From Instructs to the Offseason Leagues the baseball march continues in the never ending search for the long shot prospect. I was standing next to a guy at Instructs and he was telling a guy that he was headed to the “Capital”. I wondered why he was heading to D.C. It turns out he was headed to the Dominican Republic for the start of the Liga de Beisbol Dominicano.
Now is the time for the offseason leagues to get started. Since Winter doesn’t start officially until December 21, we can’t call it winter ball because the leagues in the Caribbean are winding up about then. The Arizona Fall League wraps things up just in time so the boys can return home for Thanksgiving and the Front Offices can get things in place for the December Winter Meetings.
The Phillies have 19 position players and 9 pitchers listed on the MLB.com Offseason Leagues Organizational Stats page. Read HERE . And as you can read most of them have not performed well after the first two weeks of play.
Only four of them are hitting over .300: Andres Blanco, .462; Cameron Perkins, .350; Daniel Brito, .323 and Edgar Cabral, .308. On the other hand 13 of them are hitting .250 or less including 7 hitting .200 or less.
Three of the stuggling hitters can be considered prospects but seem to have trouble getting it started with the bat in offseason ball: Jiandido Tromp, .185, Cornelius Randolph, .143, and Roman Quinn, .118. In fact, Quinn is still listed on the Phillies 40-man roster.
Offseason pitching has been a bit better though most of the young pitching prospects rest their arms in the offseason. Only two starters are pitching in the offseason, Elniery Garcia in the AFL and Franklyn Kilome in the Dominican League. As we have posted earlier Garcia has been the Monday starting pitcher for Shawn Williams in the AFL going 1-1 with a 2.57 ERA averaging better than a strikeout an inning while Kilome had a three inning start allowing only one hit, a home run, while striking out three.
Of the seven relievers, five of them have yet to allow a run: Trevor Bettencourt, AFL, IP 2, innings, Garett Cleavenger, AFL, IP 3 innings, Zac Curtis, DWL, IP 5, J.D. Hammer, AFL, IP 4.1 and Tom Windle, DWL, IP 3.
Please note this update. In the Monday, October 23rd AFL game Garcia gave up five runs in a three inning start and charged with his second loss. Cleavenger came on in relief in the same game and was charged with five more runs in getting only one out. Randolph went 0 for 4 to drop his batting average to .120. The lone bright spot was designated hitter Edgar Cabral who went 2 for 3 to raise his average to .375. Now if the N.L. had the DH the Phillies would be all set.
Three Phillies minor league prospects have been assigned to the Columbia Winter League which starts up Nov. 3. They include first baseman Kyle Martin, infielder Derek Campbell and returning for a second season catcher Chace Numata. Read HERE.
Last offseason Jacob Waguespack pitched in the Liga Columbia De Beisbol Professional and is now a top Phillies prospect after pitching severn strong innings in a start in the International League playoffs in September.
Still time remains for the Phillies offseason players who have shown little so far to impress scouts before the start of the winter meetings set for Orlando Fl. Dec. 10-14. Read HERE.