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The Phillies were enamored with two high school players, California outfielder Christian Yelich and local lefty Jesse Biddle, in the 2010 draft. When the Marlins took Yelich four picks prior to Philadelphia's selection at No. 27, that made the decision for them. They were thrilled to get Biddle, a lifelong Phillies fan who was in the stands at Citizens Bank Park for the Game Five clincher in the 2008 World Series. After seeing him shine at the East Coast Pro Showcase in the summer of 2011, Philadelphia targeted Biddle, who had thrown only 33 innings as a junior at Germantown Friends School--13 miles north of the Phillies' ballpark. Area scout Eric Valent went to nearly every one of his starts as a senior, and various club officials including general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. and senior adviser Pat Gillick also scouted him. Biddle sealed the deal by impressing in a private predraft workout at Citizens Bank Park. He gave up an Oregon commitment to sign quickly for $1.16 million. He has progressed steadily, leading the high Class A Florida State League with 151 strikeouts in 2012. He pitched the entire season at age 20 and was the FSL's second-youngest ERA qualifier behind Pirates righthander Jameson Taillon. Biddle ranked No. 8 and No. 2 on this list after his first two pro seasons before ascending to the top spot. Biddle has drawn comparisons to Andy Pettitte for his frame, four-pitch mix and tough three-quarters arm angle that induces whiffs and weak contact. Pitching once a week as an amateur, Biddle worked at 92-94 mph with his fastball. He now operates more at 88-93 mph, but his fastball sneaks up on hitters and plays as a plus pitch because of his crossfire deception and leverage on the mound. He can also get swings and misses with a sweeping 72-75 mph curveball that features good shape and arc. He struggled to control its depth and throw it for strikes in the past, but he was much more consistent with his curve in 2012 and it now projects as a future above-average offering. His 78-80 mph tumbling changeup continues to progress and could develop into an average pitch. Biddle added two new weapons in 2012. The Phillies reintroduced the slider that he threw in high school, and they also worked with him on picking up a two-seam fastball to get more outs early in the count. Biddle has cut his walk rate every year since signing, and did a better job of pitching to both sides of the plate in the FSL. He has a smooth delivery and arm swing, so he could continue to improve his control and command. He also earns praise for his maturity, competitiveness, aptitude and work ethic. The safe projection would be to call Biddle a solid No. 3 starter who can eat innings in the middle of a contender's rotation. But he could have more upside if he continues to get better like he has throughout his young pro career. He benefited from pitching alongside college draftees and fellow lefties Adam Morgan and Austin Wright in Clearwater, and the trio could stick together in 2013 at Double-A Reading.
The fastest player in the 2011 draft, Quinn signed for $775,000 hours before the Aug. 15 deadline. He made his pro debut in 2012 and led the short-season New York-Penn League in runs (56), triples (11) and steals (30). A true 80 runner on the 20-80 scouting scale, Quinn impacts all phases of the game with his speed. After toying with switch-hitting as an amateur, he committed to it after signing and he projects to be a solid hitter from both sides. He has a simple, fast stroke and more pop than his size would suggest, but he won't be a home run threat and will need to cut down on his strikeouts. A center fielder in high school, Quinn is learning the intricacies of shortstop. He must do a better job at positioning and gathering his feet before throwing after making 27 errors in 66 games at Williamsport. He has elite first-step quickness and tremendous range to go along with a plus arm. All the pieces are in place for Quinn to become a top-of-the-order, middle-of-the-diamond catalyst. He inevitably draws comparisons to Jimmy Rollins, but he runs faster and has a better arm than Rollins did at the same stage. Quinn will advance to low Class A Lakewood in 2013.
