Minor League Opening Day Roster Analysis: Philadelphia Phillies

1 Jesse Biddle 10/22/1991 lhp Reading Fightin’ Phils (AA)
2 Roman Quinn 5/14/1993 ss Lakewood BlueClaws (LoA)
3 Tommy Joseph 7/16/1991 c Lehigh Valley IronPigs (AAA)
4 Jonathan Pettibone 7/19/1990 rhp Lehigh Valley IronPigs (AAA)
5 Adam Morgan 2/27/1990 lhp Lehigh Valley IronPigs (AAA)
6 Ethan Martin 6/6/1989 rhp Lehigh Valley IronPigs (AAA)
7 Cody Asche 6/30/1990 3b Lehigh Valley IronPigs (AAA)
8 Maikel Franco 8/26/1992 3b Clearwater Threshers (HiA)
9 Darin Ruf 7/28/1986 1b/of Lehigh Valley IronPigs (AAA)
10 Carlos Tocci 8/23/1995 of Lakewood BlueClaws (LoA)

HE’S WHERE? After hitting 41 home runs between the majors and minors last year, Darin Ruf looked like he would at least win a platoon job in Philadelphia coming into the spring. But he got off to a slow start offensively and struggled in left field, so he will open the season at Triple-A Lehigh Valley. And perhaps reflective of how he has fallen behind the organization catching depth chart behind Tommy Joseph, Sebastian Valle will open the season back at Double-A Reading after finishing last season in Triple-A.

WHO’S MISSING: Outfielder Larry Greene, a 2011 supplemental first-round pick out of a small Georgia high school, still is not ready for a full-season assignment and will remain in extended spring training. Greene has fought nagging injuries, conditioning and his lack of experience as a pro. He’ll likely go back to short-season Williamsport in June.

GO SEE: Philadelphia’s advanced minor league talent has gathered in Lehigh Valley, particularly on the pitching staff, which features Nos. 4-5-6 prospects Jonathan Pettibone, Adam Morgan and Ethan Martin. The aforementioned Joseph, acquired from the Giants last July in the Hunter Pence deal, will be behind the plate. Ruf and third baseman Cody Asche should form the heart of the lineup.