Around the System–OF

Plenty to talk about in the OF across the system.

Lehigh Valley

Aaron Altherr, 24, Phils 9th round pick in 2009; .296/.364/.483 in 375 AB’s between Reading and Lehigh Valley; 12HR 58RBI; 15SB; 9%BB/19%K rates; For LV: .301/.354/.486 in 146AB’s; 6HR 29RBI; 7SB; 7%BB/25%K rates; .417 vs LHP; .264 vs RHP; .282 in July. 94 games in the OF without an error; 7 OF assists;  Altherr has had an excellent year and has become one of the most talked about prospects with a healthy debate on when he should be called up.  The transition to Lehigh Valley has been a smooth one with perhaps a higher K rate that should normalize with time. Fielding continues to be excellent.

Brian Bogusevic, 31, Signed as a free agent in 2015; .285/.346/.389 in 347AB’s: 6HR 38RBI; 19SB; 8%BB/19%K rates; .248 vs LHP; .302 vs RHP; .286 with RISP; .186 in July.  80 games in the OF with 1 error (.994); 4 OF assists; Bogusevic has had a very good year overall but has cooled considerably recently.

Kelly Dugan, 24, Phils 2nd round pick in 2009; .309/.389/.398 in 181AB’s between CLearwater, Reading and LV; 1HR 18RBI; 2SB; 8%BB/21%K rates; .209 vs LHP; .352 vs RHP; .394 with RISP.  41 games in the OF with 2 errors (.978); 1 OF assist; A good batting average but plenty to work on for Dugan if he is going to be a major leaguer, including staying on the field, hitting lefties and hitting for power.

Tyler Henson, 27, Re-signed as a free agent in 2015; .268/.304/.363 in 325AB’s; 1HR 45RBI; 22SB; 5%BB/21%K rates; .265 vs LHP; .269 vs RHP; .286 last 30 days; .333 with RISP; 38 games in the OF without an error; 1 OF assist; 36 games at 2B with 11 errors (.944).  Henson is an extremely valuable player because of his versatility and the fact he is one of the best clutch hitters in the minor leagues.

Reading

Destin Hood, 25, Signed as a free agent in 2015; .317/.328/.492 in 63 AB’s with Reading; 2HR 11RBI; 15%BB/20%K rates; 15 games in the OF without an error; 2 OF assists; Hood was signed in July after being released by Washington.  He was initially a 2nd round pick back in 2008 and has some talent, which he has shown in the early going with Reading.  He hit .294 in almost of full year of AAA last year (Syracuse) and is a nice depth guy to have here.

Cameron Perkins, 24, Phils 6th round pick in 2012; .261/.315/.446 in 307AB’s: 11HR 45RBI; 5SB; 6%BB/13%K rates; .271 vs LHP; .241 vs RHP; .207 with RISP; .289 since June 1. 74 games in the OF with 2 errors (.987); 13 OF assists;  After missing some time injured early in the season, Perkins has come on to have a very solid season, temporarily putting to rest the criticism that he cant hit for power.

Brian Pointer, 23, Phils 26th round pick in 2010; .232/.352/.404 in 228AB’s: 9HR 27RBI; 6SB; 15%BB/27%K rate; .133 vs LHP; .247 vs RHP; .169 in July; .228 with RISP.  62 games in the OF with 2 errors (.982); 8 OF assists; Pointer is a feast or famine guy.  Still can’t hit lefties but when there is a RHP on the mound and his swing is in sync, look out.  Outstanding walk rate.

DL: Roman Quinn, 22, Phils 2nd round pick in 2011; Has been out since Mid June with a significant leg injury.  Expected back Mid August.

Nick Williams, 21, Acquired from Texas in 2015.  Expected to join team this week.  Hitting .299/.357/.479 in 378 AA AB’s this year; 13HR 45RBI; 10SB.