A power-hitting Arizona prep product who moved behind the plate full-time as a senior, Joseph signed for $712,500 as a Giants second-round pick in 2009. He was the primary piece in the Hunter Pence deal, coming to the Phillies along with Nate Schierholtz and minor league righthander Seth Rosin last July. With Double-A Eastern League affiliate Richmond playing Reading, Joseph literally switched dugouts the night of the trade. Joseph is thick, strong and durable, especially in his lower half. His direct swing produces natural backspin, yielding plus raw power to all fields, and he's at his best when he's hitting the ball gap to gap. He projects as an average hitter, though he runs into trouble when his bat wraps and barrels the ball late. There were questions about Joseph's ability to remain behind the plate early in his pro career, but the Phillies believe in him. He has soft hands and plus arm strength, and he threw out 40 percent of basestealers in 2012. He's still working on positioning and blocking balls in the dirt. He's a below-average runner but has some instincts on the bases. Joseph is Philadelphia's backstop of the future, and Carlos Ruiz is signed through only 2013. Joseph should spend the season at Triple-A Lehigh Valley splitting time with Sebastian Valle, who along with Cameron Rupp gives the system strong catching depth.
The son of former big league pitcher Jay Pettibone, Jonathan signed for $500,000 in 2008. He has climbed steadily through the system and claimed a spot on the 40-man roster. Pettibone doesn't have the highest ceiling among Phillies farmhands, but he might have the lowest floor. Aside from his youth, he has several attributes working in his favor--a tall frame that allows him to work downhill easily, a solid three-pitch mix, durability and a track record or performance. Pettibone works quickly and establishes tempo with a 90-92 mph sinker that touches 94, and he effectively pitches to both sides of the plate. He also throws an above-average changeup at 80-84 mph with good arm speed. He started throwing an 83-86 mph cutter late in 2012. His cutter is firmer and breaks later than his low-80s slider, giving him an added weapon against lefthanders. He has an effortless, repeatable delivery that looks like he's playing catch, and he has the system's best command. Though Pettibone doesn't have a true swing-and-miss pitch, his stuff plays up because of his command. He profiles as a mid-rotation, innings-eating starter, and he needs little more seasoning before contributing in the big leagues. He could be the first starter promoted to Philadelphia in 2013.
Inconsistent during three years as a weekend starter at Alabama, Morgan signed with the Phillies for $250,000 as a third-round pick in 2011. Following a strong spring training, he skipped a level to high Class A for his first full pro season and led the Florida State League in strikeouts per nine innings (10.2) and WHIP (1.07). He finished the year by winning four of his six Double-A starts. Morgan's stuff took a significant step forward in 2012. He did a better job of establishing his 91-94 mph fastball, especially on the inner half of the plate, making the rest of his arsenal more effective. His 81-84 mph sharp slider flashes plus potential and is more consistent than in the past, while managers rated his 78-80 mph changeup the FSL's best. He also throws a 76-78 mph show-me curveball. Morgan has above-average control. His smooth delivery, high three-quarters arm action, burrowing glove tuck, strike-throwing ability and competitiveness all evoke comparisons to Cliff Lee, though he doesn't quite have Lee's arsenal. With the boost in stuff, Morgan profiles as a mid-rotation starter and possibly more, given the development of his secondary offerings. He could earn an aggressive assignment to Triple-A in 2013, though a brief return to Reading isn't out of the question.
The first high school pitcher selected in the 2008 draft, Martin went 15th overall and signed for $1.73 million. He had sporadic success in four years in the Dodgers system, but made strides in 2012 before coming to the Phillies along with Josh Lindblom in a July deal for Shane Victorino. After splitting time between the rotation and bullpen in the past, Martin was exclusively a starter last season. Athletic yet unrefined, Martin has an effortless delivery, a loose arm action and the potential for three plus pitches. He operates anywhere from 91-97 mph with his fastball, mostly sitting at 93-95 with late two-seam life. His best secondary pitch is an 85-88 mph slider that's almost like a cutter. He didn't use his 72-75 mph curveball much in relief, so it's still developing, but it has sharp, late break. He also shows feel for an 82-84 mph fading changeup. Martin has average-at-best control and even shakier command. He gets in trouble with high pitch counts, though his 2012 walk rate (4.5 per nine innings) was a career best. With his variety of weapons and a history of durability, Martin has the ceiling of a solid mid-rotation starter, but his struggles to throw consistent strikes could push him to the bullpen. Placed on the 40-man roster in November, he should spend 2013 in Triple-A.
