Around the System–Corner Infield

Another look at Corners Infielders…next up, Middle Infield.

Lehigh Valley

Jim Murphy, 28, Phils 17th round pick in 2008; .235/.328/.406 in 293 AB’s; 10HR 37RBI; 11%bb/23%k rates; 75 games at 1B with 3 errors (.995); Hitting .213 since June 1; .200 with RISP; Mediocre offensive production makes it unlikely the 28 year old sticks around beyond this year absent a very hot final 6 weeks.

Maikel Franco, 21, Signed as a free agent in 2009; .230/.285/.364 in 343 AB’s; 6HR 42 RBI; 1SB; 7%bb/15%k rates; 71 games at 3B with 4 errors (.978); 15 games at 1B without an error; Hitting .390 in July; .257 vs. RHP; .218 vs. LHP; .278 with RISP; Franco has been much better over the last month, reviving calls for his promotion.  Not yet.  Let him get another solid month under his belt and call him up in September.  Has been outstanding defensively.

Russ Canzler, 28, Signed as a free agent in 2014; .306/.362/.565 in 61 AB’s; 3HR 11RBI; 4 games at 1B with 1 error; 3 games at 3B without an error; 4 games in the OF without an error; Has been a very good mid season pickup for the ‘Pigs.


Brock Stassi, 24, Phils 33rd round pick in 2011; .253/.338/.372 in 296 AB’s; 7HR 37RBI; 3SB; 10%bb/9%k rates; 72 games at 1B with 5 errors (.992); .218 since June 1;  8 games in the OF with 2 errors; While Stassi has struggled of late, he has turned himself into a productive, every day, AA player.

Jake Fox, 32, Signed as a free agent in 2014; .333/.382/.613 in 111 AB’s; 8HR 26RBI; 5%bb/15%k rates; 10 games at 1B without an error; 3 games at 3B without an error.  The Babe Ruth of AA.

Carlos Alonso, 26, Phils 32nd round pick in 2010; .283/.378/.417 in 314 AB’s; 8HR 27 RBI; 7SB; 12%BB/14%k rates; 43 games at 2B with 7 errors (.966); 40 games at 3B (.909). Hitting .309 since June 1; Alonso continues to be a personal favorite of mine.  Under the radar guy as a 32nd round pick simply continues to produce. Eye opening walk rate has led him to be an organizational leader in runs scored.


Art Charles, 23, Acquired from Toronto in 2013; .233/.292/.402 in 301 AB’s; 8HR 29RBI; 7%bb/31%k rates; 72 games at 1B with 9 errors (.986). .186 vs. LHP; .188 with RISP; Simply not a good year for Charles.  Little RBI production and a huge K rate.

Chris Serritella, 24, Phils 4th round pick in 2012; .;175/.241/.268 in 183 AB’s; 0HR 7RBI; 9%bb/34%k rates; 18 games at 1B with 1 error (.993); Just an awful year with zero positive production.  I would be mildly surprised if Serritella survives the season.  If he does, it will be because he was a 4th round pick.

Harold Martinez, 24, Phils 2nd round pick in 2011; .243/.274/.352 in 230 AB’s; 5HR 24 RBI; 3SB; 2%bb/25%k rates; 55 games at 3B with 6 errors (.967); 4 games at 1B without an error. Martinez has reached 800 plate appearances with Clearwater over three years and has hit 10HR and 68RBI and a .251 average.  Not going to cut it.


Willians Astudillo, 22, Signed as a free agent in 2008; .316/.354/.429 in 294 AB’s; 3HR 45RBI; 1SB; 5%bb/5%k rates; 37 games at 1B with 6 errors (.984); 25 games at C with 4 errors(.977); 5 passed balls and 15% CS rate; Astudillo leads the system in RBI’s and has struck out 15 times in close to 300 AB’s with an average over .300.  Move him up and find him AB’s.

Zach Green, 20, Phils 3rd round pick in 2012; .276/.323/.424 in 170 AB’s; 4HR 23RBI; 6SB; 6%bb/16%k rates; 24 games at 1B with 3 errors (.989); 16 games at 3B with 6 errors (.882).  Hitting .324 since June 1; Green has been a completely different player since coming off the DL and has put himself in a place to have a very good season.  Plenty to be excited about.

Mitch Walding, 21, Phils 5th round pick in 2011; .221/.291/.313 in 240 AB’s; 2HR 28RBI; 1SB; 9%bb/28%k rates; 64 games at 3B with 12 errors (.931); Hitting .145 vs. LHP; Walding has been no better in 2014 than last year and now has close to 650 AB’s with Lakewood  and is hitting .223. In my opinion he needs to start 2015 in Clearwater and produce the first several months of the season or he falls off the chart.


Rhys Hoskins, 21, Phils 5th round pick in 2014, .225/.307/.333 in 102 AB’s; 1HR 14RBI; 1SB; 7%bb/18%k rates; 26 games at 1B with 2 errors (.992); A rough start for Hoskins who has started to heat up a bit.