Clearwater

Aaron Brown, 23, Phils 3rd round pick in 2014; .238/.301/.395 in 294AB’s; 8HR 35RBI; 5/11SB; 5%BB/22%K rates; .265 vs LHP; .224 vs RHO; .237 in July; .225 in July.  77 games in the OF with 1 error (.995); 5 OF assists; Very pedestrian numbers for Brown.

Dylan Cozens, 21, Phils 2nd round pick in 2012; .282/.327/.418 in 294AB’s; 5HR 36RBI; 12SB; 6%BB/21%K rates; .217 vs LHP; .319 vs RHP; .424 over last 10 games; .267 with RISP. 65 games in the OF with 3 errors (.971); 4 OF assists;  Cozens has had a good year overall and is progressing just as you would hope.  After missing about three weeks injured, he has returned to the lineup very hot.

Andrew Pullin, 21, Phils 5th round pick in 2012; .260/.301/.401 in 392AB’s; 11HR 62RBI; 1SB; 5%BB/15%K rates; .264 vs LHP; .258 vs RHP; .215 in July; .262 with RISP. 75 games in the OF with 1 error (.993); 8 OF assists;  Pullin has put up run producing numbers consistently all year.  Would like to see his average 10-15 points higher but very hard to complain about his year.

Carlos Tocci, 19, SIgned as a free agent in 2011; .313/.372/.396 in 396AB’s between lakewood and Clearwater; 3HR 35RBI; 17SB; 7%BB/15%K rates. For CW: .302/.349/.358 in 162AB’s; 1HR 10RBI; 3SB; 5%BB/18%K rates.  99 games in the OF with 3 errors (.988); 5 OF assists; Tocci has hardly missed a beat with his move to Clearwater.  An excellent year that has allowed him to re-establish himself high on the prospect charts.

Lakewood

Chase Harris, 24, Phils 14th round pick of 2014; .254/.302/.295 in 268AB’s between Lakewood and Clearwater; 0HR 20RBI; 19SB; 6%BB/18%K rates; 72 games in the OF with 1 error (.993); 6 OF assists; Harris should be in High A, but there is no room with the guys that need AB’s every day.  That said, he is a long shot prospect.

Herlis Rodriguez, 21, SIgned as a free agent in 2010; .293/.332/.438 in 304AB’s; 8HR 47RBI; 12SB; 5%BB/16%K rate; .319 vs LHP; .282 vs RHP; .260 last 30 days; .338 with RISP. 65 games in the OF with 3 errors (.979); 15 OF assists. Rodriguez is another guy that has put himself on the internal prospect map this year with consistently solid performance.  His 15 OF assists lead the organization.

Cord Sandberg, 20, Phils 3rd round pick in 2013; .254/.299/.328 in 366AB’s; 2HR 38RBI; 5SB; 5%BB/17%K rates; .208 vs LHP; .273 vs RHP; .295 last 30 days.  89 games in the OF with 2 errors (.989); 10 OF assists; Sandberg has been coming on strong after a very slow start.  His talent is clear by watching him over any extended period.

Jiandido Tromp, 21, Signed as a free agent in 2011; .184/.237/.294 in 282AB’s; 4HR 29RBI; 7SB; .205 vs LHP; .177 vs RHP; 6%BB/28%K rates; .227 over last 30 days.  75 games in the OF with 2 errors (.988); 7 OF assists; It hasnt been pretty, with Tromp sporting one of the highest strikeout rates in the organization.

Williamsport

Venn Biter, 20, Phils 30th round pick in 2013; .252/.320/.336 in 119AB’s; 2HR 18RBI; 5SB; 10%BB/19%k rates; .258 vs LHP; .259 vs RHP; .189 last 30 days. 27 games in the OF with 2 errors (.957); 2 OF assists; Biter started very hot and then became (and continues to be very cold).

Zachary Copploa, 21, Phils 13th round pick in 2015; .305/.397/.331 in 118AB’s; 0HR 10RBI; 18SB; 13%BB/13%K rates; .250 vs LHP; .329 vs RHP; .280 last 30 days.  26 games in the OF with 1 error (.986); 3 OF assists; Coppola makes things happen at the top of the lineup and seems to have the skill set to compensate for his lack of power.  He is a guy I am interested to watch progress.

