1. Lakewood utility man Willians Astudillo was named to the South Atlantic League postseason all-star team. More important, Astudillo, who turns 23 in October, is in the hunt to win the South Atlantic League batting crown. With the season ending Monday, he entered the weekend hitting a league-high .340. Delmarva catcher Chance Sisco was second at .334. "He is one of those guys born to hit and can hit a line drive in his sleep," Lakewood manager Greg Legg said. Astudillo has struck out just 20 times and walked 19 in 452 plate appearances. Originally a catcher, he has also played first base and left field this year in addition to DH to get his bat in the lineup.
2. Lehigh Valley outfielder Cameron Perkins has struggled at the plate after being promoted earlier this season from Reading, where he was hitting .342. For the IronPigs, Perkins entered the weekend hitting .208. "With him, it's been pitch selection," IronPigs manager Dave Brundage said. "We would like him to walk more." Perkins, The Inquirer's No. 9 Phillies prospect, had walked 13 times in his first 256 plate appearances for the IronPigs. He turns 24 on Sept. 27. Brundage said Perkins' defense has been a positive.
3. Phillies first-round pick Aaron Nola finished with five starts at Reading. Could that be enough to have him begin next season at triple-A Lehigh Valley? "He doesn't have that much double-A time," said Joe Jordan, the Phillies' director of player development. "We'll see." Nola has been competing since Louisiana State opened its season Feb. 14. Jordan believes there's a good chance Nola will improve next season. "If he's able to do what he needs to do this winter - rest, condition, and strength - you may see a tick better stuff [next season]," Jordan said.
4. Reading outfielder Kelly Dugan fractured a small bone in his foot. Dugan, who turns 24 on Sept. 18, had a strong season but battled injuries for the second year in a row. He began last season on the disabled list with an oblique strain and missed seven weeks this season with the same injury. When he has played, Dugan, The Inquirer's No. 10 prospect, has performed well. He batted .296 with five home runs, 34 RBIs, and an .818 OPS in 296 plate appearances for the Fightin Phils.
5. Clearwater first baseman Art Charles has had a hit-or-miss season. Charles, who turns 24 in November, had struck out 151 times in his first 487 plate appearances while batting .232 entering the weekend. The 6-foot-6, 220-pound lefthanded hitter also had 19 home runs. "What he has to do is learn how to use the whole field because he pulls too much," Clearwater manager Nelson Prada said.