Around the System–Outfield

Next up is the outfield where there has been some good, some bad and some ugly.  Look for the report on the middle infield coming up early next week.

Lehigh Valley

Cedric Hunter, 28, Acquired as a free agent in 2016; .269.345/.404 in 58PA; 1HR 5RBI; 1/2SB; 10%BB/19%K; .308 vs LHP; .256 vs RHP; Hunter has done a decent job for Lehigh Valley since being sent down from Philly after a few unproductive weeks with the big club.

ALfredo Marte, 27,Acquired from Baltimore in 2016; Hitting .179/.207/.179 in 29PA since being acquired from Baltimore.  Numbers aren’t pretty and neither is his swing. 7 games in the OF without an error.

Cam Perkins, 25, Phils 6th round pick in 2012; .297/.321/.432 in 77PA; 1HR 7RBI; 4%BB/11%K; .280 vs LHP; .306 vs RHP; .115 in May; 19 games in the OF with 2 errors (.956); After a very hot start, Perkins is now in a significant funk.

Will Venable, 33, Acquired as a free agent in 2016; .192/.264/.269 in 85PA; 1HR 13RBI; 1/3SB; 9%BB/18%K; .200 vs LHP; .190 vs RHP; .154 in May; 20 games in the OF without an error; 1 OF assist; When he signed, most expected Venable to be playing a role in the Phils OF by now, but the production simply has not been there.

Nick Williams, 22, Acquired from Texas in 2015; .282/.306/.408 in 108PA: 2HR 15RBI; 2/3SB; 5%BB/21%K; .240 vs LHP; .295 vs RHP; .250 in May; .381 with RISP; 27 games in the OF without an error; 3 OF assists.  Williams has been playing well after a slow start but put me in the camp of those who don’t want to rush him.  I would like 300-400 AAA AB before a call up.

Reading

Aaron Brown, 23, Phils 3rd round pick in 2014; .220/.304/.319 in 100 PA’s; 0HR 4RBI; 2SB; 9%BB/24%K rates; .231 vs LHP; .218 vs RHP; .333 in May; 25 games in the OF with 3 errors (.948); 1OF assist.  Has been hitting better as of late, however it has been a very slow start for Brown.

Dylan Cozens, 21, Phils 2nd round pick in 2012; .273/.355/.562 in 137PA’;s 9HR 24RBI; 8SB; 12%BB/27%K rates; .263 vs LHP; .275 vs RHP; .325 in May; 30 games in the OF without an error; 1 OF assist; Eye opening numbers for Cozens who leads the organization in homers and is among the leaders in SB.  First Energy Field helps, but the true talent is there.

Christian Marrero,29, Signed as a free agent in 2016; .244/.340/.556 in 52PA; 3HR 12RBI; 13%BB/21%K rates; 10 games in the OF without an error; 4 games at 1B without an error; Marrero has provided some punch when in the lineup, however was just placed on the DL.

Roman Quinn, 23,Phils 2nd round pick in 2011; .265/.353/.393 in 129PA’s; 1HR 7RBI; 13SB; 9%BB/24%K rates; .308 vs LHP; .253 vs RHP; .355 in May; 28 games in the OF with 1 error (.982); 1 OF assist; After a slow start, Quinn has come on very strong. Quinn leads the organization in stolen bases and remains a top offensive catalyst.  On course to arrive in Lehigh Valley come July.

Clearwater

Andrew Pullin, 22, Phils 5th round pick in 2012;  After retiring after Spring Training, Pullin appears to have unretired and was added to the Threshers roster yesterday.

Samuel Hiciano, 22, Signed as a free agent in 2011;.161/.299/.357 in 66PA between Lakewood and Clearwater; 2HR 7RBI; 15%BB/29%K; .143 in last 10 games; After missing all of 2015 injured, Hiciano has struggled this year.

Herlis Rodriguez,  21, Signed as a free agent in 2010; .183/.269/.233 in 65PA; 0HR 6RBI; 1SB; 8%BB/15%K; .118 vs LHP; .209 vs RHP; 21 games in the OF with 1 error (.977); Very slow start for Rodriguez, who landed on the DL 10 days ago

Cord Sandberg, 21, Phils 3rd round pick in 2013; .257/.371/.330 in 125PA; 1HR 7RBI; 3/4SB; .148 vs LHP; .293 vs RHP; .171 in May; 13%BB/24%K ; 32 games in the OF with 1 error (.983); 2 OF assists; Plenty of athleticism but very little pop.  Sandberg has struggled tremendously against left handed pitching.

Carlos Tocci, 20, Signed as a free agent in 2011; .248/.294/.299 in 124PA: 0HR 12RBI; 6/8SB; 6%BB/14%K rates; .226 vs LHP; .256 vs RHP; .259 in May; 29 games in the OF without an error; 1 OF assist;  Mediocre at the plate, very good in the field thru the first 5 weeks.

Lakewood

Zach Coppola, 22, Phils 13th round pick in 2015; .386/.444/.456 in 63PA’s; 0HR 6RBI; 3SB; 10%BB/16%K rates; 11 games in the OF without an error; 3 OF assists; Coppola started very hot before being placed on the DL in late APril.  Out three weeks and likely to miss three more.

Venn Biter, 21, Phils 30th round pick in 2013; Hitting .176 in 17AB with 1RBI; Biter was called up from Extended Spring after injuries felled both Randolph and Coppola.  Was expected to play in Williamsport.

