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Around the System–Middle Infield

Lehigh Valley

Alexi Amarista, 29, SIgned as a free agent in 2018; .227/.264/.265 in 140PA; 0HR 10RBI; 2SB; 5%BB/14%K; .208 vs LHP; .231 vs RHP; .205 in June; 35 games at 2B with 2 errors (.987); 4 games at SS without an error; Solid in the field but very little with the bat this season.

Dean Anna, 31, Signed as a free agent in 2018; .259/.345/.315 in 269PA: 0HR 21RBI; 2/6SB; 8%BB/12%K; .303 vs LHP; .237 vs RHP; .274 in June; 60 games at SS with 4 errors (.982); 2 games at 2B with 1 error; Has been solid all season, however he is what he is at this stage.

Trevor Plouffe, 32, SIgned as a free agent in 2018; .214/.316/.400 in 171PA: 6HR 20RBI;1SB; 13%BB/26%K; .255 vs LHP; .20 vs RHP; ;224 in June; 16 games at 2B without an erro;r 7 games at 3B without an error; 6 games at 1B without an error; Plouffe is extremely versatile but has struggled with the bat after joining the organization in mid April.  With over 3000 major league PA’s, more is expected.

Reading

Malquin Canelo, 23, Signed as a free agent in 2011; .256/.325/.398 in 280PA; 6HR 19RBI; 13SB; 9%BB/21%K; .292 vs LHP; .247 vs RHP; .237 in June; 60 games at SS with 13 errors (.954); 6 games at 2B with 1 error (.960); Improvement over his 2017 in Reading but still needs to improve a notch before moving up.

Heiker Meneses, 27, SIgned as a free agent in 2018; .167/.264/.167 in 112PA between Lehigh Valley and Reading; 0HR 5RBI; .143 vs LHP; .180 vs RHP; .148 in June; 10%BB/22%K; 20 games at 2B with 2 errors (.978); 11 games at SS with one error; Has been organization filler this season with next to no production.

Drew Stankiewicz, 25, Phils 11th round pick in 2014; Hitting .125 in 26PA; 7 games at 2B with 2 errors (.941); Stankiewicz was just recently activated after spending the first two plus months on the DL.  He should see regular time as the Fightins 2B moving forward.

Emmanuel Marrero, 25, Phils 7th round pick in 2014; .190/.268/.270 in 114PA; 2HR 10RBI; 10%BB/30%K; 26 games at 2B with 2 errors (.983); 4 games at SS with 1 error; Wasnt doing much before being placed on the DL.

Clearwater

Raul Rivas, 21, Signed as a free agent in 2014; .264/.297/.333 in 184PA: 1HR 15RBI; 4/7SB; 4%BB/18%K; .179 vs LHP; .305 vs RHP; .364 in June; 34 games at 2B with 3 errors (.979); 13 games at 3B without an error; Rivas is having a good season, thus far and is progressing nicely.

Arquimedes Gamboa, 20, SIgned as a free agent in 2015; .261/.350/.350 in 259PA: 1HR 20RBI; 5/7SB; 11%BB/19%K; .246 vs LHP; .270 vs RHP; .278 in June; 55 games at SS with 5 errors (.965); Gamboa has been solid and the talent, particularly with the glove is evident.

Jose Gomez, 21, Acquired from Colorado in 2017; .230/.266/.262 in 196PA: 1HR 14RBI; 4SB; 4%BB/15%K; .236 vs LHP; .225 vs RHP; .313 in June; 19 games at 2B with 3 errors (.958); 10 games at SS with 1 error (.977); 22 games at 3B with 3 errors (.946); A very mediocre season.  Much more is expected from Gomez.

Brian Mims, 22, Phils 22nd round pick in 2017; Hitting .158 in 19AB; 0HR 2RBI; 1SB; 4 games at 2B without an error; 2 games at 3B without an error; Just recently activated and not much to speak of thus far.

Lakewood

Daniel Brito, 20, SIgned as a free agent in 2014; .242/.307/.348 in 233PA; 3HR 20RBI; 8SB; 8%BB/19%K; .241 vs LHP; .242 vs RHP; .298 in June; 60 games at 2B with 2 errors (.993); Brito, in his second season playing for Lakewood has been extremely solid with the glove and coming around with the bat in June.

