Over the last couple of weeks we have taken a look at the Phillies' personnel situation heading into the offseason. We will continue to do so, but first a quick look-in at the Arizona Fall League, where prospects from around the majors are competing in the annual developmental showcase. The Phillies' contingent is short on top-shelf talent, but one name that jumps out at you is center fielder Anthony Gose, whom the club shipped to Houston in the Roy Oswalt trade last July.
The speedy center fielder is hitting .290 with a .371 OBP with four doubles, three triples, three home runs and three stolent bases in 62 at-bats. This after former catching prospect Travis D'Arnaud hit .311/.371/.542 with 21 home runs for Double-A New Hampshire during the minor league season. The Blue Jays acquired D'Arnaud in the Roy Halladay trade, then netted Gose after Houston flipped him for Brett Wallace.
With Shane Victorino and Carlos Ruiz both entering the final year of their contracts, it's a reminder that the Phillies have given up significant young talent to maximize their opportunity of winning another World Series during this current window.
The only current Phillie of note thus far has been Cody Overbeck. Plenty of scouts and personnel people think Overbeck has a bat that can play some kind of role in the big leagues. The question is his position. He has not succeeded at third base. The Phillies tried him in the outfield, but he was nowhere near big league ready at the end of last season. In the Fall League, he is playing first base, where through 11 games he is 11-for-36 (.306) with a .444 on base percentage, a double, a triple, and nine strikeouts in 36 at-bats.