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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: 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: 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.
After hitting an impressive .333/.405/.474 over his first two seasons with Nevada-Las Vegas, Stott was the USA Baseball’s Collegiate National Team starting shortstop last summer—always a good indicator for a player’s draft pedigree. Entering the summer, Team USA coaches believed they were getting an offensive-inclined shortstop who needed some work on the defensive end. However, Stott impressed the staff with his glovework, showing impressive footwork and body control along with accurate throws to the bag. Yet scouts left the summer with conflicting thoughts regarding Stott’s bat, as he showed good bat-to-ball skills but too often with a slap-heavy, low-impact swing. Questions have been raised about his potential offensive upside in spite of the numbers he had posted in the Mountain West Conference, but Stott quickly showed he was more than just a slap hitter early this spring. He’s more consistently tapped into his all-fields power by getting his lower half more into his swing and increasing his strength. That power uptick has come with more swing-and-miss (14 percent strikeout rate through his first 41 games) and a higher walk rate (around 20 percent), but his strikeouts aren’t at a concerning level. Defensively, most scouts believe Stott can stick at shortstop, where he has a plus arm with accuracy and a reliable glove. But there are some who question the pure quickness and range in Stott’s game and believe he’ll wind up being a better fit for third base, where his arm would fit just fine. Stott will record plus run times to first base at times, but scouts believe he’s closer to an average runner who could transition into a fringe-average runner as he puts on more weight. Regardless, Stott should be one of the first college shortstops off the board.
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: 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: 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: 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: 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.
Midseason update: Another huge riser, Jones has utilized a low-to-mid-90s fastball and a sweeping slider to record some of the most eye-popping numbers in the minors. His strikeout percentage ranks third overall, and his 16.7 percent swinging-strike rate is among the top 20.
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: 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.
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: 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 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: 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 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.
Baylor is an athletic prep shortstop who is committed to Louisburg (N.C.) JC. The 5-foot-11, 193-pound infielder has a feel to put the barrel on the ball and makes consistent contact and last summer showed some solid raw power to the pull side as well. He doesn’t strikeout much and has a feel to steal some bases, grading out as a plus runner. While Baylor has speed and 55-grade arm strength, most scouts believe he will have to move off of shortstop at the next level, where he could be a fit at second, third or a corner outfield spot.
A notable high school prospect in 2016, Miller ranked No. 144 on the BA 500 three years ago but ultimately decided to head to Stanford. He logged 13 starts for the Cardinal in each of his first two seasons, flashing big-time potential but struggling to put everything together for long stretches at a time. Miller’s best traits are his size—he stands at an imposing 6-foot-5, 240 pounds—and his flashes of big-time stuff. His fastball has been up to 97 mph, and last fall he was consistently throwing 94-96 mph and pairing it with a plus slider. His stuff hasn’t been quite at that level this spring, however, as Miller has has thrown mostly in the 88-92 mph range and ticking up a few notches higher at his best. While Miller’s results through his first 10 starts were solid—2.60 ERA in 52 innings with a career-high 10.21 strikeouts per nine innings—scouts think there is a high likelihood that he eventually winds up in the bullpen because of his below-average control. Miller walked a career-high 4.85 batters per nine innings through his first 10 starts this spring, not to mention his stuff could improve in shorter outings. Regardless, it would not be surprising for Miller to begin his pro career as a starter, as he has the strong, durable frame that could handle a large workload if he’s able to improve his strike-throwing ability.
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.