Andrew Knapp, the Phillies’ second-round pick in the 2013 draft, will undergo Tommy John surgery on Friday, it was reported by Baseball America on Thursday.
More common for pitchers, Tommy John surgery has a six-month recovery rate for position players. However, since Knapp is a catcher, let’s assume it will take longer than six months.
Selected from the University of California, Knapp, 21, appeared in 62 games for Low-A Williamsport where he batted .253 with four homers, 20 doubles and a .340 on-base percentage. Knapp caught 21 games for Williamsport and appeared in 39 games as the DH.
Phillies catching prospects had a rough 2013 with Tommy Joseph suffering from post-concussion issues, limiting him to just 36 games in the minors last year. Meanwhile, prospect Sebastian Valle struggled at the plate, batting just .203 in 98 games for Double-A Reading after hitting .218 in 22 games for Triple-A Lehigh Valley in 2012.
Cameron Rupp, a catching prospect from the University of Texas, seized the opportunity and jumped from Double-A to Triple-A to the majors in 2013. In 13 at-bats in the big leagues, Rupp hit .308 with a double and two RBIs. He hit .258 with 14 homers in 94 games at two levels in the minors in 2013.