Nick Maton, 21, Phils 7th round pick in 2017; .266/.322/.415 in 234PA; 5HR 23RBI; 3SB; 8%BB/20%K; .276 vs LHP; .262 vs RHP; .250 in June; 55 games at SS with 10 errors (.956); 3 games at 2B without an error.  Maton is putting together a solid year and should be ready for Clearwater by the last month of the season.

Williamsport

Bryan Gonzalez, 18, SIgned as a free agent in 2016

Jon Guzman, 18, SIgned as a free agent in 2015

Seth Lancaster, 22, Phils 8th round pick in 2018

Around the System–Corner Infield

Lehigh Valley

Joey Meneses, 26, Signed as a free agent in 2018; .294/.332/.515 in 247 PA; 12HR 37RBI; 6%BB/22%K; .355 vs LHP; .255 vs RHP; .227 over last 28 days; 51 games at 1B with 1 error (.997); 9 games in the OF with 1 error and 1 OF assist; Menses has been struggling as of late, however still a nice body of work this season.

Matt McBride, 33, Signed as a free agent in 2018; .250/.357/.560 in 99PA: 7HR 14RBI; 14%BB/22%K; .267 vs LHP; .241 vs RHP; .341 last 28 days; 14 games at 1B with 1 error; 6 games caught with 1 error; A very slow start by McBride has been overcome by a very hot May/June during which he has hot for power.

Mitch Walding, 25, Phils 5th round pick in 2011; .264/.385/.477 in 234PA: 9HR 31RBI: 15%BB/29%K; .254 vs LHP; .258 vs RHP; .225 in June; 56 games at 3B with 7 errors (.953); 2 games at 1B without an error; Walding has been slumping in June after amajor league debut that saw him strike out in all 6AB’s.  That said, overall, still decent numbers this season.

Reading

Kyle Martin, 25, Phils 4th round pick in 2015; .196/.304/.357 in 175PA; 4HR 19RBI; 13%BB/21%K; .161 vs LHP; .205 vs RHP; .172 in June; 31 games at 1B with 1 error (.996); 3 games in the OF without an error; Martin continues to be nearly non existant with the bat and as such, has lost almost all his playing time to Darrick Hall.

Zach Green, 24, Phils 3rd round pick in 2012, .263/.343/.483 in 230AB; 10HR 33RBI; 10%BB/29%K; .273 vs LHP; .261 vs RHP; .200 in June; 25 games at 1B with 4 errors (.982); 20 games at 3B with 2 errors (.950); Green has been productive with the bat this season and is now seeing more playing time at 3B with TOmscha’s promotion to Lehigh Valley.

Darick Hall, 22, Phils 14th round pick in 2016; .258/.338/.502 in 263 PA between Clearwater and Reading;15HR 44RBI; 8%BB/21%K; .229 vs LHP; .270 vs RHP; Hitting .200 in 60 PA for Reading; 55 games at 1B with 2 errors (.996).  Hall has struggled early on in his transition to Reading although still hitting with power.  I have confidence his numbers will greatly improve over the next 75PA.

Clearwater

Austin Listi, 24, Phils 17th round pick in 2017; .344/.453/.560 in 254PA: 9HR 45RBI; 13%BB/17%K; .333 vs LHP; .352 vs RHP; .354 in June; 22 games at 1B with 1 error (.994); 7 games in tje OF without an error; Listi has begun playing the field regularly with Darick Hall’s promotion.  Listi has been one of the most productive minor league hitters all season.

Luke Williams, 21, Phils 3rd round pick in 2015; .211/.310/.299 in 172PA; 3HR 13RBI; 10%BB/16%K; .164 vs LHP; .244 vs RHP; .310 in June; 30 games in the OF with 2 errors (.966); 12 games in the  OF with 1 error.  WIlliams has been coming on as of late, but very disappointing numbers overall this far.

Lakewood

Quincy Neiporte, 23, Phils 26th round pick in 2017; .235/.292/.353 in 243PA; 5HR 22RBI; 6%BB/13%K; .234 vs LHP; .236 vs RHP; .253 last 28 days; 49 games at 1B with 7 errors (.984); Neiporte has been very mediocre both with the bat and in the field.

