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Phillies add veteran infielder Asdrubal Cabrera in trade with rival Mets

Cabrera likely to help Phillies at multiple positions
The initial impression when evaluating the Philadelphia Phillies acquisition of Asdrubal Cabrera in trade from the New York Mets might be that he is a “rental” player.
However, Cabrera’s versatility and experience could instead lead the team to bring him back beyond this season. It’s all going to depend on how he fits in over these next few months, and what his contract demands might be this coming off-season.
Cabrera is currently playing out the end of what was a three-year, $24.75 million free agent contract which he signed with the Mets following the 2015 campaign.
He originally signed as an amateur free agent with the Seattle Mariners in August of 2002 while still a teenager. Cabrera was subsequently dealt to the Cleveland Indians in June 2006 for current ESPN analyst Eduardo Perez.
Cabrera broke into the big leagues with the Indians in 2007 and would become a two-time American League All-Star. In the first of those back-to-back all-star seasons, Cabrera was awarded the 2011 AL Silver Slugger Award for the shortstop position. He registered career highs in home runs (25), RBI (92), and runs scored (87) that season while hitting .273 and stealing 17 bases.
After parts of eight seasons with the Tribe, Cabrera was dealt to the Washington Nationals at the 2014 non-waiver trade deadline in exchange for pitcher Zach Walters.
As with this current trade, he became a free agent following that season and signed a one-year deal with the Tampa Bay Rays. Once that season was completed and he was a free agent once again, Cabrera signed his Mets deal.
Early in his career, Cabrera split time between second base and shortstop with the Indians. But by 2011 he was Cleveland’s everyday shortstop. He remained exclusively at shortstop until the Nats acquired him and used him for the balance of the 2014 season as their starting second baseman.
He was back at shortstop with the Rays during his lone season in Tampa, and then during his first season in New York. However, last season the Mets began to deploy him in a super-utility role. Cabrera played 45 games at shortstop, 44 at third base, and 32 games at second base.
Prior to this trade to the Phillies, Cabrera had been used exclusively by the Mets as a second baseman this year. It’s hard to say exactly how Gabe Kapler will choose to integrate him into the mix with his first-place ball club.
Maikel Franco has been playing tremendous baseball for more than a month and has become a key player in the Phillies rise. There is no way that Cabrera is going to supplant him at the hot corner.
At second base, Cesar Hernandez has settled into what is his typical empty offensive type of season. He is getting on-base at a .371 clip – no surprise there. However, he also hasn’t homered since June 20, and has stolen just two bases since June 24 – none in the last 15 games.
The Phillies lost their starting shortstop, J.P. Crawford, to injury early on. They have been playing Scott Kingery there out of position for much of the season to the mixed results that could have been expected with a rookie playing the position for the first time professionally.
The best guess is that Kapler will use him at both second and short liberally. Cabrera has banged 18 home runs and 23 doubles this year. 
Those figures would put him second only to Rhys Hoskins in those categories in the Phillies lineup. He hit the last of those 18 homers in a Mets uniform just last night in Pittsburgh.

There is a chance that he could simply become the Phillies starting shortstop. Kingery would then slid back into the utility role in which he appeared to be thriving prior to Crawford’s injury.
Todd Zolecki of MLB.com has reported that “a source said Cabrera will cover the team at second base, third base and shortstop. He will play regularly, but not exclusively at any one position.
Whatever the case may be for the rest of this season, he will likely again become a free agent in November. He will turn 33 years old on the 13th of that month. It is difficult to see any team offering him a multi-year deal.
Whether Cabrera returns will simply come down to how he and the team feel about one another after this season is complete, and how much money the club offers him to come back in what is likely to be a utility role for the 2019 campaign.
If Cabrera likes what he sees, feels that the team can win, and is willing to take the promise of plenty of playing time at a variety of infield spots next year, then he certainly could return.
Of course, Cabrera could choose to leave, or the Phillies could simply choose to move on without him. In that case, they will have paid the price of Franklyn Kilome, their 10th-rated prospect. Assuming the 23-year-old Kilome reaches the big leagues, he is likely looking at a career in middle relief.
Giving up a possible future middle reliever for a veteran bat with pop who can play multiple infield positions, even if just for three months? It seems well worth the gamble to bring in some real help to a young team that is battling to prove it really is a winner.

