Around the System–Middle Infield

Lehigh Valley

Emmanuel Burriss, 31, SIgned as a free agent in 2016; Hitting .286 in 21 AAA at bats since being sent down earlier this month from Philadelphia; Has played 5 games at 2B with 1 error; 1 game at 3B and SS without an error.  Burriss is a fringe major leaguer at best but will be a solid addition to the AAA lineup.

JP Crawford, 21,  Phils 1st round pick in 2013; .239/.364/.332 in 226AB between Reading and Lehigh Valley; 3HR 19RBI; 8SB; 16%BB/14%K; For Lehigh Valley: .200/.311/.244 in 90AB; 0HR 6RBI; 3SB; 13%BB/16%K rates; .156 vs LHP; .224 vs RHP; .204 in June; 60 games at SS with 7 errors (.974); Crawford has struggled with the stick since his promotion to AAA, however seems to be coming out of the funk with his current five game hitting streak this week. The walk rate continues outstanding and he has done a very good job in the field.


KC Serna, 26, Re-signed as a free agent in 2016; .293/.393/.386 in 140AB; 1HR 16RBI; 5SB; 14%BB/13%K; .259 vs LHP; .314 vs RHP; .194 in June; 14 games at SS with 2 errors (.965); 4 games at 2B without an error; 15 games at 3B with 2 errors (.933); 11games in the OF without an error; Struggling of late, Serna has played everywhere and done so competently.

Jesmuel Valentin, 22, Acquired from Dodgers in 2014; .284/.347.422 in 218AB; 4HR 31RBI; 4/5SB; 10%BB/15%K; .286 vs LHP; .284 vs RHP; .309 in June; 53 games at 2B with 6 errors (.976); 4 games at SS with 2 errors.  Valentin has been swinging a hot bat recently and has hit pretty consistently throughout the year.  Solid in the field at 2b.


Malquin Canelo, 21, Signed as a free agent in 2011; .228/.287/.316 in 215AB; 2HR 23RBI; 5/9SB; 8%BB/17%K; .204 vs LHP; .235 vs RHP; .227 in June; 62 games at SS with 15 errors (.943); After a 2015 which placed him on the prospect radar, Canelo has really struggled this year both with the bat and the glove.

Scott Kingery, 22, Phils 2nd round pick in 2015; .263/.338/.407 in 243AB; 3HR 16RBI; 16SB; 8%BB/15%K; ; .359 vs LHP; .229 from RHP; .255 in June; 58 games at 2B with 8 errors (.968); A good year for Kingery thus far but still needs to progress before promotion.

DL: Drew Stankiewicz


Grenny Cumana, 20, Signed as a free agent in 2013; .269/.322/.361 in 108AB; 1HR 10RBI; 8SB; 5%BB/5KK; .276 vs LHP; .266 vs RHP; .355 in June;26 games at SS with 7 errors (.919); 4 games at 2B with 1 error; Cumana has done a good job when he has been in the lineup.  The glovework could use some improvement this year.

Emmanuel Marrero, 23, Phils 7th round pick in 2014; .252/.298/.312 in 234AB; 1HR 18RBI; 5/11SB; 6%BB/19%K; .250 vs LHP; .253 vs RHP; .193 in June; 42 games at SS with 5 errors (.968); 12 games at 3B with 2 errors (.920); 5 games at 2B without an error.  The Phils were probably hoping for production a couple of ticks higher for Marrero who may begin losing playing time to Cumana.

Josh Tobias, 23, Phils 10th round pick in 2015; .286/.363/.423 in 239AB; 5HR 37RBI; 5/8SB; 9%BB/15%K; .339 vs LHP; .266 vs LHP; .259 in June; 58 games at 2B with 11 errors (.956); Tobias remains playing well enough for promotion but is blocked by Kingery.  I would expect both to move up a level over the next 4-6 weeks.


11 thoughts on “Around the System–Middle Infield

  1. I would like to see JPC get in a groove over next 6 weeks and then a decision can be made whether he gets a call up, preferably with his BFF Williams, and allow them to build the new foundation together. IMO

    1. And, as much as I want to kill Galvis for competing with Franco for the wildest dumbest swings on the team, Crawford can’t get up fast enough just so we can slide Freddie over and get Hernandez out of the lineup. Just the latter is a huge upgrade.

  2. I wonder where they’ll end up putting Stobbe in the long run(I know they say they want to start him at SS). We really don’t have much in the pipeline at third base. And we have a couple of guys at 2b in Kingery and Valentin, although neither of them has much Homerun power. I think I like the strategy of continuing to give him reps at SS mostly because it will help him at both third and second one day, in that he’ll be getting ground balls to the left side while still having to play a rangey position up the middle. He’s definitely an interesting prospect, and I’m thrilled we got a kid like that in the third round. By most accounts he should be a guy who can hover around 20 HR per season which is great for an infielder in this day and age.

    1. Plus by the time he’s up to the big league level, a decision will likely be made about Franco regarding free agency/contract extension. He’ll need to project 20-25 HR power (as Johnny Almaraz sees him) in order to be at 3b. Otherwise 2b if Kingery doesn’t become the man there.

    2. He’s so far away from being in the bigs, it really doesn’t matter where you put him. As long as he hits and isn’t a complete butcher in the field.

  3. After reading about Stobbe my first thought was maybe he can be the next Dan Uggla? Though I’m not sure that’s a good thing as Uggla was a Philly killer.

  4. Cesar Hernandez 2 horrific errors in one inning and McCarthy and Stairs talk like he’s gold glove otherwise!!!

    1. Cesar is hitting .250/.297/.341. That’s better than the Phillies as a team. If you’ve been paying attention, when he gets hot, he can burn CBP down. He’s not a start 2B but he’s better than most of the guys thrown out there everyday. If you’re lobbying for Crawford to come up and move Galvis to 2B, it ain’t happening, it won’t happen… YET. Galvis is hitting .218/.249/.351 anyway. So replacing a guy with a guy with a little more pop but has not hit well, seems wrong. Galvis is a better fielder but Cesar is decent normally. Cesar is not good but Freddy is worse. Sweeney’s not showing anything. Featherstone couldn’t field if he had a glove the size of Montana.

      ps. I know this is not the place to discuss this but I’ve heard so much of it lately, I had to respond.

      1. I don’t disagree with you. Freddie is better with the glove and Cesar is better with the bat. But with pitching the way it is, they both look terrible right now.

Comments are closed.