A look at the Outfield throughout the organization. Next up: Relief Pitchers, Wed or Thur
Nick WIlliams, 23, Acquired from Texas in 2015; .258/.287/.427 in 497AB; 13HR 64RBI; 6/10SB; 4%BB/26%K; .231 vs LHP; .273 vs RHP; .152 last 30 days; Since Aug 1, Williams hit .172 with a 1%BB/37%K rate; 122 games in the OF with 3 errors (.989); 6 OF assists; My pre-season expectation for WIlliams was hitting around .285-.290 with 10-12HR and 15SB prior to a July call to Philly. What actually happened is that WIlliams was benched on three separate occasions prior to August for disciplinary reasons and he went on to finish the season with a borderline unprecedented BB/K rate over the seasons final month plus. His ability would come out for a few weeks and he would then retreat into some combination of a baseball purists nightmare. Grade: C-; 2017: Lehigh Valley
Cam Perkins, Soon to be 26, Phils 7th round pick in 2012; .292/.329/.419 in 408AB; 8HR 47RBI; 11/15SB; .316 vs LHP; .274 vs RHP; .314 last 30 days; 5%BB/14%K; 103 games in the OF with 7 errors (.972); 3 OF assists; The numbers are decent for Perkins but not good enough to warrant a look at the big league level. The walk rate needs to go up, and Perkins needs to be more of a run producer to get that major league look. Surprisingly, Perkins went from 2 errors and 15 OF assists in ’15 to 7 errors and just 3 OF assists this year. Grade: B-; 2017: I expect Perkins to be left Rule 5 unprotected and expect him to go undrafted and back to Lehigh Valley
Cedric Hunter, 28, Signed as a free agent in 2016; .294/.324/.433 in 330AB with Lehigh Valley; 10HR 53RBI; 6/9SB; 4%BB/16%K; .313 vs LHP; .284 vs RHP; .286 last 30 days; 75 games in the OF without an error; 1 OF assist; Hunter started the year with Phils and was sent fairly quickly when people got healthy as he wasn’t performing. For Lehigh Valley, he was the most consistent outfielder all year, hitting the ball hard and playing a good OF. Hunter is a AAAA player who many organizations will be glad to have around. Grade: B+; 2017: Likely another organization with all the young talent below, although would love to see him back. He is fun to watch.
Cody Asche, 26, Phils 4th round pick in 2011; .279/.350/.514 in 111AB for Lehigh Valley; 6HR 15RBI; 1SB; 9%BB/21%K; .229 vs LHP; .303 vs RHP; .302 last 30 days; 16 games in the OF with 1 error (.973); 7 games at 3B with 1 error (.923); 3 games at 1B without an error; Asche was optioned to Lehigh Valley after hitting .213/.281/.362 in 174AB with the Phils this year, to go along with a 23% K rate. Pre season, I expected Asche to be a productive member of the Phils OF. Between his injury in SPring Training and then his performance once off the DL, 2016 was a major disappointment for Asche. That said, kudos to Asche for not sulking when sent down and performing well at multiple positions for Lehigh Valley late in the season. I expect to see Asche back with the Phils in 2017 with Altherr, Bourjos and Goeddel all question marks for the ’17 roster.
Dylan Cozens, 22, Phils 2nd round pick in 2012; .276/.350/.591 in 521AB; 40HR 125RBI; 21SB; 10%BB/32%K; .197 vs LHP; .302 vs RHP; .234 last 30 days; .295/.374/.744 with 29HR 83RBI at home; .259/.325/.441 with 11HR 42RBI on the road; 128 games in the OF with 5 errors (.982); 12 OF assists; The overall stats, before you dig in are mind blowing. Team records for HR and RBI to go along with a 20+ SB season and double digits in OF assists. Then comes the negative. The very average player Cozens becomes on the road and his .197 average with a 42% K rate against left handed pitching. Grade: A-; 2017: Lehigh Valley Continue reading Post Season Report Card–Outfield