Astros, Phillies World Series Rosters Have Prospect Pedigree

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The point of prospects is they become big leaguers. Preferably, big leaguers who can help a team win a championship.

The annual Baseball America Prospect Handbook endeavors to identify the prospects in the minors each year who will one day become major leaguers, and project how big of a role those players will play in MLB.

While predicting the future will always be an imperfect exercise, the vast majority of big leaguers ranked as a Top 30 prospect in a BA Prospect Handbook at some point during their minor league careers. That is especially true for the players in the 2022 World Series.

A total of 49 of the 52 players on the World Series rosters announced by the Astros and Phillies ahead of Game 1 ranked in a Prospect Handbook at least once as a prospect. That includes Game 1 starters Justin Verlander and Aaron Nola, NLCS MVP Bryce Harper, ALCS MVP Jeremy Peña and impact stars Jose Altuve, Yordan Alvarez, Alex Bregman, Kyle Tucker, Zack Wheeler, J.T. Realmuto, Kyle Schwarber, Rhys Hoskins and Nick Castellanos.

The Astros are particularly homegrown. Fourteen of the 26 players on their World Series roster were originally drafted or signed by the organization. All but one ranked among their Top 30 Prospects at some point.

The Phillies, meanwhile, have nine homegrown players on their 26-man roster, all of whom ranked among their Top 30 Prospects.

Below are the 2022 World Series rosters and when those players ranked in a Prospect Handbook.



Player Pos. Handbook Appearances
Bryan Abreu RHP Astros 2019-21
Hunter Brown RHP Astros 2020-22
Luis Garcia RHP Astros 2018, 2020-21
Cristian Javier RHP Astros 2018, 2020
Lance McCullers Jr. RHP Astros 2013-15
Rafael Montero RHP Mets 2013-15
Hector Neris RHP N/A
Ryan Pressly RHP N/A
Will Smith LHP Angels 2009-10, Royals 2012
Ryne Stanek RHP Rays 2014-15, 2017
Jose Urquidy RHP Astros 2017, 2020
Framber Valdez LHP Astros 2018-19
Justin Verlander RHP Tigers 2005-06
Martin Maldonado C Brewers 2012
Christian Vazquez C Red Sox 2012-14
Jose Altuve 2B Astros 2011
Alex Bregman 3B Astros 2016
Yuli Gurriel 1B Astros 2017, 2020
David Hensley SS N/A
Trey Mancini 1B Orioles 2014-17
Jeremy Peña SS Astros 2019-22
Yordan Alvarez OF/DH Astros 2017-19
Aledmys Diaz OF/INF Cardinals 2015-16
Mauricio Dubon OF/INF Red Sox 2015-16, Brewers 2017-19, Giants 2020
Chas McCormick OF Astros 2021
Kyle Tucker OF Astros 2016-19


Player Pos. Handbook Appearances
Jose Alvarado LHP Rays 2017
Brad Hand LHP Marlins 2009-11
Ranger Suarez LHP Phillies 2018-19
Andrew Bellatti RHP Rays 2016
Connor Brogdon RHP Phillies 2020-21
Seranthony Dominguez RHP Phillies 2018
Zach Eflin RHP Padres 2013-15, Phillies 2016
Kyle Gibson RHP Twins 2010-13
Nick Nelson RHP Yankees 2019-21
Aaron Nola RHP Phillies 2015
David Robertson RHP Yankees 2008-09
Noah Syndergaard RHP Blue Jays 2011-13, Mets 2014-15
Zack Wheeler RHP Giants 2010-11, Mets 2012-13
J.T. Realmuto C Marlins 2011-15
Garrett Stubbs C Astros 2017-20
Alec Bohm 3B Phillies 2019-20
Rhys Hoskins 1B Phillies 2016-17
Nick Maton INF Phillies 2020-22
Jean Segura 2B Angels 2010-12
Edmundo Sosa SS/3B Cardinals 2014-21
Bryson Stott SS Phillies 2020-22
Nick Castellanos OF Tigers 2011-14
Bryce Harper OF Nationals 2011-12
Brandon Marsh OF Angels 2017-21
Kyle Schwarber OF Cubs 2015
Matt Vierling OF Phillies 2019, 2022

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