Here’s an open discussion thread about minor league prospects. Phillies’ talk and other non-prospect discussion should remain in the Open Discussion.
This is an open format for any minor league prospect you want to discuss. This week I’ll introduce catcher Chace Numata to start the discussion. Chace has had 6 injury-plagued seasons in the Phillies organization. But the coaching staff thinks highly of him, and he was clocked with the best pop time in the organization this year.
- Chace Kekoa Kenji Numata, catcher
- Bats both, Throws right
- 6’0, 175 lb.
- Born 8/14/1992 (age 23)
- Drafted by the Phillies in the 14th round of the 2010 MLB June Amateur Draft from Pearl City High School (Pear City, Hawaii).
- 2010; GCL Phillies (age 17, -2.7)
- 2011; GCL Phillies (age 18, -2.0) injured, didn’t play until mid-August
- 2012; Williamsport (age 19, -2.1)
- 2013; Lakewood (age 20, -1.6)
- 2014; GCL Phillies (age 21, 1.2) injured, played about 2 weeks in August
- 2014; Melbourne (age 21, -3.0) in the Australian Summer League
- 2015; Clearwater (age 22, -0.6) played first 4 games in Lakewood in early May
Phillies’ catchers share time in the GCL. No one catcher gets a lot of innings or at bats. Numata finally got 184 plate appearances in 2012 at Williamsport where he put up a .233/.287/.319 slash. He followed that with a full season at Lakewood in 2013 where he posted a .231/.307/.305 slash.
Numata exhibits good skills behind the plate and the Phillies planned on bumping him up to Clearwater in 2014, but another injury derailed those plans. He returned to get 27 plate appearances in the GCL before heading off to Melbourne for winter ball. In Australia, Numata broke out with a .259/.293/.322 slash.
He continued to show improvement at the plate with a .263/.322/.324 slash in 2015 at Clearwater. In addition, he threw out 24 of 40 base runners (37.5%) and was charged with only 2 errors. While he had a team high 11 passed balls, pitchers had a team low 3.06 ERA when he was behind the plate.
He went 0-3 in 2 games in the playoffs with 2 walks.
Assuming Andrew Knapp and Jorge Alfaro get the lion’s share of innings at Lehigh Valley and Reading, and with Deivy Grullon prepared to move up from Lakewood, Numata might begin the season as the starter in Clearwater with some roster shuffling by June.