Next up are the organizations catchers. A reminder that grades are based on pre-season expectations for that player vs. actual production. Look for the report on Outfielders, Tuesday or Wednesday.
Andy Knapp, 24, Phils 2nd round pick in 2013; .266/.330/.390 in 403AB; 8HR 46RBI; 2/4SB; 8%BB/24%K; .277 vs LHP; .258 vs RHP; .253 last 30 days; 104 games caught with 7 errors (.991); 16 passed balls; 18/48 CS (38%); Decent but not outstanding offensive numbers combined with defense that was poor at the beginning of the year but much improved by years end. The biggest issue for Knapp entering this season was that he was considered a liability defensively. He is making significant strides. Grade: B-; 2017: Lehigh Valley to start, expect to see him in Philly at some point.
Logan Moore, 26, Phils 9th round pick in 2011; .220/.282/.256 in 177AB between Reading and Lehigh Valley; 5HR 20RBI; 8%BB/28%K; Hit .218/.256/.391 in 110AB with Lehigh Valley; .138 last 30 days; 53 games caught with 5 errors (.988); 0 passed balls; 18/45 CS (40%); Pretty much what we expected from Moore which is minimal offense and very good defense. He will be entering his final year prior to minor league free agency next season and I wouldn’t expect him to be Rule 5 protected. Grade: C+; 2017: Lehigh Valley backup
Jorge Alfaro,23, Acquired from Texas in 2015; .285/.325/.458 in 404AB; 15HR 67RBI; 3/5SB; 5%BB/25%K; .213 vs LHP; .302 vs RHP; .263 last 30 days; 95 games caught with 6 errors (.993); 7 passed balls; 33/75 CS (44%): After significant injuries issues in 2015, Alfaro kept himself both healthy and productive for large portions of the season. I believe he has the potential to be a top 5 major league catcher between the combination of a very good bat and an absolute gun for an arm. Grade: A-; 2017: Phils, sharing time with Rupp.
Joel Fisher, 23, Phils 23rd round pick in 2014; Hit .250 in 36AB between Lakewood and Reading; 2HR 7RBI; 13 games caught with 1 error (.989); 0 passed balls; 8/16 CS(50%); Fisher was a spare part in Lakewood and Reading, playing very little, but playing with competence when he did. If he is back in 2017, he will be floating around as a backup/3rd catcher were needed.
Gabriel Lino, 23, Acquired from Baltimore in 2012; .236/.312/357 in 199AB between Clearwater and Reading; 5HR 14RBI; 8%BB/21%K; 58 games caught with 11 errors (.978); 6 passed balls; 24/68 CS (35%); From seeing regular time in Reading and Lehigh Valley in 2015, Lino was predominately a backup in Clearwater and Reading this year with production perhaps a tick over mediocre. Grade: C The view the Phils brass has of Lino certainly appears to have changed and I think it likely he is not back for ’17.
Chace Numata, 24, Phils 14th round pick in 2010; .308/.377/.393 in 328AB; 2HR 35RBI: 3SB; 10%BB/11%K; .253 vs LHP; .328 vs RHP; .323 last 30 days; 85 games caught with 10 errors (.986); 14 passed balls; 33/83 CS (40%); Numata took his game to another level this year with excellent offensive production and a caught stealing rate significantly higher than any of his previous years. His receiving needs some work but the overall body of work for this season was outstanding. Grade: A-; 2017: The Phils face decisions with Numata. Still just 24, he has been in the organizations for six minor league seasons and is eligible to become a minor league free agent if he is not added to the 40 man. The Phils simply will not have the space on the 40 man for Numata unless they decide to protect 4 catchers, which I believe to be unlikely. All that said, I believe Numata to likely be with another organization come Spring, although I would like to see him back as a minor league free agent in Reading.
