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Track Record: After ranking second in the Cape Cod League in batting average (.351) in the summer of 2017, Bohm batted .339/.436/.625 with more walks (39) and extra-base hits (31) than strikeouts (28) for Wichita State his junior year. The Phillies drafted him with the third overall pick and signed him for $5.85 million. Scouting Report: One of the top hitters in college baseball in 2018, Bohm has an encouraging combination of raw power and pure hitting ability for a big man. At 6-foot-5, he is a strong, physical hitter with fast bat speed and leverage in his swing to generate plus raw power. Bohm has a big strike zone to cover and he manages it well with a keen eye for balls and strikes that improved over the course of his college years. He approaches his at-bats with a smart plan and the ability to make adjustments, despite a soft offensive debut in pro ball. Bohm has a chance to stick at third base, where he has a solid-average arm, but he's a below-average runner whose lack of first-step quickness inhibits his range, so there's some risk he might end up at first base. The Future: The Phillies sent 2017 first-rounder Adam Haseley to high Class A Clearwater for his first full season, with Bohm likely to follow that same path. If Bohm can stay at third base, he has the offensive upside to be a plus everyday regular at the position.
Track Record: Garcia was one of the top players in a stacked 2017 class of international prospects, with the Phillies signing him for $2.5 million. The Phillies aggressively pushed Garcia to the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League to make his pro debut, and he won the batting title by hitting .369 and ranked third in on-base percentage. Scouting Report: As an amateur, Garcia earned widespread praise from scouts for his defense. He's a smooth defender who is light on his feet with soft hands and a plus arm. Garcia has the ability to make the flashy, acrobatic plays, but he separates himself from most young shortstops because of his calm, collected poise and smart decision-making, which is why he committed just five errors in 43 games. When Garcia signed, scouts were split on whether he would fit better at the top or bottom of a lineup, but he looked excellent at the plate in the GCL, showing signs of a potential future .300 hitter with strong on-base skills. A solid-average runner, Garcia tracks pitches well and controls the strike zone, setting up from both sides with a calm, quiet approach and a short stroke to shoot line drives to all fields with doubles power. The Future: Garcia is still at least a few years away, but he could soon become the Phillies' top prospect as a potential plus hitter with plus defense at a premium position. He will be one of the youngest players in the low Class A South Atlantic League in 2019.
Track Record: Signed out of the Dominican Republic for $70,000 at 17, Medina had a handful of meltdown outings during the 2018 season that caused his ERA to swell but still flashed electric stuff and ranked third in the high Class A Florida League with 123 strikeouts. Scouting Report: Medina has three pitches that grade out or at least flash plus. He throws a plus fastball that sits at 92-96 mph with late movement and can scrape 97. Medina generates good extension out front, which helps his fastball get on hitters faster than they expect. His slider has made huge strides over the last two seasons, to the point where it's now plus--a nasty swing-and-miss pitch with two-plane depth to both righthanded hitters or when he throws it to the back foot of lefties. His changeup is another pitch that flashes plus, thought it's not consistent yet. Medina is an athletic strike-thrower, though he needs to tighten his command and improve his pitch sequencing, both of which led to trouble despite his stuff last year. The Future: Medina has the athleticism and delivery that point to a pitcher who should be able to make command improvements. If he can do that, he can be a mid-rotation starter, with Double-A Reading up next.