Philadelphia Phillies Spring 2017 top ten prospects

Rhys Hoskins slugs way onto the Phillies Spring 2017 Top 10 Prospects list
Back in November of 2016, I provided my Philadelphia Phillies Top 10 Prospects ranking. At that time, I broke down each player with an individual scouting report.
While my Fall prospect list is more detailed, in the Spring the ranking usually will provide a much simpler straight-up ranking list. However, I will add some general commentary if there are major updates.
First, let’s take a look back at the Phillies Top 10 Prospects from the Fall of 2016:
I also provided a listing of “near misses”, naming several prospects who fell just outside of the top ten. That included a link to each of the individual Top 10 Prospects ranking pieces.

The Spring 2017 ranking has just one new entry, and one player exiting. However, there are a few of those remaining players who are shuffling up and down the overall list.
The newcomer is first baseman Rhys Hoskins, who was one of the near misses six months ago. Hoskins has exploded out of the gates in the opening weeks of the 2017 campaign.
With AAA Lehigh Valley, Hoskins is hitting for a .330/.412/.631 slash line. The 24-year old has eight homers, 21 RBI, and 20 runs scored to lead the Phillies top minor league club in each category.
While Hoskins has entered the top ten, pitcher Kevin Gowdy has exited. That is really no condemnation of Gowdy’s potential. He would be a near miss, if I were to do such a list at this time. The switch is purely do to Hoskins’ production.


Without further delay, here is my Philadelphia Phillies Spring 2017 Top Ten Prospects ranking. As was the case last year, I will do a more thorough evaluation in November, reflecting how each player actually performed this season.
The listing below will show the player’s place in the rankings, their last name, age, position, and current affiliation level.
10. Hoskins (24), First Baseman, AAA Lehigh Valley
9.  Kilome (21), Pitcher, High A Clearwater
8.  Lively (25), Pitcher, AAA Lehigh Valley
7.  Kingery (23), Second Baseman, AA Reading
6.  Randolph (19), Outfielder, High A Clearwater
5.  Williams (23), Outfielder, AAA Lehigh Valley
4.  Crawford (22), Shortstop, AAA Lehigh Valley
3.  Quinn (24), Outfielder, AAA Lehigh Valley
2.  Moniak (19), Outfielder, Low A Lakewood
1.  Alfaro (23), Catcher, AAA Lehigh Valley
As you can see, a half-dozen of the prospects are already at the highest level of the Phillies minor league system. The more that the big league team struggles, the more likely we are to see a number of these prospects at Citizens Bank Park as early as this summer.
When the Fall rolls around, I’ll be back with a more detailed breakdown of each top prospect who makes the list. At that point, we could see at least one more new entry. The Phillies select eighth in next month’s MLB Amateur Draft, which will bring in another quality youngster to the system.

Phillies Fall 2016 Top Ten Prospects: #6 – Franklyn Kilome

It is widely accepted throughout the industry that the Philadelphia Phillies have one of the most improved farm systems in the game.
As my own “Phillies Fall 2016 Top 10 Prospects” countdown progresses, the player in the #6 slot becomes the third and final pitcher on the list.
Franklyn Kilome is a 21-year old, 6’6″, 175 pound right-hander signed by the Phils out of the Dominican Republic back in 2013.

Kilome’s Pro Career to Date

Kilome began his professional career pitching as a teenager with the GCL Phillies in the summer of 2014. He went 3-1 with a 3.12 ERA and 1.165 WHIP while allowing 36 hits over 40.1 innings in 11 games, eight of them starts.
In 2015, Kilome was moved up to short season Williamsport, where he put together a 3-2 record with a 3.28 ERA and 1.257 WHIP as a 20-year old. He yielded 41 hits in 49.1 innings over 11 starting outings.
This past summer saw Kilome take the next step, moving up to Low A Lakewood in the South Atlantic League. He went 5-8 with a 3.85 ERA and 1.42 WHIP over 23 starts, allowing 113 hits in 114.2 innings.
In his three seasons, Kilome has produced a combined 191/82 K:BB ratio over 204.1 innings.  He has allowed 190 hits over his first 45 pro games, 42 of those as starting assignments.
It is believed that Kilome is beginning to fill out his large frame as he matures, and that his actual weight is significantly greater now than the bio listed 175.