Carlos Duran, 20, Signed as a free agent in 2011; .171/.213/.229 in 70AB’s; 1HR 5RBI; 3SB; 15 games in the OF with 1 error (.978); Not much to speak of yet other than a game winning homer.

Mark Laird, 22, Phils 9th round pick in 2015; .283/.365/.303 in 99AB’s; 0HR 10RBI; 5SB; .360 vs LHP; .257 vs RHP; .284 over last 30 days; 23 games in the OF with 1 error (.982); 1 OF assist. Solid, if not outstanding beginning for Laird who gets bonus points for being a college teammate of Aaron Nola.

Jose Pujols, 19, Signed as a free agent in 2012; .279/.349/.374 in 147AB’s; 0HR 14RBI; 2SB; 9%BB/25%K rate; .286 vs LHP; .276 vs RHP; .235 over last 30 days; 31 games in the OF with 2 errors (.968); 2 OF assists; Struggling as of late but continues to develop.

GCL

Jesus Alastre, 18, Signed as a free agent in 2013; .259/.318/.321 in 81AB’s; 0HR 6RBI; 3SB; 5%BB/12%k rates. 22 games in the OF with 0 errors, 1 assist.

Juan Luis, 19, Signed as a free agent in 2013; .280/.353/.427 in 75AB’s; 2HR 6RBI; 6%BB/15% k rates.  Has shown some real glimpses of talent early on. 22games in the OF with 0 errors, 1 assist.

Bryan Martelo,18, Signed as a free agent in 2013; .262/.340/.357 in 84AB’s; 1HR 3RBI; 10%BB/16%K rates. 22 games in the OF with 1 error (.971); 4 OF assists.

Greg Pickett, 18, Phils 8th round pick in 2015; .188/.235/.281 in 32AB’s; 0HR 1RBI; Has played 3 games in the OF without an error.

Cornelius Randolph, 18, Phils 1st round pick in 2015; .280/.400/.430 in 93AB’s; 1HR 18RBI; 15%BB/17%K rate.  Randolph has been impressive early on, consistently producing runs. 20 games in the OF without an error; 1 assist.

Yunior Reyes, 20, Signed as a free agent in 2012; .244/.263/.295 in 78AB’s; 0HR 9RBI; 1SB; 1%BB/14%K rate; 16 games in the OF without an error.

 

22 thoughts on “Around the System–OF

  1. What’s the verdict on Cozens OF defense? People always seem to ticket him for an eventual move to 1B, but sticking in RF or LF would do a lot for his prospect status.

    1. Speaking of Cozens … he is top 10 in the FSL in wOBA (.350) and OPS (.745). Shockingly, there is only one qualifying player in the entire league with an OPS higher than .800 — and he’s sitting at .803. I know the FSL is a pitcher’s league, but geez …

      Seeing this makes Hoskins A+ stats even more impressive in my eyes (.875 OPS, .409 wOBA, 12.5/16/4 BB/K).

  2. I want to give Aaron Brown some credit. I might be the only one, but I’m okay with the season he’s had so far. My expectations for him were probably lower than the consensus coming into the year, but he’s moved up a level and improved his strikeout and walk rates from last year.

    We knew he was raw and there were obvious red flags in his college numbers. He still has a chance to finish the year strong and bump up his numbers slightly. Assuming he goes to Reading next year, it’ll be interesting to see if he can break out there.

    1. There is absolutely no reason to do this. He is 19 having success in A+ ball, and is probably the youngest or one of the youngest in the league. Let him have success at his current level and move him to AA to start next season. I suspect the Phils will give him the winter off from baseball to solely focus on building up his body, or at least trying to.

      1. I could see them starting Tocci at CLW next year as well, particularly if Quinn stays in Reading due to his missed injury time this year.

        1. While Tocci numbers at Lakewood were great his numbers beyond his triple slash in Clearwater need to improve. He needs to bring his K-rate down (which he has already started to do) and his BB-rate and ISO up. There is every reason to give him a couple months in Clearwater to start next year.

