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.
Venn Biter, 20, Phils 30th round pick in 2013; .265/.324/374 in 229AB; 2HR 29RBI; 9SB; 8%BB/21%K; .273 vs LHP; .262 vs RHP; .266 last 30 days; 49 games in the OF with 3 errors (.967); 5 OF assists. Biter was the Cutters primary LF and did a good job this year, progressing well, albeit while missing some time injured. Grade: B; 2016: Lakewood
Zachary Coppola, 21, Phils 13th round pick in 2015; .271/.350/.284 in 225AB; 0HR 15RBI; 19/30SB; 11%BB/16%K; .215 vs LHP; .294 vs RHP; .208 last 30 days; 46 games in the OF with 1 error (.991); 6 OF Assists. Coppola started very quickly but struggled towards years end. That said, he is the type of player Philly fans will enjoy. High energy, high baseball IQ, always grinding it out. Excellent speed and solid defense. Grade: B; 2016: Lakewood
Carlos Duran, 20, Signed as a free agent in 2011; .247/.303/.340 in 162AB; 2HR 12RBI; 10/15SB; 8%BB/23%K; .271 vs LHP; .237 vs RHP; .279 last 30 days; 46 games in the OF with 2 errors (.983); 3 OF assists. Duran began seeing regular playing time as a result of injuries and began hitting well as the season progressed. Still very raw. Grade: C; 2016: Lakewood to start, possibly bouncing back to Williamsport when their season starts
Mark Laird, 22, Phils 9th round pick in 2015; .285/.372/.301 in 193AB; 0HR 17RBI; 11SB; 12%BB/11%K; .319 vs LHP; .274 vs RHP; .257 last 30 days; 40 games in the OF with 1 error (.989); 4 OF assists; Good speed; Good average, good plate discipline, good in the field, no power. Laird will be ready for Clearwater next year. Grade: B+
Jose Pujols,19,Signed as a free agent in 2012; .238/.311/.359 in 256AB; 4HR 30RBI; 5/9SB; 9%BB/29%K; .202 with RISP; .233 vs LHP; .240 vs RHP; .180 last 30 days. 50 games in the OF with 5 errors (.950); 4 OF assists. I was disappointed by Pujols production after going into this season with almost 400 previous plate appearances between GCL and Williamsport. Really tailed off towards the end of the season and a strikeout rate approaching 30%. He has the ability to turn it around real quickly but plenty still to prove. Grade: C-; 2016: Lakewood to assure he gets plenty of AB. Potentially back to Lakewood if he struggles.
Cornelius Randolph, 18, Phils 1st round pick in 2015; .302/.425/.442 in 172AB; 1HR 24RBI; 6/11SB; 16%BB/16%K; .292 vs LHP; .306 vs RHP; .329 last 30 days; .326 with RISP; 41 games in the OF without an error; 2 OF assists. Randolph has an outstanding professional debut, hitting consistently while transitioning to the OF. Profiles just fine defensively in LF and if he is half the hitter that he is often compares to (Tony Gwynn), we are in great shape. Grade: A-; 2016: Lakewood
Bryan Martelo, 18, SIgned as a free agent in 2013; .220/.333/.317 in 123AB; 2HR 7RBI; 0SB; 13%BB/25%K; .200 vs LHP; .222 vs RHP; .128 last 30 days; .111 with RISP; 41 games in the OF with 4 errors (.947); 5 OF assists. After starting fairly well, Martelo was very poor for the final 6 weeks of the season. Grade: D; 2016: GCL
Yunior Reyes, 20, Signed as a free agent in 2012; .205/.250/.242 in 132AB; 0HR 14RBI; 3/6SB; 4%BB/17%K; .188 vs LHP; .210 vs RHP; .148 last 30 days; .244 with RISP; 37 games in the OF with 2 errors (.969); 1 assist. A poor year in his first year stateside. Grade: D; 2016: GCL
Juan Luis, 19, SIgned as a free agent in 2014; .244/.321/.382 in 123AB; 2HR 10RBI; 14SB; 7%BB/23%K; .240 vs LHP; .245 vs RHP; .188 last 30 days; .185 with RISP; 37 games in the OF without an error; 2 OF assists; Played a good center field and has speed but must improve with the stick. Grade: C-; 2016: Extra OF in WIlliamsport
Jesus Alastre, 18, Signed as a free agent in 2013; .268/.326/.329 in 82AB; 0HR 8RBI; 3SB;5%BB/12%K; .435 vs LHP; .203 vs RHP; .174 with RISP; 23 games in the OF without an error; 1 OF assist. Limited playing time but did a decent job when he was in the lineup. Grade: C+; 2016: GCL
Greg Pickett, 18, Phils 8th round pick in 2015; .179/.289/.286 in 84AB; 1HR 4RBI; 13%BB/32%K; .037 vs LHP; .246 vs RHP; .080 with RISP; 22 games in the OF with 2 errors (.913); 1 OF assist. Pickett was pretty much awful after being drafted fairly high by the Phils. He was beset by injury and lacking confidence, but there is talent underneath.