Asche posted potent power numbers at Nebraska and signed for $168,300 in 2011, but he batted just .192 with little pop in his pro debut. The Phillies weren't sure what to make of his struggles, but then he hit .324/.369/.481 and reached Double-A in his first full pro season. Asche has the hands, bat speed and plate discipline to hit. Adding a better load to his swing during instructional league in 2011 allowed him to better tap into his power. His short stroke and strong finish create loft off the barrel, though some scouts wonder if he'll have enough pop to profile as a regular at third base. He gets a tad overly aggressive at times, but he goes to the plate with a good plan. Asche grades as average with the glove, and managers named him the Florida State League's best defensive third baseman in 2012. He has a solid arm and good hands, and he has improved his positioning and footwork. He's an average runner who's quicker under way. He's not a prototypical power-hitting, slick-fielding third baseman, but Asche should hit enough to have a regular big league role. He could start 2013 in Triple-A and be in line to take over for Michael Young when Young becomes a free agent after the season.
His 7.7-second 60-yard dash times scared scouts off Franco in showcase settings, but Koby Perez closely followed him and suggested to Phillies international supervisor Sal Agostinelli that Franco could move behind the plate. That never came to pass, but Philadelphia has been pleased with his progress since signing him for $100,000. He hit .346/.395/.530 in the second half of 2012 as a 19-year-old in low Class A. Franco has an unconventional arm-bar swing and pre-pitch movement that make his stroke long at times, but he has quick hands and good feel for the barrel. He has well above-average raw power and puts on a show in batting practice, though he doesn't always get to his pop during games. Early in 2012, he struggled with soft stuff away, got pull-happy and didn't have much of a two-strike approach. He found success when he worked the middle of the diamond in the second half. Despite being a 20 runner on the 20-80 scouting scale, Franco projects as a solid third baseman with a strong arm and soft hands. He has a thick lower half and will need to keep his body in check. Franco has a ceiling of a power-hitting corner infielder, but he'll have to continue to make offensive adjustments, especially in recognizing offspeed stuff. He'll make the jump to high Class A in 2013.
Signed for just $2,500 as a 20th-round pick in 2009, Ruf wasn't in the Phillies' future plans until he mashed 20 homers in August, the most since Sammy Sosa in 1998. He finished the year with a minor league-high 38 homers, smacked three during a September callup and added 10 more in the Venezuelan League. Ruf always has hit, batting .290 or better in each of his four pro seasons. Though he didn't break out until he turned 26, Philadelphia believes his home run binge is the result of maturing at the plate. He has plenty of raw strength and started tapping into it when he added loft to his swing and identified which pitches he can drive. He's a good fastball hitter, and he had success against soft stuff in his short stint in the big leagues. Ruf is a well below-average runner and a fringy defender at first base, his natural position. He started taking flyballs in left field last July and isn't pretty in the outfield, though he catches what he gets to. His arm is playable. He's blocked at first base by Ryan Howard, but the Phillies want to get his bat in their lineup. He could be their everyday left fielder in 2013, a scenario unimaginable in the middle of last season. At worst, he should be a power bat off the bench.
Tocci attracted one of the largest bonuses that international supervisor Sal Agostinelli's budget-conscious staff ever has given an international amateur, signing for $759,000 as soon as he turned 16 in 2011. Though the Phillies have an academy in his native Venezuela, they aggressively assigned him to the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League for his 2012 pro debut. He held his own as the GCL's lone 16-year-old. Tocci has a stick-figure frame, so Philadelphia closely monitored his physical wear and tear during the summer. Other than strength and corresponding power, he has all the tools the scouts look for, as well as uncanny instincts. He's a plus-plus runner who picks his spots to steal. He glides in center field, has a plus arm and could be a top-flight defender. Tocci has a good idea of the strike zone, consistently barrels the ball and uses the whole field. He projects as an above-average hitter, though it's uncertain if he'll ever have much power. He has narrow shoulders and may not fill out much. While he has an intriguing ceiling, Tocci also will need plenty of time to develop his tools and add strength. He might be able to handle an assignment to low Class A in 2013, but the safer play would be to keep him in extended spring training and send him to Williamsport in June.
