Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Brett Myers to Take Leave of Absence

From the AP (via ESPN.com):

PHILADELPHIA -- Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Brett Myers will take a leave of absence from the team through the All-Star break to focus on personal matters following his arrest on assault charges against his wife.

Myers was arrested Friday and charged with hitting his wife in the face on a street not far from Fenway Park where the Phillies played the Red Sox. He was freed after his wife posted $200 bail and faces a court date of Aug. 4.

The Phillies let Myers pitch the next day against Boston and he pitched five innings. The decision to let their ace pitch was heavily criticized in Philadelphia, and several women's groups called for a suspension.

"First, while I dispute that the facts are as alleged, I recognize that my behavior was inappropriate and for that I apologize," Myers said in a statement Tuesday. "Second, I recognize that the incident created an embarrassing situation for many people, including my wife and family, my teammates, the Phillies organization, and fans, and I am very sorry for that."

Isn't this an unexpected twist? More on this saga to come, you can be sure of that...

Bobby Abreu to the...Tigers? (Update)

From the Detroit News:

So much for that one.

The Tigers aren't trading for Bobby Abreu.

Responding to the question, "Can trade rumors be a distraction?" manager Jim Leyland clearly outlined on Monday what won't become a distraction.

"I think they can be," he said, "but I want to go on the record, so all of you get your pens and pencils out -- so you hear this one time. We are not getting Bobby Abreu, nor are we pursuing him. End of conversation."

Not quite. Leyland had a few more comments about the matter.

"Yes, trade rumors can be a distraction," he said. "It's your job to nose around and try to figure out what we're looking for. But there's no reality to us getting Bobby Abreu. That's not reality."

It's not unusual for teams to deny trade rumors this time of year, but it is a bit odd for Jim Leyland to come out and specifically say that the Abreu rumors were "not reality."

Monday, June 26, 2006

Bobby Abreu to the...Tigers?

The Bobby Abreu trade rumors do not figure to stop anytime soon, so we might as well get around to handicapping the field of potential suitors. The hottest rumor on the Abreu front lately has been the talk that Abreu is the number one target of baseball’s biggest surprise, the Detroit Tigers. Names being mentioned out of Detroit include OF Marcus Thames, SP Zach Miner, and minor leaguer righthanded pitchers Humberto Sanchez and Jordan Tata.

The players mentioned below are meant to be bit players in part of a bigger package to land Abreu. The Phillies ought to begin every conversation with the Tigers by asking about Justin Verlander and Joel Zumaya. After the Tigers finish laughing, the Phillies should turn their attention towards the previously mentioned Humberto Sanchez and, if that fails, Jordan Tata. Either Sanchez or Tata could potentially become the heir apparent to Tom Gordon as the Phillies closer of the future, thus filling a huge organizational need in the backend of the bullpen. Other possible names to consider:

3B Jack Hannahan (.288/.398/.415 in AAA): The 26-year old third baseman’s defense has been universally praised since signing his first pro contract, but his bat has always been lacking (career .267/.350/.374 minor league numbers coming into this year). He has turned it around this year to some extent, but he is still an older player for his league, a league he already had 238 at bats in before this season. Hannahan isn’t valuable enough of a commodity to be anything more than the worst player in a multi-player package for Abreu (Sanchez, Tata, and Hannahan might be an idea), but is seemingly undervalued enough around the league to be worth looking into. Maybe it would be best for the Phils to stop worrying about Abreu here and perhaps offer either Arthur Rhodes or Rheal Cormier to the Tigers in return for Hannahan.

2B/3B Ryan Raburn (.274/.354/.486 in AAA): Raburn is a better version of current Red Barons third baseman Brennan King, but in all honesty doesn’t really project to anything more than a big league utility man someday.

3B Kody Kirkland (.223/.294/.473 in AA – 93 K’s in 260 AB’s): I saw him play (and hit a homerun) against Reading last week. He is a real big kid, a plus defender, and the youngest of the Tigers interesting third base prospects.

C Chris Robinson (.266/.321/.340 in A+): Robinson is weak with the bat, but strong behind the plate and as a leader in the clubhouse. Those aren’t reasons to trade for a player, but Robinson is the best of a motley crew of Detroit Tigers catching prospects so he deserves a mention for now.

I'd push for Humberto Sanchez, Jordan Tata, and 3B Wilkin Ramirez (.215/.250/.355 in A+, but long on potential)...if that failed, then maybe substitute Hannahan or Kirkland instead of Ramirez. If the Tigers absolutely won't bite on including both Sanchez and Tata, then Sanchez and Ramirez would be acceptable. If they won't bite even on that...Abreu would stay put. Unless the Angels, Yankees, Red Sox, White Sox, or Blue Jays could come up with a better offer...

Minor League Update (Since Wednesday)

AAA Scranton-WB

  • Josh Kroeger: 3-13, 2B, RBI, BB, 2 K, CS (2)
  • Danny Sandoval: 2-13, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R, BB, 2 K
  • Brennan King: DL
  • Carlos Ruiz: 2-12, 2B, 3 RBI, 2 R, 3 BB, 2 K, PB (2)
  • Chris Roberson: 2-3, 3B, R, BB, SB (13)

  • Gavin Floyd: 3.1 IP 8 H 9 ER 2 BB 2 K (4 HBP)
  • Ryan Cameron: 2.2 IP 1 H 0 ER 0 BB 2 K
  • Brian Sanches (S, 9): 1.1 IP 0 H 0 ER 1 BB 3 K
  • Eude Brito (L, 5-5): 8 IP 3 H 3 R 2 ER 2 BB 3 K
First, the bad news: Gavin Floyd has an ERA of 5.68 in 25.1 innings pitched after 4 AAA starts. The better news: Floyd's peripherals are encouraging - he has 24 strikeouts (and only 5 walks) in those 25.1 IP. Floyd's had two good starts in AAA and two bad starts in AAA. How his next start unfolds is anybody's guess...

AA Reading

  • Michael Bourn: 5-17, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 4 R, 4 BB, 2 K
  • Jason Jaramillo: 4-20, HR, 2 RBI, 3 R, BB, 2 K, picked off runner at second
  • Angel Chavez: 6-22, HR, 2B, 3 RBI, 4 R, BB, 6 K, SB (4)
  • Randy Wolf (L, 0-1): 3.2 IP 6 H 6 ER 2 BB 5 K
  • Zack Segovia (L, 3-4): 6.2 IP 9 H 5 ER 1 BB 4 K
  • Daniel Haigwood (W, 2-5): 5.1 IP 6 H 2 ER 3 BB 7 K
  • Nick Evangelista (W, 2-0): 2 IP 1 H 0 ER 0 BB 1 K
  • Gio Gonzalez (W, 4-7): 6 IP 4 H 1 ER 3 BB 7 K
Michael Bourn had a great week, the kid is a future big leaguer one way or another...I was in Reading for Zack Segovia's most recent start, I think his future lies in the bullpen (just a hunch)...the one big negative of my trip to Reading was not seeing Nick Evangelista come in from the bullpen...

High A Clearwater

  • Mike Costanzo: 1-14, 2B, R, BB, 4 K, SB (1), 2 E (10)
  • Brad Harman: 2-12, R, 3 K, E (23)
  • Bryan Hansen: 2-11, RBI, 2 BB, K, E (6)
  • Tuffy Gosewisch: 2-11, 2B, R, BB, 4 K, 2 E (4)
  • Tim Moss: 4-15, 2 RBI, 3 K, SB (2)

  • Derek Griffith: 7.1 IP 4 H 1 ER 2 BB 2 K
  • Andrew Baldwin: 7 IP 5 H 3 ER 1 BB 3 K
  • J.A. Happ: 6 IP 5 H 2 ER 3 BB 4 K
Rough week for the Threshers hitters, the pressure is really on Tim Moss (recently demoted from AA Reading) to light it up for Clearwater and reclaim his spot as a legit big league prospect... The hitting may stink, but the Clearwater pitching remains top notch...

Low A Lakewood

  • Greg Golson: 4-13, 2B, R, 2 K, 2 CS (5)
  • Welinson Baez: 0-9, BB, 4 K
  • Lou Marson: N/A
  • Jeremy Slayden: 0-7, R, BB, 2 K
  • Clay Harris: 4-11, HR, 2B, 3 RBI, R, BB, 3 K
  • Pat Overholt: 2 IP 2 H 0 ER 1 BB 2 K
  • Andy Barb (S, 10): 1 IP 0 H 0 ER 0 BB 1 K
  • Maximino De La Cruz (L, 4-2): 5 IP 7 H 4 ER 3 BB 2 K
  • Justin Blaine: 3 IP 4 H 2 ER 0 BB 3 K
  • Josh Outman (W, 5-4): 7 IP 2 H 0 ER 3 BB 4 K
  • Brett Harker (S, 8): 2 IP 0 H 0 ER 0 BB 3 K

The 2006 Lakewood pitching staff = The 2010 Philadelphia Phillies big league bullpen?

