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

Reading

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

Jake Fox, 34, Signed as a free agent in 2016; .264/.329/.494; 23HR 71RBI; 8%BB/21%K; .280 vs LHP; .258 vs RHP; .292 last 30 days; 16 games at 3B with 2 errors (.900); 6 games at 1B with 2 errors (.967); 3 games in the OF and 2 games caught without an error;  Grade: B+; Looking a the numbers, you couldn’t have asked for much more out of Fox.  A real good guy in the clubhouse, provided protection for Hoskins/Cozens in the lineup and while he didn’t play much in the field, versatile defensively.  2017: I cant see Fox back

Harold Martinez, 26, Phils 2nd round pick in 2011;  .275/.320/.439 in 255AB; 9HR 44RBI; 0SB; 7%BB/22%K; .324 vs LHP; .257 vs RHP; .367 last 30 days; 71 games at 3B with 10 errors (.945); Grade: C+; Martinez missed significant periods of time on the DL and then lost playing time towards the end of the year to Walding; The overall numbers aren’t awful but Martinez is hanging on by a thread. 2017: If he is back, it is likely splitting time in either Reading or Lehigh Valley

Mitch Walding, 23, Phils 5th round pick in 2011; .269/.366/.429 in 420AB between Clearwater and Reading; 13HR 62RBI; 3/6SB; 13%BB/28%K; Hit .214 with 3HR and 9RBI in 70AB for Reading; Grade: B; 2016 was a critical year for Walding who may have been left without a job if he had another year in which he struggled.  Not only did he not struggle, but he showed much of the talent the Phils expected to see when they drafted him. Hit for power, average and played well defensively for Clearwater before struggling in his last month with Reading.  2017: Walding is Rule 5 eligible and I would be surprised if he were protected, simply because its unlikely a team will be able to afford to use a 25 man roster spot on a player than will only profile as a backup 3B in the short term.  I see him back in Reading to start 2017.

Clearwater

Kyle Martin, 23, Phils 4th round pick in 2015; .250/.324/.433 in 448AB; 19HR 82RBI; 5/8SB; 9%BB/24%K; .179 vs LHP; .277 vs RHP; .258 last 30 days; 104 games at 1B with 2 errors (.998); Grade: C+; Good power numbers but I expected him between .265 and .280 this year and Martin struggled to hit for average.  Really abysmal numbers against lefties.  A nice job in the field for Martin.  I do think he progressed enough to advance to Reading.

Zach Green, 22, Phils 3rd round pick in 2012; .263/.326/.432 in 354AB; 12HR 63RBI; 5%BB/29%K; .330 vs LHP; .233 vs RHP; 30 games at 1B with 2 errors (.992); 6 games at 3B with 3 errors (.727); Grade: C+; Green produced moderately well after missing most of the 2015 season injured.  He is blocked at 1B by both Hoskins and Martin and played very little in the field at 3B.  I do think he advances to Reading as the Phils must see what they truly have in Green against AA pitching.

Lakewood

Brendon Hayden, 23, Phils 16th round pick in 2015; .254/.335/.303 in 228AB; 0HR 12RBI; 2SB; 10%BB/19%K; .238 vs LHP; .260 vs RHP; 59 games at 1B with 5 errors (.991); Grade: D; After a nice debut in WIlliamsport, I expected more from Hayden.  His run producing numbers were just abysmal and playing a position where run production is critical, Hayden has very little slack to play with.  2017: I would be surprised if he is back.

Jan Hernandez, 21, Phils 3rd round pick in 2013; .255/.313/.419 in 310AB; 10HR 31RBI; 1/4SB; 7%BB/30%K; .231 vs LHP; .263 vs RHP; .267 last 30 days; 78 games at 3B with 18 errors (.916) Grade: C+; Hernandez progressed after a very disappointing first couple of years in the organization.  He began to show some of his power potential, albeit struggling with injuries and strikeouts during the year. His fielding needs improvement.  2017: I think he plays in Lakewood for about 100 AB before progressing to CLearwater

Damek Tomscha, 24, Phils 17th round pick in 2014; .274/.357/.411 in 372AB between Clearwater and Lakewood; 5HR 54RBI; 5SB; 8%BB/11%K; For Lakewood: .283/.369/.428 in 363AB; 46 games at 3B with 4 errors (.963); 29 games at 1B without an error; 22 games in the OF with 1 error (.971); 2 OF assists; Grade: B; Because of early season roster shuffling, Tomscha ended up back in Lakewood and back in the infield after expectations of playing the OF in Clearwater.  Tomscha had a good year and did what he was asked to do.  A real long shot to progress to the majors, Tomscha is a good guy to have around because of his versatility and ability to give you a professional AB.  2017: Clearwater

Wilson Garcia; 22, Signed as a free agent in 2010; .273/.290/.340 in 421AB; 3HR 58RBI; 3%BB/11%K; .259 vs LHP; .279 vs RHP; .248 last 30 days; .296 with RISP; 53 games with 7 errors (.982); 8 games caught with 2 errors; 2/12 CS (17%); Garcia came into the year as a catcher and played very little behind the plate both because of performance and necessity as Lakewood needed at 1B.  He was adequate with the bat, most specifically producing runs with a nice average with RISP but doesnt hit for power, has very poor plate discipline and doesnt play defense well.  Grade: C; 2017: I would be surprised if Garcia were back.

