A look at the Outfield throughout the organization. Next up: Relief Pitchers, Wed or Thur
Nick WIlliams, 23, Acquired from Texas in 2015; .258/.287/.427 in 497AB; 13HR 64RBI; 6/10SB; 4%BB/26%K; .231 vs LHP; .273 vs RHP; .152 last 30 days; Since Aug 1, Williams hit .172 with a 1%BB/37%K rate; 122 games in the OF with 3 errors (.989); 6 OF assists; My pre-season expectation for WIlliams was hitting around .285-.290 with 10-12HR and 15SB prior to a July call to Philly. What actually happened is that WIlliams was benched on three separate occasions prior to August for disciplinary reasons and he went on to finish the season with a borderline unprecedented BB/K rate over the seasons final month plus. His ability would come out for a few weeks and he would then retreat into some combination of a baseball purists nightmare. Grade: C-; 2017: Lehigh Valley
Cam Perkins, Soon to be 26, Phils 7th round pick in 2012; .292/.329/.419 in 408AB; 8HR 47RBI; 11/15SB; .316 vs LHP; .274 vs RHP; .314 last 30 days; 5%BB/14%K; 103 games in the OF with 7 errors (.972); 3 OF assists; The numbers are decent for Perkins but not good enough to warrant a look at the big league level. The walk rate needs to go up, and Perkins needs to be more of a run producer to get that major league look. Surprisingly, Perkins went from 2 errors and 15 OF assists in ’15 to 7 errors and just 3 OF assists this year. Grade: B-; 2017: I expect Perkins to be left Rule 5 unprotected and expect him to go undrafted and back to Lehigh Valley
Cedric Hunter, 28, Signed as a free agent in 2016; .294/.324/.433 in 330AB with Lehigh Valley; 10HR 53RBI; 6/9SB; 4%BB/16%K; .313 vs LHP; .284 vs RHP; .286 last 30 days; 75 games in the OF without an error; 1 OF assist; Hunter started the year with Phils and was sent fairly quickly when people got healthy as he wasn’t performing. For Lehigh Valley, he was the most consistent outfielder all year, hitting the ball hard and playing a good OF. Hunter is a AAAA player who many organizations will be glad to have around. Grade: B+; 2017: Likely another organization with all the young talent below, although would love to see him back. He is fun to watch.
Cody Asche, 26, Phils 4th round pick in 2011; .279/.350/.514 in 111AB for Lehigh Valley; 6HR 15RBI; 1SB; 9%BB/21%K; .229 vs LHP; .303 vs RHP; .302 last 30 days; 16 games in the OF with 1 error (.973); 7 games at 3B with 1 error (.923); 3 games at 1B without an error; Asche was optioned to Lehigh Valley after hitting .213/.281/.362 in 174AB with the Phils this year, to go along with a 23% K rate. Pre season, I expected Asche to be a productive member of the Phils OF. Between his injury in SPring Training and then his performance once off the DL, 2016 was a major disappointment for Asche. That said, kudos to Asche for not sulking when sent down and performing well at multiple positions for Lehigh Valley late in the season. I expect to see Asche back with the Phils in 2017 with Altherr, Bourjos and Goeddel all question marks for the ’17 roster.
Dylan Cozens, 22, Phils 2nd round pick in 2012; .276/.350/.591 in 521AB; 40HR 125RBI; 21SB; 10%BB/32%K; .197 vs LHP; .302 vs RHP; .234 last 30 days; .295/.374/.744 with 29HR 83RBI at home; .259/.325/.441 with 11HR 42RBI on the road; 128 games in the OF with 5 errors (.982); 12 OF assists; The overall stats, before you dig in are mind blowing. Team records for HR and RBI to go along with a 20+ SB season and double digits in OF assists. Then comes the negative. The very average player Cozens becomes on the road and his .197 average with a 42% K rate against left handed pitching. Grade: A-; 2017: Lehigh Valley
Osmel Aguila, 27, Signed as a free agent in 2016; .229/.317/.410 in 144AB (mostly at Reading); 5HR 17RBI; 1SB; 8%BB/22%K; 35 games in the OF with 2 errors (.976); 1 OF assist; Aguila signed early in the season amid some fanfare with decent bonus money out of Cuba. He was almost totally unimpressive this season. Grade: D+; 2017: Reading
Christian Marrero, 30, SIgned as a free agent in 2016; .282/.422/.462 in 195AB; 8HR 32RBI; 0SB; 19%BB/16%K; .278 vs LHP; .283 vs RHP; .441 last 30 days; Marrero was relgated to a bench role for most of the year with younger players getting the large amount of playing time. Playing regularly in the seasons final couple of weeks, he was on fire. Outstanding walk rate. Grade: B; 2017: Will go where he has the greatest opportunity, likely elsewhere.
