All of a sudden, lots of talent behind the plate with many difficult decisions on “who goes where” come next season.
Erik Kratz, 35, Signed as a free agent in 2015; .312/.433/.558 in 77AB with Lehigh Valley; 3HR 15RBI; 19%BB/19%K; 11 games caught with 1 error (.988); 1 passed ball; 1/6 CS (17%); Also played one game at 1B. Kratz was picked up late in the season as the Phils wanted a catcher to add to the September roster in Philly. Kratz did his typical very competent job with Lehigh Valley. Grade: B+; 2016: Either retired or with another organization
Gabrial Lino, 22, Acquired from Baltimore in 2012; .234/.277/.329 in 304 AB between Reading and Lehigh Valley; 3HR 30RBI; 6%BB/25%K rates; .215/.244/.272 for Lehigh Valley; Hit just .188 over last month of year; 83 games caught with 4 errors (.993); 8 passed balls; 31/76 CS (41%). Although significant difficulties with the bat during the last two months of the season, Lino’s 2015 has to be considered a success as he established himself defensively behind the plate and showed the capability to hit a bit. Grade: C+ 2016: If the Phils have to make a choice between Lino and Moore, Lino has the advantage of being three years younger. I see him back in Lehigh Valley.
Logan Moore, 25, Phils 9th round pick in 2011;.253/.312/.349 in 229AB between Reading and Lehigh Valley; 3HR 25RBI; 8%BB/19%K; For Lehigh Valley: .276/.338/.351 in 134AB; 62 games caught with 5 errors (.988); 5 passed balls; 29/55 CS (53%). Moore had another excellent year with the glove and throwing runners out and was much improved with the bat. I would have liked to have seen him play a bit more in Lehigh Valley as he is Rule 5 eligible and could easily take a spot on a major league roster as a backup catcher. Grade: B+
Andy Knapp, 23, Phils 2nd round pick in 2013; .308/.385/.491 in 458AB between Clearwater and Reading; 13HR 84RBI; 10%BB/21%K; For Reading: .360/.419/.631 in 214AB; 11HR 56RBI; 9%BB/18%K; .431 vs LHP; .333 vs RHP; .310 last 30 days; 94 games caught with 7 errors (.990); 10 passed balls; 39/108 CS (36%); No words to really describe the offensive show he put on when called up to Reading. Much improved defensive numbers as well, one year removed from Tommy John surgery. Grade: A; 2016: Lehigh Valley
Rene Garcia, 25, SIgned as a free agent in 2015; .318/.332/.359 in 192AB between Lehigh Valley and Reading; 0HR 22RBI; .292 vs LHP;368 vs RHP; 49 games caught with 2 errors (.994); 2 passed balls; 16/42 CS (38%); Garcia had an outstanding year in his role as a back up catcher; He hit and was excellent receiving and throwing out base stealers. Grade: A; 2016: Likely elsewhere where he believes he will receive a legit opportunity to play at AAA.
Jorge Alfaro, 22, Acquired from Texas in 2015; Alfaro got in a couple GCL games after recovering from his ankle injury but lost a good portion of his year this year to injury. 2016: Reading starting catcher
Chace Numata, 23, Phils 14th round pick in 2010 draft; .268/.328/.330 in 276AB between Lakewood and Clearwater; 1HR 35RBI; .252 vs LHP; .270 vs RHP; .238 last 30 days; 53 games caught with 3 errors (.992); 12 passed balls; 24/70 CS(34%); Numata missed almost all of 2014 injured and came back to have a good year in 2015 putting up decent offensive numbers and good defensive numbers. Grade: B; 2016: Numata will have to be Rule 5 protected and will become a free agent after next season. Not a whole lot of room above. I think he starts back in Clearwater, although he could be let go to find another opportunity in the off season.
