So we reach the end of our journey through the 40 man roster decisions, with position players. If you missed it I already discussed the players on the roster and the pitchers eligible. The position prospect list is actually quite small due to the Pence trade (Jonathan Singleton), Kyrell Hudson and Gauntlett Eldemire no longer being with the org, and Cameron Rupp‘s recent addition to the roster.
A year ago Joseph was the centerpiece of Hunter Pence’s trade to the Giants and a no doubt Top 10 prospect in the system. In the spring he looked like the catcher of the future showing huge raw power and an electric arm behind the plate. Joseph’s season got off to a rough start in AAA, but it ended up being only a 20 game sample size as his third concussion essentially ended his season. There are some doubts whether Joseph will be able to catch longer term, but he is back behind the plate in the Dominican right now with an eye on a comeback. If he can’t stay behind the plate he is not a prospect, but if he can stay behind the plate he has value at very least as a backup and that upside makes him a must protect this offseason. MPW: Keep Phillies: Keep
Kelly Dugan – OF – 2nd Round 2009 Draft
Dugan doesn’t have a ton of special tools, the hit tool is probably more fringe average than average, the power is above average, he moves ok, the glove is fine in a corner, and the arm is strong and accurate. If any of those things improve he is an average regular is a corner outfield position, if it all stays the same he is somewhere between a second division regular and 4th OFer. Given his career trends and scout’s opinions of his approach, his walk rate should rebound from where it was in AA, but he will be close to the .260 hitter he was there, as there is still plenty of miss in the swing. He is probably about a year away from the majors but would be a nice cheap bench option going forward. MW: Keep Phillies: Keep
Aaron Altherr – OF – 9th Round 2009 draft
The first thing that comes up with Altherr is that he is toolsy with good power, speed, and arm. He does swing and miss a lot and the power is only just now coming in. He is not a burner but has been a fairly effective basestealer in his time in the minors. The biggest thing that is often overlooked is that Altherr has worked himself into being a true center fielder, and that takes a lot of pressure off of the bat to carry him to the majors. He has some continued growth to do, but given his defensive flexibility and tools his floor is as a 4th OFer, and if he continues to put it together he profiles as a regular in CF, and possibly more if he closes the holes in his swing. MW: Keep Phillies: Keep
Anthony Hewitt – OF – 1st Round 2008
Hewitt still looks like the physical monster he was when the Phillies drafted him. He has continued to make incremental improvement as his 6.2% BB% was a career high, as well as his .187 ISO. He continues to swing and miss at a huge rate and he can’t handle same side pitching or anything with spin. What Hewitt did well in 2013 was mash lefties at a .389/.434/.800 pace over 97 PAs. If Hewitt is going to make the majors it will be in that type of limited role where he is a platoon player/pinch hitter. Hewitt has improved his defense (mainly his throwing accuracy) and is quick on the bases (though not always efficient). In the end it is a great story that Hewitt has made it this far (and likely AAA next year), but there is a limited role for him in the majors and not a ton of upside to be gained by having him sit for a year. MW: Leave Unprotected Phillies: Leave Unprotected