We will be looking at every player in the organization, broken down by position in a review of their 2015 performance along with a projection of where they will be in 2016. It is important to note that when graded, I am considering my expectation of what the player would do against themselves not against others.
Russ Canzler, 29, Signed as a free agent in 2015,.274/.333/.416 in 394AB; 10HR 47RBI; 8%BB/18%K; .295 vs LHP; .264 vs RHP; .266 last 30 days; 40 games at 1B with 3 errors (.991); 24 games at 3B with 3 errors (.936); 13 games in the OF with 1 error (.955); Grade: B-. Canzler had a good year, albeit a year in which he missed a chunk of time with an oblique injury. After a slow start, Canzler gave the Phils the offensive output expected from him. Next year: I don’t expect Canzler to be back based on roster movement below.
Tommy Joseph, 24, Acquired from San Francisco in 2013, .193/.220/.301 in 166AB for Lehigh Valley; 3HR 18RBI; 2%BB/20%K; .200 vs LHP; .189 vs RHP; .247 last 30 days; 30 games at 1B with 3 errors (.989); 8.80 R/F; 19 games caught with 1 error (.992); 7/15 CS. Grade:D. Another lost season for Joseph who missed the large majority of the season after suffering another concussion which necessitated his transition to first base. Still far to early to judge his future at first, but I think he will have difficulty hitting enough for long term success. 2016: Lehigh Valley. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him removed from the 40 man roster.
Brock Stassi 26, Phils 33rd round pick of 2011, .300/.394/.470 in 466AB; 15HR 90RBI; 14%BB/12%K rate; .255 vs LHP; .317 vs RHP; .250 last 30 days; 112 games at 1B with 5 errors (.995); 8.69 R/F. Grade: A. Simply couldn’t have done more than what he did this year, albeit as an older AA player. More athletic that those we fell in love with that came before him (Rizzotti, Ruf), STassi knows how to hit, led the league in RBI’s and plays a good 1B. That said, I am still unconvinced he is a major leaguer. Stassi is just one season removed from hitting .232 as a 25 year old in Reading. 2016: Lehigh Valley. Note that he is Rule 5 eligible.
Art Charles, 24, Acquired from Toronto in 2013; .215/.304/.367 in 289AB; 8HR 45 RBI; 12%BB/26%K; .186 vs LHP; .220 vs RHP; .159 last 30 days; .232 with RISP; .117 Post All Star Break; 36 games at 1B with 4 errors (.988); 8.83 R/F. Grade: D; After starting the season on fire, other than showing a good eye, he was awful since. A hulk of a man, Charles power output does not equal his physique and he strikes out a ton. With talent throughout the system at 1B he may struggle to be rostered next season. 2016: Backup in Reading
Rhys Hoskins, 22, Phils 5th round pick in 2014, .319/.395/.518 in 498AB between Lakewood and Clearwater; 17HR 90RBI; 10%BB/18%K rate; .380 vs LHP; .287 vs RHP; .326 last 30 days; 122 games at 1B with 11 errors (.990); 8.93 R/F. Grade: A. Continued, consistent progress by Hoskins who hit for average, with power and produced RBI’s. He didnt miss a beat when promoted to Clearwater, hitting .317 in 243 AB with the Threshers. Next year will be his true test ;2016: Reading
Willians Astudillo, 23, Signed as a free agent in 2008; .314/.348/.384 in 385AB; 3HR 49RBI; 3%BB/3%K rates; .307 vs LHH; .319 vs RHH; .302 last 30 days; 39 games at 1B with 1 error (.997); 8.82 R/F; 33 games at C with 1 error (.987); 4 passed balls; 16/40 CS (40%); 2 games at 3B with 1 error; 1 game in the OF. Grade: B; Its tough to give a player who is consistently among league leaders in batting average any less than an A, but Astudillo still doesn’t walk, doesn’t hit for power, cant run, and is without a true position. Because of those things, his time will eventually run out in minor league baseball and it will run out with him consistently hitting above .300. 2016: Clearwater
Kyle Martin, 22, Phils 4th round pick in 2015; .279/.325/.446 in 251AB; 5HR 37RBI; 6%BB/21%K; .194 vs LHP; .307 vs RHP; .244 last 30 days; 55 games at 1B with 3 errors (.993); 11.51 R/F; Grade: B; After starting absolutely on fire, Martin came back to Earth during the seasons final six weeks. A huge man, Martin will have to show more of the power that was shown often in college. Numbers against lefties are “Howard like” 2016: Clearwater
Brendon Hayden, 22, Phils 16th round pick in 2015; .291/.376/.395 in 179AB; 3HR 20RBI; 11%BB/13% K rates; .395 vs LHP; .262 vs RHP; .234 last 30 days; 48 games at 1B with 2 errors (.995); 8.73 R/F. Grade: B; Hayden played very well for Williamsport, clearly showing he knows how to hit. He slowed down at the end of the season, getting hurt and spending some time on the DL. He picks up the ball well in the field but his range is extremely limited. 2016: Lakewood
Jesus Posso, 20, Signed as a free agent in 2012; .236/.283/.404 in 161 AB: 6HR 21RBI; 4%BB/15%K rate; .226 vs LHP; .241 vs RHP; .239 last 30 days; 29 games at 1B with 2 errors (.993); 5 games caught with 2 errors (.964); 1 passed ball; 1/6 CS; Grade C; Almost fully transitioned out of the catcher position and into first base, Posso hit inconsistently but with power. At 5’11 max, doesn’t profile as a 1B. 2016: Lakewood
Luis Encarnacion, 18, .271/.313/.370 in 192AB; 4HR 36RBI; 6%BB/19%K; .302 vs LHP; .262 vs RHP; .284 in August; .299 with RISP; 41 games at 1B with 9 errors (.977); SIgned as a free agent in 2013; Grade: B; Solid second season in the GCL for Encarnacion who still oozes potential. Glove needs some work. 2016: Maybe a start in Lakewood to get in a full season of AB’s but certainly ready for a move to Williamsport.
Scott Tomassetti, 22, Phils 34th round pick in 2014; .264/.330/.352 in 92AB: 1HR 12RBI; 7%BB/27%K; 8 games caught with 1 error (.972); 1 passed ball; 3/11 caught stealing (27%); 15 games at 1B without an error. Tomasetti did what was asked of him and did an adequate job of it. Grade: B-; 2016: I would be surprised to see Tomasetti back. His skill set is limited and as a 34th round pick his rope is thin.