Track Record: Haseley was a two-way player at Virginia and one of the best hitters in the country when the Phillies drafted him No. 8 overall in 2017. After signing that summer and in the first half of 2018, Haseley had yet to perform above a modest level, but in the second half he turned things around and finished strong with Double-A Reading. Scouting Report: Haseley has a knack for barreling balls, striking out in just 14 percent of his plate appearances in 2018. However, he had to adjust in pro ball to better velocity, especially up and in on his hands. Haseley has a direct, inside-out swing with an approach geared toward using the middle of the field and going the opposite way. During the season he adjusted his stance to get more upright in an attempt to create better leverage. If he can learn to create a more out-front contact point on pitches he can drive, that could help him tap more into his average raw power, though Haseley will probably always have more of a hit-over-power profile. He is a slightly above-average runner with an average arm, which might be enough for him to handle center field, though he might move around all three outfield spots, which would put added pressure on his power coming around if he spends more time on the corners. The Future: Haseley has some tweener outfielder risk, but if either his pure hitting ability can carry him or he can develop more game power, he has the potential to develop into an average regular. He will open 2019 back in Double-A, with a chance to reach the majors either by the end of the season or 2020.
Track Record: Coming off a strong first full season in 2017, Romero opened 2018 with a 7.18 ERA in his first five starts. After that, he posted a 2.69 ERA with an 83-to-30 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 80.1 innings before a strained oblique in July shut him down for the year. Scouting Report: Romero has a diverse pitch mix, and early in 2018, he was throwing them all at hitters and trying to get them to chase. That approach didn't work for Romero, however, because he often fell behind in the count and batters were able to do damage against him. After a rough start, he altered his approach by attacking hitters more with his power sinker and changeup. As his fastball command improved, so did the results. Romero mixes four- and two-seam fastballs from the low 90s up to 96 mph. He's at his best when he's attacking with his sinker and changeup--which flashes above-average--to mess with the timing of hitters. Romero has an average curveball and sprinkles in a slider and cutter as well. He's an athletic pitcher with quick feet to help him control the running game. The Future: With three average to plus pitches and good control from the left side, Romero projects as a potential No. 3 or 4 starter. He should head to Triple-A Lehigh Valley for 2019 with a chance to help the big league rotation after the all-star break.
Track Record: De los Santos signed with the Mariners for $15,000 out of the Dominican Republic in 2014, went to the Padres after the 2015 season in the Joaquin Benoit trade, then arrived in the Phillies organization in December 2017 when they traded Freddy Galvis to San Diego. De los Santos proved steady and reliable throughout his 2018 time in Triple-A Lehigh Valley, then made his major league debut in July, with most of his big league outings coming as a reliever. Scouting Report: De los Santos is a durable power arm who has thrown 145-plus innings each of the last two seasons. His best pitch is his fastball, which mostly ranges from 92-97 mph and has topped at 98. De los Santos relies heavily on his fastball and keeps hitters off balance with a solid-average changeup at 85-89 mph. It's not a true out pitch, but it can miss bats, induce weak contact and help him against lefties, who had a nearly identical OPS against him as righties. The biggest risk with de los Santos is his lack of a reliable breaking ball, because his curve is below-average. The Future: De los Santos has the durability to start if he can develop a better breaking pitch, which could make him an innings-eating starter at the back of a rotation. If not, he could find success as a two-pitch reliever.
Track Record: After a strong April in 2018, it was a bit puzzling when Howard finished June with a 5.06 ERA at low Class A Lakewood, particularly for a second-round pick out of college in the low Class A South Atlantic League with high-end stuff. From July on, Howard dominated, posting a 2.36 ERA with 71 strikeouts and 20 walks in 53.1 innings in his final 10 regular season starts. He capped off his season with a complete-game no-hitter in the playoffs. Scouting Report: Howard has some of the best pure stuff in the organization, with a fastball that improved in the second half of 2018. Sitting in the low-to-mid-90s early in the season, Howard by the end of the year was parking in the mid-90s and reached 100 mph in the playoffs. His fastball has late life that helps him get swings and misses in the zone and when he elevates. Howard added more power to both his fastball and his slider, a deep-breaking putaway pitch that grades out as plus. He throws a curveball and a changeup that both are average pitches at times. Howard will need to throw more strikes to reach his potential, especially as he faces more advanced hitters. The Future: There's a wide range of outcomes for Howard, who could become a No. 2 or 3 starter if he harnesses his control. If not, he has the stuff to pitch high-leverage relief innings.
