The report card on all outfielders who finished the year at Lakewood, Williamsport or the GCL. A reminder that grades are based on pre-season expectations against that same individual player, NOT against each other. Next up will be starting pitchers (Lehigh Valley, Reading and Clearwater)
Carlos Tocci, 18, Signed as a free agent in 2012; .209/.261/.249 in 421 AB’s; 0HR 26RBI; 6/13 SB; .223 vs. LHP; .203 vs. RHP; .227 with RISP; .169 since Aug 1; 5%BB/17% K rate; 117 games in the OF with 4 errors (.987); 10 OF assists; Tocci played with guys 2-3 years older than him and mostly held his own, especially in the field where he is an excellent outfielder. He has the build of a 17 year old and was wholly without power this year. His production dwindled further as the year went on and the “grind” wore him down. Grade: C; Tocci did no more or no less than I thought this year; I just can’t make myself give a grade higher than that to someone who hit .180 for half the year(.179 post all star break)…let the criticism begin. 2014: Tocci clearly has alot of potential…let him realize it and experience success through another year in Lakewood.; Prospect Ranking: 11
Brian Pointer, 21, Phils 28th round pick in 2010; .216/.337/.334 in 416 AB’s; 6HR 44 RBI; 22SB; .190 vs. LHP; .223 vs. RHP; .250 with RISP; Hit .198 since Aug 1; 12%BB/26% K rates; 114 games in the OF with 6 errors (.972), 10 OF assists; I have had an infatuation with Pointer since he was drafted but his production really doesnt warrant my attention. He now has over 700 AB’s for Lakewood and has struck out over 225 times., and has a batting average of .217 in those AB’s. He CAN hit for power, and he does have speed, but the results are just not there. Grade: D; 2014: I think you have to move him to Clearwater for a change of scenery in what will be his last hurrah without marked improvement.
Larry Greene, 20, Phils 1st round pick in 2011 draft; 111 games in the OF with 13 errors (.927); 4 OF assists; .213/.306/.303 in 400 AB’s; 4HR 28RBI; 8/16SB; .148 vs. LHP; .239 vs. RHP; .180 with RISP; .189 since Aug 1; 12%BB/36%K rates. Just an absolutely abysmal season for Greene, who came in out of shape, was sent to Extended Spring and then had little to no production all year. Luckily, he is just 20 and young enough to write the season off to immaturity and start over in 2013. Grade: F; 2014: Lakewood; Prospect Ranking: 28
Zach Taylor, 22, Phils 12th round pick in 2012 draft; .240/.295/.397 in 179 AB’s; 2HR 14RBI; .222 vs. LHP; .245 vs. RHP; .125 with RISP; .175 Post All Star Break; 7%BB/34% k rates; 45 games in the OF with 6 errors(.945); 3 OF assists; After limited playing time and a sub .200 average in 2012 for Williamsport, Taylor played a bit more, and showed a bit more, but not by a lot in 2013. The strikeout rate and average with RISP (6 for 48) is just awful. Grade: C-; 2014: I see Taylor playing in Clearwater and picking up his 150 or so AB’s.
