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The Phillies like strong-armed high school righthanders and have drafted several players from the Pacific Northwest in recent years. May fits into both demographics, and he signed for $375,000 as a fourth-round pick in 2008, when he ranked as the top prospect in Washington. Since then, May slowly has climbed through the system, moving from projectable package to Philadelphia's top prospect. After cruising through his first two pro seasons, he opened 2010 in high Class A Clearwater but struggled with his command and control. Then-farm director Chuck LaMar demoted him to low Class A Lakewood that July at the suggestion of senior advisor and former GM Pat Gillick, and May responded by carrying the BlueClaws to their second consecutive South Atlantic League title. He dominated during his return to the Florida State League in 2011, cutting his walk rate in half and leading the minors with 12.4 strikeouts per nine innings. His 208 whiffs topped the FSL and ranked third in the minors. The Phillies named him their minor league pitcher of the year. Scouts compare May to Chris Carpenter because of his size and swing-and-miss stuff. May's best pitch is his 90-95 mph fastball, which has heavy life and great angle, and he holds his velocity deep into games. He has worked to add a two-seamer to his arsenal, though his high three-quarters arm slot produces natural armside run. He gained consistency with his secondary offerings in 2011, particularly with his changeup. His No. 2 pitch is a 74-78 mph downer curveball, which was his best weapon in high school, but he overthrows it at times. His changeup sits at 80-82 mph and shows above-average potential with sink, though he occasionally slows down his arm speed when he throws it. Philadelphia introduced a slider to give May a fourth pitch, and he started throwing it during bullpen sessions in the second half of 2011. The progression of his command and offspeed stuff has resulted from his improved ability to repeat his delivery. The Phillies worked to simplify his motion and get his limbs going in the same direction, and now there are no concerns. May had a tendency to fall in love with strikeouts in the past, but now they're coming more as a natural result of his stuff and aptitude. He induces a lot of whiffs on high fastballs out of the zone, which will be harder to get against more advanced competition. He also works a lot of deep counts and needs to do a better job of getting ahead of hitters. He's a durable innings-eater who's still growing into his 6-foot-5 frame. Despite spending the last three seasons in A-ball, May still will be age-appropriate as a 22-year-old with Double-A Reading in 2012. If his command continues to improve, he could become a No. 2 starter, and he should be at least a solid mid-rotation workhorse. With Philadelphia's starting staff set for the immediate future, May won't have to be rushed, but he could help as early as 2013.
Biddle pitched his high school ball at Germantown Friends School, 20 minutes away from Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies sent multiple scouts to every one of his starts in 2010 before drafting him 27th overall and signing him away from an Oregon commitment for $1.16 million. In his first full pro season, he was the third-youngest pitcher in the South Atlantic League. Biddle sat at 92-94 mph as a high school senior but has had inconsistent fastball velocity as a pro. He settled in at 87-90 mph during the second half of 2011, but he has remained effective because of his secondary pitches. After not needing a changeup in high school, he has developed a 78-80 mph offering with fade that flashes plus potential. He also throws a sharp 72-75 mph curveball with so much break that Biddle struggles throwing it for strikes. Down the line, Philadelphia might reintroduce a slider he once showed on the showcase circuit. He throws across his body and needs to improve his fastball command. He has the work ethic to do so. A strong projectable lefthander, Biddle has No. 3 starter potential and has earned comparisons to Andy Pettitte. He'll make the jump to high Class A in 2012.
