Report Card–Outfield, CW, REA and LV

Lehigh Valley

Cam Perkins, 26, Phils 6th round pick in 2012; .288/.374/.447 in 257AB; 7HR 27RBI; 3SB; 10%BB/16%K; For Phils: .174/.232/.267 in 86AB; 61 games in the OF with 4 errors and 3 OF assists; 4 games at 1B without an error; Perkins continued to be a plus hitter and fielder at the AAA level but it did not translate to the majors in Perkins time with the big club this season.  Perkins can be a competent #5 major league outfielder but I believe with the talent coming through the OF, he just as likely could be DFA’d in the offseason.  Grade: B-

Roman Quinn, 24, Phils 2nd round pick in 2011; .274/.344/.389 in 175AB; 2HR 13RBI; 10SB; 9%BB/25%K; 44 games in the OF with 4 errors, 2 OF assists; I am at a loss for words on Quinn but Ill try.  Another season cut significantly short by injury; When healthy (and that is almost never), he is a true talent.  He hasn’t played a game since May.  Grade: D-; 2018: Quinn is a guy the Phils are more than likely afraid to remove from the 40 because they will lose him because his upside is tremendous.  He will likely stick around one more year to prove his health.

Andrew Pullin,23, Phils 5th round pick in 2012; .272/.327/.488 in 504AB; 20HR 69RBI; 5SB; 6%BB/17%K; For LV: .231/.280/.412 in 238AB; 6HR 23RBI; 20%K; 95 games in the OF with 3 errors, 2 OF assists; Pullin moved up to Lehigh Valley after raking for parts of the last two seasons in Reading and the AAA numbers were mediocre in the half season up with the ‘Pigs.  Grade: B-; 2018: Pullin is Rule 5 eligible if not added to the 40.  I don’t think he will be added, nor do I think he will be selected in the Rule 5.  2018: Lehigh Valley

Herlis Rodriguez, 23, Signed as a free agent in 2011; .249/.314/398 in 357AB between Clearwater, Reading and LV; 11HR 34RBI; 10SB; .216/.259/.318 in 148AB with LV; 3%BB/24%K; 77 games in the OF with 3 errors, 7 OF assists; 6 games at 1B without an error; Rodriguez played well at Clearwater but them slumped in Lehigh Valley.  The Phils likely wanted to see Rodriguez get some significant playing time in against high level competition as unless he is added to the 40 man roster, he will become a minor league free agent.  I think it very unlikely he is added to the 40 man.  Grade: C

Dylan Cozens, 23, Phils 2nd round pick in 2012; .210/.301/.418 in 476AB; 27HR 75RBI; 8SB; 11%BB/36%K rates; .194 vs LHP; .217 vs RHP; .165 last 30 days; .151/.273/.283 Post All Star Game with a 44%K rate; 109 games in the OF with 4 errors and 9 OF assists; Regress is too diplomatic a term to describe what happened to Cozens during the second half of the season.  The numbers are mind bogglingly (is that a word?) poor.  His power potential and athleticism rank at the top of the Phils prospects but any semblance of long term success is a real question mark.  Grade: D; 2018: Lehigh Valley

Carlos Tocci, 22, Signed as a free agent in 2011; .294/.346/.381 in 482AB; 3HR 52RBI; 4/9SB; 6%BB/15%K; For LV: Hit .189 in 53AB; 123 games in the OF with 2 errors; 8 OF assists; Tocci had an excellent season in Reading before struggling in the last month of the season for Lehigh Valley; Tocci will never hit for power but did a nice job hitting for average and knocked in 50+ with is a nice number for Tocci.  His fielding remains outstanding.  Grade: B+; 2018: I hope to see Tocci on the 40 man and in Lehigh Valley

Christian Marrero, 31, Signed as a free agent in 2017; Hit .348 in 46AB between Reading and Lehigh Valley after being signed late in the season due to a myriad of injuries in the majors and minors in the OF, leaving the cupboard bare.  He did his typical professional job but likely will not be back.


Zach Coppola, 23, Phils 13th round pick in 2015; .285/.357/.328 in 485AB between Clearwater and Reading; 1HR 36RBI; 39SB; 10%BB/16%K; For Reading: .252/.330/.286 in 325AB; 125 games in the OF with 3 errors and 14 OF assists; After absolutely raking in Clearwater, Coppola earned the promotion to Reading and while taking time to adjust, continued to be an offensive catalyst when on the base paths.  Still work needed adjusting to higher level pitching but outstanding defense and a lot of energy, which every team needs.  Grade: B; 2018: Reading

Cord Sandberg, 22, Phils 3rd round pick in 2013; .268/.309/.431 in 362AB between Lakewood, Clearwater and Reading; 9HR 42RBI; 4SB; 5%BB/27%K; For Reading: .263/.282/.344 in 99AB; 4HR 11RBI; 88 games in the OF with 3 errors and 7 OF assists; After another poor year last season (at Clearwater), Sandberg actually went backwards to start this season and seemingly regained confidence at Lakewood and moved up two levels during the year finishing up at Reading and doing a decent job.  Grade: B-; 2018: Reading

