Weekly Phillies Prospect Roundup June 4-10

Will Freaky Dieky be back up later this summer? - Howard Smith-US PRESSWIRE

A quick look across the system to see how the kids are doing finds a lot to like (and a few thing to not like).

Good weeks were had by:

Anthony Hewitt - The Phillies First Round pick way back in 2008 had one of his occasional good weeks. He went .357/.400/.857 with 1 double, 2 HR, 1 SB (0 CS), 5 K, 0 BB, 1 HBP.

Cody Asche - Asche's been on a pretty good run in Lehigh of late. This week he went .360/.385/.560 with 3 doubles, 1 triple, 1 SB (1 CS), 7 K and 1 BB. Okay, the 7 K isn't ideal, but Asche usually controls the zone pretty well and everyone can have an off week there.

Maikel Franco - Currently I would call Franco the best position prospect in the Phillies system. He's been pretty damned good so far in Clearwater, which is not the most hitter friendly of leagues. .320/.370/.520, 2 doubles, 1 HR, 5 K, 2 BB.

Sebastian Valle - You can't get a much smaller sample size, but I'm happy to see Valle have a very nice all around week. Power, a walk, solid contact, other than a 50% K rate, pretty damned good. .375/.444/.750, 1 HR, 1 BB, 4 K.

Jesse Biddle - Biddle went 7.0 IP with 4 H, 3 BB, 1 HBP, 7 K, 1 HR, 1 ER. It's not as strong as his April starts, but they K rate is still strong. Control/command look slike it may still need some work.

Jesus Chavez - Chavez is a Left Handed Starter going through his second round in the VSL (though he only pitched a few innings last year). He's a 6'3" 19 year old from Mexico. He made 2 starts last week going 12 IP with 7 H, 2BB, 1 HBP and 14 K with 1 ER. I'll be honest and note that I don't know a ton about Chavez, but the lack of BB is intriguing.

Jake Diekman - Diekman's control has been better of late. Perhaps he's hoping he can get a call to Philly. Well, if he keeps this up he very well may. 4.0 IP, 1 H, 2 BB, 8 K.

Hoby Milner - I'm mentioning Milner much more than I expected to. After a rough first month, he's been very good. This week he was 7.0 IP, 5 H, 0 BB, 0 HBP, 0 doubles, 0 triples, 0 HR, 6 K, 1 ER. That is exactly the kind of line you want from a Pitcher. Decent K/9 and nothing hit hard and no free passes. He won't likely be an ace, but he could be a really nice mid rotation guy and he could be that within the next year or so.

Carlos Zambrano - Big Z is now pitching in Reading and is doing better going 6 innings last week with 3 H, 7 K, 3 BB, 1 HR, 1 ER. We'll need more than 1 start to determine if Zambrano is an improvement over Cloyd/Pettibone/Lannan, but were he able to do that in the MLB again, he'd be worth the risk to the water coolers.

Who had bad weeks?

Leandro Castro - Well, he did have a double. .190/.190/.238 with 4 K.

Larry Greene - Man, I really want to write nice things about Larry Greene, who seems like a nice enough guy. He's just been so bad this year. On the plus side, he did show a bit of pop this week (oh, that feels much better). .167/.167/.333 with 6 K in 18 PA.

Tyson Gillies - Just when it seemed like he was heating up. Oh well. .118/.167/.118, 5 K, 1 BB.

Tommy Joseph - Well, he's just coming back from an extended injury layoff, it can be expected he needs time to heat up. .100/.100/.100 with 5 K in 10 PA.

Chace Numata - .000/.182/.000 with 2 BB and 1 K.

Brian Pointer - .182/.286/.273, 1 double, 1 BB, 6 K in 14 PA.

Cameron Rupp - Like Valle, this is a miniscule sample, due to their splitting time. .182/.182/.182 with 2 K in 11 PA.

Brody Colvin - He recorded his first 2 Strikeouts in over a month last week. Let's just leave it there with the good news.

Ethan Martin - The Mr. Hyde side of Martin came a visiting recently. 6.0 IP, 6 H, 5 BB, 1 HBP, 6 K, 1 HR, 4 ER.

Shane Watson - Look, on one hand his best friend just joined the Org. (unofficially) when the Phils drafted JP Crawford. Also, every out in his last start was the Result of a K. Sadly, there were only 4 outs he lasted for and it went quite badly aside from the 4 K's. 1.1 IP, 5 H, 2 BB, 3 HR, 7 ER. Supposedly Watson is working on a 4 seasm Fastabll and judging by his HR/9 performance thus far, I'm guessing it's bolt straight and thrown right when the hitter expects it. Nothing to worry about yet, he's just been double jumped, he's very young for the level and he's, possibly, adjusting his pitching repertoire. He may be off to Williamsport in a few weeks where he can work on his pitches in a much less hitter friendly environment.

Other interesting parties:

Aaron Altherr - Well, the pop returned nicely this week. Bit of a mixed bag otherwise as he went .200/.286/.520, 2 doubles, 2 HR, 1 SB (0 CS), 7 K, 3 BB in 28 PA.

Kelly Dugan - Now, the Triple slash might make it sound like a hot week, but Dugan still K's at an alarming rate. .308/.333/.500, 2 doubles, 1 HR, 1 BB, 11 K in 27 PA.

Roman "Candle" Quinn - .222/.300/.278, 1 double, 4 K, 2 BB, 3 SB (1 CS) in 20 PA. He is now on pace to surpass his 2012 error totals. Reports are that many are throwing errors. While it's good news that he can field the ball cleanly, for the most part, throwing yips have derailed infield careers, still, it can be worked through if it's just a matter of him getting used to making the thrwows and throwing across his body. He has time to work through it.

Darin Ruf - Ruf is heating back up again after his own injury layoff. .273/.385/.364, 2 doubles, 3 K, 3 BB, 1 HBP.

Carlos Tocci - I'm still all for keeping the kid in Lakewood all year, as he seems to be adjusting a bit. His line is mixed this week, but the plate discipline hasn't waned, probably the best sign of his development overall. Keep in mind Tocci is younger than most of the High Schoolers drafted last week and he's playing 2 levels higher than most of them will play for another 2 years. .154/.313/.154, 2 K, 3 BB in 16 PA.

Freddy Zorilla - No clever (or not so clever, perhaps) puns this week on his name, but I'm following Zorilla and I like the walks, a very rare thing in the VSL, like spotting a snow leopard in Florida. .240/.296/.400 with 1 double, 1 HR, 1 SB (1 CS), 5 K, 2 BB in 27 PA.

Perci Garner - 2 games, 11.0 IP, 14 H, 6 K, 6 BB, 6 ER. It was kind of a tale of 2 starts as his start last night did most of the damage there.

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