The FIL is finally under way, games have been rained out for the most part so far, so reports have been limited to following players on twitter. Rather than break down the full list or just give you the list, here is somewhere in between. I am going to highlight a couple names to watch in each group (I am also splitting the VSL/DSL players out separately).
James Buckley, Ranfi Casimiro, Zach Cooper, Delvy Francisco, Mitch Gueller, Jordan Guth, Nic Hanson, Deton Keys, Manaure Martinez, Mark Meadors, Will Morris, Nefi OGando, Yacksel Rios, Feliberto Sanchez, Matt Southard, Jessen Therrien, Tyler Viza, Kevin Walter
Andrew Anderson – Anderson is coming off a good statistical season, but the reports seem to be more pitchability than stuff. To me he seems like a Jonathan Pettibone starter kit with a decent fastball, a second above average pitch, a third average pitch, and a good clue how to use them. It is the secondary pitches that are the ones to watch most in instructs.
Daniel Child – Child found himself in Clearwater to end the season. He managed to put up good numbers despite low strikeout totals. A good fall and spring could fastrack him to the big leagues as a middle reliever.
Corey Bass, Deivy Grullon, Andrew Knapp
Jake Sweaney – Sweaney did not get off to great professional debut, but he has the raw tools to be an above average catcher. Having been a two sport athlete in HS he needs all the reps he can get. He is going to have to fight Grullon for playing time in XST and likely Williamsport next year so he needs to make the most of his opportunities.
Malquin Canelo, JP Crawford, Zach Green, Jan Hernandez, Andrew Pullin, Mitch Walding, Trey Williams
Luis Encarnacion – Encarnacion is listed as a infielder but if he stays in that group it is going to be at first base. He is likely to be overmatched this fall but it will good for him to start getting reps. The bat will have to carry him, but the good news is that it is what the Phillies paid for.
Art Charles – Teams rarely send non-prospects to instructs, but Charles has intriguing power. The numbers are down this year but nowhere suppresses power like Lakewood. He will be 23 this fall and so he will be old for hi-A, but the K rate is dropping and the walk rate is staying good. He won’t come near any list but he has the power and approach to put up silly minor league numbers at some point.
Venn Biter, Dylan Cozens, Larry Greene, Jose Pujols, Cord Sandberg
Bryan Martelo – To be honest I had forgotten about Martelo, but the Phillies did give him $250,000 and he has a solid RF profile. He likely will go to the GCL next year where we will learn more. For now just getting some initial impressions of him would be nice.
Carlos Tocci – Tocci is likely to see very little game action as he is already exhausted, but it is good to see the Phillies doing some level of “debrief” with him. I would expect him to be working on his baserunning with some other work. You should see a lot of Biter and Sandberg manning CF this fall.
Edgar Campusano, Angel Meija, Ricardo Pinto, Alexis Rivero, Jesus Posso, Grenny Cumana, Carlos Duran
Freddy Zorrilla – The Phillies brought Zorrilla over this spring and many though he would stick in the GCL this year, but ultimately the Phillies sent him to the VSL. Zorrilla put together a decent season on the surface but he still walks at a low rate with a ton of strikeouts. The power still needs to come along but it is certainly a projectable frame.
Not on the Roster but In Florida:
Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez, Shane Watson, Roman Quinn