Tommy Joseph (C) - The 21 year old catcher was the centerpiece of the deal that sent outfielder Hunter Pence to the San Francisco Giants. In 28 games since the trade, Joseph hit .250 with three homeruns and 10 RBI with a .327 OBP and .747 OPS in Double-A Reading. He is currently listed as the seventh best catching prospect by Baseball America and the Phillies third best prospect overall. He made an appearance in the 2012 MLB Futures Game in Kansas City last July. Joseph has the potential to be a very solid defensive catcher with an above average bat.
Cody Asche (3B) – This is a name that has been thrown around a lot this offseason as the Phillies searched for a third baseman. He split his season between Single-A Clearwater where he hit .349 with two homeruns and 25 RBI in 255 at-bats and Double-A where he hit .300 with 10 homeruns and 47 RBI in 263 at-bats. Overall, the 22 year old hit .324 with 12 homeruns and 72 RBI with a .369 OBP and a .849 OPS in 2012 in the minors. It is believed that the adjustments Asche made in Reading is why he showed more power in Double-A. He is believed to be able to hit for average and power moving forward. He is the Phillies 16th best prospect according to Baseball America.
It will be interesting to see how these two fair against Major League talent. The only player blocking Ashce is Michael Young who is only signed for one more season. So, barring anything unforeseen, Asche could be competing for a starting position this time next year. This season is important for the development of both players and we will get our first look at these two in just three weeks.
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