A physically imposing presence with a barrel chest and thick lower half, Greene attracted the attention of Alabama football coach Nick Saban as a linebacker. But Greene knew his future was in baseball, and after breaking his ankle on the gridiron the year before, he didn't play football as a high school senior. The Phillies took him 39th overall in 2011 and signed him away from a commitment to Chipola (Fla.) JC for $1 million. A groin tweak delayed his debut, and Greene didn't prepare himself physically for the demands of pro baseball last spring. After getting in shape in extended spring training, he spent the summer with Williamsport. Greene's value is mostly tied to his power bat. He has worked on shortening his path to the ball and using the middle of the diamond. Though he struck out 78 times in 70 games, he's not a free swinger. He's learning to identify secondary pitches, but he's not afraid to work deep counts and also drew 41 walks. The Phillies were pleased with the progress Greene made defensively in left field last summer. He's an average runner with an average arm, and he moves well for his size. He'll make the jump to low Class A in 2013.
The first of two Phillies supplemental first-round picks in 2012, Watson attended Lakewood (Calif.) High, the alma mater of Travis d'Arnaud, the star catcher prospect whom Philadephia included in the Roy Halladay deal in December 2009. In one of the most highly anticipated and scouted high school games last spring, Watson outdueled Chase DeJong in a matchup of Southern California recruits. After signing with the Phillies for $1,291,300, Watson lost about 30 pounds as he dealt with vomiting and tingling in his hands. Diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, he made five pro appearances once everything was under control and looked back to full strength in instructional league. For his frame, aggressiveness on the mound and power curveball, Watson reminds club officials of Phillies 1999 first-rounder Brett Myers. He also drew comparisons as an amateur to Brian Wilson. Watson runs his fastball from 89-95 mph. His curveball has bite and already is a plus offering, and his changeup is a work in progress. He doesn't have a classic arm action, and Philadelphia will work to refine his delivery, which should help his command. Watson projects as a mid-rotation starter and possibly more. He could make the jump to low Class A for his first full pro season.
Nearly three years after being acquired with outfielder Tyson Gillies and righthander J.C. Ramirez in the December 2009 deal that sent Cliff Lee to the Mariners, Aumont made his big league debut last August. The centerpiece of that deal, Aumont signed for $1.9 million as the 11th overall pick in the 2007 draft. He took a long road to the majors, bouncing between the bullpen and rotation while struggling with command, consistency and composure. Aumont still has the size and stuff that get scouts excited, and some project him as a future closer. In the last two years he has embraced his role in the bullpen. He has the best two-pitch combination in the system, a heavy 93-97 mph fastball with sink and a high-breaking curveball. They both induce feeble swings and whiffs. Fastball command will be critical to his future success, and he doesn't have a track record of consistently throwing strikes. He also needs to stay on top of his curveball, which can get slurvy at times. Aumont should have an inside track for a spot in Philadephia's bullpen to open 2013.
Valle signed as a 16-year-old for $30,000 out of Los Mochis, Mexico, where he impressed international supervisor Sal Agostinelli in a private workout. Valle moved up the ladder one level per year, catching staffs full of hard throwers, then moved up to Triple-A when the Phillies acquired backstop Tommy Joseph in the Hunter Pence last July. Valle generates above-average raw power thanks to quick hands and explosive wrists, but he has poor plate discipline. He has an overly aggressive hitting approach and his instinct is to cheat on inner-half fastballs, which leaves him susceptible to breaking stuff. Valle should be at least average defensively. He moves well laterally, is a sure-handed receiver and has plus arm strength, though he doesn't consistently get his feet underneath him on stolen-base attempts. He threw out 26 percent of basestealers last season. Valle runs well for a catcher and has taken ground balls at third base in the past, and one scout suggested that trying him there again might give him a different perspective at the plate. He should return to Lehigh Valley to open 2013.
