Progress Report: Prospects 31-40

Picking the top prospects isn't always easy. Players progress at different rates, so with a decent chunk of the season gone, it's time to look at who is progressing well among our top 50 prospects in the Phillies organization. In today's installment, we look at prospects 31-40.

31. Maximo Reyes (P) - After a strong season at Lakewood in 2004 (9-3, 2.31 10 saves) Reyes was surprisingly released this spring. Reyes has yet to catch on with another affiliated club.

Joe Bisenius has had some ups and downs, but the Phillies haven't soured on his potential. (Photo by Patrick Teale)

32. Joe Bisenius (P) - It hasn't been all easy street for Joe Bisenius this season. Bisenius started the season with Lakewood, but struggled and was sent back to extended camp. When he returned, it looked like all was straightened out, but then he had another rough outing. For now, Bisenius is sticking with the BlueClaws while he tries to pitch through the rough spots.

33. Sam Orr (SS) / Carl Galloway (1B) - Known as "The Biola Boys", Orr and Galloway, both out of Biola University from last year's draft, are together again at Lakewood. Galloway started the season in extended spring camp, but moved to Lakewood when Greg Golson went down with an injury. Orr has been at Lakewood all season and is hitting .259 for the BlueClaws. After a slow start, Galloway has been hitting the ball much better of late, upping his average to .213 at Lakewood. Both are nice players who have shown strong potential. Having the opportunity to play together again seems to have been good for both players.

34. Zack Segovia (P) - In his first season back from Tommy John surgery, Segovia started the season strong. As many pitchers recovering from major surgery do, Segovia has hit a rough patch. His last few starts have been struggles and his season ERA has ballooned to 5.70 at Clearwater. The good news though is simply that Segovia is pitching and able to put some innings on his arm. Look for him to continue to make progress and odds are that his second-half of the season will be better than his first-half.

35. Zac Cline (P) - The Phillies kept Cline in extended camp even though he put up good numbers at both Batavia and Lakewood last summer. In his combined stops last season, Cline was 7-1, 2.83 with 55 strikeouts in 63 2/3 innings of work. Why they have kept the 21 year-old left-hander behind is a mystery. You have to figure he could help a struggling Lakewood club.

36. Tim Moss (2B) - Offensively, Moss is putting up more the type of numbers that the Phillies expected him to show, rather than the below average numbers he showed early last season. One big difference is that Moss is healthy and has made adjustments to his swing. The problem with Moss is his base running; In stolen bases, Moss is fine, swiping 15 out of 17 bases that he's attempted to steal, but on the base paths, he's been a liability at times. He was even picked off on the old hidden ball trick earlier this season and has repeatedly committed blunders when he gets on base. It's an obvious flaw that the Phillies will have to continue to work on with Moss.

Sean Gamble hasn't been putting up huge numbers, but he's been consistent and does a lot of things well. (Photo by Patrick Teale)

37. Sean Gamble (OF) - Gamble is playing at Lakewood and is hitting .273 for the BlueClaws. Gamble leads the team in runs scored with 25 and has been excellent defensively for Lakewood, making just one error this season. While he's not spectacular, Gamble has been doing everything right and has a good knowledge of the game. After hitting .304 at Batavia last season, it appears that Gamble should make steady progress through the minor league system for the Phillies.

38. Kyle Allen (P) - Kyle Allen has been one of those tough luck pitchers. Posting a 3.46 ERA in 14 games at Batavia last season, Allen finished with a 2-3 record. This season at Lakewood, he's posted a 3.55 ERA and is 0-2. Allen has 16 strikeouts in 12 2/3 innings of work this season with the BlueClaws and all appears to be going about how it was expected to go for Allen; now if he could just get some wins to go along with his solid ERA, things would look much better.

39. Matt Squires (P) - After injuries derailed his 2004 season, Squires started the year on the DL with Reading. He was rehabbing well and figured to be back by early May, but hit an obstacle in his recovery and was shut down for a short while earlier this month. Now, he's throwing again and reports are that he's doing better. When he's healthy, Squires can be a strong reliever and has a bright future. The problem is just getting healthy after some trips to the trainer's office. Hopefully, Squires will be back in Reading before too long.

40. Jacob Barrack (P) - This is one of the guys who doesn't always get a lot of attention, but who is putting up very nice numbers at Lakewood. Barrack is 3-1, 1.69 in 16 games with Lakewood and has struck out 25 hitters in 21 1/3 innings of work. Barrack has also walked just four hitters this season and his control has been near pinpoint at times. He tends to keep the ball down in the zone and tough spots don't faze him mentally. Keep an eye on Barrack, because he could become one of the better stories of the season.


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