Jake Scheiner, 22, Phils 4th round pick in 2017; .268/.321/426 in 273PA; 8HR 27RBI; 7SB; 7%BB/16%K; .310 vs LHP; .247 vs RHP; .262 last 28 days; 37 games at 3B with 5 errors (.942); 15 games at 1B with 1 error (.982); 13 games in the OF with 1 error; Scheiner has been solid all year as a run producer.

Dalton Guthrie, 22, Phils 6th round pick in 2017; .242/.279/.353 in 169PA; 3HR 14RBI; 2/6SB; 4%BB/16%K; .167 vs LHP; .290 vs RHP; .250 last 28 days; 25 games at 3B with 5 errors (.930); 14 games at SS with 3 errors (.939); 8 games at 2B without an error;  Currently on the DL, Guthrie has missed significant time injured this season and has been average otherwise.

Cole Stobbe, 20, Phils 3rd round pick in 2016; Hitting .209 in 43 AB with 1HR and 7RBI; 9 games at 3B with 1 error; Stobbe continues to be plagued by injury and is currently on the DL.

Williamsport

Jesus Henriquez, 20, SIgned as a free agent in 2014

Edwin Rodriguez, 21, SIgned as a free agent in 2014

Around the System–Outfield

Second trip around….

Lehigh Valley

Danny Ortiz, Signed as a free agent in 2018; .219/.267/.368 in 217PA; 8HR 31RBI; 6%BB/24%K; .206 vs LHP; .225 vs RHP; .184 last month; 43 games in the OF with 1 error and 4 OF assits; Ortiz started very strong but his offense has been nearly non-existant for some time now.

Collin Cowgill, 32, Signed as a free agent in 2018; .208/.288/.354 in 164PA; 5HR 18RBI; 2SB; 9%BB/24%K; .283 vs LHP; .155 vs RHP; .225 last 30 days; 39 games in the OF with 1 error and 2 OF assists; Very limited success this year, almost soley against LHP.

Adron Chambers, 31, Signed as a free agent in 2018; Hitting .325 in 40 AB thus far; Just came off the suspended list and has provided some degree of life for a struggling LV offense

Roman Quinn, 25, Phils 2nd round pick in 2011; Hitting .289/.340/.444 in 90AB before landing on the DL once again for what has been another long term injury.

Reading

Jan Hernandez, 23, Phils 3rd round pick in 2013; .308/.345/.481 in 201PA; 7HR 33RBI; 5SB; 5%BB/29%K; .245 vs LHP; .331 vs RHP; .295 over last month; .337 on the road; 51 games in the OF with 4 errors (.960); 3 OF assists; Hernandez was nearly written off as a prospect but has re-emerged with force in the OF as a true bright spot thus far.  He has been very good with the bat, and the FirstEnergy factor is only marginally in play looking at his average away from home.

Cornelius Randolph, 21, Phils 1st round pick in 2015; .190/.271/.245 in 208AB; 1HR 12RBI; 1SB; 10%BB/25%K; .270 vs LHP; .170 vs RHP; .169 over the last month; .138 on the road; 46 games in the OF with 4 errors (.937); 5 OF assists; Simply abysmal.  This is when we remind ourselves that Randolph is “only 21” as many like to point out.  At whatever age, 4 years in as a minor leaguer, this line is a concern.

Jiandido Tromp, 24, SIgned as a free agent in 2011; .219/.331/.325 in 178PA; 2HR 14RBI; 3SB; 13%BB/25%K; .220 vs LHP; .218 vs RHP; .200 last month; 34 games in the OF with 4 errors (.937); 2 OF assists; The lone bright spot is a solid walk rate.

Cord Sandberg, 23, Phils 3rd round pick in 2013; .252/.282/.369 in 117PA; 3HR 9RBI; 1SB; 4%BB/20%K; .267 vs LHP; .250 vs RHP; .241 last month; 24 games in the OF without an error; 3 OF assits; Sandberg was receiving very little playing time until Coppola went on the DL.  SInce then, he has been serviceable.

Zach Coppola, 24, Phils 13th round pick in 2015; .194/.327/.202 in 163PA before landing on the DL about three weeks ago.

Clearwater

Adam Haseley, 22, Phils 1st round pick in 2017; .290/.331/.395 in 263PA; 3HR 33RBI; 7SB; 5%BB/16%K; .322 vs LHP; .272 vs RHP; .340 over last month; 59 games in the OF with 3 errors (.950); 3 OF assists; Haseley has really taken it up a notch over the last month, showing why he went where he did in the draft; He is on track to get some AB’s in Reading before the end of the season.

