Daily Archives: September 8, 2016

Post Season Report Card, Corner Infield

A reminder that “grades” are based upon my pre season expectations for that player against themselves, not against each other.

Lehigh Valley

Brock Stassi, 27, Phils 33rd round pick in 2011; .267/.369/.437 in 375AB; 12HR 58RBI; 1/3SB; 14%BB/17%K; .293 vs LHP; .254 vs RHP; .302 last 30 days; .279/.372/.476 post all star break; 86 games at 1B with 1 error (.999); Grade: B-; The 2015 numbers in Reading were surely inflated by the ballpark but Stassi has had a decent year after struggling through the seasons first few months.  He is among the league leaders in both walks and OBP and has shown some power during the second half of the season.  His defense continues to be excellent.  2017: I would like to see Stassi back to give the Phils some depth, and I expect him to do that in Lehigh Valley

Darin Ruf, 30, Phils 20th round pick in 2009; .294/.356/.429 in 350AB; 20HR 65RBI; 8%BB/21%K; .331 vs LHP; .273 vs RHP; Hit .307 with 11HR post all star break; 47 games at 1B without an error; 26 games in the OF without an error; 2 OF assists; Grade: C+; Coming into the year, I truly thought that Ruf would establish himself in a similar manner that Tommy Joseph has in Philly.  That clearly did not happen.  That said, after Ruf was sent down, he has been consistently productive for Lehigh Valley hitting for both power and average, with most of his success coming predominately against left handed pitchers. 2017: Ruf is out of options and I simply don’t see a way he is brought back.  Another organization.

Taylor Featherston, 26, Signed off of waivers in 2016: .254/.311/.428 in 402AB; 13HR 37RBI; 6/9SB; 6%BB/23%K; .240 vs LHP; .260 vs RHP; .180 opp avg last 30 days; 50 games at 3B with 9 errors (.930); 28 games at 2B with 4 errors (.966); 17 games at SS with 5 errors (.945); 4 games at 2B without an error; Grade:B-;  Featherston was a productive offensive player who was capable of playing multiple positions defensively albeit not so well.  He had a cup of coffee with the Phils and it went less than smoothly in his short time in Philly. Currently sitting with a 40 man roster spot, I see Featherston being designated for assignment with the possibility of him rejoining the organization as a minor league free agent


Rhys Hoskins, 23, Phils 5th round pick in 2014; .281/.377/.566; 38HR 116RBI; 8/11SB; 12%BB/22%K; .277 vs LHP; .282 vs RHP; .264 last 30 days; 129 games at 1B with 14 errors (.988); Grade: A; Outstanding offensive production all year from Hoskins. Hit for power, average and produced a ton of runs.  Hit lefties well and even showed some speed. It si the defense that is not major league ready  2017: Lehigh Valley Continue reading Post Season Report Card, Corner Infield

Box Score Recap; Post Season – 9/7/2016

Tough day for the organization’s teams in their playoff games.

Lakewood posted the only win.  Alberto Tirado reverted back to his old self a little but limited the damage to a single run.  The BlueClaws mounted a 12-hit attack to beat Hagerstown at home.

Lehigh and Reading both lost behind pretty decent pitching from Ben Lively and Mark Leiter.  Lehigh was shut out, and Reading was held to two runs.

And, the GCL Phillies lost the deciding game of the GCL championship series.  kyle Young provided another outstanding start for the organization today.   Continue reading Box Score Recap; Post Season – 9/7/2016