We are approaching a month into the minor league season, so I figured I would throw a quick list out there on those who have put the early season stats up to be considered promotion worthy. That said, it is generally too early to promote based on performance. Look for that to occur after another 3-4 weeks. Some names too get the discussion going:
Carlos Tocci, OF, Lakewood-In his third season in Lakewood, he would be one of those most likely to move up quickly this year and he has played like he deserves to.
Rhys Hoskins, 1B, Lakewood- 23 year old college draftee has begun hitting like he doesn’t belong…which is a good thing!
Matt Hockenberry, RP,Lakewood–At 24, and having finished his college career, Hockenberry is doing what he should at this level. I expect him in Clearwater come June.
Maikel Franco, 3B, Lehigh Valley–Only a matter of time, most likely late May to the Phils.
Jesse Biddle, P, Reading–Biddle has been largely effective and bouncing back well from his disastrous 2014. I would expect a June call to Lehigh Valley if he stays consistent.
Aaron Nola, P, Reading–Nola could very well end up in Philly come September if he continues pitching in the manner he has.
Brandon Leibrandt, P, Clearwater–Has been outstanding for Clearwater early on, showing both command and the “know how” you want in a young pitcher.
Note: This short list is far from all encompassing as there are several who have been outstanding that have not been included (i.e. Eflin as prime example). It is my belief that there are many who the Phils will simply want to spend most of the current year at their level for a variety of reasons.