Phillies Top 30 Minor League Prospects: a breakdown page 2

 

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11. Vance Worley, RHSP AAA/MLB

I’m not going to spend much time on him since guys in the majors are discussed extensively here already, but I will say I prefer him starting in AAA than pitching mop up innings in the bullpen even though he is better than a number of relievers that started the season in the majors. I wasn’t as high on him as some until recently, but now he’s been striking out more batters and showing better stuff. He can be a nice starter at the end of the rotation.

Potential ETA: Ready

12. Antonio Bastardo, LHRP MLB

The walks will probably always be a problem, but I think we’re seeing the kind of reliever he can be. He has nice fastball velocity with some deception, and his changeup is a really good pitch. He put up a lot of good minor league numbers, but people were always skeptical about whether or not he could keep moving up. He got his opportunity in 2009, and if he stays healthy, he can be a quality reliever for them for a while.

Potential ETA: Ready

13. Scott Mathieson, RHRP AAA/MLB

His struggles have received a lot of attention, but prior to this year, that was confined to the majors and not the minors. So far with Lehigh Valley, he’s been bad, and I’m disappointed. I know he’s been bad in the majors, but if he’s not getting a chance to face ML hitters, he can’t adjust. He didn’t look very good against Atlanta on Sunday. It was nice that he was throwing strikes, but he hung his offspeed stuff way too much, and they didn’t make him pay until the second inning he was in. If he doesn’t get an extended chance with the Phillies, I understand why though. I’d just like to see it happen.

Potential ETA: Hope he gets a shot

14. Phillippe Aumont, RHRP AA

The debate about the trade is a horse that was beaten dead a long time ago, but it appears Aumont is in the bullpen for good, and he’s flourishing in that role so far. I thought it was right for the Phillies to move him back to the rotation last year, but the one thing that might’ve been a mistake was to start him with Reading. The encouraging things are he’s now allowing many hits, he’s walking batters at a career low rate, and his strikeouts, particularly his swinging strikeouts, are career highs too. It’s a nice rebound season so far.

Potential ETA: 2012

15. Justin De Fratus, RHRP AA

Phuture Phillies identified De Fratus as a guy to watch several years ago, and I’ve kept track of him since. He doesn’t have the full arsenal to be a starter, so he was moved to the bullpen last year where his great fastball plays up. This year, I think he’s struggling despite the low ERA. His H/9 is way up compared to previous years, and his BB/9 is currently 5.7 with a career number of 1.9. Command is a huge part of his game, and if that’s gone, his upside isn’t what we thought in the offseason. He’ll be as good as his slider becomes, and my guess right now is it’s still not a quality pitch.

Potential ETA: 2012

16. Tyson Gillies, OF AA

After dealing with supposed hamstring injuries last season and missing a lot of games, Gillies has still not played this year. He believes that hip and groin issues were the root of the hamstring problem, and hopefully he gets on the field soon. I’m really skeptical of him, and I just want to see him back on the field. It was a small sample size of at bats, but he struggled last year with Reading, and a concerning thing was he was walking a lot less when his plate approach is supposed to be a highlight of his game.

Potential ETA: Late 2013

17. J.C. Ramirez, RHP AA

A lot of people are excited about his start this season, and I don’t really want to dampen the enthusiasm, but it’s probably kind of a fluke. I appreciate his work ethic and desire to reach the majors, and not many guys would’ve pitched through the injury he had last year, but he absolutely needs to strike out more batters. He’s always done a good job throwing strikes, but his 5.9 H/9 isn’t sustainable. Eventually, the balls that are put in play are going to become hits, and his ERA and WHIP will rise. He has a nice fastball, but he needs to work on his secondary stuff. All I’m saying is people need to wait and see where he is in a couple months.

Potential ETA: 2012

18. Jon Pettibone, RHSP A+

Pettibone has kind of gotten lost in the shuffle, both in the 2008 draft (taken after Hewitt, Collier, Gose, Knapp and Worley) and in the rotations he’s pitched in (with Cosart, Colvin and May) but he’s having a solid season. After missing part of 2009 with Williamsport due to injury, statistically he’s emerged as a different pitcher. With the Crosscutters, he struck out a lot of batters and walked plenty too, and last year with Lakewood and this season, he hardly walks anyone and pitches to contact. His 1.75 ERA and .94 WHIP are likely unsustainable hovering around a 6.0 K/9, but it’s certainly been a good start.

Potential ETA: 2014

19 Cesar Hernandez 2B, A+

Hernandez has gotten off to an awful start with Clearwater, and it’s probably only a matter of time until he gets sent to Lakewood. He played for Williamsport in 2010, so the Phillies were a bit aggressive in having him skip Lakewood in the first place. He made good contact last year batting .325 and had a decent approach at the plate with only 27 strikeouts to 26 walks. He stole 32 bases in 38 attempts in only 65 games, so the athleticism is there. He’s already on the 40 man roster, so they certainly have expectations for him.

Potential ETA: 2015

20. Freddy Galvis, SS AA

We all know about how Rollins is a free agent after this season and how there really aren’t any in-house options to replace him. Could Galvis? I’d still say no, but it seems that he is making progress at the plate even though the overall numbers still aren’t good. He’s walking more than usual and striking out less which are both things he needs to do since he’s never going to hit for power. It would be a shame if a potential gold glove winner never got a significant ML chance because he can’t hit, but it could happen. Even if he could just hit more singles, the ability to make consistent contact could get him a starting spot in the majors eventually.

Potential ETA: 2013

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