With each passing day it looks like the Phils will rely on Ruf and Brown in the corner outfield positions. It might be a good thing. The Phils just can’t keep signing guys to fill-in the gap. That is usually when you run into trouble financially. It is finally time to see what these kids can do. This team needs youth. With that said, I figure to give a couple of prospects not named Biddle, Asche or Joseph, that could be on the verge of breakout seasons. Here are the prospects..
Ethan Martin RHP, 23, went 13-6 with a 3.48 era last season. He had 147 K’s and 74 BB’s in 157 innings in Double AA. He is currently on the Phils current 40-man roster. He could battle with Lannon and a few others for that fifth spot in the rotation.
The powerful, savvy righthander still looks a lot like the Giants’ young Tim Lincecum, with a usually straight fastball and a nasty hard slider coming from a compact frame. He’s still not very close to ready, and really needs to get his walks under control, but when he does add some experience to his talent, he could be yet another in a long string of powerful arms that came out of the Dodger system.
Traded to Philadelphia at 2012’s deadline, Martin’s challenge would seem to be a little bit greater today, but by all accounts he has the character and strength of will to weather adversity: tools that could prove helpful in the City of Brotherly Love. via ScoutingBook.com
Maikel Franco 3B, 20, hit .280 with 14 bombs and had 84 rbi’s last season. He had an OPS of .775 in Lakewood. All we have been hearing about is that Cody Asche is the Phils best 3B prospect. This dude right here might be.
Very underrated player with plus offensive and defensive potential. Great feel for hitting. At least plus bat speed. Knows how to control the barrel and can make contact with ease. Tracks pitches well and adjusts to their movement mid-swing, But has ultra-aggressive approach, leading to more weak contact than you’d like. Potential for plus raw power down the line.
Defense comes easy for him. Excellent first-step at 3B. Excellent makeup. High-energy guy that loves the game and loves to play. via BaseballProspectsNation.com
Larry Greene OF, 19, hit .272 with 2 home runs and 26 rbi’s in 257 a bat’s in his first professional season with Williamsport. He will start at Lakewood this season.
Greene is a huge man and is incredibly athletic for his size. Right now Greene still has the speed and arm to be a good left fielder. Greene has huge raw power but he has yet to show it in games, but he has shown a better ability to hit for average than previously shown. Greene is still very raw and is learning how to translate his tools to in-game power.
His future in the outfield is determined by how big he will get, Greene is only 19 but already has a ton of mass on his frame. If he is limited to first base down the road his power should still play at the position. via PhuturePhillies.com