Seven Phillies players took part and spent time battling against other organizations’ best young prospects. Below is a rundown of each of those Phils competitors’ AFL efforts with details on what to expect from each individual going forward.
Centerfielder Roman Quinn posted a .250 batting average with two triples, two home runs, nine RBI and a league leading 14 stolen bases in 24 games. His .720 OPS was just a bit higher than the .713 mark he posted in 88 games with Class A Advanced Clearwater this year. The 21-year-old was the Phillies’ 2nd round draft choice in 2011. He underwent surgery to repair a ruptured Achilles tendon last off-season but returned to action this year without any negative impact to his highly regarded speed. Expect Quinn to continue to rise through the developmental ranks at a steady pace. Already proving that he can compete with AFL competition, which includes loads of Double-A level (and beyond) talent, the five-foot-ten 170-pounder should see action with Reading next season.
|Adam Morgan with Reading in 2012, image- Jay Floyd|
Righty reliever Nefi Ogando had a 1-0 record with three saves and a 3.07 ERA in 12 AFL appearances. Ogando, who was acquired from Boston in a trade for John McDonald last year, struck out 15 and walked four in 14 2/3 innings with the Scorpions. The 25-year-old put together a 5-1 record with seven saves, a 6.27 ERA and a 9.16 K/9 mark in 48 games with Reading this year. Ogando has the potential to see some big league time next year, as his fastball can reach triple-digits and misses plenty of bats. His coaches like the flashes of dominance he was able to show in the Eastern League last year.
Right-handed reliever Colton Murray was 0-2 with a 4.91 ERA while striking out 13 and walking two in 14 2/3 innings in 11 games. The six-foot 195-pounder struck out more than a batter per inning and tallied a 2.29 ERA in 47 combined outings with Clearwater and Reading this year. The 24-year-old was the Phils’ 13th round draft selection in 2011. With a fastball that steadily sits in the mid-90’s, two breaking pitches and a terminator attitude, Murray could be a big league contributor out of the bullpen. At worst, I can see him as an “AAAA” void filler for when injuries arise with the big club…think B.J. Rosenberg with better upside.
Left-hander Ethan Stewart sported a 7.56 ERA with no decisions while striking out 12 and walking 10 in 8 1/3 innings pitched for Scottsdale. The six-foot-seven 235-pounder went 5-7 with a 4.82 ERA in 28 games (16 starts) this year with Clearwater. The 23-year-old Canadian was a 47th round pick in 2010. Stewart is not held in high regard among minor league hurlers at this stage and I would expect him to get roughed up quite a bit when he moves beyond A ball. He’s a smart pitcher, though, that could thrive similarly to another lefty, Mario Hollands, if he can add velocity.
Backstop Logan Moore tallied a .146 average with a double and three RBI in 12 contests. The 24-year-old batted .227 with four homers and 28 RBI in 91 combined games with Clearwater and Double-A Reading this year. Moore, who is often praised for his excellent work behind the dish, was the Phillies’ 9th round pick in 2011. Moore’s ceiling is not as a big league catcher, due to his lack of offense, but perhaps could be in the coaching ranks.
Right-hander Ryan O’Sullivan posted a 1-2 record along with a troubling 9.39 ERA in 10 games, striking out seven and walking five in 14 2/3 innings of work. The 24-year-old sported a 7-8 record with a 3.91 ERA in 37 games (12 starts) for Reading this year. O’Sullivan, who was acquired in the 2012 Joe Blanton trade, presents himself as minor league depth, plain and simple.
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