Stock Up, Stock Down for the Phillies' Top 10 Prospects for Week 8
The Philadelphia Phillies are starting to get their minor league system back together. Players who were injured are starting to come back, and those who were off to slow starts are getting their acts back together. I was looking over this list, and it is quite possible that three, if not four, of them might be in the majors by the end of this year.
That is a pretty solid percentage, and it shows their organizational depth. There is talent at all levels of this minor league system.
10. Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez, RHP
Last Week's Stats: 0-2, 8.31 ERA, 4.1 IP, 7 BB, 2 K
Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez is off to a rough start in his rehab assignment in Clearwater. He is averaging almost a walk per inning, and in his last two starts, he has failed to go farther than three innings in either contest. There is no doubt that the Phillies are excited to have him reinforce the major league rotation, but they need him to do a lot more than this.
2014 Stats: 0-2, 6.75 ERA, 9.1 IP, 9 BB, 3 K
9. Roman Quinn, SS
Last Week's Stats: .286, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 3 SB
Roman Quinn is finally back on the field, and there is no doubt that this is a major positive. He is doing exactly what we expected him to do in Clearwater. He doesn't have much power, but he knocks singles that oftentimes put him on second after he steals a base. If he can stay healthy and can keep doing what he is doing now, this switch-hitter has the potential to be a very useful leadoff hitter.
2014 Stats: .286, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 3 SB
8. Tommy Joseph, C
Last Week's Stats: N/A
According to Philly.com, Tommy Joseph is still in Clearwater receiving treatment for his sprained left wrist. I don't want to trivialize that injury whatsoever, but I am glad that a wrist is a lot easier to rehabilitate than some of the issues he dealt with last season with concussions. He was off to a great start, so I hope he can get back to that soon.
2014 Stats: .282, 5 HR, 19 RBI, 0 SB
7. Cesar Hernandez, 2B
Last Week's Stats: .000, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 0 SB
Cesar Hernandez has gotten called up to the major leagues, which is definitely a good thing, but he is now used almost exclusively for pinch hitting. This past week, he got one start, and he pinch hit four times besides that. He failed to get a hit. It is different to adjust to coming off the bench rather than playing every day, so maybe that is some of the problem.
2014 Stats: .148, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 0 SB
6. Severino Gonzalez, RHP
Last Week's Stats: 0-1, 3.68 ERA, 7.1 IP, 5 BB, 3 K
Severino Gonzalez has had an interesting season in Reading. He has had a few terrible starts that inflated his ERA, but as you can see by his start this week, he has in general done pretty well. The five walks this week were a bit high for him, so I would not be too worried. He has been able to rebound from the bad starts and still do a good job most of the time.
2014 Stats: 4-4, 5.02 ERA, 57.1 IP, 15 BB, 39 K
5. Carlos Tocci, CF
Last Week's Stats: .286, 0 HR, 2 RBI, 0 SB
Carlos Tocci is having a little better time at Lakewood than he did last season, and this past week was arguably his best week so far this season. That being said, there are still some reasons for concern. He strikes out almost a quarter of the time, and he is only hitting .188 against right-handed pitchers. However, we take the positives where we can find them, and last week was good.
2014 Stats: .234, 0 HR, 12 RBI, 1 SB
4. Ken Giles, RHP
Last Week's Stats: 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 2 SV, 2 BB, 3 K
Ken Giles seems to be adjusting to Lehigh Valley quickly. He earned his first two saves at that level this week, and he didn't give up a run. Control is still an issue, but that isn't necessarily surprising given his power pitching style. I don't know when his hot streak will end, but if he keeps going, we will see him in Philadelphia very shortly. This is an impressive performance.
2014 Stats: 2-0, 1.17 ERA, 9 SV, 10 BB, 34 K
3. J.P. Crawford, SS
Last Week's Stats: .455, 0 HR, 3 RBI, 0 SB
J.P. Crawford is on a tear right now. I have no doubt that we are going to see him promoted from Lakewood in the near future. His average is phenomenal, and he is showing a good combination of power and speed. Beyond that, for the season, he has drawn 24 walks while striking out 23 times. That plate discipline is valuable for a future top-of-the-lineup presence in Philadelphia.
2014 Stats: .346, 3 HR, 15 RBI, 8 SB
2. Jesse Biddle, LHP
Last Week's Stats: 0-0, 3.00 ERA, 6.0 IP, 2 BB, 3 K
Jesse Biddle is having a great season in Reading. Control is still somewhat of a problem, but he is averaging over a strikeout per inning, and he has not allowed more than four earned runs in any start this year. It has been a long trip through the minors for him, but he keeps progressing, and he is doing as well as he has ever done.
2014 Stats: 3-4, 3.18 ERA, 56.2 IP, 24 BB, 61 K
1. Maikel Franco, 3B
Last Week's Stats: .200, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 0 SB
Maikel Franco did not have the best week, but the home run is obviously nice. Last season he demonstrated his power, and Lehigh Valley would love to see that coming out again. There is a lot of talk about Franco right now because of Cody Asche going on the DL. Could we see Franco in Philly soon? Matt Gelb of the Inquirer quoted Ruben Amaro Jr as saying it was a "possibility."
2014 Stats: .235, 4 HR, 19 RBI, 1 SB