Cody Overbeck, Philadelphia Phillies' Power-Hitting Prospect, Moves to Triple-A

Jason AmareldCorrespondent IIJune 21, 2011

The Double-A Reading Phillies multi-position player Cody Overbeck was recently promoted to the Triple-A Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs.

In 62 games with Reading, Cody hit .275 and led the Eastern League with 18 home runs. He also has 46 RBI, 6 2B and 19 BB. Another plus about Overbeck is that he bats right-handed, a need the Phillies have to fulfill.

So far in his minor league career, Overbeck has played third base, first base and some left field. 

Cody is still a young player; he recently turned 25 earlier this month. The Iron Pigs will most likely play him in multiple positions, even though he is listed at a first baseman. With Ryan Howard manning the helm at that position for several years to come and 19-year-old prodigy Jonathan Singleton coming behind him, Overbeck seems to have little chance of playing any first base for the Phillies.

The Phillies have been dying for another big bat off the bench. If any of the Phillies go down in the upcoming month and Overbeck can continue his success at the Triple-A level, he may be considered to receive a call to big leagues. 

Cody hit his first home run of the season at Triple-A Lehigh Valley as he helped the Iron Pigs defeat the Pawtucket Red Sox, 2-0 this past Sunday.

If Overbeck’s power numbers continue to rise, it will be very hard for Ruben Amaro Jr. and company to ignore them. We could be looking at the third basemen or corner outfielder for the Philadelphia Phillies. Cody may also be added to the 40-man roster to give the Phillies a big right-handed bat off of the bench