Track Record: Suarez was a longshot, pitchability lefty when the Phillies signed him out of Venezuela for $25,000. Over the years, he has added more power to complement his savvy and become a legitimate prospect. He split 2018 between Double-A Reading and Triple-A Lehigh Valley and made his big league debut. Scouting Report: In 2017, Suarez adjusted his lower-half mechanics to stay into his back leg more, which helped his velocity jump to sit in the low 90s and reach as high as 95 mph. He maintained that velocity throughout the 2018 season, and hides the ball well in his delivery, adding deception that helps his stuff play up. The secondary pitch Suarez leans on most is his mid-80s changeup, a solid-average offering. His slider isn't consistent but when it's on, it can be an average pitch. Suarez doesn't have one wipeout pitch, but he's a smart pitcher who mixes and matches both his stuff and his location. He's a good athlete who fields his position well and has quick feet to control the running game. The Future: Suarez projects as a back-end starter and should compete for a spot in Philadelphia's rotation to open the season, though there's a chance he could begin the year back in Triple-A.
Track Record: The Phillies signed Morales out of Venezuela for $720,000 when he was one of the top international pitching prospects in the 2016 class. After a promising pro debut in 2017 in the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League, Morales went to a college-heavy short-season New York-Penn League as an 18-year-old and struggled, though the raw stuff he showed still impressed. Scouting Report: Morales showed exciting flashes in 2018, including a pair of double-digit strikeout games and an overall strikeout rate of 10.9 per nine innings, though his lack of command got him into trouble against older hitters. He generates downhill plane on his plus fastball, which ranges from 92-96 mph and might have a little more room for growth. He gets good extension out front, helping his fastball play up. His plus slider is a finishing pitch that helped him pile up strikeouts. Morales has shown feel for a changeup when he uses it, though that pitch remains a work in progress. His struggles in 2018 mostly stemmed from his command escaping him, leading to too many walks and unfavorable counts. Morales is a young, long-limbed pitcher who still is learning to sync everything and repeat his mechanics and release point consistently so he can throw more frequent strikes. The Future: With better command, Morales has the potential to develop into a mid-rotation starter, though that projection comes with significant risk. He will make his full season debut at low Class A Lakewood in 2019.
Track Record: Moniak won Baseball America's High School Player of the Year award in 2016. The Phillies drafted Moniak that year with the No. 1 overall pick, but his stock has been on a decline since then. Moniak struggled in his first full season in 2017 and did so again last year, though he did rebound in the second half, batting .297/.347/.470 in 53 games from July through the end of the season. Scouting Report: When the Phillies drafted Moniak, they considered him the best hitter in the country, a potential middle-of-the-order hitter who could play Gold Glove defense in center field. Moniak still has a smooth, sound lefthanded swing, but his pure hitting ability isn't as advanced as initially expected. Moniak can barrel fastballs, but he struggles with pitch recognition and has to take a more selective hitting approach. Moniak's final two months provided the most encouraging signs for his future since he turned pro, with better plate discipline during that time. Moniak hit the ball harder in the second half, and has the potential to hit 10-15 home runs. An average runner with an above-average arm, Moniak played better defense in 2018, and grades out as a fringe-average fielder. The Future: While a lot of clubs have Moniak as a future fourth outfielder, his finish to the 2018 season offers some hope he could still develop into an everyday player.
Track Record: The Phillies have a taste for polished Cal State Fullerton starters. They traded for Tom Eshelman after the 2015 season, drafted Connor Seabold in 2017, then in 2018 drafted Eastman, who signed for $522,900 as a fourth-rounder after spending three years in Fullerton's starting rotation. Scouting Report: Like Eshelman and Seabold, Eastman's fastball is light by modern standards, but he separates himself from the others with swing-and-miss offspeed pitches. Eastman sits at 88-91 mph and touches 93, locating his fastball well with potentially above-average control. Ask scouts what Eastman's best secondary pitch is and it depends on the day they saw him, but both his curveball and changeup can miss barrels. His changeup has lively action and earns plus grades at times, while his curveball was inconsistent his junior year, but at its best it flashed above-average with a high spin rate and late bite. The Future: The Phillies have shown a flair for squeezing extra velocity out of their pitching prospects, which would make Eastman more dangerous. Even with his current fastball and ability to manipulate his secondary stuff, Eastman could develop into a back-end starter with a chance to move quickly.