Jiandido Tromp, Soon to be 20, Signed as a free agent in 2011; .259/.319/.388 in 147 AB’s; between Williamport and Lakewood; 1HR 11 RBI; 6SB; 6%bb/26% k rates; Hit .150 in 40 late season AB’s for Lakewood; 42 games in the OF with 2 errors (.977); 2 OF assists. Tromp is someone who impressed in WIlliamsport and was rewarded with a late season promotion. Grade: B-; 2014: Lakewood
Dylan Cozens, 19, Phils 2nd round pick in 2012; .265/.343/.469 in 245 AB’s; 9HR 35RBI; 11SB; .247 vs. LHP; .273 vs. RHP; .230 with RISP; 10%BB/23%K rates; .261 since Aug 1; 60 games in the OF with 2 errors (.982); 4 OF assists; A good season for Cozens who is showing steady progress. Showed his power and used his speed while maintaining a respectable NYPL average. Grade: B; 2014: Certainly Lakewood, with Clearwater not totally out of the realm of possibility. Prospect Ranking: 10
Gustavo Martinez, 19, Signed as a free agent in 2010; .257/.297/.295 in 218 AB’s; 0HR 11RBI; 16SB; .259 vs. LHP; .257 vs. RHP; .204 with RISP; .273 since Aug 1; 5%BB/20% K rates; Martinez generally played well using his speed at the top of the lineup. WIthout power, he is going to need to get on base more through a higher walk rate. 54 games in the OF with 2 errors (.982); 2 OF assists; Grade: C+; 2014: Lakewood
Justin Parr, 22, Phils 8th round pick in 2013; .247/.332/.353 in 190 AB’s; 0HR 19 RBI; 8SB; .275 vs. LHP; .237 vs. RHP; .244 with RISP; .229 since Aug 1; 10%BB/20%K rates; 44 games in the OF with 2 errors (.976); 6 OF assists; With the significant college experience Parr had, more was expected in 2013 from the high draft pick. Grade: C-; 2014: Using history as an example, the Phils are generally aggressive with college players after their time in WIlliamsport, ala Perkins and Serritella. Clearwater
Samuel Hiciano, 19, Signed as a free agent in 2012; .243/.348/.449 in 143 AB’s; 7HR 20RBI; 1SB; .326 vs. LHP; .204 vs. RHP; .220 with RISP; .254 since Aug 1; 12%BB/25% k rate; 37 games in the OF with 3 errors (.958); 2 OF assists; Hiciano showed some significant glimpses of exhibiting real power this year playing basically every other day. I expect him to be a guy the Phils work to get more regular AB’s next year. Grade: C+; 2014: Possibly Lakewood to start but a bump back to Williamsport when the NYPL season opens.
Herlis Rodriguez, 19, Signed as a free agent in 2010; .324/.386/.432 in 139 AB’s between GCL and Williamsport; 2HR 19RBI; 7SB; Hit .204 in 49 AB’s for Williamsport; 10%BB/13% k rates; 30 games in the OF with 2 errors (.971); 5 OF assists; Very good progress for Rodriguez who hit just .221 in the GCL during 2012. Grade: B+; 2014: Starting for Williamsport
Cord Sandberg, 18, Phils 3rd round pick in 2013 draft; .207/.313/.272 in 169 AB’s; 2HR 14RBI; 4SB; .218 vs. LHP; .202 vs. RHP; .191 with RISP; 12%BB/19% k rates; Hit .205 since Aug 1; 44 games in the OF without an error; 5 OF assists; An inauspicious debut for Sandberg who came in very highly touted. Grade: D; 2014: Back to the GCL to start with hopefully a quick promotion; Prospect Ranking: 20
Jose Pujols, Soon to be 18, Signed as a free agent in 2012; .188/.278/.369 in 160 AB’s; 6HR 18RBI; .256 vs. LHP; .165 vs. RHP; .151 with RISP; 11%BB/31% K rates; 42 games in the OF with 3 errors (.964); 0 OF assists; THis is pretty much exactly what I expected from Pujols in his first Stateside effort. Tons of power, needs a lot of work, but has a lot of time. Grade: C; 2014: GCL; Prospect Ranking: 32
Nick Ferdinand, 23, Phils 35th round pick in 2013 draft; .261/.323/.444 in 142 AB’s; 5HR 22RBI; 2SB; .261 vs. LHP; .260 vs. RHP; .311 with RISP; 7%BB/17% k rates; 25 games in the OF without an error; 2 OF assists; Ferdinand performed well, and he should have as he was 3-4 years older than most in the GCL. Grade: B-; 2014: 5th OF in either Lakewood or CLearwater
Johnathan Knight, 20, Phils 49th round pick in 2011 draft;.109/.222/.182 in 55 AB’s; 1HR 2RBI; 2SB; 13%BB/33% K rates; 24 games in the OF without an error; 3 OF assists. Simply overmatched. I don’t expect Knight back next year.
Venn Biter, 18, Phils 30th round pick in 2013 draft; .288/.328/.407 in 59 AB’s; 0HR 2RBI; 6%BB/30% k rates; 18 games in the OF without an error; 3 OF assists. Biter signed in mid July so really not enough time to judge. I do expect him to move to Williamsport next year.