Hyatt completely destroyed the Jupiter Hammerheads on Tuesday. He went eight innings strong giving up no runs, one hit, and two walks. Oh yeah, I forgot to mention that he also struck out a career high 14 hitters.
Hyatt is easily moving up the ranks in the Phillies organization. I definitely would not worry about rushing the kid. Hyatt, 24 on the 23rd, is definitely a surprise as he was drafted in the 15th round of the 2009 draft. Which means all 30 teams picked 466 players before him.
In his short career, Hyatt has a good line:
- 9-1 25 G (11 GS) 1.50 ERA 0.83 WHIP 26 BBs 142 Ks
He is already at High A Clearwater and has a good possibility of ending the season in AA Reading. If all goes well for Hyatt, we should expect to see him either as a call up in 2011 or sometime during the 2012 season.
Monday night the Reading Phillies welcomed back former Phillies prospect Kyle Drabek. He struck out 7 in 6 innings of work. Unfortunately, Drabek fell victim to the big inning, allowing 4 earned runs in the second inning. His big inning was the result of a walk, two singles, two doubles, and a hit batter. He did hold Phillies prospects Domonic Brown, Freddy Galvis, and Tyson Gillies to a lone hit in nine at bats between them. Just a hiccup in the road. Drabek is going to be phenominal pitcher in the major leagues.
We are now officially less than 4 weeks away from the annual rule 4 first year players draft. The Phillies first pick comes late in the first round, 27th overall. Unfortunately, the Phils have absolutely NO shot at high profile draft prospects like Bryce Harper, Zach Cox, or Robbie Aviles. That’s the price you have to pay for being the best team in the National League two years running.
The Phillies really need to get some quality picks in the next two or three drafts. The current core is getting older with Utley, Howard, Rollins, Werth, Ruiz, Polanco, and Ibanez all being on the wrong side of 30. While Howard and Utley will remain for years to come, guys like Werth and Ibanez may not.
The Phillies do not really need to worry about the outfield for prospects with players like Domonic Brown, Tyson Gillies, and Anthony Gose all in the pipeline. Starting pitchers are a few years away, but they are there. The Phillies really need to develop some premiere infield talent. They have no can’t miss 3B prospect. Unless SS Freddy Galvis can find the ability to hit, he will be no better than a bench middle infielder.
Hopefully, there will be some signability types that drop that the Phillies can pick up, even though it is not there M.O. They generally take a toolsy HS player or a high risk high reward player out of college. Hopefully, the Phillies can get the right players at the right price that can contribute in a year or two.
The Phillies currently have a prospect who hasn’t really been tested. He is just what the Phillies are looking for. He may or may not make the bigs. But right now, he is one of the best in his league. Who am I talking about you ask?
Little known 19 year old Nevri Jimenez. He plays 3B for the Phillies in the Dominican Summer League. The season hasn’t gotten under way yet down in the Dominican, but here is Jimenez’ line from 2009.
- .347/.428/.521 2 HRs, 2 3Bs, 11 2Bs, 15 RBIs, 12 SBs in just 121 ABs
If he can repeat this performance, or do even better I think he would have to be under consideration to be moved to the Gulf Coast League or Williamsport. Jimenez just turned 19 in March and still has a little more room to improve on power as he has the frame to add muscle to.
This weeks minor leaguer of the week is Cody Overbeck. Overbeck is the starting 3B for the High A Clearwater Threshers. Overbeck, 24 next month, was drafted by the Phillies in the ninth round of the 2008 draft. Overbeck struggled last season in Clearwater hitting .230. He did manage to 36 extra base hits (23 doubles, 1 triple, and 12 HRs) in 361 ABs. But enough with the history lesson, let’s look at the week that just ended.
- .348/.400/.957 with 4 HRs and 7 RBIs.
That’s an impressive 1.357 OPS. Overbeck now has 7 Homeruns and 16 total extra base hits on the early season. He is almost a lock to have career highs in the power numbers. The only areas of concern are his strikeouts and his defense. He strikes out almost 20% of the time. He already has 2 errors charged to him in just 23 games.
Overbeck appears to have a lot of upside at a position of need. What also makes him work is the fact he is right handed. Polanco is signed thru 2012, so that gives Overbeck until then to find his way. It is very plausible that we are watching the beginning of the career of our third baseman of the future.
This week’s player is Phillipe Aumont. As you all know, the Canadian righty was acquired in a deal last December that sent Cliff Lee to the Mariners. The deal was initially thought of as a complete loss when most Phillies fans didn’t want lose the league’s potentially best rotation that featured Halladay, Lee, and Hamels. Local media gave fan perception of returning players as not worth the deal. Phillipe Aumont silenced some of his critics this past week.
Aumont’s last two starts:
- April 19th vs. Harrisburg (Was): 5 IP 3 Hits 0 Walks 5 Strike Outs 1 ER (L)
- April 25th vs. Richmond (SF): 6 IP 0 Hits 2 Walks 4 Strike Outs 0 ER
That;s good for a 1-1 record with a 0.82 ERA. Overall he lowered his ERA to a respectable 3.32 Season ERA.
