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Weekly Phillies prospect update Aug 6 - 12

Another great week for Crawford, as well as other notes from around the system.

A recent graduate of these weekly updates
A recent graduate of these weekly updates
Kevin C. Cox

Aaron Altherr - Altherr's line is ugly, so let's not spend too much time on it overall. .158/.273/.211, the part that's worth looking at is the .273, that's a BB rate of just over 10%. That pulls his overall rate up to 8.9%. That's a slight improvement over last year. Also, his K rate has come down from being in the low to mid 30's to 27.7%. Still a little high, but manageable.

Venn Biter - Phillies 30th round pick/geatest name in system/hero of the moon colony, Venn Biter is off to a nice start in the GCL. I'll just do his whole season line, since it's only a few more ABs than this week's total. He's at .385/.448/.462, 24.1% K, 10.3% BB. It's less than 30 PA, so it could look dramatically different in a few weeks or after than, but it's a damn nice start.

Willie Carmona - Carmona's a kind of fringy prospect, but he had a nice week and I want to shine the light on it and give the guy the credit he deserves. .391/.462/.565, 4 doubles, 1 K, 3 BB. Carmona's a First baseman, and his bat isn't quite good enough for him to be a serious prospect there, but if LGJ's season line looked Willie's, I think we'd all be fairly happy.

JP Crawford - All he does is hit. A lot. .417/.517/.583, 1 double, 1 HR, 1 K, 5 BB, 1 SB (0 CS). I'm damned near giddy about Crawford. He's just abusing the GCL, and should have been promoted to NYPL (with so little time left no point in that now, probably).

Kelly Dugan - Bit of a mixed bag for Dugan. A .240/.296/.520 line says it all, he had a rough week at the plate with 10 K in 27 PA to go with just 1 BB and 1 HBP, but of his 6 hits, he had a double and 2 Homers.

Maikel Franco - I think I'm convinced. Franco might be hard pressed to not show up as the Phillies #1 prospect on most lists this offseason. I had concerns that more advanced breaking balls would kill his batting average once the Eastern League adjusted to him. That hasn't really happened. He went .320/.370/.480, 1 double, 1 HR, 2 K, 2 BB 1 CS. Other than the CS, there's nothing to argue with in that line.

Tyson Gillies - .300/.364/.400, 2 doubles, 5 K, 2 BB, 2 SB (0 CS). Tyson had an awful April and a pretty bad July. His May was a mixed bag, but if he can get close to his June and August numbers on a regular basis he stands a chance of being a pretty useful player.

Zach Green - Slow swing be damned, it's a Zach attack and all pitches will be punished. .333/.385/.667, 2 doubles, 2 HR, 7 K, 2 BB. It may still turn out that Green is a Single-A superstar whose approach and swing won't work at higher levels. This is just fun to watch though and perhaps he can make adjustments as he advances to make these things work for him.

Deivi Grullon - On of the big Interantional signings for the Phils last year Grullon had a pretty solid week going .313/.389/.313, 3 K, 2 BB, 1 SB. Grullon's young, adjusting to the US and a new position so some growing pains are expected, but his season numbers are pretty respectable and I would not be surprised if he goes the Santana/Tocci route, by going straight to Lakewood to start 2014. Another in a line of strong Catching prospects. Grullon's a favorite of mine.

Jan Hernandez - Another 2013 pick had a good week going .273/.385/.636, 1 double, 1 HR, 4 K, 1 BB, 1 HBP. Lot's of Catchers and Third Basemen to dream on in the system and not many Outfielders, oddly.

Andrew Knapp - Did someone say Catchers to dream on? .250/.333/.688, 1 double, 2 HR, 6 K, 1 BB, 1 HBP. Frankly we have too many Catchers right now and someone is likely to get squeezed out over the winter. Probably Ludy, but could be Numata and Valle's probably a goner one way or another.

Wilmer Oberto - Poor Oberto stuck in the GCL. Well, actually that should probably say poor GCL pitchers for being stuck with Oberto. .346/.419/.462, 1 HR, 3 K, 3 BB, 1 HBP. Really there's nothing left for him to prove in the GCL where he's too old for the level anyway.

Andrew Pullin - Wow. .318/.318/.727, 3 triples, 1 HR, 7 K, 0 BB. It would be nice to see more walks (by more, I mean any), but the more important part with Pullin is how he looks at Second. He only has 3 errors on the season and those were picked up in the first few weeks. I haven't seen a scouting report to know if he looks good, but the numbers are promising.

Jiandido Tromp - Promoted to Lakewood a few hours ago, along with Lino, Tromp was killing the NYPL this week going .353/.353/.588, 1 double, 1 HR, 6 K, 0 BB. He's fairly fringy as a prospect and his average is largely BABiP. He will take a walk though, and as a Centerfielder, there's less pressure on his bat. Nothing to get too excited about yet, but worth keeping an eye on.

Sebastian Valle - Holy crap! Tell me what looks weird about the following line: .167/.318/.222. My jaw hit the floor when I realized this, Valle took 4 walks in. the. same. week. That's 25% of his total walks for the season. If he could do that regularly he's be one of the top prospects on the team instead of a guy at risk of a DFA.

Trey Williams - Hooray 2013 draft class! It's too early to get overly excited, but this class, well, I really like it. The Phillies seem to have wrung a good draft class out of a very poor draft. That's a good trick. .385/.429/.462, 1 double, 1 K and 1 BB (for some reason as I typed that I heard George Thurogood in my head singing it). Yet another 3rd Baseman.

Severino Gonzalez - He's a one start Pitcher this week and I usually don't talk about them, but Sev is interesting. Baseball America noted this week that his Fastball works up to 94 mph (better than the upper 80's low 90's previously reported). For the season his 10.53 K/9 and 1.83 BB/9 suggests he may be a viable mid-rotation starter or more. He's 20 and still pretty slim, so it's not crazy to think his fastball could add a few mph.

Mario Hollands - Another Tyler Cloyd type guy who may be capable of the occasional effective MLB start, 2 G, 11.0 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 2 HR, 15 K, 5 BB, 1 HBP. Worth keeping in your backpocket for when he's needed, but not likely to be a regular.

Adam Morgan - Morgan was a two start Pitcher who should eventually be more than a spot starter. He went 2 G, 8.2 IP, 12 H, 2 ER, 1 HR, 5 K, 3 BB. Still coming back from his injury.

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