Around the System–Middle Infield

A first look at the middle infield.  Next up: Corners Infielders, over the weekend.

Lehigh Valley

JP Crawford, 22, Phils 1st round pick in 2013; .155/.279/.182 in 110AB; 0HR 7RBI; 2SB; .170 vs LHP; .143 vs RHP; 15%BB/19%K; .176 over last 10 games; 30 games at SS with 4 errors (.966); 3.77 R/F.  Crawford continues to have one of the best batting “eyes” in all of baseball.  That said, his year has been abysmal.  He has struggled all season at the plate, never approaching the Mendoza line and rarely hitting the ball out of the infield.  His fielding has been at times spectacular, however he is covering significantly less ground than in years passed (Range Factor down 25%).

Pedro Florimon, 30, SIgned as a free agent in 2017; .160/.300/.200 in 25AB; 0HR 1RBI; 8 games at 2B with 1 error; 1 game at SS without an error.  Very limited playing time

Jesmuel Valentin, 23, Acquired from Dodgers in 2013; .228/.283/.293 in 92AB; 1HR 6RBI; 0SB; 6%BB/14%K; .308 vs LHP; .170 vs RHP; .152 last 10 games; 25 games at 2B with 3 errors (.967); 2 games at SS without an error.  After a great SPring Training during which he almost made the big club, production has been limited to Valentin.  Solid in the field.


Malquin Canelo, 22, Signed as a free agent in 2011; .294/.402/.397 in 68AB; 0HR 8RBI; 4SB; 16%BB/23%K; .273 vs LHP; .304 vs RHP; 21 games at SS with 3 errors (.967). A solid start to the season for Canelo whose OBP is eye opening.

Scott Kingery, 23, Phils 2nd round pick in 2015; .292/.382/.593 in 113AB; 7HR 19RBI; 8SB: 12%BB/22%K; .244 vs LHP; .319 vs RHP; .317 last 10 games; 26 games at 2B without an error;  Put simply, Kingery is doing everything very well.

Jorge Flores, 25, SIgned as a free agent in 2016; Hitting .333 with 3RBI in 18AB this year; 6 games at SS without an error;  Not much time in the lineup for Flores…has played well when in there.

Angelo Mora, 24, Signed as a free agent in 2010; .146/.239/.268 in 41AB; 1HR 3RBI; 11%BB/21%K; 3 games at SS with 1 error; 3 games at 3B without an error; 2 games in the OF without an error; Relegated to part time player thus far, Mora really has not gotten going at all with the bat


Grenny Cumana, 21, Signed as a free agent in 2012; .260/.304/.315 in 73AB; 0HR 10RBI; 7SB; 3%BB/8%K; .308 vs LHP; .234 vs RHP; 12 games at 2B without an error; 9 games at SS without an error; Short by stature, Cumana seems to be a spark when in the CW lineup.  Very solid with the glove thus far.

Emmanuel Marrero, 24, Phils 7th round pick in 2014; .253/.323/.302 in 87AB; 3HR 6RBI; 2SB; 8%BB/21%K; .179 vs LHP; .288 vs RHP; .281 last 10 games; 26 games at SS with 6 errors (.940).  A decent start for Marrero, who has had some rocky moments in the field.

Drew Stankiewicz, 23, Phils 11th round pick in 2014, .323/.373/.473 in 93AB; 2HR 11RBI; 1SB; .222 vs LHP; .347 vs RHP; .353 last 10 games; 23 games at 2B with 2 errors (.979); 3 games at 3B with 1 error; After an injury plagued 2016 and a return to Clearwater, Stankiewicz has had a terrific beginning to 2017.


Jose Antequera, 21, Signed as a free agent in 2013; .222/.275/.254 in 63AB; 0HR 10RBI; 3%BB/18%K; .238 vs LHP; .214 vs RHP; 23 games at SS with 3 errors (.966); Very pedestrian beginnings to the season for Antequera was called up as a result of the injury to Gamboa.

Daniel Brito, 19, Signed as a free agent in 2015; .284/.329/.381 in 134ab; 3HR 10RBI; 7SB; 6%BB/24%K; .282 vs LHP; .284 vs RHP; .182 over last 10 games; 28 games at 2B with 4 errors (.964); 6 games at SS with 2 errors (.917); Slumping as of late but an eye opening first five weeks to the season for Brito who has been very good overall.

Arquimedes Gamboa, 19, Signed as a free agent in 2014; Hitting .280 in 25AB with a HR and 3RBI before going on the DL; 6 games at SS with 1 error(.941); After an injury plagued second half of the 2016 season, we were looking forward to the much talked about Gamboa being healthy this season.   That ended quickly, with a DL stint during the second week of the season.  Clearly talented.

Raul Rivas, 20, Signed as a free agent in 2014; Rivas was added to the roster just this week after the release of Danny Zardon.  He can play both middle infield positions.


10 thoughts on “Around the System–Middle Infield

  1. This won’t be popular but put me in Camp that is slightly concerned about JP Crawford. For me a slump doesn’t extend from one season into the next. There is likely fundamental issue with swing but his blood lines are just too deep to go to more drastic assessment of player losing confidence. I have Alfaro ahead of him now as top prospect. Again, I am only slightly concerned because JP could turn this around in just few weeks and have normalized metrics because he continues to walks & defense is still good.

    1. I’ve posted about JP Crawford before and was highly criticized. But I still think the guy is highly overrated. Doesn’t hit for power, doesn’t steel bases and worse defensively than Crawford. He is just getting exposed at AAA. Can’t wait to see Alfaro and Hoskins at the big show.

    1. Canelo’s impressive start and previous reports about being a glove-first prospect make me wonder why he’s only got 71 ABs so far. He’s getting a lot of days off even though there are no other SS prospects on the R-Phils team.

  2. Gator – I don’t think its unpopular just being honest. At some point his approach has to turn into more than just walks. I could careless that he’s walking close to the number he’s striking out if he can’t hit his way outta wet paper bag. I’ve said this for awhile and STILL hope i’m wrong but he just isn’t going to be a stud . . . not a first division regular. Not that may be unpopular.

  3. Pleasantly surprised on Kingery’s split vs RHP…that was one of his biggest flaws these last two years. He has turned the corner it seems.

  4. Jesse Valentin hurt his shoulder and is likely headed for the DL. Kingery time in Allentown? We’ll see.

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