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Jun
06
2011
Posted by phuturephillies at 11:15 am ET 6 Comments

Hi friends. It’s been a few weeks, but I’ve been preparing for the draft, which as you may or may not know, starts Monday night (1st round + sandwich round…not that kind of sandwich) and then continues Tuesday (Rounds 2-30) and finishes on Wednesday with rounds 31-50. You know I’m not ashamed to shill for my own site, but if you check out phuturephillies.com I’ll have more info than is necessary on all of the guys we pick, culminated in a wrap-up article that will border on insanity in length. It will be fun. You should check it out. So, with the draft on my mind, I thought I’d drop in 10 draft related nuggets in this edition of the prospect report. Check below for all the exciting details!

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May
23
2011
Posted by phuturephillies at 10:10 am ET 9 Comments

After a one week break, I’m back with another prospect report for you. As a prospect dork, this is one of the more exciting times of the year, as the MLB draft will take place in the beginning of June, which means lots of new players to over analyze and obsess over, and of course I can get worked up by the Phillies not spending enough money in the draft. But until then, I wanted to provide another update for you. I realize that my first two reports were too long, and you probably got distracted by a shiny object halfway through, so I’m going to go with a new format. It will be exciting, and hopefully you can make it all the way through. Check below for the big reveal.

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May
09
2011
Posted by phuturephillies at 8:15 am ET 9 Comments

After last week’s introductory posting, I’m back for more. Now that I’ve set the scene and given an overview of the prospects that will be worth following, I’m going to simply use these weekly updates to go over guys who are heating up, guys who are struggling, and any potential breakout performers that may have been under the radar but are now emerging. To keep things simple, I will again break things down by affiliate level, and  I will be a bit more brief than my rambling soliloquy last week.

Lakewood (A): The song remains the same at Lakewood, as the pitching has carried the team by and large. David Buchanan (pictured above) is the best of the best, boasting a 1.77 ERA and 0.95 WHIP in 40.2 innings this season. As a soon to be 22 year old prospect (next week), he should be putting up solid numbers, and he is. While he isn’t overpowering (just 25 K in 40 innings), he’s walked only 6 and he’s held righties to a .209 batting average thus far. He’s a candidate for promotion to Clearwater later in the summer if a need arises. After three poor starts in a row, Jesse Biddle turned in his best outing of the season, going 5 innings and allowing 1 ER on 4H and 2BB with 4K. As I mentioned last week, its going to take some time, and there will be speed bumps along the way, but he has all the tools to be a durable middle to front of the rotation starter. Offensively there isn’t much to write home about. Former first round pick Anthony Hewitt has 2B, 1 3B, and 3 HR in his last 10 games, but also a 15:2 K to BB ratio. High ceiling outfielders Domingo Santana and Aaron Altherr are still struggling.

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May
02
2011
Posted by phuturephillies at 7:59 am ET 38 Comments

Hi friends, its James checking in. When I got word that The Fightins was making its triumphant return, I immediately asked jedi Meech if I could lend my services. For those who don’t know me, I started a website 4+ years ago devoted to following Phillies prospects. It seemed a novel concept at the time, but people actually kept reading, and I kept writing. I’m always looking to spread my (prospect) seed where possible, and Meech and the gang were happy to have me, so look for one post a week from me, updating you on the happenings down on the farm. I think its important that you understand how I look at prospects, including the traits and characteristics I find the most valuable, but instead of rambling on incessantly here, I’ll simply link you to this piece from my site, which goes over my general prospecting philosophy. My goal is to provide you a once a week overview of the key guys you should be focusing on, potential breakout guys, and if a trade is made, I’ll try and pop in and give you my take on that as well, if prospects are involved. Now that we got the foreplay out of the way, check below for your first prospect report of the 2011 season.

To make this easy to read and follow, I’ll just break down each of the 4 Phillies affiliates one by one. After the MLB draft in June, two short-season leagues will start up, one in Williamsport and the other in Florida, and I’ll cover those when the time arrives.

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