Stock Up, Stock Down for the Phillies' Top 10 Prospects for Week 10
It was an interesting week down on the farm for the Philadelphia Phillies. Many of the guys who had been underperforming so far had comebacks, but some of the frequently strong performers slipped off this week.
However, three of the players on this list are now in the majors, and that does speak a good deal to the team's development system. It is always nice to see guys make it to The Show.
Also, it is interesting that almost everyone on this list has returned from injury, even though most of them have dealt with injuries at some point this season. With one more recovery, the Phillies prospects will be ready to develop into higher-level performers.
Anyway, you always hope for a week where everyone overperforms, but this week was not too bad for the Phillies' top 10 prospects.
10. Ethan Martin, RHP
Last Week's Stats: 0-0, 4.50 ERA, 4.0 IP, 3 BB, 4 K
Ethan Martin completed his rehabilitation assignment in the minor leagues, and he made his 2014 debut in the majors this past week. Through these two appearances, control got him in a little bit of trouble, but the rust is beginning to come off. Going into spring training, he was thought to be in competition for a rotation spot, but injuries sidetracked that, so he will be in the bullpen for now.
2014 Stats: 0-0, 4.50 ERA, 4.0 IP, 3 BB, 4 K
9. Roman Quinn, SS
Last Week's Stats: .333, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 SB
Roman Quinn got his game back this past week. His average is climbing quickly, and he hit his first home run of the year, which is a positive sign. He will never be much of a power threat, but it is still encouraging. He isn't stealing bases quite as often as he did last season, but since it is only his third week back, hopefully we will see that area of his game develop.
2014 Stats: .266, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 3 SB
8. Tommy Joseph, C
Last Week's Stats: N/A
Tommy Joseph is still injured, but it does not seem as if he has had any setbacks, and he ought to be ready hopefully at some point next week based on the original report from the Reading Eagle (subscription required). He has struggled so much with injuries over the past few years that I hope this is the last we have to talk about it for a very long time.
2014 Stats: .282, 5 HR, 19 RBI, 0 SB
7. Cesar Hernandez, 2B
Last Week's Stats: .308, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 0 SB
Cesar Hernandez is doing what the Phillies need him to do right now. He is filling in all around the diamond, he pinch hits and he pinch runs. His average is remarkably high this week as compared to how it has been for the rest of the year, but it is worth mentioning that he was hitting for a high average in the minors before he got called up.
2014 Stats: .190, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 0 SB
6. Severino Gonzalez, RHP
Last Week's Stats: 0-1, 3.00 ERA, 6.0 IP, 2 BB, 5 K
Severino Gonzalez continued what has been a roller coaster of a season. He had one start this week, and even though he did not get the victory, he pitched well. He began the season with a pair of victories, but since that time, he has been getting hit pretty hard. His start on June 7 truly was one of his best so far this season, so maybe we are going to get off this ride.
2014 Stats: 4-7, 5.02 ERA, 75.1 IP, 17 BB, 51 K
5. Carlos Tocci, CF
Last Week's Stats: .316, 0 HR, 1 RBI, 0 SB
Carlos Tocci had been having a very frustrating season, but his average is climbing. He is still having trouble finding any power, but he is still not incredibly filled out. At 6'2" tall, he only weighs 160 pounds. Adding a little muscle would definitely help that power production, but at the very least, he is making contact, which is encouraging.
2014 Stats: .237, 0 HR, 16 RBI, 2 SB
4. Ken Giles, RHP
Last Week's Stats: 0-0, 4.50 ERA, 1 SV, 2.0 IP, 1 BB, 2 K
Ken Giles finally got called up to the major leagues, but he hasn't pitched there yet. Even though this past week obviously wasn't his best, getting a call-up to the big leagues would make anyone's week a whole lot better. His control has been a little bit shaky since he moved up to Lehigh Valley, but it will be interesting to see if he can help provide some stability to the major league bullpen that has had very little.
2014 Stats: 2-0, 1.88 ERA, 12 SV, 28.2 IP, 13 BB, 38 K
3. J.P. Crawford, SS
Last Week's Stats: .185, 0 HR, 1 RBI, 1 SB
J.P. Crawford has definitely cooled off from his hot start. He is still having a very respectable season, but his average has dropped off. Interestingly, his on-base percentage last week was still solid at .313. He is a disciplined hitter, and if he is able to remain patient, the hits will start coming back.
2014 Stats: .309, 3 HR, 18 RBI, 10 SB
2. Jesse Biddle, LHP
Last Week's Stats: 0-1, 27.00 ERA, 2.1 IP, 2 BB, 2 K
Jesse Biddle had his worst start of 2014 this week. His control simply was not there, and he got lit up for seven earned runs. However, he is still having a great season. He is averaging over a strikeout per inning, and even though he has a losing record, he has been pitching better than that. Biddle will try to get back on track this week.
2014 Stats: 3-6, 3.99 ERA, 65.1 IP, 28 BB, 66 K
1. Maikel Franco, 3B
Last Week's Stats: .129, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 0 SB
Maikel Franco had been getting his game back together, but that process stalled a little bit this week. The RBI total is certainly impressive, and seeing a home run is always a good thing. That being said, he only collected four hits all week. He needs to do better than that in order to develop as much as the Phillies hope he will.
2014 Stats: .216, 5 HR, 25 RBI, 1 SB