Short Season: Batavia

  • SS Jason Donald (3rd Round): 5-17, 2B, 2 RBI, 3 R, BB, 2 K, E (1), SB (1)
  • CF Quintin Berry (5th Round): 0-17, RBI, R, BB, 7 K
  • 1B Charlie Yarbrough (7th Round): 5-15, 2 2B, 2 RBI, R, BB, 6 K, 2 E (2)
  • 2B/SS Zach Penprase (13th Round): 4-19, 3 RBI, 5 R, 2 BB, 4 K, 3 SB (3), E (1)
  • OF Gus Milner (14th Round): 4-17, 3B, 2B, 5 RBI, 4 R, 4 BB, 5 K, SB (1)
  • 3B Cody Montgomery (16th Round): 6-17, 2B, 3 R, 4 K, E (2), SB (1)
  • OF Jay Miller (17th Round): 4-16, 3B, RBI, 2 R, 2 K
  • OF Jacob Dempsey (21st Round): 1-5, R, 3 BB, 2 K
  • C Shawn McGill (23rd Round): 0-4, K
  • RF Doug Morales: 2-5, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R, BB
  • C/1B Tim Kennelly: 3-13, 2B, 2 RBI, E (1, as first baseman)
  • C Joel Naughton: 1-7, R

  • Edgar Garcia: 6.2 IP 6 H 3 R 2 ER 1 BB 4 K
  • Daniel Brauer (6th Round): 1 IP 0 H 0 ER 0 BB 1 K
  • Andrew Cruse (9th Round): L, 0-1 – 3.2 IP 2 H 2 R 0 ER 2 BB 3 K
  • Sam Walls (10th Round): 1 IP 1 H 0 ER 0 BB 1 K
  • Ben Pfinsgraff (22nd Round): 3 IP 0 H 0 ER 1 BB 1 K
  • Garet Hill (25th Round): 3 IP 2 H 1 ER 1 BB 3 K
  • Will Savage (26th Round): 3 IP 3 H 0 ER 1 BB 2 K
  • John Brownell (27th Round): W, 1-0 – 3.1 IP 5 H 4 ER 3 BB 4 K

  • Adam Ottavino (St. Louis): 3 IP 0 H 0 ER 3 BB 4 K
The most important names to watch (for now) in the Muckdog lineup: Jason Donald, Joel Naughton, and Tim Kennelly...the most important pitcher on the staff (by far): Edgar Garcia...Adam Ottavino was St. Louis' first round pick in this year's draft and a player I saw pitch five times this past spring at Northeastern University in Boston...very impressive debut for Otto, I look forward to following his pro career from here on out...

Short Season: GCL Phillies

  • SS Adrian Cardenas (Supplemental 1st Round): 4-12, 2B, 2 RBI, R, 4 BB, 2 K, 3 E (3), SB (1)
  • OF Terrance Warren (8th Round): 3-16, 2 2B, RBI, 3 R, 3 K, SB (1), E (1)
  • OF Darin McDonald (12th Round): 4-16, 2B, R, HBP, 6 K, CS (1)
  • CF Dominic Brown (20th Round): 2-15, R, 2 BB, 4 K, SB (1)
  • C Michael Fuentes (29th Round): 1-7, RBI, R, 2 K, SB (1)
  • 3B Michael Deveaux (33rd Round): 4-16, RBI, BB, 4 K, CS (1), E (1)
  • LF Jermaine Williams: 2-12, RBI, 3 K

  • Jon Lieber: 3 IP 4 H 1 ER 0 BB 1 K
  • Antonio Bastardo: 4 IP 4 H 2 ER 1 BB 4 K
  • Jarrod Freeman (11th Round): L, 0-1 – 2 IP 5 H 2 ER 0 BB 3 K
  • Robert Roth (19th Round): S, 1 – 2 IP 4 H 1 ER 1 BB 3 K
Great week for Cardenas (the player to watch on this GCL squad)...Lieber with a solid rehab start, the target date for his return to Philly is still the pre-AS break series against the Pirates in early July...

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Last Two Nights in the Minors

This first two games against the Yankees may have been the two most entertaining baseball games of the year...here's hoping that the third game keeps up the entertainment while also ending in a happier manner...

AAA Scranton-WB

  • Josh Kroeger: 3-8, K
  • Danny Sandoval: 4-9, 2B, RBI, R
  • Brennan King: 0-0
  • Carlos Ruiz: 2-8, 2 RBI, HBP, K, CS
  • Adam Bernero (W, 1-1): 6 IP 2 H 1 ER 2 BB 3 K
  • Travis Minix; 0.2 IP 0 H 0 ER 0 BB 0 K
  • Brian Sanches (S, 8): 2 IP 2 H 0 ER 1 BB 1 K
  • Seung Lee: 2 IP 2 H 0 ER 0 BB 1 K

AA Reading

  • Michael Bourn: 2-4, K, PO
  • Jason Jaramillo: 0-2, RBI, BB, 2 K
  • Angel Chavez: 1-4, SB (3)
  • Nick Evangelista: 3.1 IP 1 H 0 ER 0 BB 1 K
Another beautiful relief outing for Nick Evangelista...the pitching has been the only bright spot for Reading this year as the hitting has been just dreadful...

High A Clearwater

  • Mike Costanzo: 1-9, 2B, RBI, 4 K, 2 E (8)
  • Brad Harman: 2-8, R, BB, SB (5), 2 K
  • Bryan Hansen: 4-7, RBI, HBP, E (5)
  • Tuffy Gosewisch: 1-3, BB, SB (1), E (2)
  • Tim Moss: 2-4, R, SB, CS

  • Kyle Kendrick (L, 2-4): 6 IP 7 H 6 R 5 ER 2 BB 5 K
  • Julio De La Cruz (W, 3-4): 6.1 IP 1 H 3 R 1 ER 2 BB 3 K
From Bryan Smith (a huge Brad Harman advocate from day one) over at The Baseball Analysts ...

Brad Harman, SS - Philadelphia Phillies: .237/.326/.310.

Another breakout selection, another misstep. After the World Baseball Classic, my opinion of Harman had reached an all-time high. I have no doubt that, had I revised my prospect rankings then, I would have found a place for him in the honorable mention. However, it seems like I really missed the boat with this kid. After leading the Australian team in hitting before they were ousted, Harman has been unable to hit in the Florida State League this season. Doing so is an uneasy task for a player with Harman's limited profile, but there really isn't much to pick from as positive here.

Harman has shown very little power, even of the gap variety, with just 13 extra=base hits this season. His 51 strikeouts are on their way to triple digits, lending to a batting average that has needed some recent success to climb from the Mendoza line. Defensive question marks continue to surround the Aussie. All that's left is a good walk rate, enough for a hope that his bat returns in the Eastern League. Harman is too young for his prospect status to be dead, but considering it was never very alive in world's outside of my brain, this season has really been a struggle.

Low A Lakewood

The majority of the BlueClaw roster had a vacation during the South Atlantic League All-Star Game, but two young Lakewood hurlers were hard at work...
  • Matt Maloney: 1 IP 0 H 0 ER 0 BB 2 K
  • Carlos Carrasco: 1 IP 0 H 0 ER 0 BB 0 K

Short Season: Batavia

  • CF Quintin Berry (5th Round): 0-5, K, OF assist
  • SS Jason Donald (3rd Round): 1-3, K
  • LF Jacob Dempsey (21st Round): 0-4, BB, 2 K
  • 1B Charlie Yarbrough (7th Round): 1-4, 2 R, BB, 2 K
  • RF Doug Morales: 1-5, 2 K, SB
  • DH Tim Kennelly: 0-3, RBI
  • 3B Cody Montgomery (16th Round): 2-4, 2B, R, E
  • C Joel Naughton: 1-3, BB, K
  • 2B Zach Penprase (13th Round): 1-2, RBI, 2 BB, K

  • Edgar Garcia (L, 0-1): 5.2 IP 7 H 4 R 3 ER 0 BB 2 K
June 20 - the day baseball's most recent draftees begin their professional careers...Edgar Garcia, the opening day starter for the Muckdogs, is the best prospect on this team - some considered him to be the best Phillies starting pitching prospect outside of Cole Hamels heading into this year...obviously he is a long ways away from the bigs, but he is a name worth remembering...this team has a ton of interesting guys on it (Naughton and Kennelly are intriguing Australian catching projects), so we'll be checking in on Batavia as much as possible...

Short Season: GCL Phillies

  • SS Adrian Cardenas (Supplemental 1st Round): 1-3, BB, K
  • CF Darin McDonald (12th Round): 0-3, K
  • LF Jermaine Williams: 0-2, BB, SB
  • DH Terrance Warren (8th Round): 0-3, RBI, K
Adrian Cardenas and Jermaine Williams are the headliners on this squad...Cardenas was the Phillies second pick this year and Williams has been compared to a young Andre Dawson...

Monday, June 19, 2006

Minor League Update

It's been a busy last couple of days for the Phillies and now, just as I've had a chance to catch up on things a bit, the Yankees are in town so things don't figure to slow down for a while...minor league stats from last Tuesday through the games on Sunday are all I have for now...

AAA Scranton-WB

  • Josh Kroeger: 1-8, 2 K
  • Danny Sandoval: 9-24, HR, 2B, 5 RBI, 3 R, BB, 4 K, E (10)
  • Brennan King: 2-8, HR, RBI, R, 2 K
  • Carlos Ruiz: 7-22, 3 2B, 3 R, 3 BB, 4 K, SB (3), PB (1), picked off man at second
  • Josh (JD) Fields (White Sox): 2-17, HR, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R, 5 K, E (8)

  • Eude Brito (L, 5-3): 5 IP 8 H 7 ER 3 BB 4 K
  • Eude Brito (L, 5-4): 3.2 IP 11 H 8 R 6 ER 4 BB 2 K
  • Adam Bernero (L, 0-1): 9 IP 4 H 2 ER 2 BB 3 K
  • Ryan Cameron (W, 3-2): 3.1 IP 2 H 1 ER 3 BB 1 K
  • Travis Minix (S, 3): 2 IP 1 H 0 ER 0 BB 4 K
  • Gavin Floyd (L, 1-1): 6 IP 8 H 5 R 4 ER 1 BB 5 K
  • Seung Lee: 1 IP 1 H 0 ER 0 BB 0 K
The fact that this team did not promote Carlos Ruiz when Mike Lieberthal went back on the DL boggles my mind...I guess they'd much rather have a sixth outfielder who never plays take up that last spot on the roster (no offense Chris Roberson)...Josh (JD) Fields gets a mention because he is a third base prospect in the White Sox organization that may find himself without a big league job next year even though he could be ready to play - Pat Gillick has already made a deal with the White Sox, maybe they'll talk trade again...

The Scranton pitching staff has seen better days...newly signed Adam Bernero has been excellent thus far, but he is what he is (nice minor league arm, but no better than a big league middle reliever if everything, and I mean everything, broke right for him)...Eude Brito stinks...Travis Minix should be next in line to a promotion to Philly if the need for a reliever pops up yet again...Gavin Floyd wasn't great in his most recent start, but he has been solid as a whole since being demoted - it is 100% on Floyd at this point to put himself back into the Phillies long-term plans...

