Today was not just a regular Monday morning — nope. That’s because today, I received the Baseball America Prospect Handbook. And, while I have plenty of things to do today, I had to take a few minutes to sort through it — ehh study it.
Over the next few weeks, I WILL study it. I’ll memorize the top 10 prospects for every Eastern League affiliate — I might even study the Royals’ top 10, if I have enough time!
I always like to have an idea of what players we could potentially see in Baseballtown in 2011. This book definitely helps with that!
Below, you will find the Phillies top 30 prospects. Check back each week as I focus on a prospect or two right here in this blog.
Phillies Top 30
1.) Domonic Brown — for the past three years, Brown has been the top prospect in the Phils organization. In 2010, he broke-out in a big way.
After hitting just 14 home runs combined in all of 2009, the power for the youngster, really developed in 2010. The 23-year-old hit .318 with 15 home runs and 47 RBIs in 65 games with the R-Phils last season. He then went on to hit an impressive .346-5-21 in 28 games with Lehigh Valley, before earning a promotion to the Bigs.
While he spent a bit in Philadelphia in 2010, now, with Jason Werth out of the organization (signed with the Nationals), there is a hole in the Phillies outfield, perhaps or Brown.
Did the top prospect do enough in 2010 to earn himself a spot in Philly? That question has yet to be answered, especially with Ben Francisco, a more than capable right fielder, on the Phils roster.
With that being said, it should be an exciting Spring Training for Brown. My guess is that with his five-tool ability, we’ll be seeing Brown as an everyday right fielder in Philly, sooner, rather than later.
2.) Jonathan Singleton
3.) Brody Colvin
4.) Jarred Cosart
5.) Trevor May
6.) Sebastian Valle
7.) Jiwan James
8.) Jesse Biddle
9.) Domingo Santana
10.) Aaron Altherr
11.) Vance Worley
12.) Antonio Bastardo
13.) Scott Mathieson
14.) Phillippe Aumont
15.) Justin DeFratus
16.) Tyson Gillies
17.) J.C. Ramirez
18.) Jon Pettibone
19.) Cesar Hernandez
20.) Freddy Galvis
21.) Perci Garner
22.) Harold Garcia
23.) Josh Zeid
24.) Austin Hyatt
25.) Julio Rodriguez
26.) Matt Rizzotti
27.) Leandro Castro
28.) Kelly Dugan
29.) Kevin Walter
30.) Cameron Rupp
The Month of May had its ups and downs for the Reading Phillies.
In 28 games in May, the club posted a 13-15 mark, and had some incredible wins, combined with some heart-breaking losses.
The month saw the emergence of Vance Worley (3-0, 3.35), Yohan Flande (3-2, 3.72), and Drew Naylor (3-2, 3.68), who all enjoyed success on the hill.
Offensively, Domonic Brown got off to an incredible start to the month, and finished with a .296 BA, 8 HR, 21 RBIs, and 7 SB. Tagg Bozied also was a solid contributor in the everyday lineup. Bozied hit .321 with 4 HR, 17 RBIs.
Let’s take a look at the Reading Phillies May Leaderboard:
BA — Tagg Bozied hit .321 in 81 at-bats. Matt Rizzotti hit an impressive .353 in 51 at-bats. He was promoted from Clearwater on May 14.
HR — Domonic Brown ripped 8 of his 10 home runs in May. Bozied & Rizzotti each had 4.
RBI — Brown led the way with 21. Bozied was second with 17.
2B — Bozied had 8, while Brown was second with 7.
3B — Brown had 2, both came in one game. The last R-Phils player to have 2 in a game was Pat Burrell in 1999.
SB — Quintin Berry stole 12 in May.
SLG % — Brown had an impressive .622 Slugging Percentage, which led the E.L.
Pitching Leaders —
Wins — Yohan Flande, Drew Naylor, and Vance Worley all had 3 wins.
ERA — Naylor’s 2.68 in 40.1 IP was impressive.
SV — Michael Schwimer led the way with 3 saves.
SO — Vance Worley had 29.