Phillies international supervisor Sal Agostinelli worked out Valle in his hometown of Los Mochis, Mexico, and came away uninspired. But Agostinelli still followed the raw catcher closely in tournaments and eventually signed him for $30,000. Valle has flourished since and played in the Futures Game in 2011, when he was the Florida State League's youngest everyday catcher. Employing a high leg kick, Valle generates impressive bat speed with his quick hands and explosive wrists, leading to above-average raw power. He's overly aggressive and he gets pull-happy, making his swing long at times. When he's on, he stays inside the ball well and works the opposite field. He posted just a .589 OPS in the second half of 2011 as his defensive responsibilities took a toll on his body. An athletic backstop, Valle moves well behind the plate with solid blocking and receiving skills. His solid arm and improved footwork produce 1.9-second pop times and enabled him to throw out 32 percent of FSL basestealers. Valle is the Phillies' catcher of the future, though he'll likely continue to move one level at time. After joining the 40-man roster in November, he'll handle a prospect-heavy Reading staff in 2012.
A Southern California recruit, Pettibone was thought to be unsignable in 2008, but fellow California high school product Cole Hamels helped persuade him to join the Phillies for $500,000 as a third-round pick. Pettibone's father Jay pitched briefly in the majors and played under current Philadelphia manager Charlie Manuel at Double-A Orlando in 1984. After finishing 2010 on a strong note, Jonathan took the biggest step forward of any Phillies farmhand last year. Pettibone pitches to both sides of the plate with a 90-94 mph fastball that touches 95, and he maintains his velocity deep into games. His 81-84 mph changeup gives him a second plus pitch. He has the best command in the system, and his advanced feel for pitching allowed the Phillies to give him a two-seam fastball earlier than they do with most pitchers. He has made progress with his two-seamer and improved the depth of his 80-83 mph slider, though he doesn't throw it often. He has a smooth, repeatable delivery and a clean arm action that produces easy velocity. Of the Phillies' top pitching prospects, Pettibone is the best bet to reach his ceiling, which is as a mid-rotation starter. He'll join Trevor May at the front of Reading's rotation in 2012.
The centerpiece of the December 2009 Cliff Lee trade that also brought Tyson Gillies and J.C. Ramirez from the Mariners, Aumont signed for $1.9 million as the 11th overall pick in 2007. The Phillies initially made him a starter in 2010 but he floundered in that role, especially with his mechanics. The extra innings did help him learn more about pitching, which showed when he progressed to Triple-A Lehigh Valley as a reliever in 2011. Aumont has the system's best two-pitch combination, with both his fastball and curveball grading as plus-plus pitches. His heavy fastball sits at 93-96 mph and touches 98 with great sink, while his knee-buckling 78-80 mph curveball has sharp, late break. He also throws an 84-87 mph changeup that looks like a splitter, though he doesn't use it much in relief. While he can be overpowering at times, Aumont has a herky-jerky delivery that results in wavering command. There are some concerns about his attitude and competitiveness. If Aumont can do a better job of locating his pitches and controlling his emotions, he has the stuff to become a closer. Philadelphia protected him on its 40-man roster this offseason and will give him an outside shot to make the big league team in spring training. He'll likely open 2012 in Triple-A.
The Phillies have raved about Galvis' defensive exploits since they saw him as a 14- year-old in Venezuela, and they signed him two years later for $90,000. Always one of the youngest position players in his leagues, he reached Triple-A at age 21 in 2011, when he was named Phillies minor league position player of the year. Galvis is arguably the best defensive shortstop in the minors. He has plus range despite fringy pure speed, and he also has excellent hands, an above-average arm and incredible instincts. Slightly built, he went through a strength training program last offseason that helped him set career highs across the board in 2011. A switch-hitter who sprays line drives, Galvis makes consistent contact but never will hit for much power and profiles as a No. 8 hitter. He has improved at bunting and moving runners. Philadelphia praises his intelligence and makeup. Galvis' role will likely be determined by how much his bat continues to progress. Most scouts think his defensive wizardry will make him an everyday player, but some think he's no more than a second-division regular. He's in line for more Triple-A seasoning.