AA Reading

  • Michael Bourn: 7-27, HR, 2B, 4 RBI, 4 R, 2 BB, 6 K, 3 OF assists, 4 SB (27), CS (4)
  • Jason Jaramillo: 5-21, 2 2B, 3 RBI, 2 R, K
  • Tim Moss: 3-19, 3B, 2B, 2 RBI, 3 R, 2 BB, 7 K
  • Angel Chavez: 5-20, 2B, RBI, 2 R, BB, 3 K, 2 E (6)
  • Gio Gonzalez (W, 3-6): 7 IP 4 H 2 ER 4 BB 12 K
  • Gio Gonzalez (L, 3-7): 5.2 IP 11 H 4 ER 1 BB 4 K
  • Zack Segovia (L, 3-3): 8 IP 6 H 5 R 2 ER 2 BB 2 K
  • Nick Evangelista: 2 IP 1 H 0 ER 0 BB 0 K
  • Daniel Haigwood: 7 IP 5 H 0 ER 2 BB 5 K
Nick Evangelista is now officially one of my favorite prospects in this organization...I have no idea why (outside of the fact that I think he has a nice future as a big league reliever), but there is something about him that I like...maybe it's just his cool name...

High A Clearwater

  • Mike Costanzo: 5-13, 2B, RBI, 2 R, 2 BB, 2 K
  • Brad Harman: 3-13, 3 R, 3 BB, 3 K, SB (4), 2 E (22)
  • Bryan Hansen: 2-12, 2 R, 3 BB, K,
  • Tuffy Gosewisch: 2-10, RBI, BB, K, 2 PB (4)

  • Randy Wolf: 2.2 IP 4 H 0 ER 1 BB 2 K (0/6 GO/FO)
  • Derek Griffith (L, 4-5): 4.1 IP 9 H 8 R 7 ER 2 BB 0 K
  • Julio De La Cruz (L, 2-4): 4.1 IP 4 H 1 ER 2 BB 2 K
  • Andrew Baldwin (L, 3-6): 7 IP 7 H 4 R 2 ER 1 BB 8 K
This is old news, but I'm just now getting around to posting it - Randy Wolf was struck on the hand by a line drive in his last start...he's fine now, no worries

Florida State League All-Star Game
  • Mike Costanzo: 1-4, 2 K
  • J.A. Happ: 1 IP 0 H 0 ER 0 BB 3 K
  • Derek Griffith: 1 IP 0 H 0 ER 1 BB 1 K
J.A. Happ needs to get himself a promotion to Reading, check out that performance in the FSL All-Star game...

Low A Lakewood

  • Greg Golson: 7-24, HR, 2B, 2 RBI, 3 R, 3 K, 2 SB (12), PO
  • Welinson Baez: 6-24, 2 2B, 4 RBI, 3 R, BB, 7 K, CS
  • Lou Marson: 3-9, 2B, 2 R, BB, 2 K, E (7)
  • Jeremy Slayden: 4-19, 3 2B, 3 RBI, 3 R, BB, K
  • Clay Harris: 5-19, HR, 2B, 3 RBI, 3 R, 4 BB, 5 K
  • Scott Mitchinson (L, 3-3): 5 IP 7 H 3 ER 2 BB 3 K
  • Matt Maloney (W, 7-4): 7 IP 2 H 0 ER 5 BB 8 K
  • Carlos Carrasco: 0 IP 0 H 2 ER 3 BB 0 K
  • Maximino De La Cruz (W, 4-1): 6 IP 3 H 1 ER 0 BB 3 K
  • Brett Harker (S, 7): 4 IP 5 H 1 ER 0 BB 5 K
  • Josh Outman (W, 4-4): 7.1 IP 4 H 0 ER 2 BB 12 K
  • Andy Barb (S, 9); 2.2 IP 2 H 0 ER 1 BB 3 K
  • Pat Overholt: 4 IP 3 H 1 ER 0 BB 6 K
  • Justin Blaine: 4 IP 2 H 0 ER 0 BB 4 K
I haven't posted in a week so you'd think I'd have the energy to get through this teeny tiny minor league update without giving up on commenting about the Phillies Low-A action...you thought wrong

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Signing News and Minor League Update

Signing news from the Phillies:

#5 OF Quintin Berry, 21, San Diego State, San Diego, CA
#7 1B Charlie Yarbrough, 21, Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, VA
#8 OF TJ Warren, 17, Bethel High School, Vallejo, CA
#11 RHP Jarrod Freeman, 18, Alta High School, Sandy, UT
#12 OF Darin McDonald, 18, Cherry Creek High School, Englewood, CO
#13 SS Zachary Penprase, 21, Mississippi Valley State, Moorpark, CA
#14 OF Kenneth Milner, 22, University of Kansas, Olathe, KS
#16 3B Cody Montgomery, 22, Dallas Baptist University, Longmont, CO
#19 RHP Robert Roth, 17, Lewiston High School, Lewiston, ID
#21 OF Jacob Dempsey, 22, Winthrop University, Moyock, NC
#22 RHP Ben Pfinsgraff, 22, University of Maryland, Annapolis, MD
#23 C Shawn McGill, 22, Boston College, Wakefield, RI
#24 RHP Garet Hill, 22, Biola University, Chino, CA
#25 RHP William Mohl, 22, Tulane University, Conroe, TX
#26 RHP William Savage, 21, University of Oklahoma, West Hills, CA
#27 RHP John Brownell, 23, University of Oklahoma, Omaha, NE
#28 3B Herman Demmink, 22, Clemson University, Fort Mill, SC
#29 C Michael Fuentes, 22, Coastal Carolina University, Miami, FL
#30 OF William Capps, 23, Texas Tech University, Southlake, TX
#32 C Alan Robbins, 22, Winthrop University, Bridgeport, WV
#33 SS Mike Deveaux, 22, Georgia Col. & St. University, Milledgeville, GA

Assigned to the Batavia Muckdogs of the New-York Penn League are:

#6 LHP Daniel Brauer, 22, Northwestern University, Wheaton, IL
#17 OF Jay Miller, 22, Washington State University, Bellevue, WA

Signing news from the Inquirer:

The Phillies have signed more than half their 50 draft picks and are scheduled to meet tonight with first-round pick Kyle Drabek and his family in their Texas home.

"I think we did the most homework of any club involving Kyle, and we've been up front and honest from the get-go," scouting director Marti Wolever said. "We tend to continue that way, and hopefully that will expedite things and get him on his way. I'd like to get them all going and get a full season under their belts."

The Phillies came to an agreement yesterday morning with shortstop Adrian Cardenas, their sandwich pick between the first and second rounds. They also have signed righthander Andrew Carpenter (second round), shortstop Jason Donald (third round), outfielder Quintin Berry (fifth round), lefthander Daniel Brauer (sixth round), first baseman Charlie Yarbrough (seventh round) and outfielder T.J. Warren (eighth round).

Wolever said he is fairly optimistic that they are close with fourth-round pick D'Arby Myers, an outfielder from Westchester High School in Los Angeles.

Picks 1, 4, 9, 10, 15, 18, 20, and 31 remain unsigned as far as the guys taken in the first 33 rounds of the draft go. 1 and 4 (Drabek and Myers) could be close. The rest are a bit more up in the air - I think 9 and 10 (Andrew Cruse and Sam Walls) will sign, but have serious doubts over the remaining 4 picks. Signing Riley Cooper at 15 would be a huge shock and an extremely pleasant surprise, but it isn't anything to count on. Michael Dubee at 18 is a guy to watch - call it a hunch, but I am more optimistic than most that a deal will get worked out. Only time will tell...on to the minors...

AAA Scranton-WB

  • Josh Kroeger: DL
  • Danny Sandoval: 1-4, K, SB (1)
  • Brennan King: 2-3, 2B, R, HBP, SB (4)
  • Carlos Ruiz: 1-4, R
  • Travis Minix: 0.1 IP 1 H 0 ER 0 BB 0 K

AA Reading

  • Michael Bourn: 2-5, 2 R, 3 K, 2 SB (23)
  • Jason Jaramillo: 1-4, K
  • Tim Moss: 1-4, HR, RBI, R, K
  • Angel Chavez: 2-4, 2B, R, BB, CS (2), 2 E (4)
  • Daniel Haigwood: 6 IP 7 H 3 R 2 ER 3 BB 4 K
Reading had an exciting 10th inning win in their big game held at CBP down in South Philly...the two best prospects on the field for the R-Phils held their own (Haigwood and Bourn)...

High A Clearwater

  • No game...doubleheader today

Low A Lakewood

  • Greg Golson: 0-4, 2 K
  • Welinson Baez: 1-4, 2B, RBI, R, 2 K
  • Lou Marson: 1-4, R, K
  • Jeremy Slayden: 3-4
  • Clay Harris: 0-4, 2 K
  • Justin Blaine: 1.1 IP 2 H 0 ER 0 BB 1 K
  • Andy Barb (S, 8): 1.2 IP 1 H 1 ER 0 BB 4 K

Slayden turns 24 on July 28…he’s hitting .324/.403/.511 in low A...time for the rare and beautiful in-season, double jump promotion so this kid gets some AA at bats before he hits 30...

Monday, June 12, 2006

Minor League Weekend Update

AAA Scranton-WB

  • Josh Kroeger: DL
  • Danny Sandoval: 2-17, HR, 2 RBI, R, 2 BB, K, E (9)
  • Brennan King: 0-3, BB, 2 K, E (8)
  • Chris Roberson: 1-4, BB, 2 K
  • Carlos Ruiz: 3-16, 2B, 3 R, 2 BB, HBP, 3 K

Danny Sandoval had a rather unfortunate 0 for 7 day on Sunday...overall, a pretty lackluster weekend for the Red Barons hitters although Carlos Ruiz should stay near a phone considering the Phillies lack of a legit second catcher (Lieberthal on the DL, Coste...nice guy I'm sure, but just not a real big leaguer)...