SHO — Drew Naylor had a complete game, three-hit shutout on May 25 against Portland.
April was an up and down month for the R-Phils (8-13).
First, they won five of seven games at home, beating the Portland Sea Dogs three of four, and the New Hampshire Fisher Cats two of three. They then took to the road, and well, the road was not kind. They dropped five of six on the road, before coming home to drop four of six at home. They closed out April losing to the Fisher Cats in New Hampshire on April 30.
Let’s take a look back at the Month that was, as we take a look at the hitting and pitching leaders…
Hits – Freddy Galvis led the team with 18.
2B – Tagg Bozied and Domonic Brown were tied with 6
3B – Tyson Gillies and Domonic Brown were tied with 1
HR – Tagg Bozied, Tyson Gillies, and Brandon Pinckney were tied with 2
RBI – Mike Spidale led the club with 14
R – Freddy Galvis led with 11
SB – Kevin Mahar led the team with 2
OBP – Domonic Brown led the way with a .373
AB – Freddy Galvis led with 80
Wins – Mike Stutes – 2
Losses – Mike Cisco and Drew Naylor tied with 3
ERA – Based on innings, Yohan Flande’s 1.52 ERA
SO – Drew Naylor & Vance Worley tied with 16
IP – Yohan Flande – 23.2
SV – Sergio Escalona – 3
G – Sergio Escalona, Michael Schwimer, and Mike Stutes tied with 8
Cody Overbeck ripped three hits, Freddy Galvis added an RBI single, but the Phillies Double-A squad dropped its third game of the spring season on Saturday with a 5-4 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays Double-A team at Carpenter Complex in Clearwater.
On the mound for the Phils was righty J.C. Ramirez, who started and allowed three runs on five hitsoverfour innings of work. Ramirez, a member of the Philadelphia Phillies 40-man roster, threw 65 pitches and walked two, while fanning one over his four frames. Acquired in the Cliff Lee trade with the Seattle Mariners this offseason, Ramirez, 21, went 8-10 with a 5.12 ERA in 28 games with the High-Desert Mavericks (High-A) last season.
Offensively, the Phillies were lead by 3B Cody Overbeck, who went 3-4 with an RBI single. Selected by the Phillies in the ninth round of the 200 amateur entry draft, Overbeck, 23, appeared in 96 games with Clearwater (A) last season, hitting .230 with 12 homers and 51 RBIs.
The Phils, who out-hit the Jays 10-9, were also led by Steve Susdorf, who finished the afternoon’s contest 2-4 with a runs scored. Susdorf went through three levels in 2009, beginning the season with Lakewood (.333-2-15), continuing with Clearwater (.371-3-22), and finishing up with Reading, where he hit .221 with two homers and seven RBIs.
Spring Phillers…Tyson Gillies, acquired in the Cliff Lee trade, went 1-3 with a triple and a run scored…Freddy Galvis, 20, went 1-3 with an RBI…Domonic Brown, the system’s number one prospect went 0-3 with a walk…On the hill, Mike Cisco allowed a run and one hit, while fanning three over three innings…Sergio Escalona, recently demoted from Major League camp, allowed a run in his first inning this spring for the Double-A team.
Welcome back to “Philling You In”.
Well, Minor League games are underway, and each day check out http://www.readingphillies.com — the brand new website for the R-Phils, to stay up-to-date with former and future R-Phils.
Let’s check in on Major League camp from today as the Phillies hosted the Tigers in Clearwater.
Domonic Brown (2009) – Brown, the number one prospect in the Philadelphia organization as rated by Baseball America, was impressive at the dish today. Starting in right field and batting sixth, Brown had his best day at the plate, as the youngster went 3-3 with two homers and four RBIs. Brown, a Georgia native, launched his first homer of the spring in the second inning — a solo shot off Tigers starter Justin Verlander, which gave Philadelphia a 1-0 lead. Two innings later, the 22-year-old hit a two-run shot off Tigers reliever Phil Coke, which gave the Phillies a 5-1 lead at that point. Brown has impressed all spring with his bat (.417 BA), his glove, and his arm in right field — he’s the real deal.
