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  1. 1. Mick Abel | RHP
    Mick Abel
    Born: Aug 18, 2001
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'5" Wt.: 190
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Portland, Ore., 2020 (1st round).
    Signed By: Zach Friedman.
    Minors: 1-3 | 4.43 ERA | 66 SO | 27 BB | 45 IP

    BA Grade: 60/High

    Track Record: Abel first emerged on the scene after striking out Riley Greene as a junior in 2019 and continued to gain steam over the next year. He ranked as the top high school pitcher in the 2020 draft class thanks to an impressive four-pitch arsenal, pitchability and the best command in the class. The Phillies were ecstatic to draft him at No. 15 overall, making him the first high school pitcher selected in the first round out of Oregon since Matt Smith in 1994. He joined the organization at instructional league in the fall, where he lived up to his lofty draft status. The 20-year-old righthander had an encouraging full-season debut in 2021, ranking as the top pitcher in the Low-A Southeast by league managers and pitching to a 4.43 ERA in 14 starts. Abel missed the last two months of the season with a shoulder injury, but it wasn’t considered serious and he rejoined the team at instructional league.

    Scouting Report: Abel’s high school team didn’t take the field in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, but he showed no rust in his pro debut. He has an athletic build at 6-foot-5, 190 pounds with projection remaining and a clean delivery. His fastball is his best pitch, sitting from 94-97 mph and topping out at 99. It’s a swing-and-miss pitch with huge vertical break and averages 2,500 rpm, giving hitters headaches. Abel’s slider was voted the best breaking pitch in the 2020 prep class by scouting directors and it lived up to its reputation in 2021. It’s a firm, hard pitch that sits in the mid-to-high 80s and blends well with his fastball, diving late on hitters. He’s made significant progress improving his changeup. It’s a plus high-80s offering with tumble and fading life, giving him a third swing-and-miss weapon. Abel’s curveball is a clear fourth pitch, but it has good spin metrics and flashes plus at times. His control faltered at points, but he’s an aggressive strike-thrower, as evidenced by his 13.3 strikeouts per nine innings, and he tunnels his pitches off of each other with ease. Abel ran into trouble with his delivery in the middle of the season, which caused his command to worsen. He was spending his time at instructional league getting the consistency back with his delivery to allow his command to catch up to his stuff. The Phillies aren’t concerned and rave about his makeup and work ethic, and the organization firmly believes it has a future top-of-the-rotation starter.

    The Future: It wasn’t a perfect debut for Abel, but he still stood out as one of the top pitching prospects in baseball, with three plus pitches, a fourth average offering and room to keep improving. He should start the 2022 season at High-A, where he will continue to hone his changeup, curveball and delivery. He has all the ingredients to pitch in the middle to front of a big league rotation.

    Scouting Grades:
    Fastball: 65. Curveball: 50. Slider: 60. Changeup: 60. Control: 55.

  2. 2. Andrew Painter | RHP
    Andrew Painter
    Born: Apr 10, 2003
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'7" Wt.: 215
    Signed By: Victor Gomez.
    Minors: 0-0 | 0.00 ERA | 12 SO | 0 BB | 6 IP

    BA Grade: 60/Extreme

    Track Record: The No. 2 prep pitcher in the 2021 draft class, Painter became the highest drafted player ever out of the power program Calvary Christian High in Fort Lauderdale. He signed with the Phillies for a $3.9 million after being taken 13th overall. Painter impressed in a brief pro debut, striking out 12, walking none and allowing four hits in six scoreless innings in the Florida Complex League.

    Scouting Report: Painter has an advanced approach for a prep arm to go along with an impressive four-pitch arsenal, led by a fastball that ticked up from the low 90s in 2020 to sitting in the mid 90s and touching 98 mph at instructional league. The pitch has shown encouraging metrics and is a plus offering. Painter shows confidence in his changeup, throwing the pitch in any count and to both lefthanded and righthanded hitters while adding a different spin axis to it this summer. He throws an above-average mid-80s slider with good spin, and he rounds out his mix with a curveball that flashes plus at times. Painter has plus control, an easy arm action and a repeatable delivery out of an imposing 6-foot-7 frame, giving him the upside to develop into a future No. 2 or 3 starter.

    The Future: Painter spent his time at instructional league honing his offspeed offerings, including getting his curveball to a more consistent point and keeping the same spin axis on his changeup that he showed this summer. He’ll make his full-season debut in 2022.

    Scouting Grades:
    Fastball: 60. Curveball: 50. Slider: 60. Changeup: 50. Control: 60.

