Phillies Top 25 Prospects

March 22nd, 2012 by Ian G. | Filed under Baseball, General, Phillies.

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1. Trevor May, RHP- Trevor May has rarely been considered for the top spot in the Phillies organization, but with the struggles of Brody Colvin, and the trade of both Jonathan Singleton and Jarred Cosart, he fits the bill. His best pitch is his plus-fastball which, when he’s commanding it well, can be his strikeout pitch. He also sports a plus-curveball, and a plus-changeup, so his stuff isn’t a problem. His trouble comes when he becomes erratic and walks a lot of people. He projects to be at least a mid-rotation starter, but his ceiling is often said to be a number two starter. While he has plenty of time to develop due to the set pitching staff, he could contribute as soon as 2013. Look for him in Reading at the start of the year, but if all goes well, he could make it to Triple-A.

2. Jesse Biddle, LHP- Jesse Biddle is often overlooked due to Trevor May, but he has a very similar ceiling, but as a left-handed pitcher. He has an inconsistent fastball velocity, but when it’s working it is at least an above average pitch. He also has a changeup that shows plus potential, but is once again inconsistent. His curveball has so much break, he has trouble throwing it for strikes. Eventually the Phils may let him throw the slider he threw in high-school. His ceiling as of now is a number three starter, but if he makes adjustments he could be a number two.

3. Sebastian Valle, C- Valle is most likely the Phillies catcher of the future, though the Phillies won’t rush him and he’ll move up a level at a time. Has impressive bat speed, and quick hands, which contributes to above-average raw power. He doesn’t walk a lot, and often is pull happy, which leads to a long swing at times. When he is doing well, he stays inside the ball and drives it the other way. He’s an above average catcher, with good pitch blocking and pitch calling skills. His ceiling is a solid starting catcher, and look for him in Reading this year with May and Pettibone.

4. Jonathan Pettibone, RHP- Pettibone pitches to both sides of the plate, and shows a plus-fastball that averages 90-94 mph and he can get it up to 95. He also has a plus-changeup that shows 9-10 mph difference from his fastball. The best command in the entire system, also helps him out. He also has a new 2-seam fastball and a slider that doesn’t get thrown very often. His ceiling is a mid-rotation starting pitcher, and of all the Phillies pitchers, he’s the most sure thing to reach his ceiling.

5. Freddy Galvis, SS- Galvis is often rated higher than any other position player in the system, but his concerning bat makes me rate him here, and I still feel like I’m overrating him. Now on to what people want to hear about, his defense. He’s often considered the best defensive SS in the minor leagues. He has plus-range, excellent hands and a great arm. He often sprays line-drives to all fields, he makes good contact but won’t hit for much power and looks to be at best a number eight hitter. His defense could make him a gold-glove shortstop, but some scouts think that due to his offensive ability, he’ll be a utility-infielder. He’ll get some seasoning in Triple-A this year.

6. Brody Colvin, RHP- Colvin struggled with injuries in 2011, and when he was healthy, the results weren’t good. However, he still has a very high upside, regardless of last season’s results. His fastball is above-average when healthy, and he also has two above-average secondary pitches. His curveball is very sharp and sits in the upper 70’s, and he has a low to mid 80’s changeup. He throws across his body, and will likely alter his mechanics.  He’ll return to Clearwater at the start of next year, though if he succeeds, he may move up to Reading. He still has the ceiling of a number two starter, though it is very unknown if he’ll reach it at this point.

7. Phillippe Aumont, RHP- The centerpiece of the December, 2009 Cliff Lee trade. He has the best pitch combination in the system, with both of his fastball and curveball being plus-pitches. His fastball, which is rather heavy, ranges from 93-96 mph, and occasionally touching 98. He has the stuff of a closer, but that path is blocked for a little while because of Papelbon. Look for him in Triple-A to start the year, but he could be a set-up guy very soon.

8. Justin De Fratus, RHP- After a brief call-up in 2011, DeFrautus has a very good shot at making the Phillies in a middle relief role. His stuff is pretty good, with a fastball ranging from 92-95 mph and he can hit 97. He also has a plus-slider, but some think that it’s used too often. He also has an average changeup.  He still has good control, but it wasn’t as good last year as it’s been in years past. You’ll probably see him wearing the Phillies uniform this year. He has the stuff of a set-up guy, and it’s considered his ceiling.

9. Jiwan James, OF- He’s a tremendous athlete in the outfield, and has several raw tools, James’s body evokes images of Dom Brown. A switch-hitter, he hits for much more power from the left side of the plate. He slaps the ball as a right-handed hitter. He isn’t very good at recognizing off-speed pitches, and strikes out very often. He’s an elite defender in center field, and can read balls off of the bat extremely well. He has above average speed, but he often makes blunders on the base-paths. He needs to make some adjustments, but he still has a nice ceiling as an everyday center-fielder. Look for him to start at Reading this year.

Maikel Franco

10. Maikel Franco, 3B- Franco is often overlooked, but he has a very high ceiling as a third-baseman. He has great bat speed and hand-eye coordination which projects above average power. He does have an odd looking swing, but it works for him. He is a below-average runner, which scared some people away. He’s solid at third, but the Phillies may put him back behind the plate later in his development. He’ll play in Lakewood next year, at only nineteen years of age. It’s hard to predict his ceiling, at this point.

