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A football and baseball star in high school, Brown had the opportunity to play wide receiver and outfield for Miami. Prior to his senior season, he switched high schools from Pasco (Dade City, Fla.) to Redan (Stone Mountain, Ga.) because of a messy custody dispute between his mother and father, but he still dominated the competition--in both sports--in two of the nation's most heavily scouted areas. Scouts kept their distance because Brown was raw and had lofty bonus demands, but area scout Chip Lawrence tracked Brown closely and persuaded the Phillies to take a flier on him in the 20th round of the 2006 draft. The team's top scouts evaluated Brown during the summer before signing him away from the Hurricanes for $200,000. He broke out by winning the Hawaii Winter Baseball batting title (.386) after the 2008 season, and has ranked among the game's top prospects ever since. Brown played in the Futures Game and set career highs in most offensive categories in 2010. He played sparingly after a July promotion to Philadelphia, though he made the postseason roster. Brown is the prototype of the high-risk, high-reward players the Phillies like to take. He is a physical specimen, with a lean, lithe and powerful frame that draws comparisons to a young Barry Bonds and Darryl Strawberry. He has five-tool ability, with his bat getting the most attention. Brown creates incredible bat speed with his whip-like, uppercut swing and has eliminated previous questions about his power. He developed a good eye for the strike zone in the minors, though he was overly aggressive during his first stint in the big leagues. For a player with such long arms, he has a relatively short stroke with few holes. Assuming he eliminates a tendency to open his front side too early in his swing, he could hit .300 with 20-25 homers annually once he gets established in Philadelphia. He has above-average speed and the strongest outfield arm in the system. The unknown with Brown is how skilled a defender he can be in right field, as he needs to improve his route-running and footwork. With the departure of free agent Jayson Werth, Brown is set to take over as the Phillies' everyday right fielder in 2011. Manager Charlie Manuel likes to break in youngsters slowly, so Brown could start the year platooning with Ben Francisco or even get a little more time at Triple-A Lehigh Valley. He's a future all-star, but he's not a finished product.
Singleton impressed on the showcase circuit in 2008, but his summer performance didn't carry over into his senior year, when he pressed and hit .321 with just four home runs. The Phillies still saw him as an advanced high school hitter and signed him for $200,000 as an eighth-rounder. The youngest regular in the low Class A South Atlantic League last year, he rated as the circuit's top prospect and ranked third in on-base percentage (.393) and fourth in slugging (.479) at age 18. Singleton has uncanny balance and rhythm at the plate, as well as solid pitch recognition. His swing is simple and compact, and the strength in his hands, wrists and forearms gives him easy plus raw power. As with most young hitters, his swing can get long at times. He's not as athletic as his father Herb, a former quarterback at Oregon, but Singleton is light on his feet. He has a solid-average arm. With Ryan Howard signed through 2016, Singleton will have to find a different position to crack Philadelphia's lineup. He started working out in left field in July and continued in instructional league, showing enough promise that he'll play there at high Class A Clearwater in 2011. He could be ready for the big leagues in 2013.
Though Colvin was considered a sandwich-round talent coming out of high school, his Louisiana State commitment scared teams off. Area scout Mike Stauffer did a good job getting to know Colvin, however, and the Phillies drafted him in the seventh round and signed him for $900,000, by far the most they spent on a 2009 draft pick. He had an 8.40 ERA after seven outings last year, then posted a 2.00 ERA in his final 20 starts, adding velocity along the way. Scouts love Colvin's live arm and strong frame. His fastball sits at 92-94 mph and he can reach back for 97 when needed. He shows signs of two aboveaverage secondary offerings, an upper-70s curveball and an 83-85 mph changeup. His competitiveness helps him maximize his stuff. Philadelphia worked to clean up Colvin's delivery, but it still needs some refinement. He throws across his body from a high three-quarters arm slot and sometimes gets on the side of his curveball. Some scouts have questioned Colvin's makeup--he was arrested on three misdemeanor charges last February--but the Phillies aren't concerned. Colvin has No. 2 starter potential and took a giant step in his first full pro season. He'll open the 2011 season in high Class A but could finish it at Double-A Reading.
