Top 100 Prospects: 51-75

T.J. Warren

We've got another bunch of prospects for you to get to know. In this installment of our Top 100 Phillies Prospects, we take a look at prospects 51-75.

75. Freddy Ballestas, 22, RHP: Pitched primarily at Williamsport in 2008

The young right-hander made his debut in the states and has some learning to do, but should progress.

74. Jonathan Villan, 17, SS/2B: Played in the Dominican Summer League in 2008

Young switch-hitter who shows the ability to get on base, but still needs work on his defense.

73. Damarri Saunderson, 19, OF: Played in the Gulf Coast League in 2008

A 15th round pick from last June's Draft, there is a lot of work to do, but loads of potential for him to succeed.

72. Vladimir De Los Santos, 22, OF: Played in the Gulf Coast League in 2008

Shows good power potential, but it was at the expense of plate discipline. Hopefully, he can shorten his swing and still show decent power down the road.

71. Joseph Rocchio, 24, RHP: Pitched primarily at Lakewood in 2008

He continues to develop a slider, which should help him to move up the ladder. Could reach Double-A by the end of 2009.

70. Andrew Cruse, 24, RHP: Pitched at Clearwater in 2008

Continues to pitch well without being defined as a starter or reliever. Has generally posted better numbers as a starter.

69. Daniel De La Cruz, 18, RHP: Pitched in the Dominican Summer League in 2008

Held hitters to just a .194 average and came close to a strikeout per inning in the DSL. Needs to get just a little more control to be a serious prospect.

68. Robert Mosebach, 24, RHP: Pitched at Double-A Arkansas in 2008 - RULE 5 PICK

Gives up a lot of hits, but generally works down in the zone. He'll have to get used to pitching out of the bullpen if he's going to stick.

67. Kyle Slate, 19, RHP: Pitched in the Gulf Coast League in 2008

Has excellent control, but gets pounded by left-handers and doesn't pitch well with runners on base.

66. Gus Milner, 24, OF: Played at Clearwater in 2008

Milner's numbers at the plate dropped with him move to Clearwater, but he could well surprise by rebounding in 2009. Has an explosive outfield arm.

65. Jeremy Hamilon, 22, 1B: Played primarily at Williamsport in 2008

Last year's fifth round pick in the draft, Hamilton still needs work, but has all the tools to work with.

64. Moises Melendez, 22, LHP: Pitched at Lakewood in 2008

Control pitcher with good poise, but can lose his concentration at times, leading to mistakes.

63. Chris Kissock, 23, RHP: Pitched at Lakewood in 2008

Was adequate at Lakewood, but showed the ability to dominate during his tenure in the Hawaii Baseball League this Fall.

62. Tyler Cloyd, 21, RHP: Pitched primarily at Williamsport in 2008

An 18th round pick last June. Has decent control, but needs to learn to work down in the zone more effectively.

61. Darren Byrd, 22, RHP: Pitched primarily at Clearwater in 2008

Struggled after being promoted to Clearwater and will likely start 2009 back in the Florida State League. Needs to improve his control.

60. Joel Naughton, 22, C: Played at Lakewood in 2008

Surprise addition to Phils 40 man roster. Shows an improving bat, good defensive skills and an above average arm from behind the plate.

59. Steve Susdorf, 22, OF: Played primarily at Williamsport in 2008

Burned up the New York-Penn League after the Phillies took him in the 19th round of the June Draft. Lost his stroke late in the year, which will make 2009 very interesting for him.

58. Michael Cisco, 21, RHP: Split season between Williamsport and Lakewood in 2008

Nice pro debut for a 36th rounder (combined 3-1, 0.99 in 54 1/3 innings). Has excellent control and already knows how to work hitters.

57. Jarred Cosart, 18, RHP: Did not pitch in 2008

As a high schooler picked in the 38th round, it's amazing that Cosart signed with the Phillies. He signed right at the deadline and hasn't made his pro debut yet. He's a good sized kid with a powerful arm. Will likely make his debut when the Gulf Coast League season begins.

56. Jonathan Pettibone, 18, RHP: Pitched in the Gulf Coast League in 2008

Signed late and pitched just one inning in the GCL. Has good velocity, but needs to develop his secondary pitches.

55. Juan Sosa, 19, RHP: Pitched in the Dominican Summer League in 2008

Threw three complete games - two of them shutouts - in the DSL. Could head for the states in 2009.

54. T.J. Warren, 20, OF: Played at Lakewood in 2008

His offense is progressing, although it's slow going for him. When he puts it all together, he should progress quickly.

53. Joe Bisenius, 26, RHP: Split season between Reading and Lehigh Valley in 2008

Sliding quickly down the list of prospects. Bisenius has pitched well at Double-A, but simply can't conquer the Triple-A level.

52. Yohan Flande, 22, LHP: Pitched in the Gulf Coast League in 2008

Good control, but his strikeout rate dropped in his first season in the states compared to his numbers in the DSL.

51. Jacob Diekman, 21, LHP: Pitched primarily at Lakewood in 2008

Allows too many baserunners and will need a serious turnaround in 2009 to stick.


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