What the Experts Have to Say on Kilome

MLB Pipeline has him ranked as the Phillies #8 prospect, and as I do, the organizations highest rated pitching prospect. Their basic scouting report on him reads as follows:
“Kilome has added a lot of good strength and weighs a great deal more than what is listed in his bio. That has led to more consistent velocity, sitting in the mid-90s and touching higher than that. He’s also grown as a pitcher, throwing that plus heater for strikes more consistently down in the zone. He has the chance to have a very good curve and he flashed above-average breaking balls in the New York-Penn League in 2015. His changeup is a distant third pitch, but there is confidence it will become a usable third option for him in time. He should be able to repeat his delivery and be a consistent strike-thrower in time.
With two major weapons and the potential to add a third, along with a very strong work ethic, it might be a mistake to put a ceiling on Kilome, who has frontline starter potential if things continue along this path.”

More Expert Opinions

Baseball Prospectus just released their own Phillies Top 10 Prospects for 2017. They have Kilome in the Phillies prospects rankings #5 slot. BP lists his scouting report in a “good” and “bad” format as follows:
The Good: All of the individual pieces are present for a top pitching prospect—when he’s on his game. He possesses a fastball that can sit 92-97 and touch a little higher, a curve with easy plus potential, and a change that flashes as more than just an interesting third pitch. He’s a tall drink of water with a great power-pitcher physique. If you catch him on the right day, you might see a top-of-the-rotation starter kit. There were more right days than wrong days later in the season, which gives hope for in-season progression.
The Bad: When not on his game, Kilome can look like an organizational player. If you show up on the wrong day, you’re liable to get a fastball flagging down into the high-80s, off-speeds that won’t impress anyone, and brutal command problems. As you might suspect, he’s often unable to repeat his mechanics. When it goes bad, it goes really bad.
Kilome eliminated a pitch from his repertoire back in April, and began to really work on his curve. It has made a huge difference.
His manager with the Lakewood BlueClaws this season, Shawn Williams, commented on the development back in early September per Guy Curtright for MiLB.com:
“It’s helped him tremendously. He’s got two different curves now…one he can command and throw for strikes, and another for a put-away pitch. He’s throwing the ball very well, and for me, the way he’s turned it around this season has really been fun to watch…progressed big time.”

What the Future Holds

Kilome is clearly the Phillies top pitching prospect at this point in the opinion of every reputable evaluator. He will turn 22 years old next June, with his natural progression taking him to High A Clearwater.
With a strong performance, Kilome could find himself getting a taste of AA ball next summer. His size, talent, and current path and progress mean that he likely reaches the upper levels and AA and AAA for a full season in 2018. That would put him on the doorstep to Citizens Bank Park at some point in the 2019 season.

