Cody Asche

Report: “Scouts tracking” Phillies outfielder Ben Revere


Philadelphia’s outfield will be crowded whenever the Phillies decide to recall Cody Asche and Domonic Brown from Triple-A and Ken Rosenthal of reports that scouts from other teams are “tracking” Ben Revere for a potential trade.

Revere was shifted to left field so the Phillies could use Odubel Herrera in center field and he simply doesn’t offer enough offensive upside to be a corner outfielder. Revere is a career .290 hitter with 50-steal speed, but his complete lack of power and walk-drawing ability have led to a .323 on-base percentage and .341 slugging percentage.

Tiny, slap-hitting corner outfielders who can’t crack a .700 OPS tend not to stick around long, but if teams view Revere as a plus defender in center field he could still have some value to them at age 27. He’s making $4.1 million this season and under team control via arbitration through 2017.

Phillies call up top prospect Maikel Franco from Triple-A


Philadelphia has called up third base prospect Maikel Franco from Triple-A, which was the assumed follow-up move to the Phillies demoting third baseman Cody Asche to Triple-A so he could make the switch to left field.

Franco is just 22 years old and his plate discipline needs work, but he hit .355 in 33 games at Triple-A to earn the call-up. He also finished last season on a major tear at Triple-A, although his overall numbers were underwhelming because of a brutal start.

Franco ranked as a consensus top-100 prospect this year and last year, typically being slotted into the 40-60 range for 2015. He’s shown good power in the minors, including 20 homers and 45 doubles in 166 total games at Triple-A, but he’s never drawn as many as 40 walks in a season.

Also of note: No doubt the Phillies will deny this was a factor, but by calling up Franco today he’ll finish precisely one day short of a full season’s worth of service time once combined with his September action last season. Coincidentally, of course. Funny how that works.

Phillies demote third baseman Cody Asche to Triple-A to become an outfielder


Cody Asche has been the Phillies’ starting third baseman since mid-2013, but now they’re sending him back to Triple-A to transition from third base to left field.

Asche hitting just .247 with a .686 OPS in 201 career games obviously played a part as well, because if he’d hit, say, .287 with a .786 OPS and they wanted him to shift to the outfield it likely wouldn’t involve a demotion to the minors.

Asche spent most of 2013 at Triple-A, hitting .295 with 15 homers and an .837 OPS in 104 games. He’s never seen game action in the outfield as a professional, minors or majors.

Maikel Franco, a 22-year-old prospect currently playing at Triple-A, is projected as the Phillies’ long-term third baseman and could be ready for a call-up soon.