Austin Bossart, 23, Phils 14th round pick in 2015; .289/.347/.368 in 152AB between Lakewood and Clearwater; 1HR 18RBI; 7%BB/13%K; For Clearwater: Hit .340 in 53AB; 47 games caught with 5 errors (.988); 1 passed ball; 20/68 CS (29%); A very good year for Bossart who was more than proficient both with the bat and behind the plate. Grade: B+; 2017: Reading
Deivi Gruillon, 20, Signed as a free agent in 2012; .256/.320/.375 in 320AB; 6HR 45RBI; 9%BB/24%K; .202 vs LHP; .277 vs RHP; .297 last 30 days; 79 games caught with 10 errors (.987); 13 passed balls; 27/97 CS (28%); The offense ticked up a notch after over 700AB in Lakewood over two seasons. The defense, problematically ticked down a notch this season as that is where the Phils are truly expecting Gruillon to excel. Grade: C; 2017: Clearwater
Edgar Cabral, 20, Phils 11th round pick in 2015; .203/.250/.266 in 79AB; 1HR 7RBI; 5%BB/13%K; .273 vs LHP; .175 vs RHP; 24 games caught with 1 error (.996); 1 passed ball; 7/27 CS (26%); Poor with the bat, decent receiving. Grade: C; 2017: Back up in Lakewood
Henri Lartigue, 21, Phils 7th round pick in 2016; .212/.265/.291 in 151AB; 1HR 15RBI; 2SB; 7%BB/16%K; .267 vs LHP; .189 vs RHP; .161 last 30 days; 39 games caught with 4 errors (.988); 11 passed balls; 17/57 CS (30%); I would surmise that the Phils expected alot more from Lartigue, who was a relatively high draft pick. He struggled both with the bat, as well as receiving. Grade: D+
Gregori Rivero, 20, SIgned as a free agent in 2012; .288/.327/.433 in 104AB; 1HR 9RBI; 1SB; 3%BB/19%K; .200 vs LHP; .321 vs RHP; 31 games caught with 5 errors (.979); 7 passed balls; 11/30 CS (37%); Received more playing time as the year went on and generally did a good job with a few defensive hiccups. Grade: B-; 2017: Rivero spent most of 2015 and 2016 in Williamsport. I think he moves up to Lakewood
Rodolfo Duran, 18, Signed as a free agent in 2014; .305/.333/.463 in 82 AB combined between GCL and Williamsport; 3HR 14RBI; 5%BB/17%K; Hit .315 in 73AB for GCL Phils; .315 vs LHP; .310 vs RHP; .300 last 30 days; 34 games caught with 1 error (.995); 10 passed balls; 11/32 CS (34%); Duran had a very nice year playing predominately in the GCL for the second year; Produced with the bat, and was competent behind the plate, albeit with more passed balls than we would like to see. Grade: B+; 2017: WIlliamsport
Daniel Garner, 22, Phils 32nd round pick in 2016; .310/.394/.379 in 29AB; 0HR 4RBI; 6%BB/32%K; 13 games caught, 1 error (.983); 0 passed balls; 2/12 CS (17%); Garner played very sparingly only starting 5 games and last playing on August 9. 2017: I would be surprised to see Garner back
Nerluis Martinez, 20, SIgned as a free agent in 2014; .248/.322/.307 in 101AB; 0HR 18RBI; 10%BB/11%K; .357 vs LHP; .205 vs RHP; .255 last 30 days; 32 games caught with 1 error (.995); 3 passed balls; 12/38 CS (32%); Played 7 games at 1B with 2 errors (.971); First year stateside for Martinez who did a nice job behind the plate and produced a solid number of RBI’s in just over 100AB: Grade: C+; 2017: WIlliamsport
Lenin Rodriguez, 18, Signed as a free agent in 2014; .340/.438/.453 in 53AB; 1HR 5RBI; 15%BB/13%K; .500 vs LHP; .282 vs RHP; 18 games caught with 4 errors (.959); 2 passed balls; 3/15 CS(20%); Rodriguez started 10 games in his first season in the U.S. and did a nice job with the bat but needs work behind the plate. Very small frame at 5’9, 165. 2017: Back in the GCL to get more regular playing time.