The report card for middle infielders at the upper reaches of the organization. Next up: Starting Pitching
Reid Brignac, 28, Signed as a free agent in 2014; .279/.357/.471 for Lehigh Valley in 128 AB’s; 5HR 21RBI; 3SB; 11%bb/22%k rates; .211 vs. LHP; .289 vs. RHP. 16 games at 2B without an error (1.000); 8 games at SS without an error; 10 games at 3B with 3 errors (.870); 1 game at 1B with 1 error. Brignac was up and down between Lehigh Valley and Philly, with the DL in between this year. In fairly limited action with the ‘Pigs he did a good job with both the bat and glove. Grade: B; 2015: Elsewhere; Brignac will go where there is the best opportunity for major league time. Looking at the Phils situation, the likelihood is that his major league chances are limited.
Cesar Hernandez, 24, Signed as a free agent in 2007; .290/.358/.394 in 259 AB’s between Reading and Lehigh Valley; 3HR 24RBI; 8/15SB; 10%bb/16%k rates; .250 over last month; 24 games at SS with 4 errors (.952); 21 games at 3B with 10 errors (.831); 23 games at 2B with 2 errors (.981); Hernandez bounced all around in 2014, between the minors and majors; between Reading and Lehigh Valley. They experimented with him at 3B which did not go well. His stats at the plate were solid as they usually have been in the minors. Bottom Line: Hernandez can be a backup middle infielder that is far more solid at 2B. Grade: C; 2015: The Phils are in a dilemma as Hernandez will be out of options after this year, so he must make the major league roster in the Spring or all major league teams will have a shot at him. At just 24, he is a likely candidate to be picked up if the Phils choose to outright him.
Freddy Galvis, 24, Signed as a free agent in 2007; .267/.322/.452 in 135 AB’s for Lehigh Valley; 3HR 15RBI; 1SB; 8%bb/17%k rates; 6 games at 2B with 2 errors (.938); 3 games at 3B without an error; 34 games at SS with 1 error (.992); Galvis started the year with the Phils, played poorly, got hurt and was out an extended period of time, and then played fairly well for Lehigh Valley before being called back up to Philly in September. Like Hernandez, he is out of options and the Phils will be faced with a difficult decision regarding Galvis’s future. Grade: C; 2015: I expected Galvis to step up far more than he did this year for the Phils. That said, if the Phils need to make a choice, I think the Phils will lean towards keeping Galvis simply because of his advanced defense and the marginal difference between Galvis and Hernandez offensively.
Nate Spears, 29, Signed as a free agent in 2014; .299/.352/.431 in 144 AB’s; 2HR 15RBI; 4/6SB; 2%bb/29%k rates; .138 vs. LHP; .339 vs. RHP; .250 over last month; 29 games at 2B without an error (1.000); 9 games at 3B without an error (1.000); 8 games at SS with 1 error (.957); Spears was brought in mid season from the Independent League for middle infield depth and ended up getting some playing time and playing very well. COuldnt ask for much more out of him. Grade: A-; 2015: I doubt Spears will be back as a 30 year old, that lacks major league talent.
Albert Cartwright, 26, Acquired from Houston in 2010; .243/.295/.315 in 445 AB’s; 3HR 23RBI; 28/37SB; 6%bb/23%k rates; .253 vs. LHP; .237 vs. RHP; .202 over last month; .233 with RISP; 82 games at 2B with 9 errors (.977); 33 games in the OF with 2 errors; 1 OF assist. Cartwright now has well over 900 AB’s at the AA level and he is a .248 hitter with little to no power and doesnt walk enough to make up for the low average. He does have very good speed, steals bases and plays solid defense but AA ball is probably his ceiling. Grade: C; 2015: Possibly Lehigh Valley, but more likely another organization
Edgar Duran, 23, Signed as a free agent in 2008; .218/.275/.290 in 376 AB’s between Reading and Lehigh Valley; 4HR 27RBI; 6/13SB; 6%bb/17%k rates; .252 vs. LHP; .208 vs. RHP; .175 over last month; 89 games at SS with 16 errors (.962); 10 games at 3B without an error; 5 games at 2B with 1 error; Another whose season was mired in mediocrity. Didnt do much at the plate and has little potential to improve on that. Grade: D+; 2015: All depends on who the Phils decide to offer minor league free agent contracts to.
KC Serna, 24, Signed as a free agent in 2014; .276/.304/.380 in 463 AB’s between Reading and Clearwater; 5HR 40RBI; 10/17SB; 3%bb/13%k rates. FOr Reading: .273/.290/.364 in 165 AB’s; 51 games at SS with 8 errors (.967); 30 games at 3B with 5 errors (.938); 33 games at 2B with 4 errors (.978). Serna was extremely solid all year long after spending 2013 in the Independent League. The Phils would be wise to bring him back as he can hit and is a versatile middle infielder that can play at the upper levels of the minors. Grade: B+; 2015: Reading as a super utility player
Angelo Mora, 21, Signed as a free agent in 2010; .227/.284/.310 in 353 AB’s; 3HR 27RBI; 3/11SB; 7%bb/21%k rates; .190 vs. LHP; .241 vs. RHP; .177 over last month; 68 games at 2B with 9 errors (.971); 27 games at SS with 4 errors (.967); 11 games in the OF with 1 error and 1 assist. Grade: C-; 2015: Very dependant upon where Pullin and Valentin land. Mora was “fine” in ’14. He provided minimal offense, decent defense and versatility up the middle. He likely will land where there is a need for a 3rd or 4th middle infielder.
Jesmuel Valentin, 20, Acquired from Dodgers in 2014; .205/.255/.250 in 44 AB’s with CLearwater; 0HR 0RBI; Hit .280/.349/.430 in 407 AB’s with Great Lakes(A) in the Dodgers organization; 7HR 47RBI; 24SB; 117 games at 2B with 14 errors (.975). Grade: Inc. 2015: Clearwater. Only a couple of weeks in the Phils organization so very difficult to review his year beyond the numbers. The numbers were very positive for Great Lakes and the Phils will have a dilemma as to how to get both Valentin and Pullin AB’s at Clearwater, which is the level both belong.
JP Crawford, 19, Phils 1st round pick in 2013; .285/.375/.406 in 463 AB’s between Lakewood and CLearwater; 11HR 48RBI; 24/38SB; 12%bb/14%k rates; .267 over last month; For Clearwater: .275/.352/.407 in 236 AB’s; 8HR 29RBI; .279 vs. LHP; .274 vs. RHP; 121 games at SS with 29 errors (.951). Grade: A-; 2015: Reading. Simply outstanding for Crawford this year. Excellent production for anyone, let alone a 19 year old. Only blip is too many errors this year.