Baseball Reference is a good source for analyzing Phillies top prospects with the Clearwater Threshers including pitcher Mick Abel, first baseman Rixon Wingrove, infielder Kendall Simmons and catcher Abrahan Gutierrez. BR’s stats tells us who might be ready for a call-up and who needs more work at low A.
We thought Phillies top pick in the the 2020 draft, Mick Abel, might be ready for a call-up to a higher minor league level. After last night’s start, Mick has a clear problem. He struggles against right-handed batters.
The St. Lucie Mets had an all right-handed hitting lineup last night against Abel. It was a good strategy for them. Abel was hit hard. His pitches were up in the zone and his off speed stuff lacked command. Only a great leaping catch high up against the center field wall by Johan Rojas kept the Mets off the board in the first inning.
Abel lasted 2.2 innings last night and was tagged for four hits, four runs, walked two and struck out four. This season RHB are hitting around .300 against him compared to LHB who are hitting only .100.
LHB Wingrove is having an OK season hitting against RHP. He leads Clearwater with seven homers and is hitting around .260 and with an OPS of around .800 against RHP. However, he is yet to get a hit off of a RHP this seasonLast night he went 0 for 3 hitting into a double play and striking out twice against the LHP starter. He still needs to work harder to be a complete hitter.
RHB Simmons continues his hitting prowess last night after a slow start. He went 2 for 3 with 2 walks. Over the last 5 games, he is hitting .412 with an OPS 1.474. Going into last night’s game he was hitting .246 against RHP. He had only one hit against LHP and walked only twice in his first 20 games. In Friday’s game he hit a single against the Mets’ lefty starter and walked twice in the game. Simmons is playing like he wants to move up in the Phillies system.
RHB Gutierrez looks ready to move up too. His splits are about even across the board in all categories. He is has hit .357 and .971 OPS over the last week. He is hitting .295 with a .810 OPS for the season. In Friday’s game, he homered to right for his third of the season and second in his last seven games.
After Friday nights game, it looks like Abel and Wingrove need more time at low A and Simmons and Gutierrez are showing signs of being ready to move on up in the Phillies chain.