Around the System–Middle Infield

Lehigh Valley

Emmanuel Burriss, 31, Signed as a free agent in 2016; .294/.325/.361 in 119AB; 0HR 11RBI; 3SB; 5%BB/15%K; .273 vs LHP; .313 vs RHP; .304 in July; 24 games at 2B with 2 errors (.983); 5 games at SS without an error; 4 games at 3B without an error; 3 games in the OF without an error; I never would have thought but Burriss has really been a steadying force for Lehigh Valley, playing extremely well up the middle and has been more than competent with the bat.

JP Crawford, 21, Phils 1st round pick in 2013; .262/.360/.362 in 370AB between Reading and Lehigh Valley; 6HR 37RBI; 11/17SB; 13%BB/14%K;  For Lehigh Valley: .261/.336/.346 in 234AB; 10%BB/15%K; .289 vs LHP; .243 vs RHP; 96 games at SS with 15 errors (.968); Continued progress for Crawford whose production is just a very small tick less in AAA than it was in AA this year.  Expect him in Philly for good come September.

Darnell Sweeney, 25, Acquired from Dodgers in 2015; .238/.297/.370 in 311AB; 6HR 28RBI; 10/19SB; 8%BB/22%K; .246 vs LHP; .234 vs RHP; .269 in July; 52 games at 2B with 4 errors (.983); 22 games at 3B with 2 errors (.962); 12 games in the OF without an error; More was expected by Sweeney with that bat, although he has been improving as of late.  Has been solid but not outstanding with the glove.

Jesmuel Valentin, 22, Acquired from Dodgers in 2014; .270/.344/.391 in 348AB(almost all with Reading); 5HR 38RBI; 4/7SB; 10%BB/15%K; 80 games at 2B with 10 errors (.974); 9 games at SS with 3 errors (.900); Valentin has put himself on the map as a prospect this year after missing the 2015 season suspended.  He has produced with both the bat and glove and scouts have said that he now projects as a major leaguer, albeit likely a reserve.

Reading

Angelo Mora, 23, Signed as a free agent in 2010; .256/.316/.375 in 301AB; 4HR 33RBI; 3SB; 8%BB/19%K; .289 vs LHP; .244 vs RHP; .226 in July; 14 games at 2B with 3 errors (.961); 32 games at SS with 7 errors (.953); 24 games at 3B with 4 errors (.907); 14 games in the OF without an error; Mora has done a good job and shown his versatility throughout the year.  Problem is, I believe he maxes offensively where he is at.

KC Serna, 26, Re-signed as a free agent in 2016; .287/.380/.384 in 237AB; 3HR 28RBI; 6/11SB; 13%BB/14%K; .250 vs LHP; .302 vs RHP; .273 in July; 29 games at SS with 5 errors(.962); 16 games at 3B with 2 errors (.935); 6 games at 2B with 1 error (.955); 23 games in the OF with 1 error.  Serna has been consistent all year, been asked to do many things and has done them well.

Scott Kingery, 22, Phils 2nd round pick in 2016; .295/.360/.416 in 387AB (almost all with CW); 4HR 29RBI; 26/31SB; 8%BB/13%K; .383 vs LHP; .257 vs RHP; .193 with RISP; 91 games at 2B with 10 errors (.975); The numbers are exactly where you want them with the exception that his work with RISP sticks out like a sore thumb.  That said, this year has been very successful.

Clearwater

Josh Tobias, 23, Phils 10th round pick in 2015; .304/.376/.443 in 368AB (almost all with Lakewood); 7HR 55RBI; 6/10SB; 8%BB/15%K; .333 vs LHP; .295 vs RHP; 81 games at 2B with 11 errors (.967); 5 games in the OF without an error. Tobias finally got the promotion he deserved when he got the call to Clearwater earlier this week.  He has been held back because of the glut of 2B in the organization and probably would have started in A+ in many other organizations.

Malquin Canelo, 21, Signed as a free agent in 2011; .243/.295/.327 in 342AB; 3HR 37RBI; 11/18SB; .207 vs LHP; .254 vs RHP; .241 in July; 7%BB/17%K; 93 games at SS with 20 errors (.949); Everything has ticked downward this year for Canelo.

Drew Stankiewicz, 23, Phils 11th round pick in 2014; .180/.315/.315 in 89AB; 1HR 13RBI; 0SB; 17%BB/22%K; .258 vs LHP; .138 vs RHP; 8 games at 2B without an error; 9 games at SS with 3 errors (.919); 3 games in the OF without an error; Miserable season mired with injuries for Stankiewicz.  Very nice walk rate is a small bright spot.

