Finest 50 Phillies Prospects, 2013: Part Two

J.C. Ramirez

As we approach spring training, it's time to look at the best prospects in the Phillies organization. We've ranked the top 50, with a quick scouting report on each and we start with the prospects ranked 41st through 45th.

41. J.C. Ramirez

Position: P  |  Age: 24  |  Throws: R  |  6' 4", 250 pounds

Ramirez was just sort of strolling through life as a starter, but when the Phillies moved him to the bullpen, his average stuff picked up a notch, since he knew he wasn't going to be throwing too many innings. The result has been a different Ramirez, who attacks hitters and is showing much more confidence on the mound. Admittedly, he's not the prospect that the Phillies thought he would be when they acquired him from Seattle in the Cliff Lee deal, but at least now, he's looking like he can at least be a quality reliever and could find some time in the Phillies bullpen as early as 2013 if things break right for him.

YearTeamWLERAGGSSVIPHRERHRBBSO
2006VSL Mariners511.661413065.043161203556
2007Everett374.301515075.161493634373
2008Wisconsin694.1425220124.01126857938113
2009High Desert8105.1228270142.115393811853111
2010Clearwater434.061111064.163342921755
2010Reading345.451313077.2895147112460
2010combined stats774.8224240142.015285761341115
2011Reading11134.5026260144.01448472155589
2012Reading023.62160327.120141131418
2012Lehigh Valley324.28290140.036191931734
2012combined stats344.01450467.156333063152
7 Seasons43514.311771274760.072142836464296609
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Generated 1/15/2013.

 

42. Garett Claypool

Position: P  |  Age: 24  |  Throws: R  |  6' 2", 170 pounds

Ideally, the Phillies would have liked to be able to develop Claypool as a starter, but his stuff just isn't deep enough for him to work consistently as a starter. He's developing more velocity on his fastball, but his secondary pitches aren't strong enough for him to rely on them too much. One concern is that he still walks a few too many hitters for him to be truly effective. This could be an important season in Claypool's development as he has to improve on his weak showing last season at Clearwater, where he posted a 7.30 ERA in 20 games.

Year Team W L ERA G GS SV IP H R ER HR BB SO
2010 Williamsport 3 3 3.18 12 4 0 34.0 28 13 12 1 16 45
2011 Lakewood 5 7 3.47 27 23 0 137.1 111 60 53 12 46 151
2012 GCL Phillies 0 0 3.86 2 0 0 2.1 1 1 1 0 2 3
2012 Clearwater 3 2 7.30 20 1 0 37.0 42 31 30 5 15 43
2012 combined stats 3 2 7.09 22 1 0 39.1 43 32 31 5 17 46
3 Seasons 11 12 4.10 61 28 0 210.2 182 105 96 18 79 242
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Generated 1/15/2013.

 

43. Michael Cisco

Position: P  |  Age: 25  |  Throws: R  |  5' 11", 190 pounds

Cisco has really started to show true potential over the past couple of seasons. He's not necessarily a dominating type pitcher, but he is showing potential as a back of the bullpen type reliever. Injuries - a strained oblique in 2009 and elbow inflammation in 2010 - helped make the decision to move him into the bullpen and he's able to throw much more freely. As a guy who likes to work the edges of the plate, Cisco is sometimes apt to lose control and he still walks a few too many hitters. Odds are that he's never going to be a big strikeout guy and he doesn't have the velocity to consistently throw fastballs by hitters, so he has to rely on his control. He's starting to figure out though that he has good enough stuff and keeps it down in the zone, so it's okay if hitters get a piece of what he throws.

