Friday, October 9, 2015

Minors: Slow progress for Joseph, Morgan, Watson

Updates on Tommy Joseph, Adam Morgan, Shane Watson.

Minors: Slow progress for Joseph, Morgan, Watson

Phillies catching prospect Tommy Joseph. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)
Phillies catching prospect Tommy Joseph. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)

1. Temple product and Phillies ninth-round draft pick Matt Hockenberry was promoted to Lakewood on Monday after one scoreless appearance in the Gulf Coast League. He has made two one-inning appearances so far at Lakewood, surrendering five runs, three of which were earned. Phillies director of player development Joe Jordan said the quick promotion was a product of the situation. "We had the ability to send him to Williamsport or Lakewood," Phillies director of player development Joe Jordan said. "We had more of an immediate need that we felt like, based on what we'd seen, that he could [fill] give us in Lakewood."

2. Cuban pitcher Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez has made three appearances out of the bullpen for Clearwater since he was added to the roster late last week. Gonzalez has pitched four innings in those appearances, giving up just one earned run while striking out six batters and walking none. Jordan said the organization doesn't know whether the move to the bullpen is permanent, but they feel it is best for Gonzalez at the moment. "His stuff is coming back. I think he feels good physically," Jordan said. "If we end up using him out of the bullpen this summer and that helps us get him going and maybe pitching at a higher level, obviously, wherever that is, then that's fine. We just need to get the guy on the mound."

3. The Inquirer's 10th-ranked prospect in the Phillies system, Adam Morgan, is continuing his rehab in Florida from offseason shoulder surgery. It is progressing well for the 24-year-old lefthander, according to Jordan. Jordan hopes Morgan will pitch in some games in Florida late in July before getting some "meaningful" innings in August.

4. Shane Watson, the Phillies' 40th overall pick in 2012, is another pitcher recovering from offseason surgery. The 20-year-old righthander is also doing well in rehab, but his time line is behind Morgan's, and he will not pitch in games this summer. "His [time line] will be more instructional league, hopefully have a normal offseason, then be ready to go 100 percent when spring training gets here," Jordan said.

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5. Tommy Joseph is another top prospect enveloped in rehab. Joseph hasn't played since May 9 because of a sprained left wrist. Jordan said that evaluating Joseph is an ongoing, a daily process but that progress has been made. He hopes Joseph will begin playing in the Gulf Coast League within between one week and seven to 10 days. "In some ways, it's day-to-day, just to see as we increase the workload how his wrist handles it," Jordan said. "We've got to pile on some work and just kind of see how it responds."

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