A look at outfielders at the lower levels of the organization. A reminder that grades are expectations coming into 2014 vs. themselves not against others. A= Far exceeded expectations; B= Exceeded expectations; C= At expectation; D= Below Expectations; F= Horrible.
Aaron Brown, 22, Phils 3rd round pick in 2014; .268/.310/.383 in 235 AB’s between Williamsport and Lakewood; 4HR 21RBI; 8/13 SB; 3%bb/25%k rates; For Lakewood: .309/.339/.373 in 55AB’s; 1HR 5RBI; .309 over last month; Brown was a very exciting player at times and has shown alot of promise. Plate discipline will be a key. Grade: B-; 2015: Clearwater
Dylan Cozens, 20, Phils 2nd round pick in 2012; .248/.303/.415 in 509 AB’s; 16HR 62RBI; 23/30 SB; 7%BB/27%K rates; .204 with RISP; .255 vs. LHP; .245 vs. RHP; .213 over last 30 days; 123 games in the OF with 9 errors (.962); 8 OF assists; A very exciting year for Cozens who showed speed, power, and run production. If he can lower the “K” rate by a few percentage points, Cozens future looks extremely promising. Grade: B; 2015: Clearwater
Larry Greene, Jr. 21, Phils 1st round pick in 2011; .183/.265/.279 in 197 AB’s; 2HR 18RBI; 4/6SB; 10%bb/27%k rates; .132 vs. LHP; .201 vs. RHP; .167 over last month; .164 with RISP; 50 games in the OF with 4 errors (.959); 3 OF assists; Simply an unmitigated disaster. .132 against lefties…really? Grade: F; 2015: Lakewood although he may go the way of Anthony Hewitt very quickly if he doesn’t produce.
Samuel Hiciano, 20, Signed as a free agent in 2011; .255/.306/.409 in 330 AB’s; 9HR 36RBI; 8/17SB; 7%bb/24%k rates; .237 vs. LHP; .262 vs. RHP; .198 with RISP; 71 games in the OF with 3 errors (.980); 4 OF assists; Hiciano spent the last 3 weeks of the year on the DL after a good year in ’14 during which he showed a good deal of promise. Grade: B-; 2015: Back in Lakewood to start
Carlos Tocci, 19, Signed as a free agent in 2011;.242/.297/.324 in 487 AB’s; 2HR 30RBI; 10/21 SB; 5%bb/19%k rates; .267 vs. LHP; .232 vs. RHP; .210 over last month; .208 with RISP; 124 games in the OF with 6 errors (.980); 8 OF assists; Grade: C+; 2015: Clearwater. I am admittedly not nearly as high on Tocci as some but must admit he did improve over his 2013 year. That said, I have difficulty digesting the 2HR and 56RBI in 950 plate appearances in Lakewood, the fact that he is not fleet of foot, added on top of a very slow finish to the 2014 campaign. Still, at 19, times where real promise is shown.
Cord Sandberg, 19, Phils 3rd round pick in 2013; .235/.267/.345 in 264 AB’s; 6HR 24RBI; 8/11SB; 4%bb/20%k rates; .250 vs. LHP; .231 vs. RHP; .242 over last month; .185 with RISP; 65 games in the OF with 2 errors (.986); 5 OF assists. Grade: C; 2015: Lakewood. Sandberg played well enough to move up, but barely. He started hot and slowed considerably showing a lack of plate discipline fairly consistently. The raw talent remains there.
Jiandido Tromp, 20, Signed as a free agent in 2011; .256/.316/.456 in 344 AB’s between Lakewood and WIlliamsport; 15HR 42RBI; 19/24SB; 7%bb/28%k rates; .263 over last month; 88 games in the OF with 4 errors (.981); 9 OF assists. Grade: B+; 2015: Lakewood. Tromp has a very good 2014 and I was disappointed when he was moved to WIlliamsport and more disappointed he didnt move back up with the level of success he had. He hit for power, showed speed and performed well in the field. K rate needs work. Significant break out candidate for 2015.
Chase Harris, 23, Phils 14th round pick in 2014; .235/.301/.284 in 102 AB’s between GCL and WIlliamsport; 0HR 8RBI; 7/11SB; 6%bb/20%k rates; .175 over last month; 27 games in the OF with 2 errors (.971); 5 OF assists; Grade: C; 2015: 5th outfielder in Lakewood
Jose Pujols, 18, Signed as a free agent in 2012; .226/.273/.377 in 212 AB’s between GCL and Williamsport; 5HR 33RBI; 1/3SB; 5%bb/33%k rates; .213 over last month; 50 games in the OF with 3 errors (.973); 4 OF assists. Grade: C; 2015: Lakewood. I think the Phils will be aggressive with Pujols simply based on the raw talent that is there and they will want to get him plenty of AB’s in April and May before the Williamsport season starts. Unless he is crushing SAL pitching, I expect a drop back to Williamsport when their season opens. He is a run producer who needs a full season of AB’s next year to continue hiss progression.
Matt Shortall, 23, Phils 10th round pick in 2014; .264/.292/.440 in 91 AB’s; 3HR 11RBI; 2/3 SB; 2%bb/20% k rates; .267 vs. LHP; .263 vs. RHP; .214 with RISP; 13 games in the OF without an error; 1 OF assist; Grade: C+; 2015: Backup in Clearwater; Shortall battled a series of injuries with WIlliamsport but when he was in the lineup played like he belonged.
Venn Biter, 19, Phils 30th round pick in 2013; .210/.275/.312 in 157 AB’s; 0HR 14RBI; 13SB; .205 vs. LHP; .212 vs. RHP; 6%bb/27%k rates; .209 with RISP; .206 in August; 44 games in the OF with 2 errors (.974); 5 OF assists; Grade: C; 2015: Biter will have to have a good Spring to secure a spot in Williamsport. He has speed and has a very good arm, but has not been able to hit rookie league pitching consistently.
Carlos Duran, 19, Signed as a free agent in 2012; .299/.390/.393 in 107 AB’s; 0HR 11 RBI: 9SB; 13%bb/19%k rates; .286 vs. LHP; .304 vs. RHP; .216 with RISP; .333 in August. 33 games in the OF with 2 errors (.964); 3 OF assists; Grade: B+; 2015: Certainly Williamsport, could start in Lakewood and drop back. A very good first season in the STates for Duran, who got on base regularly with his bat and drew alot of walks.
Gustavo Martinez, 21, Signed as a free agent in 2011; .280/.322/.327 in 102 AB’s; 0HR 8RBI; 2SB; 6%bb/11%k rates; .217 vs. LHP; .298 vs. RHP; .350 with RISP; Grade: C; 2015: I dont have a clue why Martinez was placed with the GCL Phils after a successful 2013 with WIlliamsport…numbers game maybe. That makes me real unsure how the Phils feel about Martinez going forward.
Jake Sweaney, 19, Phils 4th round pick in 2013; .255/.323/.309 in 55 AB’s; 0HR 6RBI; 4/7SB; 10%bb/25%k rates; 24 games in the OF without an error; 1 OF assist; Grade: C+; 2015: Williampsort; Sweaney made the transition from C to the OF this year and it appears to have gone smoothly, albeit with limited playing time. I expect to see him get alot of action in the FIL and start ’15 in Williamsport.