Phils' prospect parade: infielders

Phils' prospect parade: infielders

The following is the second in a series looking at the top prospects in the Phillies Minor League system. This time we check out the infielders, in alphabetical order:

3B Welinson Baez
Age: 22; Height: 6-3; Weight: 190; B/T: R/R; Resides: Bani, DR; Signed as an amateur free agent on Aug. 22, 2002, at age 18.

2006: Regular third baseman on Lakewood's championship club. ... Hit .232 in 122 games. ... Was second in organization with 34 doubles and had a 50-game streak in July-August during which he hit .307.

Career: A four-year pro, he owns .253 average with 65 doubles and 21 homers.

Scouting Report: "Has strength at the plate with average bat speed. Gap-type power. Plus arm strength. Chases pitches out of the zone. Kid has the tools, needs to take them into the game."

SS Adrian Cardenas
Age: 19; Height: 6-0; Weight: 185; B/T: L/R; Resides: Opa Locka, Fla.; Phillies supplemental round pick in June 2006, out of Monsignor Pace High School.

2006: Made debut in Gulf Coast League and was second in GCL in batting (.318), third in triples (4), fifth in on-base percentage (.384). ... Hit .368 with runners in scoring position. ... Named a GCL All-Star, Baseball America rated him as the third-best prospect in the Phillies system. ... At the Winter Meetings, BA honored him as the High School Player of the Year.

Scouting report: "Great desire and work ethic. Good competitor. Can hit. Likes to play and will work to get better. Needs playing time."

3B Mike Costanzo
Age: 23; Height: 6-3; Weight: 215; B/T: L/R; Resides: Glen Mills, Pa.; Was a second-round selection in June 2005 First-Year Player Draft out of Coastal Carolina (SC) University.

2006: Spent entire year at Clearwater, hitting .258 with 33 doubles, 14 homers and 81 RBIs. ... Hit .327 in August and was named a Florida State League All-Star.

Career: Two-year pro with a .264 average, 50 doubles and 25 homers in 208 games. ... Made pro debut with Batavia, hitting .274 with 11 homers in 73 games.

Scouting report: "Got better as season progressed. Has strong arm. Good bat speed with power to left center. Has presence and thrives in clutch situations. Showed ability to drive the ball to all fields, especially in the second half of the season."

1B Clay Harris
Age: 24; Height: 6-4; Weight: 220; B/T: R/R; Resides: Slidell, La.; Ninth-round selection in June 2005 First-Year Player Draft out of Louisiana State University.

2006: Spent entire season at Lakewood (81 games at first, 12 at third, 38 as DH) and hit .255 with 32 doubles, 13 homers and 81 RBIs. ... Led team in runs (68), homers and RBIs.

Career: Two-year pro with a .276 average, 54 doubles, 15 homers and 121 RBIs. ... Named a New York-Penn League All-Star in rookie season at Batavia.

Scouting report: "Arm strength, power at the plate and the ability to play first or third. Has very good baseball instincts. Very steady player throughout the season. Has potential to be a good hitter with power. Needs to learn how to handle the outer half of the plate better."

SS C. J. Henry
Age: 22; Height: 6-3; Weight: 205; B/T: R/R; Resides: Oklahoma City, Okla.; Acquired from the Yankees in the Bobby Abreu trade on July 30.

2006: Hit .250 in 77 games at Charleston in the South Atlantic League and .253 in 25 games at Lakewood following the trade. ... Was named "Best Athlete" in the Yankees system prior to the season by Baseball America.

Career: A two-year pro with a .245 average. ... Made pro debut with Yankees team in the Gulf Coast League in 2005 after being selected by the Yankees in the first round (17th overall) that June out of Putnam City High School, where he was the Oklahoma High School Player of the Year.

Scouting report: "Live athletic body. Line-drive hitter. Goes well with the pitch. Uses hands good at the plate. Played much better than his numbers. Defensive skills more suited to third base or the outfield."

2B Tim Moss
Age: 24; Height: 5-10: Weight: 175; B/T: R/R; Resides: Lancaster, Texas; A third-round selection in June 2003 First-Year Player Draft out of the University of Texas.

2006: Began the season at Reading (.180, 58 games) and finished the year in Clearwater (.284, 70 games), combining for 17 doubles, 12 triples, 13 homers, 61 RBIs and 26 stolen bases.

Career: A four-year pro with a .242 average, 67 doubles, 20 triples, 33 homers and 69 stolen bases. ... Was named a Florida State League All-Star in 2005.

Scouting report: "Shows extra-base power to all fields. Good baserunner who can steal bases. Stays in on double-play pivots. Strikes out too often. Needs better plate discipline."

Next week: Outfielders