Stock Up, Stock Down for the Phillies' Top 10 Prospects at Midseason
The major league Phillies got on a bit of a hot streak this past week, but the same can't be said for their prospects. Although there have certainly been some positive developments for some of the players on the following list, performances are becoming inconsistent and potentially problematic.
That being said, we are only about halfway through the season, so there's plenty of time for a second-half rebound.
10. Ethan Martin, RHP
Last Week's Stats: N/A
Ethan Martin was just sent back down to Lehigh Valley on Sunday, according to Lehigh Valley Live. He hadn't pitched in the majors since June 7, and that must have been somewhat frustrating for him. Hopefully, he will be able to get some innings in and will be back in the majors shortly.
2014 Stats: 0-0, 4.50 ERA, 4.0 IP, 3 BB, 4 K
9. Tommy Joseph, C
Last Week's Stats: N/A
Tommy Joseph was hoping to be back last week, according to the original report from the Reading Eagle (subscription required), but that did not happen. He has not played since May 9, and his left wrist has been incredibly slow to heal. For his sake, I hope that he is able to return in the very near future.
2014 Stats: .282, 5 HR, 19 RBI, 0 SB
8. Roman Quinn, SS
Last Week's Stats: .412, 0 HR, 1 RBI, 2 SB
Roman Quinn missed a substantial part of the beginning of the season due to injury, and he was a little bit slow to get started once he returned. However, last week he did what he does best. He got on base, and he stole bases. If he can do that consistently, his climb up the minors will accelerate.
2014 Stats: .261, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 5 SB
7. Cesar Hernandez, 2B
Last Week's Stats: .500, 0 HR, 1 RBI, 1 SB
Cesar Hernandez had his best week of his entire professional career. He did a great job getting on base, and he scored two runs as well. He has been called on to play a variety of positions this season, and if he can remain productive offensively, he will be much more valuable down the stretch.
2014 Stats: .256, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 SB
6. Severino Gonzalez, RHP
Last Week's Stats: 0-1, 5.06 ERA, 5.1 IP, 1 BB, 4 K
Severino Gonzalez had a decent start this past week, but he definitely has not been dominant. Lately, he has been giving up far too many hits, and that has been catching up with him. When you put so many runners on base, you unfortunately will give up runs.
2014 Stats: 4-8, 5.07 ERA, 87.0 IP, 18 BB, 65 K
5. Carlos Tocci, CF
Last Week's Stats: .176, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 0 SB
Carlos Tocci had a decent week two weeks ago, but this past week it went right back to what has been the status quo this season. His power has yet to develop, and he has had a hard time getting on base. With an on-base percentage of only .292, it has been a tough campaign for him, but maybe the second half will bring a resurgence.
2014 Stats: .239, 0 HR, 17 RBI, 2 SB
4. Ken Giles, RHP
Last Week's Stats: 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 3.0 IP, 2 BB, 5 K
Ken Giles surrendered a home run in his first appearance on June 12, but in his three appearances since then, he has only given up one hit. Obviously, he still is a little bit wild, and he needs to work on his control. That being said, he has succeeded on every level this season, and he seems to be doing great at the major league level so far.
2014 Stats: 0-0, 2.08 ERA, 4.1 IP, 2 BB, 8 K
3. J.P. Crawford, SS
Last Week's Stats: .188, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 0 SB
J.P. Crawford might not have seemed to have had a great week from the numbers presented above, but part of the reason for that is that he got promoted to Clearwater. It might take him a little bit of time to adjust to more difficult competition, but the fact that he earned a promotion is definitely a step in the right direction even though he has cooled off.
2014 Stats: .288, 3 HR, 19 RBI, 14 SB
2. Jesse Biddle, LHP
Last Week's Stats: 0-1, 3.86 ERA, 7.0 IP, 3 BB, 5 K
Jesse Biddle had an awful time two weeks ago, but he got back on track this past week even though he took the loss. This season has been defined by several good starts surrounded by a few very bad ones. Hopefully, this is the end of that trend. Maybe he can get back to the domination that we have seen at times.
2014 Stats: 3-8, 4.04 ERA, 75.2 IP, 37 BB, 74 K
1. Maikel Franco, 3B
Last Week's Stats: .192, 0 HR, 3 RBI, 0 SB
Maikel Franco has hit a bit of a power drought. With only five home runs at this point in the season, it is a far cry from what he was able to do last year. His run production is still decent, but without the power and the average, this season has not nearly been what he must have been hoping it would be.
2014 Stats: .210, 5 HR, 29 RBI, 1 SB