Three Williamsport Crosscutters, and two players who spent part of 2009 with the BlueClaws, were ranked among the top 20 prospects in the New York Penn League by Baseball America (see the list here) in a list that came out today. This is the second of the league lists related to the Phillies (GCL here), and we’ll soon see the South Atlantic League, Florida State League, Eastern League, and International League.
4. Sebastian Valle, C: Split the year between Lakewood (.223) and Williamsport (.307-6-40) but really hit the ball well in the Penn League, where he placed from their season opener in June through September 2nd. Valle didn’t turn 19 until July, and when he struggled in Lakewood, he was an 18 year old against older players. Further, with the BlueClaws, he was only catching once or twice a week, not easy. Valle began catching just two years ago. He’ll likely be in Lakewood next year, catching and hitting clean-up on Opening Day.
11. Anthony Hewitt, 3B: The 24th overall pick in the 2008 draft hit .223-7-30 with Williamsport this year, an improvement over the .197 he hit as a rookie in the GCL. He was always considered a project with a ton of ability. We’ll probably see him in Lakewood in 2010. He’s from Brooklyn and played high school ball in Connecticut, so remember he didn’t get to play nearly as much (weather) growing up as a player from say, California. One scout said about Hewitt last year that if he could hit .250 in the big leagues he’d hit 30 home runs. Will be interesting next year.
16. Leandro Castro, OF: Hit .316-7-43 with Williamsport after hitting .155 with Lakewood (he was sent down on Memorial Day). Was 4th in the league in hitting and 2nd in RBIs. Castro is 20, and a solid defensive outfielder who goes gap-to-gap at the plate. Another who began to thrive when he played every day, which is quite significant. We’ll see him in Lakewood to open 2010 as well, one would think.