21. Perci Garner, RHP, XST
Most fans probably don’t know who Garner is, but he was the team’s 2nd pick in the 2010 draft out of Ball State. He was shut down quickly after signing due to injury concerns, so he still doesn’t have much pro experience. He’s not as polished as most college pitchers are though because he focused on football his first two years in college. He has a great fastball, a potential plus curve and an average slider and changeup, so he has the potential arsenal to start. He’ll start his season with Williamsport, and I expect he’ll pitch well if he’s healthy. He probably has a shot to finish the season with Lakewood if all goes well.
Potential ETA: 2015
22. Harold Garcia, 2B AA
It’s a shame that Garcia tore his ACL because he was beginning to prove he could hit in the upper levels. He can run and make contact, and even if he was never going to hit for any power or be able to play a position besides 2B regularly, there’s still a spot in the majors for a player like that. Before his injury, he was probably striking out a bit too much, but it was a small sample size. I’m not sure what the timetable is like for ACL tears for baseball players, but my guess is he might be ready to go for next season, and if he’s healthy, he could earn a role with the Phillies late next year.
Potential ETA: Late 2012
23. Josh Zeid, RHP AA
After a good season at Lakewood and a successful stint in the AFL (against hitters more experienced than he’s used to facing) the Phillies double jumped him right to Reading. It’s always a bit of a risk to do that with a player, but at 24 years old, he needs to be challenged. Two years ago, the Phillies did the same thing with Vance Worley and Michael Stutes, and as you can see now, they eventually got past some early struggles to adjust. Zeid is struggling right now, and that might expedite his move to the bullpen. His strikeouts are way down, and his hits and walks are up.
Potential ETA: Late 2012 if he becomes a reliever
24. Austin Hyatt, RHP AA
Hyatt put up some great numbers at Clearwater last year, but at 24 years old, that’s exactly what he should do at the high-A level. It was impressive nonetheless, but with guys that are old for their level, they need to keep proving themselves at higher levels. So far this year, he’s doing that, ultimately if his future is in the bullpen. He’s not striking out as many players as he did in 2010, but it’s still a good K/9, and he’s still not allowing many baserunners. He should continue progressing through the system quickly, especially when he moves to the bullpen.
Potential ETA: 2012
25. Julio Rodriguez, RHSP A+
Rodriguez is a bit of a sleeper in the system, and Baseball America ranked him lower than some other places did. The numbers he put up in 2009 and 2010 are ridiculous and probably make him look like a better prospect than he is. Reports on his fastball seem to vary, ranging from the high 80’s (which he probably can’t get away with in the majors) to the low 90’s (which makes him a pretty good prospect.) He has a nice curveball, and he has the frame to add some more muscle and MPH to his fastball.
Potential ETA: 2014
26. Matt Rizzotti, 1B AA
Rizzotti was one of the minors’ best hitters last year, but as an unathletic player who can barely play 1B, he needs to hit, and hit for power, to have any value. He finished last season in AAA, but the Phillies assigned him back at Reading to start this year, and he’s hitting exactly like you’d expect a 25 year old who has played at that level before. Like Hyatt, older players need to prove themselves at higher levels over and over again, but that obviously won’t be with the Phillies in the majors. Unfortunately, Rizzotti passing through waivers gives you an idea that he has almost no trade value unless a team likes what they see this year, and I don’t know how they would when he’s just dominating a level he already played at last year.
Potential ETA: 2012
27. Leandro Castro, OF, A+
Castro has a decent combination of power and speed in a corner outfield. He got off to a hot start, but he’s been slumping lately. He has a bit of an interesting plate approach. He hardly walks at all or takes pitches, and in fact he hasn’t struck out looking yet this year. He also doesn’t strike out at an absurd amount either, but it’s still above average. He’ll probably have to improve his approach to improve his consistency and reach the majors.
Potential ETA: 2015
28. Kelly Dugan, OF, XST
Dugan was the team’s first pick in the 2009 draft because they didn’t have a first rounder after signing Raul Ibanez. It was considered to be a bit of an overdraft then, and Dugan hasn’t done anything to erase those doubts. He hasn’t played in a full season league yet, so even though he’s only 20 years old, he needs to get moving. An injury really limited him last season, and he only played in 28 games. There was some buzz that they could’ve moved him to 1B to play at Lakewood to get him in a full season league, but that would be a waste of his athleticism, so he’ll be back in Williamsport where he needs to show something.
29. Kevin Walter, RHSP XST
If you haven’t heard of Walter, that’s fine because he’s only pitched 2 pro innings so far. He was a late round pick that signed for an overslot bonus in 2010. He’s 6’5, 210 and they hope he can add some muscle and improve his fastball which current sits in the 88-90 range. He has a nice curve, and he can also throw sliders and changeups. My guess is he’ll start this season with the GCL team, but I’m sure it depends on how he looks in camp and what their draft looks like in a few weeks.
Potential ETA: 2017
30. Cameron Rupp, C A
Rupp was a high pick out of college last year, so it’s a bit disappointing that he’s hitting so poorly as a pro so far. At the plate, he’s supposed to have some power, but he hasn’t made consistent enough contact for it to matter. He’s batting under .200 this year, and his .218 mark with Williamsport last year wasn’t much better. His caught stealing percentage is below average right now, but if his body allows it (he’s 6’1, 240) he should be able to stay behind the plate.
Potential ETA: 2015
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