  • Shawn Wooten (Twins): 2-14, R, SB (1), BB, K
  • Scott Baker (Twins): 7 IP 5 H 1 ER 4 BB 5 K
Wooten is a former Phillie (and one I never liked though I honestly can't remember the source for my negativity towards him) while Baker is a fine young righthanded starter who is back in AAA after beginning the year with the Twins (he had a rocky start).
  • Ryan Cameron (BS, 2) (L, 2-2): 2.1 IP 4 H 3 ER 3 BB 1 K
  • Travis Minix: 1 IP 3 H 3 ER 0 BB 1 K
  • Gavin Floyd: 7 IP 9 H 2 ER 1 BB 8 K
  • Seung Lee: 3 IP 1 H 1 BB 2 K
Cameron, Minix, Lee...whatever. Those three AAA vets take a backseat to former Phillie Gavin Floyd in this update. I still think Floyd should get all the time he needs in AAA before the Phils even consider calling him back up - I'll stick with the arbitrary five start minimum I threw out there last time Floyd was discussed for the time being. Floyd's K/BB ratio is at 17/2 in 16 innings pitched so far...

AA Reading

  • Michael Bourn: 4-14, 2 R, 2 BB, 2 SB (21), 5 K, 2 E (4)
  • Jason Jaramillo: 5-12, HR, 3 RBI, 2B, 2 R, BB, K, E (4)
  • Tim Moss: 0-10, HBP, 6 K
  • Angel Chavez: 4-16, HR, 3 RBI, 3 R, 2 K, 2 E (2)
Jaramillo's recent hot streak is extremely encouraging...Tim Moss' terrible weekend brings to mind his early season struggles - like back when he was going 0 for 20something with strikeouts in half his at bats...
  • Eric Duncan (Yankees): 5-14, 2 HR, 2 2B, 5 RBI, 3 R, K
Duncan is the Yankees third base prospect that uninformed writers love to claim would be a perfect fit for the Phillies whenever a Pat Burrell/Bobby Abreu rumor to New York crops up...this lovely idea is a whole lot of fun, but only when you completely ignore the fact that Duncan hasn't played third all year (his defense in the past at third was...to put it nicely...lacking)...
  • Gio Gonzalez (L, 2-6): 5 IP 4 H 4 ER 6 BB 4 K
  • Nick Evangelista: 3.2 IP 4 H 2 R 1 ER 1 BB 3 K
  • Zack Segovia (L, 3-2): 7 IP 7 H 4 R 3 ER 0 BB 7 K
  • Scott Mathieson: 5 IP 5 H 2 ER 6 BB 3 K
Gonzalez lost the much hyped top prospect matchup against Mike Pelfrey of the Mets...Evangelista had his first rocky outing of the year, but has maintained his reputation as a groundball machine...Segovia lost his second game at AA, but proved the relative insignificance of W/L records with his pretty peripherals (7 K/0 BB, WHIP: 1.00)...Mathieson will have nights like that, his control has been spotty in the past...
  • Mike Pelfrey - Mets - (W, 1-1): 7 IP 2 H 0 ER 1 BB 7 K
  • Tyler Clippard - Yankees -(L, 2-8): 1 IP 5 H 8 ER 3 BB 0 K
  • Matt DeSalvo - Yankees - (W, 1-0): 5.1 IP 4 H 2 R 1 ER 4 BB 1 K (7/8 GO/FO)
Pelfrey is the Mets top minor leaguer these days (now that Lastings Milledge is in the bigs), Clippard is a decent arm in the Yanks system, and DeSalvo is the owner of some of the better GO/FO ratios in the minors (though he didn't really show it on this night...)

High A Clearwater

  • Mike Costanzo: 7-16, 2B, R, 3 BB, 2 K
  • Brad Harman: 2-9, 2B, R, HBP, K
  • Bryan Hansen: 4-15, 2 2B, 5 RBI, R, 2 BB, 3 K, 3 E (4)
  • Tuffy Gosewisch: 3-13, HR, 2B, 2 RBI, R, 4 K
5-hit day for Costanzo on Saturday (20 hits overall for Threshers)...
  • Kevin Slowey - Twins - (W, 4-1): 6 IP 3 H 0 ER 2 BB 5 K (1.10 ERA)
Slowey is a controversial player when it comes to those who discuss prospects...his stuff is nothing special and he is old for his league (he is 22), but his numbers are eye popping (1.10 ERA, 92/7 K/BB ratio in 81.2 IP)...those numbers make the 2 walks drawn by the Threshers in his last start seem rather impressive...
  • Randy Wolf: 3 IP 2 H 1 R 0 ER 3 BB 2 K 0 HR 1 WP (3/3 GO/AO ratio)
  • Julio De La Cruz: 7 IP 4 H 1 ER 1 BB 8 K
  • Andrew Baldwin (W, 3-5): 9 IP 5 H 1 ER 0 BB 8 K
  • Kyle Kendrick (W, 2-3): 7 IP 3 H 0 ER 3 BB 3 K
  • J.A. Happ (L, 3-7): 5 IP 7 H 4 R 3 ER 0 BB 3 K

Wolf's debut was solid, he pitches again tomorrow night - maybe I was wrong about Wolf not pitching at all for the Phillies in 2006...fantastic outings out of De La Cruz, Baldwin, and Kendrick - Baldwin's performance ranks right up there with the best of any pitcher in the system this year...

Low A Lakewood

  • Greg Golson: 3-12, 3B, RBI, 3 R, SB (10), BB, 2 K
  • Welinson Baez: 0-4, R, HBP, 3 BB, K
  • Lou Marson: 3-9, R, BB, 2 K, PB (4)
  • Jeremy Slayden: 6-14, 2 2B, RBI, 2 R, BB, 2 K
  • Clay Harris: 6-15, 2 HR, 2B, 7 RBI, 3 R, HBP, 2 BB, 4 K
Clay Harris started at third base on Friday and Saturday - he was a second baseman at the collegiate level (LSU) and is by all accounts very athletic for being such a large man (6'4", 220)...he's no real prospect (he'll be 24 in August and is still in low-A), but a potentially intriguing organizational guy as he progresses through the chain...
  • Scott Mitchinson: 4 IP 5 H 3 ER 3 BB 4 K
  • Matt Maloney (W, 6-4): 7.2 IP 1 H 0 ER 2 BB 5 K
  • Andy Barb (S, 7): 1.1 IP 0 H 0 ER 0 BB 1 K
  • Carlos Carrasco (L, 4-4): 5.2 IP 3 H 3 ER 2 BB 10 K (2.23 ERA)
  • Brett Harker: 2.1 IP 0 H 0 ER 2 BB 1 K
  • Josh Outman (W, 3-4): 6 IP 3 H 1 R 0 ER 4 BB 8 K
  • Pat Overholt: 2 IP 1 H 0 ER 1 BB 1 K
  • Maximino De La Cruz: 1 IP 1 H 0 ER 1 BB 1 K
Look at all those arms throwing at Lakewood these days...it's time to tell Harker and Maloney to pack their bags and move on up to (or down speaking geographically) to Clearwater...Carlos Carrasco and Maloney may be the only pitchers in Lakewood who honestly have long-term futures as starting pitchers, but the rest make for a fun collection of live arms that could thrive coming out of the pen (Harker, Overholt, and Barb are all full-time relievers already with Mitchinson and De La Cruz having both dabbled as starters and relievers thus far - Outman is a SP for now, but a conversion could really speed up his big league timetable...)

Friday, June 09, 2006

Philadelphia Phillies 2006 Draft Review - First Day

1.18 Kyle Drabek – The Woodlands (Texas) HS – RHP

Born 12/8/87…5’11” or 6’0” or 6’1” (I’ve seen his height listed at each number already) and 190 pounds…94-95 MPH fastball, topping out at 97, curveball at 78-82 MPH, the one-two combo of pitches was regarded as being the key to the very best pitching repertoire of any pitcher in this draft…his slider has also been labeled as that top second pitch, seems like there is a dispute in scouting reports as to whether that spike curve should really be called a slider…his change up, rightfully unused throughout his high school career, needs work…smooth, easily repeatable mechanics that limit the risk of injury going forward…also a legitimate shortstop prospect that some scouts claim would have been the first high school bat off the draft board…special athletic talent who has shown off his 4.4 speed in the 40-yard dash – the Phillies may soon have more players (Cooper, Myers, Berry, etc.) who run 4.4ish 40s or better than the Eagles…Drabek’s much discussed off the field issues will have to be closely monitored, but the Phillies have done their homework and are confident Drabek is mature enough to handle life as a professional ballplayer – the Phillies would have never been in a position to draft Drabek if not for the questions on makeup, so the 2006 draft may very well play out like the 2002 draft when the Phillies had Cole Hamels fall into their laps due to concerns over his checkered past (in Hamels case it was injuries)…

The last two Phillies high school pitchers selected in the first round were both late signs who did not pitch professionally the year they were drafted. Gavin Floyd debuted at Low-A Lakewood as a 19-year old in 2002 and Cole Hamels, also 19 years old in his first pro season, split the 2003 season between Low-A Lakewood and High-A Clearwater. Zack Segovia, a second rounder in 2002, went to play with the Gulf Coast League Phillies as a 19-year old in 2002; Kyle Kendrick, a seventh rounder in 2003, also began with the GCL Phillies in his age-19 season.

Drabek alone makes this draft worthwhile for the Phillies. To get a guy with top of the rotation stuff when picking eighteenth overall in the draft is a coup. The similarities and comparisons between him and Cole Hamels are indeed warranted – get excited Phillies fans, the future looks bright. Visions of a 2010 pitching staff including Cole Hamels, Brett Myers, Gio Gonzalez, Scott Mathieson, Carlos Carrasco, Ryan Madson, Gavin Floyd, Daniel Haigwood, Edgar Garcia, Zack Segovia, Kyle Kendrick, J.A. Happ, Matt Maloney, Josh Outman, Drew Carpenter…of course nobody can predict what will happen between now and 2010 (what fun would that be?) and there are no guarantees in life (especially when it comes to pitching), but this current group of young pitching in the Phillies organization is a pretty exciting blend of talent with enough top to bottom depth that the inevitable attrition shouldn’t be too big a problem.

1.37 Adrian Cardenas – Monsignor Pace (Florida) HS – INF

Born 10/10/87, lefthanded hitter/righthanded thrower…6’0”, 185…Cardenas watched as his draft stock rose like few other players this spring as scouts flocked to Monsignor Pace HS to watch highly touted third baseman Chris Marrero, but walked away just as impressed with the scrappy shortstop Cardenas…started the year 29 for 37 at the plate…finished the 2006 season hitting .630 with 17 homers, a Monsignor Pace record…

One of the bigger question marks of Cardenas’ game surrounds his projectability on defense. Though he played shortstop in high school, scouts consider his body too stiff and his arm too weak to handle short in the pros. Many Phillies fans are optimistic that Cardenas will start his pro career at third base and, while it is still a possibility, it doesn’t seem all that likely to me that he’ll begin his career at anywhere but second base. I see no problem in letting him play shortstop or third base until he absolutely proves he can’t do either on a regular basis. Cardenas is by all accounts a very hard worker who is willing to put in extra work in order to become an above average defender at second.

