Philadelphia Phillies: Cruising Through the Farm System
The Philadelphia Phillies were one of the favorites to win the NL East this season with the additions of outfielder Bryce Harper, catcher J.T. Realmuto, and shortstop Jean Segura in the offseason. One of the biggest problems with Philadelphia so far this season has been the bullpen.
With the trade deadline in a couple of weeks, they are going to have to trade for a reliever. The Phillies are 8.5 games back of first place in the NL East. The Atlanta Braves lead the division with a 56-37 record. Philadelphia is 2.5 games back of the Washington Nationals for the first wild-card spot in the National League. Washington’s record so far this season is 49-42.
The Philadelphia Phillies record so far this season is 47-45. They are just 0.5 games back of the Milwaukee Brewers for the second wild-card spot in the National League. Milwaukee’s record so far this season is 48-45.
Philadelphia has not made it to the playoffs since the 2011 season. They have one of the better farm systems in all of baseball. Who are some of the top prospects in the Phillies farm system?
The top prospect in their system is third baseman, Alec Bohm. He will most likely be off-limits in trade talks. Bohm is primed to be the everyday third baseman and he has played for three different teams in the minors this season because Philadelphia has loved his progress. Alec Bohm also appeared in the Futures Game in Cleveland last weekend. He is currently in Double-A with the Reading Fightin Phils. Bohm isn’t projected to reach the majors in 2021, but he could be there sooner. His batting average so far this season is .322 with 11 home runs and 50 RBI’s, along with four stolen bases. Alec Bohm’s on-base percentage is .392. He was the third overall pick in the 2018 MLB Draft. Bohm is 22 years old.
The second top prospect in Philadelphia’s farm system is right-handed pitcher, Adonis Medina. He is 22 years old and is projected to reach the majors in 2020. Medina is also playing in Double-A. Philadelphia has a very good starting rotation. Adonis Medina could be a bottom end of the rotation kind of player. His record so far this season is 5-3 with a 3.90 ERA. In 67 innings pitched, he has given up 61 hits and 37 runs. Medina has walked 25 batters but has only struck out 46. He consistently throws strikes and doesn’t necessarily use strikeouts to his advantage. Adnois Medina throws in the mid-90s and he has a three-pitch arsenal. He was signed as an international free agent on May 29, 2014.
The fourth top prospect in the Philadelphia Phillies farm system is shortstop, Luis Garcia. He is currently playing in Single-A with the Lakewood BlueClaws. Garcia is projected to reach the majors in 2022, but he might have some competition at that position in the near future with them drafting shortstop Bryson Stott from UNLV in the first round of the 2019 MLB Draft. Garcia is only 18 years old and he was signed as an international free agent on July 2, 2017. Luis Garcia is raw but there is some potential. His batting average so far this season is only .199 with four home runs and 26 RBI’s, along with eight stolen bases. Garcia’s on-base percentage is .283.
The fifth top prospect in the Phillies farm system is right-handed pitcher, Spencer Howard. He is 22 years old and was drafted in the second round of the 2017 MLB Draft. Howard is currently pitching in High-A with the Clearwater Threshers. He throws in the high 90s and Spencer Howard makes batter constantly miss. He has the potential to be in the Futures Game in 2020 if Howard keeps this up. His record in the minors so far this season is 1-1 with a 2.45 ERA. In 29.1 innings pitched, Howard has given up 21 hits and eight runs. He has only walked six batters and has struck out 45. Spencer Howard and Aaron Nola could be a very nice 1,2 punch in the starting rotation.
The eighth best prospect in their farm system is right-handed pitcher, Francisco Morales. He is currently playing in Single-A with the Lakewood BlueClaws. Also, he is only 19 years old and Morales was signed as an international free agent on July 2, 2016. He could very well be a rotation starter in the big leagues or Francisco Morales could wind up in the bullpen. His record in the minors so far this season is 1-4 with a 3.30 ERA. In 60 innings pitched, he has given up 47 hits and 24 runs. Morales has also walked 26 batters and has walked 85 batters. He has a very strong fastball and a slider that reaches the 90s, but Francisco Morales is still working on a third pitch. He gives up a normal amount of his and his strikeout rate is good, but Morales’s walk rate is a little high.
The ninth best prospect in Philadelphia’s farm system is outfielder, Mickey Moniak. The Philadelphia Phillies have taken his time with his development. Moniak is only 21 years old and he was drafted with the number one overall pick back in 2016. Mickey Moniak still hasn’t developed that power yet. He is currently playing in Double-A. His batting average so far this season is .265 with four home runs and 39 RBI’s, along with nine stolen bases. Moniak’s on-base percentage is .321. He is projected to reach the majors sometime next season. Mickey Moniak needs to make big strides for the rest of this season and next season so he can be an everyday player at the Major League level.
The 11th best prospect in the Philadelphia Phillies farm system is outfielder, Jhailyn Ortiz. He was signed as an international free agent on July 9, 2015. Ortiz is 20 years old and is projected to reach the majors in 2021. However, he has already developed a ton of power and Jhailyn Ortiz is very strong. He is currently playing in High-A. His batting average so far this season is .226 with 15 home runs and 50 RBI’s, along with two stolen bases. Ortiz’s on-base percentage is .299. He is very similar in ways to Rhys Hoskins. Jhailyn Ortiz is a very good outfielder with a strong arm. He is currently playing in High-A.
The 12th best prospect in the Phillies farm system is outfielder, Simon Muzziotti. He is only 20 years old and is projected to reach the majors in 2021. Muzziotti was signed as an international free agent on July 5, 2016. He has a solid eye at the plate, but Simon Muzziotti still needs to develop a consistent swing. His batting average so far this season is .274 with two home runs and 23 RBI’s, along with 13 stolen bases. Muzziotti’s on-base percentage is .327.
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