Jiandido Tromp, 23, Signed as a free agent in 2011; .284/.328/.482 in 465AB; 18HR 64RBI; 10SB; 6%BB/23%K; .354 vs LHP; .247 vs RHP; .275 last 30 days; 109 games in the OF without an error; 4 OF assists; Tromp now was 2000 minor league plate appearances thru his 6 seasons in the organization and has methodically improved to the point where I believe him to be a legit prospect to be a #4 OF in the majors.  He does everything well, strikes out a bit too much, but has good speed, plays a good outfield, hits for power and hit for a good average this season.  Grade: B+; 2018: I believe it would be wise for the Phils to place him on the 40 man and move him to Lehigh Valley



Carlos Duran, 22, Signed as a free agent in 2012; .211/.278/.303 in 323AB between Lakewood and Clearwater; 3HR 26RBI; 11/20SB; 8%BB/23%K; For CW: .181/.257/.260 in 127AB; 95 games in the OF with 6 errors; 8 OF assists; Duran received a good deal of playing tome between Lakewood and Clearwater and simply did not produce with the bat, regressing from where he was in 2016 with Lakewood;  Grade: D; After 5 years with the organization in the States, I would not be surprised to see Duran released

Mark Laird, 24, Phils 9th round pick in 2015; .286/.338/.365 in 406AB; 2HR 27RBI; 11/20SB; 7%BB/15%K; .250 vs LHP; .297 vs RHP; .290 last 30 days; 98 games in the OF without an error; 3 OF assists; Laird does a very nice job with the stick hitting for average and if you watch him, he appears to be a very professional hitter; He must add an element to his game to keep moving forward, but has done enough to move to Reading; Grade: B-

Jose Pujols, 21, SIgned as a free agent in 2012; .194/.247/.305 in 325AB; 8HR 29RBI; 7%BB/43%K; 2SB; .172 vs LHP; .202 vs RHP; .234 last 30 days; 64 games in the OF with 2 errors; 4 OF assist; Simply abysmal.  Grade: F; 2018: Pujols now has 1600 plate appearances as a minor leaguer with a K rate of 34% and has never hit over .241.  He could be gone.

Cornelius Randolph, 20, Phils 1st round pick in 2015; .250/.338/.402 in 440AB; 13HR 55RBI; 7SB; 11%BB/25%K; .230 vs LHP; .258 vs RHP; .218 last 30 days; 108 games in the OF with 2 errors; 5 OF assists; The addition of significantly more power and run production this season made the season a successful one for Randolph, who did struggle at times.  No reason to rush Randolph, back to Clearwater to start ’18, with the hopes of a mid season move to Reading.  Grade: C+


20 thoughts on “Report Card–Outfield, CW, REA and LV

    1. Nah, someone will sign him because of the power potential I suspect. But he’s really not likely to do anything.

        1. Yeah, Pujols turns 22 in nine days and he struck out in 43% of his plate appearance with an ISO of .111
          It’s fairly apparent that he is not talented enough to be a major league position player (.222 average in 1600 career plate appearances). Can he pitch?

          1. Hah…..I suggested that in 2016.
            He has a cannon for an arm from 250′ in RF, maybe him and Cozen with the strongest in the system…if that can equate from 60’6″ that would be a real plus.

        2. I remember telling my wife in a late-season Threshers game that Pujols is all or nothing. He then slammed a line drive opposite field home run that arrived in the stands in a heart beat. That, I said, is why he continues to deserve a shot.

          There also were times in the games I saw where Pujols looked like he was trying to exercise some plate discipline.

          I’d give him one more shot at Clearwater. No great loss to the organization if he takes up space there for a half-season to see if he can finally get it together. I’d say the odds are against him, but when you see him connect, you want to give him that one final chance.

  1. My thoughts:

    – Quinn – What’s the longest he’s ever gone without an injury? I understand his potential and game-changing speed, but the guy. Can’t. Stay. Healthy. Even if he were used solely as a pinch-runner, he finds ways to get hurt.

    – Cozens – Other than May, he was pretty awful all year. It’s frustrating since he has ridiculous power. Can he cut down on the strikeouts? If Odubel, Altherr and Williams all put up similar numbers to this year, is Cozens worth holding on to?

    – Tocci – I like him. Nothing wrong with a 4/5 singles-hitting outfielder with an excellent glove. I predict some MLB time for him next year.

    – Randolph – Similar to JPC, he rebounded from a tough start to have a decent year. The C+ grade seems about right. I’d consider moving him to Reading but he’s young enough where a start in CLW with a midseason Reading bump is perfectly fine


    1. Quinn you mean consecutive or for an entire season….88 for an entire season @ CLW, then he got in 24 more in the AFL after a 6 week break

      1. Nah… it was more of a rhetorical question. I looked his stats up and saw the 88 games, which isn’t that much. It looked like he stayed healthy his first year at Williamsport, but I guess that’s because he was young.