Cardenas’ outstanding senior season at Monsignor Pace has not been ignored. He has been compared to Jose Vidro by PGCrosschecker.com while others believe his scouting report reads like Chase Utley-lite (and this assessment came even before this Marti Wolever quote from the Philadelphia Inquirer: "When I first met Adrian, he shook my hand, looked me in the eye, and said, 'I can hit like Chase Utley,' " Wolever said. “After we watched the game, I kind of agreed, having seen Chase in high school. They're very similar in that regard. That's a big statement, but he has a chance to be a very good offensive player.")

Baseball America had this to say about Cardenas’ big league potential: “He should hit 10-15 home runs annually in the big leagues with a .275-.295 average.” Those numbers look fine for a regular starting baseman, but there is no telling whether the Phillies will have a vacancy at second by the time Cardenas is ready (odds are good Chase Utley will still be manning second for the Phils, I’m just pointing out that you never know). With enough power at other spots in the lineup, those numbers could play at either third base or left field. It’s also possible that Cardenas is not yet done growing and gaining strength, and that he’ll continue to develop power like he showed as a high school senior. The Baseball America power projection may be on the safe end – here’s hoping Cardenas’ senior year success is a springboard to future great performances as a minor leaguer.

Cardenas has an outstanding baseball scholarship to the University of Florida, but the odds of him ever suiting up for the Gators are about the same as Ryan Franklin ever winning a Cy Young…one of the things I like about Cardenas is that he is unique as a high schooler in that he is not necessarily a raw athlete still learning the game – he is a baseball player through and through…good combination of polish and projectability make him a fine selection at this point in the draft…

2.65 Drew Carpenter – Long Beach State – RHP

Born 5/18/85…6’3”, 225/230 junior righthanded starter who was a member of teams at Chico State (Division II) and Sacramento City College (Junior College) before landing at Long Beach State in 2006 – all three schools are legitimate powers in their respective collegiate classifications…good collegiate numbers (2.91 ERA, team high 117.2 IP with 5 complete games in 16 starts, 99 K/20 BB, and only 4 homeruns allowed), but played in one of the best ballparks for pitchers (Blair Field) in all of college baseball while at Long Beach…

He is an advanced college pitcher ready to step right in and pitch as a professional – not unlike a righthanded version of Phillies prospect and 97th overall pick in 2005, Matt Maloney…fastball is a mystery pitch as its velocity seemed to go up and down as the season wore on – it was clocked at 89-93 MPH early on the year, but dipped to 87-89 MPH later on, only to shoot back up to 94 by the end of the season…Carpenter’s arsenal of pitches is loaded – he throws the heater, a splitter, an inconsistent but developing slider (hits 80-81 MPH), a curve, and a change…his mechanics improved throughout the year to the point where they are now considered one of his biggest plusses…his control is yet another plus…Carpenter has been criticized in the past for his inability to be too economical with his pitches – he has been accused as a nibbler at times and needs to learn to go after hitters once he gets 2 strikes on them...

If that fastball sits in the low 90s rather than the high 80s, Carpenter’s stock within the organization should catapult. He figures to instantly be in the mix when people talk about the Phillies top five righthanded starting pitching prospects (Carlos Carrasco, Scott Mathieson, Zack Segovia, Edgar Garcia, and Kyle Kendrick all are in the mix as well - as will be Drabek when signed...). Like Cardenas, Carpenter is one of the fastest risers in the entire draft. His consistent performance week after week for a top college program combined with plus control, good mechanics, and an intriguing five pitch arsenal make him a prospect with a bright future. He may not have the ceiling of anything more than a back of the rotation starter or middle reliever in the majors, but he seems like as sure a bet as any other player drafted by the Phillies in 2006 to actually reach his ceiling.

The Phillies have been pretty consistent in their practice of sending college pitchers right to Batavia after the draft. J.A. Happ and Matt Maloney both pitched as 21-year olds for the Muckdogs the year they were drafted. Expect Carpenter to be a quick sign who will be sent to Batavia right out of the gate though he may be given some time off to rest his arm after a season of overuse at the college level.

3.97 Jason Donald – Arizona – SS

Born 9/4/84…6’1”, 190…hit .332/.401/.528 this past year at Arizona though those numbers dipped during Pac-10 games (.314/.387/.476)…Donald is not your prototypical shortstop prospect – his strengths lie in his natural hitting ability and plus power to the gaps (29 extra base hits, including 6 homers) rather than speed, defense, and patience at the plate (only 7-12 on stolen base attempts, team high 19 errors, and a K/BB ratio of 48/19)…strong enough arm to play short, good range, majority of errors came on plays where he tried to do too much…those three dreaded words clubs hate to hear may have caused Donald to slip more than expected in the draft: Scott Boras Client

Donald turned down first round bonus money (reported as being in the high six figures some places, 1.8 million dollars in other places – either way it’s big money) from the Angels after they took him in the twentieth round in 2003, so his status as a highly thought of prospect has been well known around baseball for a long time now…even with all the tools and pure physical talent he possesses, he has never been able to put it all together on the field for an extended stretch of time…Donald is a college guy, but one that is far from an unfinished product…there is plenty of growth in his game…

Donald’s contact rate (48 strikeouts in 54 games) scares me into thinking he has a huge uphill battle ahead of him if he ever wants to be anything more than a backup major leaguer. Donald’s negotiations could be complicated due to the potential of unreasonable demands and the leverage of returning to the Wildcats for a senior year, but ultimately the odds of him not joining the Phillies in 2006 are extremely low – coming to exact terms on the money will be the key as I think Donald is about 99% committed to playing pro ball this season. The quicker he signs, the better; good professional coaching can do great things with a middle infielder with Donald’s kind of power. I hate to hedge my bets again, but I think Donald’s future in the Phillies organization could come as a super sub capable of playing a variety of positions. If he achieves this ceiling and becomes a top bat off the bench, you’ll hear no complaints out of me.

4.127 D’Arby Myers – Westchester (California) HS – OF

Born 12/9/88…listed at 6’3”, 175…Scholarship to USC baseball…family reportedly values education highly…comes off as a very special prospect, almost the “perfect prospect” according to the Los Angeles Times (April 2005):

“His physical skills are immense. He's 6 feet 3, 170 pounds, and the way he runs, throws, catches and hits would cause any scout to list him as a top prospect. He also has a 4.0 grade-point average, with A's in chemistry, U.S. history and American literature. A baseball player with brains. What an unbeatable combination. But what shows that he can make it to the top of his profession is the way he plays the game. There's never a swing in the batting cage that he doesn't enjoy. There's never a moment when he's in uniform that he doesn't feel as if he has found his life's calling. "It's the sport I feel connected with," he said. "I played all the other sports … basketball, football, even hockey … but there's something about baseball that brings me joy inside. Since I was little, all I've wanted to do was play ball."

The draft negotiations with Myers will be a circus. The Phillies 2006 draft will be judged on what kind of pitcher Kyle Drabek is, first and foremost, but the signings (or lack thereof) of D’Arby Myers and Riley Cooper will go a long way in determining the value of the draft as a whole.

5.157 Quintin Berry – San Diego State – OF

Born 11/21/84…6’0”, 170…lefty/lefty…Hit .335/.429/.485 for the Aztecs in 2006…good speed (32 steals), but needs real work on refining his base running skills (those 32 steals came in 41 chances)…profiles as having a similar skill set to current Reading OF and former Houston Cougar Michael Bourn, but Berry has more pop in his bat (Bourn hit .330/.411/.407 the year he was drafted)…plus runner and fielder…gets extra credit for being the type of game changing collegiate hitter that caused teams to openly talk about making stopping him a big part of their gameplan…

Berry is an interesting prospect in that he isn’t just another player who fits the Phillies outfield prospect mold (plus speed, plus athlete, but can he hit?). Berry actually has a track record of success with the bat and should be an instant contributor at Batavia if he is a quick sign.

6.187 Daniel Brauer – Northwestern – LHP

Born 10/14/83…6’0”, 210…former teammate of current Phillies farmhand J.A. Happ…Far and away the ace of a dismal Northwestern pitching staff, Brauer was also an innings eating workhorse for the Wildcats (7 complete games out of 15 starts) who finished the year with an ERA of 3.30 in 92.2 IP…Brauer’s impressive K/IP ratio is a positive, but the 2/1 K/BB ratio and lack of control are worrisome – the control issues may be related to the rust of Brauer missing the entire 2005 season due to injury…there should be a spot in the Batavia rotation waiting for him upon his signing…

7.217 Charlie Yarbrough – Eastern Kentucky – 1B

Born 11/7/84…measures in at a modest 6’6”, 250/255…Yarborough wrapped up a monster year at Eastern Kentucky (.391/.482/.739) befitting a monster of a man such as himself – on the EKU website, he lists his best non-athletic talent as “eating”…Yarbrough led the team in homeruns (18), hits (81), runs batted in (69), doubles (18), and walks (32)…he also finished second on the team in strikeouts (42)…one of the biggest negatives concerning Yarbrough is his lack of defensive value – with that giant frame of his, it appears his future in the NL will be at first base or bust…if nothing else, Yarbrough should be a fun player to watch as he rises up the minor league ladder

8.247 T.J. Warren – Bethel (California) HS – OF

Born 8/17/88…6’4”, 200…plus runner, great size, questionable hitter who struggles with making consistent, solid contact…Warren seems very willing to sign, but he is a long ways away from even sniffing the big leagues…the Vallejo Times Herald goes in to detail about his desire to sign and play right away:

All three players plan on signing contracts with their new teams instead of going to college. Warren made a little history. He became the first Jaguar baseball player to get drafted. "I feel great. It just feels good to be the first person from Bethel," Warren said. "Hopefully, there's more to come." Warren batted .393 with four homers, eight doubles and 15 RBI as a senior. His numbers would have been even more impressive had he not been given Barry Bonds-type treatment by the rest of the Solano County Athletic League, according to Bethel assistant coach Keven Connelly. "Realistically, nobody in the league was pitching to him. Nobody was challenging him," Connelly said.

