Weekly Phillies Prospect Roundup - May 7 - 13

Let's take a dip in the talent pool, shall we? - Christian Petersen

A little late due to typical Stanley Kubrick Production delays. Just wait until Roamn Quinn eats a cow at the end of this.

Some guys I've been rooting for to get hot, got hot. Now stay hot dagumit.

Chace Numata - Still a rather high BABiP, but the kid put up a .389/.450/.722 line with 3 doubles, a homer, 0 K, 1 BB, 1 HBP. He's had some issues with Passed Balls this spring and his CS% is still pedestrian, but he's also only 20. He may eventually have to move from behind the dish, but no need for that yet.

Cameron Perkins - I still really wish Perkins would take a damned walk from time to time, but it's hard to complain about a .476/.476/.667 line with only 1 K.

Roman "Candle" Quinn - Okay, there's a decent week. .429/.529/.643 with 1 HR. The downsides: Too many K's (4), not much success on the basepaths (1 for 3 in steals). Two walks and an HBP are nice. And, hey, the kid's hitting, so I won't dwell on the fact that he's still on the same torrid error pace he was last summer.

Darin Ruf - I had the pleasure of watching Ruf Play Left this past weekend and if he's positioned right, he seems to do fine, but the few balls he had to run to he stodd no chance of getting to (both foul, as it turns out, though one just barely). He has a pretty good arm for Left and had a few nice throws. The rest of his week, offensively, was about where he left off over the Winter. He went .435/.548/.652 with 2 doubles, 1 HR, 7 K and 7 BB. In fact when anyone was on base the Bulls just flat out pitched around Ruf and avoided giving him anything that might result in a free steak for the kid.

Aaron Altherr - Seriously? Is he ever going to cool off? Not yet given his .364/.462/.455 line with 1 SB, 1 double, 2 BB and 4 K. That's 4 K in 13 PA, which is waaaay too many. Small Sample Size, but it's his one big red flag right now and may protend struggles when he inevitably moves up to Reading in a month.

Cody Asche - Some good and bad. Seeing him in person Cody strikes me a fairly average defender at the hot corner, he also struggled at the plate when I saw him. He didn't struggle the rest of the week though as he sported a .345/.387/.586 triple slash with 2 HR, 1 double, 2 BB and 9 K (4 of those K on the day I saw him).

Kelly Dugan - A .292/.370/.542 line 1 double, 1 triple, 1 HR, 3 HBP and 6 K. Same concern as Altherr, Dugan strikes out so much I worry I may cap out as a AAAA guy.

Larry "Fudgie" Greene - Well, lookie, lookie, someone started hitting. No power, at all, but .412/.524/.412 is helluva lot better than his first few weeks.

Brian Pointer - Another guy I'm excited to see heat up some with .304/.407/.522 with 2 doubles, 1 HR, 5 K, 2 BB, 2 HBP, 1 SB (2 CS). If Quinn and Pointer both heat up at the plate and on the bases, that Lakewood team would be crazy fun to watch.

Jake Diekman - Diekman found the proverbial side of the barn this week racking up 5 K and only 1 BB in 3 innings of work.

Ethan Martin - 6 IP, 7 K, 2 BB, 4 H, 2 ER, 1 HR. The Dr. Jeckyl version is hopefully here to stay for a while, as he has great talent and would look great in the 2015 rotation with more lines like this.

That's pretty decent list of hot players. How did everyone else do?

Zach Collier - You know, I haven't said much about Collier all spring, but he's an interesting case because he ties up a spot on the 40 man. Over this past winter similarly toolsy, high draft pick D'Arby Myers was released with much better numbers than Collier is currently struggling with. This week's rather uninspiring .143/.143/.143 line with 4 K's, 0 BBs, is sadly not as far off as one would hope from his season line of .171/.232/.271. If push comes to shove on the 40 man, I can't see much logic in keeping him on at the expense of anyone else.

Maikel Franco - ...And, cooled back off this week with a .200/.273/.400 line with 2 doubles and a triple. There are positives. First the triple (which must have beel well hit, because Franco ain't winning many foot races), second 2 BBs and only 2 Ks. His numbers remain strong enough to suggest that a midseason promo to Reading is a strong possibility.

Tyson Gillies - Hey, it's an improvement as he sports a .263/.250/.368 line with 2 doubles. The lack of walks is out of charecter, but perhaps part of the demotion to Reading was to work on being more aggressive with his new swing or something.

Cesar Hernandez - Decent, but not spectacular week with a .276/.364/.310 line. Cesar taking 4 walks here is the big story in his line. He damn near doubled his walk rate in a single week.

Cameron Rupp - Another solid week with some pop. .200/.294/.667 with 2 HR, 1 double, 4 K's, 1 BB, 1 HBP. If your math is decent you may realize he had 3 hits total, so the power is all in the line above.

Carlos Tocci - .222/.300/.278, 1 double, 3 K, 2 BB, 1 SB. That may not look impressive, but this is a high school Junior, essentially, playing with a bunch of College players when comparing ages. Lots of potential here.

Sebastian Valle - A pretty decent .294/.294/.412 line with 2 doubles, it also includes a 25% K rate and 0% BB rate. His walk rate has been much improved this year, while his average has been in the gutter, this is a bit of a reverse to the Valle of last year, and weirdly less promising.

Jesse Biddle - 5 IP, 3 H, 5 K, 2 BB, 2 ER. Honestly, that's a pretty solid start.

Percy Garner - 7 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 6 K, 3 BB. Again, that's a pretty solid start and it's nice to see a 2:1 K:BB ratio.

Yoel Mecias - 5.1 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 6 K, 2 BB

Hoby Milner - 12 IP, 15 H, 3 ER, 13 K, 2 BB. That's quite a few hit, but damn, that's a really nice K:BB ratio and K/9. Milner's really turning it around after a very rough start to the season.

Adam Morgan - Morgan has turned it around in the other direction of late. This week he went 3.2 IP, 7 H, 5 ER, 2 K, 1 BB, 2 HBP.

BJ Rosenberg - BJ Rosenberg was downright adequate this week. He went 13 innings, 11 H, 4 ER, 7 K, 6 BB, 1 HBP as the pseudo defacto Ace of the Iron Pigs staff.

"Sugar" Shane Watson - 4 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 1 K, 1 BB, 3 doubles. Last year's top pick has been a bit up and down this spring.

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