Two Philadelphia Phillies' Prospects Named to the 2010 XM All-Star Futures Game

Bobby Yost@byostiCorrespondent IIJune 24, 2011


Philadelphia Phillies' propspects Jarred Cosart and Sebastian Valle were named to the 2010 XM All-Star Futures game, featuring 50 of the top prospects in the minors. Cosart, from Texas, joins the United States team while Valle, from Mexico, is one of two catchers on the World team.

Cosart has been decent in his first season at Clearwater, posting a 3.61 FIP to go with 62 strikeouts and 30 walks in 74 innings. He's not doing as well as last year, due to the decrease in strikeouts and increase in walks (including nine in his last 14.1 innings), but induces ground balls at an exceptional rate.

In their brief writeup for each prospect named to the Futures game, Baseball America touted, "Cosart has as electric an arm as anyone in the minor leagues, with a fastball that frequently sits in the high 90s. If he can stay healthy and refine his command, he can be a frontline starter."

Valle has gotten off to a hot start, batting .343/.358/.485 in Clearwater, but a good portion of that is BABIP-aided. A .426 BABIP is totally unsustainable. While it's good to see his strikeout rate remain the same, despite tougher competition, he has been allergic to walks. Just two walks in 173 plate appearances is not acceptable.

Baseball America wrote, "After three nondescript seasons in the Phillies system, Valle has come on like gangbusters in the last two years, and the Phillies have traded away other catching prospects to clear the way for him."

The game takes place on July 10, featuring a who's who of prospects, including studs such as Bryce Harper, Mike Trout, Manny Machado and Shelby Miller.


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