In 2010, the Lakewood Blue Claws, the Phillies Low A team won a league championship with a team loaded with prospects. This year, a lot of those players have moved south to High A ball in Clearwater. This team could have the next wave of Phillies stars for years to come.
Joe Savery: One of the most interesting prospects in the Phillies’ system made it all the way to AAA Lehigh Valley as a pitcher. Now, as he tries to do his best Rick Ankiel, Savery has reinvented himself and become an everyday first baseman.
In 36 games for the Threshers, Savery is hitting at a .346 clip with 14 RBI and a .397 on-base percentage. Keep an eye on Savery as he tries to climb the ranks of the Phillies’ minor league system again. This could be a great comeback story that Phillies fans could get behind.
Sebastian Valle: The heir to Carlos Ruiz could be setting up behind the plate each night for the Threshers. Valle, the top catching prospect in the Phillies’ system, is hitting .337 with 3 homers and 15 RBI in 26 games this season. However, to get promoted to Reading, he needs to work on his plate discipline. He has struck out 21 times while walking only once.
Jonathan Singleton: His numbers don’t jump off the page. His athleticism and potential do. Singleton is hitting .252 with one homer and 10 RBI for Clearwater. However, despite his low average, he still carries a .370 on-base percentage. He has a lot of time to mature and develop into a Major League outfielder since he is only 19 years old.
Jiwan James: This young switch-hitting outfielder has excited a lot of people in the Phillies organization with his athleticism. The speedy centerfielder already has 6 steals and 3 triples for Clearwater.
Jared Cosart: One of the top starting pitchers in the organization, Cosart is 4-3 with a 3.17 ERA in 9 starts for the Threshers. Opponents are only hitting .220 off of the young righty who will turn 21 next week.
Jonathan Pettibone: This young right-handed starter has dominated A ball hitters this season. In 8 starts, he is 3-3 with a 2.03 ERA. Opponents are hitting .231 with 34 strikeouts to only 10 walks.
Trevor May: Seen as a future Major League starter, May is 3-2 with a 3.89 ERA this year. His electric stuff has already helped him amass 54 strikeouts in only 44 innings. Once he cuts down the number of walks issued, he will be on his way north to Reading.
Check out all of the Clearwater Threshers’ stats.