Track Record: The Phillies have scouted Long Island high schools heavily, drafting lefthanders Nick Fanti and Kyle Young and rigthtander Ben Brown with late-round picks in recent years. The latest is O'Hoppe, a catcher from a Long Island high school who could be the best of the group. O'Hoppe signed for $215,000 as a 23rd-round pick, then shined on both sides of the ball in the Gulf Coast League. Scouting Report: O'Hoppe is an advanced defender for his age. He has soft hands and receives the ball well, showing good agility and flexibility behind the plate. He also has a plus arm, erasing 33 percent of basestealers in the GCL. Known for his defensive ability as an amateur, O'Hoppe also hit well in his pro debut. He's an aggressive hitter with a knack for the barrel. His swing is geared for loft, though his power is mostly to the gaps right now, with a chance for 10-15 home runs as he continues to add strength. The Future: O'Hoppe has quickly emerged as one of the most promising sleepers in the organization, with a chance for a breakthrough year if he can keep it up next season in low Class A Lakewood.
Track Record: Llovera was an 18-year-old in Venezuela when the Phillies signed him for $7,500. He developed into a power arm, moving to the bullpen to open 2017 with low Class A Lakewood, but shifted back to the rotation midway through the year and stayed in that role in 2018 with high Class A Clearwater. Scouting Report: Llovera generates big velocity from a smaller, stocky build with excellent arm speed, sitting in 93-97 mph with the ability to crank it up to 99 mph. His changeup improved in 2018, flashing as an average pitch when he maintains his arm speed, though it comes in firm off his fastball in the upper 80s. His slider also flashes average when he stays on top of the ball. Llovera's mechanics have a good dose of effort to them and his command is still shaky, so there's still a high probability he ends up in the bullpen. The Future: The Phillies will keep developing Llovera as a starter, with a chance he could fit into the back of a rotation, but he could be a late-inning reliever with a chance to reach Philadelphia in 2019. He's ticketed for Double-A Reading.
Track Record: Castillo ranked as the top 2018 pitching prospect in the Dominican Republic, with the Phillies signing him for a $1.6 million bonus. Scouting Report: Typically, top 16-year-old pitching prospects from Latin America have lean, athletic frames with high-end physical projection. Castillo, however, is built like a linebacker with a wide back and strong legs on a physically mature body. Castillo's advanced physicality helps him generate outstanding velocity for his age, ranging from 91-97 mph. Castillo's fastball alone helped him overpower amateur hitters and he complements that with a power breaking ball and a solid changeup at times. His secondary pitches are inconsistent, as is his control, with Castillo going through stretches where he's a solid strike-thrower, and others where his ability to find the zone escapes him, with his front side flying open. The Future: Castillo is a young power arm still working on touch and feel, but his stuff is advanced for his age. He could make his pro debut next year in the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League.
Track Record: Dohy entered 2017 as one of the top Division II prospects in the country, but he struggled badly with his control, dropping him to the Phillies in the 16th round. After walking a batter per inning in his pro debut, Dohy didn't look like a fast-track pitcher, but he climbed three levels in 2018, finishing the year in Double-A Reading's bullpen. Scouting Report: After getting his legs more into his delivery, Dohy has grown his fastball from the low-90s to sitting more low-to-mid 90s with a peak of 97 mph in short bursts as a reliever. He gets whiffs on his fastball up in the zone and on both of his secondary pitches, leading him to strike out an incredible 41 percent of batters faced last year. One is a plus slider that's devastating against lefties, breaking sharp and late with two-plane depth. His changeup can also induce whiffs, flashing above-average. Dohy is a good athlete who threw more strikes in 2018, though he struggled again with his control once he reached Double-A. The Future: Dohy has a starter's repertoire, but he has found a role that clicks for him in relief. He's a potential multi-inning reliever who could pitch in high-leverage situations, with a chance to reach the big leagues by the end of the 2019 season.
