Andrew Knapp was your selection as the #14 prospect in the Phillies’ organization. Knapp received 77 of 284 votes (27%) to achieve a plurality victory over Jhailyn Ortiz and Adonis Medina who received 47 and 45 votes respectively for 17% and 16% of the vote. One of my favorites Bailey Falter had a surprisingly strong showing (39 votes, 14%) for fourth place.
Andrew Knapp was drafted out of high school by the Oakland Athletics in the 41st round of the 2010 June Amateur Draft. He chose to attend Cal-Berkeley and was selected by the Phillies in the 2nd round of the 2013 Amateur Draft.
Knapp began his journey with Williamsport in 2013. He had surgery over the off season (TJ, I think) and opened the 2014 season as a DH for the Threshers in Advanced A. When he was finally healthy, he reported to Lakewood and posted a .290/.354/.438/.792 slash.
Knapp returned to Clearwater in 2015 and posted some nice numbers as he continued to master catching. Then, after a promotion to Reading, he went crazy with a small sample slash of .360/.419/.631/1.050 with 11 HR in 241 PA.
In 2016, Knapp played for AAA lehigh Valley. He posted numbers closer to his career slash, and pretty reasonable for a switch-hitting catcher – .266/.330/.390/.719. He also posted a .991 Fld% and threw out 38% of stolen base attempts.
Unless the Phillies sign a veteran FA catcher (and I hope they don’t, and I hope Holaday wasn’t signed to be on the MLB roster), Knapp should start the season as Cameron Rupp’s back up. As a switch hitter, he could also platoon with Tommy Joseph at first. The presence of Andres Blanco, the Phillies emergency catcher, could even make Knapp available as DH and pinch hitter.
With all the extracurricular stuff yesterday, I neglected to report on Harold Arauz. He was signed as an international free agent by the Houston Astros on May 12, 2012. He came to the Phillies as part of the Ken Giles trade in December of 2015. He was eligible for the 2016 Rule 5 Draft.
Except for a 3-game rehab stint in the GCL (where he was torched in his 2nd and 3rd appearances), Arauz spent the 2016 season with Lakewood. He had a 6-6 record with a .318 ERA. He posted a 1.04 WHIP in 99 innings and struck out 85 (7.7 K/9) while walking 24 (2.2 BB/9).
Arauz had severe home/away splits.
Not included above is a home loss versus the Rome Braves in the final game of the SAL Championship Series. Arauz held the Braves scoreless through four innings and took a 1-0 lead into the fifth, but was unable to complete the inning. His final line – 4.1 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 0 HR, 6.23 ERA. He had a game score of 51. (The Claws had a rough night against the Brave’ Max Fried who struck out 13 in 7.0 innings.)
At the time of the Giles trade, a lot of us GCL followers lamented the loss of the other Arauz in the deal (Jonathan, also Panamanian but no relation). I’m now happy with the acquisition of Harold, although I would like to have Jonathan still. I look forward to watching the 22-year old Harold in the Threshers rotation in 2017.
Next up is your selection for the #15 prospect in the organization.
Poll to date –
- J.P. Crawford
- Jorge Alfaro
- Mickey Moniak
- Roman Quinn
- Nick Williams
- Franklyn Kilome
- Sixto Sanchez
- Rhys Hoskins
- Dylan Cozens
- “C” Randolph
- Scott Kingery
- Kevin Gowdy
- Harold Arauz
- Andrew Knapp