While we wait for the Phillies to clinch the division, here’s a look at how some recently departed farmhands fared with their new squads.
Kyle Drabek: In 27 starts for Toronto’s Double-A team, Drabek, 22, went 14-9 with a 2.94 ERA including a no-hitter against New Britain on July 4. Drabek led the Eastern League in wins, was third in innings pitched and third in strikeouts (132). The recently promoted right-hander allowed six total runs in 11 innings in losses to the Orioles and Mariners.
Michael Taylor: Swapped to the Athletics shortly after his trade to Toronto, the 24-year-old outfielder spent this season at Triple-A, posting a .272 average with a .348 on-base percentage. After hitting 20 homers in 116 games last season (splitting time between Double-A and Triple-A), he managed just six home runs in 127 games this year. He missed time mid-season with a calf injury.
Travis d’Arnaud: Several front office officials were reluctant to deal their promising catcher, but in the end, d’Arnaud would become part of the package to Toronto. The 21-year-old backstop was a .259/.315/.411 hitter with six homers and 38 RBIs for Single-A Dunedin. He threw out a career-high 30 percent of base stealers (16 of 54) from behind the plate.
Carlos Carrasco: The 23-year-old righty had a solid season for the Indians’ Triple-A affiliate, going 10-6 with a 3.65 ERA. He was promoted to the majors earlier this month and has been impressive through five starts with Cleveland. He is 1-1 with a 3.03 ERA and has put forth a quality start in all five outings. By comparison, he made five starts for the Indians last year and went 0-4 with an 8.87 ERA and zero quality starts.
Jason Donald: The 26-year-old infielder spent most of the season with Cleveland, seeing time in 88 games (84 starts). Donald hit .253/.312/.378 with four home runs and 24 RBIs for the Tribe while splitting time between second base and shortstop. His five minutes of fame came on June 2 when he was the apparent final out of Armando Galarraga’s near-perfect game, only to have umpire Jim Joyce call him safe on the play.
Lou Marson: In 82 games for the Tribe, Marson only managed a .196 batting average with three home runs and 22 RBIs. He hit only .159 against right-handed pitching. The 24-year-old catcher spent most of the summer in the minors, but things didn’t get any better for him at Triple-A Columbus as he hit just .202/.327/.371 in 37 games.
Jason Knapp: A big right-hander who underwent shoulder surgery shortly after he was traded to the Indians, Knapp enjoyed a solid cameo in the minors this season. The 20-year-old appeared in nine total games between Rookie Ball and Class-A and notched a combined 2.86 ERA. Knapp struck out 47 batters in 28 1-3 innings and did not allow a home run.
Anthony Gose: The main prospect involved in the Oswalt deal, Gose was immediately swapped to the Blue Jays and assigned to Single-A. The 20-year-old outfielder batted a combined .262 in 130 games for the Phils’ and Blue Jays’ Single-A affiliates, swiping 45 bases but also getting thrown out 32 times. He has not displayed much power at this point, registering just seven homers and 27 RBIs in 130 games in 2010.
Jonathan Villar: It has been a rough stretch for Villar since joining Houston’s Single-A team. He has hit just .225 in 32 games and has struck out 50 times in 129 at-bats. In 500 ABs split between the Phils’ and Astros’ Single-A squads, Villar hit .260 with five home runs and 55 RBIs. The 19-year-old also stole 45 bases in 60 attempts, but he was a disaster in the field, committing a whopping 56 errors in 130 games at shortstop.
(Written for Beerleaguer by Drew Silverman)