Mickey Moniak, 20, Phils 1st round pick in 2016; .244/.263/.307 in 214PA; 1HR 23RBI; 4SB; 2%BB/26%K; .267 vs LHP, .231 vs RHP; .274 last 30 days; 52 games in the OF without an error; 1 OF assist. A good last month which has been recently interruped by illness, keeping Moniak out of the lineup for the last week.

Jose Pujols, 22, Signed as a free agent in 2012; .302/.353/.488 in 221PA: 9hr 31RBI; 6%BB/35%; .284 vs LHP; .315 vs RHP; .301 over last month; 52 games in the OF with 6 errors (.939); 5 OF assists; Something has apparantly clicked for Pujols this year who has been very good, albeit with some bumps in the road with the glove and a continued high K rate.

Lakewood

Josh Stephen, 20, Phils 11th round pick in 2016; .207/.255/.287 in 161PA; 3 HR 14RBI; 6%BB/20%K; .195 vs LHP; .211 vs RHP; .214 last 28 days; 47 games in the OF with 1 error; 1 OF assist; Negligible offensive production.

Kevin Markham, 24, Phils 24th round pick in 2017; .237/.309/.320 between CLearwater and Lakewood in 188PA; 2 HR 14RBI; 11SB; 7%BB/15%K; .243 over last 28 days; 51 games in the OF with 4 errors; 6 OF assists; Good speed, Good arm…bat has been middle of the road at best.

Jhailyn Ortiz, 19, SIgned as a free agent in 2015; .264/.316/.396 in 155PA: 4HR 15RBI; 5%BB/32%K; .261 vs LHP; .265 vs RHP; .333 last 28 days; 37 games in the OF with 2 errors and 2 OF assists

Jesus Alastre, 21, Signed as a free agent in 2013; Hitting .241 in 29AB

Organizational Hitting Leaders

A look around the system at the minor league systems hitting leaders:

Runs:  Malquin Canelo (29); Darick Hall (28); Mitch Walding (27); Zach Green (26); Dylan Cozens (26); Adam Haseley (26); Austin Listi (25); Damek Tomscha (25); Dean Anna (23)

Hits: Austin Listi (52); Adam Haseley (52); Jake Scheiner (51); Joey Meneses (50); Damek Tomscha (49); Malquin Canelo (48); Darick Hall (48); Jan Hernandez (45); Zach Green (44)

HR: Darick Hall (11); Dylan Cozens (10); Deivi Grullon (10); Zach Green (10); Joey Meneses (9); Damek Tomscha (8); Jake Scheiner (7); Mitch Walding (7); Danny Ortiz (7)

RBI: Darick Hall (35); Zach Green (30); Damek Tomscha (29); Adam Haseley (28); Deivi Grullon (27); Jan Hernandez (25); Dylan Cozens (25); Danny Ortiz (25)

SB: Roman Quinn (12); Zach Coppola (10); Malquin Canelo (9); Kevin Markham (9); Dylan Cozens (7); Daniel Brito (7); Adam Haseley (5)

AVG: Austin Listi .335; Jan Hernandez (.321); Joey Meneses (.318); Deivi Grullon (.313); Henri Lartigue (.297); Damek Tomscha (.292); Zach Green (.291); Roman QUinn (.289)

Around the System–Catchers

Lehigh Valley

Logan Moore, 27, Phils 9th round pick in 2011; .162/.296/.265 in 68AB; 1HR 6RBI; 14%BB/22%K; .231 vs LHP, .145 vs RHP; 24 games caught with 1 error; 11/18 CS(61%); Stats say it all…Moore is outstanding defensively and lacks production with the bat.

Nick Rickles, 28, Acquired from Washington in 2017; .295/.310/.474 in 78AB; 4HR 13RBI; 2%BB/20%K; .324 vs LHP; .273 vs RHP; 22 games caught without an erro; 3/10 CS (30%); Rickles has done a real good job this year splitting playing time with Logan Moore.

