With nine days left before the MLB trading deadline, the Phillies are in a unique situation. They are buyers and sellers.
Many reports have the Phillies actively shopping Jayson Werth to teams like Tampa Bay to replenish the farm system with prospects. Or, the Phillies could use those prospects to use in a trade to acquire Houston’s Roy Oswalt or Arizona’s Dan Haren.
Either way, there are always a lot of prospects’ names being floated about this time of year, and it can be hard to keep up with how minor league players are doing because we don’t see them as much as we see the big league club. Here’s a look at how the Phillies’ big-name prospects are doing this year.
I had the chance to interview Brown last year at the trade deadline when his name was being thrown out as a possibility to lure Roy Halladay to Philadelphia.
“I can’t do anything,” Brown said last July. “I’m not going to stress myself out about anything. I’m just going to go out there and play my game.”
Now, Brown is untouchable, andhe might be nine days away from being a teammate of Halladay’s if the Phillies trade Werth.
Since his promotion to AAA, Brown is hitting .347 with 4 homers and 17 RBI. He had 15 homers in 65 games with AA Reading earlier this year.
These players aren’t likely to be traded, but they are doing well in the minors. They have a real shot at contributing to the Phillies in the future.
Scott Mathieson has been up with the big club a few times, but he has been plagued with injuries (he’s had two Tommy John surgeries). This resilient flame thrower is 3-3 with a 2.30 ERA and 18 saves for AAA Lehigh Valley this year. He also has 56 strikeouts in 43 innings.
Jonathan Singleton is an 18-year-old left-handed first baseman in low-A Lakewood. He is hitting .317 with 11 homers and 55 RBI. He has drawn comparisons to a young Ryan Howard, and he has a very high ceiling.
These other players aren’t necessarily trade bait, but it gives you an idea of how some big-name prospects are disappointing the Phillies throughout all levels of their farm system.
John Mayberry Jr. is hitting .263 with 10 homers and 51 RBI for the Iron Pigs.
Phillippe Aumont, a big piece in the Cliff Lee to Seattle trade, started the year in AA Reading. After struggling, he was demoted to A ball. In Clearwater, Aumont is 1-1 with a 4.45 ERA.
Another piece of the Lee trade, J.C. Ramirez, is struggling in AA Reading. He is 2-2 with a 4.80 ERA.
Tyson Gilles, an outfielder also acquired from Seattle, is hitting .238 with 2 homers and 6 RBI in 26 games.
Former first-round pick Joe Savery is 1-8 with a 5.01 ERA in Lehigh Valley.
Anthony Gose, a 19-year-old outfielder with Clearwater, is a running machine (just not a successful running machine). Gose has 33 stolen bases, but he has been caught stealing 26 times. In 97 games, he is hitting .265.
Former first-round pick Anthony Hewitt has struggled since the day he arrived in the Gulf Coast League. Now, in his third year in the Phillies’ system, Hewitt is only playing low-A ball for Lakewood. He is hitting a paltry .208.