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.
Angelo Mora, 23, Signed as a free agent in 2011; .251/.308/.362 in 367AB; 4HR 42RBI; 3/4SB; 7%BB/20%K; .250 vs LHP; .251 vs RHP; .232 post all star break; 47 games at SS with 9 errors (.958); 18 games at 2B with 3 errors (.967); 24 games at 3B with 4 errors (.907); 14 games in the OF without an error. Mora started hot with the bat and cooled down substantially throughout the year, ending with pedestrian numbers. Competent in the field at multiple positions. Grade: C; 2017: Mora is a guy that can play 4-5 days a week at multiple positions in AA/AAA and not hurt you. If that is what the Phils need based on depth, he will be back to do that.
KC Serna, 26, Re-Signed as a free agent in 2016; .295/.371/.384 in 336AB; 4HR 35RBI; 6/12SB; .280 vs LHP; .300 vs RHP; .273 last 30 days; 10%BB/15%K; 53 games at SS with 9 errors (.961); 16 games at 3B with 2 errors (.935); 28 games in the OF with 1 error (.982); 3 OF assists; 6 games at 2B with 1 error (.955); A very good year for Serna with the bat and continued versatility with decent fielding as well; Serna likely will never be a major leaguer but he is a valuable piece to this years Reading team because he does a lot of things pretty well. Grade: B; 2017: Serna will likely end up wherever he receives the most lucrative minor league offer.
Malquin Canelo, 22, SIgned as a free agent in 2011; .246/.294/.330 in 451AB; 4HR 49RBI; 13/21SB; 6%BB/20%K; .202 vs LHP; .259 vs RHP; .205 last 30 days; .304 with RISP; 124 games at SS with 27 errors (.948); 3.98 R/F. After a 2015 where there was a good deal of excitement surrounding Canelo, he had a disappointing 2016 both with the bat and with the glove. Grade: C-; 2017: I think the Phils push Canelo to Reading, although probably not deserving of the promotion. It will reunite Canelo with Kingery up the middle.
Josh Tobias, 23, Phils 10th round pick in 2015; .291/.362/.422 in 491AB between Lakewood and Clearwater; 9HR 69RBI; 10/15SB; 8%BB/17%K; For Clearwater: .254/.324/.357 in 126AB; 2HR 14RBI; 4SB; 9%BB/22%K; .321 vs LHP; .235 vs RHP. Tobias ended up getting stuck in Lakewood because of the roadblocks at 2B in the system, a good problem to have. Tobias produced well for the ‘Claws and was starting to get going for the Threshers at the end of the season. Grade: B+; 2017: Clearwater to start; Reading to finish.
Drew Stankiewicz, 23, Phils 11th round pick in 2014; .196/.307/.294; 1HR 17RBI; 2SB; 14%BB/18%K; .250 vs LHP; .185 vs RHP; 15 games at 2B with 1 error (.984); 12 games at SS with 4 errors (.922); 16 games at 3B with 1 error (.975); 3 games in the OF without an error; Pretty much a lost season for STankiewicz who struggled with injury throughout the year and struggled on the field when healthy; Grade: D; 2017: If Stankiewicz is back it is because of his versatility and the need the Phils may have for backup middle infielders in ’17.
