Around the System–Catcher

A look at the production of catchers around the system.  Next up, starting pitchers…

Lehigh Valley

Koyie Hill, 35, Signed as a free agent in 2014; .244/.344/.389 in 131 AB’s; 3HR 16RBI; 13%bb/21% k rates; .111 vs. LHP; .295 vs. RHP; .314 with RISP; Hitting .186 since May 1.  32 games caught with 1 error (.995); 3 passed balls; Has thrown out 48% (11/23) of base stealers.After a fast start during which he was forced to play alot of games due to Rupp’s injury, Hill has slowed considerably with the bat.  Still calls a good game and is excellent defensively.

Cameron Rupp, 25, Phils 3rd round pick in 2010; .158/.295/.356 in 101 AB’s; 6HR 16RBI; 15%bb/35%k rate; .176 vs. LHP; .149 vs. RHP; .200 with RISP; Hitting .133 since coming off the DL.  28 games at C without an error; 1 passed ball; Has thrown out 37% (10/27) of base stealers; Rupp’s year has turned into quite a battle first with the oblique injury and now with significant struggles after coming back off the DL.  Still playing very well defensively.

Reading

Logan Moore, 23, Phils 9th round pick in 2011 draft; .248/.307/.329 in 148AB’s between CLearwater and Reading; 0HR 15RBI; 7%bb/23%k rates; 45 games caught with 2 errors (.993); 3 passed balls; Has thrown out 33% (24/73); Moore has not embarrassed himself with the bat in Reading, forced to prematurely move up because of injuries.  Moore legitimately profiles as a major league back up if he can produce even in a very limited fashion with the bat.

Sebastian Valle, 23, Signed as a free agent in 2007; .257/.281/.398 in 113 AB’s between Reading and Lehigh Valley;  3HR 18RBI; 4%bb/20%k rates; 31 games caught with 4 errors (.980); 4 passed balls; Thrown out 9/23(39%); Valle has looked better with the bat this year than last, when he really struggled.  It seems like he has been around forever, but he is two years younger than Cameron Rupp.  I would like to see him playing more regularly than he is.

Lars Davis, 28, Signed as a free agent in 2014; .146/.255/.244 in 41AB’s for Reading. 1HR 7RBI.  Has caught 12 games with 3 errors (.964); 1 passed balls; Has thrown out 13% (3/24). Nothing more than organizational depth.

Tommy Joseph, 22, Acquired from San Francisco in 2012; .282/.345/.551 in 78AB’s; 5HR 19RBI; 6%bb/16%k rates.  21 games caught with 1 error (.995); 0 passed balls; 13% CS Rate (5/40); Joseph’s situation is just depressing as he came back strong from his 2013 that was ruined by a concussion only to miss time first with another minor concussion and now an extended period with a wrist injury. He has now been out 5 weeks with the wrist issue and don’t look for him back for another 3+ weeks.  He had been getting “run on” very consistently.

Clearwater

Gabriel Lino, 21, Acquired from Baltimore in 2012; .220/.294/.340 in 141 AB’s between Lakewood and CLearwater; 3HR 18RBI; 10%bb/31%k rates;  Hitting .242/.290/.341 in 91 AB’s for CLearwater.  40 games caught with 3 errors (.990);  10 passed balls; 28% CS Rate (15/54); Actually swinging the bat much better since his promotion from Lakewood.  Lino looks the part, needs to take it up a notch to really play the part.  The ten passed balls is a large number.

Corey Bass, 23, Phils 20th round pick in 2013 draft; Hitting .267 in 15AB’s. 5 games caught with 1 error and 1 passed ball.  25%CS rate (2/8).

Lakewood

Andrew Knapp, 22, Phils 2nd round pick in 2013 draft; .192/.261/.246 in 130 AB’s between CLearwater and Lakewood; 1HR 13RBI; 6%bb/29%k rates; .255/.327/.319 since being sent to Lakewood.  It has to be categorized as a disappointing first half for Knapp who has largely struggled with the stick.  He has just begun to catch(after coming off TJ surgery), and was behind the plate two times last week playing 2/3 of each game.  Certainly reason for hope as Knapp has picked up the pace over the last few weeks.

Jose Mayorga, 21, Signed as a free agent in 2010; .256/.370/.308 in 39 AB’s; 0HR 4RBI.  16 games caught with 1 error (.989); 1 passed ball; 15% CS rate (3/20); Mayorga has played generally pretty well in the limited action he has seen.  Throwing needs to improve.

Williamsport

Deivi Gruillon, 18, Signed as a free agent in 2012; .223/.255/.319 in 94 AB’s between Williamsport, Lakewood and CLearwater; 1HR 8RBI; 3%bb/16%k rates; 28 games caught with 8 errors (.961); 6 passed balls; 29% CS rate  (12/42); Gruillon didnt embarrass himself at Lakewood/Clearwater but clearly needs work.  Still profiles as a Top 20 prospect.

Wilson Garcia, 20, Signed as a free agent in 2010.

Sean McHugh, 22, Phils 18th round pick in 2014 draft (Purdue)

16 thoughts on “Around the System–Catcher

  1. Where’s Astudillo? He’s been catching without terribly embarrassing himself and leads team in hitting and minor league organization in RBIs.

    1. Astudillo has been DHing and playing first base. He recently began catching. This is probably because he had been injured. The Phillies see him advancing if he can handle the key defensive position of catcher.

    1. Huh? Joseph is a good prospect if healthy, Grullon is one of our top prospects, Rupp looks like a solid backup, Knapp is a good prospect, Lino still offers hope, and even Valle has some value. It’s probably the strongest position in the system.

  2. Logan Moore could actually see the majors as a back-up. His defense is exceptional and he bats lefthanded.

  3. Ramsey, Joseph cannot play 5 games without getting injured. That is not a good prospect. Also, Grullon might be good, but his bat so far is average and he has a long way to go to the majors.

  4. Catching may be the deepest position in the farm system….. That said we can find question marks on each

  5. The deepest position in the worst farm system in Major League Baseball. Not saying much. In the land of the blind, the one eyed man is king.

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