Post Season Report Card–Shortstop

Next, we are taking a look at SS throughout the organization.  Two legitimate major league prospects in Crawford and Canelo.

Lehigh Valley

Chase D’Arnaud, 28, Signed as a free agent in 2015; .268/.317/.354 in 497AB; 5HR 35RBI; 28SB; 5%BB/12%K; .258 vs LHP; .272 vs RHP; .228 last month; 87 games at SS with 22 errors (.945); 34 games at 3B with 2 errors (.972); 3 games in the OF.  Once D’Arnaud started playing every day, he played well and was among league leaders in SB and runs.  Grade: B; 2016: With Crawford knocking on the door, I don’t see D’Arnaud back.

Edgar Duran, 24, Signed as a free agent in 2007; .163/.242/.207 in 135AB; 0HR 9RBI; 8%BB/16%K; .163 vs LHP; .163 vs RHP; 44 games at SS with 8 errors (.960); 4.36 R/F; 2 games at 2B without an error; Duran missed considerable time injured this season, including the last six weeks of the season; Slick fielding, he is pretty much awful with the bat.  Grade: D; 2016: He could stick around in Lehigh Valley as a back up middle infielder


JP Crawford, 20, Phils 1st round pick in 2013; .288/.380/.414 in 430AB between Clearwater and Reading; 6HR 42RBI; 12SB; 13%BB/11%K; For Reading: .265/.354/.407 in 351AB; 5HR 34RBI; 7SB; 12%BB/11%K rate; .227 vs LHP; .282 vs RHP; .300 last 30 days; 106 games at SS with 27 errors (.953); 5.12 R/F.  After missing the first month or so injured Crawford had a very good, borderline excellent year.  He slumped a bit in late July, early August but came back strong in the seasons final weeks.  Exceptional batting eye, makes very regular contact.  In a “perfect” world, his average would be about 10-15 points higher and a few fewer errors.  That said, he is right where he needs t be to debut late in 2016.  Grade: B+; 2016: Lehigh Valley

KC Serna, 25, Signed as a free agent in 2014; .247/.310/.297 in 381AB between Reading and Lehigh Valley; 1HR 34RBI;10SB; 7%BB/12%K; .273 vs LHP; .246 vs RHP; .250 last 30 days; Hit .200 for Lehigh Valley; 60 games at SS with 12 errors (.956); 20 games at 2B without an error; 21 games in the OF without an error; Serna did a decent job filling in for JP Crawford until he was ready to join Reading and continued seeing fairly regular playing time after because on injuries on the Reading roster.  Grade: C+; 2016: Serna will go where he has the best opportunity.  If he is back with the Phils organization it will likely be as a role player in Reading.


Malquin Canelo, 21, Signed as a free agent in 2011; .281/.331/.396 in 512AB between Lakewood and Clearwater; 8HR 47RBI; 17SB; 7%BB/17%K rates; For Clearwater: .250/.296/.323 in 248AB; 3HR 24RBI; 7SB; 6%BB/20%K; .227 vs LHP; .263 vs RHP; .296 last 30 days; 125 games at SS with 25 errors (.957); 4.47 R/F. Canelo progressed exactly as we would have hoped, destroying the SAL and then settling in nicely for Clearwater by the end of the season.  Grade: A-; 2016: I would like to see him get another 200-250 AB with Clearwater before a late June promotion to Reading.


Emmanuel Marrero, 22, Phils 7th round pick in 2014; .187/.239/.258 in 198AB between Clearwater and Lakewood; 1HR 11RBI; 2SB; 5%BB/16%K; .173 vs LHP; .186 vs RHP; .117 last 30 days; 52 games at SS with 9 errors (.967); 5.02 R/F; 8 games at 2B with 2 errors (.947); Offense was simply non-existent, defense was solid.  Grade: D, 2016: Lakewood


Dylan Bosheers, 23, Phils 15th round pick of 2015; .194/.255/.240 in 129AB; 0HR 7RBI; 8%BB/21%K; .250 vs LHP; .178 vs RHP; .234 last 30 days; 26 games at SS with 4 errors (.965); 4.23 R/F; 10 games at 2B with 1 error (.980); 4 games at 3B without an error.  Just a miserable beginning for Bosheers who simply couldn’t get himself going.  Grade: D-; 2016: Maybe back to Williamsport?

Grenny Cumana, 19, Signed as a free agent in 2012; .211/.262/.244 in 303AB between Lakewood and Williamsport; 0HR 21RBI; 14SB; Hit .226 for Williamsport in 106AB; 38 games at SS with 10 errors (.938); 52 games at 2B with 14 errors (.939). Cumana spent the last month of the season on the DL.  Nothing outstanding this year but I expect him at SS in Lakewood in 2016.


Arquimedez Gamboa, 18, Signed as a free agent in 2014; .189/.252/.258 in 190AB;0HR 16RBI; 8SB; 7%BB/24%K rate;.185 vs LHP; .191 vs RHP; .190 last 30 days; .193 with RISP; 32 games at SS with 5 errors (.963); 18 games at 2B with 4 errors (.953); Beyond showing some speed, it was a tough debut stateside for Gamboa.  Grade: D; 2016: GCL



16 thoughts on “Post Season Report Card–Shortstop

  1. Isn’t it a concern that Crawford has had 27 (?) errors at SS in Reading? He does seem to have ability to make some near spectacular plays…but that amount of errors shows need for more coaching (?) next season and perhaps in the AFL this off-season. And, if Bowa is retained as a coach in ’16, he’d be good to work with Crawford on fielding.

    When Bowa and Rollins were playing SS in Philly, neither one would have no more than about 15 errors, or so for the entire season. Or less.

    Crawford seems to be on a “hurry up” course to the big club with the AFL counting him among the polishing players. His offense–at age 20–is coming along well…in fact there is a lot of experience indicating that when he catches up to an appropriate age, he could develop into an offensive star.

    Just hoping for improved error-less maturation.

  2. Not so sure i woudlnt be ok with Canelo starting at Reading. Lets see how he handles it, lots of guys he better there than at Clearwater

    1. I’m expecting both JP to return to Reading and Canelo to CWater to start next year with mid year promotions if they’re doing well. I’ve read informed comments that Canelo is our best fielding SS. If he can hit like he did at Lwood, we’d have ourselves a player with value. I also think Arauz should be on this list and he might actually be really good. He’s only 17, and more of a SS than 2B, so it will be interesting to see whether they send him as an 18 yr old to Wsport since they want Gamboa and Brito to play also.

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