Top 10

Baseball America has come out with the Phillies top 10 prospects. Here they are:

3B Maikel Franco
LHP Jesse Biddle
SS J.P. Crawford
RHP Miguel Gonzalez
SS Roman Quinn
OF Carlos Tocci
RHP Ethan Martin
2B-CF Cesar Hernandez
OF Aaron Altherr
RHP Severino Gonzalez

Altherr had a big game yesterday in the Arizona Fall League, two doubles, a single, three runs scored and a stolen base in five at-bats. He’s been slowed by a thumb injury.

Jim Salisbury reports that Quinn, 20, has ruptured his right Achillies tendon and C Tommy Joseph has been cleared (concussion) to play winter ball. He last played on July 4.

Quinn was injured running sprints near his Florida home. He’ll most likely miss most of next season. He stole 32 bases in 67 games last summer at Lakewood, a season cut short when he was hit by a pitch on June 24 and sustained a fractured bone in his left wrist.

Orlando Bound
Ruben’s just finished spending time watching the Phillies prospects in the AFL. Next week (Monday through Wednesday) he’ll be at the GM meetings in Orlando and then spending a day at the MLB owners meetings also in Orlando on Thursday.

MLB’s Industry Meetings will be in Orlando from Sunday through Wednesday. Each club will send 20-25 employees to participate in the meetings. Among the numerous departments are advertising, sales, ticketing, public relations, video, ballpark operations, promotions, fan development.

Then baseball’s annual winter meetings, which includes the minor leagues, will take place December 8-12. Where? Orlando.

History Lesson
70 years ago the Phillies had a bizarre year that included three ownership changes, two managerial changes and 43 double-headers during World War II when rosters were depleted by the military. You can read about the 1943 season at http://www.phillies.com/alumni. Included is a terrific photo of two Hall of Fame managers, courtesy of Bob Warrington, baseball historian and collector.

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