From the Field: Aaron Altherr, of, Philadelphia Phillies

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Aaron Altherr signed cut scorecard in blue sharpie

Aaron Altherr was drafted in 2009, the in the 9th round by the Phillies out of Agua Fria HS (Avondale, AZ).

Seeing him make the majors is neat since he was considered a big project coming out of high school. He was born in Germany, and was a more accomplished in basketball than baseball. But he did play some baseball, and showed elite athleticism, and had a collection of tools that the Phillies felt confidant they could develop. He was a classic high risk, high reward prospect.

Altherr projected as a classic center fielder. Good defense. Good speed. Solid bat. Not a ton of power, but enough pop to keep pitchers honest.

From 2010 to 2014 ranked in the Phillies Top 30 prospects. The slowest part of his game to come along was his bat.  He made the majors in 2014 due to his excellent defense, but was still not ready to be a starting outfielder.

Since 2014 he has been riding the bus from AAA to the majors. He was injured a good part of 2o16, but even when he was healthy was not too big of a threat with the bat.  But the potential is there, and with his age and plus defense he should get plenty of more time to work on his game.

Year Age Tm Lg G AB HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+
2009 18 PHI-min Rk 28 84 1 11 6 1 8 15 .214 .283 .286 .568
2010 19 PHI-min Rk,A- 55 209 1 25 12 6 11 35 .297 .339 .411 .751
2011 20 PHI-min A-,A 112 416 6 46 37 4 24 99 .243 .291 .339 .630
2012 21 PHI-min A 110 420 8 50 25 8 38 102 .252 .319 .402 .722
2013 22 PHI-min A+,Fal 135 511 12 72 25 6 47 148 .268 .331 .438 .769
2014 23 PHI-min AA,FgW,A+ 158 582 18 86 14 6 47 153 .246 .311 .416 .727
2014 23 PHI NL 2 5 0 0 0 0 0 2 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100
2015 24 PHI-min AA,AAA 111 433 14 67 16 4 49 84 .293 .367 .487 .854
2015 24 PHI NL 39 137 5 22 6 2 16 41 .241 .338 .489 .827 126
2016 25 PHI-min Rk,AA,A+,AAA 13 41 1 6 2 0 7 8 .341 .481 .463 .944
2016 25 PHI NL 57 198 4 23 7 2 23 69 .202 .304 .293 .597 63
3 Yrs 98 340 9 45 13 4 39 112 .215 .314 .368 .681 86
162 Game Avg. 162 562 15 74 21 7 64 185 .215 .314 .368 .681 86
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 11/5/2016.
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