Andrew Pullin, 23, Phils 5th round pick in 2012; .322/.362/.522 in 335AB between Clearwater and Reading; 14HR 51RBI; 0SB; 5%BB/16%K; Hit .346 in 188AB for Reading with 10HR32RBI; After ‘retiring” at the beginning of the season, Pullin unretired in May and ended up quickly playing himself out of Clearwater and into Reading to be an integral piece of the Reading offense, Pullin’s season ended two weeks early because of an elbow injury. Grade: A-…cant give an A because of missing a month “retired” 2017: Phils will have to make a 40 man roster decision on Pullin. Likely to begin the season in Reading to pick up an additional 200+ AB.
Roman Quinn, 23, Phils 2nd round pick in 2011; .282/.359/.431 in 280AB with Reading; 6HR 23RBI; 29SB; 10%BB/21%K; .300 vs LHP; .;267 vs RHP; Like most other years, Quinn played very well “when in the lineup” as his 2016 was abbreviated by multiple injuries once again. He is a game changer when he is on the field. Grade: B-. The production when in the lineup is worthy of a higher grade but overall production is a B-. 2017: I think he has a legitimate shot to make the Phillies out of Spring Training if healthy. That said, Lehigh Valley is more likely to start
Aaron Brown, 24, Phils 3rd round pick in 2014; .244/.332/.364 in 308AB between CLearwater and Reading; 5HR 40RBI; 5/9SB; 10%BB/24%K; For Reading: 224/.313/.360 in 228AB; 3HR 27RBI; 2/6SB ; 9%BB/25%K; 89 games in the OF with 7 errors (.963); 3 OF assists; Simply a very disappointing year for Brown after a solid 2015 in CLearwater. He was demoted back to CLearwater for a time because of lack of production and made it up to Reading at the end of the year due to injuries. Grade: D+ 2017: Backup in Reading
Zach Coppola, 22, Phils 13th round pick in 2015; .315/.397/.357 in 305AB between Lakewood and Clearwater; 0HR 26RBI; 17/24SB; 11%BB/12%K; For CW: .293/.381/.326 in 92AB; 0HR 9RBI; 6SB; 69 games in the OF with 1 error (.992); 4 OF assists; Although multiple DL stints, Coppola had a very good year within his skill set. He gets on base and makes things happen, which is needed at the top of the lineup of every team. Grade: A-; 2017: Clearwater
Herlis Rodriguez, 22, Signed as a free agent in 2010; .216/.276/.281 in 139AB; 2HR 11RBI; 3/5SB; 5%BB/13%K; .162 vs LHP; .231 vs RHP; 42 games in the OF with 1 error (.989); 4 OF assists; After an excellent 2015 in Lakewood, the expectations were high for Rodriguez and he struggled almost all year. Little production with the bat and a whole lot of time on the DL. Grade: D; 2017: If he is back, it is likely as a backup in Clearwater.
Cord Sandberg, 21, Phils 3rd round pick in 2013; .230/.306/.315 in 305AB; 4HR 23RBI; 6/13SB; 8%BB/26%K; .164 vs LHP; .248 vs RHP; 93 games in the OF with 1 error (.994); 4 OF assists; A very poor season for Sandberg who totally failed to hit left handed pitching and did not use his speed well. Mediocrity would be an improvement. Grade: D-; 2017: His signing bonus in 2013 is what will cause Sandberg to be back, albeit likely as a reserve until he proves himself.