Negotiations between Cosart's father Joe and Phillies brass went down to the wire during an American Legion game that ended less than an hour before the 2008 signing deadline, with the team prying Cosart away from a Missouri commitment for a $550,000 bonus in the 38th round. A talented two-way player, he broke Clear Creek High's batting average record (.506) previously set by Jay Buhner. Shoulder and back pain delayed his pro debut in 2009, and a tender elbow shut him down in mid-2010 and kept him out of the Futures Game. Cosart is tall and lean, and scouts regard his arm as one of the most electric in the minor leagues. His fastball sits at 94-98 mph, usually at the top end of that range, with good life. His 77-79 mph curveball is a solid-average pitch, while his low-80s changeup is a work in progress. His command is advanced for his age and lively stuff. The biggest concern with Cosart is his health, though his arm action and delivery raise no red flags. His maturity and work ethic also have been called into question. Cosart pitched without pain in instructional league and should be able to begin the 2011 season in high Class A. He has the potential to become a No. 1 starter or closer--if he can stay healthy.
May rated as Washington state's top prospect in the 2008 draft before signing for $375,000 as a fourth-round pick. He has been part of Lakewood's back-to-back South Atlantic League titles, allowing just one run in four playoff starts. He wasn't supposed to be in low Class A last year, but when his mechanics and control got out of whack, May got demoted at midseason at the suggestion of senior adviser and former general manager Pat Gillick. Scouts love to project on May's sturdy 6-foot-5 frame. His best pitch is his 91-95 mph fastball, which has heavy life and great angle. His high three-quarters arm slot also produces armside run. May's 76-79 mph curveball could become a plus pitch as it gains consistency. His changeup sits at 81-84 mph and has similar promise. The Phillies have worked to simplify May's delivery, which he struggles to repeat. He often flies open with his front side and drops his elbow on offspeed pitches. He also has a tendency to fall in love with strikeouts and overthrow. May got back on track in the second half, setting the stage to take another crack at high Class A in 2011. A potential No. 2 or 3 starter, he'll pitch alongside Brody Colvin and Jarred Cosart on what should be a loaded Clearwater staff.
Phillies international supervisor Sal Agostinelli runs a budget-minded department that signed Valle for $30,000 out of Mexico in 2006. Since struggling at Lakewood to start 2009, Valle has taken bigger strides than any other player in the system. He was named short-season Williamsport's MVP that summer and impressed in the Mexican Pacific League that winter, then conquered low Class A last season. Valle has the tools to hit for power and play good defense. He employs a high leg kick to keep his weight back, and his strong wrists that generate pure bat speed. He must work on making more contact and showing more discipline, as he gets pull-happy and is a free swinger. He looks overmatched at times against premium pitching. Valle's arm strength and release improved in the second half of 2010, and he threw out 33 percent of basestealers last season. His receiving skills also are also solid. He moves well behind the plate, though he's a below-average runner. The Phillies had enough confidence in Valle to include backstops Lou Marson and Travis d'Arnaud in trades for Cliff Lee and Roy Halladay. With Carlos Ruiz entrenched in Philadelphia, Valle doesn't have to be rushed. He'll manage Clearwater's deep pitching staff in 2011.
James was an all-state football, basketball and baseball player in high school before turning pro for $150,000 in the 22nd round. He was signed by the same scout, Chip Lawrence, who wouldn't quit on Domonic Brown. James spent his first two years in pro ball as a pitcher until he came down with a stress reaction in his forearm, at which point he moved to the outfield in 2009. He put together a 24-game hitting streak last summer in his first taste of full-season ball. An incredible athlete, James draws comparisons to Brown with his long, lean frame. A switch-hitter, James is much better from his natural left side. From the right side, he's more defensive and slaps at the ball. James doesn't use his lower half in his swing and he has poor pitch recognition. He's not going to hit many homers, but he should be able to collect extra-base hits with his plus-plus speed. Defensively, James has incredible range and gets good reads off the bat. Combine that with his solid-average arm, and he has the potential to be a top-notch centerfielder. The Phillies also love his makeup. It's hard to ignore James' four-tool package, but how much he hits will determine how far he goes. He'll advance to high Class A Clearwater in 2011.