Wilson Garcia, 21, Signed as a free agent in 2010; .321/.327/.396 in 53AB between Williamsport and Clearwater; 0HR 5RBI; 2%BB/10%K; 7 games at C without an error; 2/5 CS (40%); Garcia only started three games all year and likely lands as a backup in Lakewood backing up Gruillon until he moves along next year.
Deivi Gruillon, 19, Signed as a free agent in 2012; .221/.273/.335 in 394AB; 8HR 50RBI; 6%BB/25%K rate; .229 vs LHP; .218 vs RHP; .299 last 30 days; 97 games caught with 13 errors (.982); 14 passed balls; 33/102 CS (32%); After a miserable first half of the season, Gruillon came on real strong towards the end of the year, even hitting with some power, and showing off his defensive abilities. Grade: C+ 2016: I suspect the Phils treat Gruillon the same way they treated Tocci which is more time in Lakewood. He is young and there is a glut of catching above.
Joel Fisher, 22, Phils 23rd round pick in 2014; .199/.243/.316 in 171AB; 3HR 14RBI; 4%BB/30%K; .176 vs LHP; .208 vs RHP; .244 last 30 days; 39 games caught with 4 errors (.983); 3 passed balls; 14/27 CS (52%). Abysmal with the bat, decent behind the plate. Grade: C-; 2016: If Fisher sticks around, it will be as a 3rd catcher bouncing around the lower minor league levels.
Jose Mayorga, 23, Signed as a free agent in 2009; .192/.293/.212 in 99AB between CLearwater and Lakewood; 0HR 8RBI; 14%BB/16%K; 18 games caught with 2 errors (.985); 7/22 CS (32%); 3 games at 1B without an error. Mayorga has been used very sparingly over the last 3 seasons and with the amount of catchers establishing themselves throughout the organization, I suspect Mayorga’s time with the organization will be coming to a close. Grade: D
Gregori Rivero, 19, Signed as a free agent in 2012; .219/.237/.386 in 114AB; 3HR 18RBI; 3%BB/14%K; .065 vs LHP; .277 vs RHP; 31 games caught with 3 errors (.987); 16/54 (30%) CS rate; 7 passed balls. Rivero was playing regularly before going down with an injury, which caused him to miss the last month of the season. With the missed time, expect him back in Williamsport. Grade: C
Austin Bossart,22, Phils 14th round pick in 2015; .333/.359/.420 in 138AB; 1HR 19REBI; 0BBB/12%K; .444 vs LHP; .280 vs RHP; .309 last 30 days; 36 games caught with 5 errors (.985); 20/51 CS rate (39%); 6 passed balls; Bossart did a real nice job with the bat and receiving getting more playing time than expected. Grade: B+; 2016: CLearwater backup
Greg Brodzinski, 24, Phils 18th round pick in 2015; .326/.340/.370 in 46AB between GCL and Williamsport; 0HR 6RBI; 2%BB/4%K; 20 games caught with 1 error (.989); Threw out 6/20 base stealers (30%); 0 passed balls; Brodzinski was a spare part for the GCL Phils until injuries gave him a shot in Williamsport. Too much talent for Brodzinski to hang on with very limited upside. Grade: B
Rodolfo Duran, 17, Signed as a free agent in 2015; .185/.221/.247 in 81AB: 0HR 10RBI; 1SB; 4%BB/20%K; .190 vs LHP; .183 vs RHP; .219 with RISP; 36 games caught with 4 errors (.977); 6 passed balls; 5/23 CS (22%). At 17 years old, clearly some work to do. Grade: D; 2016: GCL
Edgar Cabral, 20, Phils 11th round pick in 2015 draft; .281/.355/.406 in 96AB; 2HR 14RBI; 8%BB/6%K; .227 vs LHP; .297 vs RHP; .302 last 30 days; .333 with RISP; Caught 34 games with 3 errors (.986); 6 passed balls; 13/34 CS(38%). Cabral had a good rookie campaign, showing competency with the bat and a real nice % of throwing out would be base stealers. Grade: B; 2016: Williamsport