De Fratus hit 94 mph while at Ventura (Calif.) JC, but his fastball sometimes dipped into the mid-80s by the third or fourth inning. After turning pro, he benefited from a fulltime pitching coach and daily routine, both of which he lacked as an amateur. He took off in 2010, when he hit 98 mph in the Florida State League all-star game and served as Team USA's closer in the Pan Am qualifying tournament, and made his big league debut this September. De Fratus' fastball sits at 92-95 mph with slight sinking action. His 82-85 mph sweeping slider has come a long way, advancing from a fringy offering to a true plus pitch, but some scouts think he uses it too frequently. He also has a low-80s changeup. De Fratus has thrown strikes since he signed, though he wasn't able to pinpoint his pitches as effectively in 2011 as he had in the past. He has the bulldog mentality and short memory required to work the late innings. Sometimes compared to Brad Lidge, De Fratus figures to play a significant role in Philadelphia's 2012 bullpen. He has the stuff and makeup to become a set-up man.
A sandwich-round talent whose commitment to Louisiana State clouded his signability, Colvin signed for $900,000 as a seventh-rounder in 2009. The No. 3 prospect and top pitcher on this list a year ago, he took a big step backward in 2011. He reported to spring training in poor condition, then struggled to stay healthy with back and groin injuries hampering him throughout the season. His stuff wasn't as sharp and his command wavered. When he's healthy, Colvin's fastball sits at 92-94 mph and peaks at 96 with sink. He shows signs of two above-average secondary offerings, a sharp curveball in the upper 70s and an 83-85 mph changeup. Since he was in high school, he has had a long arm circle with a hook and wrap in the back of his motion. He also throws significantly across his body. When everything was going well, there was little reason to alter Colvin's mechanics, but that's no longer the case. Because of his delivery concerns, some scouts say Colvin is destined for the bullpen. Others think his stuff will rebound and he should remain in the rotation, where he has No. 2 starter upside. He'll likely will return to Clearwater to regain his confidence at the start of 2012.
James was an all-state baseball, basketball and football player at his Florida high school. He was signed for $150,000 in the 22nd round in 2007 by Chip Lawrence, the same scout who unearthed Domonic Brown one year earlier. An incredible athlete, he evokes images of Brown with his wiry frame. James spent his first two years in pro ball as a pitcher before he suffered a stress reaction in his forearm, prompting a move to the outfield in 2009. A switch-hitter, James is much better from his natural left side, from which he's starting to show home run power during batting practice. He's a slap hitter from the right side, and though the Phillies won't abandon it yet, James eventually may hit solely lefthanded. In 2011, he had a .721 OPS against lefties compared to .608 against righties. He struggles to recognize offspeed pitches and gives at-bats away. James is a plus-plus defender in centerfield and gets great reads off the bat. He has an above-average arm and above-average speed, but he needs to work on getting better reads as a baserunner. The No. 7 prospect on this list a year ago, James still has a high ceiling but needs to make adjustments offensively to become an everyday player. After passing through the Rule 5 draft unscathed, he'll spend 2012 in Double-A.
Franco wasn't flashy in workouts as an amateur, and his 7.7-second 60-yard dash time scared teams away. Phillies international supervisor Sal Agostinelli saw that his tools stood out more in game situations, and signed Franco for $100,000. He was one of the short-season New York-Penn League's top hitters in 2011, though he was overmatched when promoted to low Class A in August. Franco has one of the highest ceilings among Philadelphia's position prospects. He has an unconventional arm-bar swing, but his great bat speed and hand-eye coordination produce above-average power. He's aggressive at the plate, gets pull-happy at times and needs a better two-strike approach. Though he has trimmed down since signing, Franco has a thick body and is a well below-average runner. His plus arm, good agility and smooth actions should allow him to stay at third base. The Phillies initially tried putting Franco behind the plate because of his arm strength, and he could revisit catching down the line. Philadelphia hasn't developed a homegrown third baseman since Scott Rolen, and Franco doesn't have much competition in the system to be the next one. He'll return to Lakewood in 2012, when he'll be one of the youngest players in full-season ball at age 19.
