A look up the middle at Phils prospects. A reminder that grades are based on my expectations for a players performance pre-season against how they actually performed. Look for the next report, on catchers, out Monday,
Jesmuel Valentin, 22, Acquired from Dodgers in 2014. 269/.341/.395 in 446AB between Reading and Lehigh Valley; 9HR 52RBI; 4/8SB; 10%BB/16%K; For Lehigh Valley: .248/.325/.381; 4HR 14RBI in 105AB; 10%BB/20%K; 116 games at 2B with 14 errors (.975); 9 games at SS with 3 errors (.900); After missing almost all of 2015 suspended, Valentin had a very good year producing consistently in Reading and being rewarded with a late season callup to Lehigh Valley. Having watched him several times, I do believe he profiles as a major leaguer, although probably not a starter. He was solid at 2B, walked a good deal and produced runs with the bat. Grade: B; 2017: Lehigh Valley and could see him in Philly late next year
JP Crawford, 21, Phils 1st round pick in 2013; .250/.349/.339 in 472AB; 7HR 43RBI; 12/19SB; 13%BB/15%K; For Lehigh Valley: .244/.328/.318; 4HR 30RBI; 7/11SB; 11%BB/16%K; .244 vs LHP; .244 vs RHP; .197 last 30 days; 123 games at SS with 19 errors (.966); Going into 2016, I expected Crawford to make his Phillies debut in September. It appears that will not happen as the level of production did not equate with expectations this season. Crawford clearly has the talent based on what he is able to put together 3,4,5 games at a time, however lacked the consistency this year that he will need to be the all star major leaguer that he is projected to be. Crawford played very well in the field, continued to have excellent plate discipline but simply didnt produce with the bat after two extended slumps at the beginning of his time in Allentown and during the last month of the season. Grade: C-; 2017: Lehigh Valley to start with hopefully a call up to Philly come June/July.
Darnell Sweeney, 25, Acquired from Dodgers in 2015; .233/.299/.345 in 400AB; 6HR 35RBI; 12/23SB; 9%BB/23%K; .242 vs LHP; .226 vs RHP, .211 last 30 days; 40 games at 3B with 7 errors (.924); 54 games at 2B with 5 errors (.980); 20 games in the OF without an error; It was pretty clear the Phils expected alot more out of Sweeney who was placed on the 40 last season, and removed from the 40 just last week. A very disappointing year after going into Spring Training with a real possibility of making the big league club. Grade: D; 2017: If he is back it will be in Lehigh Valley and not on the 40.
Scott Kingery, 22, Phils 2nd round pick in 2015; .281/.335/.388 in 531AB between Clearwater and Reading; 5HR 36RBI; 30SB; 7%BB/16%K; For Reading: .250/.273/.333 in 156AB; 2HR 18RBI; 4/6SB; 3%BB/22%K; .214 last 30 days; 125 games at 2B with 11 errors (.980); Kingery was excellent for Clearwater throughout the season and was called up to Reading in late July. After some early success with the Fightins’, Kingery struggled with the stick over the last month. Perhaps most problematic is the 3% walk rate for a guy that should be hitting at the top of the lineup. Defense was excellent all year. Grade: B; 2017: Reading with potential to move to Lehigh Valley come July. Continue reading Post Season Report Card, Middle Infield