A 2007 Draftee, The Mariners drafted Aumont with the 11th pick in the draft. He made his debut the following season in Low A Wisconsin. In 2008, He alternated between starter and reliever.
- Starter: 8 GS 2-3 3.50 ERA (14 ER 36.0 IP)
- Reliever: 7 G 2-1 2 Saves 1.37 ERA (3 ER 19.2 IP)
His debut season was cut short due to shoulder and elbow strains.He was selected to the Futures Game in 2008, which if you don’t know, is the All Star Game for all levels of minor league ballplayers. Unfortunately, Aumont did not get on the field due to his injuries. The Mariners converterd Aumont to strictly a reliever for the 2009, where he did succeed.
- High A High Desert: 29 G 1-2 12 Saves 3.24 ERA (12 ER 33.1 IP)
- AA West Tennesee: 15 G 1-4 4 Saves 5.09 ERA (10 ER 17.2 IP)
Baseball America, one of the nation’s best baseball resources, ranked Aumont as the 93rd ranked prospect in all of baseball. Now, I know that a lot of scourned fans will state that we gave up 3 prospects ranked higher than Aumont, but they were given up for, realistically, the best pitcher in baseball.
Aumont is just 21 years old, birthday was in January, and is adjusting well to the Eastern League. Hopefully, he can keep the pace he has set in recent starts.
This weeks minor leaguer is Nicholas Hernandez. Hernandez is a 21 year old left handed starting pitcher. He started the season in Low A Lakewood, but could finish as high as AA Reading. Most likely will just be natural advancement to High A Clearwater. The name may sound familiar to some older fans. Hernandez is the son of former Brewer Catcher, Nicolas Hernandez. The Phillies version was drafted in the 12th round of last years draft. In fifteen starts for Short Season A Williamsport, Hernandez went 8-1 with a 2.70 ERA over 80.0 innings.
He picked up right where he left off. In the current week of eligibility, Hernandez went 1-0 with a 0.60 ERA over 15 innings. What I liked the best about his two outings was his K:BB ratio (16:10. If he can keep up this rate, he could be in Clearwater by his birthday. Congrats Nick!
The last couple of years the ONLY thing that the Phillies have been missing is that marquee third baseman. Now, I am in no way saying that Polanco is doing anything less than a PHantastic job. He is signed for two more seasons at a reasonable rate. Right now if Polanco isn’t the MLB player of the Month, he definitely is the Phillies position player of the month. So let’s get to the point.
My option for third baseman of the future? Current SS Jimmy Rollins. J-Roll is currently signed thru 2011. We have seen a lot of quality SS make the transition to 3B. Alex Rodriguez and Miguel Tejada come to mind immeadiately. The level of play that Rollins plays, his offense and defense would be more than adequate for a 3B worthy salary. I only see two possible questions that would stand in the way.
- Would Jimmy Rollins be willing to make the transition to third?
- Would the Phillies be willing to pay Rollins to stay past 2011?
I know that anyone who reads this is thinking, “Okay, but who plays SS if J-Roll moves to third?”
The answer to that is Phillies prospect Freddy Galvis. Galvis, who turns 21 in November, is currently the starting SS at AA Reading. A lot of people see top prospects successfully making the jump from AA to the show. So could Galvis make the jump? Probably, but why rush him. Granted it is only the second week of the season, but Galvis is handling himself. A switch hitter, he is hitting lefties at a .286 clip and righties at a .313 clip. He’s got a solid OBP of .360 and SLG of .391. Both of which are early improvements over his 2009 campaign. Defensively, Galvis is MLB ready. Offensively, I can understand why he is not nudging Rollins already.
Now, if all goes according to schedule, having Rollins, Galvis, Utley, and Polanco signed will give you the ability to, dare I say it, TRADE RYAN HOWARD! I do not believe that Howard will remain with the Philies after the 2011 season when he reaches FA. Ryan Howard is also the most attractive, AND MOVABLE, piece that the Phillies have. His salary is also a big issue. With the Phillies owing him 20 Million for 2011, the Phillies may have to consider using Ben Francisco as their everyday RFer. I think that he could do the job, but Werth has already proven himself, and will be a costly player next year. Ryan Howard could net you a good return, with or without paying part of his portion. The Red Sox, Orioles, Rays, Astros, Cubs, Blue Jays, and White Sox could all definitely be in the market for Howard. Granted that the Astros have a clup option for Berkman.
In no way do I wish the Phillies trade Ryan Howard. He is a special player and a valuable part of this team. But I am a realist, and acknowledge the fact that the payroll is climbing towards Yankeean heights. I don’t see the Phillies moving Halladay or Utley, nor do I see a team wanting to take on Lidge or Ibanez’ contract. So moving Howard is the “easiest”and the Phillies do need to start thinking about getting this team younger.