Around the System–Catchers

Lehigh Valley

Jorge Alfaro, 24, Acquired from Texas in 2015; .256/.305/.378; 5HR 32RBI; 4%BB/30%K; .284 vs LHP; .240 vs RHP; .181 in June; .232 with RISP; 56 games caught with 1 error (.996); 7 passed balls; 11/35 CS(31%); Alfaro started the season on fire however is hitting just .223 since May 1st.  His defense is improved and still has the gun for an arm but the recent lack of production offensively with the talent around him is troublesome.

Logan Moore, 26, Phils 9th round pick in 2011; .280/.347/.439 in 82AB; 3HR 17RBI; 11%BB/32%K; .133 vs LHP; .313 vs RHP; .296 in June; 23 games caught with 3 errors (.981); 5/17 CS (28%); Moore continues to do his very competent job at what he is asked to do as a backup in AAA.  Good receiver, hitting is improved.

Reading

Chace Numata, 24, Phils 14th round pick in 2010; .249/.312/.350 in 197AB; 3HR 18RBI; 8%BB/11%K; .200 vs LHP; .276 vs RHP; .281 in June; 4 errors in 53 games caught (.981); 4 passed balls; 25/50 CS (50%); Continued progression for Numata, who while only 24, seems to have been in the organization forever; Becoming more competent with the bat and has been very good behind the plate this season.

Nick Rickles, 27, Acquired from Washington in 2017; .326/.347/.630 in 46AB since joining Reading; 3HR 8RBI; 4%BB/13%K; .211 vs LHP; .344 vs RHP; 12 games caught with 1 error and 1 passed ball; 8/17 CS(47%); Rickles is a clear upgrade for Reading and has been playing well since his acquisition in May.

Clearwater

Deivi Gruillon, 21, Signed as a free agent in 2013; .254/.276/.371 in 205AB; 5HR 17RBI; 3%BB/25%K; .277 vs LHP; .247 vs RHP; .189 in June; 51 games caught with 5 errors (.989); 6 passed balls; 21/59 CS (36%); Still only 21 and after spending parts of the last 3 seasons in Lakewood, Gruillon’s transition to CLearwater has been largely successful, albeit with struggles with the bat as of late.

Austin Bossart, 23, Phils 14th round pick in 2015; .241/.292/.373 in 82AB; 2HR 7RBI; 7%BB/19%K; .214 vs LHP; .255 vs RHP; .182 in June; 26 games caught with 3 errors (.987); 2 passed balls; 17/34 CS (50%); Bossart continues to do a very good job defensively and chips in with a hit here and there.

Lakewood

Edgar Cabral, 21, Signed as a free agent in 2014; .246/.324/.322 in 183AB; 1HR 12RBI; 10%BB/15%K; .214 vs LHP; .255 vs RHP; .246 in June; 51 games at C with 4 errors (.992); 2 passed balls; 26/51 CS (51%); Significant uptick for Cabral this year over last.

Henri Lartigue, 22, Phils 7th round pick in 2016; .271/.308/.452 in 199AB; 4HR 27RBI; 2SB; 5%BB/22%K; .184 vs LHP; .300 vs RHP; .319 in June; 27 games caught with 2 errors (.992); 9 passed balls; 9/23 CS (39%); Lartigue has seen limited time behind the plate, however has gotten plenty of AB this season as DH and done a nice job with the bat.  Glovework needs improvement but has shown a strong arm.

Williamsport

Rodolfo Duran, 19, Signed as a free agent in 2014

James Lovett, 23, Signed as a free agent in 2017

Gregori Rivero, 21, Signed as a free agent in 2013

GCL

Rafael Marchan, 18, SIgned as a free agent in 2016

Nerluis Martinez, 21, Signed as a free agent in 2014

Kipp Moore, 21, Signed as a free agent in 2017

Lenin Rodriguez, 19, Signed as a free agent in 2014

9 thoughts on “Around the System–Catchers

  1. I’m assuming that Alfaro has been working on taking pitches and hitting strikes, as evidenced by the slight increase in walks. Obviously, it’s a work in progress because he hasn’t seemed comfortable this way. There’s very little else there except maybe for the very young guys.

    1. This week in an Iron Pigs pregame show there was about a 5 minute discussion on how they are working on this with him and some of the others. They more or less pointed out that it is necessary as a prerequisite prior to the “big show”. I agree, it does appear he is trying hard to improve on this weakness.

  2. Logan Moore could be the next in the Philly line of Chris Coste/EriK Kratz….late career call up to the majors.

      1. Yeah…….but it may take that long if Alf, Rupp and Knapp are still around. You know the next 2/3 years he may not get his chance with the Phillies unless injuries occur.
        But could be with another team sooner than that however.

        1. Moore very well may get called up before Alfaro especially if they are needing a defensive upgrade

  3. with Lartique not getting as much time behind the plate, is that a matter of him not being as good defensively as they thought, or just due to Cabral improving?
    Just thinking they drafted him in 7th round out of SEC and paid about slot, so you would be hoping for more than a part time catcher in low A. and if they sign Fitch, he’s either playing low A next year or knocking one of these 2 out of slot in Clearwater next year?

    1. Cabral has a definite major league ready arm. There is juice behind Cabral’s throws and they are accurate. His receiving isn’t bad either. Lartigue does not have Cabral’s arm. He has a better bat but not enough to supplant Cabral as the #1 Lakewood catcher.

      The problem is Cabral’s bat. I doubt it will ever be good enough. I do expect him to hang around the system a while similar to other career Phillies minor league catcher types.

  4. Gruillon may be the best of the bunch. He’s only 21 in high A, and he has steadily progressed his whole career. He is very durable.

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