Carlos Tocci, 21, Signed as a free agent in 2011; .284/.331/.362 in 500AB; 3HR 50RBI; 13/19SB; 6%BB/14%K; .235 vs LHP; .302 vs RHP; .309 last 30 days; .293 with RISP; 124 games in the OF with 2 errors (.993); 9 OF assists; Incredibly still 21, and has over 2000 minor league AB; Tocci has worked hard to become a competent hitter, hitting consistently for average most of the year. A lot has been invested in Tocci, who continues to be a top notch OF and I expect him to be 40 man protected in the off season. Grade: B; 2017: Reading
Jiandido Tromp, Soon to be 23, Signed as a free agent in 2011;.258/.313/.483 in 458AB; 20HR 68RBI; 14/18SB; 7%BB/20%K; For Clearwater: .240/.290/.456 in 217AB; 10HR 36RBI; 5/7SB; 6%BB/18%K; .305 vs LHP; .215 vs RHP; 105 games in the OF with 1 error (.996); 8 OF assists; Very few minor league players had a season with 20HR and 14SB and Tromp was one of them while playing a very solid LF. He is Rule 5 eligible and that presents a bit of a conundrum as Tromp has the tools and someone may take a shot. I don’t think he will be protected with the Phils having to focus elsewhere. Grade: B; 2017: Clearwater to start.
Derek Campbell, 25, Phils 20th round pick in 2014; .263/.341/.389 in 190AB; 11HR 31RBI; 1SB; 6%BB/21%K; .232 vs LHP; .276 vs RHP; 28 games in the OF without an error; 24 games at 3B with 5 errors (.919); 8 games at 2B with 2 errors (.917); 2 games at 1B without an error; Campbell’s season started three weeks late and ended two weeks early because of injuries. In between he did a good job in a “super utility” role for Clearwater, providing some unexpected pop with the bat. Grade: C+; 2017: I would be surprised if Campbell is back based on the roster decisions the Phils will need to make.
Carlos Duran, 21, Signed as a free agent in 2011; .243/.293/.317 in 325AB; 2HR 25RBI; 12/16SB; .241 vs LHP; .244 vs RHP; .216 last 30 days; 7%BB/21%K; 84 games in the OF with 1 error (.995); 5 OF assists; Mediocrity at the plate for Duran who really didn’t show much but played a nice CF for Lakewood; Grade: C; 2017: After hitting in the .240’s in 2015 for Williamsport and following that up with .243 this season, Duran’s days may be numbered with all the OF talent surrounding him. If he is back, I suspect it will be as a part time player in Lakewood or CW next season
Mark Laird, 23, Phils 8th round pick in 2015; .355/.442/.404 in 183AB between Williamsport and Lakewood; 1HR 22RBI; 10/13 SB; 13%BB/10%K; .353/.445/.431 in 116AB for Lakewood; 40 games in the OF with 2 errors (.970); 1 OF assist; Laird missed a large portion of the ’16 season injured, but when he came back he came back like gangbusters, as an offensive catalyst for both the Crosscutters and Blueclaws. Clearly playing below his level of experience after playing for LSU in college for several seasons. Grade: A (for the time he was in the lineup); 2017: Clearwater with an outside shot at Reading
Jose Pujols, 20, Signed as a free agent in 2012; .241/.306/.440 in 498AB; 24HR 82RBI; 5/8SB; 8%BB/33%K; .269 vs LHP; .231 vs RHP; .279 last 30 days; 113 games in the OF with 9 errors (.961); 9 OF assists; Diving into the stats, Pujols power numbers were excellent and he was coming on towards the end of the year. His .241 average was, believe it or not, his highest average in 3 years of minor league ball; His strikeout rate jumped significantly from Williamsport in ’15 to Lakewood in ’16 (and it was already high in Williamsport). Too many errors as well. Grade: C+; Starting in Lakewood and progressing to Clearwater fairly quickly if successful in April.
