Future Phillies II
(Future Phillies is a look at some of the young prospects in our minor league system. Part II completes the list of right-handed starting pitchers. Part III will focus on LH starters).
De Fratus, Justin . . . B-T: S-R . . . 6-4, 215 . . . 21 . . . Oxnard, CA . . . Selected in 11th round, 2007, out of Ventura (CA) College; signed by Tim Kissner . . . Second-year pro . . . Pitched at Williamsport, 6-5, 3.67 for 14 starts, 74 SO, 83.1 IP.
Scouting Report: “Throws across body for deception. Will touch plus with his fast ball that has sinking action when down in the zone. Repeating delivery and consistent command, two areas he needs to work on.”
Drabek, Kyle . . . B-T: R-R . . . 6-0, 185 . . . 21 . . . The Woodlands, TX . . . Selected in 1st round, 2006, out of The Woodlands HS; signed by Steve Cohen . . . Third-year pro . . . Underwent Tommy John surgery, 7/25/07; returned to the mound for first time last July 30 with Gulf Coast League Phillies . . . Promoted to Williamsport after 4 starts; combined 1-3, 2.23 for 4 starts . . . Also pitched in Hawaiian Winter League, 1-2, 3.05 for 5 games (2 starts) . . . Ranked as #5 prospect in Phillies system by Baseball America.
Scouting Report: “Has the feel for a 4-pitch mix. Gets outs with all 4 pitches. Fast ball and downer curve project as plus pitches. Ability and competitiveness are outstanding. Needs to get full health back and pitch, pitch, pitch.”
Garcia, Edgar . . . B-T: R-R . . . 6-2, 190 . . . 21 . . . Las Matas de Farfan, DR . . . Signed as an amateur free agent at age 17; signed by Wil Tejeda . . . Four-year pro . . . Split season between Clearwater (8-2) and Reading (1-7); combined 9-9, 5.77 for 25 games (24 starts), career-high 137.1 IP . . . In-season FSL All-Star.
Scouting Report: “Young right-hander with a live fast ball and a developing slider. Fast ball has life and slider broke hard and late at times. Needs innings to learn and develop.”
Knapp, Jason . . . B-T: R-R . . . 6-5, 215 . . . 18 . . . Annandale, NJ . . . Selected in 2nd round, 2008, out of Annandale HS; signed by Gene Schall . . . First-year pro . . . Made debut with Gulf Coast League Phillies, 3-1, 2.61 for 7 games (6 starts), 38 SO, 31 IP . . . Missed last 2 weeks of the season with a tender elbow . . . Ranked as #10 prospect in Phillies system by Baseball America.
Scouting Report: “Arm and size to become a power pitcher. Great arm strength. Fast ball projects as a plus-plus pitch. Curve has good spin and tilt. Shows feel for a change. Aggressive on the mound. Hard worker.”
Monasterios, Carlos . . . B-T: R-R . . . 6-2, 175 . . . 22 . . . Miranda, VZ . . . Acquired in trade with Yankees, 7/30/06 . . . Four-year pro . . . Spent season at Clearwater, 5-8, 5.63 for 17 games (15 starts).
Scouting Report: “At times, fast ball has good velocity with late life. Change is a plus pitch and can use it in any count. Change has movement like a split. Needs better command of fastball and improved breaking pitches.”
Naylor, Drew . . . B-T: R-R . . . 6-4, 210 . . . 22 . . . Brisbane, Australia . . . Signed as an amateur free agent, 2004; signed by Kevin Hooker . . . Three-year pro . . . Split season between Lakewood (5-3) and Clearwater (3-7); combined 8-10, 3.86 for 27 starts, 165 IP, 156 SO . . . In-season SAL All-Star . . . Led Phillies minor league system in strikeouts.
Scouting Report: “Good athlete, good resiliency, good competitor. Has ability to have 3 solid major league pitches. Curve will be above average. Needs to master command of strike zone better.”
Roth, Robert . . . B-T: R-R . . . 6-0, 205 . . . 20 . . . Lewiston, ID . . . Selected in 19th round, 2006, out of Lewiston HS; signed by Stu Smothers . . . Third-year pro . . . Missed entire 2007 season with right shoulder inflammation . . . Returned to the mount last June 19 at Williamsport, won first 7 decisions and finished 7-2, 3.39 for 10 starts . . . NYP All-Star.
Scouting Report: “Missed last 5 days of the season with tender right shoulder. Young and inexperienced pitcher. Fast ball has life in the strike zone. Good rotation on curve. Good athlete. Loves the game and has a great attitude.”
Sampson, Julian . . . B-T: R-R . . . 6-5, 190 . . . 20 . . . Sammamish, WA . . . Selected in 12th round, 2007, out of Skyline (WA) HS; signed by Dave Ryles . . . Second-year pro . . . Spent season in Lakewood rotation, 11-4, 4.33 for 25 starts; ended season with 5-game winning streak . . . Led Phillies minor league system in wins.
Scouting Report: “Durable, loves to compete. Shows 3 major league pitches that will improve with experience. Fast ball projects as a plus pitch. Young now and is learning very quickly. Has a good chance to develop into a quality major league starter.”
Stutes, Michael . . . B-T: R-R . . . 6-1, 185 . . . 22 . . . Oswego, OR . . . Selected in the 11th round, 2008, out of Oregon State University; signed by Dave Ryles; previously drafted by Dodgers (2004) and Cardinals (2007) . . . First-year pro . . . Started at Williamsport (2-1, 1.33) before advancing to Lakewood (5-1, 1.48); combined 7-2, 1.42 for 13 starts, 69.2 IP, 84 SO; opponents batted .152 . . . Phillies minor league pitcher of the month (August).
Scouting Report: “Shows 3 solid major league pitches with potential to have a 4th. Projects as a plus fast ball and curve. Good competitor, very aggressive. Stuff will improve with experience.”
Worley, Vance . . . B-T: R-R . . . 6-2, 205 . . . 21 . . . Sacramento, CA . . . Selected in 3rd round, 2008, out of Long Beach State U.; signed by Tim Kissner . . . First-year pro . . . Started at Williamsport (0-0, 1.13, 2 starts) before advancing to Lakewood (3-2, 2.66); combined 3-2, 2.48 for 13 starts, 69 IP, 8 BB, 61 SO.
Scouting Report: “Shows potential to have 3 solid major league pitches, including plus fast ball. Has good feel for the change. A work horse that is very strong. Needs consistency in the zone.”