The Phillies drafted Quinn 66th overall last June and signed him away from his commitment to Florida State for $775,000 several hours before the Aug. 16 deadline. Scouts flocked to see Quinn, the fastest player in the 2011 draft, at the relatively remote town of Port St. Joe on the Florida panhandle. A star basketball player in high school, he's a true top-of-the-scale runner with game-changing speed and incredible first-step quickness. His game draws comparisons to that of Michael Bourn, Philadelphia's 2003 fourth-round pick, and he physically resembles Jimmy Rollins with his compact frame. Quinn toyed with switch-hitting as an amateur and never fully committed to it after struggling at the East Coast Pro Showcase in 2010, but the Phillies think he can swing it from both sides. He's a natural righthanded hitter with surprising pop for his size, and he has shown improvement from the left side. Scouts aren't sure what position best fits Quinn, but Philadelphia is dedicated to developing him as a shortstop, where he shows a strong arm, average hands and good instincts. His speed will allow him to play center field if he doesn't stick at short. Quinn is still raw but has the potential to move quickly, and he could advance to low Class A in 2012 after opening the year in extended spring training.
Bonilla hadn't made much noise since he was an unheralded international signing in 2008, He joined Lakewood last May and moved into the rotation a month later when an injury created an opening. He responded by exceeding expectations and rocketing up the list of Phillies pitching prospects. With a loose, quick arm, Bonilla has a 91-94 mph fastball that touches 95. Philadelphia initially was reluctant to use him as a starter because it wanted him to pitch off his fastball with greater frequency and not rely as much on his plus 82-84 mph changeup. At times he went entire outings without using the changeup, which diminished his effectiveness but helped his development. Bonilla's 78-82 mph slider grades out as fringy now but shows flashes of being a swing-and-miss pitch. Wiry and athletic, he has a smooth delivery, though there's a slight head wag and some recoil at the end of his release. Depending on the development of his slider, Bonilla has a chance to be a mid-rotation starter, but he could also serve as a late-inning reliever. He'll advance to high Class A in 2012.
After shining at an MLB-sponsor showcase in April, Tocci emerged as one of the most intriguing prospects in the 2011 international class. He also was one of the youngest and had to wait until late August to sign on his 16th birthday for $759,000--one of the highest bonuses the Phillies ever have given an international amateur. If he carried 30 more pounds on his frame, scouts say he would have signed for three times as much and been considered the equivalent of a first-round talent in the draft. Tocci has a stick-figure body with narrow shoulders and scouts aren't sure how his body will fill out, which clouds his future position and offensive potential. His swing tends to get long and loopy in batting practice, but he shortens up in games and makes quick adjustments. He presently has gap-to-gap power and uses the whole field well. He looks like a pure center fielder and also has the arm strength for right field. He has plus speed and uncanny instincts on the bases. It's a matter of eating properly and lifting weights for Tocci to add strength to his frame, and his potential seems limitless. His professional career will begin in the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League this season.
Signed on the same day (July 2, 2006) as fellow Venezuelan infielder Freddy Galvis, Hernandez hasn't moved as quickly but has a better chance to make an impact with his bat. After getting added to the 40-man roster following the 2010 season, he made the jump from short-season to Williamsport to high Class A. He hit just .177 through mid-May while getting acclimated, then batted .296/.333/.371 the rest of the way. A switch-hitter, Hernandez is significantly better from the left side. He has a line-drive approach and the bat speed to develop gap-to-gap power once he adds some strength to his slight frame. He understands the strike zone and shows the ability to barrel the ball, though he lacks patience and gets himself out by chasing pitches. He has plus speed and runs the bases well, making him a threat to steal. Defensively, Hernandez has an above-average arm and smooth actions, but he tends to be passive and sometimes is too stationary at second base. Scouts compare him to Placido Polanco, a steady performer and grinder. After his strong second half, Hernandez should make the jump to Double-A in 2012. Chase Utley is signed for two more seasons, so the Phillies don't have to rush Hernandez.
