With the exception of two position players, there is a new squad being built by the Philadelphia Phillies around Domonic Brown. Three are on the parent club, three are at Triple-A Lehigh Valley, and two are with Single-A Lakewood.
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The Baby Phillies:
Of the crop that will eventually represent the franchise, five could be starters in the 2014 lineup.
There are many twists and turns waiting for these future Phils. Some of them will be regulars or reserves and some will reach their dead end somewhere along the road. It is doubtful that all 8 will form the 2015 or 2016 version of the locals. That stated, there is at least one who has a 90% shot of being there.
Among the personnel on the 25-man roster, Brown, Ben Revere and Freddy Galvis are here already. 3B Cody Asche, LF Darin Ruf and C Tommy Joseph are at Lehigh Valley. At Lakewood are SS Roman Quinn and 1B Art Charles. Galvis could be the next second baseman, shortstop or third sacker if Asche is not ready next April.
The second half will determine the campaigns of Brown, Ruf and Asche. After 3 months of the challenge at a higher echelon, these 3 should develop and produce a significant jump in results. Meanwhile, Charlie Manuel initiated the thinking that Galvis is a possibility in center field, which also sparks an urgency for Revere. However, Revere is averaging .370 for May in 46 at-bats.
It is also important to keep an eye on Joseph, Quinn and Charles, but that is for another reason. The two Lakewood infielders have to at least match their previous numbers for a half-year promotion, which would be Single-A Clearwater. Joseph has struggled so far with offense, defense and passed balls; however, he suffered a concussion on May 4. He hits for power, was solid behind the dish during spring training, but he has only played 21 games at Lehigh Valley.
Charles has improved by over 40 points even with his ascension to Lakewood, which has followed his trade from Toronto for Michael Schwimer. The first baseman spent 3 campaigns below the full-season Lakewood level, but he is producing positive results so far. On the other hand, Quinn has more tools that anyone in the Philly farm system. However, he has slowed down in only his 2nd minor-league tour.
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Ruf may find his way back to the Bank if Delmon Young does not hit, or Ryan Howard goes on the DL. Considering that Brown is the most improved Phillie, he could return to right field if that spot opens up. Revere, hopefully, will make the adjustments to a bigger market, because his speed and energy are rally starters. Galvis, however, is the most likely candidate to have a starting gig out of these 8 players.
For all the talk about the red pinstripes not getting younger, Rube Amaro could have 4 regulars next summer from these 8 on the home team.
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