  3. 3. Bryson Stott | SS/2B
    Bryson Stott
    Born: Oct 6, 1997
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 200
    Drafted/Signed: Nevada-Las Vegas, 2019 (1st round).
    Signed By: Mike Garcia.
    Minors: .299/.390/.486 | 16 HR | 10 SB | 418 AB

    BA Grade: 55/High

    Track Record: The Phillies’ pick as 2021 minor league player of the year had a breakthrough season, making his first Futures Game appearance, conquering High-A and Double-A and showing increased power with 16 home runs, one more than he hit in 171 collegiate games. He rounded out the year with 10 games in Triple-A and a stint in the Arizona Fall League.

    Scouting Report: Stott spent the 2020 summer at the alternate training site, where he added strength to his frame and worked on hitting the ball to all fields. He also incorporated bat speed training and improved his plate discipline against advanced pitchers. Those improvements carried over to 2021 as Stott showed better recognition of finding the right pitch to hit and raised his walk rate. Stott’s power gains give him a fifth average or better tool, and the added juice didn’t lead to more swing-and-miss or cause him to be too pull-happy. Stott is an above-average runner and has good actions at shortstop. He has an above-average arm and grades out as an above-average defender with the ability to move to second base if needed.

    The Future: Stott’s 2021 season reinforced the organization’s belief that he will be an everyday big leaguer, and he’ll make his MLB debut some time next season.

    Scouting Grades:
    Hit: 55. Power: 50. Speed: 55. Fielding: 55. Arm: 55.

  4. 4. Johan Rojas | OF
    Johan Rojas
    Born: Aug 14, 2000
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 175
    Drafted/Signed: Dominican Republic, 2018.
    Signed By: Carlos Salas.
    Minors: .262/.329/.417 | 11 HR | 34 SB | 381 AB

    BA Grade: 55/Extreme

    Track Record: Few players in the organization improved as much during the season as Rojas, who put an exclamation mark on the 2021 campaign with a red-hot September in his first month at High-A, hitting .344/.419/.563 with nearly as many walks (seven) as strikeouts (eight) while showing an exciting power/speed combination. Rojas spent the fall at instructional league.

    Scouting Report: Rojas has tools scouts can dream on, with plus-plus speed, plus defense, an above-average arm and plus raw power that led to a career-high 11 homers. But he’s had trouble accessing those tools in games. He took a big step forward in 2021, improving his approach at the plate and swing decisions, getting a better launch angle on the ball to lower his groundball rate and cutting down on his swing-and-miss while showing higher exit velocities. He showed better recognition against spin and offspeed pitches, doing more damage than he had before while continuing to show impressive bat speed and bat-to-ball skills and doing more harm to pitches over the middle of the plate. Rojas spent his time at instructional league continuing to work on his approach, launch angle and offspeed recognition as well as pulling the ball. The organization believes it has an everyday center fielder who has the upside of an all-star if everything clicks.

    The Future: Rojas will likely get more reps in at winter ball before starting the 2022 season back at High-A Jersey Shore.

    Scouting Grades:
    Hit: 50. Power: 60. Speed: 70. Fielding: 60. Arm: 55.

  5. 5. Ethan Wilson | OF
    Ethan Wilson
    Born: Nov 7, 1999
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 210
    Signed By: Mike Stauffer.
    Minors: .215/.282/.374 | 3 HR | 2 SB | 107 AB

    BA Grade: 50/High

    Track Record: An under-the-radar prospect coming out of the Alabama prep ranks, Wilson had an excellent three-year career at South Alabama, earning freshman All-America honors in 2019 and fighting through a slow start in 2021 to finish with a .318/.419/.528 slash line with 25 extra-base hits. The Phillies were drawn to Wilson’s hitting ability and power, snatching him up in the second round.

    Scouting Report: Wilson skipped Rookie ball and started his pro career at Low-A, where he struggled to a .215/.282/.374 mark. The Phillies were still pleased with what they saw from the corner outfielder. Wilson drew praise in his pro debut for the quality of his at-bats, impressive bat speed, ability to impact the ball and solid defense all over the outfield. The lefthanded hitter has plus power with an all-fields approach out of a 6-foot-1, 210-pound frame to make him the top hitter in the organization with the potential for 25-30 homers and a .270 average in the big leagues. Wilson showed an uncharacteristically high swing-and-miss rate after entering pro ball, and he spent his time at instructional league working to make more contact, control the strike zone and clean up his swing path. Wilson is a below-average runner and a solid-average defender without much arm strength, meaning he’ll likely end up in left field.

