Stock Up, Stock Down for the Phillies Top 10 Prospects for Week 7
The Phillies are having a tough time at the major league level, but as we look at their top minor league prospects, there is certainly some cause for excitement. The Phillies have a few prospects in the upper levels who we might be seeing in the majors soon, and there are a few who seem to have tons of potential and just need a little more time to develop.
Here is how each of the top 10 prospects fared this past week.
10. Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez, RHP
Last Week's Stats: N/A
Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez is finally making his way back. Technically, he doesn't have any stats yet, but he pitched three innings in extended spring training, and according to Jim Salisbury of CSN Philly, he showed a 95 mph fastball. The Phillies paid a good price for his services, and as he works on rehabbing, let's hope that he continues to progress. This is a good sign so far.
2014 Stats: N/A
9. Aaron Altherr, LF
Last Week's Stats: .059, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 0 SB
Aaron Altherr is a very athletic outfielder who has power potential. Unfortunately, he has had a difficult time getting the bat on the ball, and his strikeouts are coming in bunches. He is at the highest level of the minors he has ever reached in Reading, so that might explain some of his struggles. He is young for Double-A, and while that is not an excuse, it may explain something.
2014 Stats: .213, 2 HR, 12 RBI, 3 SB
8. Tommy Joseph, C
Last Week's Stats: N/A
Tommy Joseph did not play this past week as he was still battling with concussions. I normally don't include players on this list who are on the disabled list, but I think that he still deserves a spot based on the season he had been having. He is showing the potential that made him the centerpiece of the Hunter Pence trade, and I hope that he is able to overcome this latest bout with injury quickly.
2014 Stats: .282, 5 HR, 19 RBI, 0 SB
7. Cesar Hernandez, 2B
Last Week's Stats: .333, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 0 SB
Cesar Hernandez is back in the majors again. Obviously, his playing time has been reduced, and it is hard to say much based on three pinch-hit appearances this week. However, he was lighting it up in the minors, and he has earned his promotion. You really can't complain about that.
2014 Stats: .250, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 0 SB
6. Severino Gonzalez, RHP
Last Week's Stats: 1-0, 1.50 ERA, 6.0 IP, 1 BB, 4 K
Severino Gonzalez has had a difficult season. This week did get better as you can see above, but he is surrendering more than a hit per inning on average, which is difficult. If you are going to pitch like that, you need to be good at getting out of jams, and Gonzalez has been vulnerable this year. Maybe this week was a turning point for him.
2014 Stats: 4-3, 5.22 ERA, 50.0 IP, 10 BB, 36 K
5. Carlos Tocci, CF
Last Week's Stats: .083, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 0 SB
Carlos Tocci has athletic potential, but he had a tough time this past week. From May 12 through May 17, he didn't get a hit. He did break out of that slump on Sunday with a pair of hits, but that didn't do his numbers any good. Obviously, he is still young and developing, but it is a bit concerning that he is struggling in stretches like this.
2014 Stats: .227, 0 HR, 10 RBI, 1 SB
4. Ken Giles, RHP
Last Week's Stats: 2-0, 2.25 ERA, 0 SV, 2 K, 3 BB
Ken Giles earned his promotion to Triple-A Lehigh Valley, and that is a major step in the right direction. He hasn't quite been as dominant in terms of strikeouts yet, but that is to be expected after a promotion. I have been saying this all along, but the major league club is having major issue out of the bullpen, so if he continues this strong performance, I think another promotion will be in his future.
2014 Stats: 2-0, 1.42 ERA, 7 SV, 31 K, 8 BB
3. J.P. Crawford, SS
Last Week's Stats: .167, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 0 SB
J.P. Crawford is showing quite a bit of improvement. When you look at his offensive statistics, they are better this year across the board than they were last year, and he has already exceeded most of the numbers in fewer games. Personally, I am most excited about his power development. Maybe he won't ever be a major power threat, but he will be more than Ben Revere in that department at least.
2014 Stats: .328, 3 HR, 12 RBI, 12 SB
2. Jesse Biddle, LHP
Last Week's Stats: 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 6.0 IP, 4 BB, 7 K
Jesse Biddle has been a tough-luck loser most of the year, and this week, he pitched six innings while only allowing one unearned run yet got a no decision. Overall, he is having a much better year. His control is still a little bit wild but has improved. With this kind of progress, I think we will see him in Philadelphia soon.
2014 Stats: 3-4, 3.20 ERA, 50.2 IP, 22 BB, 58 K
1. Maikel Franco, 3B
Last Week's Stats: .286, 0 HR, 4 RBI, 0 SB
Maikel Franco continued his resurgence this week, and his batting average in particular continues to rise slowly but surely. His power hasn't quite come back yet, but perhaps that will come in time. It is also worth mentioning that he drew four walks in six games. That discipline will hopefully help him continue to hit the good pitches.
2014 Stats: .239, 3 HR, 17 RBI, 1 SB