The Phillies minor league farm director, Joe Jordan was a guest at noon time on MLB network Radio’s Power Alley hosted by Jim Duquette and Mike Ferrin. Jordan said he is excited by what General Manager Ruben Amaro Jr. and his scouts have done to strengthen the farm system. He went on to say that the starting pitching rotations in the lower minors has been made stronger. Below are summaries of the players Jordan discussed on the show:
Ben Lively: attacks the zone, not pitch away from contract, some deception, not afraid if a guy hits the ball.
Zach Eflin: impressive young man, tough to pitch in the Cali league, saw him pitch a few weeks ago at the complex. looked the part of a starting pitcher.
Tom Windle: new minor league pitching coordinator Rafael Chavas know him from his work with the Dodgers, attacks the strike zone.
J.P. Crawford: does not draw attention to his self, very competitive, works the count, just needs stronger body, needs to work on backhanding balls hit in the six hole, no need to circle the ball, would reduce errors by 30% because has strong arm.
Aaron Nola: knows who he is, overly advanced, wanted him to pitch the last week of August to know how body feels, very efficient, credits LSU coach Allen Dunn, no major league camp invite because want to get him ready for the minor league season at minor league camp which is close by, that’s just what they decided to do.
Jesse Biddle: Been at the complex since first of February, healthy and physically ready, Jesse told him he is going to learn from 2014 season.
Roman Quinn: Easy transition to centerfield where he played in high school, stood out in AFL, hit right handed in H.S., still learning bat control left-handed, already at the complex.
Maikel Franco: Good player on both side of the ball, need to turn clock up to get him off to a better start early in season based on his play in winter ball, will be an important part of the lineup for a long time.
Franklyn Kilome: Surprised that the hosts asked about him, no hurry, arguably the most upside of any young pitching prospect, very coachable, very intelligent, quickly mastered English language.
Aaron Brown: plays the game the right way, turning into a good player.
Minor league pitchers and catchers report March 5th. Intrasquad games take place the end of the following week after the position players report. The first minor league exhibition games are scheduled to start against other nearby MLB farm teams on March 17th until April 3rd.