Biddle didn't pitch much as a junior at Germantown Friends School in Philadelphia, but he emerged on the summer circuit. No one followed him more closely last spring than his hometown Phillies, who scouted every one of his starts. After Philadelphia selected him 27th overall and signed him away from an Oregon commitment for $1.16 million, he reached Williamsport during a successful pro debut. Biddle is a projectable lefty whose frame evokes Clayton Kershaw's. Biddle's fastball easily sits at 91-94 mph with armside run, and he could add more velocity with time. Biddle's 77-81 mph changeup shows flashes of being a plus pitch. He throws a low-70s curveball, which is in its nascent stages, and scouts are encouraged by his ability to spin the ball. During the spring, he flashed a slider that some scouts thought had more potential than his curve. More than anything, the Phillies rave about Biddle's makeup and competitiveness. He'll have to smooth out his delivery, which features a small head jerk. He'll also need to improve his fastball command and be more consistent with his offspeed pitches. Biddle has frontline-starter potential, and some scouts compare him to Brian Matusz. He'll spend his first full pro season in low Class A.
The Phillies don't often give six-figure bonuses to international prospects, but they signed Santana for $330,000 in 2008. Born in the Bahamas and signed out of the Dominican Republic, he wasn't ready to handle low Class A pitching last year as a 17- year-old. His numbers picked up when he went to Williamsport in June, though his inexperience still showed. All the pieces are there for Santana to be the player Philadelphia hopes he can be--a power-hitter who plays above-average defense on an outfield corner. He's athletic and physically imposing. Fundamentally sound at the plate, he has a natural load and incredible raw power. He works the center of the field well and doesn't get pull-happy. He'll have to do a better job of recognizing pitches, as he struggles with hard stuff inside and breaking balls away. He has the plus speed and arm strength to be a quality right fielder, though he needs more game repetition to improve defensively. When scouts fall in love with his upside and tools, Santana summons Vladimir Guerrero comparisons, but he's still very raw and a lot has to go right for him to reach his ceiling. The Phillies don't want him to get in over his head again, so he'll have to earn a return to Lakewood in spring training.
Altherr is yet another toolsy Phillies prospect, and no player in the system improved his stock more last year. Born in Germany, he was better known in high school for his basketball talent. He hit .446 as a senior in 2009 while starring as a shortstop and a pitcher, showing enough to earn a $150,000 bonus as a ninth-round pick. He began 2010 in extended spring training before repeating the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League, where he made enough progress to merit a promotion to Williamsport. For such a big, young hitter, Altherr takes a relatively short path to the ball, allowing him to make consistent hard contact. His lanky, fast-twitch frame doesn't produce many home runs now, but he should have at least average power once he fills out. Currently an average runner, he could develop plus speed once he gets more body control. Altherr is still raw and needs more time in the outfield, where he can play all three positions now but profiles best in a corner. His arm strength significantly improved last year and now grades as average. The Phillies have plenty of projectable outfield prospects, but only Brown has a higher all-around upside than Altherr. Like Brown did, Altherr will open his third professional season at Lakewood as a breakout candidate.
The Phillies drafted Worley in the 20th round out of high school in Sacramento in 2005 but didn't sign him until they took him in the third round after he spent three years at Long Beach State. He made huge strides in 2010 after losing weight and adding core strength, allowing him to maintain velocity deeper into games. The payoff came with a pair of big league callups. Worley's fastball sits at 88-92 mph and touches 94. His 81-84 mph slider is a solid-average offering, though some scouts think his curveball is a better breaking ball. His changeup is also an average pitch, though he sometimes slows his arm speed when he throws it. He's competitive and is a strike-thrower who likes to work ahead in the count. He has a jerky delivery that gives him deception, though he throws across his body. Worley profiles as a back-of-the-rotation starter and will get a chance to contend for the fifth starter's role in Philadelphia in 2011. With no plus pitch and his reliance on command, he may be best suited for a middle-relief role in the long term.
Bastardo moved quickly through the system and made his big league debut in 2009, just four years after signing out of the Dominican Republic. He ascended through the system as a starter but now profiles as a reliever, mostly because he has struggled to stay healthy. He battled shoulder injuries in 2008 and '09 and missed time last year with an elbow strain. He still showed enough for the Phillies to include him on their postseason roster in each of the last two years. Bastardo's fastball ticks up a notch out of the bullpen, sitting at 92-95 mph. He has worked on improving his 82-84 mph slider, which lacks consistency but has decent tilt. He also throws a solidaverage changeup in the mid-80s, though he doesn't use it as much in relief. Bastardo struggles with command at times, which may limit him to a left-on-left specialist role. With the expected departure of free agent J.C. Romero and several other key relievers, Bastardo figures to have a bullpen job in Philadelphia in 2011.
