An old hockey coach once said when watching a rookie camp workout and asked how he determines whether or not a player is going to make the NHL, “you know it when you see it”. Of course today it is fashionable in baseball to rely on sabermetrics to determine that question. But I still like to “put some eyes” on the guys.
Baseball Betsy and I have watched hundreds of games this season from the back fields of the Carpenter Complex to Bright House Field in Clearwater to outposts in Hickory North Carolina and Savannah Georgia. When we can’t be there we have been glued to MiLB-TV to see some of the Lehigh Valley and Reading games and the few Lakewood games as well.
Baseball America recently did an updated listing of the Phillies Top Ten minor league prospects. Read Here. With the pending major league debut of Aaron Nola on Tuesday, I thought I better weigh in on my thoughts before it is too late.
Baseball America did a drive by on these guys. Tom Windle was the only one that was over rated. Windle was ineffective as a starter is now a middle reliever where he has been able to get some outs. On the other hand, Franklyn Kilome will be a No. 1 in the ML rotation someday soon. He is the only one with top of the rotation stuff to go with his makeup.
My Top Ten guys we have watched this season who are not on the BA list include: 1) Rhys Hoskins, 1B; 2) Andrew Knapp, C; 3) Jonathan Arauz, 2B; 4) Aaron Altherr, OF; 5) Edubray Ramos, RRP; 6) Kyle Martin, 1B; 7) Cord Sandberg, LF; 8) Elniery Garcia, LSP; 9) Dylan Cozens, RF; 10) Alexis Rivero, RRP. Several other starting pitchers that we have watched this season need to mentioned for strong performances at times this season: Brandon Leibrandt and Matt Imhof coming off injuries. Mark Leiter Jr. and Colin Kleven who are adjusting to pitching at a higher level.
As said in previous blogs, I like to look at prospects by positions so any order above is subjective. We have watched all of them in person with the exception of Altherr this regular season. Videos from this season on them are available on the Baseball Betsy’s Youtube channel except for Altherr (CLICK HERE).