Stock Up, Stock Down for the Phillies' Top 10 Prospects for Week 13
The Phillies have had an interesting week on the farm.
Several of the players in this article struggled mightily, but others have rebounded from recent slumps. There seems to be trends developing at this point of the year, though, and the signs are not encouraging for some. Prospects are seeing their stock drop every week, but we can hope that their issues will be corrected.
I'm sorry for beginning this post on a somewhat negative note, but perhaps this will be the final time I have do so. Maybe this coming week will be better for the Phillies' farm system.
10. Ethan Martin, RHP
Last Week's Stats: 0-1, 27.00 ERA, 3.1 IP, 4 BB, 2 K
Ethan Martin got demoted from the majors, and his transition has obviously not gone as well as he might have hoped. He went down to try to stabilize his game, but he has given up runs in each of his last three appearances with the Lehigh Valley IronPigs. He is a talented pitcher, but he needs to perform better.
2014 Stats: 0-1, 7.71 ERA, 14.0 IP, 8 BB, 13 K
9. Tommy Joseph, C
Last Week's Stats: N/A
Tommy Joseph is still hurt, and there is no updated news as to when the talented catcher is likely to get back behind the plate. He was off to a great start to the season, but it is a little bit difficult to move him forward on the list since he last played May 9.
2014 Stats: .282, 5 HR, 19 RBI, 0 SB
8. Roman Quinn, SS
Last Week's Stats: .222, 0 HR, 1 RBI, 2 SB
Roman Quinn is definitely fast, and he has been making that clear to everyone he plays against in High-A ball. His average isn't quite high enough to take full advantage of that, though, so hitting is a potential area for improvement. It would be nice to see a little bit more of the power he demonstrated last year, but I think improving his batting average should be the priority.
2014 Stats: .252, 1 HR, 6 RBI, 8 SB
7. Cesar Hernandez, 2B
Last Week's Stats: .222, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 0 SB
Cesar Hernandez is still mainly being used as a pinch hitter in the majors, so I imagine it is difficult to find a groove. It is certainly a tough job, and you can't really expect his numbers to be as good as they would be if he played each day. That being said, I can't really say that this week was an improvement for him. It was more of what we have been used to since he got promoted.
2014 Stats: .253, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 SB
6. Severino Gonzalez, RHP
Last Week's Stats: 0-1, 2.57 ERA, 7.0 IP, 1 BB, 7 K
Severino Gonzalez, who is currently playing in Double-A, had arguably his best start of the year despite being saddled with the loss. Many of his last 10 performances were average, but he has had a few terrible games that have inflated his numbers quite a bit. Victories would be nice, but having high-quality outings is good at this point.
2014 Stats: 4-9, 4.88 ERA, 94.0 IP, 19 BB, 72 K
5. Carlos Tocci, CF
Last Week's Stats: .158, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 1 SB
Carlos Tocci is continuing what has been a difficult season in Single-A. He has some weeks where his average begins to creep back up, and you think that the slump is ending. However, that didn't happen this week, and he has had a tough time through the postseason. He still has lots of potential, and he hasn't even turned 20 yet, but this has been a tough year.
2014 Stats: .234, 0 HR, 17 RBI, 3 SB
4. Ken Giles, RHP
Last Week's Stats: 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 2.2 IP, 1 BB, 4 K
Ken Giles had another very strong week. He has succeeded at every level this season, and that really hasn't stopped in the majors. His fastball is his dominant pitch, and it seems to be giving even major league hitters all they can handle. Control has always been his challenge, and he is doing well so far, but that is the one potential problem to look out for.
2014 Stats: 0-0, 1.29 ERA, 7.0 IP, 3 BB, 12 K
3. J.P. Crawford, SS
Last Week's Stats: .276, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 0 SB
It looks like J.P. Crawford is becoming a little bit more comfortable in High-A Clearwater. This week was clearly better than the previous, and he nearly doubled his output from the rest of the season with a pair of home runs. He has been having a breakout year, and even though he is nowhere near the ridiculous pace he was keeping at the beginning of the year, this week was a good development.
2014 Stats: .287, 5 HR, 24 RBI, 14 SB
2. Jesse Biddle, LHP
Last Week's Stats: 0-1, 30.00 ERA, 3.0 IP, 3 BB, 2 K
Jesse Biddle had a very difficult start earlier this week in Double-A Reading, and, according to Jim Salisbury of CSN Philly, was placed on the temporary inactive list so that he can take what is being called a "mental break." Biddle will hopefully be able to take this time to get back to the strikeout machine we know and love. He has a live arm, and maybe this will help him bring that in and dominate.
2014 Stats: 3-9, 5.03 ERA, 78.2 IP, 40 BB, 76 K
1. Maikel Franco, 3B
Last Week's Stats: .250, 0 HR, 2 RBI, 0 SB
Maikel Franco might not have had the best week, but his average crept up a little bit at Triple-A Lehigh Valley. His continued lack of power is potentially problematic given that was his best asset last year, but those things do come and go. Hopefully, he will be able to get everything together for the remainder of the season. He is the top prospect for a reason.
2014 Stats: .209, 5 HR, 31 RBI, 1 SB