Around the System–Middle Infield

Lehigh Valley

Pedro Florimon, 30, Signed as a free agent in 2017; .286/.379/.405 in 126AB; 3HR 9RBI; 12%BB/24%K; .381 vs LHP; .238 vs RHP; .295 last 30 days; 29 games at 2B with 1 error (.992); 9 games at SS with 1 error (.964); Florimon has done a good job filling in for both Valentin and Crawford when they have been down with injuries.

JP Crawford, 22, Phils 1st round pick in 2015; .194/.313/.252 in 206AB; 2HR 21RBI; 2SB; 15%BB/17%K; .214 vs LHP; .184 vs RHP; .235 last 30 days; 55 games at SS with 10 errors (.953); Crawford’s hitting has ticked up since the last report but still far below expectations.  Already 10 errors this season with a range factor far below years past.

Jorge Flores, 25, SIgned as a free agent in 2017; .255/.293/.333 in 51AB between Reading and Lehigh Valley; 0HR 6 RBI; 10 games at 2B without an error; 7 games at SS with 1 error (.966); Has seen very limited playing time all season because of how strong Reading/LV are up the middle.  Now with injuries, he has been getting into the lineup.

Jesmuel Valentin in on the DL and out for the year.

Reading

Malquin Canelo, 22, Signed as a free agent in 2012; .238/.328/.341 in 164AB; 2HR 15RBI; 7SB; 12%BB/27%K; .297 vs LHP; .200 vs RHP; .167 last 30 days; 47 games at SS with 9 errors (.958).  Canelo has had a very rough month with the stick after a fast start.  Has been decent with the glove.

Scott Kingery, 23, Phils 2nd round pick in 2015; .302/.376/.609 in 248AB; 18HR 37RBI; 16SB; 9%BB/16%K; .297 vs LHP; .306 vs RHP; .331 last 30 days; 52 games at 2B with 3 errors (.988); Not much more needs to be said about Kingery that hasn’t been said already.  He needs to be promoted to AAA.

Angelo Mora, 24, Signed as a free agent in 2011; .301/.354/.496 in 133AB; 6HR 28RBI; 3SB; 8%Bb/19%K; .302 vs LHP; .300 vs RHP; .375 last 30 days; 10 games at 2B with 1 error (.980); 10 games at 3B with 1 error (.960); 10 games at SS with 1 error (.979); 4 games in the OF without an error; Mora has done a very good job filling in whenever, wherever hitting for both average and power and doing a nice job in the field.

Jose Antequera, 21, Signed as a free agent in 2013; .190/.233/.214 in 84AB between Lakewood and Clearwater; 0HR 11RBI; 2%BB/17%K; 30 games at SS with 3 errors (.972); Antequera has bounced throughout the organization this year depending on need for a backup middle infielder.  Has not yet played for Reading.

Clearwater

Grenny Cumana, 21, Signed as a free agent in 2012; .304/.346/.372 in 148AB; 1HR 15RBI; 11/19SB; 5%BB/10%K; .327 vs LHP; .293 vs RHP; .361 last 30 days; 25 games at 2B with 1 error (.990); 19 games at SS with 1 error (.987); Cumana is playing more and more and has been excellent this year

Emmanuel Marrero, 24, Phils 7th round pick in 2014; .270/.328/.412 in 148AB; 8%BB/19%K; .227 vs LHP; .288 vs RHP; .286 last 30 days; 46 games at SS with 6 errors (.967); Marrero’s offense continues ticking up after hitting .248 at Lakewood last season.

Drew Stankiewicz, 23, Phils 11th round pick in 2014; .267/.330/.419 in 172AB; 5HR 19RBI; 2SB; .195 vs LHP; .290 vs RHP; .188 in June; 8%BB/22%K; 43 games at 2B with 4 errors (.977); 7 games at 3B with 1 error (.923); Good production for STankiewicz so far this year, albeit with a slow June thus far.

Lakewood

Daniel Brito, 19, Signed as a free agent in 2015; .236/.300/.323 in 229AB; 4HR 14RBI; 7SB; .266 vs LHP; .224 vs RHP; .167 over last 30 days; 7%BB/22%K; 52 games at 2B with 7 errors (.968); 6 games at SS with 2 errors (.917); After an incredibly hot start, Brito has some back down to Earth and then some.

