36. Kevin Brady
Position: P | Throws: R | Age: 22 | 6'
3", 200 pounds
After rejecting offers from the Orioles in 2008 and the Indians in 2011,
Brady signed with the Phillies after being taken in the tenth round of the 2012
Draft. The Clemson product struggled with his control in college, but made big
strides to correct some mechanical issues that also seems to have corrected a
lot of his control issues. He's got a mid-90s fastball and a slider that is
developing well enough that he has stopped throwing his curve, which he tended
to leave hang up in the zone at times. The slider has been much more effective
for him and if his change-up continues to develop, he'll have three pitches of
at least slightly above average caliber that he can throw. He suffered an arm
injury in 2011, but hasn't shown any signs of issues since then, so that's all
in the past. Brady is a kid that could move pretty quickly through the
organization. Don't be surprised if the Phillies challenge Brady with a move to
Lakewood right out of the gate in 2013.
37. Larry Greene Jr.
Position: LF | Bats: L | Age: 19 | 6'
0", 235 pounds
The Phillies took Greene in the first round - 39th overall pick - of the 2011
Draft, but he signed late and they decided to hold him in extended camp rather
than throw him into the Gulf Coast League. This past season, they were able to
start him at Williamsport and saw decent results for his first pro season.
Greene is an imposing figure with great natural power, but he hasn't harnessed
that into his game yet. Keep in mind that he's only 19 and is still developing
both physically and mechanically. The potential is there not only for power, but
for a guy who can hit the ball to all fields and could hit for a decent average
to go with the power. He'll likely start at Lakewood in 2013, unless the
Phillies feel there is more work to be done and hold him back for a while.
Defensively, he's above average, with good speed and a strong arm, but it's not
out of the question that as he develops, there could be a drop off in speed and
he could be moved to first base. The Phillies can afford to be patient with
Greene, because when it all comes together, he's likely to move very quickly.
38. Ender Inciarte
Position: OF | Bats: L | Age: 22 | 5'
11", 160 pounds
The Phillies love Inciarte's speed and his potential to be a big-time base
stealer at the major league level. He should have enough offensive skills to be
able to take advantage of his speed, but the Phillies have to get him through
this season on the 25-man roster, since he was a Rule 5 pick from the Arizona Diamondbacks organization. Odds are that they'll be able to stuff him away on
the roster and keep him in the organization just as they did with Michael Martinez in 2011. Inciarte has good plate discipline and knows he has to play
'small-ball' to be successful. Defensively, he's average, with a stronger arm
than you might expect from his small frame. All indications are that he has the
potential to be a top of the order hitter in the majors, but not right away.
Keep in mind that he only played as high as High-A ball in the D'backs
organization, which is why they thought they might be able to sneak him through
the Rule 5 Draft.
39. Perci Garner
Position: P | Throws: R | Age: 24 | 6'
3", 225 pounds
The Phillies were very cautious with Garner in his first couple of pro
seasons, partly because he had some minor arm issues early on in his first
professional season (2010) and also because he dabbled in playing football at
Ball State rather than focusing on baseball, so they didn't want to push his
development too hard. In 2012 though, they threw him right into the mix, even
skipping him over Low-A Lakewood and pushing him along to High-A Clearwater. The
results weren't fantastic, but considering where he is in his development, the
results also can't be considered to be all that bad. Garner is generally a
groundball machine on the mound, but did surrender nine home runs at Clearwater
last year, but that's still not a horrible number. He's got an above-average
breaking ball and a fastball with some late movement. His change-up is his
weakest pitch, but it's coming along and could become good enough to help keep
hitters off balance. Garner may be back at Clearwater for a few more starts in
2013, but it won't be surprising to see him at Double-A Reading before the
All-Star Break if all goes well.
40. Jiwan James
Position: OF | Bats: S | Age: 23 | 6'
4", 180 pounds
Jiwan James will forever be remembered for a leaping, over-the-wall catch
that he made at Reading last season, which has become a YouTube sensation.
As the video shows, James has great athletic skills. James actually started his
pro career as a pitcher in 2007, but the Phillies quickly did a reverse and
moved him to the outfield. Unfortunately, an injury cost James the 2008 season,
so he basically started his career two seasons later than he could have. The
fact that the Phillies have been able to move him along a level per season is a
testament to just how hard James has worked at getting better. His
offensive skills are still a little raw and he strikes out too much for his
power level. The key to James' future is finding discipline at the plate and
being content to take singles and doubles rather than trying to bring too much
power to his game. His coaches rave about his work ethic and the fact that he
strives to do better in every part of the game, so combining that with his raw
talent, it's likely just a matter of time until James finds the key and starts
to garner more appreciation for what he can do. He's got above-average speed,
but is still learning the nuances of stealing bases.