The Phillies appear to have a lot of young catching depth. They have Cameron Rupp with the big team but it is at the minor league level where the future lies.
Andrew Knapp put up some big numbers in June and August with Reading but faded at the bat the rest of the season including the Eastern League playoff and in the Arizona Fall League.
Many times it is how you finish is how you will be remembered going into next season. Catchers Logan Moore in the Dominican League and Jorge Alfaro in the Venezuela Winter League are finishing strong to grab the mantle as the Phillies top two catchers of the future going into 2016.
Moore ended the minor league season with Lehigh Valley. Alfaro was rehabbing from an injury with the GCL Philies, Watch HERE, after playing in the Texas League before being acquired from the Rangers in the Cole Hamels deal.
Moore just finished up the regular DWL season last night with a line drive double off the wall against a left handed pitcher. Watch HERE. He finish hitting .275 (14 for 51) with an amazing five doubles, a triple, two home runs with 12 walks for a .936 OPS.
In Moore’s last ten games with the Licey Tigers he put up a slash line of .304/484/.696 for a 1.180 OPS.
Alfaro started off slowly in the VWL but has had strong numbers in his last eight games going 8 for 26 to hit .325 with a double and a homer for La Guaira.
We would like to see Moore and Alfaro get some chances behind the plate in the major league camp. I would expect to see them in Clearwater, February 18th, when catchers and pitchers report. If the Phillies are ever to get back to being a post season team, it will be with the likes of Logan Moore and Jorge Alfaro flashing the signs.