Weekly Phillies Prospect Roundup July 2 - 8

Hunter Martin

It's been a few weeks and we have all kinds of prospects to talk about with plenty of weeks into the VSL, DSL, GCL and NYPL seasons.

Well, with all the new draftees, International kids, etc. I'm going to limit a bit who I talk about in these updates, so unless it's a top prospect who's cold, or the hot player is a more fringe guy who seems to be showing something, as opposed to just a guy having a high BABiP couple games. Also, thanks to Jaypoozle's awesome daily recaps I'll only touch on Pitchers who had multiple good starts or one really, really good start.

With that in mind, who's hot?

Jesse Biddle - Biddle had been struggling a little with control since a really hot start to the season. He turned it around a bit this week with 6 IP, 3 H, 9 K, 1 BB, 1 ER.

Willie Carmona - Carmona had a fantastic week and has quietly had a very solid season shaping up. He's played some Third Base lately, but he's a First Baseman long term and that puts a ton of pressure on the bat. This week he went .417/.462/.625, 2 doubles, 1 HR, 6 K, 2 BB.

J.P. Crawford - The top's triple slash looks mighty good this week. .500/.542/.545 with 5 K, 2 BB, 2 SB (2 CS). He also had a few errors, so there's a bit of work to do on the basepaths and on Defense.

Maikel Franco - Will Franco ever cool off? .375/.375/.583, 2 doubles, 1 HR, 0 BB, 1 K. That's 1 K in 24 PA, that won't keep up but may as well enjoy it while it lasts.

Severino Gonzalez - 2 Games, 11.1 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 1 HR, 14 K, 1 BB. That's fairly dominating with a bit of bad luck. Six baserunners with 4 of them scoring? That's rough.

Zach Green - Yet another Third Base prospect, this one's a little rough Defensively, but he's fairly new to the spot, so no real worries there. At the Plate he went .304/.385/.522, 5 doubles (!!), 5 K, 2 BB, 1 HBP, 1 CS.

Larry Greene, Jr. - Fudgie is still racking up K's, but at least he's also racking up hits now. He went .318/.423/.500, 1 double, 1 HR, 10 K, 4 BB. I saw him in person on Saturday and he's a bit faster than I expected (not a burner, but not Ryan Howard slow either). He took good routes in the OF, though he lost an easy out in the lights. I also noted he took first pitch every at bat, which may explain all the K's and BB's.

Cameron Perkins - Perkins' week started with a rehab assignment. Well, he's looks pretty damned rehabbed. He went .385/.429/.769, 4 doubles, 2 HR, 4 K, 2 BB.

Logan Pierce - Pierce is doing what a player his age should in the NYPL. Should probably go to Lakewood this summer, but he's a bit blocked by Perkins, Serritella and Carmona at higher levels. .333/.379/.519, 2 doubles, 1 HR, 4 K, 1 BB, 1 HBP, 1 CS

Brian Pointer - I also got to see Pointer playing a mean Center Field. He didn't have to make any throws, but he made a stupendous diving catch, way over in Left. So, he has plenty of speed and took good routes. At the plate this week he was .316/.435/.526, 1 double, 1 HR, 7 K, 3 BB, 1 HBP, 1 CS.

Andrew Pullin - He is Pullin his weight (sorry), going .520/.538/.720, 3 doubles, 1 triple, 4 K, 1 BB, 1 SB. Did have an error this week and his Defense is developing. Like Z Green, he's new to the spot, so no major worries yet.

Chris Serrittella - Another guy who could probably be ready for a promotion. He had a pretty crazy good week .360/.448/.800, 3 doubles, 1 triple, 2 HR, 3 K, 4 BB. What more can be said?

Jiandido Tromp - .350/.350/.450, 2 doubles, 4 K, 0 BB, 1 SB (1 CS). The former big signing hit well, but it'd be nice to get an occasional walk.

Who is Cold?

Cameron Rupp - While I like the poetic consistency of a .143/.143/.143 line, it would look much better the other way around.

Sebastian Valle - Valle sees your .143 line and limbos lower to .125/.125/.125. Lots of K's for both C's.

The Rest:

Cody Asche - .320/.370/.360 with 2 Stolen Bases. Should the Butcher at 3rd Base get traded this month, Asche's ready for his shot. Just don't expect a huge improvement over Young right away.

Dylan Cozens - Remember when Cozens was waling like crazy? Regression. .269/.296/.654, 10 K, 1 BB, 3 HR. It's great to see the Power, and the NYPL is not a particularly Homer Friendly league. Did Ruben stumble onto something here?

Jose Pujols - Reported to be Domingo Santana with speed, the kid is adjusting to life in the GCL. His numbers weren't great this week, but he's showing nice patience at the plate. The power has yet to show up, but there's plenty of time for that, Pujols isn't even 18 yet.

Cord Sandberg - .286/.412/.286 with 3 K, 2 BB and 1 HBP. Good patience, as often happens, there was an error this week, but that's not uncommon in the GCL where kids are adjusting to the pro game.

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