Hernandez is often mentioned with fellow switch-hitting Venezuelan infielder Freddy Galvis, as they both signed on July 2, 2006. Galvis made his major league debut in 2012, while Hernandez reached Triple-A two seasons after being added to the 40-man roster. He doesn't quite have Galvis' arm or defensive ability, but he has flashy actions at the keystone sack and managers rated him the Eastern League's best defensive second baseman in 2012. He has a solid arm and good hands. Hernandez packs more punch at the plate than Galvis, though he still has below-average power, and is a better runner. He has good bat-to-ball ability and a line-drive mentality, though pre-pitch hand movement sometimes causes him to get to the ball late. His approach is somewhat undisciplined. Hernandez still needs to learn the intricacies of stealing bases, though he covers 60 yards in 6.6 seconds. He would benefit from adding strength to his slight frame. The Phillies have also worked to make sure he remains focused pitch-to-pitch and inning-to-inning. Scouts are divided on whether Hernandez will hit enough to be an everyday player. He'll get more Triple-A seasoning in 2013.
A two-sport high school star from Northern California, Walding slipped under the radar as an amateur. He didn't play in many summer showcases because of football, and he missed time in his senior baseball season with a broken bone in his foot. Area scout Joey Davis liked what he saw of Walding, however. The Phillies took him in the fifth round in 2011, followed him closely in a summer collegiate league and then signed him away from an Oregon commitment for $800,000. He made his pro debut last year, and after hitting .383/.420/.532 in June at Williamsport, he ran into some struggles that snowballed as he got down on himself. Walding is learning how to translate his tools into baseball ability, but his upside is significant. He has a sweet lefthanded swing that generates natural backspin, and he projects to have above-average raw power as he grows into his broad-shouldered frame. He would benefit from being more aggressive at the plate, and he must better identify secondary pitches as he moves up the ladder. His lack of baseball experience works against him in that regard. Walding played shortstop as an amateur, and while he's still learning third base, he has a plus arm, good hands and moves well for his size. He's an average runner. Walding will make the jump to full-season ball with Lakewood in 2013.
The Phillies had two supplemental first-round picks in 2012 after losing Raul Ibanez and Ryan Madson to free agency, and they used them both on projectable high school righthanders, taking Gueller 14 picks after Shane Watson. Arguably the Pacific Northwest's best athlete in the 2012 draft, Gueller guided his high school football team to the Washington state semifinals as a quarterback, and averaged 13.5 points a game as a forward on the basketball team. Some scouts liked the strength in his bat enough to make him a position player, but the Phillies prefer him as a pitcher and say he reminds them of fellow Evergreen State product Trevor May, whom they traded away this offseason. Gueller isn't as advanced as Watson, but he has more upside and a better chance to stay in the rotation because of his athleticism. His fastball sits at 90-93 mph and touches 95. He shows flashes of a slurvy, low-80s breaking ball that could develop into a good slider with time, and he has feel for a changeup. His delivery will need to be smoothed out, which would help with his command, and his aptitude during instructional league impressed Philadephia. An aggressive assignment to low Class A isn't out of the question for his first full pro season, but he likely will start the year in extended spring training.
Wright was considered somewhat of a tease as an amateur. His arm strength from the left side always piqued scouts' interest, but they were concerned about his command and makeup. The Pirates drafted him out of an Illinois high school in 2008 and the Red Sox took him out of Chipola (Fla.) JC in 2010, but he declined to sign and went to Mississippi. The Phillies signed him for $125,000 as an eighth-rounder in 2011. Wright has exceeded expectations so far, jumping to high Class A in his first full pro season and winning Florida State League pitcher of the year honors. Wright's fastball sits at 90-94 mph but seems harder thanks to his quirky, up-tempo delivery with a short, quick arm circle. He has one of the system's best curveballs, a 77-80 mph late-breaking downer. He too frequently guides his changeup, but it shows above-average potential, especially when he lets it loose. Wright often gets strikeout-happy and piles up hefty pitch and walk totals, and he would benefit from being more aggressive early in the count. His iffy command led to 17 wild pitches, tops in the FSL. The Phillies will continue developing him as a starter, though he might be best served as a multi-inning reliever who can get outs against both lefties and righties. He'll move to Double-A in 2013.
