well it should
Prospect Nation 2016: #11 RHP Jimmy Cordero
Posted by Jay Floyd, Fri, January 22, 2016 09:05 AM | Comments: 0
2016 Prospect Countdown, Fightins, Minor Leagues, Posts, Prospecting
Acquired last season from Toronto as part of the Ben Revere trade, righty hurler Jimmy Cordero looks to be a promising arm that could become a top contributor to the Phillies’ big league bullpen very soon. Sporting an overpowering fastball as part of his electric arsenal, Cordero is as promising a reliever as the Phils have in their minor league system.
Originally signed as an international free agent by the Blue Jays in 2012, the six-foot-three 215-pounder made his professional debut that year in the Dominican Summer League. In seven games (three starts) there, he tallied a 1-3 record with a 5.60 ERA and .203 batting average against.
The following year, Cordero combined to post a 4-2 record with a 5.47 ERA and a .275 batting average against in 16 total games (two starts) for the rookie level Gulf Coast League Blue Jays and Bluefield of the Appalachian League.
In 2014, with Class A Lansing, the Dominican native notched a 3-2 record with a 3.06 ERA and a 9.5 K/9 mark in 25 appearances.
He opened the 2015 season with Dunedin in the Class A Advanced Dunedin, where he was 0-1 with a save and a 2.49 ERA in 16 outings. Cordero was promoted to Double-A New Hampshire in late May, posting a 0-1 record with a save and a 2.92 ERA in 17 games. Following the deadline trade, Cordero joined Double-A Reading, where he helped the team reach the post-season, sporting a 2.12 ERA with no decisions in 13 games. With those three teams, Cordero struck out 64 and walked 24 in 67 innings pitched.
This off-season in 10 relief appearances for the Leones in the Dominican Winter League, Cordero posted a 1.93 ERA, striking out 10 and walking seven in 9 1/3 innings.
In his aresenal, the fastball is key. He has big time velocity that regularly can clock in triple digits. His slider is a nasty pitch with plus potential. He also throws a pretty good curve ball that his coaches like. With a great feel for his off-speed offerings, Cordero’s fastball is even more devastating.
The 24-year-old is able to throw first-pitch strikes on a consistent basis in order to get ahead of the opposition as well.
It would not be far-fetched to anticipate Cordero making his big league debut in 2016. However, it is most likely that he could open the season at Triple-A Lehigh Valley, manning a key role in their bullpen.
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CSN Philly should show Iron Pigs games for the first half of the year. Only switch back to Phils games if Crawford, Williams, etc. get called up.
Prospect Nation 2016: #10 RHP Franklyn Kilome
Posted by Jay Floyd, Sun, January 24, 2016 05:30 PM | Comments: 0
Blueclaws, Crosscutters, Minor Leagues, Posts, Prospecting
Kilome, image- Jay Floyd
One of the most promising young pitching prospects in the Phillies organization is right-hander Franklyn Kilome. Armed with great velocity and a remarkable repertoire, the talented youngster will soon be among the collection of the team’s pitching prospects pushing his way toward the big leagues.
Signed by the Phillies as an international free agent in January, 2013, Kilome would make his professional debut the following year.
With the rookie level Gulf Coast League Phillies, as an 18-year-0ld, Kilome would post a 3-1 record with a 3.12 ERA and a .235 batting average against. He struck out 25 and walked 11 in 40 1/3 innings.
The Dominican native opened 2015 in extended spring training, then joined the short-season Class A Williamsport club. He helped the Crosscutters charge into the postseason with a 3-2 record with a 3.28 ERA and a .230 BAA. He struck out 36 and walked 21 in 49 1/3 innings.
Consistency was something that stood out about Kilome’s progress last season, showing an ability to work on his mechanics and repeat his motions. He throws from a 3/4 slot and, despite the walks, he features plenty of command with his pitches steadily peppering the lower portion of the strike zone, when he wants them to.
His arsenal features a dominant upper-90′s fastball that can get up to 100 MPH on occasion. The 20-year-old also touts a dependable above average curve ball with bite and a solid change up that coaches altered the grip on last year.
This off-season, the Phillies brought Kilome north to work out at the team’s spring training facility in Clearwater, FL with a goal of adding muscle to his projectable and slim six-foot-six 175-pound frame. According to reports, the program was successful and the difference is noticeable.
Kilome told me last August that he is inspired by the path of top draft pick Aaron Nola to the majors. The younger hurler wants to take the mound for the Phillies with quickness.
According to Phillies director of player development, the organization may not have a pitcher with bigger upside if all things go right for Kilome.
An argument could be made for Kilome opening the 2016 season as part of different rosters. With his skill set where it is, he might certainly be able to compete at Class A Advanced Clearwater, while opening the campaign with Class A full-season Lakewood might be most suitable for his age and experience level.
For the immediate future, it sounds like the Phils will proceed with Kilome in a starting role, but the team’s needs down the line as well as the youngster’s blazing fastball may result in a move to the bullpen at a later stage.
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It's kind of disturbing mt has allowed the new squid to interrupt the grand parade of future mediocrity.
finally a real prospect
Prospect Nation 2016: #9 Catcher Jorge Alfaro
Posted by Jay Floyd, Tue, January 26, 2016 09:05 AM | Comments: 1
2016 Prospect Countdown, Fightins, Minor Leagues, Posts, Prospecting, Threshers
Alfaro, image- USA Today
Acquired as part of the the return for Cole Hamels and Jake Diekman from Texas last summer, catcher Jorge Alfaro quickly became one of the Phillies’ most promising young talents. With a powerful bat and outstanding skills behind the dish, Alfaro could become a fast moving performer for his new organization.
