2014 Philadelphia Phillies Top 10 Prospects


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TOP 10 PROSPECTS
1. Maikel Franco, 3b
2. Jesse Biddle, lhp
3. J.P. Crawford, ss
4. Miguel Gonzalez, rhp
5. Roman Quinn, ss
6. Carlos Tocci, of
7. Ethan Martin, rhp
8. Cesar Hernandez, 2b/of
9. Aaron Altherr, of
10. Severino Gonzalez, rhp
BEST TOOLS
Best Hitter for Average J.P. Crawford
Best Power Hitter Maikel Franco
Best Strike-Zone Discipline J.P. Crawford
Fastest Baserunner Roman Quinn
Best Athlete Roman Quinn
Best Fastball Kenny Giles
Best Curveball Jesse Biddle
Best Slider Adam Morgan
Best Changeup Hoby Milner
Best Control Severino Gonzalez
Best Defensive Catcher Cameron Rupp
Best Defensive Infielder J.P. Crawford
Best Infield Arm Maikel Franco
Best Defensive Outfielder Aaron Altherr
Best Outfield Arm Jose Pujols
TOP 15 PLAYERS 25 AND UNDER
No Player, Pos. (Age) Peak Level
1. Maikel Franco, 3b (21) Double-A
2. Jesse Biddle, lhp (22) Double-A
3. J.P. Crawford, ss (19) Low Class A
4. Ben Revere, of (25) Majors
5. Cody Asche, 3b (23) Majors
6. Jonathan Pettibone, rhp (23) Majors
7. Roman Quinn, ss (20) Low Class A
8. Carlos Tocci, of (18) Low Class A
9. Ethan Martin, rhp (24) Majors
10. Freddy Galvis, ss (24) Majors
11. Cesar Hernandez, 2b/of (23) Majors
12. Aaron Altherr, of (23) High Class A
13. Severino Gonzalez, rhp (21) Double-A
14. Zach Collier, of (23) Double-A
15. Andrew Knapp, c (22) Short-season
TOP PROSPECTS OF THE DECADE
Year Player, Pos 2013 Org
2004 Cole Hamels, lhp Phillies
2005 Ryan Howard, 1b Phillies
2006 Cole Hamels, lhp Phillies
2007 Carlos Carrasco, rhp Indians
2008 Carlos Carrasco, rhp Indians
2009 Domonic Brown, of Phillies
2010 Domonic Brown, of Phillies
2011 Domonic Brown, of Phillies
2012 Trevor May, rhp Twins
2013 Jesse Biddle, lhp Phillies
TOP DRAFT PICKS OF THE DECADE
Year Player, Pos. 2013 Org
2004 Greg Golson, of (2) Braves
2005 Mike Costanzo, 3b (2) Reds
2006 Kyle Drabek, rhp Blue Jays
2007 Joe Savery, lhp Phillies
2008 Anthony Hewitt, 3b/of Phillies
2009 Kelly Dugan, of (2) Phillies
2010 Jesse Biddle, lhp Phillies
2011 Larry Greene, of (1s) Phillies
2012 Shane Watson, lhp (1s) Phillies
2013 J.P. Crawford, ss Phillies
LARGEST BONUSES IN CLUB HISTORY
Gavin Floyd, 2001 $4,200,000
Pat Burrell, 1998 $3,150,000
J.P. Crawford, 2013 $2,299,300
Brett Myers, 1999 $2,050,000
Cole Hamels, 2002 $2,000,000
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3ds_phillies83After years of reaching into their farm system to replenish the big league club, the Phillies understandably have a system that’s a bit threadbare. And for the second straight season, the lack of prospects was not offset by October baseball at Citizens Bank Park.

The 2013 season was supposed to be a transition year, when entering-their-prime holdovers such as Domonic Brown and rookies like Darin Ruf would combine with the remnants of the team’s aging core to help kickstart Philly toward a playoff run.

That never came together. The Phillies’ first losing record since 2000 cost manager Charlie Manuel his job, though he showed his loyalty to the organization by fulfilling a scheduled signing appearance a day after his axing. The same fate befell pitching coach Rich Dubee. Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg, who served as big league third-base coach for most of the season, replaced Manuel, at first on an interim basis and then on a three-year contract, for his first big league managerial job.

The season went bad fast. Roy Halladay was startlingly ineffective and gave up nine home runs in his first seven starts before having shoulder surgery in May. He returned for a few late-season starts before getting shut down with “arm fatigue” and has likely thrown his last pitch for the Phillies, as the team won’t pick up his $20 million option. The back of the rotation was a continual source of frustration, as was the bullpen, and closer Jonathan Papelbon blew seven save opportunities in 36 tries, drawing plenty of boobirds at Pattison and Broad.

The offense nearly matched the pitching staff in its struggles, due in part to injuries to Ryan Howard (now a recurring theme) and new center fielder Ben Revere, the inevitable decline of shortstop Jimmy Rollins and a roster that lacked depth.

Unlike 2012, however, when Philadelphia flipped Hunter Pence, Joe Blanton and Shane Victorino to contenders for prospects, general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. held on to his veteran players the trade deadline. Amaro then watched the Phillies lose eight in a row in July’s final week, sinking any playoff hopes they had.

Sandberg inherits a roster that had few bright spots in 2013, but foremost among them was Brown, who finally broke out in his third full season. The former organization top prospect made the all-star team and hit 27 homers, 12 of them during a torrid May stretch. Rookie righthander Jonathan Pettibone brought stability to the back of the rotation, while rookie Ruf swatted 14 home runs, ranking third on the team. Third baseman Cody Asche rushed to the majors just two years after being a fourth-round pick, and he did a creditable job at the hot corner.

The farm system can’t be counted on to provide immediate help for 2014, particularly on the mound, where the system’s futility cost pitching coordinator Gorman Heimueller his job. Phillies full-season pitchers walked 9.8 percent of batters faced and posted a composite 1.90 K-BB ratio, ranking 29th out of 30 organizations. Their 1.48 WHIP was the worst in the minors.

Despite the bleak overall picture, the system does have bright spots. Third baseman Maikel Franco swatted 31 homers across two levels in 2013, and lefty Jesse Biddle overcame two ailments to rank third in the Eastern League in strikeouts. First-round pick J.P. Crawford won the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League batting crown, heading what could be a strong draft class.