Reading

Deivi Grullon, 22, Signed as a free agent in 2012; .312/.333/.606 in 109AB; 9HR 25RBI; 4%BB/19%K; .333 vs LHP; .306 vs RHP; 29 games caught with 5 errors (.979); 10/32 CS (31%); Grullon has been outstanding with the bat and while his power may be partially atreibutable to the “Reading effect” (7HR at home), he is hitting over .300 on the road.  Defense has not been subpar but not quite as good as in years passed.

Austin Bossart, 24, Phils 14th round pick in 2015; .242/.286/.409 in 66AB; 2HR 7RBI; 6%BB/23%K; 20 games caught without an error; 9/30 CS (30%); Bossart continues to do a very nice job as the back up to Grullon.

Clearwater

Henri Lartigue, 23, Phils 7th round pick in 2016; .309/.374/.495 in 97AB; 3HR 10RBI; 7%BB/23%K; .333 vs LHP; .293 vs RHP; 24 games caught with 1 error; 8/20 CS (29%); AFter seeing limited time behind the plate last season, Lartigue has been getting regular playing time and taking advantage of it, as one of CLearwaters’s top hitters thus far.  He has been solid defensively as well.

Edgar Cabral, Phils 11th round pick in 2015; .284/.389/.432 in 81AB; 3HR 15RBI; 14%BB/19%K; .348 vs LHP; .259 vs RHP; .224 in May; 20 games caught with 1 erro (.995); 6/24 CS (25%); Cabral has been very solid thus far.

Lakewood

Rodolfo Duran, 20, Signed as a free agent in 2014; .168/.189/.308 in 107AB; 3HR 12RBI; 3%BB/21%K; .163 vs LHP; .172 vs RHP; 31 games caught with 1 error (.997); 19/40 CS (48%); Very poor with the bat, very sound defensively even with his small frame.

Gregori Rivero, 22, Signed as a free agent in 2012; .230/.274/.368 in 87AB; 2HR 10RBI; 5%BB/21%K; .200 vs LHP; .242 vs RHP; 16 games caught without an error; 2/6 CS; One noticeable stat is that the opposition isnt running on him.

Colby Fitch, 22, Phils 13th round pick in 2017; .262/.357/.440 in 84AB; 2HR 14RBI; 10%BB/20%K; .250 vs LHP; .271 vs RHP; 3 games caught without an erro r; 0/2 CS; Fitch has spent his time almost exclusively DH’ing with a short stint on the DL.

2018 Williamsport Roster (projected)

This is in response to a request from Sean and Tracey for me to project a possible 2018 roster for the Williamsport Crosscutters.  He is a host for players in Lakewood.  I have met another host family from Lakewood and a couple from Williamsport.  I respect you all for opening your homes to these young players.  Here’s my best guess at a possible roster. (BTW Sean, if your Tracey is the Tracey who follows me on Twitter, saying she is a huge Phillies fan is an understatement.  And thank you for your kind words.)

There are some hold overs in extended spring training who were on the 2017 Williamsport roster – Andrew Brown, Orestes Melendez, Jesus Azuaje, Brian Mins, Greg Pickett.  I would expect all but Pickett to be on the 2018 roster.  I haven’t seen Pickett in over a week.

We have 27 players from the 2017 GCL Phillies in extended spring training.  I would expect most of them to make the initial trip to Williamsport.  Some of these will return to Clearwater and play on one of the GCL teams (we have two this year) as they are bumped by college players we sign out of the 2018 Amateur Draft.

Catchers: Rafael Marchan and Lenin Rodriguez.  Before he was promoted to Lakewood, I would have included Nerluis Martinez among this group.  I’m fairly certain that one or two college catchers will also be considered in the mix.

Middle Infielders: The obvious locks are SS Jonathan Guzman and 2B Brayan Gonzalez. They make up an incredibly talented duo up the middle.  Jesus Azuaje and Brian Mims are also likely going north.

Corner Infielders: Pickett would certainly have gone to Williamsport if not Lakewood.  In his absence, Austin O’Brien and Edwin Rodriguez look like the next alternatives at first base.  I would have expected Jack Zoellner to have been the third baseman, but I heard he has a broken thumb.  Jake Holmes and D.J. Stewart are both playing third base.  Both are young, having been drafted out of high school last year.  Holmes changed to third from shortstop during Instructs, and Stewart signed late and got few reps last season.  I’m notoriously, slow when it comes to promoting the young guys, and can make an argument for both playing another season in the GCL.  With Zoellner hurt, that leaves Jesus Henriquez and Grenny Cumana as the likely candidates.  Both are utility types and have seen playing time at all infield positions and in the outfield.

