Here's an update on how some of the Phillies and Pirates top prospects, and Nyjer Morgan, faired in the Winter Leagues.
Phillies (all in AFL):
Joe Savery - Savery did some good things. He started 5 games pitched a total of 14 innings, posting a very good ERA (0.63) and WHIP (1.07), allowing only 4 hits. However, he struck out only 5 and walked 11. No wonder he only gave up a few hits, he didn't get the ball near the plate. In Williamsport, Savery struck out twice as many as he walked, so this is probably just a fluke thing.
Joe Bisenius - 6 games, 6.30 ERA, 1.70 WHIP. Yikes. He did strike out 12 in 10 innings, so he has that going for him, which is nice.
Greg Golson - .266 average (29 for 109), 2 HR, 16 RBI. He slugged the ball pretty good (.431) and stole 8 bases without being caught. Of course, he also struck out in almost 1/4 of his ABs (23 K's to only 8 walks), which continues a very bad trend for Greg. His K/BB was 49/2 in Reading and 124/21 in Clearwater. Very, very poor.
Andrew McCutchen - Probably the top Pirates hitting prospect, McCutchen did okay in Arizona. He hit .286 (28 for 98) but lacked much pop. He didn't record a homer and knocked in only 4 runs. He also stole 8 bases (caught 3 times).
Nyjer Morgan - Why is 27 year old Morgan in the AFL? To show everyone how awesome he is? No. The oldest player in the league hit .258 and posted an OPS of .710. It's depressing that the Buccos see it useful to send an old reserve outfielder to the Winter Leagues.
Neil Walker - Walker started out very well in the Mexican Pacific League, and then, not so much. A late season swoon ended with him hitting .268 (40 for 149) with 4 HR and 17 RBI. He, like every other Pirate and Phillie hitting prospect, likes to strikeout. He walked 11 times and K'd 34., and a .724 OPS.
All in all, PA prospects were not very successful, which should surprise no one...