Sunday, June 4, 2017

Phillies minor league note book, 6/4/17

I haven't delivered my usual semi-weekly hot lists this year, as I have in previous season.  I hope to bring these back more often, so here's a note book on top prospect performers throughout the Phillies' organization...

Triple-A Lehigh Valley IronPigs (37-18 record, 1st place IL North Division)-

Hoskins, image- Jay Floyd
No player in the Phils' system has been as consistent as first base prospect Rhys Hoskins.  The 24-year-old righty batter's 1.005 OPS leads the International League.  Hoskins, who was the Phillies' 5th round draft selection in 2014 is batting .302 with 13 home runs and 41 RBI in 55 games this season.

Outfielder Cam Perkins is batting .385 over his last seven games.  Perkins, a 26-year-old, has posted a .289/393/.480 slash line through 48 games this year.  The righty batter was a 6th round draft selection by the Phils in 2012.

Outfielder Nick Williams was 0-for-3 on Saturday night, but prior to that contest, the 23-year-old had gone 22-for-60 (.367 avg) with eight homers and 19 RBI in his previous 16 games.  Williams, a lefty batter, was acquired from Texas in the 2015 Cole Hamels trade.  Overall he has a .279 average with 11 homers and 34 RBI in 53 games.

Bouncing back from a troublesome April (.136/.211/.296 line in 23 games) outfielder Dylan Cozens had a terrific month of May.  In 26 May games, the 23-year-old posted a .330/.386/.689 slash line.  Cozens, a left-handed batter, was the Phillies' 2nd round draft pick in 2012. 


Additional note on the IronPigs...OF Roman Quinn is day-to-day with an arm ailment following an injury that took place on a slide last week, according to NoiseNation's Kram.

Double-A Reading Fightin Phils (28-24, 3rd place Eastern League East Division)- 

Second baseman Scott Kingery has continued to make headlines, as he leads all of minor league baseball with 17 home runs.  His 1.048 mark leads the Eastern League in OPS.  In 51 games overall, the right-handed hitting Kingery has posted a .314 batting average with 32 RBI and 13 steals. The 23-year-old was the Phils' 2nd round draft selection in 2015.

Ranked second in the Eastern League in OPS is Fightins outfielder Andrew Pullin, who has a .970 mark.  Overall in 52 games, the 23-year-old has a .319 batting average with 12 homers and 36 RBI.  Pullin, a lefty batters, was the Phillies' 5th round draft choice in 2012.

Third baseman Mitch Walding notched two-homer games on back-to-back nights on Thursday and Friday and slammed five homers in a four game stretch last week.  The 24-year-old left-handed batter has yet to break out on a consistent basis this season, as he's batting .200 with 10 home runs and 24 RBI in 42 games this year.

Drew Anderson, image- Jay Floyd
Righty pitcher Drew Anderson has rebounded from a difficult April.  After posting an 8.59 ERA with a .333 batting average against while striking out nine and walking six in 14 2/3 innings over four April starts, Anderson would tally a 2.88 ERA with a .203 BAA while striking out 34 and walking nine in 34 1/3 innings over six May starts.  Anderson, 23, was a 21st round draft pick in 2012.

Tyler Viza, a righty starter, has lowered his season ERA by nearly 1.5 runs over his past two appearances.  In those outings, the 22-year-old has gone 1-0 while allowing two earned runs, striking out 12 and walking one in 12 innings of work.  In 10 total starts this year, the Phils' 32nd round pick from 2013 has a 3-3 record with a 5.59 ERA and a .287 BAA.

Class A Advanced Clearwater Threshers (32-24, 1st place Florida State League North Division)-

Righty pitcher Jose Taveras leads the pack of seven Threshers that have been honored as Florida State League All-Stars.  After his complete game victory on Saturday, the 23-year-old Dominican has a 5-2 record with a 2.23 ERA, a .221 BAA and a 7.8 K/9 mark in 10 starts this year.

Outfielder Zach Coppola was batting .350 with a homer, 12 RBI and 10 stolen bases over 45 games and was slated to be an FSL All-Star as well before he was promoted to Reading last week.  The 23-year-old was the Phillies' 13th round draft choice in 2015.

Outfielder Cornelius "C" Randolph is 16-for-40 (.400 avg) over his last 11 games.  Overall in 47 games this season, the 20-year-old lefty hitter has put together a .239 average with five homers and 25 RBI.  Randolph was the Phillies' opening round draft pick in 2015.

Also an All-Star, Philadelphia native Jeff Singer has been strong all season, posting a 3-1 record with 11 saves, a 1.57 ERA and a .170 BAA in 20 relief appearances.  The 23-year-old is a Rutgers-Camden product and was signed as a minor league free agent in 2015.

Class A Lakewood BlueClaws (31-25, 2nd place South Atlantic League North Division)- 

Left pitcher Nick Fanti finally looked a bit human on Saturday in an outing in which he allowed four earned runs over four innings.  However, prior to that start, the 20-year-old, who remains undefeated on the season with a 4-0 record, had tallied a 1.52 ERA and a .156 BAA over his first eight starts this year.  For the year, the Phils 31st round draft pick from 2015 has a remarkable 10.2 K/9 mark overall.

Righty reliever Will Hibbs has still not been scored upon through 16 games (28 innings) this season.   Overall, Hibbs is 4-0 with seven saves, a .078 BAA and a 9.6 K/9 mark.  The six-foot-seven 245-pounder was the Phils' 19th round draft selection last year.

Mickey Moniak, last year's first overall draft pick, is batting .275 with two home runs and 22 RBI in 51 games this season for the 'Claws. 
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