Track Record: The Phillies signed Garcia for $30,000 out of the Dominican Republic when he was 17. While Garcia started 15 games in 2017 after opening the year in the bullpen, he was strictly a reliever last season for Double-A Reading and Triple-A Lehigh Valley, with his 10.3 K/9 at Reading the highest strikeout rate at any level of his career. Scouting Report: Garcia has solid-average control of a fastball that grew as the season went on, sitting at 90-92 mph early and getting to 92-95 mph by the end of the year. He can scrape 96 mph, with his fastball producing lively armside run and sink. Garcia's best pitch, however, is his plus slider--a swing-and-miss weapon to both righties and lefties with hard downward action. Garcia has a show-me changeup in his repertoire, but he leans on his fastball and slider, sometimes throwing more sliders than fastballs. The Future: Garcia could open the year back in Triple-A, but if he's pitching well he should make his major league debut in 2019. His fastball/sldier mix should allow him to become an effective middle reliever.
Track Record: Warren played for USA Baseball's Collegiate National Team in the summer of 2016, but during his junior year at Tennessee in 2017 he posted a 6.31 ERA and a 34-29 K-BB mark in 51 innings, dropping him to the Phillies in the 14th round. With low Class A Lakewood for his first full season in 2018, Warren looked totally different, striking out 44 percent of the batters he faced coming out of the BlueClaws' bullpen. Scouting Report: Warren has a tall, physically imposing frame, but at Tennessee he had trouble syncing up his long levers in his delivery, leading to scattered command and a high ERA. While his control is still below-average, he made significant strides synchronizing his mechanics and his fastball jumped multiple grades. In college, Warren typically worked in the upper 80s, but in 2018 he was sitting at 93-96 mph. He added more power and sharpness to his breaking pitch, a plus curveball that he can crank up to the low 80s, with tight, spiking action to dive underneath the barrels of hitters. The Future: Warren looks like another quality late-round find by the Phillies. With a prolific ability to miss bats, Warren could develop into a high-leverage reliever, with high Class A Clearwater his next step.
Track Record: Listi produced a monster senior season for Dallas Baptist, batting .336/.454/.735 with 24 home runs in 63 games, breaking the DBU record with 53 career home runs. Drafted as a 23-year-old, late-round senior sign, Listi kept raking in his first full season with the Phillies, winning the Paul Owens award as the organization's top minor league hitter before finishing the year in the Arizona Fall League. Scouting Report: At 24, Listi was old for his levels last season, though that's because he stayed in college for four seasons and missed the 2015 campaign when he entered SEAL training in preparation for the Navy, though he didn't enlist and returned to baseball in 2016. It's been an unconventional path for Listi, but he has hit and hit for power through Double-A. Listi has quick hands and there is some stiffness to his stroke, but he doesn't swing and miss much, making consistent contact with a good plan at the plate. Listi has above-average raw power and he gets to it in games with a swing geared to lift the ball and a pull-minded approach. A well-below-average runner, Listi mostly split time between first base, left field and DH, with an average arm that allowed him to play some right field as well. The Future: Listi will be 25 in 2019, with a chance to open the year in Triple-A Lehigh Valley. There's some risk he could follow the career path of former Phillies prospect Darin Ruf, but Listi he has shown enough hitting ability to go with his power that he could squeeze out a better career.
