No Phillies on Arizona Fall League top prospects list
Jim Callis at MLB Pipeline unveiled his Top 20 Arizona Fall League prospects, and sadly, it was just another prospect list that didn't include any Phillies hopefuls.
He then published a list of five additional AFL prospects who didn't make the initial list. It also featured zero Phillies.
So, how exactly did the Phillies' reps do in the AFL?
The AFL’s all-around freak show was the Angels’ first base prospect C.J. Cron, who hit .413 in 20 games and 80 at-bats, crushing five home runs, six doubles, 33 hits, and maintained a stupidly high OPS of 1.147. Kris Bryant (3B, Cubs), Travis Shaw (1B, Red Sox), and Jared Mitchell (OF, White Sox) rounded out the rest of the gang who kept their OPS over 1.000.
None of the Phillies prospects found a spot on the leader board. The most offensive Phillies prospect was Cameron Rupp, who struck out 19 times in 67 at-bats – equaling his hit total. The rest of the hitters posted ugly numbers, and the hurlers didn’t do much better, as the Phillies-Royals-Padres-Mariners-Astros-built Peoria Javelinas finished the AFL season 12-19, good enough for last place.
Cameron Rupp, C
19-for-67, 3 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 4 BB, 19 SO, 1 SB
Rupp will likely be competing for the backup catching role in 2014, alongside Erik Kratz. At this point, with Sebastian Valle's decline and Tommy Joseph's concussions, he is the Phillies' top catching prospect.
Aaron Altherr, OF
9-for-45, 3 2B, 2 BB, 8 SO, 2 SB, 1 CS
Altherr is said to have a high ceiling, which he has not reached yet, and there remains hope for his full arsenal of skills to find a full time home in a corner outfield spot.
Cameron Perkins, OF
11-for-51, 4 2B, 2 3B, 5 BB, 7 SO, 1 SB, 2 CS
Perkins spent most of 2012 and 2013 battling admirably in the bowels of the Phillies' farm system., first in Williamsport, then down to the Gulf Coast, then over to Clearwater, with a professional slash line of .297/.346/.429 in 683 at-bats.
Kyle Simon, RHP
14.1 IP, 12 H, 5 ER, 6 BB, 11 K
Simon was giving up hits with Reading this year, and his SO/BB ratio was dangerously thin at 1.5. This was his second Arizona Fall League with the Phillies, and this one was better. His development continues, having finished the regular season with a shutdown week - 5.1 IP, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 H, 2 K.
Mike Nesseth, RHP
14.2 IP, 21 H, 15 ER, 8 BB, 9 K
They called him "Little Doc" in 2011, after Carlos Ruiz caught him in Clearwater. It's a nickname that remained sadly accurate after Halladay's injury-riddled 2013 campaign, and Nesseth in turn gave up many, many hits as a Peoria Javelina, after a successful regular season - 2.50 ERA in 68.1 IP for the Threshers, Fightin' Phils, and IronPigs, though he his H/9 was an indicative 8.7.
Austin Wright, LHP
10.2 IP, 9 H, 7 ER, 6 BB, 11 K
Wright’s AFL season was the closest microcosm to his full season at Reading, where his ERA landed on 5.92 after 94.1 innings.
Ken Giles, RHP
10.1 IP, 8 H, 6 ER, 8 BB, 16 K
Giles is throwing as fast as 97-98, but lacks the control to use his power the way it was meant.
Keep in mind, though, the AFL is a sample size accumulated over a few weeks, and as even Callis admits, the numbers don't mean much in the grand scheme.