Minor League Hot/Cold List: Lincoln, Altherr, Perkins, Quinn, Franco, Rupp – Phillies Nation

Minor League Hot/Cold List: Lincoln, Altherr, Perkins, Quinn, Franco, Rupp

The latest semi-weekly rundown of your top performers from the Phillies developmental ranks and those that aren’t doing so well is back. In this edition we look at all four full-season clubs.

Triple-A Lehigh Valley IronPigs-

Who’s hot…

Right-hander Brad Lincoln has pitched 13 scoreless innings over his last two starts while allowing just four total hits in those outings. The 29-year-old allowed three earned runs in 2 1/3 innings this season in relief with the big league team. Lincoln was the 4th overall draft selection by the Pirates back in 2006.

Through his first seven games since earning a promotion to Lehigh Valley, OF Cameron Perkins posted a .308 batting average. With Double-A Reading this season, the 23-year-old sported a .342/.408/.495 slash line. Perkins was the Phillies’ 6th round draft choice in 2012.

Who’s not…

Third baseman Maikel Franco entered action on Tuesday batting .103 with a home runs and five RBI in nine June games. Overall this season, the 21-year-old Dominican was batting .212 with five homers and 25 RBI in 60 games. Franco entered the 2014 campaign ranked widely as the Phillies’ top prospect.

Catcher Cameron Rupp entered action on Tuesday batting .152 with two homers and seven RBI over his previous 20 games. Since going 4-for-16 with four home runs in his first four games of the season with the IronPigs, 25-year-old is batting .158 with two homers in 25 games. Rupp was the Phillies’ 3rd round draft choice in 2010.

Double-A Reading Fightins-

Who’s hot…

Infielder Carlos Alonso entered action on Tuesday sporting a .452/.553/.774 slash line in eight June games. Through 55 games this season, the 26-year-old was batting .282 with six homers and 18 RBI. Alonso, a University of Delaware product was the Phils’ 32nd round draft pick in 2010.

Outfielder Aaron Altherr was batting .414 through his opening eight games this month. The 23-year-old began the season with a wrist injury and is batting .230 with three home runs and 18 RBI through 47 games with Reading this season. Altherr was selected by the Phillies in the 9th round of the 2009 draft.

Who’s not-

Lefty pitcher Jesse Biddle suffered a tough loss last week, as he allowed seven earned runs in 2 1/3 innings against Richmond.  Biddle tallied a 1.97 ERA over his previous three starts.  Overall this season, the Phils’ top draft pick from 2010 sports a 3-6 record with a 3.99 ERA and a .239 batting average against in 12 starts for Reading.

Since earning a promotion to Reading, OF Peter Lavin has batted .107 with two doubles and five runs driven in through seven games. The lefty batting 26-year-old was a 20th round draft choice by the Phils in 2011.

Class A Advanced Clearwater Threshers-

Who’s hot…

Infielder K.C. Serna is 15-for-40 (.375 avg) in 10 games this month.  The 24-year-old righty hitter is batting .292 on the season in 62 games.  Serna was signed as a minor league free agent in February.

Shortstop Roman Quinn is 8-for-20 (.400 avg) in his last five games to boost his season batting average 62 points up to .250.  The switch-hitting 21-year-old was the Phillies’ 2nd round pick in 2012.  Quinn got a late start to his 2014 campaign after recovering from a ruptured right Achilles tendon.

Who’s not...

Outfielder Anthony Hewitt is really struggling greatly since being demoted to Clearwater recently.  The 25-year-old is batting .109 in eight games with the Threshers.  Earlier this season, Hewitt, who was the Phillies’ 1st round draft choice in 2008, posted a .140/.146/.180 slash line in 34 games with Reading.  Hewitt has walked just one time in 42 games this season.

Class A Lakewood BlueClaws-

Who’s hot…

Lefty reliever Cody Forsythe is looking sharp as Lakewood’s closer.  In 20 games this season, the 23-year-old South Atlantic League All-Star sports a 3-1 record with eight saves and a 1.90 ERA while striking out 22 and walking five in 23 2/3 innings pitched.  Forsythe was selected in the 25th round of last year’s draft.

Who’s not…

Shortstop J.P. Crawford, last year’s 1st round draft pick, has cooled off a bit following an excellent month of May.  After posting a .367/.447/.522 slash line in 24 games last month, the 19-year-old lefty batter sports a .162/.311/.216 line in 10 games this month.  Overall, Crawford is batting .299 with three homers, 18 RBI and 10 steals in 56 games for the ‘Claws.

Third baseman Mitch Walding is batting .121 with three RBI in 11 games this month.  The 21-year-old sports a .560 OPS in 41 games this season after producing a .609 mark at the same level last year.  Walding was the Phils’ 5th round pick from 2011.



  1. Hogey's Role

    June 11, 2014 at 9:01 am

    Thanks for the updates jay…
    what’s going on with Franco, is it just a matter of finding his stroke again?

  2. Jay Floyd

    June 11, 2014 at 12:45 pm

    Franco got a bit hot in May then cooled off for the past few weeks. It’s a matter of he’s 21 yrs old at Triple-A. It’s not common at all for guys that age to play at that level, let alone succeed there. He should have been demoted to AA when Cesar H had to go down to learn to play 3rd base. Cesar went to Reading instead. Not the right call.

    • George

      June 11, 2014 at 1:58 pm

      Franco had already pretty much demolished AA pitching, so he presumably was ready for AAA. I also believe that Cesar Hernandez was probably better off learning a new position at a lower level so he could concentrate more on his fieldng and not have to worrry so much about the bat.

      That’s not to say that perhaps Franco should be demoted now for a while until he regains his stroke. I hope that if he stays at Lehigh Valley, he doesn’t get into some bad habits trying to hit better.

  3. DavidE

    June 11, 2014 at 4:57 pm

    Brad Lincoln seems to be an interesting pickup by the Phillies. Four hits over the last 13 inings. Apparently, he was a highly enough regarded prospect to be selected 4th overall in the draft. Let’ look at some highly touted prospects that the Phillies had in the past who finally panned out when given an opportunity by the Phillies.

    Jay Johnstone was a highly touted prospect who bounced up and down between the minor and major leagues for 8 years until he came to the Phillies in 1974, At age 28, he finally showed why he had received the big bonus money to sign. Bill Robinson, who started with the Yankees and was supposed to be the next Mickey Mantle, is another one that comes to mind. Finally, Jayson Werth who was the 22nd pick in the 1997 MLB draft was another relatively late bloomer.

    So maybe Lincoln has some potential that just hasn’t been shown yet at the big league level.

  4. bacardipr05

    June 11, 2014 at 10:02 pm

    Luis Gracia had i belive 13 innings scoreless and proceeded to stink it up on his call up. Everyone wanted Franco to be called up to the majors i thought that would be a bad idea at this point.

  5. Bob loblaw

    June 12, 2014 at 8:45 am

    What are the thoughts on Biddle’s problems being in his head? Time after time, it appears as though he’s pitching well until a fielder (or he himself) commits an error and a man gets on base that shouldn’t be there. . . then, things fall apart. He has an inordinate number of unearned runs.

  6. frank

    June 15, 2014 at 10:04 pm

    Its one thing that the phils minor league scouts can’t pick the right players, but a bigger problem is the player development in all phases of the Phillies minor league, the cardinals can find kid sleeping under a bridge and he will be an all star in 2yrs. Same for the braves, not only do they teach them how to play the game but they bring them up in their early twenties because they are ready,,, just look at dom brown, if he was a draft pick of the cardinals he woyld be a superstar by now,, same for franco and biddle, and crowford would be in their AAA team.

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