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January 11, 2012 BY ALEX EISENBERG No Comments Yet

Phillies Top-15 Prospects of 2012

    1. Trevor May | RHP | Age – 21 | Grade – B
    2. Jesse Biddle | LHP | Age – 20 | Grade – B
    3. Phillippe Aumont | RHP | Age – 23 | Grade – B/B-
    4. Maikel Franco | 3b | Age – 19 | Grade – B-
    5. Justin De Fratus | RHP | Age – 24 | Grade – B-
    6. Sebastian Valle | C | Age – 21 | Grade – C+
    7. Larry Greene | LF/1b | Age – 19 | Grade – C+
    8. Freddy Galvis | SS | Age – 22 | Grade – C+
    9. Austin Wright | LHP | Age – 22 | Grade – C+
    10. Jon Pettibone | RHP | Age – 21 | Grade – C+
    11. Brody Colvin | RHP | Age – 21 | Grade – C+
    12. Lisalberto Bonilla | RHP | Age – 21 | Grade – C+
    13. Jiwan James | CF | Age – 23 | Grade – C+
    14. Tyler Greene | SS | Age – 19 | Grade – C+
    15. Adam Morgan | LHP | Age – 22 | Grade – C+

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Prospect Quick Takes

    1. Trevor May | RHP | Age – 21 | Grade – B … See his full report below.
    2. Jesse Biddle | LHP | Age – 20 | Grade – B … Bounced back from a tough April. Read his velocity dropped last year. Hopefully it returns in 2012.
    3. Phillippe Aumont | RHP | Age – 23 | Grade – B/B- … Rebounded from a terrible 2010 season and he showed elite level stuff and improved control. Does he have the mentality to close?
    4. Maikel Franco | 3b | Age – 19 | Grade – B- … Would rather see him rank a little lower, but he’s very young, showed good plate discipline, has some bat speed, and went up against pitchers much older than he. Definitely an intriguing prospect.
    5. Justin De Fratus | RHP | Age – 24 | Grade – B- … Another reliever in the top-5 probably is a good indication of the overall depth of Philly’s system right now, but De Fratus is Major League ready now. Both he and Aumont are good bets to contribute to the Phillies as soon as next year. And the rest of the names on this list are guys I’m not completely confident in or are too untested to be ranked higher. That’s how I justify two relievers in the top-5 of Philly’s system.
    6. Sebastian Valle | C | Age – 21 | Grade – C+ … See his report on page 2
    7. Larry Greene | LF/1b | Age – 19 | Grade – C+ … Raw with no pro experience, but has massive power potential.
    8. Freddy Galvis | SS | Age – 22 | Grade – C+ … Defensive whiz is outstanding with the glove, and he finally showed signs of life with the bat last year.
    9. Austin Wright | LHP | Age – 22 | Grade – C+ … Scouts have liked him for a long time, and he appeared to be finally be putting it together last year.
    10. Jon Pettibone | RHP | Age – 21 | Grade – C+ … Strike thrower added some a little velocity last year, but still doesn’t miss many bats.
    11. Brody Colvin | RHP | Age – 21 | Grade – C+ … Regressed last year…way too hittable for somebody with his kind of stuff…struggled with his mechanics last year.
    12. Lisalberto Bonilla | RHP | Age – 21 | Grade – C+ … Sleeper pitching prospect who gets overlooked because of some of the pitching talent a level or two ahead of him.
    13. Jiwan James | CF | Age – 23 | Grade – C+ … Probably the best athlete in the system. Still quite raw with the bat, but is a standout defensive center fielder.
    14. Tyler Greene | SS | Age – 19 | Grade – C+ … Very nice mid-round pick in last year’s draft. Lots of tools, but inconsistent performance.
    15. Adam Morgan | LHP | Age – 22 | Grade – C+ … Potential back of the rotation starter.
    16. Roman Quinn | SS/2b/CF | Age – 18 | Grade – C+ … Extremely fast and stronger than he looks. Recently took on switch hitting but I’m doubtful he’ll make the transition successfully.
    17. Brian Pointer | OF | Age – 20 | Grade – C+ … Really solid athlete who does a bunch of things well and put together a solid performance in the Gulf Coast League…a sleeper.
    18. Julio Rodriguez | RHP | Age – 21 | Grade – C+ … Numbers are fantastic, but is he doing it with smoke and mirrors?
    19. Austin Hyatt | RHP | Age – 25 | Grade – C+ … Another guy who has had to prove himself at each level of competition. So far he’s proved scouts wrong, but he’s still doing it with stuff that is fairly ordinary.
    20. Perci Garner | RHP | Age – 23 | Grade – C+/C … Injuries have limited his innings, but he’s got good stuff and could jump up next year’s rankings by staying healthy next year.
    HONORABLE MENTIONS (in no particular order) – Matt Rizzotti (1b) | Drew Carpenter (RHP) | Kelly Dugan (OF) | Harold Garcia (2b) | Tyson Gillies (CF) | Mitch Walding (SS) | Aaron Altherr (OF) | Ethan Stewart (LHP) | Leandro Castro (OF) | Cesar Hernandez (INF) | J.C. Ramirez (RHP) | Kenny Giles (RHP) | Mario Hollands (LHP) | Marek Minarik (RHP) | Michael Schwimer (RHP) | Bryan Morgado (LHP) | Yacksel Rios (RHP) | Harold Martinez (3b) | Tyler Cloyd (RHP) | Colton Murray (RHP) | Gauntlett Eldemire (CF) | Gabriel Arias (RHP) | Hector Neris (RHP) | Fabian Cota (LHP) | Cody Asche (2b/3b) | Trey Ford (3b)
    *Domonic Brown and Vance Worley are no longer considered prospects based on the criteria set forth for these lists.
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  • 1. Trevor May | RHP | Age – 22
    High-A Clearwater | Drafted – Round 4, 2008

