One of the top prospects in the system, Singleton (pictured at right) had an excellent year in his debut in 2009. With the GCL Phillies, he hit .290-2-12, and walked more times (18) than he struck out (13). He originally committed to Long Beach State, and his high school coach in California said the following:
I think he looks like Ryan Howard reincarnated. He obviously doesn’t put up the same numbers as Howard yet, but they have the same build.
Here is a Q&A with Singleton from before the 2009 draft.
Ruf was drafted last year in the 20th round out of Creighton. A Nebraska native (like Tyler Cloyd and Jacob Diekman), Ruf hit .307-3-30 between the GCL and Williamsport last summer. While Singleton is 18 (until September 18th), Ruf will turn 24 on July 28th.
It is possible that they are both here (one can DH), but will the Phillies then send four OFs to Lakewood that need to play every day? When projecting this roster, that is the $64,000 question.
Barnes played short last year for Williamsport but is expected to play second base this year for the BlueClaws, where he’s played this spring. He hit .287-4-27 with the Crosscutters last summer after being drafted in the 11th round out of Notre Dame. Barnes will turn 23 on April 13th and was a NY-Penn League mid-season All-Star last year.
Here is his ND bio, where we learn that he wore #20 at ND, the same as Brad Lidge.
The likely shortstop, the 18 year old played 31 games with the GCL Phillies last year, hitting .277 with 11 steals before a late-season promotion to Williamsport (six more steals in 11 games). Another youngster with promise. He’s played with the Lakewood club all spring, so it does seem like he’ll be here.