    The Future: The organization believes Wilson’s combination of hitting ability and power will allow him to move through the system quickly. He’ll likely start the 2022 season at a Class A level, but if he hits he won’t be there for long.

    Scouting Grades:
    Hit: 55. Power: 60. Speed: 40. Fielding: 45. Arm: 45.

  6. 6. Logan O'Hoppe | C
    Logan O'Hoppe
    Born: Feb 9, 2000
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 185
    Drafted/Signed: HS--West Islip, N.Y., 2018 (23rd round).
    Signed By: Alex Agostino.
    Minors: .270/.331/.458 | 17 HR | 6 SB | 393 AB

    BA Grade: 50/High

    Track Record: O’Hoppe is one of the most popular players in the organization, drawing rave reviews for his makeup, work ethic and dedication to his craft. He turned in an impressive full-season debut, climbing from High-A all the way to Triple-A at 21 years old. Along the way, O’Hoppe hit .270/.331/.458 with 17 home runs in 104 games. He wrapped up his impressive season in the Arizona Fall League.

    Scouting Report: O’Hoppe spent time at the alternate training site in 2020 working on his bat-to-ball skills and after the season went to Driveline Baseball in Seattle. There he worked on flattening out his bat path to lower his swing and miss. His work paid off in 2020, with improved bat-to-ball skills and impact to go with a good approach and the lowest strikeout rate of his pro career. He’s got plus raw power, with the chance to hit 20-25 home runs in the big leagues, but it’s his defensive profile that leads the way. He has a good release on throws, blocks balls in the dirt well, has a strong arm and shows a polished and advanced approach behind the plate. He has all the tools to be a plus defensive catcher.

    The Future: After O’Hoppe’s encouraging season, the Phillies want him to continue improving his pitch recognition and swing path. He’ll start the 2022 season in the upper minors and could make his MLB debut during the season.

    Scouting Grades:
    Hit: 50. Power: 55. Speed: 30. Fielding: 60. Arm: 60.

  7. 7. Hans Crouse | RHP
    Hans Crouse
    Born: Sep 15, 1998
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'5" Wt.: 208
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Dana Point, Calif., 2017 (2nd round).
    Signed By: Steve Flores (Rangers).
    Minors: 5-4 | 3.28 ERA | 98 SO | 34 BB | 85 IP

    BA Grade: 50/High

    Track Record: Coming into this season, Crouse had just 42 career appearances to his name since being drafted by the Rangers in the second round in 2017. He impressed in 2018 between short-season ball and Low-A, but missed time in 2019 due to bone spurs in his elbow that led to surgery in the offseason. Crouse didn’t appear at the alternate training site or instructional league in 2020 due to personal reasons. The Phillies acquired him along with Kyle Gibson and Ian Kennedy in the 2021 deadline deal that sent former top prospect Spencer Howard to Texas. Crouse made his MLB debut in September.

    Scouting Report: Crouse was the Rangers No. 1 prospect coming into the 2019 season due to his explosive arsenal, but he showed decreased fastball velocity with the Phillies, sitting 93-94 mph after previously reaching 97. He pairs his sinking fastball with a plus hard slider that has late diving life, and his changeup, which he developed while dealing with bone spurs in his elbow during the 2019 season, gives him a third above-average or better offering. Crouse has worked to tone down his violent delivery out of his huge 6-foot-5 frame, and he has good feel for locating his pitches and throwing strikes with average control. The fact that Crouse stayed healthy in 2021 is an encouraging sign, but the Phillies want to see him get his fastball velocity back up to the upper 90s at its best. He has the stuff of a mid-rotation starter but needs to stay healthy and continue throwing strikes.

    The Future: The Phillies were pleased with Crouse’s arsenal and motor after acquiring him at the trade deadline. He’ll likely begin the 2022 season at Triple-A but could find himself back in the big leagues before long.

    Scouting Grades:
    Fastball: 60. Slider: 60. Changeup: 55. Control: 50.

  8. 8. Matt Vierling | OF
    Matt Vierling
    Born: Sep 16, 1996
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 205
    Signed By: Justin Morgenstern.
    Minors: .276/.358/.444 | 11 HR | 10 SB | 293 AB

    BA Grade: 45/Low

    Track Record: The 2018 fifth-rounder from Notre Dame had an impressive debut season before struggling to a .232 mark at High-A in 2019. He was on the Phillies’ 2020 instructional league roster, where he stood out for significant strength gains and improved bat speed. His gains carried over to the 2021 season, where he excelled at Double-A and posted a 126 OPS+ in 71 big league at-bats, including starting in multiple games down the stretch as the Phillies chased a wild card.

