We have watched a lot of Phillies minor league baseball the last three year since being based down here in the Clearwater area full-time. Five players, who have received little notice in the Phillies organization, but have impressed us. These sleeper prospects include infielder Carlos Alonso, starting pitcher Colin Kleven, outfielder Pete Lavin, starting pitcher Miguel Nunez and outfielder Brian Pointer.
I have selected these guys for six reasons: 1) signed by the Phillies in 2010 or 2011 making them not yet six year minor league free agents, 2) never were on the 40 man roster, 3) never were invited to the major league spring training camp, 4) never were invited to the Arizona Fall League, 5) never played higher than AA, 6) finished the 2014 season strong.
Alonso: Carlos was signed in the 32nd round of the 2010 draft. In 2013 we watched him have the highest fielding percent of any minor league second baseman. He won the Rawlings Minor League Gold Glove Award that year. This season he split his time between second base and third base at Reading . Alonso had a career year at the bat in runs scored, walks, hits, triples, home runs, total bases, and RBI’s while hitting .272. In his final ten games he hit .395.
Kleven: Colin was drafted in the 33rd round of the 2009 draft. In his last five starts in August he went 2-2 and struck out 32 in 27.1 innings. In his last ten started went 4-3 with 52 strike outs in 54.1 innings.
Levin: Peter was drafted in the 20th round of the 2011 draft. He finished the season hitting .292 for AA Reading after hitting .287 to start the season Clearwater. He was one of three Phillies organization outfielders to have the triple-double. He had double digits in home runs (11), assists (21) and stolen bases (11) which in his case were combined from his time in Clearwater and Reading. He finished the season hitting .325 in August at AA. His 21 outfield assists were the most in baseball including 14 while a center fielder for Clearwater.
Nunez: Miguel was signed as an international free agent in January of 2010. In his last eight starts for Clearwater this season he went 4-0 with a 1.90 ERA. He could have won a 5th game during that span. However, in a game I watched him pitch in his last home start of the season he had some bad luck. He went eight inning with a pitch count of approximately 90. He was taken out after the Threshers went ahead 2-1 n the bottom of the eight. But the Threshers bullpen went on to lose the game in the ninth inning. Nunez will turn 22 next month. The big 6’6″ right hander was the top starting pitcher in the Phillies organization in the second half of this season out pitching the likes of top draft pick Aaron Nola.
Pointer: Brian was drafted in the 28th round of the 2010 draft. He had a break out season with the Clearwater Threshers this season. In similar number of at bats that he had with Lakewood in 2013, he had better numbers in runs, hits, total bases, triples, home runs and RBI’s this season. His OPS went from .672 with Lakewood to .755 at Clearwater this season. He was one of only three outfielders in the system to have a triple-double. He had double digits in home runs (15), outfield assists (13) and stolen bases (16). In the second half of the Florida State League in 66 games he hit .272 with 12 homers for an .863 OPS.
There you have it. My top five 2014 sleeper prospects in the Phillies organization. It will be interesting to see what becomes of them in the 2015 season.