It has been a long road for Mathieson, but he once again appears ready to make an impact for the Phillies. He has established himself as an organization favorite in his nine seasons as a pro, and he made his major league debut in June 2006, when he was a starter who ranked among the system's top prospects. He has battled injuries trying to make it back since. Mathieson had two Tommy John surgeries and an ulnar nerve relocation in a threeyear period, but he has been healthy since the beginning of 2009. He racked up 26 saves in Triple-A last year and made two cameo appearances in the majors. Philadelphia made him a reliever because of his injuries and because his secondary stuff never developed as hoped. There's no doubting his arm strength, as he still produces a mid- to high-90s fastball. His heater tends to flatten out, so the Phillies brought in Hall of Famer Bruce Sutter to teach Mathieson a splitter. His low-80s slider is an average pitch. When he struggles, it's usually because he can't command his pitches and leaves them up in the zone. His power arm gives Mathieson a ceiling as a set-up man or closer, and he'll compete for one of several bullpen openings in Philadelphia during spring training.
The 11th overall pick in the 2007 draft by the Mariners, Aumont signed for $1.9 million. Philadelphia liked what it saw from him in the Arizona Fall League after the 2009 season and made him the centerpiece of the trade that sent Cliff Lee to Seattle that December. The Phillies also acquired outfielder Tyson Gillies and righthander J.C. Ramirez in the deal, and none of their three pickups dazzled in their first season with their new organization. Aumont had spent 2009 as a reliever and had pitched just 18 innings in Double-A, but Philadelphia sent him back to that level as a starter. That combination didn't work out well, and Aumont was demoted and returned to the bullpen in June. The Phillies are now committed to keeping him as a reliever. Aumont's go-to pitch is his heavy sinker that sits at 90-94 mph, and he should get to the big leagues on that alone. His four-seam fastball has been clocked up to 97 mph. His curveball has sharp, biting break and is a plus pitch at times, though it's inconsistent. He also throws a below-average changeup, but he won't need it much while working out of the bullpen. Aumont has a methodical delivery that's stiff and uncoordinated, and it causes him to struggle with his command. He'll go back to Reading in 2011 as a reliever, and he could move quickly if he does a better job of locating his pitches. He has closer potential if everything comes together.
When the Phillies scouted DeFratus as an amateur, his Ventura (Calif.) JC club didn't have a full-time pitching coach. That explains why he came into pro ball so raw and unrefined. He has added strength to his frame and benefited from a daily routine, and he now has the best control in the system. Though he worked as a starter in the second half of 2009, DeFratus pitched exclusively out of the bullpen last year, including a stint as Team USA's closer in the Pan Am qualifying tournament in Puerto Rico. Relieving seems to suit him. His 92-95 mph fastball seems even harder because of his physically imposing frame, and he turned heads by hitting 98 in the high Class A Florida State League all-star game last summer. His heater can get straight at times, so he has worked to add late movement. His slider is occasionally a plus pitch and has continued to improve, though he needs to be more consistent with it. Scouts commend DeFratus' ability to work out of tough situations, noting his fearless determination. After getting added to the 40-man roster in November, he'll likely open 2010 in Triple-A, but he has an outside shot of making the big league team in spring training.
One of three players acquired from the Mariners in the Cliff Lee trade after the 2009 season, Gillies is also one of three Canadians on this Top 30 list. He first drew the notice of scouts in the British Columbia Premier Baseball League, which also spawned Ryan Dempster and Justin Morneau. Gillies didn't get real widespread attention until the 2009 Futures Game, when he stole two bases and got to first base in 3.4 seconds on a bunt. The Phillies had high expectations for him in 2010, but a lingering hamstring injury limited him to 28 games. He also ran into off-the-field problems, getting arrested in August on charges of cocaine possession in Clearwater, Fla. When prosecutors examined the evidence against him, they dropped the case. None of what happened in 2010 has changed Philadelphia's opinion of Gillies, who has been noted for his high character and makeup. He was born with hearing impairments in both ears and is legally deaf, though he's an adept lip reader. Gillies has a quick, strong swing and uses a slap-and-run approach in order to take advantage of his plus-plus speed. He still needs to cut down on his strikeouts and improve his basestealing proficiency, but he had good feel for the strike zone and profiles as a potential leadoff hitter. Though he's not known for it, he also has average raw power. With well above-average range and a strong arm, he has the tools to be an exceptional defender in center field. Outside of Domonic Brown, Gillies is closer to the big leagues than any of the Phillies' outfield prospects. He'll look to rebound when he returns to Double-A this year.
