Progress Report: Prospects 41-50

With a decent chunk of the season over, it's time to take a look at how the players on our pre-season Top 50 Prospects list are doing. We start at the bottom with a look at how players ranked from 41st to 50th are progressing.

41. Buck Shaw (1B) - The Phillies have kept Shaw, who hit .258 with eight homeruns in 159 at bats in the Gulf Coast League last season, in extended camp and have him ticketed for Batavia once their season opens. Rather than push Shaw to Lakewood, the Phillies signed minor league free agent Doug Gredvig to play first base for the BlueClaws. Gredvig is hitting .343 on the season, but it's going to be interesting to see what Shaw does once Batavia starts play. It also would have been interesting to see what he might have done at Lakewood.

42. Charles Cresswell (C) - The Phillies suddenly have options in the catching ranks. Cresswell hit .245 in the GCL last summer and will likely be at Batavia. Jason Jaramillo has him blocked at Lakewood and there's also Louis Marson, who could see the majority of time for Batavia. The catching position could be pretty strong for the MuckDogs unless either Cresswell or Marson repeats their season in the Gulf Coast League rather than splitting time in the higher ranked New York / Penn League.

43. Kevin Rose (P) - It was somewhat surprising that Rose didn't start the year with Lakewood and it's even more surprising that he's still in extended camp. Rose was 5-3, 3.63 at Batavia last season and appeared in 22 games. There's not much more for him to do in rookie ball, but he hasn't gotten the chance to move up the ranks as of yet. You have to believe that if he starts strong at Batavia, he'll move to Lakewood before too long.

44. Andrew Macfarlane (OF) - Macfarlane struggled offensively in the Gulf Coast League last summer, hitting just .229 with one homerun in 166 at bats. He simply needs time to develop and the Phillies figured on keeping him in extended camp and he may even start the short-season back in the GCL. Macfarlane is still just 21 and played at the Community College level, so it's not unusual for him to take a little time to get started.

45. Andrew Baldwin (P) - Baldwin started the season with Lakewood and he's been up and down at times, but he's making progress. Most of his struggles were early in the season and he's lowered his ERA to 4.62 with the BlueClaws while posting a 1-3 record. Keep in mind that he struggled early on and Lakewood as a team has struggled to win games, so Baldwin is in a tough situation. If he continues to progress, Baldwin will be just fine. For instance, in his last three starts, Baldwin is 1-0, 1.93, pitching 18 2.3 innings and striking out 12 hitters.

Clary Carlsen has been inconsistent, but has shown enough talent and potential to stick with the Clearwater Threshers this season. (Photo by Holly Oswald)

46. Clary Carlsen (P) - In 13 games with Clearwater, Carlsen is 0-2, 4.86 this season. The Phillies started him out in the GCL last summer and then jumped him all the way to Clearwater after 15 strong appearances 3-0, 2.86 with one save. He struggled when he hit Clearwater, but like Baldwin at Lakewood, is showing progress. At times, Carlsen gets a little sloppy and his walk/strikeout ratio isn't good with 12 walks and 17 strikeouts in 37 innings. He's got decent stuff, but just needs to put it all together. Again, patience is in order, since he's moved fairly quickly.

47. Nick Shimer (OF/1B) - Shimer is in extended camp for the Phillies after playing at Batavia last season. The 32nd round pick in last year's draft hit .244 with six homeruns in 238 at bats with Batavia in 2004. With strong depth in both the outfield and at first base, there isn't room for Shimer to advance quickly. He'll be back at Batavia and will need to put up impressive numbers to move through the system.

48. Chico Cortez (C) - Injuries to catchers at the higher levels in the organization have helped Cortez to move from Clearwater to Reading. He was only hitting .091 in 20 games at Clearwater and is hitting an even .100 in four games at Reading. Cortez is somewhat of a sacrificial lamb. Rather than rush one of the higher rated catching prospects, the Phillies are somewhat content to let Cortez take his lumps. He is a decent defensive catcher and he hit .291 at Lakewood last season, so there's some potential there, but he appears overmatched by opposing pitchers this season.

49. Mike Mihalik (P) - The Phillies had Mihalik with both the GCL Phillies and in Batavia last summer and he responded with a combined mark of 1-0, 2.16 with five saves. Like Rose, it's a little surprising that Mihalik hasn't seen time at Lakewood so far this season. He'll report to Batavia and could be one of the first promotions to Lakewood if he starts well for the MuckDogs.

50. Buzz Hannahan (IF/OF) - It was looking like another good season for Hannahan at AAA Scranton until he took a knee to the ribs on a play at second base earlier this month. Now, Hannahan hasn't played in a little over two weeks, although he might return to the lineup within the next week. On the season, Hannahan is hitting .333 for the Red Barons this season.

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