Grenny Cumana, 20, SIgned as a free agent in 2012; .291/.344/363 in 347AB; 1HR 27RBI; 17/24SB; 4%BB/8%K; .311 vs LHP; .284 vs RHP; .300 last 30 days; 47 games at SS with 9 errors (.944); 41 games at 2B with 6 errors (.961); 6 games in the OF without an error; Cumana markedly improved with that bat during 2016, hitting 85 points higher than he did with Lakewood in ’15 and was often an offensive catalyst during the second half of the season; Grade: B+; 2017: CLearwater
William Cuicas, 21, Signed as a free agent in 2011; .188/.267/.213 in 80AB between Williamsport and Lakewood; 0HR 6RBI; 2SB; 9%BB/36%K; 18 games at 2B with 4 errors (.938); 5 games at SS with 1 error (.952); 5 games at 3B without an error; Cuicas improved from .186 in 2015 to .188 in 2016. I think his time has run out. Grade: F
Emmanuel Marrero, 23, Phils 7th round pick in 2014; .248/.305/.318 in 415AB; 4HR 33RBI; 6/13SB; 7%BB/19%K; .228 vs LHP; .255 vs RHP; .282 last 30 days; 95 games at SS with 12 errors (.963); 5 games at 2B without an error; 15 games at 3B with 2 errors (.941); Marrero really struggled with the bat in his first two minor league seasons and his .248 this year was a marked improvement over ’14 and ’15. Typically solid in the field. Grade: C+; 2017: He did enough to move up to Clearwater
Luis Espiritu, 19, SIgned as a free agent in 2014; .227/.306/.266 in 154AB between Lakewood and WIlliamsport; 0HR 9RBI; 4/6SB; 10%BB/20%K; Hit .276 over last 30 days; 44 games at 2B with 15 errors (.930); 4 games at 3B without an error; Not much production for Espiritu in 2016, after hitting .267 for WIlliamsport in limited action in 2015; Grade: D; 2017: Backup in Lakewood
Arquimedes Gamboa, 18, Signed as a free agent in 2014; .200/.254/.292 in 130AB; 2HR 15RBI; 5/6SB; 6%BB/20%K; .136 vs LHP; .213 vs RHP; 35 games at SS with 16 errors (.904); Gamboa came with a lot of hype and really failed to produce this year struggling with both the bat and the glove at times. Watching him, he does have that “special something” that you see in certain players both it came out very sporadically. Gamboa also spent the last month of the season in FLorida, injured. Grade: D; 2017: WIlliamsport
Chandler Hall, 21, Signed as a free agent in 2016; .261/.341/.345 in 142AB between GCL and WIlliamsport; 1HR 8RBI; 1SB; 9%BB/27%K; For Williamsport: .261/.342/.351 in 134AB; .154 vs LHP; .287 vs RHP; .280 last 30 days; 35 games at SS with 7 errors (.958); 6 games at 3B with 1 error (.947); 5 games at 2B with 5 errors (.848); Hall ended up receiving a good deal of playing time after Gamboa was injured late in the year and was “fine” but likely, nothing more than a stopgap. Too many deficiencies in his game. 2017: If he is back it will be as a utility INF at WIlliamsport or Lakewood
Evan Rogers, 22, Signed as a free agent in 2016; .242/.320/.403 in 124AB between GCl and Williamsport; 3HR 16RBI; 2/4SB; 9%BB/19%K; Hit .217/.309/.302 in 106AB with Williamsport; .250 vs LHP; .209 vs RHP; .220 last 30 days; 16 games at 3B with 4 errors (.918); 12 games at 2B with 1 error (.985); 6 games at SS with 1 error (.947); Rogers was signed post draft and gave the Cutters some defensive versatility but that’s about it. Grade: C-; 2017: I don’t see him back
Jose ANtequera, 21, Signed as a free agent in 2013; .253/.309/.353 in 170AB between Williamsport and GCL; 0HR 13RBI; 12/16SB; 6%BB/15%K; .299/.359/.444 in 117AB with GCL Phils. 21 games at 2B with 1 error (.991); 14 games at 3B without an error; 7 games at 1B with 1 error; 7 games at SS without an error; Antequera really struggled in Williamsport and was sent back to the GCL where he played well. Grade: C 2017: It can go a lot of different ways for Antequera next season. He is very solid in the field and the Phils may try to get him some AB in Lakewood to see how he produces rather than rush a younger player
Daniel Brito, 18, SIgned as a free agent in 2014; .284/.355/.421 in 190AB; 2HR 25RBI; 7/9SB; 10%BB/13%K; .300 vs LHP; .280 vs RHP; .246 last 30 days; 47 games at 2B with 7 errors (.969); Brito played almost every day at 2B and did it well producing with the bat and doing a good job with the glove. Grade: B+; 2017: Williamsport
Cole Stobbe, 19, Phils 3rd round pick in 2016; .270/.337/.405 in 148AB; 4HR 13RBI; 3/9SB; 9%BB/18%K; .306 vs LHH, .259 vs RHH, .305 last 30 days; 44 games at SS with 11 errors (.932); Stobbe started slowly but came and strong towards the end of the year. As expected, some struggles in the field. Grade: B-; 2017: WIlliamsport