Found April 15, 2014 on Batting Leadoff:
The Philadelphia Phillies have a solid farm system. Franco, Biddle, and Crawford all have star potential, but each of those three players has to make significant strides to realize that potential. Severino Gonzalez has posted excellent stats thus far in his career, but has serious durability concerns. Miguel Gonzalez is an absolute mystery. The rest of the players on this list are solid prospects who have the tools to become good Major League players. 1. Maikel Franco, 3B                  6’1”     180 lbs. Franco played well across the Florida State League, Eastern League, and International League in 2013. In those three stops, he hit .320 with a .356 OBP and 70 extra base hits (31 HR). Franco has excellent power and a high contact rate, which should allow him to continue to amass extra base hits. Unfortunately, Franco is overly aggressive at the plate and doesn’t walk often, which may catch up to him at more advanced levels. He’s a solid defensive third baseman and should stick there in the long run. Franco has the tools to become a good everyday Major League player. 2. Jesse Biddle, LHP                  6’5”     220 lbs. Biddle was the Phillies’ 1st round pick in 2010 and has played fairly well thus far in his career. Biddle spent 2013 in the Eastern League and had a 3.64 ERA, 1.35 WHIP, and 10.0 K/9 in 138.1 IP. His ERA was good and his K/9 was great. However, Biddle’s WHIP was entirely too high and must improve. Biddle’s fastball works in the low-90s and he throws an above-average curveball and changeup. Biddle also has a good frame that should allow him to be durable in the long run. He profiles as a good mid-rotation starter in the majors. 3. J.P. Crawford, SS                   6’2”     180 lbs. Crawford was the Phillies’ 1st round pick in the 2013 draft and his play last season justified his draft position. He hit incredibly well in the Gulf Coast League last year, but struggled upon being promoted to the South Atlantic League. Crawford’s combined BA (.308) and OBP (.405) were excellent, but he needs to generate more power as he only had 13 extra base hits. He has solid speed (14 SB in 2013) and plays good defense at SS. Crawford has the tools to be a special player, but he’s still very raw. 4. Severino Gonzalez, RHP        6’1”     153 lbs. Severino Gonzalez was outstanding in the South Atlantic League, Florida State League, and Eastern League in 2013. In 103.2 total IP, he had a 2.00 ERA, 1.02 WHIP, and 10.3 K/9. Those stats are all indicative of how dominant Gonzalez was last season. He has excellent control, as evidenced by his WHIP, and his fastball works in the low-90s. Scouts are skeptical of his ability to remain a starter as he has a slight frame and has only pitched more than 100 innings once. Additionally, he spent time in the bullpen last season and may exclusively work as a reliever in the long run. Regardless of whether he becomes a starter or reliever in the majors, Gonzalez has the tools and makeup to be a successful Major League player. 5. Miguel Gonzalez, RHP           6’3”     200 lbs. Miguel Gonzalez has yet to play professionally in the United States, so it’s difficult to evaluate him. He’s already 27 years old, which hinders his growth potential. He has a good frame and his fastball works in the low-90s, but his control and durability raise some concerns. Scouts are divided on how Gonzalez profiles in the majors as some see him as a mid-rotation starter and others believe he’ll end up in the bullpen. 6. Aaron Altherr, OF                  6’5”     190 lbs. Altherr played fairly well in the Florida State League in 2013. In 123 games, he hit .275 with a .337 OBP, 54 extra base hits (12 HR), and 23 SB. Altherr has tons of potential due to his exceptional athleticism. However, he is still raw and needs to improve his mechanics and approach at the plate to reach his potential. Altherr is a good defensive center fielder and should remain there in the long run. If he develops, Altherr will be a good Major League player. 7. Roman Quinn, SS                   5’10”   170 lbs. Quinn spent 2013 in the South Atlantic League and his stats were fairly pedestrian. He hit .238 with a .323 OBP, 15 extra base hits, and 32 SB in 67 games. While his SB total was impressive, Quinn’s BA and OBP were disappointing and represented a sizable regression from his 2012 stats (.281 BA, .370 OBP). Quinn’s phenomenal speed is his only plus skill at this point and he must refine the rest of his game, both at the plate and in the field, if he is to impact the Major League club. 8. Cesar Hernandez, 2B              5’10”   165 lbs. Hernandez spent most of 2013 in the Eastern League and International League. He also played in 34 games in the Majors last year, hitting .289 with a .344 OBP. In the minors, he hit .314 with a .378 OBP, 24 extra base hits, and 32 SB in 104 games. He’s a solid hitter, but his power numbers are underwhelming and he strikes out too often. Hernandez is a plus defender at 2B and has experience in the outfield. His solid bat and defensive versatility should allow him to contribute to a Major League club for years to come. 9. Kelly Dugan, OF                    6’3”     215 lbs. Dugan split time between the Florida State League and Eastern League in 2013. While his power numbers were consistent across both leagues, his BA and OBP dipped considerably upon being promoted to the Eastern League. Regardless, his combined stats (.291 BA, .352 OBP, 48 extra base hits – 20 HR) were good. Dugan needs to improve his plate discipline and reduce his strikeouts to succeed at more advanced levels. If he continues to develop, he could become an everyday Major League outfielder. 10. Dylan Cozens, OF                  6’6”     235 lbs. Cozens played fairly well in the New York-Pennsylvania League in 2013, hitting .265 with a .343 OBP and 30 extra base hits (9 HR) in 68 games. Cozens has great power, but strikes out too often (64 K in 2013). He is very raw and needs to improve his feel for the game. Cozens has the tools to become a solid everyday outfielder in the majors. www.csnphilly.com The post Philadelphia Phillies Top 10 Prospects appeared first on Batting Leadoff.
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