Prospect Profile: Reading and Lehigh Valley

So in honor of the first minor league game of the year (even if it was an exhibition) all of the AA and AAA prospects are in the spotlight.

How we got here:

You will have to read Brad’s game recap to find out.

What happened:

All velocities quoted are off of TV which is off of the LHV gun, which according to Eric Logenhagen of Crashburn Alley was slow compared to the gun Jesse Biddle had for the guys tracking pitches.

Brody Colvin:  Looked good, snapped off some good looking curveballs.  The fastest fastball I saw was 92 but he was throwing harder as the innings progressed.  He had a good changeup that was kind of straight but looked good out of the hand.  More importantly he looked in shape and the delivery looked good.

Ethan Martin:  Fastball up to 93 and the slider looking good.  Ran some deep counts.  I couldn’t tell if he was throwing a slider or changeup at times (the ball was not breaking well in the cold).  The Reading guys stood no chance of making good contact off of him though, a good start to the season.

Adam Morgan:  Came out amped up hitting 93 on the first batter.  Was outside the zone and got punished for it.  Don’t read into it, he was doing a one inning relief stint in the cold.

Austin Wright:  Looked good, didn’t get any velocity readings but looked fastball/breaking ball, but I could be wrong.  Wasn’t throwing as hard as I expected.

Anthony Hewitt:  This is the first of many times this season I will say how I think there is a 4th OF at least still in Hewitt, feel free to shut it down quick.  The tools are still there.  He hit a nice easy double off of Martin after laying off some pitches.  He had a strong throw from RF on one hop to 3B to keep runners at first and second.  Later he struck out, but made it first on a pass ball.  He easily stole the base on a straight steal that was nowhere close.

However, Hewitt’s struggles can be summed up in his last AB.  De Fratus was on the mound, he started Hewitt off with a fastball for a strike and then proceeded to get him to chase two sliders out of the zone for an easy strikeout.  There is little riding on Hewitt this year but he has made small improvements each year and he could make his way to the major leagues eventually.

Everyone Else:  Nothing new and exciting to take away, most guys look like they did last year or in Spring (Joseph gunned a guy down).  Lots of small sample size things.  The Reading team  lacks big names but Colvin, Wright, and Biddle will be interesting to follow and in the field you have guys who have their prospect status in the balance (Colvin, Rupp, Valle, Hewitt, Duran, Collier)

Where do we go from here:

The real games begin and we get to see these guys in action.  This is more a send off to spring and a hint at what is to come.

Enjoy the minor league season everyone!

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Matt is originally from Mt. Holly, NJ, but after a 4 year side track to Cleveland for college he now resides in Madison, WI. His work has previously appeared on Phuture Phillies and The Good Phight. You can read his work at Phillies Minor Thoughts

11 thoughts on “Prospect Profile: Reading and Lehigh Valley

  1. I know I’m in the minority but I really think Colvin is going to have a big year. The stuff is there and here’s to hoping he makes some adjustments to pull it all together.

    1. No I agree with you. I think he’ll finally put it together this year. Hopefully he’ll be back to his former status.

    2. I’ve been waiting for Colvin to come around for awhile. He’s got to stuff to be really good. Maybe his heads in it and he’s figured it out. That was the biggest jinx yet. Brody, play and have fun.

  2. Given his several years of “non-success,” all we’ve got for Colvin is hope. Some have said he is a head-case and others say he just can’t put it together.

    He was a fairly high draft choice; they usually get many chances before the team’s fire for them goes out. It would be a great shot in the arm for the Phils pitching prospects if he finally about him when he was drafted.

    He shouldn’t depend on getting many more chances. This season might tell us all we need to know about him as a serious prospect.

    Wish him luck.

  3. Here’s some good news. If it’s the same gun as last year, the LhV gun is slow, probably about 1-2 (sometimes 3) MPH slow. How do I know this? Any pitcher who was clocked by that gun showed up in the big leagues and consistently threw a few MPH harder pretty much across the board and across appearances. The gun had an especially difficult time pegging Diekman’s velocity (often three or four MPH greater in Philly).

  4. Unless they have retooled Colvins mechanics hes always going to struggle with command. The cross fire in his arm action causes him to lose his release point. It just screams reliever.

  5. He talked about changing his delivery last year to eliminate throwing across his body. Didn’t watch last night so curious if anyone saw a more over the top type delivery?

    1. It is not about arm angle it is the position of the front side of his body when his foot lands. If you draw a line from shoulder to shoulder when the foot lands it points to the RH batters box,or even behind it sometimes, which causes him to have to rotate further around his front leg to release the ball.

  6. It will be interesting to watch what Hewitt does this year. He’s going to start facing some pitchers who actually know what they’re doing on the mound. But you’re right, the fact that he is even in Reading, playing baseball, is a testament to his power to exceed expectations, or the Phillies’ stubbornness about giving up on a first-round pick.

  7. Hewitt’s fielding percentage was ~910 as an outfielder. That wouldn’t have started on my high school outfield team. His batting line has *improved* to the extent that I think it safe to say he can hit mistakes with some regularity, but this guy is so far from being polished enough to ever be put in a major league outfield, and time is not on his side.

    1. IMO, he has to better in the OF then last year..can he be any worst! Maybe they ought to put him in LF where one aspect of the defensive metric he will not have to worry about….the throw to third where the runner is going from first to third. Surely he cannot miss as many as the ground balls hit his way or drop the flys.

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