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Astros, Phillies World Series Rosters Have Prospect Pedigree

Alex Bregman (Photo By Mary Decicco MLB Photos Via Getty Images)
Alex Bregman (Photo by Mary DeCicco/MLB Photos via Getty Images)

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.


PlayerPos.Handbook Appearances
Bryan AbreuRHPAstros 2019-21
Hunter BrownRHPAstros 2020-22
Luis GarciaRHPAstros 2018, 2020-21
Cristian JavierRHPAstros 2018, 2020
Lance McCullers Jr.RHPAstros 2013-15
Rafael MonteroRHPMets 2013-15
Hector NerisRHPN/A
Ryan PresslyRHPN/A
Will SmithLHPAngels 2009-10, Royals 2012
Ryne StanekRHPRays 2014-15, 2017
Jose UrquidyRHPAstros 2017, 2020
Framber ValdezLHPAstros 2018-19
Justin VerlanderRHPTigers 2005-06
Martin MaldonadoCBrewers 2012
Christian VazquezCRed Sox 2012-14
Jose Altuve2BAstros 2011
Alex Bregman3BAstros 2016
Yuli Gurriel1BAstros 2017, 2020
David HensleySSN/A
Trey Mancini1BOrioles 2014-17
Jeremy PeñaSSAstros 2019-22
Yordan AlvarezOF/DHAstros 2017-19
Aledmys DiazOF/INFCardinals 2015-16
Mauricio DubonOF/INFRed Sox 2015-16, Brewers 2017-19, Giants 2020
Chas McCormickOFAstros 2021
Kyle TuckerOFAstros 2016-19

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PlayerPos.Handbook Appearances
Jose AlvaradoLHPRays 2017
Brad HandLHPMarlins 2009-11
Ranger SuarezLHPPhillies 2018-19
Andrew BellattiRHPRays 2016
Connor BrogdonRHPPhillies 2020-21
Seranthony DominguezRHPPhillies 2018
Zach EflinRHPPadres 2013-15, Phillies 2016
Kyle GibsonRHPTwins 2010-13
Nick NelsonRHPYankees 2019-21
Aaron NolaRHPPhillies 2015
David RobertsonRHPYankees 2008-09
Noah SyndergaardRHPBlue Jays 2011-13, Mets 2014-15
Zack WheelerRHPGiants 2010-11, Mets 2012-13
J.T. RealmutoCMarlins 2011-15
Garrett StubbsCAstros 2017-20
Alec Bohm3BPhillies 2019-20
Rhys Hoskins1BPhillies 2016-17
Nick MatonINFPhillies 2020-22
Jean Segura2BAngels 2010-12
Edmundo SosaSS/3BCardinals 2014-21
Bryson StottSSPhillies 2020-22
Nick CastellanosOFTigers 2011-14
Bryce HarperOFNationals 2011-12
Brandon MarshOFAngels 2017-21
Kyle SchwarberOFCubs 2015
Matt VierlingOFPhillies 2019, 2022

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