Now on to the Philadelphia Phillies, looking at rookies and players 24 or younger.
Antonio Bastardo, LHP: 25 year old rookie, posted 4.34 ERA with 26/9 K/BB in 19 innings in the majors, 19 hits. Love the strikeout rate, and he should be a useful reliever with more experience. Signed out of the Dominican in 2005.
Domonic Brown, OF: 22 most of the season, turned 23 in September. Hit .327/.391/.589 with 20 homers and 17 steals in Double-A/Triple-A, then .210/.257/.355 in 62 major league at-bats. Outstanding tools and continuing to improve his polish and approach to the game, has the ability to be a star. Drafted in the 20th round in 2006 from high school in Florida.
David Herndon, RHP: 24 year old rookie, 4.30 ERA with 29/17 K/BB in 52 innings, 67 hits, 2.10 GO/AO. Was a Rule 5 pick from the Angels system, made the roster and stuck all season. I think he can hang around for awhile due to his ground ball tendencies and ability to throw a good number of strikes. Drafted in the fifth round in 2006 from Gulf Coast Community College.
Vance Worley, RHP: 22 years old most of the season, posted a 3.36 ERA with a 119/46 K/BB in 158 innings between Double-A and Triple-A, then a 1.38 ERA in 13 major league innings with a 12/4 K/BB and eight hits. Long Beach State product was drafted in the third round in 2008 and made the majors within two years. Stuff is average but he throws strikes and could be a fourth starter for awhile.