Giles didn't pitch much as an amateur, missing his high school senior season with elbow tendinitis and throwing 11 innings for New Mexico JC in 2010. He struck out 67 in 38 innings as a sophomore at Yavapai (Ariz.) JC, and the Phillies saw enough arm strength to take him in the seventh round and sign him for $250,000. He reached high Class A in his first full season while striking out 12.2 batters per nine innings across two levels. Giles lights up radar guns with a 94-98 mph fastball that routinely touches triple digits, making it a plus-plus offering despite modest life. There's some effort in his delivery, and he runs into trouble with command and control when he overthrows. He's much better off when he allows his lower half to get out in front and his arm to follow. His slider grades as solid and has plus potential, and it drastically improved after Philadelphia shelved his curveball and splitter. He could add back the extra secondary offerings down the line, but his future is in the bullpen and he has an effective two-pitch combo. Scouts like Giles' intense demeanor, which evokes Jonathan Papelbon, and he could move quickly after opening 2013 in Double-A.
DeFratus had been on an accelerated path to Philadelphia ever since moving to the bullpen full-time in 2010. He made five big league relief appearances at the end of 2011 and seemed primed to make an impact with the Phillies last year, but he had an injury-plagued campaign. He strained his right elbow while working out in the offseason and went to the disabled list in spring training, and he didn't return to full health until mid-July. After spending most of the year in Triple-A, DeFratus returned to the majors in September. His fastball sits at 91-95 mph with slight sink, and he backs it up with a swing-and-miss slider and a fringy changeup. A raw junior-college find, he has benefited from professional coaching and the daily routine of pro ball. Scouts laud his competitiveness and aggressiveness on the mound, and some compare him to Brad Lidge. DeFratus figures to spend 2013 in Philadelphia's bullpen, and he has the upside of a set-up man.
If Darin Ruf's emergence was the most surprising Phillies prospect story in 2012, Cloyd's progress was a close second. The Phillies took a flier on him in the 18th round in 2008 at the suggestion of Nebraska-Omaha pitching coach Dan McGinn, even though Cloyd didn't pitch as a sophomore because of an academic suspension and spent the ensuing summer playing slow-pitch softball. Signed for $15,000, he moved slowly in pro ball until 2012. Slated to open the season in Double-A, he made an emergency appearance at Lehigh Valley and tossed six perfect innings while striking out eight. He was named International League pitcher of the week but still headed back to Reading. A month later he returned for good, earning IL pitcher of the year honors after leading the league in ERA (2.35) and WHIP (1.01) before getting called up for six major league starts at the end of the year. Cloyd knows who he is and what he's got, and he thrives not on stuff but on pitchability and command--the best in the system. His fastball sits at 85-89 mph, and he relies heavily on an 83-87 mph cutter. He also throws a changeup and curveball. Cloyd's margin for error is minimal. He has a ceiling of a poor man's Kyle Kendrick, and a chance to be No. 5 starter. Philadelphia will give him a chance to win a big league job out of spring training.
Rupp generated first-round talk before his junior season at Texas, and though he didn't hit enough to go that early, the Phillies took him in the third round and signed him for $287,000. He improved significantly last year and put himself in the organization's plans with a strong performance in high Class A, where he managed a prospect-laden staff with aplomb. Rupp's 2012 season started in mid-January, when he reported early to spring training and caught bullpens from Roy Halladay. He also lost 15 pounds, which helped him play with more energy. Rupp has a long arm bar in his swing but got to fastballs on the inner half more frequently than he had previously. He has impressed with plus raw power since he won a high school home run derby in 2006, and he knocked 33 extra-base hits last season in a tough hitter's environment. Rupp is a solid defensive catcher, offering a wide target and smothering balls in the dirt. He has plus arm strength and has worked to shorten his release, leading to 1.9-second pop times and a 34 percent caught-stealing rate last season. He's a well below-average runner. Rupp doesn't have huge upside but should have a big league future. He'll advance to Double-A in 2013.