The Phillies have taken plenty of high-risk, high-reward toolsy outfielders in recent drafts, and Altherr fits that prototype perfectly. A star basketball player in high school, he's still raw as a baseball player. He offers exciting potential but his prospect status is based more on projection than production. He opened 2011 in low Class A but had trouble stringing together consistent at-bats, so he spent the second half repeating Williamsport. His build and upside have led scouts to compare him to a righthanded-hitting Domonic Brown. Altherr is still growing into a lanky frame supported by size-16 shoes and is learning body control. For such a big, young hitter, he takes a short path to the ball, allowing him to make hard contact. He has good plate coverage but is a free swinger. He has added strength and projects to have average to plus power. Altherr has spent time in center field but profiles best in right field, where his above-average arm will play. He has plus speed once he gets going and has good baserunning ability. He'll give Lakewood another try this year.
Manzanillo didn't start playing baseball until he was 16 and signed about a year and a half later out of Venezuela. He reached low Class A in his third pro season, and while his statistics weren't loud, he might have better pure stuff than Lakewood teammate Jesse Biddle, who ranks No. 2 on this list. Manzanillo is still rough around the edges and searching for consistency. Thin-framed and athletic, he needs to add strength but has a live, loose arm. His fastball sits at 90-93 mph and touches 95 with late life, though he struggles with command and overthrows at times. He shows feel for two secondary pitches, a slurvy curveball and changeup. Both are fringy offerings now but could be plus pitches, and their development will determine Manzanillo's future. He has some tilt in his delivery and needs to get downhill more to achieve better plane on his pitches. He throws slightly across his body and his arm action is a little long in the back. Scouts say Manzanillo compares favorably to Antonio Bastardo. He should advance to high Class A and pitch alongside Biddle again in 2012.
Rodriguez may have been the most anonymous member of Clearwater's talented 2011 rotation, but he also posted the best numbers, leading the Florida State League with 16 wins and ranking second in ERA (2.76) and strikeouts (168). His stuff isn't as nasty as his numbers might indicate, as he lacks a present average pitch. With his big frame, Rodriguez has a limber body with long limbs that yields a herky-jerky delivery. His arm works well and his motion creates deception, and hitters at the lower levels haven't been able to square up his pitches. Inconsistent with his fastball velocity in the past, Rodriguez mostly sat at 87-90 mph last year, with natural late cut adding to his effectiveness. He has a loopy 65-72 mph curveball that induces swings and misses, along with a sharper 73-76 mph slider. He also throws a 77-78 mph changeup. When he gets downhill in delivery, Rodriguez's pitches are very tough to pick up. He tends to get under the ball and work up in the zone, which could get him into trouble against better competition. He has good control but not fine command. With his pitchability, Rodriguez has a chance to be a back-end starter, but he'll have to continue to prove himself at every level. After starring for Puerto Rico at the World Cup in October--he struck out 15 and didn't allow an earned run in nine innings--he'll will move to Double-A this season.
Hudson's inconsistent effort as a high schooler frustrated some area scouts, but Phillies scouting director Marti Wolever saw him at his best in a game shortly before the 2009 draft, when Hudson homered and made several diving catches. Philadelphia took him in the third round and paid a $475,000 bonus to sign him away from Oregon State, where he would have played baseball and football (as a wide receiver). A tremendous athlete, Hudson struggled offensively in his first two professional seasons, but he held his own in a return to Williamsport. Hudson always has had bat speed and a good swing path, and he started squaring the ball consistently in 2011. He started to show signs of recognizing pitches and improving his plate discipline. Hudson has gap-to-gap power and could hit for average if he learns to bunt. A plus-plus runner underway, he doesn't get out of the box well but his speed plays on the bases, where he's almost arrogantly aggressive. He's a plus-plus defender with great closing ability in center field, and he could play in the big leagues right now defensively. He also has an above-average arm. Hudson has breakout potential and will advance to low Class A this season.