Arquimedes Gamboa, 19, Signed as a free agent in 2014; .230/.320/.310 in 87AB; 1HR 5RBI; 12%BB/17%K; .261 vs LHP; .219 vs RHP; .244 in June; 21 games at SS with 8 errors (.895); It doesn’t take long to recognize the talent Gamboa has when you watch him however injuries and mental lapses have taken a real toll on production.

Raul Rivas, 20, Signed as a free agent in 2014; .283/.315/.317 in 120AB; 0HR 11RBI; 7SB; 4%BB/14%K; .268 vs LHP; .291 vs RHP; .281 last 30 days; 14 games at SS with 7 errors (.899); 10 games at 2B without an error; 5 games at 3B with 1 error. Rivas has hit well consistently this season receiving fairly regular time at multiple positions.

12 thoughts on “Around the System–Middle Infield

    1. Somewhere between the time the new draftees are assigned and the trade deadline (which seems like a great chasm) these promotions should happen. This season more than any recently the rosters at each level will look quite different from early season to mid season. Can’t wait….

  1. I don’t care what Joe Jordan says it is time to worry about JP Crawford. Read an article where one scout says JPC looks lost. Another scout worries that he has mentally checked out since he has not advanced to the majors. His OBP is slipping and so is his fielding. No way do I send him to Reading as has been speculated. He has to give the FO reason to promote him.

    1. Have to believe the extremely difficult start along with the expectations have started to wear on him mentally. Maybe the time on the DL will give him a mental break as well..

      1. Have to agree.
        I think in a few years he will be in Philly at short and will be performing, maybe not at an all-star level, but well enough to make management and fans pleased with him. Hopefully somewhere at or north of a 3WAR player.

        1. Have to agree as well, Romus. We might all have to get over ourselves thinking he’s going to be a generational star. Let him continue to grow, get stronger and possibly redeem some of what we’d hoped he’d be. If not there will be options via trade or FA. Maybe those rumblings about Machado returning to SS will be relevant.

          1. 8mark…..he was after all the 16th pick in a draft…..if he was a top five guy then perhaps the expectations would have been higher…and justifiably so.
            Still think he will be a very good shortstop in the majors. He will probably never make an all-star team with Seager, Turner, Russell, Crawford, and maybe even Swanson or Rogers/Story still around. Even the Mets have this kid Rosario rated highly now.

            1. That raises a question I’ve had for a while now. Even if Crawford does turn it around–where would he rank among current shortstops? He’s certainly no Seager, Lindor, or Correa–the elite guys. I don’t even think he’d be on the same level as guys like Swanson, Russell and Crawford. So, when we talk about JPC, are we really talking about one of the league’s best SS? Probably not. At this point, he just seems like he’s going to be an “okay” player in the bigs. In Phillies language, I see him being better than Freddy Galvis but not as good as Jimmy Rollins. But that’s just my opinion.

            2. Yes that is the question…where would he eventually rank?
              Look at Russell this year of the Cubs….terrible.
              You just never know.

  2. If he was one half as good as J-roll that would be a win. It appears he has collapsed for whatever reason(s). A shame. Maybe it is time to move on, thank heaven for Galvis, and hope that one of the other SS can turn into a great fielding, no stick player like Freddy.

  3. At the end of the day, the problem with the team is not with the shortstop. It is with most everything else. J P Crawford, if he was Cal Ripken, couldn’t salvage this team even if he panned out to be “as advertised.”

  4. In today’s Sunday Inquirer, Matt Gelb has an interview with Matt Klentak. Gelb quotes Klentak as acknowledging for the first time that expectations must be adjusted for Crawford.

    “He’s still 22,” Klentak said,” He may not be quite on the fast track that he had been publicly anointed over the last few years. But as far as a long-term concern for his ability to contribute to this club, we are not concerned.”

    Okay, what else would you expect Klentak to say? Nothing. He’s protecting the player.

    It will be interesting to see where Crawford lands in the MLB ratings when they are updated after the All-Star Break. Currently, #1 with Phillies. #4 over all. #3 SS.

    There was talk about JPC maybe not an All-Star SS but still one of the better SS in NL. I think that is the ceiling. In fact, getting out of AAA is in question for me.

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