Phillies Set Six For Arizona Fall League

The Phillies are rich in minor league pitching and their position assignment for the Arizona Fall League makes a lot of sense. Headed to the great southwest this fall will be five pitchers and an infielder to represent the Phillies as the Arizona Fall League gets set for another season. The AFL is a showplace for stronger prospects from each organization to get additional work and sometimes learn new positions or work on new pitches.

Headed to Arizona this fall will be four players from Scranton and one each from Reading and Clearwater. The Red Barons will send pitchers Josh Hancock, Greg Kubes and Dan Giese and third baseman Travis Chapman. Reading sends pitcher Keith Bucktrot and Clearwater's Bobby Korecky will make up the contingent of Phillies in the AFL.

Travis Chapman - As the only position player going west, Chapman is an interesting choice. Some thought was given to sending Ryan Howard or Juan Richardson, but the Phillies went with Chapman. It's thought that the Phillies will ask that Chapman be given a chance to play positions other than third base, to make him more valuable as a potential utility player.

Josh Hancock - Hancock is sometimes overlooked when fans talk about pitching prospects. Truth is that the Phillies believe Hancock could be a true sleeper and will push for a spot in the rotation next season.

Greg Kubes - This is one of those guys who when you look back, you realize he's always had good numbers - not spectacular - but solid. The Red Barons used Kubes primarily as a reliever this season after he was a starter throughout his career. His trip to the AFL is primarily to get some more innings under his belt.

Dan Giese - Giese has put up good numbers out of the Scranton bullpen and the Phillies want to see it continue. They're unsure of Giese's future role and he may get to make a start or two in the AFL. Giese could also be on the list of names to try out as a potential closer, although his future is probably not going to be closing.

Keith Bucktrot - One of the top pitching prospects in the organization, just under the top tier of Madson, Floyd and Hamels. Bucktrot made an easy transition from Clearwater to Reading in the middle of the season. Don't be surprised to see Bucktrot's name crop up on a short list of potential closers and he may do some relief pitching this fall.

Bobby Korecky - He's saved 23 games and has an ERA of 1.99, but the Phillies aren't convinced that he's their closer of the future (at least that's what they say publicly). Korecky has the makings of a closer quality pitcher and 2004 could be a deciding season in his career.

Travis Chapman (SWB)972.2784313304084.354
Josh Hancock (SWB)993.9602524147.238108
Greg Kubes (SWB)634.583331088.11457
Dan Giese (SWB)203.60030040843
Keith Bucktrot (RDG/CLW)883.2202422142.23991
Bobby Korecky (CLW)341.992345054.1840

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