    Scouting Report: Vierling showed some of the best exit velocities in the organization during spring training, turning in 115-116 mph speeds off the bat thanks to the strength gains he made during the 2020 shutdown. The Phillies believe his power now grades out at plus, and his bat-to-ball skills have improved as well, though he needs to cut down on swing-and-miss. Vierling is an impressive athlete who can play both corner infield spots and anywhere in the outfield, with plus speed and above-average defense in center field to go with a plus arm. The Phillies believe Vierling’s bat and ability to play multiple positions will make him a super utility player who could carve out a long big league career.

    The Future: After ending the season in the big leagues, Vierling should be back in the mix for a spot on the MLB roster for 2022 Opening Day.

    Scouting Grades:
    Hit: 45. Power: 55. Speed: 60. Fielding: 55. Arm: 60.

  9. 9. Rafael Marchan | C
    Rafael Marchan
    Born: Feb 25, 1999
    Bats: B Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'9" Wt.: 196
    Drafted/Signed: Venezuela, 2015.
    Signed By: Jesus Mendez.
    Minors: .202/.281/.236 | 0 HR | 1 SB | 242 AB

    BA Grade: 45/Medium

    Track Record: Marchan’s excellent defense in 2020 spring training impressed Joe Girardi, and after spending time at the alternate training site he made his big league debut in September, collecting four hits in eight at-bats. Marchan spent the 2021 season getting juggled back and forth between Triple-A and the majors, struggling mightily with the bat and posting a .203 average in 67 games at Triple-A and a .231 average in 20 games with the Phillies.

    Scouting Report: Marchan makes his money behind the dish, where he’s a plus-plus defender thanks to above-average blocking skills, a strong throwing arm and the ability to handle pitchers. Marchan has a patient approach at the plate, with some of the lowest whiff and chase rates in the organization and does a good job of putting the ball in play. He needs to improve his bat speed, however, to get more impact on the ball. Marchan is working on reducing his groundball rate and needs to develop more physicality, with well below-average power currently. His plus-plus defense gives him the floor of a big league backup catcher, but if he improves his bat speed and power he could turn into an everyday player.

    The Future: With JT Realmuto entrenched at catcher in Philadelphia, the best role Marchan can aspire to is backup. He might fill a share of that role in 2022 if the Phillies don’t sign a veteran backstop this offseason.

    Scouting Grades:
    Hit: 45. Power: 30. Speed: 40. Fielding: 70. Arm: 60.

  10. 10. Simon Muzziotti | OF
    Simon Muzziotti
    Born: Dec 27, 1998
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 198
    Drafted/Signed: Venezuela, 2016.
    Signed By: Claudio Scerrato.
    Minors: .296/.375/.380 | 0 HR | 2 SB | 71 AB

    BA Grade: 50/Extreme

    Track Record: Muzziotti followed up an impressive 2019 season in what was then the pitcher-friendly High-A Florida State League with an encouraging showing in 2020 spring training, standing out for his ability to drive the ball. After the coronavirus pandemic shuttered the 2020 minor league season, he returned to the field for instructional league, where he was one of the team’s best hitters. Muzziotti missed the majority of the 2021 campaign due to visa issues that kept him in Venezuela, but was solid once he arrived, hitting .296 in 71 at-bats, the majority of which came at Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

    Scouting Report: Muzziotti stood out for his improved bat speed and bat-to-ball skills in 2021, grading out as one of the top two hitters in the system along with Bryson Stott, and he added strength to his frame as he looks to tap into more power. He’s also added loft to his swing to reduce his groundball rate, which was the highest in the system in 2019. Muzziotti can be a free swinger at times and is working to make improvements in his approach at the plate to focus on not expanding early in counts. Muzziotti stands out in center field, where his plus speed, instincts, routes and average arm make him a plus defender. Muzziotti might never hit for more than 10-15 home runs, but he rounds out his tool set with three above-average or better tools.

    The Future: After missing two seasons due to the pandemic and visa issues, Muzziotti needs to get back into game form. He participated in the Arizona Fall League and is likely to play winter ball as well before starting the 2022 season back in the upper minors.

    Scouting Grades:
    Hit: 55. Power: 40. Speed: 55. Fielding: 60. Arm: 50.

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