Signed out of Venezuela eight years ago, Garcia spent four years in pro ball before reaching a full-season league. Once he got there in 2009, he quickly starting rising up the ranks of the system. He played on Lakewood's South Atlantic League championship team in 2009 and broke a 59-year-old Florida State League record by hitting in 37 consecutive games in 2010. After retaining him on their 40-man roster, the Phillies expect a breakout season from Garcia in 2011, but he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in his 12th game. He returned to take batting practice and grounders during instructional league and should be fully healthy in 2012. Garcia is a switch-hitter who has proven his ability to barrel the ball. He has solid gap power and sprays the ball to all fields. Before the knee injury, he had average speed and played solid defense at second base, where he has an average arm and decent hands. He has a chance to be an everday player, though he profiles best as a hard-working utilityman with some pop. Now 25, Garcia will have to move quickly and will get that chance from Philadelphia.
Greene had an offer to play linebacker for Alabama's football team and committed to play baseball Chipola (Fla.) JC. He turned down both after the Phillies drafted him 39th overall last June and offered him $1 million. Greene generated some first-round buzz with his incredible raw power and batting-practice displays during the spring, though struggles with premium velocity on the showcase circuit and an injured ankle during his senior year slightly dropped his stock. He draws comparisons to Russell Branyan, another lefthanded power hitter from south Georgia, and Philadelphia likens his total package to Jonathan Singleton, the key to the Hunter Pence trade with the Astros last July. The difference is that Greene offers more power and is a better defender than Singleton, if not as polished a hitter. Greene played center field in high school but fits better in left with his fringy speed and average arm. He didn't see game action during instructional league because he had a groin injury. He likely will start 2012 in extended spring training.
A two-time all-state quarterback at Dover (Ohio) High, Garner passed for 8,800 yards and 86 touchdowns during his prep career before heading to Ball State with the intention of playing football. But he never got on the field as a third-string quarterback before switching to baseball full-time after ranking as the No. 2 prospect in the Great Lakes League during the summer of 2009. He quickly moved into Ball State's rotation and shot up draft boards the following spring, going 77th overall and signing for $470,700 in 2010. Still unrefined, Garner has thrown just 34 innings in two pro seasons because he has had a tender arm and oblique strain. When he has taken the mound, he has shown a 92-94 mph fastball that touches 96 and features late life. He has added consistency to his sharp 79-82 mph curveball, while his low-80s changeup has come a long way. His ability to develop reliable secondary pitches will determine whether he remains a starter or moves to the bullpen in the long run. Garner has smoothed out his delivery and is starting to understand his mechanics better, which should help. The Phillies hope to get him a full season of innings in low Class A in 2012.
Hyatt's hometown Braves took him in the 23rd round out of a suburban Atlanta high school, but he opted to attend Alabama, from where the Phillies signed him for $2,500 as a fifth-year senior in 2009. He has starred in the minors, earning Florida State League most valuable pitcher honors in 2010 and leading the Double-A Eastern League with 171 strikeouts last year. He gets by more on command and deception than overpowering stuff, similar to Julio Rodriguez. Hyatt adds and subtracts from his 87-93 mph fastball that gets occasional sink, but he tends to leave it up in the zone. He relies heavily on his plus 75-78 mph changeup with parachute tumble. He has worked hard to develop his slider, a 76-80 mph offering with occasional sharp bite. Hyatt has a high-effort delivery and there are some concerns about his arm action, which also inhibits hitters from seeing the ball well. Depending on the development of his slider, Hyatt could be used as a back-end starter, though likely not in Philadelphia's rotation unless it comes in an emergency situation. He'll advance to Triple-A to open this season.
