A Post-Deadline Updated Phillies Prospect Rankings: #’s 11-20


We’re into the top 20 now. Yesterday I did 21-30. Over the weekend it was 31-50. Here’s 11-20.

  • 11- Kelly Dugan-OF-Lehigh Valley- Just promoted to Lehigh Valley, the former top pick of the Phillies has hit for high average since coming off the DL. The one knock on him is he isn’t hitting for power, but that’s not as big of a deal for a .325 hitter. He’s a guy that projects to get a shot sometime soon, and has a 40 man spot.
  • 12- Jose Pujols-OF-Williamsport- He’s got incredible raw tools, starting with amazing bat speed. He’s got great speed, is a solid defender, and can hit for power. There’s not much to not like with Pujols, other than just waiting for his game to become more polished.
  • 13- Jerad Eichoff-P-Lehigh Valley- Picked up in the Hamels trade, he flashes dominance at the AAA level and could be up sooner than later. He can throw in the mid-90s and probably profiles as a back of the rotation guy, but could push into the mid-rotation with some success.
  • 14- Andrew Knapp-C-Reading- The former second round pick was promoted to Reading after making the FSL All-Star Game, and has simply taken off. He’s an almost lock for a hit each night, if not more, and his offense could push him into the starting job sometime soon. The important thing is his defense though, which seems to be improving. The future is still very unwritten on Knapp.
  • 15- Jesse Biddle-P-Lehigh Valley- Biddle is the most confusing player on this list. His swing-and-miss stuff is down this year. His control has mostly been better, but is still a huge problem. He has the occasional awful start, and then follows it up with a great one. He’s been good overall since his promotion to Lehigh Valley, but still has the occasional inning where he can’t throw a strike to save his life. With all of that said, if he can cut his walks and work on his potentially lethal slider, he can still be at a minimum a major leaguer, if not a starter.
  • 16- Ben Lively-P-Reading- He’s a durable, capable starter who profiles in the mid-to-back end of the rotation. While he hasn’t dominated Reading the way he did the lower minors for the Reds system, Lively has thrown the most innings on the team, and posted respectable across-the-board numbers.
  • 17- Nick Pivetta-P-Reading- The former Nationals Prospect profiles as a back-end of the rotation starter, with a solid fastball and the ability to be a work-horse. He has struggled in AA so far, but it’s important to remember that he’s only been there a short time, and should improve there in due time.
  • 18- Alberto Tirado-RP-Reading- The former #9 prospect in the Blue Jays organization, Tirado could be converted back into a starter in short time to get some work, but he profiles as a really good high-leverage situation reliever. It will be interesting to see his level and role for next season.
  • 19- Ricardo Pinto-P-Clearwater- By the end of this season, I might concur with others that he’s a top ten prospect. He dominated Lakewood, and has been really good at Clearwater. He’s not an upper-90s guy, but he has more than enough stuff to make it to the big leagues.
  • 20- Alec Asher-P-Lehigh Valley- He profiles nicely as a back-end of the rotation arm if all plays out right. Picked up in the Hamels trade, he could help quickly, considering he is already in AAA, though I think it’s fair to say his timeline is a little behind Eichoff.

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