Williamsport

Luis Encarnacion, 19, Signed as a free agent in 2013;  .162/.210/.217 in 198AB; 2HR 16RBI; 1SB; 5%BB/36%K rates; .265 vs LHP; .128 vs RHP; .182 last 30 days; 23 games at 1B with 5 errors (.976); Grade: F; Encarnacion was extremely disappointing in both his production as well as his “coachability” this season.  There were several issues that led to Encarnacion being removed from games and when he played he was awful; 2017: Back in Williamsport

Lucas Williams, 20, Phils 3rd round pick in 2015; .220/.297/.301 in 186AB; 2HR 18RBI; 11SB; 10%BB/25%K; .240 vs LHP; .213 vs RHP; .232 last 30 days; 52 games at 3B with 10 errors (.935); Grade: C-; There was alot of talk surrounding WIlliams at the start of the Williamsoprt season and he simply didnt produce the way I expected.  Watching, him, there are significant glimpses of real talent that have come out too occasionally.  2017: I do think the Phils will push him to start in Lakewood, and drop him back to Williamsport if he is over matched in the early going.

Darick Hall, 21, Phils 14th round pick in 2016;  .282/.372/.518 in 195AB; 9HR 29RBI; 6%BB/27%K; .333 vs LHP; .261 vs RHP; .329 last 30 days; 43 games at 1B with 5 errors (.989); Hall came on very strong in the seasons second half, hitting for both power and average consistently. Grade: B;  2017: Lakewood

Bret Barbier, 22, Phils 16th round pick in 2016; .282/.333/.427 in 110AB; 2HR 10RBI; 0SB; 7%BB/24%K; .290 vs LHP; .278 vs RHP; .283 last 30 days; 13 games at 1B with 2 errors (.982); 7 games caught with 1 error; 3/11 CS (27%);  Grade: C+; Drafted as a catcher, Barbier saw most of his time at 1B, putting up very pedestrian numbers.  At under 6 foot and maybe 175 pounds, Barbier does not profile at 1B either long term.  2017: Barbier likely moves along to Lakewood, playing a backup role at C/1B.

GCL

Caleb Eldridge, 21, Phils 20th round pick in 2016; .159/.315/.205 in 44AB; 0HR 4RBI; 17%BB/34%K; .111 vs LHP; .171 vs RHP; 12 games at 1B with 3 errors (.972)Played very little this season and was rostered all year.  Admittedly, I dont know whether that was because of injury or the Phils wanted to look at other players.  2017: I would be surprised if he is back

Edwin Rodriguez, 19, Signed as a free agent in 2014; .263/.360/.421 in 76AB; 3HR 11RBI; 14%BB/17%K; .280 vs LHP; .255 vs RHP; .200 last 30 days; 25 games at 1B with 2 errors (.991); Grade: B-; Decent numbers with a bit of pop; 2017: Williamsport

Danny Zardon, 21, Phils 17th round pick in 2016; .260/.343/.407 in 123AB; 1HR 17RBI; 11%BB/15%K; .214 vs LHP; .274 vs RHP; .284 last 30 days; 23 games at 3B with 5 errors (.917); 13 games at 1B without an error; Decent production from Zardon who played regularly for GCL Phils.  While probably not as much up side as Lucas WIlliams, he may have leap frogged Williams  to start 2017.  Grade: B-; 2017: Lakewood

Raul Rivas, 19, Signed as a free agent in 2014; .245/.283/.255 in 106AB between GCL and Clearwater; 0HR 9RBI; 1SB; 3%BB/15%K; 24 games at 3B with 3 errors (.952); 6 games at SS without an error; 5 games at 2B with 1 error (.963)

10 thoughts on “Post Season Report Card, Corner Infield

  1. I have already noted my man crush on Rhys over and over on this blog. So won’t comment more. But I am a big fan.

    Darick Hall also intrigues me. I have read some good reports on him and he seems to have real power. Will need to track his progress in Lakewood to make sure it is not just a college kid beating up weaker competition. But a promising prospect.

    Also, saw this tweet regarding Rivas.

  2. assume you are going to want Hoskins playing first base as much as possible in AAA next year so wondering how Stassi fits in with his defense there being a strength. Guess Stassi still might want to be here with just Tommy Joseph at first in Philly.

    1. What’s Stassi’s 40man/rule 5 status?

      With his glove and approach at the plate, I don’t know why he couldn’t fit into the mix next season until Rhys is ready. Joseph will get more ABs in winter ball so it’ll be interesting to see how they move forward at 1b. That’s one position that may be addressed in the off season unless Hoskins is deemed the future.

      1. Knapp and Cozens are on the same winter ball team in the Dominican.
        I hope Hoskins goes to the PR, where Cozens and Quinn went last winter.
        One guy who would benefit from some experienced pitching would be Nick Williams.
        Joseph, not sure if he is ticketed yet for any particular team.

      2. Would be shocked if the Phillies make any move for an outside player at 1B. They seem to have a number of short-term options and maybe a long-term option or two already in house.

        Any moves made in the FA market would be for corner OF and starting pitching.

  3. Am I the only one not impressed with that list. Walding made an unexpected run this year and that was nice. I have seen Hoskins on 4 occasions and something just doesn’t sit right we me. Maybe its the way he moves. I want to be surprised and see him prove me wrong for long time.

    1. I hate to say it, but I’m always skeptical about anyone on Reading’s numbers – let’s see what he can do in LHV. Hope he proves me wrong.

      1. One thing Park Factors have limited bearings on are BB rates and K rates.
        In Hoskin’s case for his career it is 10% BBrate and 19% Krate…. both plus for a guy with his total ISO of somewhere around .250.
        In Reading those metrics are only off his career marks a little….21% K rate and a better BB rate at 12%…and facing better pitching. Also, not to mention his wRC+ in Reading of 159.
        His peripheral metrics reveal a hitter who probably doesn’t need the favorable park factors of FirstEnergy to continue to excel,

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