        I guess my point is that I don’t feel like it’s worth using up a roster spot on a guy who always gets hurt. He’s like the outfield version of Steve Ontiveros

        1. To some degree I concur.
          In fact…it would not surprise me if they let the 25-year old in May, 2018, go unprotected in November.
          Which could be a really big mistake in the long run if he is claimed.
          But in those regards, then again I can see the Phillies throwing up a smokescreen of sorts, by sometime in late October/early November, sending Roman back down to Dr Andrews for a further medical evaluation on his elbow since there may still be some ‘soreness’.
          Teams normally protect 7 sometimes 8 OFers on their final 40… will be close for Roman since he could be the 6th or 7th guy protected..

  2. Personally I think Quinn will make the Phillies as their 4th OF next year bringing speed to their bench, something very lacking. There already 4 guys ready to play OF at LHV, the Phils really like Quinn and his tools, and he’s already in the 40.
    I also think they’ll start Randolph at Reading, giving him a push and giving the Reading lineup another bat, hopefully.

    1. I agree on Quinn as 4th OF on Phillies. That is what I wanted for this year. He can be a game changing player until he gets hurt again. Why use up any more options until he gets enough time to prove he needs to go back to minors.
      As a bench piece his salary should stay affordable for 6 years which should see playoffs if he makes it to end of a season as a runner and fielder. Could be a Jarod Dyson clone.

    2. Quinn should be ok as long as they don’t let him ,hit, slide , dive or run into a wall.all those injuries will catch up to him as he gets older.

      1. Tim… about hitting the ball and running to first base,,,,,he did the quad that way at Reading. He has too many injuries and many are of the soft tissue variety.. Remember Kelly Dugan. Sometimes a player cannot overcome them.

  3. It would be useful to compare this franchise’s prospects to those of other teams’. Our group here is mediocre at best; it is NOT a feather in scouts’ caps. Our last two high draft choices have been outfielders…my personal belief is that the mediocrity in the system was desperately needed to be addressed. I look forward to our player evaluation best 30 list. There might be some good ones there, but far too few for a franchise overloaded with money and a small payroll. ….Yes…Tromp to be protected; he is the only one close enough and well-rounded enough to develop at AAA as a #4 or #5 guy on the Phils. Competence plus.

    1. Art,

      I tend to agree. In doing a Top 30 (actually ended up a top three-dozen) I was surprised to see the clarity of the Top 15 disappear into a clutter below that. Cases can be made for a lot of players in the bottom half but that might be the wishful thinking of a fan. Do the Phillies have depth or just depth of mediocrity? We’ll see.

  4. I did not think of Tromp being protected, especially with the Reading Affect contributing. I would trend to Tocci but showing low power in Reading was disappointing. His defense and hit tool should be enough to be 5th OF, maybe as Quinn’s injury replacement. Although Coppolla and Laird have similar profiles, so my wishful thinking on Tocci may be just that.

  5. What happens with the guys that are free agents? Do you put them on the 40 man and if you do, is it their decision to test the market. theirs, or does the team lock them in with the 40 man designation?
    I am kind of simple, but here is how I rate the players from top to bottom, We are in grade school and we are out on the play field for recess and we are splitting up and picking teams. You pick your first pick then I pick mine till we fill out our top 8 outfielders. goes something like this. “I take Hoskins ” your turn.
    I take Williams you go
    I take Altherr your turn
    hmmmm I take Quinn hope he can play all recess your turn
    I take Pullin your turn
    We take ……..
    Sometimes we over complicate our games. I take the players that could help me win this recess. There will always be different players next year. They come and they go. I don’t see huge differences in defense in the system. For me, I want outfielders that can hit the ball and advance my base runners that are in scoring position. Home runs are good. They score all runners. Then the guys that hit doubles and triples, They score runners.
    yep, simple I know. But just like when we were kids, those are the guys that will win games for you. Can you imagine the phillys with guys that can get on base and run with guys hitting behind them that are likely to stroke a line drive to or over the fence/ I am new here this year I have really enjoyed listening to all the great baseball knowledge shared on here and the great insights on how to run a team, but for me, I just want to win. Now. You pick your players like we did at recess and see who you would pick. Thanks for allowing me to hang out here this year 🙂 I have learned a lot.

  6. Quinn will likely stay on 40 man. Tocci I can see getting a 40 man roster spot but at the cost of Perkins plus he also has speed like Quinn and could be a good defensive OF/pinch runner/CF if they promote him.

    Tromp likely gets caught in roster crunch if another OF gets signed or added to roster. Not sure if he gets RuleV selected.

    Sandberg is pretty good and can at least get to the fringe ML/AAA OF.

    Laird is actually a very good OF and someone to keep an eye on. When I saw him in a few games this year I walked away very impressed as a hitter and on defense. I know he is a bit older but he is a solid player.

    And finally Randolph who I also saw this year several times, has added serious power. He launched a ball out of the stadium at Clearwater to right center – very impressive. He has a line drive type of swing with some lift. At age 20 he has great upside as he learns more.

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