Originally signed by the Rangers for a reported $1.3 million in 2010 at the age of 16, the Colombia native would make his professional debut in the Dominican Summer League that same year. In 48 games, the righty hitting Alfaro posted a .221 average and a home run along with 23 RBI.
The following year, with Class A short-season Spokane, the talented youngster tallied a .300 average with six homers and 23 RBI.
In 2012 with full season Class A level Hickory, he batted .261 with five home runs, 34 RBI and 16 stolen bases in 74 contests.
A repeat campaign with Hickory was in order the following year, although he played a handful of games for Class A Advanced Myrtle Beach. In 113 combined games, Alfaro put together a .265/.346/.463 slash line, also swiping 18 bags. He’d also spend most of his 2014 with Myrtle Beach, earning a promotion to Double-A Frisco for the closing month of the season. In 121 total games, Alfaro batted .261 with 17 homers and 87 RBI.
Last season, Alfaro opened his campaign with Double-A Frisco, but missed considerable time with a broken ankle that required surgery in June. In 49 games, he hit .253 with five home runs and 21 RBI.
After joining the Phillies organization, Alfaro played in three rehab games with the rookie level Gulf Coast League team and took part in the Florida Instructional League following the regular season.
Further proving his health this off-season, the six-foot-two 225-pounder posted a .262 average with a homer and three RBI in 13 games with La Guaira in Venezuelan Winter League.
The 22-year-old features plus bat speed and a smooth swing. He strikes out quite a bit, but with an ability to drive the ball to all fields, as Alfaro progresses, watch out for his developing power, which could propel him quickly toward the big leagues. The Phils will want to see him take more pitches and build better pitch recognition abilities this year.
Despite a pair of double-digit steal seasons to his credit, it doesn’t appear that speed will be a major part of Alfaro’s offensive game, as he has stolen just eight bases in 14 tries over the past two seasons, as he’s reached higher levels.
On defense, Alfaro is a terrific backstop. He sports a plus arm and good footwork. He’s very athletic and could stick at the position at the upper levels of the sport.
Phillies mainstay and former All-Star Carlos Ruiz has a career that is winding down. Cameron Rupp‘s .233 average last year may not be suitable to succeed him. With a spot needing to be filled at the big league level soon, Alfaro definitely looks like a contender to take on that challenge down the line. Look for him to open the 2016 season guiding the Double-A Reading pitching staff.
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Alfaro has to start putting some numbers together soon instead of just showing potential.
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Prospect Nation 2016: #8 RHP Zach Eflin
Posted by Jay Floyd, Thu, January 28, 2016 09:05 AM | Comments: 1
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Zach Eflin, image- Jay Floyd
Right-hander Zach Eflin was the key target when the Phillies traded away former National League MVP Jimmy Rollins last off-season. With a solid repertoire and a proven track record of being a strike thrower, the 21-year-old is one of the most promising hurlers in the system.
Selected with the 33rd overall pick in the 2012 draft by San Diego out of Hagerty High School in FL, Eflin made his professional debut that same year as a member of the rookie level Arizona League Padres. He would post a 0-1 record with a 7.71 ERA in four games (three starts) as an 18-year-old.
After making minimal impact upon his minor league debut, Eflin came back strong in 2013, tallying a 7-6 record along with a 2.73 ERA, a .239 batting average against and a 6.5 K/9 mark in 22 starts with Class A Fort Worth.
In 2014, as a 20-year-old, Eflin sported a 10-7 record with a 3.80 ERA and a 6.5 K/9 in 24 starts for Lake Elsinore in the Class A California League.
Last year, Eflin would open his first season in the Phillies organization as a member of the Double-A Reading Fightins, where he would spend the entire regular season campaign, leading the team toward the Eastern League playoffs. In 23 starts, the Florida native sported an 8-6 record with a 3.69 ERA, a 4.6 K/9 mark and a .268 batting average against. He was also honored as a mid-season All-Star, sporting a 2.88 ERA at the break.
Eflin’s arsenal includes a low-to-mid-90′s four-seam fastball, a solid slider as well as a change up that has great potential as a possible plus offering. He worked last year on refining his secondary pitches, with pitching coach Dave Lundquist, adding a curve ball, which became a very good weapon, during the season. Consistency with his mechanics is said to be a big plus for the youngster and he pitches to contact, getting a lot of ground balls thanks to the sinking movement on his fastball.
The six-foot-four 200-pounder has the right mentality for a starter that can take on the challenges of the upper levels. When faced with bad results, he won’t allow them to impact his approach negatively and is able to display considerable poise on the mound.
Not only was Eflin part of the Rollins trade with the Dodgers, Los Angeles flipped him immediately after they acquired him from the Padres in a swap for two-time All-Star Matt Kemp as well.
Expect Eflin to hold down a rotation spot with Triple-A Lehigh Valley this year. With a ceiling as a middle of the rotation starter, possibly higher in the order, Eflin could see some big league time by season’s end. With an invitation to major league camp, he should get plenty of exposure with the big league team in spring training.
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MT, can you post reviews of the top 25 prospects for the DVCC Softball League?