    Player Grades
    Fastball – 60 Now | 60 Future
    Curveball – 55 | 60
    Change-Up – 50 | 50/55
    Control – 45 | 50
    Command – 40 | 45/50
    Pitchability – 50 | 55
    ETA – Middle of 2013
    Final Grade – B

    Last Year’s Team Ranking – No. 6

    Last Year’s Grade – B-

    Body Type – Physical build.

    Stuff

    Fastball – Sits in the 90 – 95 mph range with good life. Holds his velocity deep into games.

    Curveball – An up-and-down spike curve with sharp bite. He’s guilty of overthrowing it at times.

    Change-Up – It’s improved over the last couple of years. Still working to maintain his arm speed, but it features nice sinking action as it approaches home plate. He’ll throw it to both right handers and left handers.

    Scouting Report

    Trevor May’s second go-around in the Florida State League much better than his first. What changed? He was actually able to throw strikes this time around.

    May has been making gradual improvements with his control since entering pro ball. He’ll likely never have much better than average control or command, but his swing-and-miss stuff helps make up for it. Discounting the 12 innings he threw in the Gulf Coast League immediately out of high school, May has not appeared at a level where he’s struck out less than 28.2% of the batters he’s faced. Last year was his second best season for strikeouts, and his best for walks.

    May uses drop-and-drive mechanics. He hides the ball well, which gives him solid deception. He’s been able to simplify his mechanics by eliminating some of the unnecessary movement in his leg kick, and he’s now repeating his delivery better than he ever has before.

    May will continue his progress in Double-A Reading next season.

    Best Case Outcome – Possible No. 2 starter.

    More Likely Outcome – Solid No. 3 starter…still a possibility he ends up in the bullpen if he can’t continue to improve his control.

    2. Jesse Biddle | LHP | Age – 20
    Low-A Lakewood | Drafted – Round 1 (27), 2010
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