With the second half of the baseball season around the corner, the potential for the Phillies to trade some players and call up prospects to take their roster sp is a very real scenario over the next few weeks.

Greg Joyce covers Lehigh ValIey IronPigs for The Express-Times and on Tuesday he joined The Sports Bash to give insights into the Phillies prospects:

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On Nick Williams - "He’s really flashed what he brings, he’s been playing really well, he has a good bat, quick bat. He plays the field really well, which I think is maybe an underrated part of his game; he’s been able to play all three outfield positions and do it well, and he’s made some great diving and leaping catches out there. He’s shown a good approach at the plate, a lot of times he’s pretty aggressive up there which is good and bad, but I think overall it’s a good thing."


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On JP Crawford - "First month or so here he was batting low .200....his plate discipline always stayed pretty good, he has a nice eye, he doesn’t jump at pitches. If a walk is there he’ll take it, so that was always consistent, but he wasn’t batting as well as he could have.  But over the last month he’s just gone on an absolute tear, I think it’s over his last 100 plus at –bat’s he’s batting well over .300, a lot of multi-hit games, he had two home runs in the last week."


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On Jake Thompson - "(He) had one fairly bad start end of May, and ever since then, his last seven starts he’s been dominant.  I think it's at 49.1 innings and he’s allowed just 4 earned runs; he’s not the flashiest pitcher out there but he can get the job done.  He’s kind of a workhorse, he gets out of jams, he’s got big fastball command and a slider that really bites; when he’s on, those two pitches are working really well for him."

Checkout what else Joyce had to say about Thompson, Crawford, Williams and other top prospects along with how good the Phillies' Triple-A affiliate has played this season