Stock Up, Stock Down for the Phillies' Top 10 Prospects Entering May

Zak SchmollAnalyst IApril 28, 2014

Stock Up, Stock Down for the Phillies' Top 10 Prospects Entering May

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    We have almost made it through a month of the 2014 Major League Baseball season, and for each of the 10 men on this list, they are hopefully one month closer to breaking into the majors. It has not been an easy start for some of the Phillies’ top prospects, but you can see some of the pieces starting to fall into place.

    On the other hand, you can see some players beginning to perhaps break out. They may be finally finding their stride and are ready to rocket through the farm system.

    Let’s move ahead, though, and start talking about the top 10 prospects in the farm system and assess whether or not their stock went up or down so far this season.

10. Tommy Joseph, C

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    2014 Stats: .255, 4 HR, 15 RBI, 0 SB

    Tommy Joseph has found his power this season, and that is a huge step in the right direction. Carlos Ruiz is getting older, and he will be needing a replacement. If Joseph can contribute the same kind of numbers for the rest of the season, it will be great to see him step up in a greater role next season.

    Stock: Up (and rising)

9. Kelly Dugan, RF

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    2014 Stats: .275, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 1 SB

    Kelly Dugan has had a pretty pedestrian season. It is an improvement on last season, to be sure, so that is definitely a good thing, but he is not excelling in any one area. Probably the most notable improvement this season has been in terms of on-base percentage. Last season he was at .299, and this season he's at .396. As long as he makes the steady improvements, I don’t think anyone will complain.

    Stock: Up (and steady)

8. Aaron Altherr, LF

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    2014 Stats: .235, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 SB

    Aaron Altherr missed half of April due to injury, and he has been a little bit slow getting back to the action. In 13 games, though, it is definitely encouraging to see six extra-base hits. As someone who profiles long term as either a corner outfielder or first baseman, he needs that power. He is struggling a little bit, but not all is lost by any means.

    Stock: Down (and steady)

7. Cesar Hernandez, 2B

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    2014 Stats (in minors): .327, 1 HR, 7 RBI, 1 SB

    Cesar Hernandez began the season with the Philadelphia Phillies, but once Freddy Galvis returned from injury, he got sent back down to the minors. He has only been down there for 13 games, but he doesn’t seem to be having a hard time adjusting to playing every day rather than coming off the bench. As we know, he can play a variety of positions, and with this success, it is only a matter of time before he is in the majors again.

    Stock: Up (and steady)

6. Severino Gonzalez, RHP

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    2014 Stats: 2-1, 4.28 ERA, 21 K, 5 BB

    Severino Gonzalez was off to a great start to the season, but his past three starts have not been great at all. Particularly, in his last start against New Hampshire, he went 4.1 innings and surrendered nine runs, five of which were earned. Hopefully he can find his way back to the place where he was at the beginning of the season. He was looking great.

    Stock: Down (and falling)

5. Ken Giles, RHP

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    2014 Stats: 0-0, 0.82 ERA, 6 SV, 21 K, 3 BB

    Ken Giles is on fire this season. His fastball can hit triple digits, and he has shown remarkable control this season compared to what he has done in the past. With that kind of velocity, the strikeouts naturally pile up, so I guess that is not surprising, but the control is the best development here. At 23 years old, he is beginning to show maturity on the mound and should be in the major league bullpen very shortly.

    Stock: Up (and rising)

4. Carlos Tocci, CF

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    2014 Stats: .278, 0 HR, 8 RBI, 1 SB

    Carlos Tocci is starting to develop a little bit more power. He has five extra-base hits already this season, and last season he only had 17 total. I still think that he has more power potential as he fills out a little bit, but this is a step in the right direction. He still does strike out too much, but it is nice to see him starting to realize some of his potential.

    Stock: Up (and steady)

3. J.P. Crawford, SS

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    2014 Stats: .288, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 6 SB

    J.P. Crawford is showing the potential to be a multidimensional threat at shortstop in the future. While he might not ever have crazy power, he is showing a little bit more this season (for comparison's sake, he only had one home run all of last season). Also, he already has 50 percent of his stolen base total from last year. It is always a good thing to exceed your own previous performance.

    Stock: Up (and rising)

2. Jesse Biddle, LHP

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    2014 Stats: 2-2, 2.86 ERA, 38 K, 7 BB

    Jesse Biddle has always been a wild pitcher, but he seems to have turned the corner so far this season. He is only issuing a walk approximately every four innings while striking out over a batter per inning on average, which is a major step in the right direction. The Phillies have been waiting on this left-hander for years, and it seems that he is finally getting close to being able to contribute in the majors.

    Stock: Up (and rising)

1. Maikel Franco, 3B

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    2014 Stats: .167, 1 HR, 7 RBI, 1 SB

    Maikel Franco got off to an extremely slow start, but over the past 10 games, he has begun to get his act back together. He still only has one home run, so he is quite a bit off of his pace from last year, but at least he is beginning to get better appearances at the plate. Once the average starts rising some, his power will hopefully come back as well.

    Stock: Down (but rising)