Rated as a sandwich-round talent in the 2009 draft, Colvin dropped to the seventh round because of his strong commitment to Louisiana State but signed for $900,000, considerably more money than any other Phillies draftee in that class. He ranked as Philadephia's top pitching prospect entering the 2011 season, but his development has slowed the last two years. He still has the pure stuff and big body to get back on track, but he struggles with consistency and hasn't allayed concerns about his makeup. Colvin's fastball sits at 90-94 mph with sink, and he throws a power curveball and an average changeup. Fastball command has been his Achilles' heel throughout his career, mostly because he has an inconsistent release point. He has a long arm circle with a hook and wrap in the back, and he throws across his body. Colvin seemed to panic in the rotation last year, and the Phillies tried to clear his mind by letting him work out of the bullpen. Pitching in relief might best suit his delivery and mentality, though he still has starter stuff. He should return to Double-A this year, with his role to be determined.
Collier has been slowed by injuries and a suspension since signing for $1.02 million as the 34th overall pick in 2008, though he did show promise last season. He missed all of 2010 after having two surgeries on his right hand, and his 2011 comeback was short-circuited by a 50-game suspension for testing positive for Adderall, a prescription amphetamine. Despite a late start last year, Collier stood out in high Class A and made up for lost time in the Arizona Fall League. Scouts came away seeing the tools of a prototype center fielder, with everything except power, and compared him to Denard Span. Collier is a plus runner with good range and a solid arm. He has a quick swing and the ball jumps off his bat. He's working to better incorporate his lower half at the plate. He was considered a polished hitter coming out of high school, and he still has a solid approach. Added to the 40-man roster in November, Collier just needs to play, and 2013 will be an important developmental year for him as he moves to Double-A.
An outfielder who fits the high-upside, athletic profile the Phillies like, Altherr signed for $150,000 after being taken in the ninth round in 2009. An assignment to low Class A proved too big a jump in 2011, but he repeated the level last year and held his own. He finished the year playing for Germany (where he was born) in a World Baseball Classic qualifier. Altherr is still learning to translate his tools into baseball talent, and his potential is tied to projection more than performance. Tall and lanky, he has a racehorse frame and is still growing into his body. He has a short, smooth swing, especially for someone with such long limbs, but he's susceptible to pitches on the outer half. He has a line-drive swing that gets occasional loft, and he has a chance for average power as he adds strength. With his skill set, Altherr will have to cut down on his swings and misses. As a center fielder, he coasts gracefully and covers a lot of ground. His solid arm will play anywhere in the outfield. He's a plus runner with good basestealing ability, though he doesn't always play at full speed and posts average times down the line to first base. Altherr has time on his side and plenty of tools, but at some point his production will have to catch up. He'll play 2013 in high Class A.
It has been a long, strange journey for Gillies, acquired from the Mariners in the December 2009 Cliff Lee trade. Gillies, who is legally deaf, played only 31 games in his first two seasons in the organization as he dealt with injuries and off-the-field difficulties. When rehabbing a nagging hamstring injury in 2010, he was arrested on charges of cocaine possession, which were later dropped. The hamstring issues lingered into 2011, when he played just three games. He missed about half the 2012 season due to a concussion, hamstring problems and a suspension after an altercation with a team bus driver, but he finally showed signs of the talent that got him selected for the 2009 Futures Game. He's an exciting, toolsy center fielder who's a plus-plus runner, gliding defender and top-of-the-order catalyst. He has a quick, strong swing and makes solid contact, though he occasionally gets pull-happy. Depending on the situation, Gillies will bunt or employ a slap-and-run approach to get on base. He has the tools to project as a regular in center field, though he has to answer questions about his health and makeup. Gillies played for Canada in September's World Baseball Classic qualifier in Germany. He'll start 2013 in Triple-A and could contribute in Philadelphia later in the year.