11. Roman Quinn, SS- Quinn is a very exciting young player. Considered by scouts to be the fastest guy in last year’s draft, he’s drawn comparisons to former Phillies prospect Michael Bourn, and his body type reminds people of Jimmy Rollins and Shane Victorino. He has surprising power for his age and body type. He’s going to start out playing shortstop, but the Phillies may consider putting him in center. He could make it to Lakewood this year.

12. Carlos Tocci, OF- He’s very young and no one knows how his body will fill out, which makes it more difficult to project what he’ll do both offensively and defensively. He had a short swing during international games, but it tended to become a long swing during workouts. He has gap-power at this moment, and can hit to all fields. He is an above average base-runner, and he also has a good arm in the outfield. It’s nearly impossible to project his ceiling, so for now it’s all speculation.

13. Lisalberto Bonilla, RHP- He only just moved into the rotation in May, 2011 and he quickly impressed. He has an above-average fastball that ranges from 91-94 and can reach 96 occasionally. He also has a changeup that is 9-10 mph slower than his fastball. He also has a slider that can get hitters to swing and miss, though it’s inconsistent. He’ll move to Clearwater next year. His ceiling is a number three or four starter, but he could also be a late-inning reliever.

14. Cesar Hernandez, 2B- As a switch-hitter, he hits much better from the left side of the plate. He hits a lot of line-drives and has very good bat speed. He has gaps power, and probably won’t ever hit many homeruns. He lacks patience and often swings at bad pitches, thereby getting himself out. He has plus-speed, and is a good base-runner. On defense, he’s above average with a good arm, and good hands at second base. There’s no need to rush him, he’ll likely start in Reading this year, and he’ll stay there for this entire year.

15. Julio Rodriguez, RHP- Rodriguez put up the best numbers in Clearwater last year, but his stuff doesn’t match his numbers, so watch out. He has an average fastball, that sits 86-90 mph. He also has a curveball that got a lot whiffs last year, and a sharp slider. He also throws an average changeup, at best. He has above-average command. He has the ceiling to be a back-end of the rotation starter. He’ll pitch in (you guessed it) Reading this year.

16. Aaron Altherr, OF- Altherr is a very high-risk type outfielder, but he also has a high ceiling. He has a short swing, and it allows him to make solid contact. He can cover the plate very well, because of his sheer size, but he doesn’t have much plate discipline. He projects to have plus-power. He also has plus-speed and a plus-arm. He’ll likely play in Lakewood this year.

17. Ervis Manzanillo, LHP- Manzanillo has great stuff, though his minor-league numbers don’t show it. He is very raw and inconsistent, but he has great pure stuff. His fastball ranges from 90-93 mph, and can hit 95. His fastball also shows some late movement, and can jam hitters. He also has two good secondary pitches, that have the potential to be plus. One is a breaking ball that’s hard to classify, it’s almost like a combination, and a changeup. He compares to a Antonio Bastardo, and he should advance to high-A ball this year.

18. Kyrell Hudson, OF- Hudson is a great athlete, all around. He has good bat speed, along with a good swing path. Last year he showed signs of plate discipline, and the ability to recognize different pitches. He has gaps power, and could hit for a good average if his bunting-ability turns out to be good. He’s an elite runner, though he doesn’t get great jumps out of the box. He’s also an elite defender in center field, though he is a high risk, I would keep an eye on this guy in Lakewood this year.

19. Larry Greene, OF- Greene has an amazing amount of raw-power, and only just turned nineteen years old. The Phillies organization is comparing his total package to that of Jonathan Singleton, which is a tremendous compliment to Greene. The difference between the two is the power, and that Greene is a better fielder, though being better than Singleton defensively doesn’t say much. He is an above-average defender and will likely play left.

20. Perci Garner, RHP- He’s had several injuries, but Garner has pretty decent stuff. He hasn’t pitched much, because of the injuries, but when he takes the mound, he had a low-mid nineties fastball, along with a sharp curveball and a low-eighties changeup.

21. Austin Hyatt, RHP- Hyatt has similar stuff to Julio Rodriguez, with a high eighties to low nineties fastball. He also has a plus changeup, he relies on a lot. He recently added a sharp slider to his repotoire, though he doesn’t use it often. He has good control, not great. He doesn’t have a smooth delivery, and he puts a lot of effort into it. His ceiling is a back-end starter, though he’ll likely start in Triple-A.

22. Mitchell Walding, SS- Walding has a smooth, short swing that generates above average bat speed. He could have plus-power in the future. He may fit better as a third-baseman after playing shortstop in high-school, but the Phillies are going to try to play him at short for the time being. He could be in Williamsport by mid-season.

23. Leandro Castro, OF- He has great bat speed, but his swing can get long at times. He has raw power that some say is plus, though he swings at bad pitches that he tries to muscle out. He’s an average runner, and he has a strong arm in the outfield. His ceiling is said to be a fourth outfielder.

24. Austin Wright, LHP- Wright has a low nineties fastball, and a late breaking curveball. He has a changeup that looks almost natural for him to throw. He needs to work on repeating his delivery, and throwing more strikes. He could move quickly through the minor leagues, and if his changeup shows something, he could go the way of Vance Worley and start in Reading.

25. Joe Savery, LHP- Savery is interesting, he’s switched back and forth between a position player and a pitcher. He has decent stuff, with a low nineties fastball, and a slider with late movement. He threw a lot of strikes as a reliever. He got to the majors in 2011, and his ceiling is most likely a lefty specialist.

Just a note, if it wasn’t for the unfortunate news of Harold Garcia’s micro-fracture surgery, he would have been around 17th.

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