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Phillies Pre-Season Top 20 in Review

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Ryan Howard (Reuters photo)

1) Gavin Floyd, RHP.
Getting killed in Triple-A: 3-6, 6.93 in 14 starts with a poor 54/38 K/BB ratio. There is something seriously wrong here, psychologically or physically.
2) Ryan Howard, 1B.
Hit .371/.467/.690 in Triple-A, now at .250/.300/.453 in the Majors. Lots of power, no question. Strikeouts and batting average will be a problem, but he deserves a full shot at playing time.
3) Cole Hamels, LHP.
Back in action, has a 24/10 K/BB in 22 innings between Class A Clearwater and Double-A Reading. Status depends on health and command, should not be rushed.
4) Michael Bourn, OF.
.283/.366/.377 with 27 steals at Double-A Reading. Reasonable on-base skills to go with plenty of speed, transition against better pitching is going well.
5) Greg Golson, OF.
.254/.348/.370 with 14 steals for Lakewood. Striking out more than once a game. Great tools, power and speed potential, still learning how to play.
6) Jake Blalock, OF.
.278/.370/.411 with 10 homers, 43 walks in 309 at-bats at Class A Clearwater. Doing OK, I like walk rate and not that many strikeouts, but needs to boost his power at higher levels.
7) Scott Mitchinson, RHP.
Has a 7.31 ERA in 3 starts in the New York-Penn League. A long way from being ready to help, though sample size is too small to draw broader conclusions at this time.
8) J.A. Happ, LHP.
2.75 ERA, 46/22 K/BB in 52 innings for Class A Lakewood. Pitching well generally, though I'd like to see his walks come down a bit to sustain the ERA.
9) Nate Cabrera, RHP.
Hasn't pitched this year, not sure why. Anyone know?
10) Scott Mathieson, RHP.
1-3, but with 3.43 ERA in 14 starts for Clearwater, 82/23 K/BB in 76 innings. Very strong K/IP ratio is a positive marker for the future, a sleeper guy to consider.
11) Carlos Carrasco, RHP.
18 years old, hit hard at Lakewood (7.04 ERA in 13 starts), and just demoted to Batavia, where he is getting killed (13.50 in 4 starts). Horrible numbers all-around, particularly in the H/IP department but his command has been weak as well.
12) Jason Jaramillo, C.
Hitting .264/.348/.405 in 67 games for Lakewood. Good defense, hitting is mediocre at this time. Not much to get excited about.
13) Eude Brito, LHP.
Pitching for Triple-A Scranton, 4.92 ERA in 24 games, 11 starts, 62/30 K/BB in 75 innings. Big problem has been gopher balls with 10. Can do better than this.
14) Francisco Butto, RHP.
3.49 ERA in 17 games at Clearwater, then 3.81 ERA in 18 games for Reading. 54/16 combined K/BB ratio in 54 innings. Good numbers, I like his chance to help in relief eventually.
15) Pedro Liriano, RHP.
4-8, 4.04 in 15 starts for Scranton, also pitched in 3 games for the Phils. An average pitcher, somewhere just above replacement level.
16) Carlos Ruiz, C.
Solid performance, hitting .318/.354/.474 for Scranton. Decent defense, biggest problem has been durability. Could be a fine reserve catcher.
17) Zach Segovia, RHP.
Trying to come back from Tommy John. 1-9, 6.14 in 16 starts for Clearwater, allowing 101 hits in 81 innings. Command has been weak and stuff hasn't returned to previous standards yet.
18) Robinson Tejeda, RHP.
Doing great for the Phillies with a 2.93 ERA in 14 games. However, his 32/30 K/BB warns that he MUST improve his control in order to sustain this success.
19) Sean Gamble, OF.
Hitting .265/.341/.327 for Lakewood. No power, only 6 steals, overall production has been inadequate and less than expected.
20) Chris Roberson, OF.
Hitting .313/.370/.445 with 22 steals for Reading, showing no ill effects from leg injury that cut short '04 campaign. I think he could be a fine reserve outfielder.

I'm quite disturbed with Floyd's decline.