Around the System–Corner Infield

We start another year of the “Around the System” feature as we rotate through an in depth look at groups of players as the season moves along.  Next up will be the Outfield sometime later in the week.

Lehigh Valley

Brock Stassi, 26, Phils 33rd round pick in 2011 draft; .254/.378/.403 in 81PA’s; 1HR 8RBI; 17%BB/16%K; .167 vs LHP; .273 vs RHP; .286 in May; .167 with RISP; 18 games at 1B without an error; Stassi has put up mediocre numbers with the bat, and has been good with the glove early on.

Tommy Joseph, 24, Acquired from Giants in 2012; .382/.400/.671 in 79PA’s; 5HR 15RBI; 4%BB/13%; .400 vs LHP; .389 vs RHP; .313 with RISP; 14 games at 1B with 2 errors (.980); Joseph has played himself back into prospect status after his injury plagued last three seasons.  I don’t know how much longer the Phils can keep him at AAA putting up these numbers, although he has very little experience at 1B.  That said neither Ruf, nor Howard will be mistaken for Keith Hernandez with the glove.

Angelys Nina, 27, Signed as a free agent in 2016; .200/.216/.300 in 51PA’s; 1HR 4RBI; 2%BB/18%K rates; .143 vs LHP; .222 vs RHP; 13 games at 3B with 2 errors (.943); 1 game at 2B without an error.  Very little production.

Taylor Featherston, 26, Signed as a free agent in 2016; .308/.360/.462 in 96PA’s; 2HR 6RBI; 5%BB/10%K rates; .409 vs LHP; .278 vs RHP; .167 in May; .261 with RISP; 13 games at 3B with 1 error (.960); 7 games at SS with 2 errors (.944); 6 games at 2B with 1 error (.963); Very nice start to the season for Featherston who has very good versatility and can provide you with some occasional pop.

Reading

Rhys Hoskins, 23, Phils 5th round pick in 2014; .248/.311/.457 in 115PA’s; 6HR 20RBI; 10%BB/29%K rates; .250 vs LHP; .247 vs RHP; .214 in May; .238 with RISP; 27 games at 1B with 5 errors (.981); Mixed bag thus far.  On the positive end, Hoskins has been producing runs with his power and had a long hitting streak.  On the negative end, even with the long streak his average is lower than you would like to see it, he is striking out a lot, and too many errors.

Jake Fox, 33, Signed as free agent in 2016; .230/.317/.483 in 97PA’s; 5HR 15RBI; 10%BB/16%K rate; .211 vs LHP; .235 vs RHP; .133 in May; .207 with RISP; 3 games at 1B with 1 error (.963); 2 games caught without an error or passed ball; Fox has played very little in the field and

Angelo Mora, 23, Signed as a free agent in 2010; .278/.346/.495 in 106PA’s; 2HR 18RBI; 1SB; .381 vs LHP; .250 vs RHP; 8%BB/17%K rate; .226 in May; .333 with RISP; 17 games at 3B with 3 errors (.897); 7 games in the OF without an error; 3 games at 2B without an error; 1 game at SS with 1 error. Mora has been an early season surprise with consistent run production through the seasons first month.

Harold Martinez, 26, Phils 2nd round pick in 2011; .262/.298/.452 in 45PA’s; 2HR 11RBI; 7%BB/27%K rate; .333 with RISP; 12 games at 3B with 3 errors (.923); Martinez has lost a good deal of playing time to Angelo Mora, however has held his own when out there.

KC Serna, 26, Re-signed as free agent in 2016; .341/.356/.432 in 45PA’s; 0HR 6RBI; 2SB; 2%BB/7%K rate; 7 games at 3B without an error; 2 games in the OF without an error; 3 games at 2B without an error; 2 games at SS without an error.  Not much playing time for Serna, but when he is on the field, he has done his job.

Clearwater

Kyle Martin, 23, Phils 4th round pick in 2015; .289/.344/.482 in 121 plate appearances; 5HR 23RBI; 1SB; 6%BB/23%K rates; .219 vs LHP; .317 vs RHP; .240 in May; .289 with RISP; 22 games at 1B without an error.  Martin has gotten off to a very good start, hitting for average, with power and producing runs.

