Philadelphia Phillies 2019 Top 30 MLB Prospects Midseason Update
At the top of their system, the Phillies are anchored by two Top 100 prospects in third baseman Alec Bohm, who earned a berth in the Futures Game in his first full season as a pro, and righthander Spencer Howard, who has shown elite stuff over the past two seasons.
Beyond that, there is a lot of uncertainty. Risers like lefty Damon Jones and catcher Rafael Marchan give the system hope at both the upper and lower levels, but high-value prospects like shortstop Luis Garcia and Mickey Moniak have failed to impress scouts.
1. Alec Bohm, 3B
The Phillies’ first-round pick from a year ago still faces questions about if he can stick at third base, but his bat should profile at either corner-infield position.
2. Spencer Howard, RHP
The highest-upside pitcher in the system, Howard has been brilliant with high Class A Clearwater despite dealing with a shoulder injury that cost him a chunk of the first half of the season.
3. Adonis Medina, RHP
Medina still shows flashes of the promise that made him a Top 100 prospect to begin the season, but has been slightly underwhelming overall. Even so, he’s pitched admirably in the extreme hitter’s park at Reading and shows arsenal that is at least average across the board.
4. Bryson Stott, SS
An emphasis on incorporating his lower half into his swing help Stott tap into his power in his final year at Nevada-Las Vegas, and he should be an offensive-minded player even if he has to move to third base at some point.
5. Adam Haseley, OF
Haseley hit well enough at both Double-A and Triple-A this year to get his first big league call-up. He still doesn’t have quite the power profile that scouts would like to see for someone whose future is likely in a corner-outfield spot.
6. Rafael Marchan, C
One of the biggest risers in the Phillies’ system this year, Marchan has impressed scouts at low Class A Lakewood with his defensive chops and impressive approach at the plate. His biggest concern is a lack of game power, but his catching skills should at least give him a ceiling as a backup.
7. Enyel De Los Santos, RHP
De Los Santos has one of the more big league-ready arms in the system and works primarily with a three-pitch mix of a low-to-mid-90s fastball, a mid-80s changeup and a low-80 slider. He’s continuing to develop as a starter in Triple-A, but four of his five big league appearances this year are out of the bullpen.
8. Francisco Morales, RHP
The owner of some of the nastiest stuff in the system, Morales can run his fastball in the upper 90s and his slider shows flashes of 70-grade quality. He needs to improve his consistency and command, as well as his changeup to remain a starter.
9. Luis Garcia, SS
After winning the batting title in the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League a year ago, Garcia has scuffled at low Class A. Scouts are concerned by the lack of impact he’s shown at the plate though there’s a good chance he sticks at shortstop.
10. Damon Jones, LHP
Another huge riser, Jones has utilized a low-to-mid-90s fastball and a sweeping slider to record some of the most eye-popping numbers in the minors. His strikeout percentage ranks third overall, and his 16.7 percent swinging-strike rate is among the top 20.
11. Cole Irvin, LHP
12. Deivy Grullon, C
13. JoJo Romero, LHP
14. Ranger Suarez, LHP
15. Edgar Garcia, RHP
16. Nick Maton, SS
17. Johan Rojas, OF
18. Starlyn Castillo, RHP
19. Mickey Moniak, OF
20. Logan O’Hoppe, C
21. Jamari Baylor, SS
22. Tyler McKay, RHP
23. Erik Miller, LHP
24. Juan Aparicio, C
25. Abrahan Gutierrez, C
26. Kyle Glogoski, RHP
27. Connor Brogdon, RHP
28. Arquimedes Gamboa, SS
29. Jhailyn Ortiz, OF
30. Alexeis Azuaje, 2B
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C Rafael Marchan has impressed evaluators with his defensive chops, ability to handle a pitching staff and solid approach at the plate.
LHP Damon Jones has gained velocity and harnessed his stuff a lot better, leading to some of the most eye-popping numbers in the minor leagues.
SS Nick Maton has produced impressive numbers with the bat in the pitcher-friendly Florida State League, though there are questions about whether he might have to move off of shortstop.
LHP JoJo Romero has had an inconsistent season, and some evaluators have suggested he might need a change of scenery to resuscitate his prospect value.
OF Jhailyn Ortiz has big power, but has yet to show much of anything else and looks relegated to bolt of lightning off the bench at best as a big leaguer.
OF Jose Pujols is out for the season after having surgery to repair his Achilles tendon in April.
OF Dylan Cozens had foot surgery in early April that will cost him the rest of the season.