        1. He’ll get to the majors when he develops the skills to play in the majors. Forcing him up the ladder before he’s ready isn’t going to help.

    2. Good Lord why? He’s 3+ years YOUNG for his current level. He’s clearly been given aggressive assignments all through his minor league career to date. How bet letting him get some ABs in High A for the next year and then let him play in Reading in 2017, still 3 years young for the level??

  3. The most curious thing about Cozens is his lack of power hitting. A BIG guy like he is would be able to muscle the ball outta here. Credit is due, nevertheless …since he has improved his BA this season. Still too many Ks. What’s the underlining tale?

    Glad to see Williams listed. A lefty hitter with some power, good BA and speed although too many Ks…which seem to be improving. IMO, he and Altherr are most likely to be candidates for the Phils outfield some time in ’16. Complementary: one L & one R.

    IMO, Quinn has become highly problematical what with his frequent injuries for the few seasons he’s been aboard. There seems to be a tightness with his muscles/ligaments that could strike at any time. Yoga? Stretching program consistently? These body issues have been preventing him from playing a full season…..And, his Ks are too high for a guy who is supposed to be consistently getting on base as a leadoff guy.

    IMO, Altherr has shown much more of being our guy for CF. The question for me is who is going to bat leadoff in the near future since IMO Quinn is still a large question yet to be answered.

    1. More and more I see him play….Herrera will be CFer going forward if next year he improves/lowers his K rate and progresses defensively. Playing another 60 games this winter may be helpful for his CF prowess.
      Next season will be Herrera’s probation year, and if Quinn is ever going to challenge,it will be probably 2017.
      Herrera has already proven to hit MLB pitching. So Quinn will need to step up his game

      1. He doesn’t need to up his game – he’s just got to stay on the field and develop. He’s got a ton of talent.

        1. Granted he has 80 speed, and that is his main strength .
          He has improved his Krate this season at Reading but still it could be a little lower for a lead-off type hitter..
          When it comes to Herrera and Quinn….Quinn will need to outperform Herrera.
          And for all I see it this point, Quinn is a great prospect who is injury riddled and in the lower-body area, his noted strength is his wheels.
          He turns 23-years old next season and he could start back at the AA level.
          And he has lost valuable developmental time.
          Herrera has these last two months and April and May of 2016 to be still evaluated, if he falters and slumps, then Quinn could challenge in June 2016 for the CF position, if healthy.
          Personally, Billy Hamilton and Roman Quinn have somewhat parallel skill sets, with similar minor league stats …and right now I rather have Herrera in CF then Hamilton.

          1. I’m really enjoying Herrera and a 430 foot homer will definitely make one take notice, but let’s see how it plays out. As for Quinn, his skill set is much broader than just 80 speed, he has some hidden power, a decent hit tool, he’s a great fielder and has a plus arm. That he has progressed with this little playing time is a testament to his determination and his talent, but agreed he has to stay on the field. I think his ceiling is higher than Herrera, but Herrera has already arrived. Let’s just see.

            1. Herrera needs to get that leg kick under control his bat speed is a plus as well as his speed. The phillies might bring in a vet just for one yr to help him out with the routes.

    2. At over 150 PA’s and a K-rate at career norms this may be what we should expect from Alther which could translate to about .250 /.300/.430. He needs more time to see if he can adjust to advanced pitching and bring his numbers more in line with his AA numbers.

  4. We’re still a long way from knowing if Herrera will be a consistent major league hitter. Or Hernandez for that matter. So if Quinn ever gets over his leg issues and he is a guy that must be in the lineup, not only is that a great problem to have, but maybe Herrera moves back to his original position if Hernandez isn’t a long term solution. Hopefully, one of the three ends up being a keeper. Two would be awesome. Three is unrealistic.

  5. What are the early opinions on Bryan Martelo? Reasonable signing out of Columbia he seems to be doing well in his first summer in the US.

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