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Maikel Franco, 3B/1B – Grade: B-
Spring Training Stats: 5-for-25 (.200), 4 R, RBI, 2 BB, 4 K (11 G)
One of the top breakout players in 2013, Franco batted .320/.356/.569 with 36 doubles, 31 home runs and 103 RBI in 581 plate appearances between High-A Clearwater and Double-A Reading. More significantly, the 21-year-old showed an improving feel for the strike zone.
He posted a 70-30 strikeout-to-walk ratio while facing older and more advanced pitching. Franco’s thunderous bat has resulted in an extended look in camp this spring, and the fact that he’s seen time at both first and third base indicates the Phillies are pondering how to get him in the lineup later in the season.
Jesse Biddle, LHP – Grade: C
Spring Training Stats: 3 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 3 K (2 G)
Moved up to Double-A Reading for the 2013 season, Biddle’s control varied from start to start at the more advanced level and prevented him from working deep into games. Yet, the 22-year-old still had a respectable campaign, as he posted a 3.64 ERA with 154 strikeouts in 138.1 innings.
The only problem was that he also led all Eastern League pitchers with 82 walks on the year. Biddle gave up two runs in both of his outings this spring before the organization reassigned him to minor league camp last Saturday.
Ethan Martin, RHP – Grade: C-
Spring Training Stats: 0 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, BB (1 G)
Despite never improving his control and pitch execution last season in Triple-A, the Phillies called up Martin in early August to fill a hole in the starting rotation. As expected, the 24-year-old’s overall inconsistency was exposed against the game’s top hitters, as he posted a 6.08 ERA and 47-26 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 40 innings and allowed nine home runs.
The right-hander failed to record an out in his spring debut on Feb. 27, allowing three runs on three hits and a walk before departing. In the days following his appearance, it was announced that Martin suffered a strained right shoulder capsule and would be shut down for the next three weeks.
Kelly Dugan, OF – Grade: C
Spring Training Stats: 0-for-5, 3 K (5 G)
A second-round draft pick in 2009 out of high school, Dugan continued to put things together last season at a pair of advanced levels, as he batted .291/.352/.506 with a career-high 20 home runs in 473 plate appearances between High-A Clearwater and Double-A Reading.
The free-swinging outfielder’s approach was challenged at both stops, but especially at Reading where he posted a 54-5 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 226 plate appearances. Participating in his first major league camp, Dugan is currently 0-for-5 with three strikeouts, and at his current rate it’s difficult to envision him surviving the next round of roster cuts.
Ken Giles, RHP – Grade: B
Spring Training Stats: 3 IP, 3 H, ER, 3 BB, 4 K (3 G)
In 2013, Giles landed on the disabled list twice with a strained oblique and then struggled mightily following a return to the pitcher-friendly Florida State League. Logging only 25.2 innings over 24 appearances at the level, Giles tallied six saves and registered a 6.31 ERA and 34-19 strikeout-to-walk rate. However, the right-hander helped revive his stock this fall by showcasing arguably the best velocity in the Arizona Fall League.
He worked in the 96-99 mph range and scraped 100 mph with his four-seam fastball to go along with his largely inconsistent slider in the upper 80s. However, there’s something to be said about a late-inning reliever capable of pumping triple digits, which is exactly why the Phillies have already gotten him into three games this spring.