But scouts were impressed with Warren even when he wasn't in a Jaguar uniform. His 6-foot-4, 200-pound frame, bat speed and power won many of them over at a high school All-Star game in Cape Cod, Fla., and at the Area Code Games in Los Angeles last summer. His success with the Connie Mack organization's Oakland Oaks didn't hurt, either. "He's got a major league body build. He's tall, really quick and he's still going to grow into his body. That's what they're looking for at that age," Connelly said.

In an attempt to improve his draft status, Warren also took part in camps run by the Giants, Orioles and Phillies. It was the Phillies who were impressed the most. Warren's already hired an agent, Jason Hoffman, who expects a deal to be completed soon. "We're looking to get some pretty good money, without mentioning a figure," Hoffman said. "It should take no longer than a day or two." If he does sign with the Phillies, Warren expects to be sent to play in the Gulf Coast League rookie team.

9.277 Andrew Cruse – South Carolina – RHP

Born 5/31/84…6’0”, 190…redshirt sophomore…Cruse had an outside shot at earning time in the Gamecocks starting rotation coming into the season, but instead settled into the bullpen where he earned the rep of a fairly generic righthanded collegiate reliever that got him drafted…6’1”, 193…good value pick when taking into account how other teams supposedly felt about him…Cruse was used as a spot starter for USC and succeeded in the role leading some teams to wonder if maybe he has a better mental disposition for starting…the problem with using him as a starter comes with the possibility that his so-so stuff (his low 90s fastball is a plus, but his only steady breaking ball offering is a barely average curve)…seems like he is heading to the Batavia bullpen to start his pro career

10.307 Sam Walls – North Carolina State – RHP

Born 10/31/83…6’1”, 186…also listed at 5’11”, 195…his ERA on the year was 2.89 while he racked up 8 saves in 43.2 innings pitched…not a future big league closer, but has the potential to be a quick riser in the system who ought to aim for a full-time spot in the Philadelphia bullpen by 2009…great value pick, Walls compares favorably to Drew Carpenter when talking about first ’06 draft pick who will reach the majors…I actually think Walls will be the first draftee to make it out of this class (being in the pen gives him the edge over Carpenter)

11.337 Jarrod Freeman – Alta (Utah) HS – RHP

Born 11/20/87…6’3”, 187/195…very projectable…loose, clean arm action appears effortless when throwing fastball…plus slider with late movement on it…plus pick off move…Scholarship to play baseball at Utah, but should be a relatively easy sign…guys from non-traditional baseball areas (Utah being a perfect example) are often overlooked, so Freeman qualifies as an under the radar player to watch in my book…

12.367 Darin McDonald – Cherry Creek (Colorado) HS – OF

Born 11/3/87…6’3”, 195…Signed letter of intent to play football at Idaho State, but should be similar to Jarrod Freeman when it comes to being an easier sign (pro baseball or football at Idaho State? You make the call…)

13.397 Zachary Penprase – Mississippi Valley State – SS

Born 2/16/85…6’2”, 180…Hit .354 – no power to speak of (just 1 homer and 5 doubles), but plenty of speed to burn (9 triples and 56 steals in 63 attempts)…33 walks to 20 strikeouts…quality of Penprase’s competition is a question mark – Mississippi Valley State went 20-4 in SWAC play, but only 4-28 outside of the conference…sorry Zach, but you look like standard organizational filler to me

14.427 Gus Milner – Kansas – OF

Born 4/21/84…like Yarbrough, Milner is another giant, slugging kind of player (6’5”, 240/245)…played two seasons at Hutchinson Community College before transferring to Kansas before last season…his showed enough in his first season to get drafted in the 47th round by the Cleveland Indians in 2005…hit .328/.395/.521 with 7 homeruns, 5 triples, and 20 doubles in the cleanup hole this past season…he also added six steals (in seven tries) plus five outfield assists as the Jayhawks everyday right fielder…power numbers took a big hit as he struggled mightily in Big 12 conference play (.282/.342/.398)…the Batavia outfield is extremely uninspiring at the moment, so it is not inconceivable to see Quintin Berry, Gus Milner, and Jay Miller all getting plenty of at bats for the Muckdogs…

15.457 Riley Cooper – Clearwater Central Catholic (Florida) HS – OF

Born 9/9/87…6’3”...6’4”, 208/212…raw but chock full of tools…big time power potential…surprisingly balanced and natural swing…Signed letter of intent to play football at Florida…got a little Cole Hamels in him as he recently slammed his hand throw a car window…4.37 40-yard dash…plus speed, plus power potential, plus arm strength…the plot thickens as information from the St. Petersburg Times comes out:

"It was obviously a hard choice, but having an opportunity to play at Florida, that's ultimately what I want to do," said Riley Cooper, who will play receiver in the fall and outfield in the spring.

That didn't stop Philadelphia from taking a flier on Cooper in the 15th round, 457th overall.

Cooper, 6 feet 4, 212 pounds, was rated by most recruiting services as a first-rounder when the spring began. He was touted for his blazing speed and raw power, shining in a number of showcases during the summer before his senior season.

But he sustained a season-ending injury in March when he was involved in a late-night scrape in Clearwater. Cooper sustained a deep cut to his right arm throwing a punch through a car window.

According to Larry Cooper, Philadelphia told him it was going to take Riley Cooper with the 18th overall pick in the draft before being talked out of it. "They were asking us if they drafted Riley in the first round, would he sign, and we said no," Larry Cooper said. "As of (Monday) night, they wanted to take us in the 10th-15th round and pay us first-round money and see if they can get us up in Philadelphia by the 25th. That's still their plan."

Riley Cooper said he will report to Gainesville on June 27. Gator football coach Urban Meyer was one of the first to call after his selection, to congratulate one of his prize recruits and make sure he won't wilt under the pressure from the Phillies to sign.

"I don't think so," Cooper said.

I know I’m starting to sound like a broken record, but the contract negations between the Phillies and both D’Arby Myers and Riley Cooper should be fascinating. The fact that the Phillies reportedly thought enough of Cooper that they considered him worthy of a first round draft grade is a good indication of what kind of potential he has as a ballplayer. Also important is the fact that the Phillies have reportedly indicated to Cooper’s camp that they are willing to pay him way, way, way over slot money to get a contract with him done. If Cooper bites, fantastic; if he balks and goes to play football instead, the Phillies would still presumably have the money earmarked for Cooper available to sign a good number of the other high school picks (including Myers and a whole slew of second day picks with potential). The more I read about Cooper as a ballplayer, the more I like. However, by the same token, the more I read about him, the more certain I am that his heart is with Urban Meyer and the Gator football team.

16.487 Cody Montgomery – Dallas Baptist – 3B

Born 10/26/83…Finally, the Phillies take a third baseman…solidly built, 6’3”, 220…reportedly a plus fielder at third – only 11 errors in 54 …hit .333/.376/.671 with 14 homeruns, 22 doubles, 8 triples, and 10 steals in 12 tries…35 strikeouts versus 17 walks…good numbers, decent tools…probably organizational filler but a guy worth watching because he can play third…

17.517 Jay Miller – Washington State – OF

Born 8/11/83…hit .361/.428/.476…gap power like few others (28 2B)…22 BB/15 K…17/19 SB…classic leadoff man size (5’9”/5’10”, 176/185) who bats right/throws right…one of the hardest players in all of college baseball to strikeout…I keep sending all these college outfielders to Batavia, but that outfield is beginning to get crowded – logically, all three of the Phillies collegiate outfielders will start with the Muckdogs but the Gulf Coast League Phillies is a possibility for any of the three as well…

18.547 Michael Dubee – Okaloosa-Walton (Florida) CC - RHP

Born 1/12/86…6’2”, 177…Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee’s son…draft and follow player who should prove to be a tricky sign even with the family ties to the organization…very mature, draws rave reviews for advanced pitchability…great pick at this spot if the Phils believe they can get him signed and throwing quickly…

Thursday, June 08, 2006

Minor League Update

I have more stuff (response to comments from the past few days plus a huge draft review), but Blogger is making it hard on me, so this will have to do for now. The rest should be up later tonight, so get ready - the draft review is massive. Anyway, this is what I've got for now...

The last few days have seen some of the very best Phillies minor league pitching performances of the year. Put these great performances together with the recent addition of RHP Kyle Drabek through the draft and the Phillies minor league pitching depth is something for fans of this team to really be excited about.

AAA Scranton-WB

  • Josh Kroeger: 0-1, DL
  • Danny Sandoval: 6-12, 2 2B, 4 RBI, R, 2 K, E (8)
  • Brennan King: 4-13, 2B, 4 RBI, 2 R, 3 K, E (7)
  • Chris Roberson: 5-14, HR, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R, 2 K
  • Carlos Ruiz: 2-11, 2B, R, 3 BB, K

Good couple of days at the plate for some of the Red Barons prospects…it’s always interesting to see how guys respond upon returning to the minors after getting their first taste of the big leagues – both Chris Roberson and Carlos Ruiz seemed like they needed a game or two to adjust to AAA again, but they have been hot since then…especially Roberson…good for him

  • Gavin Floyd (W, 1-0): 9 IP 7 H 1 ER 1 BB 9 K
  • Travis Minix (L, 0-2): 1 IP 2 2H 1 ER 0 BB 0 K

Gavin Floyd’s performance against a good Chattanooga lineup is obviously very encouraging. He was freakishly consistent too – I can’t imagine too many outings where a pitcher throws a complete game with 9 ground outs, 9 fly outs, and 9 strikeouts. The Phillies now have a potential problem on their hands. The urge to promote Floyd back to the Philly rotation has got to be strong for those in the front office, but it would be wise to be patient with the young righthander’s development. Barring further injuries at the big league level, Gavin Floyd should be given five starts at AAA before the Phillies even think about bringing him back to Philadelphia.

