Ranking the Phillies Talent


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The Phillies minor league system is coming along better than one might have thought this season. None of the teams are running away with their titles (yet), but the prospects at each level are mostly working out. Working out means different things for different players though, depending on the level they are at as a prospect, and the number of “can’t miss” players is still not that high. Through today, here’s my updated rankings of the prospects, which will no longer include the awesome Maikel Franco, because I now consider him a major leaguer.

  1. J.P. Crawford- This is one of those “can’t miss, or else” prospects. He hit .392 in Clearwater, with a .932 OPS. So he was promoted to AA Reading, and he’s hitting .306, with an .837 OPS. His overall .345/.880 split is impressive enough to think he will be up in 2016.
  2. Aaron Nola- When you go 7-3 with a 1.88 ERA in Reading, it’s time to go to AAA. In his AAA debut last week, he threw five shutout innings and struck out seven. Whether he pitches in September in Philadelphia, or wait’s until next year to debut is just a matter of his innings pitched at this point.
  3. Zach Eflin- All the 21 year old has done since coming over in the Jimmy Rollins trade is treat Reading fans to a 5-4, 2.76 ERA season, where he’s thrown 78.1 innings over 13 starts (6 innings per). I would not be shocked if he spends August in Allentown facing AAA hitters.
  4. Roman Quinn- Quinn was posting a .306/.791 season with 29 stolen bases before his recent hip-flexor tear sidelined him. I’m concerned because he could be out until August, which will slow what could have been a run to AAA this season, but if he heals up right, his trajectory should still be good.
  5. Carlos Tocci- Tocci finally put it together in Lakewood this season at age 19, in his third season there. His .321/.810 there got him promoted to Clearwater, where so far he’s posted a .294/.762 run, good for a total split of .319/.807, with 14 steals so far this season. The promise is finally meeting the performance.
  6. Aaron Altherr- Talk about a guy who’s career was on the brink coming into the season, he has responded well. Altherr’s .293/.851 season in Reading is probably going to get him promoted to AAA very soon, and has him in the discussion for a September call-up, and possible shot at making the 2016 squad. His 28 XBH’s and .371 OBP are promising numbers.
  7. Jesse Biddle- His season could go either way, but recent success has visions of him as an adequate major league starter back in play. Biddle is an impressive 7-1, with a 3.62 ERA on the season in Reading, but at times he’s battled control issues. I do think he has a shot to get to Lehigh Valley this season and play some AAA, but he’s going to need to command his stuff better in the bigs.
  8. Ben Lively- Lively is 5-5, with a 3.82 ERA in Reading, which doesn’t necessarily jump off the page at you, but he’s been very competitive there. My sense is that he pitches the whole season in Reading, and gets to AAA next season to start out. While he hasn’t dominated the way he did in lower levels last year for the Reds, he’s shown he can pitch.
  9. Rhys Hoskins- Before the season, he wasn’t someone that stood out to me, but when you post a .322/.922 in Lakewood, you take notice. I’d have to think he’s bound for Clearwater soon, but his potential arrival date in Philadelphia is more unknown.
  10. Malquin Canelo- Another guy who’s simply shot up the board for me, he’s posted a .311/.830 at shortstop in Lakewood. The only question in my mind is when the Phillies will give him a look at second base- which I’m guessing won’t be this year yet.
  11. Kelly Dugan- So far, so good. His health issues are still scary, but he’s posting a .375/.895 through ten games this season.
  12. Mark Leiter Jr.- A 1.97 ERA in Clearwater got him promoted to Reading, where he impressed in his first start, tossing seven innings of three run ball. His stuff is only really on the level of Severino Gonzalez, but he seems to get a lot out of it.
  13. Gabriel Lino- He played well enough in Reading to get a promotion to Lehigh Valley, and he’s hit .294 in AAA so far. He’s been solid defensively as well, something the IronPigs pitchers needed badly.
  14. Severino Gonzalez- His numbers aren’t jumping off the page, especially at the big league level, but he is young and can make a pitch for the 2016 staff with a good finish.
  15. Adam Morgan- He doesn’t have a win in AAA, but has one in the majors this year. The weird-ness of baseball sometimes. He’s been throwing better as the season progresses, which is to be expected coming off of a major injury.
  16. Andrew Knapp- The Clearwater catcher has hit for a .257 clip this year, but the offense will come. He played in the FSL All-Star game, so his talent is being recognized.
  17. Tom Windle- The former 2nd-rounder of the Dodgers has simply walked too many guys in his first season with the Phillies organization. His performance in Reading doesn’t make you doubt his stuff, it just makes you think he’s bound for a relief role.
  18. Herlis Rodriguez- This Lakewood outfielder is posting a .309/.824 in 188 plate appearances so far, impressive numbers.
  19. Brandon Leibrandt- This Clearwater pitcher has been consistent and durable, posting a 3.13 ERA this season in Clearwater. I’d guess he deserves a look in Reading before the season is out.
  20. Colin Kleven- I could basically take everything I wrote about Leibrandt and copy it, and change the ERA to 3.00.
  21. Ricardo Pinto- He pitched his way to a promotion from Lakewood to Clearwater, and hasn’t disappointed there either so far. Overall he’s 7-2, with a 3.07 ERA.
  22. Cameron Perkins- He’s leading Reading with 8 homers, which makes up for his .252 average so far. A good finish could get him back to AAA this year or next, and give him a shot at seeing Philadelphia in the near future. A bad finish could put him off the map.
  23. Yoel Mecias- His numbers are nothing to write home about, but he’s now starting in Lakewood, which is a good sign for the BA top ten prospect.
  24. Franklyn Kilome- Another highly touted guy from BA who just made his first start for Williamsport. He looked really good too, surrendering just one run over 5.2 innings.
  25. Nefi Ogando- He’s been throwing the ball well for Reading all season out of the bullpen, and could get a look at higher level competition before the season is over.
  26. Matt Imhof- An early season injury held him out for two months, but the 2014 second rounder is back throwing for Clearwater now, and will hopefully get his innings in before calling it a season.
  27. Seth Rosin- The one piece healthy from the Pence-deal in 2012, Rosin has thrown very well in the Lehigh Valley bullpen, despite his struggles the other night in the majors. He could pitch himself into the bullpen later this season.
  28. Jose Pujols- This guy excited me when they signed him, but the 19 year old had struggled in the low minors up until this week. In a very small sample size, he’s off to a .647 start for Williamsport.
  29. Brock Stassi- He’s torn the cover off the ball in Reading all year, and should probably be playing in Lehigh Valley, but Ruf is there at first base.
  30. Dylan Cozens- The Clearwater outfielder has shown some signs this season, but just needs to put together the consistency.

My rankings are based off of statistics, proximity to the majors, scouting reports, other rankings, and opinion.

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