Wilmer Oberto, 21, Signed as a free agent in 2009; .225/295/.348 in 187 AB’s between Lakewood and Williamsport; 3HR 19RBI; 9%bb/26%k rates; 38 games at 1B with 4 errors (.988);  3 games in the OF without an error; Extremely medicore for Oberto this year.

Jan Hernandez, 19, Phils 3rd round pick in 2013, .200/.275/.413 in 80 AB’s; 4HR 10RBI; 3SB; 10%bb/35%k rates; 35 games at 3B with 9 errors (.916); Hernandez is either feast or famine, showing good power but with a very high strikeout rate.  His fielding has been somewhat problematic this year as well.  That said, very young.


Luis Encarnacion, 16, SIgned as a free agent in 2013; .242/.309/.387 in 62 AB’s; 1HR 7RBI; 4%bb/26%k rates; 12 games at 1B with 1 error (.990); 2 games in the OF with 1 error.  He is 16 for gods sake.

Trey Williams, 20, Phils 7th round pick in 2013, .137/.220/.216 51 AB’s; 1HR 6RBI; 5%bb/17%K rates; 10 games at 1B without an error.  Time to be concerned with WIlliams who now has 203 plate appearances over two years in the GCL and is hitting .188.

Damek Tomscha, 22, Phils 17th round pick in 2014 draft; .297/.438/.469 in 64 AB’s; 1HR 6RBI; 13%bb/10% k rates. 19 games at 3B with 6 errors (.854); Started quickly and has slowed down.  Very old for this league.



28 thoughts on “Around the System–Corner Infield

  1. Alonzo is also my favorite. He has produced more offense while playing an adequate defense than most players drafted above him. Go Carlos.

    1. Like to see Alonso get a chance in September. Like his body-type. Will not embarrass. Could give you more offense then Freddy.
      But me thinks Ruben compartmentalizes his prospects:
      ‘….oh lets see Alonso….got it, I will put him in with the Ruf category of prospects’.

  2. Read somewhere, I think Phoulz, that Zach Green got orthos in his shoes and it changed his hitting around. I guess little things can make a difference.

  3. Encouraging development for Encarnacion. At this rate, he should be ready to take over as the everyday 1B when Maikel Franco leaves as a free agent in 2021.

  4. this is the only place i see that says franco has been outstanding on defense. i wonder how true this is or does he just not make errors on the balls he gets to.

    1. From MLB.Com……Jon Mayo use to be the author of their list.
      ‘Despite his lack of speed, he is a solid defender at third base and has a strong arm. The Phillies have given him some time at first base, but a position change is not necessarily in store for Franco’.

      1. And his numerical grading:
        Hit: 60 | Power: 70 | Run: 30 | Arm: 60 | Field: 50 | Overall: 60

    2. I’ve heard lots of scouts say that his arm is plus or better, and he has good hands and quick reactions. His problem is poor range, and the fear that this will worsen as he ages.

      1. That’s no problem. I’m not one of the people that thinks he should be promoted, so give him next year in AAA to refine his offensive game as much as possible, then call him up at 23. That is still very young. If you get 3-4 years out of him at 3B before “age” slows him down, then fine, move him over to 1B. I think his value before he hits FA is maximized by keeping him at 3B as long as he is defensively viable.

    3. Tom I have seen him play third on tv about 6 times now, he is pretty good. don’t know where the bad defense comments come from.

      1. it comes from people who watch him run to first base. He looks like he is running thru malasis. So they automatically equate that with have no range at third base. But his lateral quickness is much better than his straight line speed. I think he will be fine at 3B. No gold gloves but he just needs to hold his own on defense and have some pop in 3 hole.

        1. To be honest he isn’t THAT slow . . He looks to me that he has average speed, it’s just that it takes him longer then most to get going.

      2. thanks,not really implying he’s bad. i’ve just read mostly that he’ll be lucky to stay at third.

    4. Tom, I saw him in Clearwater last year. I’ve seen him make plays diving to his right into foul territory and charge and barehand balls. I understand about his range/first step, but I always thought he was at least an average third baseman. He’s no Mike Schmidt or Brooks Robinson, but he’s also not Roger Dorn

  5. 3rd is looking pretty good for Phils. Asche is holding his own with big club and with Franco and Green in the minors. It’s really good to see Green having the season he is having after the injury. We knew the power was there but weren’t sure about K and BB rate. That has certainly been a positive. Here’s hoping Franco stays hit during 2nd half and forces a Sept call up.

    1. Green has really flipped the script. Having seen him play earlier in the year….he looked lazy and not as athletic as I was hoping for. He seems more concerned with standing around having conversations with 3rd base & 1st bases coaches then running hard or having any semblance of urgency in his game. It would be interesting to see him again now that he is confident after addressing ortho issue.

      1. Perhaps he seemed “not as athletic” due to the fact that he was dealing with a significant hip injury when you saw him. From all reports no one has ever said he appears lazy and has one of the best work ethics of any guy out there. He is a grinder with off the charts makeup.

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