Year Team W L ERA G GS SV IP H R ER HR BB SO
2008 Williamsport 1 0 1.86 9 1 0 19.1 18 5 4 1 5 22
2008 Lakewood 2 1 0.51 8 6 0 35.0 22 4 2 0 0 30
2008 combined stats 3 1 0.99 17 7 0 54.1 40 9 6 1 5 52
2009 Clearwater 7 3 3.31 15 14 0 73.1 69 32 27 9 15 51
2009 Reading 2 4 4.58 7 7 0 39.1 44 21 20 4 9 20
2009 combined stats 9 7 3.75 22 21 0 112.2 113 53 47 13 24 71
2010 Clearwater 0 0 1.93 2 2 0 9.1 9 2 2 0 4 3
2010 Reading 4 11 4.73 16 16 0 91.1 100 51 48 10 20 62
2010 Lehigh Valley 0 0 7.11 1 1 0 6.1 8 5 5 2 1 5
2010 combined stats 4 11 4.63 19 19 0 107.0 117 58 55 12 25 70
2011 Reading 8 0 1.59 29 0 3 62.1 39 12 11 6 29 51
2012 Reading 3 3 1.21 23 0 2 44.2 39 12 6 2 15 40
2012 Lehigh Valley 2 0 2.67 17 0 1 30.1 27 12 9 4 11 18
2012 2 Teams 5 3 1.80 40 0 3 75.0 66 24 15 6 26 58
5 Seasons 29 22 2.93 127 47 6 411.1 375 156 134 38 109 302
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Generated 1/15/2013.

 

44. Mitch Walding

Position: 3B  |  Age: 20  | Bats: L  |  6' 3", 190 pounds

The Phillies knew Walding was going to be a bit of a project and they've taken it a little slow with him, even holding him back in extended camp after he signed in 2011 rather than sending him right into the Gulf Coast League. Last season at Williamsport, he got off to a good start, but wound up struggling for much of the season. The tools are there, but he hasn't been able to translate everything into the game. He should develop gap power and if things go right, he'll be able to hit the ball to all fields. He's disciplined at the plate, but swings through a lot of pitches. Defensively, he's still transitioning from playing shortstop in high school, so there's a lot of work to do, especially with his throws to first. He's worth the patience and the work that he'll require to develop into a quality prospect.

YearTeamGABRH2B3BHRRBIBBSOBAOBPSLG
2012Williamsport6925333591031313166.233.326.308
1 Season6925333591031313166.233.326.308
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45. Steven Lerud

Position: C  |  Age: 28  |  Bats: L  |  6' 1", 215 pounds

Lerud got a surprise call to the majors last season and wound up getting his first ten major league at-bats with the Phillies. His ticket to getting back to the majors would be his defensive skills behind the plate, because he doesn't generate enough offense for teams to look at him as much of a weapon. In fact, he might not hit enough to even make it worth carrying his glove and strong arm. The fact that his defense is so good though, keeps him in the conversation as a potential journeyman back-up catcher. He's also got a strong, accurate arm to go with good throwing mechanics that make it tough for runners to steal against him. If he can just find a little more offense in his bat, Lerud could position himself to have a decent career.

YearTeamGABRH2B3BHRRBIBBSOBAOBPSLG
2004GCL Pirates4817522431215201138.246.297.411
2004*Williamsport82927000246.241.353.241
2004combined stats5620424501215221544.245.305.387
2005GCL Pirates1860131631215713.267.351.450
2005*Williamsport1032340012214.125.176.219
2005Hickory25806722213427.088.149.238
2005combined stats531722227535301354.157.231.308
2006Hickory1173934594280125740146.239.330.402
2007Lynchburg8428727581714313163.202.299.310
2008Lynchburg6723436601408402665.256.344.419
2008Altoona471461734704181442.233.302.363
2008combined stats1143805394210125840107.247.329.397
2009Altoona9530431731704263853.240.339.336
2010Bowie491531831716141847.203.315.379
2010Norfolk92122100276.095.321.143
2010combined stats581742033816162553.190.316.351
2011Bowie732282544815302086.193.268.303
2012Reading3510272470071335.235.350.304
2013Phillies31012000002.200.200.200
9 minor league Seasons6852244254497123753277235641.221.311.353
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Generated 1/15/2013.

* Williamsport was an affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates while Lerud played there.


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