Centerfielders: Keudy Bocio made the transition from shortstop to third baseman to center fielder since reporting to 2016 Instructs.  He’s been leading off most of the spring.

Corner OutfieldersBen Pelletier should also be headed north.  Carlos De La Cruz is a big, lanky outfielder in the John Mayberry, Jr. mold.  He was undrafted out of high school, was spotted in a summer league in Brooklyn, and signed late.  His first action came during Instructs.  He’s raw, and I wouldn’t hesitate leaving him in the GCL for his first taste of professional baseball.  The remaining outfielders are likely going to come out of the draft.

We also have some guys rehabbing down here like Simon MuzziottiMalvin Matos, and Cole Stobbe.  It’s unlikely that they report to Williamsport even for a rehab.  They would be more likely to do that in the GCL.  But, when healthy, they will return to their teams and bump guys backward.  A Danny Mayer or Kevin Markham could find themselves in Williamsport.

As muddled as all the above is, projecting pitchers is even tougher.  These are just my best guess.  A half-dozen or more will likely be bumped by college pitchers from the draft.

Starting Pitchers: Andrew Brown, Jhordany Mezquita, Manuel Silva, Sandro Rosario, Francisco Morales, and Ethan Lindow.

Relief Pitchers: Orestes Melendez, Josh Tols, Oscar Marcelino, Victor Sobil, Rafael Carvajal, Justin Miller, Danny Martinez, Robinson Martinez, Ben Brown, Sati Santa Cruz, and Bailey Cummings

Once again, there are pitchers I would bring along slower.  However, Morales and Lindow looked good in their last appearances.  It could be tough to keep them in Clearwater. Andrew Brown is just as likely to go to Lakewood as he is to repeat Williamsport.

Same for Ben Brown.  Like Lindow, he was part of the 2017 draft out of high school.  I can see him pitching more innings in the GCL.

Tols is interesting.  He’s an older guy, from Australia.  He has a delivery that is hard to pick up.  A friend says his pitch looks like it is coming out of a pitching machine.  He’s a lefty.

Santa Cruz and Cummings saw limited action last season, eight innings or less.  They might also benefit from another, longer stint in the GCL.

Guys I didn’t mention.  Jose Jimenez, starter who could benefit from another season in the GCL.  Anton Kuznetsov, reliever who led the GCL Phillies with 5 save last season.  But, his FB is 85-85 mph, and he’s been hit pretty hard this spring on the occasions I saw him.

Again, there are a lot of pitchers down here on rehab.  If they start getting healthy, the domino effect when they return to their teams will affect the Williamsport pitching staff.

Around the System–Relief Pitching

Lehigh Valley

Pedro Beato, 31, Re-Signed as a free agent in 2018; 15 games, 0-0 with a 2.30ERA; 11SV; 15.2IP 7H 5BB 18K; 0.76WHIP; 2.9BB/10.3K per 9; .191 vs LHH; .090 vs RHH; .095 with runners on base; Beato continues to be outstanding for Lehigh Valley and recently became the ‘Pigs all time leader in saves.

Zac Curtis, 25, Signed as a free agent in 2017; 9 games, 0-1 with a 3.48ERA; 10.1IP 7H 5BB 12K; 1.16WHIP; 4.4BB/10.5K per 9; .167 vs LHH; .243 vs RHH; .206 with runners on base; Curtis has thrown generally well however like in the majors, the walks have presented a problem.

Austin Davis, 25, Phils 12th round pick in 2014; 13 games, 0-1 with a 3.00ERA; 18IP 12H 6BB 25K; 1.00WHIP; 3.0BB/12.5K; .222 vs LHH, .178 vs RHH; .286 with runners on base; Davis has pitched very well and it placing himself on the Phils radar screen as a LOOGY.

Brandon Leibrandt, 25, Phils 6th round pick in 2014; 8 games (3 starts); 2-0 with a 0.00ERA; 23IP 12H 3BB 12K; 0.65WHIP; 1.2BB/4.7K per 9; .105 vs LHH, .169 vs RHH; .050 with runners on base.  Damn!