  • Matt Kata (Reds): 3-8, HR, 2 RBI, R
  • Ryan Wagner (Reds): 1 IP 3 H 2 ER 0 BB 1 K

Kata, the former Phil, has seemingly played everywhere for the Reds AAA squad this year. Every time I check the boxscore, he is listed at a new position. For his sake, I hope this versatility is his ticket back to the bigs some day. Wagner’s stock keeps slipping, but he has plenty of talent and should not be overlooked as a prospect despite his early major league struggles.

AA Reading

  • Michael Bourn: 2-6, R, 2 BB, SB (19)
  • Tim Moss: 4-7, HR, RBI, BB, 3 R, 3 K
  • Jason Jaramillo: 0-5, RBI, K
  • Angel Chavez: 2-8, RBI, K, SB
  • Scott Mathieson: 1-1, HR, 2 RBI, R
  • Scott Mathieson (W, 6-2): 8 IP 8 H 3 ER 2 BB 8 K
  • Daniel Haigwood (L, 1-5): 7.1 IP 3 H 4 ER 2 BB 8 K

Tim Moss came back from his suspension with a bang – I think a 4 for 4 game at the plate (including his 6th homer of the year) qualifies as a bang, no? It’s unfortunate he followed it up with an 0 for 3, 3 K night, but you can’t have it all, right? Jaramillo hasn’t been quite as successful since coming back from the DL…

Mathieson’s latest start at AA was witnessed first hand by all kinds of Phillies executives including Dallas Green and John Vukovich. The big Canadian did not disappoint and all signs now point to him being the first minor league starting pitcher of the current crop of arms to reach the majors. If Eude Brito struggles tonight then maybe, just maybe, Mathieson gets the call to Philly.

Haigwood’s start the night after Mathieson’s was even better – his line was made ugly by a couple inherited runners scoring after he left the game. If Haigwood can keep improving his control, he’ll also find himself in the running for a possible emergency start promotion to the big club.

High A Clearwater

  • Mike Costanzo: 4-12, 2B, RBI, 3 R, BB, 4 K, E (6)
  • Brad Harman: 2-11, R, BB, K, 2 E (20)
  • Bryan Hansen: 3-8, 2 2B, 3 RBI, 2 R, BB, K, CS
  • Tuffy Gosewisch: 0-6, BB, 2 K

  • Kyle Kendrick (L, 1-3): 6 IP 7 H 5 R 3 ER 3 BB 4 K
  • J.A. Happ (W, 3-6): 8 IP 2 H 1 ER 3 BB 10 K
  • Derek Griffith: 2.1 IP 8 H 6 ER 2 BB 3 K

Floyd, Mathieson, Haigwood…and don’t forget J.A. Happ. Happ had the best start out of the four and has had a great stretch on the mound as of late. He absolutely needs to get promoted to Reading…

Low A Lakewood

  • Greg Golson: 3-8, 2 2B, RBI, R, 2 SB (9), 2 K (.203)
  • Welinson Baez: 0-2, 2 K, E (18)
  • Lou Marson: 0-3, BB
  • Jeremy Slayden: 3-6, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R, BB, E (3)
  • Clay Harris: 1-5, 2B, RBI, 2 R, HBP, 3 K
  • Sean Gamble: 0-4, K, released
  • Josh Outman (W, 2-4): 5.1 IP 5 H 1 R 0 ER 4 BB 3 K
  • Maximino De La Cruz: 6 IP 6 H 4 R 1 ER 3 BB 2 K
  • Pat Overholt (L, 3-3): 1 IP 1 H 1 ER 3 BB 1 K

Sean Gamble…another wasted pick…the Phillies released the promising outfielder under the cloud of mysterious bad attitude allegations…sometimes it is frustrating being a Phillies fan...

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Kyle Drabek

Blogger won't cooperate, so the live updates of the draft are on hold for now. All you really need to know is that the Phillies took RHP Kyle Drabek from The Woodlands (Texas) HS with the 18th overall pick in the draft. Drabek was number two on my wishlist of Phillies potential draft targets (behind only Bishop Eustace's Billy Rowell, who went number nine to Baltimore)...needless to say, I'm ecstatic over the selection.

Draft Day Live

I'll update this thing as we go...

First pick of 2006 first-year player draft: RHP Luke Hochevar to the Kansas City Royals

1. KC - Luke Hochevar
2. COL - Greg Reynolds
3. TB - Evan Longoria
4. PIT - Brad Lincoln
5. SEA - Brandon Morrow
6. DET - Andrew Miller
7. LAD - Clayton Kershaw
8. CIN - Drew Stubbs
9. BAL - Billy Rowell
10. SF - Tim Lincecum
11. ARI - Max Scherzer
12. TEX - Kasey Kiker
13. CHC - Tyler Colvin
14. TOR - Travis Snider
15. WAS - Chris Marrero
16. MIL - Jeremy Jeffress
17. SD - Matt Antonelli
18. PHI - Kyle Drabek
19. FLA - Brett Sinkbeil
20. MIN - Chris Parmalee

Hochevar - good pick
Reynolds - bad pick
Longoria - good pick
Lincoln - very good pick...
Morrow - good pick

I like both Lincoln and Morrow more than Reynolds...Reynolds was a 41st round pick of the Phillies back in 2003...

Wow...Andrew Miller is the big shocker so far of this draft...Verlander/Bonderman/Miller in that rotation...this is a huge surprise

UPDATE 3 (1:00)

Top five best guess:
1. KC - Hochevar
2. COL - RHP Greg Reynolds
3. TB - Longoria
4. PIT - RHP Brad Lincoln
5. SEA - RHP Brandon Morrow

UPDATE 2 (12:40)

The Dodgers, picking 7th overall, are reportedly hot after RHP Bryan Morris out of Motlow State Community College...this is relevant to the Phillies because Los Angeles was believed to be a team with an interest in HS RHP Kyle Drabek...I still think the Dodgers could land HS pitcher Clayton Kershaw at 7, but this new rumor definitely throws a wrinkle into draft day posturing...

UPDATE 1 (12:30)

Latest rumors with the draft just a half hour away...

1. Kansas City - RHP Luke Hochevar
2. Colorado - RHP Brad Lincoln
3. Tampa - INF Evan Longoria

4. Pirates...

If the top three picks go down like that, almost every mock drafter/draft expert out there would have been wrong in their prediction...how far would UNC LHP Andrew Miller fall if this is really how the first three picks shake out?

Draft Day

Catcher, third base, righthanded pitching...no big surprises as to what the Phillies are expected to be looking at when they make their first few picks later this afternoon at the 2006 MLB June Amateur draft. Local boy Billy Rowell (Bishop Eustace Prep) is the kid I hope slides to the Phillies first round pick (18th overall), but if he doesn't (and he isn't expected to) then players such as high school catcher Hank Conger and third baseman Chris Marrero could make excellent fall back plans. Recent buzz has Texas HS righthanded pitcher Kyle Drabek falling all the way to the Phillies - if Drabek were to slide to the Phils, the selection of Doug's son could have the same potential upside of the Cole Hamels pick of a few years back.

My Phillies round by round wishlist (listed in order of who I would take if there):

1 (18): 3B Billy Rowell, RHP Kyle Drabek, C Hank Conger, 3B Chris Marrero, RHP Brett Anderson

1a (37): 3B Matt Antonelli, C Max Sapp, RHP Dellin Betances, 1B Lars Anderson, RHP Brett Sinkbeil,

2 (65): RHP Adam Ottavino, OF Matt Sulentic, RHP Kevin Mulvey, RHP Steven Wright, RHP Mark Melancon, 3B Wes Hodges, 1B Matt LaPorta, , C Chad Tracy

3 (97): SS Grant Greenm RHP Sean Black, RHP Harold Mozingo, 1B Aaron Bates, C Matt McBride

4 (127): RHP Shawn Tolleson, C Torre Langley, INF Preston Mattingly, RHP Blair Erickson, RHP Jeff Manship, INF Matt Sobolewski

5 (157): 1B Whit Robbins, 2B John Shelby, SS Tommy Pham, 1B Jeremy Barfield

6 (185): C Chris Hatcher, OF Shane Robinson

7 (215): SS Mitch Hilligoss, C Brian Jeroloman, RHP Tyler Chambliss, OF John Raynor

3 possible Phillies draft outcomes:

18. C. Hank Conger
37. 3B Matt Antonelli
65. SP Adam Ottavino
97. SS Grant Green
127. RP Blair Erickson
157. 1B Whit Robbins
185. OF Shane Robinson
215. SS Mitch Hilligoss

18. 3B Billy Rowell
37. C Max Sapp
65. RP Mark Melancon
97. 1B Aaron Bates
127. INF Matt Sobolewski
157. 2B John Shelby
185. Chris Hatcher
215. SP Tyler Chambliss

18. SP Kyle Drabek
37. SP Dellin Betances
65. OF Matt Sulentic
97. SP Harold Mozingo
127. C Torre Langley
157. SS Tommy Pham
185. OF Shane Robinson
215. OF John Raynor

The name that comes up over and over and over and over again has been that of HS OF Jared Mitchell – just say no to his selection at either pick 18 and 37. If the Phillies can't resist him any longer once they get to pick 65, then they can roll the dice on this toolsy, football playing prospect.