Assistant general manager Benny Looper spent 22 years in the Mariners front office before joining the Phillies in 2009, and the club relied on his insights when it traded Cliff Lee to Seattle that December. Of the three prospects Philadelphia received, Ramirez flew the most under the radar. He pitched his way to Double-A last year, topping 140 innings for the second straight season. Ramirez has the chance to have two plus pitches in his fastball and slider. His heater sits at 92-94 mph with sink, and he touches 98 at times. He has worked to locate his fastball better, but in general he has spotty command. While his slider does have upside, it still gets sweepy and slurvy at times. His changeup is very much a work in progress. Big, strong and durable, Ramirez pitched through a hip injury in 2010 that required offseason surgery to repair a torn labrum. He'll open 2010 in Reading, trying to improve his secondary offerings and add polish. He projects as a possible No. 3 starter, though he might fit better as a power reliever.
Though he doesn't have the same name recognition as Lakewood's other pitching prospects last year, Pettibone was drafted higher than Brody Colvin and Jarred Cosart. Philadelphia selected Pettibone in the third round in 2008 and signed him away from a commitment to Southern California for $500,000. Unlike Colvin and Cosart, he succeeds more with polish than power. The son of former big league pitcher Jay Pettibone, Jon has such an advanced feel for pitching that the Phillies already have introduced a two-seam fastball and slider to him, something they usually don't do until much later in the development process. He responded by posting a 2.37 ERA in his final two months in low Class A last year. Pettibone's operates at 92-94 mph with his fastball, maintaining his velocity deep into games. His arm action produces easy velocity and late life. He also has good arm speed on his solid-average changeup, which could develop into a plus pitch. He throws his short slider in the low to mid-80s, and his curveball in the upper 70s. Both breaking pitches have shown flashes of promise but have a ways to go. Pettibone's smooth, repeatable delivery gives him good command, though there's a concern that he's around the plate too much. He projects as a mid-rotation starter and will advance to high Class A in 2011.
Signed the same year as fellow Venezuelan infielder Freddy Galvis, Hernandez hasn't moved as quickly but has a better chance to make an impact with his bat. Hernandez has impressed scouts in instructional league for the last two years and looks primed for a breakout season. A switch-hitter, he handles the bat better from the left side and hits for more pop from his natural right side. He's a slap hitter who squares up the ball well and uses the entire field. He has plus speed and good savvy on the basepaths. Hernandez made his biggest strides in 2010 with his defense, and he plays above his solid range and arm strength because of his instincts. He spent most of his time at second base for Williamsport last season, and that's where the Phillies think he will stay. Some scouts, however, think he looks more natural at shortstop. He has a tendency to bend at his waist and not at his knees on grounders, and he needs to add strength to his medium-size frame. Hernandez made it onto the 40-man roster without ever playing in a full-season league, something that will change when he advances to Lakewood in 2011.
The Phillies have been fans of Galvis for a long time, dating to when he was just 14 years old in Venezuela. They signed him two years later for $90,000, and he since has worked his way to Double-A. Galvis always has stood out with his incredible ability in the field. He might be the best defensive shortstop in the minor leagues, and Philadelphia think he could be an above-average defender in the majors right now. He has plus range and arm strength to go with excellent hands and keen instincts. Galvis won't be a top-flight offensive player, but he won't have to be because of his defense. What he does need to be is an average offensive player, and that's in question. He's a switch-hitter with good hand-eye coordination and the ability to make contact, but he has to get stronger to have a chance against major league pitching. He has improved at bunting and moving runners, and he profiles as a bottom-of-the-order hitter. He's an average runner. Added to the 40-man roster after the season, Galvis will return to Reading in 2011. It will be an important year in determining whether he can be an everyday major league player because Jimmy Rollins has dealt with injuries the last few seasons and has one year remaining on his contract.