Jose Pujols, 20, Signed as a free agent in 2012; .277/.315/.504 in 126PA’s; 7HR 24RBI; 2SB; 6%BB/33%K rates; .344 vs LHP; .253 vs RHP; .324 in May; 27 games in the OF with 4 errors (.938); 3 OF assists; Pujols has been scalding hot in May showing his true potential.  Still a massive strikeout rate that must come down some.

Cornelius Randolph, Soon to be 19, Phils 1st round pick in 2015; .240/.321/.340 in 54AB; 1HR 5RBI; 3SB; 7%BB/24%K rates; Randolph was just starting to come out of his early season funk when he was placed on the DL.  Has now missed three weeks.

Damek Tomscha, 24, Phils 17th round pick in 2014; .209/.293/.358 in 74PA between Clearwater and Lakewood; 2HR 6RBI; 1SB; 9%BB/10%K rates; .276 in May; 16 games in the OF with 1 error (.962); 2 OF assists.

Jiandido Tromp; 22, Signed as a free agent in 2011; .230/.294/.372 in 124PA; 3HR 15RBI; 4SB; 9%BB/22%K rates; .160 vs LHP; .250 vs RHP; .222 in May; .286 with RISP; 28 games in the OF with 1 error(.984); 2 OF assists; This is the 4th season Tromp has played part of the year in Lakewood.  Without significant progress soon, others will overtake him.

 

 

20 thoughts on “Around the System–Outfield

  1. Very exciting group of outfielders. The best that I can really ever remember.

    Williams heating up in AAA with Perkins starting well. In AA Quinn starting to hear up and Brown showing signs of life, with Cozens on fire right now.

    Pullin back in Clearwater with Sandberg and Tocci. Pujols killing the ball early in Lakewood with Randolph who was heating up before being injured. Lots of legitimate prospects there and a bunch of other guys that I didn’t mention who are fringe prospects.

    1. It’s a pretty good group, but there’s no sure fire star, although a couple of guys (Williams, Quinn and Cozens in particular) could certainly develop into stars. Aaron Brown deserves a long look because he has a lot of natural ability.

      By the way, I’m happy Pullin is back. I think he has real ability, although his bat plays better at second (a lot better). When I’ve been to ST, Pullin has looked fantastic every time.

  2. Pleased to see Pullin back. Hope he has a nice year and begins to realize some of that potential.

  3. My personal top 5 1.Williams 2.Randolph 3. Cozens 4. Pujols 5.Quinn I honestly wanted to replace Quinn with someone but couldnt find anyone!

    1. I’d still place Quinn third based on his elite speed and solid all-around skill set. It’s nice to see that some of these power corner OF bats are forcing an argument, however.

      1. I just have a bad feeling that Quinn never makes it. Two more solid months though can push him back up in my eyes.

    2. Wouldn’t put Randolph quite that high yet but he’s definitely top 5 based on his bat alone. Not sold on Quinn myself just yet. Maybe that college outfielder we draft will fill out the top 5?

        1. Only because he’s too far from the show at this point and has been basically shrunk wrapped so far (aside from the injury). Don’t get me wrong I love the Tony Gwynn comps.

        2. I wouldn’t either. He’s so far away and barely played this year. He still hasn’t shown power beyond gap power and doesn’t bring great defensive value.

          1. So who would you rank above him? Quinn? There’s an argument there, given your comment on defensive value, but he has had injuries as well and likely has less power potential than Randolph. Cozens? I’m as happy as the next guy about his hot streak, but there are legitimate questions about his hit tool.

            Randolph is a top 100 prospect and still hasn’t turned 19. He led the GCL in wOBA and wRC+ last season after being drafted out of HS. Despite initial struggles during an aggressive promotion to the Sally this season (he’s the seventh youngest in the league), he was right around average in wOBA before getting injured. Scouts agree he will develop power, and the hit tool and approach is undeniable.

            If your rankings are based on how ready they are to help the big club right now, there might be a case to rank him lower. But future value has to be a major factor in rankings, and Randolph’s FV is far greater than either Quinn or Cozens.

            (I don’t include Altherr in these discussions, although he has the same hit tool questions as Cozens IMO).

      1. i put him there based on potential…he hasnt done anything to fall Quinns injuries caused him to doubt

  4. SLIGHTLY OFF TOPIC but not too much…

    Does anyone know when the next CBA is up? Heard that expansion of 25man major league rosters to 28 will be on the table. Only 25 would be eligible to dress each game but it gives the skipper the option to add to bench or bullpen.

    1. I think they start the negotiations in the fall of this year after the season.
      The current CBA expires on Dec 1st.

  5. Ok…I can’t sleep so instead of counting sheep I’ve been counting (ranking) the organization’s outfielders, including the big club since the future does involve one or two of them…..
    1 Herrera
    2 Williams
    3 Altherr*
    4 Cozens (with a bullet ^, aye!)
    5 Randolph
    6 Quinn
    7 Pujols
    8 Either Lewis or Ray should they be drafted
    *I was impressed with Altherr’s improvement from 2 yrs ago to last year. His skill set is more polished than any other outfielder with exception of hitting for avg.

    1. The Phillies would be even better now with Altherr in the line-up. Defensively he is as good as the other outfielders and offensively there is no comparison. He should be a fixture in their plans for the future. Think more power.

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