Monday, May 16, 2011

Prospects 'R Us

While most of the focus on Friday night in Lakewood was on Bryce Harper, there were a ton of other prospects on display at First Energy Field. From AJ Cole to Jesse Biddle to Aaron Altherr, they were all on display during the game. Here is a breaking down of them:

BlueClaws left hander Jesse Biddle started and went 6 innings allowing 4 earned runs. All of his earned runs came in the second inning after which he settle down. He has good stuff and was very impressed. Biddle is ranked as the 7th best prospects in the Phillies system. The highlight of his night was striking out Bryce Harper

Blueclaws outfielder Aaron Altherr was also impressive. Altherr, 10th ranked prospect in the Phillies system, went 1 for 5 with a run scored. While still raw, Altherr could potentially be a chip that can be traded.

For Nats fans, the night was not only about Harper but also AJ Cole. Cole, the fourth ranked prospect in the Nats system, was a fourth round pick in the 2010 draft that the Nationals paid a bonus of $2 million to. Cole went four innings striking out four and allowing 2 hits and an earned run. Cole showed why baseball people think so highly of him. Below Cole strikes out form Phillies first round Anthony Hewitt

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