Track Record: Irvin was a first-team All-Freshman pitcher at Oregon in 2013, then missed the entire 2014 season with Tommy John surgery. He has moved quickly since the Phillies drafted him in 2016, winning the Triple-A International League Pitcher of the Year award in 2018. Scouting Report: Irvin squeezes the most out of his ability as a thoroughly prepared student of the game. That's important for Irvin because his stuff doesn't allow him much margin for error. He's an athletic pitcher who commands his fastball well, pitching in the upper-80s to low-90s with good movement. His best secondary pitch is an average changeup that he has the confidence to throw whether he's ahead or behind in the count. He throws a curveball and slider that are both fringe-average pitches. Irvin has posted modest strikeout rates in his career, relying more on his ability to change speeds and locate to have success. Despite having TJ in college, Irvin has thrown 150-plus innings in both 2017 and 2018. The Future: Irvin might have enough stuff to stick around as a starter in the back of a rotation, though there's risk he could be more of an up-and-down guy.
Track Record: The Phillies signed Duran for $75,000 after the 2014 season, with Duran spending the next three years in the organization's short-season affiliates. His first taste of full-season baseball came in 2018, when Duran posted big power numbers and impressed with his defense for low Class A Lakewood. Scouting Report: Duran has the skills to develop into an average to plus defensive catcher. With a plus arm and quick transfer, Duran produces pop times in the low-1.9s, which helped him throw out 48 percent of runners in 2017 and 42 percent in 2018. Duran is flexible behind the plate, but his throwing is more advanced than his blocking, as he still lets too many balls sneak past him. Solid-average raw power is his offensive carrying tool, with strong wrists and forearms helping Duran post a .235 isolated power in 2018. Duran doesn't swing and miss excessively, but he needs to improve his breaking ball recognition and would benefit from a more selective approach, with a pull-heavy mentality that leaves him vulnerable on the outer third and hampers his on-base percentage. The Future: Duran has the offensive ability to develop into a power-hitting catcher along the lines of Wilin Rosario, though with the tools to be a better defender. He's headed to high Class A Clearwater in 2019.
Track Record: Signed for $650,000 as a 16-year-old in Venezuela, Brito repeated low Class A Lakewood in 2018 and struggled his first two months. His numbers ticked up in June, with Brito batting .278/.337/.361 over his final 47 games before an early August promotion to high Class A Clearwater. Scouting Report: Brito and shortstop Arquimedes Gamboa formed a promising but vexing middle infield in Clearwater, with both showing flashes of raw talent that has yet to translate into offensive performance. Brito has the components to be a good hitter with a fairly loose, sound swing and good bat control. However, he can get too aggressive and pull-happy, leaving him vulnerable on the outer third, and when Brito struggles, he has a habit of pressing, causing his troubles to compound. Where Brito did make progress is on defense. An average runner with an average arm, Brito improved his first-step reads off the bat and improved his range, grading out as a plus fielder with good hands at second base. The Future: Brito has a chance to develop into an everyday second baseman, but there's still considerable risk until his performance ticks up for more than a short burst. He will open 2019 back in Clearwater.
Track Record: The Phillies made a big bet on Ortiz in 2015, signing the 16-year-old outfielder for $4.01 million, a franchise record for an international amateur signing. Ortiz had big power and a shaky hit tool, but he was trending up after the 2017 season when he mashed in short-season Williamsport. But in his full-season debut with low Class A Lakewood in 2019, Ortiz fell flat, dinging his stock significantly. Scouting Report: Ortiz's best tool is his raw power. He's a strong, enormous teenager with plus-plus power that shows up in BP or when he gets a fastball that crosses through his swing path. Ortiz has the upside to hit 30-plus home runs in a season, but he has a long way to go as a hitter. He struggled to recognize breaking pitches last season, often looking lost with his timing and balance, leading to an alarming 33 percent strikeout rate. Ortiz looks like a first baseman and he might end up there. He's a well below-average runner with limited range, although his arm is a plus tool. The Future: Ortiz's 2018 season raised a lot of red flags, but he will still just be 20 next season.