Walding was a two-sport high school star, accounting for 3,041 yards and 26 touchdowns during his senior season as a quarterback, but he flew under the radar as a northern California prep baseball product. Scouts couldn't get extended looks at him because he didn't participate in many summer showcases while preparing for football season, and he missed several weeks last spring with a stress fracture in his right foot. The Phillies snagged him in the fifth round and followed him in the West Coast League, where he ranked as the the No. 2 prospect in the wood-bat summer college circuit. Philadelphia signed him away from a commitment to Oregon for $800,000. Walding still is growing into his broad-shouldered body and adding strength to his frame. He has a smooth lefthanded swing and generates above-average bat speed that could lead to plus power down the line. Walding played shortstop in high school and moves well laterally despite his large frame, but he profiles best at third base. He has good hands to go with solid arm strength and speed. Walding will likely start 2012 in extended spring training and make his pro debut at Williamsport in June.
Unlike the high-upside outfielders that fill the Phillies system, Castro doesn't have any loud skills, but he also doesn't have many holes in his game. He has shown consistent hitting ability, though he played just 56 games last year before being shut down in mid-June with a deep bone bruise and a stress fracture in his left leg. Castro generates great bat speed with his explosive hands, but he has a pronounced arm bar in his swing, which gets long at times. He has plus raw power, though he also tries to muscle up fastballs and gives away at-bats. Castro does everything aggressively, almost to a fault, which he'll have to tone down as he advances. He's a solid-average runner with a strong arm, giving him a chance to play all three outfield positions. He can play center field in a pinch but doesn't have enough speed to stick there long term, and he likely won't hit for enough power to play a corner, so he profiles as a second-division regular or fourth outfielder. He'll return to high Class A to being this season, with a chance to advance to Double-A later in the year.
Savery's path in pro ball has been tumultuous and unique, as he has gone from firstround pick to suspect back to prospect and from pitcher to hitter to back to the mound. In 2011, he was named Phillies minor league hitter of the month in April--and its pitcher of the month in August before making his big league debut in September. A two-way star at Rice, Savery looked like a top-five pick in the 2007 draft before he had minor shoulder surgery that contributed to him sliding to the 19th pick, where Philadelphia signed him for $1,372,500. He made it to Triple-A in his second full pro season but went 1-12 there in 2010 as his command deteriorated and his fastball velocity dropped into the low 80s. He had more success at the plate that season, hitting .348 in 46 at-bats, and the Phillies decided to make him a full-time outfielder/first baseman in instructional league. Savery began 2011 in high Class A and was hitting .320 in late May when Clearwater ran out of pitchers in a 23-inning game. He pitched two innings of scoreless relief and showed enough promise that Philadelphia used him as a two-way player in Double-A. He regained the 92-94 mph fastball he had at Rice, as rest and a shorter arm action made a significant difference. He focused primarily on pitching in Triple-A and the majors, showing a plus 81-84 mph slider with late bite. Savery missed more bats and threw more strikes as a reliever than he did as a starter, and he has an inside track for a bullpen job with the Phillies in 2012. He's better suited to that role than as a position player, as he has the hand-eye coordination to hit for average but lacks power.
Wright was on the prospect radar for a long time as an amateur, getting drafted in the 23rd round twice (out of an Illinois high school by the Pirates, and out of Chipola, Fla., JC by the Red Sox) before the Phillies took him in the eighth round last June. Amateur scouts considered Wright a tease, as he showed interesting arm strength and stuff but raised concerns about his command and makeup. Signed for $125,000, he seemed to turn a corner in his pro debut, posting solid numbers and reaching low Class A. Wright's fastball operates at 90-93 mph, and he has a sharp, late-breaking low-80s curveball that almost looks like a slider. Despite not throwing many changeups in college, he shows some feel for the pitch. Wright needs to work on throwing quality strikes and repeating his delivery. He has the stuff to move quickly, especially in a bullpen role, and he has the upside of a set-up man. If his changeup looks good during spring training, Philadelphia will allow him to develop as a starter. Like Mike Stutes and Vance Worley did coming out of the 2008 draft, Wright has a chance to begin his first full pro season in Double-A.
