J.P. Heads List
Baseball America has published the Phillies top 10 prospects. Three of the 10 were drafted this past summer, # 2, 6 and 7.
1. J.P. Crawford, ss, left-handed hitter, turns 20 next month
2. Aaron Nola, rhp, LSU product, 21 years old
3. Maikel Franco, 3b/1b, power bat; 22 years old
4. Roman Quinn, of, switch-hitting speedster; age: 21
5. Carlos Tocci, of, just 19 years of age; 6th on this list a year ago
6. Aaron Brown, of, 22-year-old lefty swinger from Pepperdine
7. Matt Imhof, lhp, 21-year-old, 6-foot-5 lefty from Cal Poly
8. Jesmuel Valentin, 2b, 20-year-old switch-hitter acquired from Dodgers
9. Yoel Mecias, lhp, 21-year-old bouncing back from 2013 Tommy John surgery
10. Franklyn Kilome, rhp, 19-year-old, 6-foot-6 who made pro debut in 2014
Sticking with the same publication, J.J. Cooper has written a story about the Rule 5 draft, including a scouting report and odds at sticking with their new teams. Here are his comments about INF/OF Odubel Herrera and LHP Andy Oliver:
Herrera Scouting Report: Originally signed out of Venezuela for $160,000, Herrera does two things well: he can hit and he has plus speed. After his stock dropped in 2013, Herrera bounced back in 2014, winning the Texas League batting title as a 22-year-old, batting .321/.373/.402 in 96 games. Herrera has good bat speed and a simple swing that helps him hit line drives to all fields. He doesn’t have much power though, hitting just two home runs with a swing that isn’t geared for loft. He’s played well this winter in the Venezuelan League, batting .374/.421/.565 with four home runs in 42 games, ranking first in the league in batting average, second in OBP and third in slugging. The question on Herrera is where he’s going to play. He improved his defense at second base in 2014, and managers voted him the TL’s Best Defensive Second Baseman in the BA Best Tools survey. He’s spent time in left field and this winter has been playing center, which is where the rebuilding Phillies plan to use him in spring training. A lefthanded hitter with a thick 5-foot-11, 200-pound frame, Herrera could become a player along the lines of Cubs infielder Luis Valbuena.
Chances To Stick: 50-50.
Oliver Scouting Report: Oliver signed with the Tigers for $1.495 million as a second-round pick in 2009, then reached the big league in 2010. He’s never been able to put it all together, struggling to throw strikes or discover a usable breaking ball, with the Tigers shipping him to the Pirates after the 2012 season for catcher Ramon Cabrera. Moved to the bullpen full time in 2014, Oliver still has a big fastball from the left side, sitting 92-96 mph. He struck out 12 batters per nine innings, but he also walked 6.6 per nine, just about in line with his career mark in the minors. Now 27, its unlikely Oliver will be able to suddenly figure out his control and secondary stuff.
Chances To Stick: Extremely Low.
The rest of this month
16: LHP Tom Gorman (57), OF Adolfo Phillips (73) . . . 19: OF Russell Branyan (39), 2B Tony Taylor (79) . . . 20: OF Oscar Gamble (65) . . . 21: RHP Roger McDowell (54) . . . 22: RHP Michael Jackson (50), OF Glen Wilson (56), OF Lonnie Smith (59), LHP Steve Carlton (70) . . . 23: RHP Brad Lidge (38) . . . 24: RHP Kevin Millwood (40) . . . 25: 2B Manny Trillo (64), RHP Jack Hamilton (76) . . . 26: OF Ron Stone (54) . . . 27: OF Tom Marsh (49), OF Byron Brown (72) . . . 29: INF Tomas Perez (41) . . . 31: OF Sil Campusano (49)
Babe Ruth made his first ever World Series appearance as a pinch-hitter for the Boston Red Sox in the ninth inning of Game #1, October 1, 1915, against the Phillies at Baker Bowl. Ironically, Ruth, playing for the Boston Braves, ended his career against the Phillies at Baker Bowl, May 30, 1935. In each case, he grounded out to first base.