Hoby Milner, 27, Phils 7th round pick in 2012; 8 games for LV; 0-0 with a 2.00ERA; 9IP 5H 3BB 7K; 0.89WHIP; 3.0BB/7.0K per 9; .231 vs LHH, .185 vs RHH; After an inconsistent first few weeks with the Phils, Milner was sent down and generally thrown well for LV.

Jake Thompson, 24, Acquired from Texas in 2015; 5 games (3 starts) for LV; 0-1 with a 9.00ERA; 14IP 20H 9BB 12K; 2.07WHIP; 5.8BB/7.7K per 9; .378 vs LHH, .271 vs RHH; Thompson has been consistently hit around, whether it be with the Phils or ‘Pigs this year.

Tom Windle, 26, Acquired from Dodgers in 2015; 14 games, 2-1 with a 3.57ERA; 17.2IP 13H 5BB 20K; 1.02WHIP; 2.5BB/10.2K per 9; .125 vs LHH, .220 vs RHH; .222 with runners on base; After generally failing to impress over the last two years in the organization, WIndle has thrown quite well this season.

Reading

Tommy Bergjans, 25, Acquired from Dodgers in 2016; 3 games between Reading and Clearwater; 0-0 with a 2.25ERA; 4IP 4H 2BB 0K.

Trevor Bettencourt, 23, Phils 25th round pick in 2016; 11 games, 1-0 with 3.18ERA; 17IP 14H 9BB 18K; 1.35WHIP; 4.8BB/0.5K per 9; .222 vs LHH, .229 vs RHH; Bettencourt was throwing relatively well before being placed on the DL 10 days ago.  He was being used in high leverage situations;

Ranfi Casimiro, 25, SIgned as a free agent in 2010; 12 games between Lehigh Valley and Reading; 3-1 with a 5.40ERA; 16.2IP 20H 11BB 11K; 1.86WHIP; 5.9BB/5.9K per 9; .360 vs LHH, .256 vs RHH; Very mediocre thus far

Joe DeNato, 26, Phils 19th round pick in 2014; 3 games between Reading and Lehigh Valley; 3.2IP without giving up an ER; 3BB 4K.

Edgar Garcia, 21, Signed as a free agent in 2014; 14 games; 0-1 with a 0.41ERA; 22IP 9H 11BB 24K; 0.90WHIP; 4.5BB/9.8K per 9; .167 vs LHH, .079 vs RHH; After a very average ’17 in CLearwater, Garcia has been lights out thus far in ’18. Continue reading Around the System–Relief Pitching

Around the System–Starting Pitching

Lehigh Valley

Enyel De Los Santos, 22, Acquired from San Diego in 2018; 4 starts; 4-0 with an 0.84ERA; 32.1IP 24H 13BB 39K; .203 opp avg; 1.13WHIP; 3.6BB/10.9K per 9; .184 vs LHH; .217 vs RHH; Has been outstanding this season after being acquired in the Freddy Galvis deal.

Jacob Waguespack; 23, Signed as a free agent in 2015; 7 games (6 starts) between Reading and Lehigh Valley; 0-3 with a 5.23ERA; 31IP 35H 17BB 31K; .280 opp avg; 1.68WHIP; 4.9BB/9.0K per 9; Has flip flopped between Reading and LV whenever an extra starter has been needed and has done a serviceable job in a difficult role.

Tom Eshelman, 23, Acquired from Houston in 2015; 7 starts; 1-3 with a 6.87ERA; 36.2IP 57H 14BB 32K; 7HR allowed; .358 opp avg; 1.94WHIP; 3.4BB/7.9K per 9; .378 vs LHH; .341 vs RHH; 7 HR allowed; Eshelman started the season on the verge of breaking through to the big club and has seemingly forgotten how to pitch through the first 6 weeks.  After holding the opposition to a .227 average last season in AAA, something is amiss.

Cole Irvin, 23, Phils 5th round pick in 2016; 7 starts; 3-1 with a 3.21ERA: 42IP 34H 11BB 37K; .224 opp avg; 1.07WHIP; 2.4BB/7.9K per 9; .139 vs LHH, .250 vs RHH; It quickly putting himself on the forefront of the radar screen, especially with his left arm.

