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Let's look at the kids: Phillies Prospect Update
by Scott Butler 4/12/17

Phillies Prospects

Another season means another year of prospect updates! 

The minor league seasons began a few days after the big league season, so there isn’t a huge sample size yet, but there is enough to warrant a little looksy. Considered one of the best farm systems in baseball last year, the Phillies now barely crack the top 10. Part of the reason is that a few players graduated from prospect status. Another is that many of their best prospects had bad years. It also doesn’t help that the Phils lack a marquee name, someone with the kind of upside that screams MVP. 

I still think I would take the Phillies’ system over most others because they have A LOT of talent throughout the system.  We’ve all seen the attrition rate for star prospects, so I’d rather go with numbers than a couple highly rated prospects. Lehigh Valley is so stacked that they have legit prospects at every position except third base and their minor league rotation is a pitching coach's dream. 

Some feel that the lower levels are even better.

2017 might be a make-or-break season for the Phillies farm system. They have several young players who need to show they have what it takes to make the bigs. If players like Nick Williams and J.P. Crawford don't show it now, something is probably wrong. Not that reaching the bigs means their development is over – just ask Dom Brown.

This list includes top 10 prospects according to MLB.com, any prospect on the 40-man roster, plus a few other hand-picked players.

It is way too early to even try to read anything into things…yet.  But it’s hard not to start freaking out a little bit with a few of these…

J.P. Crawford

21 PA: 0 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 9 SO

.125 BA/.160 OBP/.208 SLG

Mickey Moniak

31 PA: 0 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 10 SO

.286 BA/.333 OBP/.393 SLG

Jorge Alfaro

21 PA: 0 HR, 4 RBI, 0 BB, 4 SO

.500 BA/.524 OBP/.550 SLG

Nick Williams

19 PA: 0 HR, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 8 SO

.167 BA/.211 OBP/.222 SLG

Franklyn Kilome

0-0, 5.79 ERA, 4.2 IP, 3 BB, 5 SO

Roman Quinn

21 PA: 0 HR, 3 RBI, 0 BB, 6 SO

.400 BA/.381 OBP/.500 SLG

Sixto Sanchez

0-0, 7.71 ERA, 4.2 IP, 1 BB, 8 SO

Kevin Gowdy

*Hasn't played yet

Dylan Cozens

24 PA: 1 HR, 3 RBI, 3 BB, 6 SO

.190 BA/.292 OBP/.333 SLG

Cornelius Randolph

28 PA: 3 HR, 8 RBI, 1 BB, 6 SO

.269 BA/.321 OBP/.654 SLG

Scott Kingery

23 PA: 1 HR, 7 RBI, 3 BB, 3 SO

.333 BA/.435 OBP/.611 SLG

Nick Pivetta

1-0, 1.50 ERA, 6.0 IP, 0 BB, 8 SO

Rhys Hoskins

24 PA: 1 HR, 2 RBI, 3 BB, 5 SO

.333 BA/.417 OBP/.571 SLG

Ricardo Pinto

0-1, 1.69 ERA, 5.1 IP, 1 BB, 1 SO

Mark Appel

0-1, 3.86 ERA, 4.2 IP, 3 BB, 2 SO

Ben Lively

1-0, 1.50 ERA, 6.0 IP, 0 BB, 5 SO

Jesmuel Valentin

20 PA: 0 HR, 4 RBI, 0 BB, 4 SO

.474 BA/.500 OBP/.474 SLG

Drew Anderson

0-0, 21.00 ERA, 3.0 IP, 1 BB, 0 SO

Jake Thompson

0-1, 34.71 ERA, 2.1 IP, 3 BB, 3 SO

Andrew Pullin

23 PA: 2 HR, 5 RBI, 3 BB, 5 SO

.400 BA/.478 OBP/.900 SLG

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