A look at outfielders in the lower levels. A reminder that grades are based on performance against was expected pre-season of this player, NOT against others. Next up will be outfielders at the upper levels.
Jiandido Tromp, 21, Signed as a free agent in 2011; .216/.268/.354 in 412AB; 9HR 44RBI; 10/15SB; 6%BB/27%K; .217 vs LHP; .219 vs RHP; .290 last 30 days; 108 games in the OF with 2 errors (.992); 10 OF assists; After a very good 2014, much was expected of Tromp and took alot longer adjusting to the SAL than many expected. He did play solid defense and came on at the end of the season. Already with over 1000 minor league at bats, I think he begins back in Lakewood. Grade: D+
Chase Harris, 24, Phils 14th round pick in 2014; .255/.310/.294 in 310AB between Clearwater and Lakewood; 0HR 23RBI; 21/29SB; 6%BB/16%K; 80 games in the OF with 1 error (.994); 6 OF assists. Harris was the odd man out in CLearwater, being demoted back to Lakewood when they needed roster space and then getting injured to end the season. Harris is like many other OF’s in the organization…decent hitting tools, little power, good speed. He may become victim to the numbers game once again as there are several younger players with similar skill sets. Grade: C-
Cord Sandberg, 20, Phils 3rd round pick in 2013; .255/.303/.345 in 499AB; 5HR 59RBI; 5/12SB; 5%BB/17%K; .222 with RISP; .218 vs LHP; .269 vs RHP; .243 last 30 days; 120 games in the OF with 4 errors (.983); 13 OF assists. Mediocirty for Sandberg this year, who showed his true potential in spurts and then really struggled in others. Grade: C; 2016: Clearwater
Herlis Rodriguez, 21, Signed as a free agent in 2011; .294/.339/.425 in 445AB; 10HR 61RBI; 16SB; 6%BB/15%K; .326 vs LHP; .282 vs RHP; .297 since Aug 1; 98 games in the OF with 6 assists (.967); 21 OF assists; Rodriguez had an outstanding year in all aspects of his game, hitting for average, showing his speed and even hitting for some power. He led all Phils minor league OF in assists as well. After missing most of 2014, he is back on track. Grade: A; 2016: Likely Clearwater, outside shot at a double bump to Reading. Continue reading Post Season Report Card–OF, GCL, WPORT and LAKEWOOD