2011 Top 25 Prospects

ProspectNation 2011: #23 Cody Overbeck- 3B

Slugging third baseman Cody Overbeck made a considerable impact in the Phillies system during the 2010 season . Overbeck, listed at 6’1″ and 205 pounds, is a native of Tennessee and attended the University of Mississippi, prior to joining the Phillies organization after his junior season.

Overbeck was named a Florida State League All-star in 2010, as a member of the High-A Level Clearwater Threshers. In fact, the day before the All-star break, the righty hitting Overbeck, who hit .302 with 11 HR and 41 RBI in 58 games with Clearwater, was called into the office of his manager Dusty Wathan and told to pack his bags prior to departing, as he was being promoted to Double A Reading.

As a member of the Reading Phillies, Overbeck continued his strong season, after a bit of a slow start, mashing 13 more homers, driving in 41 and posting a .255 average in 78 games.

Combined at the two levels last season, Overbeck posted a slash line of .276/.354/.490, which was a serious improvement over his 2009 statistics. In 96 games with Clearwater 2009, Overbeck’s line was an unimpressive .230/.282/.399. Overbeck attributed his improvements this season to working closely with Clearwater hitting coach Kevin Jordan and Reading hitting coach Frank Cacciatore. Overbeck is a hitter whose focus is to get in a rhythm and stay there as long as possible.

A 9th round draft selection in 2008, Overbeck skipped over Class A Lakewood, after beginning his professional career with the short season Williamsport Crosscutters when he signed with the Phillies.

Not regarded as a speedy player, Overbeck has just 1 stolen base in his 2 1/2 seasons as a pro. Defensively, he has solid instincts at the hot corner, which make up for any lack of range.

The 24-year-old Overbeck may begin the 2011 season back with Reading and could very well be a player on the fast track upward in the Phillies’ prospect rankings.

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Jay Floyd is PhilliesNation’s minor league writer.  You can read more from Jay by visiting his site, PhoulBallz.com.

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  1. tavian

    January 7, 2011 at 8:50 pm

    I will keep my eyes peeled and ears open for Cody Overbeck. Might even see him play with the Reading crew this year. Seems to have some power at the plate and it is nice to hear that Kevin Jordan is part of the Phils organization as a hitting coach. That guy could indeed hit.

  2. Jay Floyd

    January 7, 2011 at 11:05 pm

    Yes, KJ has been in the mix since 2007.

    Overbeck is up and down at times, but if he has another season like he did in 2010, he’ll prove himself as a prospect to not be slept on.

  3. betasigmadeltashag

    January 8, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    What are the chances this kid will be ready for 2012-2013 to take over for PP. If this guy can become a true power hitting 3rd basemen, Dom reaches his potential and Singlton being able to play LF maybe the Phillies can hide a lite hitting SS and have the core of a playoff team for years to come.

  4. Jay Floyd

    January 8, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    We’ll have to see another good year and then some from Overbeck before we start considering him a future everyday MLB player. He’s already 24, so much like Rizzotti, the clock will be ticking on these guys to show A LOT this coming season and prove they have what it takes to make it to the big show.

    I am not saying the door closes completely on guys once they pass 25 yrs old, but it kind of does as far as being an everyday player. There are examples of guys who made it later, like Chris Coste and Randy Ruiz, but those guys weren’t impact MLB players.

  5. bjfolk12

    January 10, 2011 at 11:47 am

    He played pretty well for Reading, when I saw him. He didn’t stand out, like Brown or Drabek or a Howard when they were there and I saw them play, but played solid.

    Like someone said he is 24 already so time is ticking.

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