Top 50 Prospects: 31-40

<I>PhillyBaseballNews.com</I> is proud to bring you our mid-season update of the <I>Top 50 Prospects</I> in the Phillies organization. Keep in mind that it's difficult to judge players who were just drafted this past June, but we've done our best. We have not included any players who have not yet signed with the Phillies, such as fourth round pick Michael Bourn. We have included second baseman Tim Moss, who just signed after being selected in the third round of this year's draft.

31. Tim Moss, 2B – Moss signed with the Phillies last week and is making his debut this week with the Batavia Muck Dogs. The Phillies believe that Moss – their third round draft pick in June's draft – will be an impact player who will bring a lot of speed and excitement to the organization.

32. Phillip Cuevas, 2B – Cuevas isn't very well known, but the Phillies believe that they found a keeper in Cuevas. For now, they're keeping Cuevas tucked away in the Dominican Summer League, but figure on him being state-side before too long.

33. Esteban Delos Santos, SS – Delos Santos is one of those raw talents who is likely to just suddenly put it all together one day and seemingly take the world by surprise. For now, he's in the Gulf Coast League after an unimpressive stint at Lakewood.

34. Rob Tejeda, P – If not for injuries, Tejeda would be much higher on the list. The Phillies have their fingers crossed that the injury bug will leave Tejeda alone and he can progress through the system. He's a solid young pitcher and the Phillies have been impressed with how he has handled himself through the adversity.

35. Jeremy Wedel, P – He's sort of lost in the shuffle and isn't quite the prospect that the Phillies once thought he might be. Wedel is 26 and is in his second season at AAA Scranton. It figures that he could battle for a spot in the major league pen next season.

36. Carlos Rodriguez, SS – Headcase. Plain and simple. Things got so bad with this talented young player that the Phillies suspended him and had him hanging out at their Dominican academy. No, he wasn't playing, just working out and trying to develop some discipline. Maybe the plan worked. A humbled Rodriguez was reinstated and assigned to Lakewood just in time to drive in the winning run in a 16 inning marathon on July 14th.

37. Taft Cable, P – The anti-Rodriguez. Cable is coachable, likeable and is willing to work to improve himself. His hard work is paying off as he advances. He's split his time between Clearwater and Reading and should be able to leave Clearwater behind for good before too long.

38. Lee Gwaltney, P – Gwaltney is establishing himself at Lakewood and has the makings of a solid pitcher. The Phillies have made him a part of the impressive Lakewood rotation and he's holding his own to say the least.

39. Kiel Fisher, 3B – The Phillies third round pick in the 2002 Draft, Fisher is off to an impressive start in the Gulf Coast League. His power should develop and he's also got above average speed and has swiped four bases in the early part of the season.

40. Eric Valent, OF – What can we say? Valent was supposed to team with Pat Burrell to make a classic righty-lefty outfield combo that would rule the Phillies outfield for years to come. Valent was also the guy who was supposed to make us all forget J.D. Drew. His star hasn't just fallen, it's burning out and he will likely get a new address for the 2004 season. He's got some talent, but hasn't been able to bring it out consistently. Some suggest that a failed promotion to the majors hurt his psyche. If that's the case, a change of scenery is just what he may need.


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