Ben Lively, 26, Acquired from Cincinnati in 2014; Has made one start for Lehigh Valley and did not allow an ER in 5IP.  Sent down after coming off the DL in Philly.  Was 0-2 with a 6.85ERA for the Phils before getting injured.

 

Reading

Harold Arauz, 22, Acquired from Houston in 2015; 7 starts; 3-1 with a 4.34ERA; 37.1IP 35H 11BB 33K; .254 opp avg; 1.23 WHIP; 2.7BB/8.0K per 9; .267 vs LHH; .238 vs RHH; Arauz has been a tick above average through the  early going.

Elneiry Garcia, 23, Signed as a free agent in 2012; 4 starts; 0-3 with a 5.57ERA; 21IP 27H 10BB 12K; .297 opp avg; 1.76WHIP; 4.3BB/5.1K per 9; .385 vs LHP; .282 vs RHP; The results have not been pretty this season for Garcia.

Franklyn Kilome, 22, Signed as a free agent in 2013; 6 starts, 1-1 with a 5.74ERA; 26.2IP 26H 12BB 34K; .263 opp avg; 1.43WHIP; 4.1BB/11.5K per 9; .381 vs LHH, .175 vs RHH; Kilome needs to learn how to be effective on those nights when he doesn’t have his best stuff.  Walks have really hurt him and has not been able to get out left handed hitters

JoJo Romero, 21, Phils 4th round pick in 2016; 7 starts; 0-4 with a 6.38ERA; 36.2IP 43H 19BB 31K; .291 opp avg; 1.69WHIP; 4.7BB/7.6K per 9; .206 vs LHH, .316 vs RHH; 6HR allowed; Romero was(is) a guy I have huge hopes for in 2018.  His walk rate has spiked, K rate has dropped and is giving up the homerun ball.  His fastball is down a couple of ticks and I wonder whether he is hurting..? Continue reading Around the System–Starting Pitching

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 Continue reading Around the System–Middle Infield

Around the System–Corner Infield

Lehigh Valley

Joey Meneses, 26, Signed as a free agent in 2018; .356/.398/.563 in 87AB; 3HR 13RBI; 6%BB/16%K; .382 vs LHP; .340 vs RHP; .441 in May; 24 games at 1B with 1 error (.994); 1 game in the OF without an error; Meneses has been Lehigh Valley’s most productive hitter in the early going and a very pleasant surprise.

Mitch Walding, 25, Phils 5th round pick in 2011; .288/.413/.510 in 104AB; 5HR 15RBI; 17%BB/26%K; .263 vs LHP; .303 vs RHP; .258 in July; 30 games at 3B with 4 errors (.951); 2 games at 1B without an error; Walding re-signed with the Phils as a minor league free agent and has shown a good deal of growth, particularly in the area of plate discipline.  He has been excellent with the bat and very good in the field.

Matt McBride, 33, Signed as a free agent in 2018; Hitting .167 in 42AB; 2HR 6RBI; 8 games at 1B with 1 error (.981); 6 games caught with 1 error; Not much to speak of thus far for McBride who has come home to play what may be his last professional season

Reading

Kyle Martin, 25, Phils 4th round pick in 2015; .197/.293/.368 in 76AB; 3HR 12RBI; 7%BB/22%K; .200 vs LHP; .197 vs RHP; .158 in May; 20 games at 1B without an error; Martin has continued his ’17 struggles with Reading where he hit .193 right into 2018.  His leash may be short with the draft upcoming and Darick Hall knocking on the Reading door.

Zach Green, 24, Phils 3rd round pick in 2012; .293/.348/.585 in 82AB; 6HR 18RBI; 1SB; 6%BB/36%K; .278 vs LHP; .297 vs RHP; .393 in May; 11 games at 1B with 4 errors (.962); 5 games at 3B with 1 error; Green has actually hit much better on the road than home, taking away the argument that his production is FirstEnergy related.  Still striking out a ton, but has been very productive for the FIghtins.

Damek Tomscha, 26, Phils 17th round pick in 2014; ,323/.410/.535 in 99AB; 5HR 13RBI; 11%BB/14%K; 26 games at 3B without an error; .333 vs LHP; .321 vs RHP; .367 in May; Tomscha has had one of the best starts in the organization this season; The one thing he does not have going for him is his age.  I am hoping he gets a look at LV mid-season. Continue reading Around the System–Corner Infield