Collier moved up draft boards in 2008 after homering off a 93-mph fastball from his summer-ball teammate, Twins first-rounder Aaron Hicks. The Phillies considered taking Collier with their firstround pick instead of Anthony Hewitt in 2008, and took Collier 10 slots later at No. 34, where he signed for $1.02 million. Some teams were scared away by a 2006 surgical procedure on Collier's heart to improve blood flow. He was unable to handle low Class A pitching in 2009, then missed all of 2010 after having two surgeries on his right hand. He finally showed the potential he flashed in high school again last year, but shortly after the season ended he was suspended for 50 games after testing positive for amphetamines. Collier has good plate coverage and the ball jumps off his bat, though he cuts himself off and doesn't use his lower half well, which limits his power. He has plus speed and is a good baserunner, with an average arm. Collier is an energetic player who makes everything look easy. He has missed a significant amount of playing time and is behind the developmental curve, but he has enough tools to develop into a useful fourth outfielder at the major league level.
Acquired along with Phillippe Aumont and Tyson Gillies in the Cliff Lee trade with the Mariners in December 2009, Ramirez has spent most of his time in the Phillies system at Reading. He has the size and strength to remain a starter, but he has yet to develop the polish or secondary stuff that will enable him to stay in that role. Ramirez largely has survived on one pitch, a heavy 92-94 mph fastball with sink that generates weak contact. He throws an 83-85 mph short slider that has tightened up, but he struggles to find a consistent arm slot with the offering. He needs to do a better job of staying on top of the slider, as he often gets on the side of the ball or tries to overthrow it. He also throws a below-average 81-84 mph changeup. Ramirez has struggled with command, though he's usually around the plate. He doesn't miss many bats and needs to throw more quality strikes. The Phillies will continue developing him as a starter in 2012, though he profiles best as a sinker-slider reliever.
As a freshman at Alabama, Morgan in 2009 pitched alongside fellow Phillies farmhand Austin Hyatt in the Crimson Tide rotation. Morgan spent each of the next two seasons as a weekend starter and struggled with consistency, mixing flashes of brilliance with low points. He quickly signed for $250,000 as a third-round pick last June, then pitched well for Williamsport. When he's on, he reminds some scouts of Cliff Lee with his arm action and delivery, though he doesn't have Lee's stuff or command. Morgan's fastball sits at 88-92 mph and touches 94, but the pitch flattens out occasionally. He throws two breaking balls, an 82-84 mph slider and an upper-70s curveball, though they sometimes blend together. The slider shows flashes of becoming a plus pitch. He also has an average low-80s changeup. Morgan lands on a stiff front leg in his delivery that prevents him from working downhill at times. The development of his secondary stuff and his ability to command it will determine his future role. He's a durable starter with back-end rotation potential, and he has a chance to move quickly. He'll likely open 2012 in high Class A.
Many big league relievers begin their pro careers as starters, but Schwimer has worked exclusively out of the bullpen in four years at Virginia and four with the Phillies. Undrafted as a college junior, he signed for $5,000 after setting a Cavaliers record with 14 saves as a senior in 2008. He has moved quickly, reaching Double-A at the end of his first full pro season and Philadelphia at the end of 2011. With his supersized frame, Schwimer creates good downhill plane with his pitches, and his long arms and legs add deception to his delivery. His fastball sits at 89-92 mph, and while he can throw harder, he prefers to operate in his lower register. He relies heavily on his solid 80-84 mph slider, which he'll throw in any count. He also throws a 79-82 mph splitter as a changeup. Schwimer is a thinking man's pitcher who keeps detailed logs of every outing and has a rating system for his performances. While he doesn't have the upside of a late-inning reliever, he should fit nicely in middle relief for the Phillies in 2012.
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