Cornelius Randolph, 19, Phils 1st round pick in 2016; .274/.355/.357 in 241AB; 2HR 27RBI; 5/9SB; 10%BB/21%K; .250 vs LHP; .281 vs RHP; .311 last 30 days; Randolph struggled with injuries throughout the first several months of the season but came on strong to have a very good final month. The overall body of work is not outstanding but I think he showed enough to start ’17 in Clearwater; Grade: C+
Jesus Alastre, 19, SIgned as a free agent in 2013; .290/.345/.327 in 162AB; 0HR 16RBI; 14/18SB; 4%BB/13%K; .234 vs LHP; .313 vs RHP; 43 games in the OF with 3 errors (.936); 1 OF assist; Good progression for Alastre who has leadoff speed; Needs to walk more; Grade: B+; 2017: Lakewood
Emmanuel Garcia, 22, Signed as a free agent in 2012; .276/.304/.476 in 164AB; 6HR 19RBI; 3/8SB; 4%BB/20%K; .256 vs LHP; .281 vs RHP; .344 last 30 days;37 games in the OF with 1 error (.983); 7 OF assists; After 3 seasons in the DSL, Garcia played well in his first season stateside. Grade: B; 2017: Lakewood; outside shot at Clearwater because of age
Juan Luis, 20, SIgned as a free agent in 2014; .235/.282/.327 in 162AB; 3HR 13RBI; 9SB; 7%BB/18%K; .132 vs LHP; .266 vs RHP; .277 last 30 days; 50 games in the OF with 6 errors (.940); 1 OF assist; Luis has talent but showed a significant lack of understanding of the fundamentals on multiple occasions this season along with a lack of discipline. Grade: C; 2017: WIlliamsport
Luke Maglich, 23, Phils 34th round pick in 2016; .261/.355/.359 in 142AB; 1HR 18RBI; 8/13SB; 12%BB/24%K; .250 vs LHP; .265 vs RHP; .236 last 30 days; 41 games in the OF without an error; 1 OF assist; Very low draft pick who played himself into significant playing time with all out hustle style. Grade: B-; 2017: 5th OF in Clearwater
David Martinelli, 21, Phils 6th round pick in 2016; .235/.281/.327 in 217AB; 4HR 25RBI; 7/12SB; 6%BB/25%K; .276 vs LHP; .220 vs RHP; .187 last 30 days; 53 games in CF with 1 error (.990); 8 OF assists; Moderately disappointing numbers with the bat for a high draft pick. Played very well in CF and has potential. Grade: C; 2017: Lakewood
Mickey Moniak, 18, Phils 1st round pick in 2016; .284/.340/.409 in 176AB; 1HR 28RBI; 10/14SB; 6%BB/19%K rates; .270 vs LHP; .288 vs RHP; .235 last 30 days; 32 games in the OF with 1 error (.986); 3 OF assists; Good average, good run production, good speed, good defense. I expected a bit of a better eye at the plate and “outstanding” production is some categories, but perhaps I am being too harsh on the #1 pick. Grade: B+; 2017: I think the Phils will try to be aggressive and want Moniak to have a full season of AB. Lakewood
Malvin Matos, 20, Signed as a free agent in 2014; .242/.344/.463 in 157AB; 2HR 15RBI; 10/15SB; 11%BB/17%K; .323 vs LHP; .222 vs RHP; .250 last 30 days; 44 games in the OF with 1 error (.986); 2 OF assists; Predominately a positive debut for Matos. His average should be higher based on the number of balls he put into play. Grade: B; 2017: WIlliamsport
Jhalyn Ortiz, 17, SIgned as a free agent in 2016; .231/.325/ .434; 8HR 27RBI; 8/10 SB; 9%BB/28%K; .350 vs LHP; .195 vs RHP; .186 last 30 days; 31 games in the OF with 3 errors (.940); 6 OF assists; Ortiz’s true potential came out in many ways: his power, his speed, his arm, but he struggled in the second half of the season. Needs considerable improvement vs. right handed pitching and a diminished K rate. Grade: B-; 2017: I think he starts in the GCL and finshes in Williamsport.
Ben Pelletier, 18, Phils 34th round pick in 2015; .217/.270/.265 in 83AB; 0HR 5RBI; 1SB; 6%BB/28%K; .167 vs LHP; .237 vs RHP; 23 games in the OF without an error; 0 OF assists; Pelletier really did nothing to distinguish himself. Low average, high K rate, little run production. Grade: D; 2017: Elsewhere
Josh Stephen, 18, Phils 11th round pick in 2016; .253/.339/.370 in 162AB; 2HR 26RBI; 6/12SB; 10%BB/22%K; .194 vs LHP; .270 vs RHP; .231 last 30 days; 34 games in the OF with 4 errors (.925); 1 OF assist. Stephen cooled down after a very hot start, but overall made a good impression. Grade: B-; 2017: WIlliamsport