Minor League Rundown: Reviewing Last Year’s Draft Class – Phillies Nation

Minor League Rundown: Reviewing Last Year’s Draft Class

As this year’s amateur draft draws near, this week’s minor league rundown will focus exclusively on last year’s draft selections.

With only some of the 2013 class actually playing with full-season clubs, many of the Phillies’ 2013 picks will be slated to open their season with short-season Class A Williamsport after spending the past couple months in extended spring training.  Players on that list include 3rd round pick Cord Sandberg, 4th round selection Jake Sweaney as well as 7th rounder Trey Williams.

Here’s a look at how the active draft class from last year is performing this season.

JP Crawford, Image- Jay Floyd

Last year’s top draft choice (16th overall) J.P. Crawford has quickly shot to the top of Phillies prospect rankings and will be among the top 25 prospects in all of baseball as those lists get refined and updated in the coming weeks and months.  The 19-year-old shortstop has looked tremendous in his time as a pro. Less than one year removed from high school, the lefty hitting Crawford is batting .322 with 14 doubles, three home runs, 17 RBI and nine steals in 47 games with Class A Lakewood.  Having shown well-rounded defensive skills as well, the California native appears to be quite a get by the Phils, who selected Crawford with their highest pick in 12 years.

Second rounder Andrew Knapp, a catcher, is still recovering from Tommy John surgery that took place last October and hasn’t played defense this season.  The 22-year-old has struggled as a designated hitter for Class A Advanced Clearwater, sporting a .157/.222/.205 slash line through 23 games.  Knapp, a UC Berkley product, is a leader on the field and should be able to turn things around at the plate as his overall health improves.

Third baseman Jan Hernandez (first name pronounced like “John”) , taken in the 3rd round (96th overall), spent a short stint with Class A Lakewood this year as injuries dictated a brief need.  The 19-year-old righty batter posted a .145/.217/.255 slash line in 17 games before being reassigned to extended spring camp.  Expect to see the Puerto Rico native with Williamsport later this month.

Outfielder Justin Parr was moved to extended spring training after an awful start to his season with Clearwater.  The 23-year-old posted a .118/.163/.132 slash line in 22 games with the Threshers.  The lefty batting Parr was the Phils’ 8th round pick in 2013.

Pitcher Shane Martin, the Phils’ 9th round pick, appeared in seven games (three starts) for Lakewood this season before being reassigned to extended spring training.  The 23-year-old right-hander tallied a 0-2 record along with a 10.45 ERA while striking out 10 and walking five in 20 2/3 innings.  The Southwestern Oklahoma State product should be a part of Williamsport’s rotation.

Righty hurler Jon Prosinski, taken in the 10th round, was recently demoted to Lakewood after beginning the season with Clearwater.  With the Threshers in the Florida State League, the 23-year-old sported a 0-4 record with a 6.56 ERA and a .343 batting average against in nine starts. In his lone appearance with the BlueClaws, Prosinski, a Seton Hall product, threw six scoreless frames.

Lee Ridenhour, a righty hurler taken in the 16th round last year, has a 1-4 record with a save and a 4.91 ERA through 15 relief outings for Clearwater.  The 24-year-old pitched at three levels last year and could make the move to Double-A Reading this season, if a suitable need pops up.

With a 3.78 ERA and a save to call his own through 12 games, righty reliever Daniel Child, who opened the season in extended spring, has held a spot in the Clearwater bullpen.  Additionally, though, the 21-year-old has posted a .328 batting average against and has struck out eight and walked 12 in 16 2/3 innings, which isn’t very appealing.  Child was the Phils’ 18th round pick last year.

Catcher Corey Bass, the team’s 20th round pick, made his season debut over the weekend, going 0-for-3 for Clearwater.  The promotion for Bass, 23, was made necessary when Reading backstop Lars Davis hit the disabled list this week and Threshers catcher Logan Moore was promoted in order to fill his spot.

Mark Leiter Jr., the team’s 22nd round pick, has had a tough time lately after getting off to a great start for Lakewood this year.  After posting a 1.97 in five April starts, Leiter has tallied a 7.39 ERA in seven starts since then.  Overall, the right-hander has a 4-5 record with a 4.69 ERA and an 8.86 K/9 mark in 12 starts.

Left-handed pitcher Christopher O’Hare, last season’s 23rd round pick, also made his season debut this past weekend, allowing an earned run while striking out two and walking two in 1 1/3 innings for Lakewood.  The 23-year-old appeared in five games at three levels last season.

Cody Forsythe, a 25th round draft choice, has looked extremely solid as Lakewood’s closer this season.  In 18 games, the 23-year-old lefty sports a 2-0 record with eight saves and a 1.83 ERA while striking out 18 and walking four through 19 2/3 innings.

Righty pitcher Chris Burgess appeared in eight games with Clearwater this season, but was reassigned to extended spring training after posting a 12.91 ERA and a .405 batting average against while striking out two and walking four in 7 2/3 innings out of the bullpen.  The 23-year-old Oklahoma Christian University product was the Phillies’ 26th round pick last year.

Right-handed reliever Tyler Buckley, the 27th round pick, has a 0-1 record along with a 6.28 ERA in 11 games this year with Lakewood.  The 23-year-old also sports a 9.42 K/9 mark and a 6.91 BB/9 average this season.

