11HR 48 RBI; 8%bb/22% k rates; Caught 74 games with 4 errors (.993); 11 passed balls; Threw out 21/52 (40%) baserunners; Also played 16 games at 1B with one error, (.993); Overall Joseph had a good year but struggled at the plate with Reading, That being said, Joseph is a top five prospect and a plus game caller with an excellent arm. It will be interesting to see how the Phils choose to get Joseph and Valle at bats at the higher levels of the organization next year. Power numbers were down significantly this year after hitting 22 HR’s in High A in 2011. Grade: B. 2013: Lehigh Valley, sharing catching duties with Valle, also getting AB’s at 1B and DH.
Steven Lerud, 27, Signed as a free agent in 2011; .235/.350/.304 in 120 AB’s; 0HR 7RBI; Caught 31 games with 1 error (.996); 1 passed ball; Threw out 15 of 43 base stealers (35%). Lerud is the example of “you never know what could happen”. AFter seeing limited time as the backup in Reading for most of the year, Lerud landed in Philly after injuried to Ruiz and Schneider, and the fact that the Phillies were leery to start the “options” clock ticking on Valle before he is near ready. Lerud is limited with the bat, but good defensively and could stick around as the Lehigh Valley or Reading backup next year. Grade: C+; 2013: Reading/Lehigh Valley
John Hill, 23, Phils 19th round pick in 2011; .129/.231/.149 in 101 AB’s between Lakewood, CLearwater and Reading; 0HR 8RBI; 13%bb/30%k rates. Caught 32 games with 5 errors (.981); 3 passed balls; Threw out 13 of 39 baserunners (33%); Hill was certainly less than productive in 2012, filling in when injuries hit between A and AA. Grade: D-; 2013:Hill has a plus arm and may get one more opportunity to prove himself in 2013. No clue where.
Cameron Rupp, 23, Phils 3rd round pick in 2010; .267/.345/.424 in 344 AB’s; 10HR 49RBI; .275 vs. LH, .263 vs. RH, .273 with RISP; 10%bb/20%k rates; Hit .306 with 6HR post all star break. Caught 104 games with 8 errors (.992); 7 passed balls; Threw out 54 of 158 baserunners (34%); Rupp had a very good year, progressing nicely and taking it up a notch over the last couple months of the season. Definitely has a catchers frame, I like Rupp alot. Grade: B+; 2013: Reading.
Robert Stumpo, 25, Phils 33rd round pick in 2010; .250/.340/.328 in 180 AB’s between Lakewood, CLearwater and Reading; 1HR 24RBI; 12%bb/15%k rates. Caught 45 games with 6 errors (.982); 6 passed balls; Threw out 15 of 62 base stealers (24%); Also played 8 games at 1B with one error. Stumpo was solid this year, floating around where needed. He doesnt project as a major leaguer but could help add depth in the middle levels of the organization. Grade: B-; 2013: Clearwater
Gabrial Lino, 19, Acquired from Baltimore in 2012; .222/.293/.352 in 338 AB’s; 7HR 32 RBI; 8%bb/26% k rates; .209 vs. LH, .236 vs. RH, .237 with RISP; Hit .309 since August 1.Caught 88 games with 18 errors (.975); 28 passed balls; Threw out 38/141 (29%) baserunners. Not a good year for Lino with the bat or the glove. The only above average category was the arm. Grade: D; 2013: I would be very tempted to hold Lino back at Lakewood because of his age and wanting to see what, if anything, the Phils have in Ludy who was a fairly high pick out of college in 2012.
Josh Ludy, 22, Phils 8th round pick in 2012;.271/.365/.421 in 107 AB’s; 1HR 12RBI; 12%bb/16% k rates; .227 vs. LH, .302 vs. RH, .259 with RISP. Caught 25 games with 3 errors (.980); 2 passed balls; Threw out 9/33 (27%) of baserunners. Grade: B, in limited action. 2013: Clearwater.
Logan Moore, 22, Phils 9th round pick in 2011; .233/.240/.302 in 215 AB’s between Lakewood and Williamsport; 1HR 22 RBI; 12%bb/23% k rates; Caught 65 games with 7 errors (.986); 16 passed balls; Threw out 25/100 (25%) baserunners; Moore hit just .177 in Lakewood before being sent back to WIlliamsport, and then did a serviceable job with the Cutters. Grade: C-; 2013: Lakewood or elsewhere
Chace Numata, 20, Phils 14th round pick in 2010; .235/.288/.319 in 166 AB’s; 2HR 23 RBI; 3SB; 7%bb/12% k rates; .103 vs. LH, .274 vs. RH, .188 with RISP; Caught 37 games with 5 errors (.983); 10 passed balls; Threw out 10/37 (21%) of baserunners; Hit .262 since August 1. I like Numata a bit, having watched him a few times but he had just an adequate season. Grade: C; 2013: I think he will be in a battle with Logan Moore for a spot within the organization. I don’t know that the Phils will have room for both.
Kevin Quaranto, 24, Signed in 2010 as a free agent; .162/.279/.162 in 37 AB’s; 0HR 5RBI; 6 games at C with 2 errors and 1 passed ball; Threw out 0/8 (0%) baserunners; Also played 2 games at 1B and 1 game in the OF without an error. Grade: D in limited action. 2013: Numbers game…elsewhere.
Willians Austudillo, 19, Signed as a free agent in 2008; .318/.327/.419 in 148 AB’s; 0HR 21RBI; .341 vs. LH, .308 with RH, .294 with RISP; 1%bb/3%. The 3% K rate is not a typo. Threw out 18/38 (47%) trying to steal; 4 passed balls; 1 error (.995); Austudillo had an outstanding, eye opening year in the GCL. He has only struck out 21 times in 716 AB’s between the Venezuelan League and GCL for 2009-present. Grade: A; 2013: Lakewood
Liam Bedford, 19, Signed as a free agent in 2011; .130/.200/.130 in 23 AB’s; 0HR 4RBI; Threw out 1 of 11 (8%) trying to steal. 6 passed balls; 0 errors. An Australian product, Bedford didnt show much in very limited playing time. Grade: D-; 2013: GCL or gone.
Chad Carman, 24, Phils 24th round pick in 2012; .306/.370/.429 in 49 AB’s; 0HR 4 RBI; .333 vs. LH, .297 vs. RH, .188 with RISP; 4%bb/8% k rate. Threw out 9 of 24 (38%) trying to steal. 2 passed balls, 4 errors (.967). Carman played well but a 24 year old in the GCL should play well. Depending what the organization actually saw as opposed to what I can speculate, either Williamsport or Lakewood next year. Grade: B+.
Angel Chavarin, 21, Signed as a free agent in 2009; .206/.275/.302 in 63 AB’s; 1HR 4 RBI; .059 vs. LH, .261 vs. RH, 6%bb/24% k rates. Grade: D. I would imagine the Phils have probably seen enough of Chavarin, this being the third season he has seen action in the GCL.