Track Record: Marchan played shortstop and was the top offensive performer on Venezuela's U-15 World Cup team in 2014, but his stocky build and lack of range didn't fit at shortstop, so he moved behind the plate and signed with the Phillies for $200,000. Marchan didn't do much when he got to the U.S. in 2017, but hit well as a 19-year-old in the short-season New York-Penn League in 2018. Scouting Report: Marchan's best attribute is his knack for putting the ball in play. His swing is short and flat, staying through the hitting zone a long time. He has a contact-oriented approach, striking out in just nine percent of his plate appearances last season while spreading line drives around to all fields. Marchan is mostly a singles hitter--he has yet to homer in 125 career games--and while he can shoot a ball into the alleys, he doesn't project to crack double-digit home runs. Marchan conquered throwing issues from earlier in his career and improved his arm strength to become an above-average tool. There are still some questions about whether Marchan will stick behind the plate, as he will need to improve his ability to block pitches in the dirt. The Future: Marchan's hitting ability could carry him as an offensive-minded catcher, though he will need to get stronger to do more damage on contact. Low Class A Lakewood is up next.
Track Record: Despite limited stature, Torres stood out enough as an amateur in Venezuela for the Phillies to sign him for $665,000 when he was 16. After making his debut in the Dominican Summer League in 2017, Torres continued to show a promising combination of hitting and athleticism in the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League last year. Scouting Report: Torres' two main tools are his hitting ability and his speed. He was hitting .375/.398/.513 through July, and while his numbers dipped in the final month of the season, Torres batted over .300 for the second straight year. There are some unconventional aspects to Torres' swing, but he makes consistent contact and did a better job of hitting to all fields in 2018 after getting pull-happy the previous year. He has minimal power and doesn't look like he will hit mroe than 6-10 home runs per year. Torres is a plus runner with the athleticism and defensive actions to stick in the middle infield, but he has a below-average arm, so the Phillies have developed him at second base, where he could be an average or better defender. The Future: Torres will have to get stronger to drive the ball with more impact, but his bat and ability to stick in the middle of the diamond make him an intriguing sleeper for the organization.
Track Record: Seabold was a three-year starter at Fullerton, where he dissected hitters with pinpoint command. Signed for $525,000 as a third-round pick in 2017, Seabold moved through two levels in his first full season, reaching Double-A Reading at the end of June. Scouting Report: As a junior at Fullerton, Seabold mostly sat 87-88 mph and touched 92 mph. He was up a bit from there in 2018, getting as high as 94, with excellent ability to locate his fastball. His control is a potential 70 on the 20-80 scale. There might not be any more velocity coming for Seabold, so getting more out of his offspeed stuff will be key for him. He doesn't have a true out pitch right now, though his changeup is an average offering and his most advanced secondary weapon. His slurvy curveball is a fringe-average pitch. The Future: Seabold could have enough in his arsenal to become a back-end starter, though there's risk his stuff might top out beneath that level. If he pitches well in 2019, he's a candidate to make his major league debut by the end of the year, though 2020 seems more likely.
Track Record: Gamboa was a high-profile international prospect when he was 16, signing out of Venezuela for $900,000. He struggled the next two seasons, but showed signs that things were starting to click for him at the end of the 2017 season. He didn't carry that success over into 2018, however, struggling in the high Class A Florida State League and then after the season in the Arizona Fall League. Scouting Report: Gamboa has been a frustrating prospect, exhibiting promising tools and athleticism with glimpses of being able to put things together at the plate, but never in more than short bursts. Gamboa is an athletic shortstop with a plus arm. He's an above-average runner who reacts well off the bat and has solid range for the position. While Gamboa has the tools to stick at shortstop, he needs to show more at the plate. The Phillies have pushed him aggressively and Gamboa doesn't strike out excessively, but he's a pull-heavy hitter who rolls over a lot of grounders to the right side. He's a switch-hitter whose swing is better from the left side, though he didn't hit well from either side in 2018. Gamboa has gap power, with a chance to grow into 8-12 home runs. The Future: The Phillies have promoted Gamboa one level each season, but he probably needs to repeat the FSL in 2019.