Zach Green, 22, Phils 3rd round pick in 2012; .266/.300/.457 in 96 plate appearances; 4HR 18RBI; 0SB; 2%BB/26%K rates; .308 vs LHP; .250 vs RHP; .333 in May; .280 with RISP; 7 games at 1B with 1 error (.986); 1 game at 3B without an error.  Green has been very streaky, outstanding some nights and seemingly lost others.  Needs a more discerning eye.

Mitch Walding, 23, Phils 5th round pick in 2011; .273/.362/.545 in 112 PA’s; 6HR 22RBI; 0SB; 12%BB/26%K; .182 vs LHP; .299 vs RHP; .280 in May; .417 with RISP; 28 games at 3B with 3 errors (.952).  The consensus seemed to be that this season would be Walding’s last true shot in the organization after multiple years of disappointment and mediocrity.  In the early going, he has certainly taken it up a notch with consistent production through the seasons first five weeks.

Lakewood

Brendon Hayden, 23, Phils 16th round pick in 2015; .274/.318/.306 in 65PA’s; 0HR 1RBI; 1SB; 5%BB/22%K rate; .211 vs LHP; .302 vs RHP; .176 with RISP; 15 games at 1B with 2 errors (.986); Hayden lost about 2 weeks of the season on the DL and while hitting for average, his run production has been just abysmal.  At a run producing position, 1RBI in 65 PA’s is going to need to significantly improve.

Jan Hernandez, 21, Phils 3rd round pick in 2013;.264/.323/.363 in 97PA’;s ; 2HR 8RBI; 1/3SB; 6%BB/33%K rates; .292 vs LHP; .254 vs RHP; .385 in May; .273 with RISP; 23 games at 3B with 2 errors (.969); Hernandez still is struggling with a very high strikeout rate but their have been more often glimpses of true potential this Spring.

Wilson Garcia, 22, Signed as a free agent in 2010; .315/.315/.404 in 90PA’s; 0HR 14RBI; 1%BB/9%K; .261 vs LHP; .333 vs RHP; .417 with RISP; 12 games at 1B without an error; 2 games caught without an error/passed ball; 0/5 caught stealing; Garcia did a good job filling in for Hayden while he was on the DL, but long term, expect Astudillo like numbers.

 

 

5 thoughts on “Around the System–Corner Infield

    1. And Garcia’s profile is really not Astudillo-like in. 8 K in 89 PA, vs 1 in 87 for Astudillo, Mr. Never-K himself.

  1. That’s a pretty piss-poor group of corners. TJ should get a shot maybe sometime in June. He should be playing every day at 1b for now….and he is hopefully getting lotsa coaching for the position. How much longer is it necessary for Ruff to be on the team? When a guy is hired for his offense, and doesn’t after an extended trial, isn’t it time to hand him a pink slip? Maybe the team is waiting for TJ’s readiness to come up, and then Ruff will leave. More production out of the 4 hole would give more credibility to the whole team…and lend help to pitchers who give up more than 2 runs.

  2. Walding aside I said before The Phillies need a couple of 3rd baseman. JAN Hernandez aways the tools never had the box. Featherston all right too , Walding on life support he has too hit those lefties. .All the 1st are fine I think they will hit for avg soon . TJ will come up soon, Featherston K rate 10%.

  3. I like the 1Bs at the top of the organization. Stassi, TJ and Hoskins are doing a lot to keep pressure on the guys in Philly. Unfortunately, one guy in Philly hits HRs, makes lots and lots of money and that’s it and the other is moved around to the OF, 1B and PH. I don’t think he feels comfortable but it’s what the Phils have to offer. I wouldn’t be a bit upset if they brought TJ and Stassi up and said goodbye to whomever is there. You can try to get Ruf through waivers and send him to AAA as a backup for the backups. Martin is making some noise at CLW and that’s the advantage of drafting well at one position. Hoskins is pushing Stassi and TJ (not a draft choice of the Phils). Martin is pushing Hoskins a little. If Hayden gets hot, he’ll push Martin. It’s all good, clean competition and competition is always good.

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