Cozens' limited baseball experience and background scared off some teams prior to the 2012 draft, but the Phillies took him in the second round and signed him for $659,800 after he smashed 10 homers in a private workout at Citizen's Bank Park. The son of Randy Cozens, a defensive end drafted in 1976 by the NFL's Denver Broncos, Dylan committed to Arizona to play both football and baseball. He was kicked off Desert Mountain High's (Scottsdale, Ariz.) team and missed much of his junior year, with the circumstances around his dismissal causing questions about his makeup. He transferred to Chaparral High (Scottsdale) and broke Paul Konerko's school record with 19 homers in 2012, including a walkoff shot in the Arizona Division I state championship game. Philadelphia, which has a former CIA agent on staff, did its homework on Cozens. He has a lot to learn but he has a tremendous ceiling. Cozens generates extraordinary raw power to all fields, possibly the most in the system, by leveraging his massive frame. His swing is stiff, so it's unclear if his power will translate or if his bat will progress. He also needs to develop an approach at the plate. Cozens is a good athlete who moves well for his size. He has a strong arm and played right field in his pro debut, and he'll either play an outfield corner or move to first base. He likely will open 2013 in extended spring training.
The Phillies have had success mining the Pacific Northwest in recent years, and they think they've found another gem in Pullin, whom they took four rounds after fellow South Sound native Mitch Gueller last June. Much like fellow Washington resident Drew Vettleson, now with the Rays, Pullin is a former switch-pitcher who became a prospect as a position player. Area scout Rick Jacques and special assistant Pat Gillick worked out Pullin at second base before the draft and liked what they saw, so they signed him away from an Oregon commitment for $203,900. Pullin played mostly left field in his pro debut and started the conversion to second base during instructional league, and early returns were positive. He has a solid arm. Pullin's potential is mostly tied to his bat, and he has advanced instincts at the plate. He uses a crouched set-up, almost like Pete Rose, with his bat pointed back toward the backstop. He has a smooth, line-drive stroke and good bat speed. His barrel stays in the hitting zone for a long time, and his high finish resembles that of Johnny Damon. Pullin has shown flashes of average power and has average speed. He might be able to handle a full-season assignment to low Class A this year.
Concerns about Hudson's inconsistent effort, makeup and commitment to Oregon State, where he also would have played wide receiver for the football team, drove him down draft boards in 2009. But then-Phillies area scout Tim Kissner (now Mariners director of international operations) followed Hudson closely, and scouting director Marti Wolever saw his athleticism on display in an impressive spring showing. Hudson hadn't played much baseball when he signed for $475,000 as a third-round pick, and his development has been slow. Season-ending surgery last July to repair torn tendons in his right wrist didn't help. Still, Hudson's raw tools make him hard to write off. A plus-plus defender in center field, Hudson could play in the big leagues now defensively. He glides to balls in the gaps and he has the best outfield arm in the system. Though he doesn't get out of the box well, Hudson can fly--he ran a 6.5-second 60-yard dash in spring training--and he's aggressive on the basepaths. A good swing path and bat speed produce power in batting practice, but Hudson lacks feel for hitting and he swings and misses frequently. Even if his bat progresses, Hudson is a longshot to be more than a fourth outfielder. He likely will return to Lakewood to begin 2013.
Acquired with catcher Gabriel Lino in the June deal that sent Jim Thome to the Orioles, Simon rejoined Phillies farm director Joe Jordan. Formerly Baltimore's scouting director, Jordan liked Simon's size and sinker enough to sign him in the fourth round of the 2011 draft for $231,300. He struggled at the outset of his first full pro season while working as a starter in high Class A, but he took off after the trade when Jordan put him in the bullpen, which best suits Simon's mentality. He quickly advanced to Double-A before ending the year in the Arizona Fall League. Working from a deceptive low three-quarters arm slot, Simon throws a heavy 89-92 mph sinker that Jordan says "hunts ground." He can get consistent groundouts in the minors with just that one pitch. The Phillies sent Simon to the AFL to get him more innings to develop his short, sweeping slider and his changeup, both of which are fringy offerings. Simon should advance to Triple-A in 2013, and his future is in middle relief.