Phillies Prospects of the Month - May

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Each month, Philly Baseball News takes a look at the prospects who have put up the best numbers and shown the most consistency and promise. This month, there were some good performances to choose from, but two stood out from the rest.

Lehigh Valley

The IronPigs didn't have any of their prospects put up strong offensive numbers in May. John Mayberry (3-11-.286-.333 in May) and Jeremy Slayden (2-7-.274-.338 in May) had the best months among the offensive prospects for Lehigh Valley. Neither would qualify because they were shy of the number of at-bats used for our analysis, but at least Mayberry had a good excuse; he spent part of the month with the Phillies.

Among the veteran hitters, Miguel Cairo (2-8-.350-.366 in May), Mike Cervenak (1-12-.397-.438 in May), Paul Hoover (1-4-.306-.432 in May), David Newhan (2-11-.299-.398 in May) and Pablo Ozuna (0-6-.326-.375 in May) deserve mention. Ozuna is the only one who would have had enough at-bats to qualify though. Cervenak wound up with a fractured wrist that put him on the DL May 18th. Ozuna and Cairo have been great parts to the ball club and both have had a positive influence on infield prospect Jason Donald. Also, hats off to Paul Hoover. The long-time catcher moved to first base for six games when the IronPigs were short on position players and he did a nice job handling his new position. He also hit .333 (7-for-21) with a home run and an even .400 on-base percentage during those six games.

On the mound, Andrew Carpenter (2-0, 2.87 in May) wasn't happy that he was overlooked for a promotion to the big league club when Brett Myers went on the DL. Instead of brooding about it, Carpenter took it out on Rochester on the final day of the month, allowing just one earned run in seven innings of work. While Carpenter has had some shaky spells this season, nobody is out-working him and he continues to make a case for a promotion to the Phillies at some point this season.

Reading

Quintin Berry (1-7-.292-.342 in May) came into May hitting just .254 and saw his average dip as low as .229 early in May before he turned on the offense. While Berry didn't put together any long streaks, he did have seven multi-hit games in May, including twice picking up five hits in two games for Reading. Berry is second in the Eastern League in stolen bases with 16.

Brad Harman is another guy who was in dire need of a turnaround and found it by hitting 4-17-.295-.338 in May. His productive month has boosted his average from .214 coming into May to .266 going out of May. Harman has also been sharp at second base, committing just three errors all season.

Michael Taylor (6-23-.330-.388 in May) didn't need to flip any switch at the beginning of the month to start hitting. The 23 year old outfielder has been playing in both left and right field this season and is hitting .351 on the season and currently has a seven-game hitting streak during which he's hit .461 (12-for-26) and he's hit safely in 18 of the last 20 games for Reading.

Joe Savery (4-0, 3.94 in May) won four of his six starts and added a complete game to his resume last month. While Savery, who is 6-1 with a 4.05 mark on the season, isn't exactly dominating, he's doing a nice job for Reading and just needs to develop more consistency. Savery needs to show better - and again, more consistent - control to improve on his walk numbers. His 31 walks are the second most in the Eastern League this season and compared to his 42 strikeouts, is way too high.

Vance Worley (2-3, 3.69 in May) deserved better in terms of his record. Worley made the jump to Double-A from Lakewood this season and has pitched consistently well for Reading. Worley ranks second in the Eastern League in innings pitched with 68 1/3.

Clearwater

Javis Diaz was grabbed by the Phillies in the minor league phase of last December's Rule 5 Draft. The 24 year old center fielder took some time to adjust to being with a new organization, but has turned it on of late. Hitting just .205 coming into May, Diaz is now hitting .287 with a .350 OBP on the year, thanks in part to hitting (1-5-.315-.390) in May. In addition, Diaz has stolen 14 bases in 16 attempts and has played an excellent center field and has not committed an error yet this season.

Tim Kennelley doesn't really have a position to call his own in Clearwater. He's played catcher, first, third, left and right in addition to serving as a designated hitter for the Threshers. All of that moving around hasn't damaged Kennelley's ability to hit, in fact, he's fifth in the Florida State League in hitting with a .319 average, third in OBP (.407) and is the league leader in doubles with 17. In May, he hit (2-17-.295-.385) for the Threshers.

While Kyle Drabek is no longer with the Threshers, they won't soon forget how well he pitched for them in May (1-1, 2.65), including his swan song in the Florida State League, a complete game shutout. He's taken his act on to Reading now, but still leads the FSL with 74 strikeouts, 27 ahead of his nearest competition.

Drew Naylor has been inconsistent for Clearwater this season, but was better in May, dropping his ERA from 11.05 after four April starts to 4.75 on the season. In May, Naylor was just 1-3, but had a 2.90 ERA and a complete game for the Threshers.

Lakewood

The BlueClaws are hitting just .249 this season and May saw them hit just .242, but thanks to solid pitching, they went 17-12.

Troy Hanzawa (0-11-.319-.410 in May) was their leading hitter for the month, turning his slow start around for the 'Claws. Hanzawa was hitting under .200 through parts of April and early May, but has boosted his season average to a respectable .266 as the shortstop for Lakewood.

Tyler Cloyd (4-1, 3.35 in May) is a young pitcher to watch. The 22 year old has pitched well for Lakewood (6-2, 2.93 on the season) and has been consistent in his 11 starts. He's averaging over six innings per start and just under a strikeout per inning.

Heitor Correa (2-1, 2.50 in May) isn't the fanciest of pitchers and isn't known for striking out hitters, but he's gotten the job done for Lakewood this season. In seven starts, he's compiled a 2.79 ERA and averages six innings per outing. Combined with his consistency, the BlueClaws are getting all they could want out of the 19 year old right-hander.

And the winners are...

Michael Taylor and Andrew Carpenter.

While others had higher batting averages, Taylor has also hit for power and has shown consistency not just in May, but all season. It will be interesting to see if the Phillies give him some late-season time at Triple-A Lehigh Valley. As for the pitchers, Kyle Drabek would have been the sexy pick, but Carpenter has been the Andrew Carpenter of old and appears ready to put himself in the next tier of pitching prospects in the Phillies organization.


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