Some Phillies-related odds and ends from the World Wide Web on this first day of spring training. . .
Here is Keith Law's ranking of the Phillies' Top 10 prospects:
- LHP Adam Morgan
- LHP Jesse Biddle
- SS Roman Quinn
- 3B Maikel Franco
- C Tommy Joseph
- RHP Ethan Martin
- RHP Jonathan Pettibone
- 3B Cody Asche
- RHP Kenny Giles
- 1B Larry Greene.
No real surprises here. I'd put Asche and Ruf ahead of Pettibone, but that's just me.
While I was browsing through Law's annual prospects package, I jotted down his ranking of former Phillies prospects who have moved on (or, more accurately, were moved on) to other clubs.
C Travis D'Arnaud, Mets (No. 2 system, No. 14 majors): If New York had managed to sign Michael Bourn the potential promotion of D'Arnaud, originally traded by the Phillies to the Blue Jays in the Roy Halladay deal, would have made the Mets an intriguing NL East sleeper. They are probably a year away from competing. But if New York had added Bourn and D'Arnaud had pulled a Mike Trout?
RHP Trevor May, Twins (No. 10 in system): May entered last season as the Phillies' top pitching prospect. After a down year at Double-A Reading, the club shipped him to Minnesota along with Vance Worley in exchange for Ben Revere. Law ranks seven of the nine players in front of May in the Top 65 in the majors.
1B Jonathan Singleton, Astros (No. 2 system, No. 32 majors): Law says if Singleton had not been suspended for a positive marijuana test, he would likely have spent four months as Houston's first baseman. "Now," Law writes, "he probably won't see the majors until late summer)." Singleton was the centerpiece of the Hunter Pence trade in 2011.
RHP Jarred Cosart, Astros (No. 5 system, No. 86 majors): Law says Cosart is always a candidate for the bullpen, "where his health and command issues won't be such a concern and where he could pitch in the majors immediately." Cosart was another piece of the Hunter Pence trade in 2011.
SS Jonathan Villar, Astros (No. 9 system): A piece of the Roy Oswalt trade.
OF Domingo Santana, Astros (No. 10 system): Santana had a big year at low-A last year. He was the third piece of the Hunter Pence trade.
How does Ruben Amaro Jr.'s offseason compare to the rest of the major leagues? ESPN's Jim Bowden says it ranks 11th, behind the Blue Jays, Dodgers, Angels, Braves, Tigers, Indians, Nationals, Red Sox, Rays and Orioles. That being said, Bowden's rankings seem to mirror the amount of money spent by each team. Anyway, here's the list.
The Phillies should plan on facing Stephen Strasburg all season, writes Buster Olney. The right-hander does not expect to be on an innings limit like the one that ended his season early in 2012.
Vance Worley tells the St. Paul Pioneer Press that this is the healthiest he's ever felt. Worley will be joined in the Twins rotation by former National Leaguers Kevin Correia and Mike Pelfrey.