Track Record: An unsigned 30th-round pick of the Cardinals out of high school in 2015, Vierling hit well at Notre Dame, though he struggled to make contact with wood bats in the summer of 2017 in the Cape Cod League. After the Phillies drafted Vierling in the fifth round in 2018, he signed for $380,000 and helped ease those wood bat concerns by hitting well in low Class A Lakewood. Scouting Report: Vierling has slightly above-average raw power with lift in his swing. Scouts who followed Vierling as an amateur had concerns about his pure hitting ability moving up at higher levels, but he helped ease some of those concerns with how well he hit in full-season ball after signing. Vierling is athletic and moves around well in the outfield for his size, playing some center field but fitting best in a corner. He also spent time pitching at Notre Dame, running his fastball into the low 90s, and it translates to a plus arm in the outfield. The Future: If Vierling can carry over his initial pro success in 2019, he could move quickly.
Track Record: McArthur was a three-year starter at Mississippi, but there was never a year where everything clicked for him. He never posted an ERA under 4.00, including a junior season with a 4.48 ERA and a 58-38 K-BB mark in 66 innings. The Phillies liked his combination of size and stuff, signing McArthur for $215,000 as a 12th-round pick in 2018, and he showed encouraging signs with strong performance in his pro debut. Scouting Report: McArthur has an extra-large, 6-foot-7 frame, sitting in the 92-94 mph range and touching 96 with good extension that helps his fastball get on hitters quickly. His breaking ball flashes above-average with sharp, late biting action when it's on, though it's still inconsistent. He also throws a changeup that's a below-average pitch. Like a lot of extremely tall pitchers, McArthur struggled to control his delivery, leading to troubles with his command and control in college, although he was a solid-strike thrower in a small sample size with short-season Williamsport. The Future: It might take some time for everything to click for McArthur, but there are some signs of him being another quality late-round pick for the Phillies. He's scheduled for low Class A Lakewood in 2019.
Track Record: Pipken entered his senior season of high school considered a possible first-day draft pick, but his velocity and performance regressed in the spring and he tumbled down draft boards. The Phillies took a gamble on him in the ninth round and bought him out of a California commitment for a well above slot $800,000 bonus.Scouting Report: Pipken fits the mold of several pitching prospects who have trended up under the Phillies’ development staff, with a gangly, projectable frame and a fast arm pointing toward more velocity coming. Right now he sits in the low-90s and has reached 96 mph, with a chance to sit higher once he adds weight to his skinny 6-foot-4 frame. His breaking ball flashes average, though it’s inconsistent, as his low-80s changeup. His control wavers at times, though his athleticism and getting stronger to be able to repeat and maintain his delivery more often should help him there.The Future: Pipken will take time to grow into velocity and refine his secondaries and control. He shows the raw ingredients of a power-armed starter.
Track Record: When the Phillies signed Grullon for $575,000 as a 16-year-old out of the Dominican Republic in 2012, it was the largest signing bonus they gave to an international player that year. Scouting Report: A few years into his pro career, Grullon struggled offensively, but his raw power started to translate in games in 2018. Playing in the hitter-friendly environment of Reading helped boost Grullon’s numbers, but he has legitimate plus raw power and packs a lot of strength into his swing. Grullon doesn’t strike out excessively, but he is a free-swinger, expanding the zone and struggling with offspeed pitches. The Future: While he has the power to hit 20-25 home runs over a full season, his approach limits his ability to get on base. Behind the plate, Grullon has a plus-plus arm, but his lack of athleticism and lateral agility hamper him. His game has similarities to former MLB journeyman catcher Miguel Olivo.
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