Around the System–Catcher

Certainly an area where the Phillies will be looking to add talent and depth in the upcoming draft.  Nothing to be over whelmed about but Lino and Knapp have been solid this year, with Gruillon learning and progressing.

Lehigh Valley

John Hester, 32, Signed as a free agent in 2015; .269/.296/.385 in 26 AB’s between Reading and Lehigh Valley; 0HR 0RBI.  10 games caught with any errors or passed balls; Has thrown out 2/10 (20%) of base stealers; STarted the season on the DL after knee surgery and has played very sparingly since.

Logan Moore, 24, Phils 9th round pick in 2011; .187/.282/.240 in 75AB’s between Reading and Lehigh Valley; 0HR 8RBI; 12%BB/22%K rates; Hitting .194 in 36 AB’s with Lehigh Valley; 24 games caught with 4 errors (.975); 4 passed balls; Has thrown out 14/23 (61%) base stealers.  No bat, excellent arm.

Tommy Joseph, 23, Acquired from San Francisco in 2012; .123/.135/.178 in 73 AB’s before being placed on the DL with a concussion.  Hasnt played in three weeks and no timeline for his return.

Blake Forsythe, 25, Acquired from Oakland in 2015;  Hitting .250 in 12 AB’s between Reading and Lehigh Valley; 4 games caught without an error; 1 passed ball; Has thrown out 2/3 base stealers; Depth guy.


Gabriel Lino, 22, Acquired from Baltimore in 2012; .255/.325/.331 in 102AB’s for Reading; 3HR 12RBI; 8%BB/23%K rates; .261 vs. LH, .253 vs. RH, .240 with RISP; .245 in May;  30 games caught with 2 errors (.991); 2 passed balls; Has thrown out 15/30 base stealers (50%); Lino has played well this year.  Looking for perhaps a bit more with the stick but very solid behind the plate.

Rene Garcia, 25, Signed as a free agent in 2015; .222/.246/.238 in 63 AB’s between Reading and Lehigh Valley; 0HR 3RBI; 3%BB/8%K rates; Has caught 18 games with 1 error(.990); 0 passed balls; Has thrown out 5/19 base stealers (26%).  Very good receiver without much else.  A good guy to help the Reading pitching staff.


Andy Knapp, 23, Phils 3rd round pick in 2013; .277/.342/.379 in 177AB’s; 1HR 23RBI; 8%BB/23%K rates; .203 vs. LHP; .319 vs RHP; .238 with RISP; .289 in May;  33 games caught with 4 errors (.985); 3 passed balls; Has thrown out 13/29 base stealers (45%).  Knapp is coming into his own this year and playing like a 3rd round pick.  Needs work against lefty pitching but the hope would be to see him in Reading for the last month of the season.

Chace Numata, 22, Phils 14th round pick in 2010; .239/.300/.283 in 46AB’s between Lakewood and CLearwater; 0HR 4RBI; 8%BB/4%K rates. 7 games caught with 1 error (.981); 2 passed balls; Has thrown out 4/15 base stealers (27%).  Numata is still getting his feet wet after missing much of the last two seasons injured.


Joel Fisher, 22, Phils 23rd round pick in 2014; .239/.286/.348 in 46 AB’s; 0HR 3RBI; 0%BB/28%K rates; 14 games caught without an error; 1 passed ball; Has thrown out 5/9 base stealers (56%).  Has played very well defensively when he has played.

Deivi Gruillon, 19, Signed as a free agent in 2012; .243/.277/.338 in 148AB’s; 2HR 18RBI; 4%BB/23%K rates; .220 vs. LHP; .255 vs. RHP; .234 with RISP; .202 in May; 35 games caught with 3 errors (.989); 6 passed balls; Has thrown out 11/43 (26%) base stealers.  A bit more was expected of Gruillon through the early going but far from a disappointment at 19 and in Lakewood.

Jose Mayorga, 22, Signed as a free agent in 2009; Hitting .097 in 31AB’s between Clearwater and Lakewood.  11 games caught without an error; 0 passed balls; Has thrown out 5/13 (38%) of base stealers

14 thoughts on “Around the System–Catcher

    1. I think the fact that Knapp hasn’t mastered Hi-A yet is a good reason why he’s not in AA. That and maybe because they like Lino and want him to be the guy in Reading right now.

  1. Are Lino, Knapp, and Gruilon sufficient to cover the position for the 6-7 years to start in 2016…which is when Lino could be brought up late in the season? Lino’s defense being good is encouraging for a guy who seemed to be lingering on our farm. His offense seems to be getting better and I’d be happy with a guy who can manage a .265 BA with 8-10 HRs who plays good defense.

    Should his progress continue in ’15. I’d love to see him join Ruiz in late ’16 and learn from him more about game-calling while Ruiz plays out his contract. Following all three catchers should command our attention since Ruiz will be moving on soon enough.

    1. Huh? I don’t think you can rely on any of these guys for anything. Non of them are yet projectable as starting major league catchers although it could happen and I think Grullon is likely to make the majors in some capacity – but anything more than that is just conjecture

      1. I don’t think Art was saying it will happen, just asking if they’re capable.

        Honestly, I’m surprised Lino is even in AA given what he did last year in Clearwater. If what he’s doing so far this year is legit, then he’s flying under the radar. He’s been streaky at the plate but overall his numbers are solid, and he’s only 22. I’ve read Matt’s twitter impressions of his defense: he says his receiving is bad but may be improving, and he has a good arm.

        We knew when he came over from Baltimore that he had good tools and needed a lot of polish. It’s too early to say that he’s figuring things out but it’s at least a possibility.

      2. I can tell you people have never actually seen Knapp play. He is the future and will be the starting catcher toward the end of the 2016 season. A switch hitter who can really swing it.

  2. BTW – IMHO – Nola performed terrifically tonight! perhaps a few more starts in dbl A & perhaps maybe 1 or 2 at LV despite what RAJ says, Nola looks ready to me…

  3. A lot of this discussion will change if the Phillies are able to select Stephenson with #10.

  4. In no way am I pretending to be a scout, but I would avoid Whitley (too many Hewitt reminders) and Aiken (too many Brad Brink and Tyler Greene reminders)

  5. Newman would be a relatively safe pick at a skill position. Stephenson would be the high risk/ high reward type they have picked in the past. Not saying he won’t make it-but there is little leery regarding a position change when you take a catcher (Todd Zeile and Joe Torre aside)

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