Around the System–Corner Infield

A first look at corner infield production.  Next up: Catchers.

Lehigh Valley

Rhys Hoskins, 24, Phils 5th round pick in 2014, .345/.432/.655 in 119AB; 9HR 28RBI; 13%BB/17%K; .262 vs LHP; .390 vs RHP; .357 in May; .333 with RISP; 34 games at 1B with 1 error (.996); Hoskins has probably been the Phils minor league MVP through the first six weeks of the season producing excellent numbers across the board.  BB/K rate is much improved from years past and his defense has looked much better as well.

Taylor Featherston, 27, Re-signed as a free agent in 2017; .306/.375/.403 in 72AB; 0HR 7RBI; 3SB; 10%BB/18%K; .300 vs LHP; .310 vs RHP; 19 games at 3B with 1 error (.972); 2 games at 2B without an error; 2 games at 1B without an error.  Featherston has been a steady piece of a prolific ‘Pigs offense.

Hector Gomez, 29, Signed as a free agent in 2017; .158/.180/.263 in 57AB; 1HR 5RBI; 3%BB/17%K; .143 vs LHP; .167 vs RHP; 19 games at 3B with 3 errors (.933); Very little production for Gomez after a productive 2016 overseas.

Reading

Kyle Martin, 24, Phils 4th round pick in 2015; .139/.246/.317 in 101AB; 5HR 19RBI; 11%BB/37%K; .098 vs LHP; .167 vs RHP; .133 in May; 27 games at 1B with 3 errors (.987). Other than showing power in the few times he has made good contact, the beginning of 2017 has been very poor.

Mitch Walding, 24, Phils 5th round pick in 2011, .144/.291/.322 in 90AB; 4HR 11RBI; 17%BB/34%K; .161 vs LHP; .136 vs RHP; .069 in May; 26 games at 3B with 4 errors (.932); See Martin, Kyle.

Harold Martinez, Phils 2nd round pick in 2011, .286/.388/.429 in 42AB; 1HR 3RBI; Decent out of the gate for Martinez, who is entering his 3rd week on the DL.

Clearwater

Wilson Garcia, 23, Signed as a free agent in 2010; .282/.300/.419 in 117AB; 2HR 14RBI; 3%BB/13%K; .313 vs LHP; .271 vs RHP; .293 in May; .267 with RISP; 17 games at 1B with 1 error (.993); Far from your prototypical 1B because of his frame, Garcia continues to do a good job with the stick, albeit without power.

Jan Hernandez, 22, Phils 3rd round pick in 2013; .222/.292/.444 in 81AB; 6HR 10RBI; 2SB; 8%BB/35%K; .280 vs LHP; .196 vs RHP; 22 games at 3B with 10 errors (.818); The good news is that Hernandez continues to hit with significant power.  The bad news is that he has little plate discipline and has been an absolute butcher in the field this season.

Damek Tomscha, 25, Phils 17th round pick in 2014; .328/.403/.469 in 128AB; 5HR 20RBI; 1SB; .382 vs LHP; .309 vs RHP; .326 in May; 10%BB/17%K; 13 games at 3B with 4 errors (.882); 22 games at 1B without an error; Tomscha has been one of the top minor league performers in the organization through the first six weeks, hitting for average, with discipline and with power.  I wouldn’t be surprised to see Kyle Martin and Tomscha flip flop teams if their respective (lack of) production keeps up.

Lakewood

Brett Barbier, 23, Phils 16th round pick in 2016; .237/.298/.303 in 76AB; 0HR 8RBI; 6%BB/30%K; .306 vs LHP; .175 vs RHP; 6 games at 1B without an error; Barbier has appeared mostly as a DH with very mediocre production.

Darick Hall, 21, Phils 14th round pick in 2016; .254/.310/.508 in 63AB; 5HR 17RBI; .111 vs RHP; .311 vs LHP; 7%BB/25%K; 12 games at 1B with 2 errors (.981); Hall missed 3 weeks in the early going on the DL, but has been an offensive catalyst at times for the BlueCLaws.  Still trying to get his feet under him a bit.

Luke Williams, 20, Phils 3rd round pick in 2015; .155/.210/.191 in 110AB; 0HR 8RBI; 5SB; 7%BB/19%K; .152 vs LHP; .156 vs RHP; .241 in May; 30 games at 3B with 6 errors (.933); After hitting .220 at Williamsport in 2016, WIlliams has been very clearly over matched in the first six weeks of the Lakewood season. Without significant improvement over the next month, I expect to see him in the Williamsport opening day lineup.

6 thoughts on “Around the System–Corner Infield

  1. Apologies to Sansusky, but I fear that after the draft, Walding’s days are numbered.

    1. just ok ?? do you watch or listen to the games ?? He leads the league in home runs, 2nd in RBI’s and is hitting .340 with solid defense, ok ?? wow you are a tough

  2. All I see here is Hoskins is really good, Tomscha, Hall and Garcia have been OK to good. The rest – well they have uniforms for now.

  3. The early results for this group is poor. Should be middle of lineup type players. Most surprised by Reading, since hitters usually love that stop.
    Makes sense to move up Tomscha but I keep expecting Walding and Martin to wake up.

  4. I wish there was at least one 3rd baseman among them. Gomez was doing fine in the Major League camp but it hasn’t translated to AAA. You have to go all the way to Stobbe just to find a 3rd baseman who excites me. But Stobbe is so far away and has so many challenges ahead that I have to squelch that excitement. 1st base looks pretty solid. A lot of pieces coming along and stacking up. I agree with the assessment that Martin and Tomscha should be flipped. Martin needs to relax and refind himself.

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