Lakewood

William Cuicas, 21, Signed as a free agent in 2011; .238/.283/.286 in 42AB between Williamsport and Lakewood; 0HR 3RBI; 1SB; 5 games at SS with 1 error (.952); 4 games at 2B with 1 error (.933); 4 games at 3B without an error; Very limited playing time for Cuicas thus far.

Grenny Cumana, 20, SIgned as a free agent in 2012; .288/.356/.374 in 222AB; 1HR 21RBI; 13/19SB; 6%BB/9%K; .345 vs LHP; .268 vs RHP; .333 in July; 42 games at SS with 9 errors (.938); 14 games at 2B with 5 errors (.936); 4 games in the OF without an error; Cumana has earned himself regular playing time with his consistency this year with the bat.

Emmanuel Marrero, 23, Phils 7th round pick in 2014,.230/.283/.283 in 304AB; 1HR 20RBI; 6/13SB;6%BB/20%K; .237 vs LHP; .228 vs RHP; .196 in July; 61 games at SS with 8 errors (.963); 15 games at 3B with 2 errors (.931); 5 games at 2B without an error; Solid with the glove but continues to struggle with the bat.  He has lost playing time to Cumana.

Williamsport

Luis Espiritu, 19, SIgned as a free agent in 2014; .234/.322/.273 in 77AB between Lakewood and Williamsport; 0HR 3RBI; 1SB; 11%BB/17%K; 19 games at 2B with 6 errors (.931); 4 games at 3B without an error. Minimal production for Espiritu thus far

Arquimedes Gamboa, 18, Signed as a free agent in 2014; .212/.271/.314 in 118AB; 2HR 14RBI; 4SB; 7%BB/19%K; .136 vs LHP; .229 vs RHP; 31 games at SS with 13 errors (.913); Its been a difficult beginning for Gamboa who has the talent

Chandler Hall, 21, Signed as a free agent in 2016; .238/.282/.310 in 42AB between GCL and WIlliamsport; 0HR 3RBI; 1SB; 14%BB/20%K; 4 games at 2B with 5 errors (.833); 6 games at 3B with 1 error (.947); 6 games at SS with 2 errors (.926); Limited playing time thus far for Hall

GCL

Jose ANtequera, 21, SIgned as a free agent in 2013; .221/.260/.284 in 95AB between Williamsport and GCL; 0HR 9RBI; 7/10SB; 5%BB/18%K; 17 games at 2B with 1 error (.988); 4 games at SS without an error; 5 games at 3B without an error; Showing good versatility but hitting just .151 in Williamsport before being sent back to GCL

Daniel Brito, 18, SIgned as a free agent in 2014; .272/.350/.379 in 102AB; 0HR 11RBI; 5/6SB; 10%BB/12%K; .190 vs LHP; .293 vs RHP; .275 in July; 25 games at 2B with 3 errors (.976); Brito has played well in the early going.

Cole Stobbe, 18, Phils 3rd round pick in 2016; .282/.316/.310 in 71AB; 0HR 3RBI; 1/4SB; 4%BB/15%K; .278 vs LHP; .283 vs RHP; 20 games at SS with 6 errors (.914)

 

5 thoughts on “Around the System–Middle Infield

  1. I think JP will follow the Franco game plan. Have him come up in September, get his feet wet, and start 2017 at Lehigh. Then he’ll come up for good in late May.

    I think the Lehigh position players who could make the team out of spring training are Knapp and Nick Williams. They both played a full year at AAA. Knapp could be the backup catcher (to replace Chooch). Williams could take one of the corner OF spots with a strong showing.

  2. Expected more from Malquin Canelo this season at CLW.
    Had a long taste last season there with almost half a season. and expected he would really flourish this year.
    And do not understand his split vs LHP as a right handed bat…unless he is trying to lift the ball more for distance.

  3. On Valentin: “He has produced with both the bat and glove and scouts have said that he now projects as a major leaguer, albeit likely a reserve.”

    Is there anything more uncommon than a back-up who only plays 2B?

  4. Was hoping for Sweeney to be a usable bench middle infielder who could play CF and be a PH. Looks like he will top out as AAA type.
    Mora likely ends up with the same fate.

    Not sure how valuable Cesar and Freddie are to other reams but I’d look to see if they could be included in trade to increase prospect quality in return.

    With rebuild continuing next year, more utility guys like Featherson, Valetin could be given a chance before Crawford and Kingery are given the jobs.

    With Crawford hopefully the SS for the next decade, they have options for 2B. Could be trade, minors, or even Herrera.

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