Knapp, 24, is batting just .211 with 14 strikeouts over his last 10 games for Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Knapp has had a bit of a power outage, with just one home run since the end of May. His average has also dipped to .257 through 65 games. With the younger Jorge Alfaro nipping at his heels at Double-A, Knapp needs to turn things around quickly.
Knapp, 24, is batting .303 with two home runs and six RBI over his last 10 games for Triple-A Lehigh Valley. The recent hot streak pushes Knapp's slash line to .254/.338/.475. He has six home runs and 21 RBI in 35 games. Cameron Rupp is hitting .282 in the majors for the surprising Phillies, though, so it does not appear that Knapp will be promoted just yet. In addition, Jorge Alfaro is now healthy and nipping at his heels as Double-A.
Knapp homered as part of a 3-for-3 effort against Triple-A Rochester on Tuesday. The Phillies' Triple-A affiliate (Lehigh Valley) has been plagued by rainouts to begin the season, but Knapp appears primed to continue his 2015 breakout with the bump up to the International League this season. Along with Jorge Alfaro, Knapp should give the Phillies an excellent tandem behind the plate in the not-so-distant future.
The Phillies assigned Knapp to minor league camp Friday, Jim Salisbury of CSN Philadelphia reports. Knapp was 4-for-16 with a home run, three strikeouts and four walks this spring. He is expected to open the year at Triple-A Lehigh Valley and could see time with the Phillies later this year.
Knapp will join the Phillies in spring training this year, CSN Philly's Jim Salisbury reports. It is possible that box score scouts will view Knapp as a bit of a trendy pick in dynasty leagues this year, but his 2015 numbers oversell his big league potential. He clubbed 11 homers and hit .360 (.405 BABIP) in 55 games at Double-A last year, which is enough to put him on the map, but not enough to make him a top-150 prospect for dynasty leagues. That said, he should have no problem beating Jorge Alfaro to the big leagues, and the Phillies don't have any reason not to give him plenty of looks once he gets there. He is someone to follow in two-catcher and NL-only leagues, as he could offer 15-18 homers with a sub-.250 batting average over a full season. Look for him to spend most of 2016 at Triple-A, with a chance for a callup in July or August.