Reading Eagle: Phillies 2016 Top Prospects Survey

Over the last couple of seasons, especially over the last calendar year, a concerted effort finally began to completely rebuild the Phillies minor league system.
The results have been dramatic. Nearly every respected prospect evaluation resource places the Phillies organization near the top of their organizational rankings, and a number of the club’s best individual prospects are featured across the most influential Top 50 and Top 100 lists.
Those changes to the young talent flowing through the organization have already begun to yield results at the big league level, as inconsistent as some of those youngsters may still be at this early point in their careers.
Pitchers Aaron NolaJerad EickhoffZach EflinVincent Velasquez, and now Jake Thompson all entered the Phillies organization in the last two years through trades or the MLB Amateur Draft, and all have already debuted with the Phillies starting pitching rotation.
Among position players, Maikel Franco is in his first full big league season at 3rd base, Tommy Joseph is showing power at 1st base, and center fielder Odubel Herrera followed up his 2015 rookie campaign with an appearance in the NL All-Star Game this year.
Now a new, even younger group of highly regarded prospects is beginning to make their move, having reached the highest levels of the club’s minor league system.
They are poised to make their own Phillies debut, some next month, some next year.
A few will be impacting the big league lineup within a year, and a few more should be impacting the team by the 2018 season.
At the ‘Reading Eagle’, home newspaper of the Phillies’ AA farm team, the Reading Fightin’ Phils, Mike Drago conducts a survey of beat writers, bloggers, and broadcasters who cover the Phillies and their system in print and on the internet.
For a 2nd straight season, I was honored to take part in this survey. This year, 15 of us took part in the balloting, and the results were released this past weekend.
Based on that survey, the Top 20 Philadelphia Phillies prospects at this time are:
  1. J.P. Crawford, SS, AAA
  2. Jorge Alfaro, C, AA
  3. Nick Williams, OF, AAA
  4. Jake Thompson, P, Phillies
  5. Mickey Moniak, OF, GCL
  6. Dylan Cozens, OF, AA
  7. Roman Quinn, OF, AA
  8. Cornelius Randolph, OF, A
  9. Franklyn Kilome, P, A
  10. Rhys Hoskins, 1B, AA
  11. Scott Kingery, 2B, AA
  12. Andrew Knapp, C, AAA
  13. Adonis Medina, P, NYP
  14. Nick Pivetta, P, AAA
  15. Jhailyn Ortiz, OF, GCL
  16. Ricardo Pinto, P, AA
  17. Elniery Garcia, P, High-A
  18. Ben Lively, P, AAA
  19. Kevin Gowdy, P, GCL
  20. Carlos Tocci, OF, High-A
In addition to those 20 players, another 15 Phillies prospects each received support in the form of multiple votes from the survey respondents.
Those players in order of the number of votes received were: Mark AppelSixto SanchezJimmy CorderoCole StobbeJose PujolsAlberto TiradoAlec AsherThomas EshelmanDrew AndersonAndrew PullinCole Irvin, Arquimedes Gamboa, JoJo RomeroMalquin Canelo, and Tyler Viza.
Crawford was not the unanimous selection that he had been in previous iterations of this type of Phillies prospect list. He did, however, receive a first place vote from nine of the respondents.
This left the talented shortstop, who also ranks among the Top 10 prospects in all of baseball by nearly every major evaluation resource, as the first player to ever finish at the top of the Reading Eagle rankings over three consecutive seasons.
The other six first place votes went to Moniak and Thompson, who received two apiece, as well as Williams and Hoskins, who each received a single first place vote. (As a personal aside, I don’t know what whoever gave Hoskins a first place ballot was drinking.)
Cozens was the high-riser from a year ago, when he finished down in the #24 spot. Meanwhile, Randolph saw himself dip from 4th to 8th as the steepest drop in the Top 10.
In all, 46 different Phillies prospects received a Top 20 vote from at least one of the survey respondents.
With all this talent pouring into Citizens Bank Park over the next two to three years, the future looks bright for the Phillies, even as the big league club continues to struggle.
NOTE: my own Top 25 Phillies Prospects ranking, which was what we were requested to submit, were in the following order:
Crawford, Alfaro, Moniak, Thompson, Williams, Quinn, Randolph, Gowdy, Kilome, Kingery, Cozens, Ortiz, Appel, Lively, Knapp, Medina, Stobbe, Hoskins, Tocci, Pivetta, Pinto, Canelo, Romero, Eshelman, Irvin.

Phils Place Six on Baseball America Midseason Top 100 Prospects List

The Philadelphia Phillies have placed six prospects among the Top 100 in the game on Baseball America’s Midseason Top 100 list.

In ranking released today, the strength of the Phillies minor league system was revealed once again, as a half-dozen of the organization’s prospects were ranked within the Top 100 in the game by Baseball America.
Following on the heels of yesterday’s announcement that four of the club’s prospects had made the Top 50 as ranked by Baseball Prospectus, this continues to reinforce that Phillies fans still have a number of supremely talented youngsters on the way.
The six prospects ranked by Baseball America are led by shortstop J.P. Crawford, who was placed at the top by BP, but who is rated in the #3 slot by BA behind 2nd baseman Yoan Moncada of Boston and pitcher Alex Reyes of Saint Louis.
Crawford has been hot of late as he adjusts to the highest level of the minor leagues with AAA Lehigh Valley. 
Just a step away now from the big leagues, it would surprise no one to see him debut with the Phillies during the second half of this season.

Outfielder Nick Williams was ranked in the #40 spot by Baseball America, the only other Phillies prospect listed among their Top 50 overall.
Rounding out the Phillies contingent on the Baseball America Midseason Top 100are right-handed starting pitcher Jake Thompson (62), catcher Jorge Alfaro (67), catcher Andrew Knapp (80), and pitcher Franklyn Kilome (96).
To be eligible for the BA list, players had to be in the minor leagues still as of June 21st, which was the midway point of the minor league season. 
They also had to not have exceeded MLB rookie eligibility of 130 big league at-bats or 50 innings pitched, or 30 appearances in the majors by a reliever.
It is also important to note that 2016 draftees, such as the Phillies’ Mickey Moniak, or July 2nd signees were not eligible for the list because BA wanted this list to reflect a preview of the upcoming July 31st MLB non-waiver trade deadline. All of the players ranked are eligible to be dealt this year.
Next week, ESPN’s Keith Law is expected to release his own midseason top 100 ranking. 
As the Phillies continue to move forward in their rebuilding program, I will continue to bring you all of the exciting, relevant content needed on these emerging future stars.