Cole Hamels (2005) – Hamels, the 2008 World Series MVP, started for the Phillies today and continues with his solid spring. The 27-year-old lefty allowed just one unearned run, on two hits, over five shutout innings en-route to his first win of the spring season. Hamels is now 1-0 with a 1.69 ERA this spring, and looks to bounce back from a down season in 2009.
The Philadelphia Phillies had a good day today as they hosted the Detroit Tigers in spring action. Five Philadelphia pitchers combined on a shutout — three of which have spent time in Reading over their careers — ENJOY!
Freddy Galvis (2009) – Galvis, 20, started today at SS for the Phillies and went 1-3 with an RBI — his first of the spring season. A native of Venezuela, Galvis appeared in 16 games with the R-Phils last season and hit .197 with a homer and 5 RBIs. Ranked as the number 13 prospect in the Phillies system by Baseball America, Galvis is known for his remarkable defense and will most likely find a way to make it to the Majors due to his range and arm strength.
Joe Savery (2009) – Savery, who went 12-4 with a 4.41 ERA with the R-Phils before a promotion to Lehigh Valley in 2009, tossed two scoreless innings for Phillies in their 4-0 victory over Detroit earlier today. Savery, a product of Rice University, is in camp with Philadelphia as a non-roster invitee and was solid today in relief — earning a hold for his work (2 IP, 0 R, 2 BB, 1 SO).
Others of Note –
Domonic Brown (2009) – went 0-1 in his only at-bat — currently hitting .389 this spring
Pat Burrell (1999 & Rehab in 2004) – homered for the 1st time this spring today – 2-2, HR(1)
Jason Donald (2008) – started at SS and went 1-3 with an RBI for the Tribe earlier today
Yohan Flande (2009) – tossed a scoreless inning for Philadelphia today (1IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 K)
Lou Marson (2008) – started for the Indians behind the dish and went 0-2 with R and SB
Scott Mathieson (‘06, Rehab in ’07 & ’09) – walked 1, fanned 2 over scoreless IP for Phils.
Carlos Silva (2001 & Rehab in 2002) – tossed 3 shutout innings for Cubs today
Let’s go for Day #4 — ENJOY!!
Domonic Brown (2009) – Here we go again — Brown went 3-5 today with a double and 2 RBIs, continuing to put together a very solid spring out of the gate. While Brown is just 22-years-old and has not played past the Double-A level — he continues to make a name for himself in Clearwater this spring — proving that sooner, rather than later, there will be a spot for him in the Philadelphia outfield. And, as good as his offense has been (hitting .538 so far this spring), the number one prospect in the Phillies organization threw out another runner at the plate today — showing off the skills that have made him a five-tool player.
Yohan Flande (2009) – Flande took the loss after allowing two runs on six hits in two innings of work for the Phils earlier today. A native of El Seybo in the Dominican Republic, Flande went 4-4 with a 4.58 ERA over 13 starts for the R-Phils last season and was put on the Phillies 40-man roster earlier this offseason.
J.A. Happ (2005) – Happ, who went 12-4 with a 2.93 ERA in his rookie season with the Phils, started today and went 2.1 shutout frames against the Tampa Bay Rays in a rematch of the 2008 World Series. The 27-year-old lefty allowed two hits, two walks, and fanned two batters in his second spring outing of the season. Happ will be back in the Philadelphia rotation in 2010 and looks to build off a solid rookie campaign.
Others of Note –
Pat Burrell (1999 & R-2004) – Pat “the Bat” went 0-2 with a walk in LF for the Rays
Greg Golson (2007-’08) – Trying to win a spot on the Yankees — Golson went 0-2 with a K
Jason Michaels (2000) – Started in CF for ‘Stros and went 1-2 (batting .571 this spring)
Nick Punto (2000) – Punto started at 3B for the Twins and went 1-2
Jimmy Rollins (1999) – J-Roll went 1-3 with his first homer of the spring season
Joe Savery (2009) – Savery struggled earlier today against Tampa Bay — allowing three runs on four hits in just one inning of work.