Here's your weekly prospect update through the month of May.
J.P. Crawford's April was mirrored the month of May for the Phillies. He batted .145 with zero homers and 4 RBI. Hard to perform much worse than that.
His last month was better - not great, but better. He finished May with a .253 batting average, 2 homers and 15 RBI. Underlying those pedestrian numbers was the skill set he had been lauded for throughout his minor league career - he walked 20 times and struck out 13 times.
If you weren't aware, more walks than strikeouts is not a common occurrence. Of the 401 major league players with 40 or more plate appearances, only 11 have more walks than strikeouts, just 2.7 percent of the batting population. It reveals that J.P. Crawford has an elite skill set. For the season, he is just shy of that mark with 32 walks and 35 strikeouts, but the point still remains.
Does this mean we should not be concerned and that we can ignore the lack of offense? Not at all, but plate discipline should translate to the major leagues and if he can start to hit, he is an extremely valuable piece of any team.
And don't forget, Crawford projected as a number two hitter from day one, so he was never the superstar to build your team around, but a steadying presence in the lineup and an important foundation piece.
In the last week, Crawford batted .471 with a homer and RBIs, plus 7 walks compared to 2 strikeouts. Maybe the bat is starting to catch up.
Hoskins and Kingery both continue to tear it up at Lehigh Valley and Reading. With Jesmuel Valentin going down with season-ending surgery, Kingery might earn himself a promotion soon to fortify an already dominant Lehigh Valley team. With Tommy Joseph tied for the team lead in homers in Philadelphia, Hoskins is likely to remain with the IronPigs.
Turning to pitching, Jake Thompson, the first of the Phils pitching prospects to be called up last season, might now be sitting in the back of the prospect bus. He has struggled in both the majors and the minors this season.
Thompson's season has been up and down in both the figurative and literal sense. He allowed 15 runs in 4 2/3 innings in his first two starts, then rebounded with one run in 13 1/3 innings in his fourth and fifth starts before his callup to the big club, where he put up a 9.00 ERA. He excelled in his first two starts with Lehigh Valley before getting torched in his last two outings for 15 runs in 10 1/3 innings. Thompson reminds us of the importance of starting pitching depth.
Pivetta, on the other hand, surrounded his forgettable big league experience with dominant outings. In his 5 minor league starts, he won all five games and put up 2 walks against 37 (!) strikeouts. If he can get over a case of the yips, he might have the stuff to compete for real in the big leagues.
205 PA: 2 HR, 19 RBI, 32 BB, 35 SO
.205 BA/.328 OBP/.275 SLG
174 PA: 3 HR, 26 RBI, 3 BB, 54 SO
.289 BA/.316 OBP/.410 SLG
192 PA: 10 HR, 31 RBI, 7 BB, 57 SO
.279 BA/.314 OBP/.503 SLG
197 PA: 2 HR, 13 RBI, 18 BB, 49 SO
.274 BA/.344 OBP/.389 SLG
204 PA: 13 HR, 41 RBI, 17 BB, 70 SO
.245 BA/.309 OBP/.516 SLG
5-0, 1.41 ERA, 32.0 IP, 2 BB, 37 SO minors
0-2, 5.12 ERA, 19.1 IP, 9 BB, 21 SO majors
209 PA: 13 HR, 41 RBI, 28 BB, 34 SO
.316 BA/.411 OBP/.638 SLG
3-2, 6.75 ERA, 45.1 IP, 27 BB, 29 SO
6-1, 2.40 ERA, 56.1 IP, 7 BB, 45 SO
104 PA: 1 HR, 7 RBI, 6 BB, 16 SO
.229 BA/.282 OBP/.292 SLG
*Out for season (shoulder surgery)
2-5, 5.82 ERA, 43.1 IP, 17 BB, 39 SO minors
0-0, 9.00 ERA, 5.0 IP, 4 BB, 3 SO majors
222 PA: 16 HR, 30 RBI, 23 BB, 38 SO
.309 BA/.389 OBP/.655 SLG
3-2, 4.59 ERA, 49.0 IP, 15 BB, 43 SO
3-2, 3.02 ERA, 41.2 IP, 12 BB, 39 SO
190 PA: 5 HR, 25 RBI, 18 BB, 47 SO
.223 BA/.298 OBP/.367 SLG
199 PA: 2 HR, 22 RBI, 14 BB, 41 SO
.279 BA/.333 OBP/.413 SLG
1-2, 3.70 ERA, 24.1 IP, 3 BB, 28 SO
*Out with neck soreness
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