Garner was a two-time all state quarterback at Dover (Ohio) High, passing for 8,800 yards and 86 touchdowns during his career before heading to Ball State with the intention of playing football. But he didn't get on the field as the third-string quarterback in two seasons of college football, so he turned his focus to baseball. He dropped football altogether after ranking as the best pitching prospect in the Great Lakes League in the summer of 2009. Garner began last spring in Ball State's bullpen before quickly moving into the rotation and up draft boards. Some clubs considered him a first-round talent, but the Phillies nabbed him in the second round and signed him for $470,700. He pitched just four innings before Philadelphia shut him down for precautionary reasons with a tender arm. Garner is new to pitching and has a lot to learn, but he has two major league-quality pitches right now. His fastball sits at 90-94 mph and touches 96, and he backs it up with a tight curveball that comes in around 80 mph. His changeup is in its nascent stages, and he tends to overthrow it. Garner is a good athlete, though some scouts thought he was a bit stiff because of his husky frame. The Phillies are working to smooth out his delivery, and he'll struggle with control and command until he feels comfortable with it. Garner will pitch as a starter for in low Class A this year to build up his innings, though he might fit better in a bullpen role in the long run.
Garcia was in his fourth season as a pro before he reached a full-season league, but he has made much more rapid progress in the last two years. He opened 2010 in high Class A, where he broke a 59-year-old Florida State League record by hitting in 37 consecutive games, and he continued raking after getting promoted. A switch-hitter with average speed, Garcia has proven his ability at the plate. He has solid gap power and sprays the ball to all fields from both sides of the plate. He plays with lots of energy and takes the game seriously, and the Phillies say he's the best worker in the system. Garcia is a solid defender at second base, with an average arm and decent hands, and he has the athleticism to play several other positions. Philadelphia played him at every position but pitcher, catcher and center field during instructional league. Second base will be his primary position, giving him the best shot of being an everyday player, but more realistically he profiles as a utilityman with good pop. Slated to open 2011 in Double-A after claiming a spot on the 40-man roster, Garcia could help the major league team soon.
Zeid ranked as one of the top high school pitchers in the 2005 draft class, but he went undrafted because of his commitment to Vanderbilt. His prospect status took a huge hit after he turned in two unimpressive seasons with the Commodores, but he rebounded after transferring to Tulane. In his final college start, Zeid helped his cause by pitching seven shutout innings in the Conference USA tournament. The Phillies took him in the 10th round of the 2009 draft as a senior sign and inked him for $10,000. Zeid split last season between the Lakewood rotation and bullpen, where his fastball sat at 92-94 mph when starting and a few ticks higher in relief. He touched 97 on the final pitch of a four-inning, no-hit save in the South Atlantic League championship game. He also throws an above-average slider and a solid changeup. Zeid works downhill and throws strikes, though he'll occasionally drop his arm angle and leave the ball up in the zone. Scouts note his intelligence and competitive makeup. Zeid was old for low Class A at 23 last year, so Philadelphia will try to accelerate his timetable. After pitching in the Arizona Fall League, he could make the jump to Double-A. He'll probably work as a starter to keep getting innings, though he would fit best in a bullpen role down the line.
Hyatt was drafted in the 23rd round out of a suburban Atlanta high school by his hometown Braves in 2004, but he opted to attend Alabama instead. He didn't get picked again until the Phillies made him a 15th-round choice as a fifth-year senior in 2009, but he has moved quickly since signing for $2,500. In 2010, his first full pro season, he was named the Florida State League's most valuable pitcher before finishing the year in Double- A. Hyatt relies on command rather than plus stuff. His fastball sits at 88-92 mph with decent late life. His best pitch is his changeup, which gets so much late tumble and fade that it resembles a curveball or forkball. He also throws a short slider in the low 80s, a pitch that grades as average. Hyatt will need to keep throwing and improving his slider so he can do a better job of getting righthanders out. He made enough progress with it in 2010 that Philadelphia believes he can stay in the rotation. He'll join J.C. Ramirez at the front of Reading's rotation in 2011.
Rodriguez spent the majority of 2010 in low Class A, where he struck out 90 in 56 innings, but his stuff isn't as nasty as his numbers might indicate. He has a fringe-average fastball, sitting at 86-89 mph and peaking at 93, but it plays better because of Rodriguez's size. Tall with long limbs, he has a loose arm motion and gets solid extension in front of his body, which creates good plane on his pitches. He also has room for more projection in his lanky frame. Rodriguez throws two different breaking balls, a rolling curveball and a slider. The curve offers more upside, though he'll have to tighten it up to get hitters at higher levels to bite. He also throws an average changeup. Rodriguez's delivery is a little herky-jerky, which creates deception. He does a good job of repeating his mechanics and steadily has improved his command. He still can get under his fastball and leave it up in the zone at times. Rodriguez probably is headed back to Lakewood in 2011 because Clearwater's rotation is crowded, though he could earn a midseason promotion.
