Philadelphia Phillies: Top 10 Prospects

1. Carlos Carrasco, rhp
2. Kyle Drabek, rhp
3. Adrian Cardenas, ss/2b
4. Edgar Garcia, rhp
5. Scott Mathieson, rhp
6. Josh Outman, lhp
7. Michael Bourn, of
8. J.A. Happ, lhp
9. Matt Maloney, lhp
10. Greg Golson, of
Best Hitter for Average Adrian Cardenas
Best Power Hitter Mike Costanzo
Best Strike-Zone Discipline Carlos Ruiz
Fastest Baserunner Greg Golson
Best Athlete Greg Golson
Best Fastball Carlos Carrasco
Best Curveball Kyle Drabek
Best Slider Josh Outman
Best Changeup J.A. Happ
Best Control J.A. Happ
Best Defensive Catcher Tim Gradoville
Best Defensive Infielder Freddy Galvez
Best Infield Arm Welinson Baez
Best Defensive Outfielder Greg Golson
Best Outfield Arm Greg Golson
Catcher Carlos Ruiz
First Base Ryan Howard
Second Base Chase Utley
Third Base Mike Costanzo
Shortstop Jimmy Rollins
Left Field Pat Burrell
Center Field Aaron Rowand
Right Field Adrian Cardenas
No. 1 Starter Cole Hamels
No. 2 Starter Brett Myers
No. 3 Starter Carlos Carrasco
No. 4 Starter Kyle Drabek
No. 5 Starter Freddy Garcia
Closer Scott Mathieson
Year Player, Position 2006
1997 Scott Rolen, 3b Cardinals
1998 Ryan Brannan, rhp Out of baseball
1999 Pat Burrell, 1b Phillies
2000 Pat Burrell, 1b/of Phillies
2001 Jimmy Rollins, ss Phillies
2002 Marlon Byrd, of Nationals
2003 Gavin Floyd, rhp Phillies
2004 Cole Hamels, lhp Phillies
2005 Ryan Howard, 1b Phillies
2006 Cole Hamels, lhp Phillies
Year Player, Position 2006
1997 *J.D. Drew, of Dodgers
1998 Pat Burrell, 1b Phillies
1999 Brett Myers, rhp Phillies
2000 Chase Utley, 2b Phillies
2001 Gavin Floyd, rhp Phillies
2002 Cole Hamels, lhp Phillies
2003 Tim Moss, 2b
(3rd round)
2004 Greg Golson, of Phillies
2005 Mike Costanzo
(2nd round)
2006 Kyle Drabek, rhp Phillies
Gavin Floyd, 2001 $4,200,000
Pat Burrell, 1998 $3,150,000
Brett Myers, 1999 $2,050,000
Cole Hamels, 2002 $2,000,000
Chase Utley, 2000 $1,780,000
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After dealing Bobby Abreu and Cory Lidle to the Yankees at the trade deadline, the Phillies appeared to turning the page and starting to rebuild. But with Abreu gone, the clubhouse suddenly came together and homegrown talents Ryan Howard, Chase Utley, Jimmy Rollins and Cole Hamels led an improbable run at the wild card.

Though Philadelphia fell three games short of the Dodgers for the wild card, the Phillies served notice that they will be legitimate contenders in the National League East in 2007. Howard set a club record with 58 homers and won the league MVP award. Utley set a franchise record for second basemen with 32 homers and scored an NL-best 131 runs, four ahead of Rollins, who hit a career-high 25 homers. Hamels went 7-4, 2.60 over the final two months, which may be the first step in establishing himself as one of the game’s top southpaws.

Furthermore, the Phillies re-energized the fan base in a city known to have more brotherly love for the NFL’™s Eagles or even the NHL’™s Flyers. Now the next task is to end a 13-year postseason drought.

To do that, Philadelphia will rely heavily on its homegrown core, which also includes Pat Burrell and Brett Myers. The farm system may make a couple of new contributions as well. Carlos Ruiz has flown under the radar during his eight-year pro career but could be Mike Lieberthal’s successor at catcher. Outfielder Michael Bourn, lefthander J.A. Happ and righties Joe Bisenius and Zach Segovia probably will begin the season in the minors but are close to being ready if needed. The Phillies also had high hopes for righthander Scott Mathieson–who floundered in his 2006 big league debut–but he’ll miss most or all of 2007 after having Tommy John surgery.

Though the system has churned out Howard, Utley and Hamels in recent years, it has lacked depth. As a result, general manager Pat Gillick had assistant GM Mike Arbuckle got more involved in the draft. The club’s scouting director from 1993-2001, Arbuckle oversaw drafts that included Scott Rolen, Adam Eaton, Rollins, Randy Wolf, Burrell, Ryan Madson, Myers, Utley and Howard.

In 2006 the Phillies kicked off their draft with a pair of intriguing picks who rank second and third on this prospect list. They gambled the 18th choice on mercurial righthander Kyle Drabek, who had one of the best arms but also one of the most questionable makeups available. In the supplemental first round they grabbed sweet-swinging shortstop Adrian Cardenas, Baseball America’s High School Player of the Year.

Philadelphia’s minor league affiliates combined for a .526 winning percentage, eighth-best in baseball, highlighted by low Class A Lakewood. The BlueClaws went 84-55 during the regular season and won the South Atlantic League playoffs behind a rotation led by the organization’s top prospect, righthander Carlos Carrasco, and lefties Josh Outman and Matt Maloney.

For a team planning to contend, the Phillies surprisingly added three players in the major league Rule 5 draft at the Winter Meetings. Live-armed righthanders Jim Ed Warden and Alfredo Simon could claim spots in the bullpen, though defensive-minded catcher Ryan Budde seems a stretch to make the club.