A look around the system at the production of third baseman. The Phils will most certainly need to pick up a minor league free agent or two capable of playing the hot corner to fill in the gaps in the short term.
No player played a majority of their games at 3B
Harold Martinez, 25, Phils 2nd round pick in 2011 draft; .292/.335/.400 in 260AB for Reading; 4HR 33RBI; 1SB; 6%BB/17%K rates; .333 vs LHP; .270 vs RHP; .274 last 30 days; .289 with RISP; 68 games at 3B with 8 errors (.955); 2.47 R/F; 9 games at 1B without an error. I admittedly wrote Martinez off early in the year, however he came back to play fairly well at 3B and didn’t hurt the team offensively. Grade: B-; 2016: Martinez has probably bought himself one final season with the organization because of the lack of upper level third base depth and a season that wasn’t awful.
Mitch Walding, 23, Phils 5th round pick in 2011 draft; .233/.318/.315 in 403AB; 4HR 31RBI; 5/9SB; 11%BB/26%K; .272 vs LHP; .213 vs RHP; .333 last 30 days; .209 with RISP; 120 games at 3B with 19 errors(.944); 2.68 R/F. Another disappointing year for Walding who is a career .232 hitter after 1400 plus minor league at bats in the lower levels. No real power to speak of, was poor with RISP and struck out a lot. Grade: C-; 2016: The only thing that may save him is the lack of depth at 3B in the minor league system.
Damek Tomscha, 24, Phils 17th round pick in 2014 draft; .282/.368/.417 in 423AB; 8HR 59RBI; 2SB; 8%BB/17%K; .301 vs LHP; .274 vs RHP; .333 last 30 days; 67 games at 3B with 8 errors (.962); 3.04 R/F; 21 games at 1B with 1 error (.995); Tomscha ended up having a very solid year, coming on very strong in his last 100AB’s. Solid in the field, he will need to show more power for a shot in the majors one day. Grade: B; 2016: Give him a shot in Reading. Walding doesn’t deserve a promotion and Tomscha is a year older than Walding.
Drew Stankiewicz, 22, Phils 11th round pick in 2014; .283/.345/.368 In 375 AB between Clearwater and Lakewood; 1HR 35RBI; 8/11SB; 9%BB/13%K; .234 vs LHP; .304 vs RHP; .333 last 30 days; 26 games at 3B with 4 errors (.946); 2.69 R/F; 24 games at SS with 4 errors (.940); 44 games at 2B with 2 errors (.991). Note: Stankiewicz was listed as a 3B as the majority of his Lakewood starts were at 3B. A good beginning, horrible middle and excellent ending to Stankiewicz’s season with the middle of his year ending with a demotion to Lakewood and a DL stint. Back at Lakewood, Stankiewicz came on very strong at years end. Grade: B-; 2016: He could land anywhere from Lakewood up through Reading. His versatility is very valuable as he does a good job at multiple positions.
Jan Hernandez, 20, Phils 3rd round pick in 2013; .211/.258/.413 in 213AB; 10HR 35RBI; 5SB; 5%bb/31%K; .218 VS lhp; .209 vs RHP; .209 last 30 days; 57 games at 3B with 13 errors (.910); 2.30 R/F. Feast or famine for Hernandez and it is more often famine. He clearly has power but his statistics indicate little progression over his three minor league seasons. He is a career .196 minor league hitter, having struck out in 38% of his AB’s at the lowest levels. Grade: D; 2016: I suspect he goes to Lakewood with another drop back to Williamsport if he doesn’t produce.
Luis Espiritu, 18, Signed as a free agent in 2014; .200/.264/.242 in 92AB between GCL, WP, and CW; 0HR 11RBI; 5SB; 8%BB/27%K; 20 games at 3B with 3 errors (.936); 9 games at 2B with 1 error; (.980). Espiritu was a spare part at the lower levels.
Lucas Williams, 19, Phils 3rd round pick in 2015; .288/.400/.331 in 118AB’s; 0HR 12RBI; 9SB; 15%BB/16%K rate; .259 vs LHP; .302 vs LHP; .264 last 30 days; 38 games at 3B with 4 errors (.955); 2.24 R/F. Not a bad debut for Williams who showed an impressive eye at the plate and good speed but he will have to show more range and more power to stick at 3B. Grade: B-; 2016: Williamsport