Around the System–Middle Infield

Lehigh Valley

Dean Anna, 31, Signed as a free agent in 2018; .245/.319/.283 in 106AB; 0HR 10RBI; 2/5SB; 8%BB/10%K; 29 games at SS with 3 errors (.972); .297 vs LHP; .217 vs RHP; .195 in May; Approaching 4000 minor league AB, Anna is the consummate AAAA player who is fundamentally sound and provide a good days work.

Trevor Plouffe, 31, Signed as a free agent in 2018; Hitting .208 in 48AB; 0HR 3RBI; 7 games at 2B without an error; 3 games at 1B without an error; Plouffe was a nice early season pick up for the ‘Pigs.  Provides good depth at multiple positions and has over 3000 major league plate appearances.

Heiker Meneses, Signed as a free agent in 2018; Hitting .186 in 52AB between Reading and LV; 0HR 2RBI; 12 games at 2B with 1 error (.982); 5 games at SS without an error; Competent in the field, really struggling with the bat

Alexei Amarista, 29, SIgned as a free agent in 2018; .263/.310/.389 in 38AB; 0HR 5RBI; 9 games at 2B with 1 error (.970); 2 games at SS without an error; Amarista was expected to play just about every day for the ‘Pigs but has spent a majority of the season on the DL until recently.

Reading

Brandon Bednar, 26, Signed as a free agent in 2018; Hitting .279 in 43AB; 1HR 5RBI; 12 games at 2B with 2 errors (.949); Missed a couple of weeks before rejoining the Fightins in early May.

Emmanuel Marrero, 25, Phils 7th round pick in 2014; Hitting .196 in 57AB; 0HR 7RBI; 2SB; 11 games at 2B with 1 error; 3 games at SS with 1 error; AFter a decent ’17 in CLearwater, has seen very limited playing time this season and has struggled.

Malquin Canelo, 23, Signed as a free agent in 2011; .259/.328/.464 in 112AB; 4HR 9RBI; 4SB; 9%BB/25%K; 26 games at SS with 8 errors (.939); 4 games at 2B with 1 error; .333 vs LHP; .245 vs RHP; .231 in May; Solid beginning for Canelo who is beginning his 7th minor league season with the Phils org

Clearwater

Raul Rivas, 21, SIgned as a free agent in 2014; .221/.253/.305 in 100PA; 1HR 8RBI; 2/4SB; 3%BB/18%K; 18 games at 2B with 3 errors (.961); 7 games at 3B without an error; .148 vs LHP; .250 vs RHP; .067 in May; After a very solid ’17 in Lakewood, struggling out of the gate with the bat this season.

Arquimedes Gamboa, 20, SIgned as free agent in 2014; .272/.345/.360 in 140PA; 0HR 10RBI; 2SB; 10%BB/20%K; 31 games at SS with 5 errors (.958); .167 vs LHP; .315 vs RHP; .310 in May;  Gamboa has been very good.  Phils may have something here…

Jose Gomez, 21, Acquired from Colorado in 2016; .210/.233/.260 in 100AB; 1HR 5RBI; 1SB; 2%BB/18%K; 11 games at 2B with 1 error (.978); 11 games at 3B with 1 error (.963); 5 games at SS with 1 error (.955); .128 vs LHP; .262 vs RHP; .182 in May; Solid with the glove, dismal with the bat thus far

Lakewood

Daniel Brito, 20, Signed as a free agent in 2014;.202/.256/.321 in 109AB; 1HR 10RBI; 4/8SB; 6%BB/16%K; 29 games at 2B with 2 errors (.985); .225 vs LHP; .188 vs RHP; .256 in May; Another who is struggling with the stick but has been very good defensively.

Nick Maton, 20, Phils 7th round pick in 2017; .280/.342/.440 in 100AB; 2HR 9RBI; 2SB;  9%BB/28%K; 25 games at SS with 3 errors (.970); 3 games at 2B without an error; .250 vs LHP; .297 vs RHP; .259 in May; Very solid beginning to 2018 for Maton.

 

11 thoughts on “Around the System–Middle Infield

    1. Though SSS@ 111PA, for a guy with reported good contact skills, and just 40 power…he does have a fairly high K rate of 25% driven by a 40% rate vs lefties but at a very SSS.

  1. I think it’s safe to say that the strength of the system is pitching.

    Gamboa and Maton are showing some good things. Hopefully Brito and Gomez can turn things around before long. Canelo is struggling after a really good start.

    1. Handzus, they are the 5 prospects I was going to mention as being prospects. It may be another 2 years before we have a real idea of how they may pan out.

  2. I thought we had another big LA sign last year that was a SS. Guessing he is still in EXT…

    Guthrie too but doesn’t look like he is having that great of a season so far.

    1. Yes the Phillies did…..Luis Garcia, top ten LA kid…….and big money signee…and still below LKW , along with Brayan Gonzalez.

        1. DMAR…here was his MLB .com profile:
          Luis Garcia
          Position: SS Age: 17 DOB: 10/1/2000
          Bats: S Throws: R Height: 5’11” Weight: 160 lb.
          Signed: July 2, 2017 – $2,500,000Watch
          Scouting grades: Hit: 50 Power: 35 Run: 60 Arm: 55 Field: 60
          Garcia is rarely the biggest prospect on the field, but his skill set and potential are immense.The middle infielder can flash the leather on defense and has wowed scouts with his plus arm. Garcia has shown good range to all directions and a reliable glove, leading many to believe he will stay at shortstop for the rest of his career. Not surprisingly, he’s been praised for his good footwork and advanced body control.But Garcia is not just a defense-only player. On offense, the switch-hitter has a short and quick swing. Garcia is a contact hitter with good speed and an approach that’s probably better suited for the top of the lineup, at least for now. He’s a line-drive hitter that has not shown much power, but that could change as he grows and his body matures.Garcia is trained by Carlos Guzman in the Dominican Republic. The Phillies are the favorites to sign him.

          1. We’ll all know the Phillies rarely go into the 7 figure range to sign middle infiield. When you look at those signs from recent to futher back they were Ortiz, Pujols and Encarncion

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