Rizzotti made a splash as a sophomore at Manhattan when he hit a homer off Joba Chamberlain to upset Nebraska in an NCAA regional playoff game in 2006. The Phillies took him in the sixth round of the following year's draft. Rizzotti was solid but uninspiring in his first two full pro seasons, but he rededicated himself to the game last offseason. He hired a personal trainer, lost 30 pounds and got in the best shape of his life. He blossomed in 2010, advancing from high Class A to Triple-A while ranking third in the minors with a .430 on-base percentage. Rizzotti is a patient hitter with plus raw power, though he has shown a vulnerability to premium velocity on the inner half of the plate. He has more of a line-drive than a power approach and can hit the ball to all fields. Rizzotti's value lies totally with his bat. Even though he improved his condition, he's a well belowaverage athlete and runner and a fringy defender at first base. Ticketed for Triple-A in 2011 after being added to the 40-man roster, Rizzotti is blocked by Ryan Howard in Philadelphia. He looks like he'll wind up as trade bait or a lefty bat off the bench.
Unlike the other outfielders in the Phillies system, who all seem to be toolsy prospects who offer lots of projectability, Castro has made himself known for one thing: his ability to hit. He collected 46 extra-base hits last year in the South Atlantic League, a tough hitter's environment. He has strong wrists and forearms, which help produce plus bat speed, though he also has a pronounced arm bar in his swing. He has above-average raw power, but he often swings out of his shoes and struggles to recognize offspeed pitches. None of Castro's other tools grades out better than average. He's a decent outfielder, though he fits best in left field because he doesn't get great reads off the bat and his arm is average. He's a plus runner now, though he will probably slow down as he matures physically. Castro is overly aggressive and sometimes wild with everything he does. As he moves up, he'll have to play more under control. Castro will advance to high Class A in 2011, and he'll go as far as his bat takes him.
Dugan is the son of actor, director and producer Dennis Dugan, who has worked with Adam Sandler on several comedies, including sports films "Happy Gilmore" and "The Benchwarmers." The Phillies made Kelly their first pick (second round) in 2009, after they lost their first-rounder for signing free agent Raul Ibanez. Dugan impressed in a predraft workout at Citizens Bank Park, and the Phillies plucked him from a Pepperdine commitment for $485,000. He began last year in extended spring training and played in only 28 regular-season games after he sustained a lower leg contusion that became infected. A switch-hitter, Dugan is slightly better from his natural left side. His swing has gotten longer since signing, and he has added a slight bat wrap. He also has gotten bigger and stronger, giving him above-average raw power from both sides. He has average arm strength and speed, giving the tools to be a solid defender in left field. Philadelphia commends Dugan's makeup, but he can be hard on himself at times and needs to do a better job of dealing with failure. He profiles as a corner outfielder, though the Phillies also have worked him out at first base, his high school position. He'll move to low Class A in 2011.
High school pitchers from Colorado, from Roy Halladay and Brad Lidge to Luke Hochevar and David Aardsma, have a track record of adding velocity as they grow into their bodies, and the Phillies hope the same will happen with Walter, who has a monster 6-foot-5, 215-pound frame. They picked him in the 20th round of last year's draft and pried him away from a Boston College commitment just before the signing deadline for $350,000. Philadelphia loves Walter's arm speed and projection, which should boost his fastball velocity from its present 88-90 mph. He already has touched 93 on occasion with sink. He threw both a curveball and slider in high school, and scouts think the mid-70s curveball should be a better offering down the line. The Phillies will work to teach him a changeup. Because of his size, Walter has difficulty repeating his delivery, but he has solid mechanics and control. Philadelphia likely will keep him in extended spring training before sending him to Williamsport in June.
Rupp caught nearly every game in his three years at Texas, managing the staff and calling pitches for a Longhorns team that went to the College World Series finals in 2009. Based on his durability, power and arm strength, he received first-round buzz, but the Phillies got him in the third round last June and signed him for $287,000. Rupp has unquestioned strength that generates raw power, but scouts question how much contact he'll make. His swing isn't pretty, as he has a noticeable arm bar and an awkward weight transfer that produces a lot of strikeouts. Behind the plate, Rupp has above-average arm strength, but he needs to improve his footwork. He threw out just 15 percent of basestealers during his pro debut. He is an average receiver, but he'll need to keep his body under control because he lacks athleticism. He's a well below-average runner. Rupp will spend his first full pro season in low Class A.
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