Joey Curletta is the newest member of the Philadelphia Phillies organization. The 22-year old outfielder was acquired from the Dodgers Thursday to complete the Carlos Ruiz deal that was made last month.
Drafted out of Mountain Pointe High School in Phoenix in the sixth round of the 2012 Draft, Curletta opened the 2016 season with High-A Rancho Cucamonga and moved up to AA Tulsa after 77 games with the Quakes. Between the two stops, the right-handed hitting Curletta hit 17-67-.251/.323/.463 on the year. In his five seasons in the minors, Curletta has hit 40 home runs and driven in 240 runs in the Dodgers organization, with a slash line of .261/.329/.407. He played 29 games at the AA level this season and played three there in 2015 after playing a total of 196 games at the High-A level in his career.
Curletta projects as a fourth or fifth outfield type at the major league level. Ironically, Curletta had better power numbers against righties this season - 14 of his 17 home runs were against right-handers - but he hit .247 against right-handers compared to batting .265 against lefties.
Defensively, Curletta has played primarily in right field, but can also play left, having played 29 of his 83 games defensively in left this season.