Mock Draft

1. Royals – P Brad Lincoln
2. Rockies – P Andrew Miller
3. Devil Rays – P Luke Hochevar
4. Pirates – P Tim Lincecum
5. Mariners – P Greg Reynolds
6. Tigers – INF Evan Longoria
7. Dodgers – P Clayton Kershaw
8. Reds – P Max Scherzer
9. Orioles – P Jeremy Jeffress
10. Giants – OF Chris Parmalee
11. Diamondbacks – P Brandon Morrow
12. Rangers – OF Drew Stubbs
13. Cubs – 3B Billy Rowell
14. Blue Jays – P Joba Chamberlain
15. Nationals – P Pedro Beato
16. Brewers – P Daniel Bard
17. Padres – OF Travis Snider
18. Phillies (from Mets for type A Wagner) – P Kyle Drabek
19. Marlins – C Hank Conger
20. Twins – 3B Chris Marrero
21. Yankees (from Phillies for type A Gordon) – P Brett Anderson
22. Nationals (from Athletics for type B Loaiza) – P David Huff
23. Astros – P Kyle McCulloch
24. Braves – P Kasey Kiker
25. Angels (from Indians for type B Byrd) – P Bryan Morris
26. Dodgers (fron Angels for type A Weaver) – P Jordan Walden
27. Red Sox – P Brett Sinkbeil
28. Red Sox (from Yankees for type A Damon) – INF Matt Antonelli
29. White Sox – P Justin Masterson
30. Cardinals – P Kevin Mulvey

Monday, June 05, 2006

Weekend Update

As the Phillies starting pitching goes, so goes the Phillies. At this point, the only way a fan can look at the starting pitching with out going crazy is by trying to stay as optimistic as humanly possible. Maybe Brett Myers can pitch everyday. Maybe Cole Hamels will come back strong and actually stay on the field for the rest of '06. Maybe Ryan Madson's arm slot issues really were the cause for his troubles and he'll begin to figure out how to manage his mechanics and achieve success as a starter. Maybe the time off will allow Jon Lieber to get back to being the Jon Lieber of 2005. Maybe the talk about Ryan Franklin moving to the rotation is all a big lie...or maybe after a disastrous start or two, the Phillies will finally realize he isn't a big leaguer and will dump him from the club. Maybe Cory Lidle will...well, actually I've got nothing to say about Cory Lidle. Cory Lidle has been Cory Lidle and, assuming no catastrophic world events take place in the near future, will continue to be Cory Lidle.

While on the subject of starting pitching, I must confess that I am absolutely at a lost to explain the excitement felt by some Phillies fans over the promotion of Eude Brito to the big club. This excitement may not be a widespread thing so this may not be relevant to all, but I've gotten the impression that the Phillies fans I've talked to think that Brito can actually serve as a vital cog in the rotation for a team trying to win a division. I'm not down on Eude Brito because of his one ugly start in the majors this season nor do I believe that he is an utterly useless ballplayer - I just happen to think he can help a major league team in some capacity though not necessarily the Phillies (and not necessarily as a starting pitcher). I look at Eude Brito and see a AAA guy who will be turning 28 in August of this year - a guy that posted pretty numbers at AAA (5-2 record, 3.02 ERA), but not so pretty peripherals (32 K/23 BB ratio in 56.2 IP, plus more fly outs than ground outs).

I'm not mad about Eude Brito starting for the Phillies for the simple fact that he is absolutely needed. The Phillies needed a starter for Saturday's game and their only legit options on the 40-man roster were Daniel Haigwood, Scott Mathieson, and Zack Segovia - all AA guys. Giving Haigwood or Mathieson (both flyball pitchers thus far this year) a trial start pitching in Dodger Stadium might have been a good idea, but going with Brito was a safer, perhaps smarter in the long-term kind of move.

One last thing...Pat Burrell/Bobby Abreu to the Yankees...Aaron Rowand back to the White Sox for Jon Garland...I'm not buying it, not even the slightest bit...only time will tell if there was any truth to these trade rumors, but until I see something more than the irresponsible speculation typical of the New York papers or hear something more than that hack Kevin Kennedy throw out the Rowand-Garland rumor on the Fox Saturday broadcast pre-game show, I'll remain confident that the Phillies starting outfield won't be changing anytime soon (unless Aaron Rowand gets into another fight with an oufield wall...)

Enough about all that...we've got four days of minor league games to catch up on...on to the minors...

AAA Scranton-WB

* Josh Kroeger: 1-11, 3 RBI, 2 R, 3 BB, 2 K, OF assist
* Danny Sandoval: 0-7, RBI, 2 K, E (7)
* Brennan King: 5-15, 3B, 2B, 2 RBI, R, BB, 2 K
* Chris Roberson: 4-15, 2 R, 2 BB, 4 K, 2 CS (12/19 SB)
* Carlos Ruiz: 3-15, HR, 2B, 3 RBI, 3 R, BB, 3 K

* Travis Minix: 3.1 IP 1 H 0 ER 1 BB 2 K
* Ryan Cameron (2 S, 6): 2 IP 1 H 0 ER 1 BB 1 K
* Seung Lee (W, 5-4): 6 IP 3 H 1 ER 1 BB 1 K

Is it finally time to move Julio Santana in some way (maybe the 60-day DL?) to free up a 40-man roster spot so that another one of these Red Baron relievers (Minix or Cameron) can better position themselves for a promotion to Philly?

AA Reading

* Michael Bourn: 5-17, 2 RBI, 5 R, 2 BB, 5 K
* Tim Moss: suspended
* Jason Jaramillo: DL
* Angel Chavez: 7-15, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 4 R, BB, K, SB

* Jorge Padilla (Mets): 0-3
* Shawn Chacon (Yankees): 5 IP 4 H 3 ER 2 BB 3 K

* Daniel Haigwood (L, 1-4): 7 IP 2 H 1 ER 1 BB 7 K
* Gio Gonzalez (L, 2-5): 6.1 IP 10 H 5 ER 1 BB 5 K
* Nick Evangelista (W, 1-0): 1.2 IP 0 H 0 ER 2 BB 0 K
* Zack Segovia: 6 IP 9 H 5 ER 2 BB 5 K

With Moss suspended and Jaramillo still on the DL, that Reading lineup is even more devoid of any kind of big league talent than usual - that's really saying something when you consider the loss of two guys with questionable prospect status like both Moss and Jaramillo a big loss. Ouch. Jorge Padilla gets a mention because he is a former Phillie...and a guy whom Mike Arbuckle once said had the upside of Bobby Abreu. Ouch.

Nick Evangelista continues to impress...the 24-year old reliever has only pitched 1.2 innings with Reading since his promotion to AA, but should move to the top of the list of R-Phils relief prospects waiting on the call to Scranton...in some cases it is good to be patient with a prospect, but other times you have to move them quicker than you had once planned...

High A Clearwater

* Mike Costanzo: 1-9, 4 BB, 6 K
* Brad Harman: 1-14, R, 3 BB, 3 K, CS, PO
* Bryan Hansen: 1-15, 2 RBI, R, HBP, 4 K, E (1)
* Tuffy Gosewisch: 4-11, 2B, 2 RBI, BB, K

* Blake Dewitt - Dodgers - : 3-14, HR, 2 RBI, 2 R, 3 BB, 3 K, SB
* Travis Denker - Dodgers - : 2-11, 5 BB, 2 K, E, CS
* Scott Elbert - Dodgers - (W, 4-4): 6 IP 3 H 1 ER 4 BB 7 K

Is it just me or has Clearwater played Vero Beach about 20 times in the past month? Dewitt and Denker are two impressive infield prospects for the Dodgers and Elbert is quick riser with a bright future for the men in blue...

* J.A. Happ (L, 2-6): 6 IP 8 H 4 ER 1 BB 7 K
* Jeremy Griffith (W, 4-4): 7 IP 4 H 2 R 1 ER 2 BB 5 K
* Julio De La Cruz: 6 IP 8 H 3 ER 1 BB 4 K
* Andrew Baldwin (W, 2-5): 7 IP 6 H 2 ER 1 BB 10 K

Gosewisch threw out three base runners in one game over the weekend...that's a silver lining for an otherwise dreadful weekend for the Thresher lineup. On the plus side, the pitching was excellent...as soon as there is room in the Reading rotation, J.A. Happ needs to get the call...

Low A Lakewood

* Greg Golson: 4-16, 2B, 2 RBI, 3 K, SB, CS, E (2), OF assist
* Welinson Baez: 1-10, RBI, 2 BB, 4 K
* Lou Marson: 1-9, 2 R, BB, 5 K
* Jeremy Slayden: 4-13, HR, 2B, 2 RBI, 3 R, BB, 3 K, E (2), OF assist
* Clay Harris: 0-12, 2 R, BB, 5 K
* Sean Gamble: 3-10, RBI, BB, CS

* Cole Hamels: 5.2 IP 3 H 1 ER 2 BB 3 K
* Brett Harker (L, 0-1): 2 IP 5 H 3 ER 1 BB 2 K
* Matt Maloney: 6 IP 4 H 2 R 1 ER 1 BB 6 K
* Pat Overholt (L, 3-2): 0 IP 2 H 3 ER 1 BB 0 K
* Scott Mitchinson: 6 IP 5 H 2 ER 1 BB 7 K
* Andy Barb (W, 3-2): 3 IP 0 H 0 ER 1 BB 5 K
* Carlos Carrasco (W, 4-3): 7 IP 5 H 1 R 0 ER 4 BB 3 K

Greg Golson and Jeremy Slayden had strange weekends together - both guy had 4 hits, a double, 2 RBI, 3 K, an OF assist, and each made their second errors of the season.

Hamels rehab start went well enough - he'll be ready to go for the big club on Tuesday...Maloney and Mitchinson continue the race to see which player gets promoted to Clearwater first...Carrasco continues to build his case as the best Phillies prospect in the system now that Cole Hamels is in Philly - that's right, the best prospect in the system...

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Baseball's Next Generation

For anybody out there interested in college baseball, high school baseball, the MLB draft, and the minor leagues in general, feel free to check out my side project (this site still being my bread and butter) currently entitled Baseball's Next Generation. Seems as though the coverage on the MLB draft is so far behind that of the NBA and NFL that there is just enough room for me to slide my way into the oversatured internet sports media game. So...Baseball's Next Generation - all of the pictures are my own from college and high school games that I've seen and the scouting reports are the best I could cobble together...check it out

Minor League Update

AA Reading
  • Michael Bourn: 2-5, HR, 2 RBI, R, K
  • Tim Moss: N/A
  • Jason Jaramillo: DL
  • Angel Chavez: 1-5, RBI, K

  • Jorge Padilla (Mets): 2-3, HR, 2 RBI, R, BB
  • Scott Mathieson (W, 5-2): 7 IP 2 H 0 ER 2 BB 11 K

High A Clearwater

  • Mike Costanzo: 2-4, 2B, 2 RBI, R, BB, 2 K
  • Brad Harman: 2-5, RBI, K
  • Bryan Hansen: 2-4, R, HBP, K
  • Tuffy Gosewisch: 3-5, HR, RBI, 2 R

  • Kyle Kendrick (W, 1-2): 7 IP 9 H 3 R 2 ER 1 BB 7 K