A Labor Day Top 30 Phillies Prospect Rankings

Eickhoff is a reason to be hopeful for Phillies fans. Photo by Richard Wilkins Jr.

Eickhoff is a reason to be hopeful for Phillies fans.
Photo by Richard Wilkins Jr.

My post-deadline top 50 Phillies prospect ranking is about a month old now, and a lot has happened since then. We now know who’s going to the Arizona Fall League. Several players are now in the majors. Some players did not perform well. Some players were promoted. Basically, stuff happened that warrants another look as the minor league season comes to an end. To be clear, it’s not time for a season ending rankings yet. Players are doing call-ups in Philadelphia, some teams are playing playoff games, and the AFL and instructional ball are still to come. I’ll do one more ranking after the season has truly come to an end, probably sometime in October. This is simply an update.

This is also probably the last time we’ll see a few players in my prospect rankings. This will be the only appearance for Darnell Sweeney, probably. Altherr, Eickhoff, and Asher are all being given major league opportunities that probably spell the end of their time in the rankings. They might not end up being alone. It’s a good time to see how these guys stack up on their way to being big leaguers though.

I’m not doing a write-up for all 30 of these guys, only for one’s who’s change warrants some mention. We’ll go more in-depth after the 2015 season is over.

  1. J.P. Crawford
  2. Nick Williams
  3. Jake Thompson
  4. Roman Quinn
  5. Jorge Alfaro
  6. Franklyn Kilome
  7. Cornelius Randolph
  8. Jerad Eickhoff- His move up the board is spearheaded by a very solid AAA performance, followed up by very competitive major league pitching. Eickhoff has an out pitch in his breaking ball, which takes him from just being a fringe, back-end starter to a guy who has a safe range between being a major league reliever and an innings eating mid-to-back end rotation piece.
  9. Andrew Knapp- The “California Kid” has hit so well in AA that the Phillies are giving him a longer look in the AFL, after he finishes in the Eastern League’s playoffs. I wonder if they’ll be willing to challenge him in AAA next Spring, something we’ll probably learn more about as the Fall progresses, but his play has to excite you. He’s hit for high average, impressive power, and seems to be timely with some of his hits. His defense isn’t considered great yet, but there seem to be improving reports.
  10. Aaron Altherr- I dropped him a few spots, only because we don’t know yet if he can stick as an every day player based on his major league performance. With that said, he’s hit for impressive power, and almost certainly has locked up a spot on next year’s opening day roster, unless he has a really awful final month of this season in Philadelphia.
  11. Zach Eflin
  12. Kelly Dugan
  13. Alec Asher- He looked really good in AAA, and hasn’t looked good for the Phillies yet. That’s fine, it’s all good experience for him.
  14. Ricardo Pinto- I have taken it slow falling for Pinto’s stuff, but it’s happening. He’s been really, really good for Clearwater this season. I see no reason he can’t hang in Reading next year.
  15. Carlos Tocci- He’s had a little setback after the leap from Lakewood to Clearwater, but I still love his upside and can see him coming out next year and being solid in Clearwater. He’s still young, and his game in high-A has been more inconsistent than outright bad.
  16. Jose Pujols
  17. Nick Pivetta
  18. Rhys Hoskins- All he’s done is hit .321 with a .916 OPS and 17 homers between Lakewood and Clearwater. His consistency across both levels has been impressive, especially in the on-base and walk departments. He’s done everything he can to move to Reading next season, and possibly to be the first baseman of the future in this organization.
  19. Ben Lively
  20. Alberto Tirado
  21. Jesse Biddle- I’m of the opinion that I wouldn’t be mad if the Phillies converted him to a reliever this off-season, or not. His AAA numbers were as erratic as his AA numbers, and in fact worse. He did enough to survive as a prospect in 2015, but he really needs to change his approach for 2016 if he wants to be a starting pitcher.
  22. Scott Kingery
  23. Dylan Cozens- Well, he’s come off the DL in the second half of the Summer and play well enough to be the FSL’s best right fielder, and get promoted to Reading for their playoff run. He’s a fast riser on this list, for me. He’s one of the best athletes on the list.
  24. Tom Windle
  25. Jimmy Cordero
  26. Brandon Leibrandt
  27. Matt Imhof
  28. Kyle Martin
  29. Edubray Ramos
  30. Herlis Rodriguez

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