Tyler Viza (pronounced VY-za) has been a bright spot for the Lakewood staff this year.  The right-handed starter’s 2-6 record and 4.66 ERA don’t accurately reflect the progress he has shown and the way he has kept his team in games through 10 starts.  A surprise to open the year on a full-season roster, the 19-year-old displays solid poise and great mental toughness for such a young pitcher.  Viza was taken in the 32nd round.

Note: The Phillies failed to sign four of their top 14 (5th, 6th, 12th and 13th round) draft selections last year.  Several others, such as 14th round selection Sam Dove and 15th round pick Logan Pierce, have already been released by the club after unimpressive stints in the pro ranks.



  1. Jeff of Nova

    June 2, 2014 at 3:01 pm

    Did anyone see the deal Jon Singleton struck???


    Not that he would be our everyday 1B but just said we really got little return for a guy that may be really legit

    • Scotty Ingerton

      June 2, 2014 at 3:30 pm

      The sad part is that Jarred Cosart and Domingo Santana also went to Houston in that deal. It was a huge overpay for one season of Pence.

  2. Andrew from waldorf

    June 2, 2014 at 3:33 pm

    I dropped Butler for Singleton already.
    Was looking fto drop butler for a while though.

    I forgot Phils had him at one time.

    Ruben Amaro is a true moron and an embarrassment.

  3. Ken Bland

    June 2, 2014 at 5:28 pm

    As if there isn’t enough to lambast Ruben Amaro for, there’s at least a smoldering of fuel on the fire for a deal he made that was leaning fairly heavily in Amaro’s favor that is still subject to time, but showing signs of playing out a bad deal. Signs, mind you.

    And it really doesn’t have a lot to do with Ben Revere’s performance, although if he were consistently good (not great, necessarily) and well rounded, it would look better.

    Vance Worley seems to be showing signs of a little life again. He gave up 4 hits, struck out 10 against Buffalo the other night, and walked one. He’s had 4 decent starts out of 5.

    But the one that’s gaining traction again is Trevor May. 39 hits in 55 innings, and a BAA of sub .200. Striking out a batter an inning, too. In his first year at Triple A.

    How would Revere be doing at Triple A? Seems reasonable to say fans of the Phils would be screaming to get him up here. But both Worley and May seemed lost for varying lengths of time after they left the organization here. Now, they are both pitching with careers back on track both in sight. While Revere plays at a level that is hardly unanimously favorable.


  4. Papa Phunk

    June 2, 2014 at 5:44 pm

    Bring up Franco already!

  5. wbramh

    June 2, 2014 at 6:44 pm

    Here’s a telling figure: Ben has been to the plate 190 and has 4 walks to show for it. Brignac has been to the plate 18 times and has 4 walks. For a guy like Revere who is a decent BA hitter, his OBP is atrociously low.

    While Byrd strikes out an inordinate number of times, he’s still a clear upgrade over last year’s unholy experiment in right. Not a great OBP either but he does drive in runs. Part of what makes Revere look worse is the total failure of Brown in left field. Among starters, only Brown has a worse OBP than Revere (although Howard is close). If Brown was hitting .260, getting on base himself and driving in or scoring runs, Revere’s weaknesses wouldn’t be quite as exacerbated.

    As for Worley, it could be the level of competition. He’s certainly a smart pitcher and that can go a long way, especially against green hitters. I thought he pitched his heart out for the Phils within his natural limits. I would not be surprised to see him back in the majors but continue to have my doubts about his long-term effectiveness. I can see him bouncing between leagues as a decent emergency call-up but not as a steady #4 or 5. Still, I wish him well.

    May is another story and has become an interesting one. A big kid who appears to be learning how to pitch rather than throw. He had an unremarkable 4.87 ERA at AA Reading but now sports a 2.62 ERA for the Twin’s Rochester AAA affiliate. He’s currently pitched 26 straight innings without giving up an earned run. The season is still young, but yes, he may very well become the bite in the behind in the Revere trade. Short of Revere finding his inner Say Hey, one of Ruben’s few “successful” trades could start to look pretty bad, especially if Trevor’s next address is in Minneapolis.

    Revere is never going to have an exceptional arm (or even a passable one) but I wanna believe he can still learn how to run routes and take pitches. He’s not a dumb kid and certainly an eager one with an exceptional attitude. It makes me wonder how many of Ben’s lingering but fixable problems are on the coaches… Dom Brown’s issues, too. Brown started hitting when Wally Joyner showed up and stopped hitting when Wally Joyner left.
    Just throwing it out there It could be that the Phillies have far deeper problems in the management and instructional arenas then anywhere else. The body dies when the brain dies.

  6. wbramh

    June 2, 2014 at 7:02 pm

    I don’t know whether Cord Sandberg is any good but he has a cool first name.
    I also suspect the Phillies will never again pass on a player with the last name of “Sandberg” no matter the total lack of connection. In fact, I’m considering changing my own last name to Sandberg and applying for some job inside the organization. If anybody in the front office happens to be reading this, I’m willing to accept a 3rd-rounder’s signing bonus.

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