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BA Grade: 60. Risk: High Tool Grades: Fastball: 70. Curveball: 55. Slider: 55. Changeup: 55. Control: 55. Track Record:When Howard arrived at Cal Poly he was an 83-85 mph walk-on righthander who wasn’t ready to be a college pitcher. He seemed destined for the club team, but he worked hard in the weight room during his redshirt freshman season and increased his velocity, which led to a solid summer as a reliever in the West Coast Collegiate League. He had an excellent redshirt freshman season as a reliever for Cal Poly, then moved into the rotation the next season and went 8-1, 1.95. Howard’s stuff has steadily gotten better as a pro. He battled through a dead arm period early in 2018, but by September he was touching 100 mph in a no-hitter in the playoffs with low Class A Lakewood. Howard missed two months in 2019 with shoulder soreness, but he showed no ill effects after he returned. Making up for lost innings, he was one of the most effective pitchers in the Arizona Fall League, going 1-1, 2.11 with 27 strikeouts in 21 innings. Scouting Report: Howard has a starter’s build and the potential for three above-average or better offspeed pitches, although the consistency of his breaking balls varies dramatically. His 93-99 mph fastball is a reliable, plus-plus weapon. He’s touched triple-digits and, unlike many fireballers, can stay on the edges of the strike zone. Howard’s mid-80s changeup was below-average when he signed, started flashing average last year and by the end of 2019 it was regularly flashing plus thanks to solid deception and some late tumble. He can break off a swing-and-miss curveball as well, although it’s not all that reliable. Sometimes his curve has a hump out of his hand, giving it the telltale signature that advanced hitters can recognize and lay off. He’ll also throw his share of 58-footers. But when he syncs everything up, it’s a 12-to-6 dive bomber that tunnels with his elevated fastball. His 85-88 mph plus slider is a little more consistent with late tilt but, like the curveball, there are nights when he doesn’t have the feel for it. Howard’s delivery is simple and repeatable and should help him mature into above-average control. The Future: Other than his stint on the IL with shoulder stiffness, there were few blemishes in Howard’s outstanding 2019 season. He has taken massive strides in his two and a half seasons as a pro and now profiles as a potential No. 2 starter. He could be ready to pitch in Philadelphia by the second half of the 2020 season.
BA Grade: 55. Risk: Medium Tool Grades: Hit: 55. Power: 55. Run: 40. Field: 45. Arm: 50. Track Record: After hitting over .500 in his final two years of high school and over .300 in each of his three seasons at Wichita State, Bohm found pro ball much tougher. He battled timing issues in his pro debut in 2018 and hit a light .252. The Phillies sent Bohm to low Class A Lakewood to start the season, but he quickly put his problems behind him and hit his way from low Class A to Double-A by June 21. Scouting Report: The long-limbed Bohm has a straightforward swing that generates plenty of long fly balls. He has good plate coverage and uses the entire field, with the power to hit the ball out to center and right field. He has solid strike zone awareness and shows solid barrel control despite a long swing and long levers. He projects be an above-average hitter with above-average power. Kris Bryant and Troy Glaus are the only players 6-foot-5 or taller to play more than 200 games at third base in MLB history. Bohm is unlikely to become the third. His hands are adequate at best and his first-step reactions are a tick slow. His body type doesn’t help him either. He’s extremely long-legged and high-waisted, limiting his agility. He most likely will end up as an average defender at first, although he could equal or top Rhys Hoskins’ efforts in left field. His plus arm will play wherever at any of those positions. He is expected to end up as a below-average runner. The Future: After a solid six weeks in the Arizona Fall League, Bohm should be ready for Triple-A. His bat should clear his path to Philadelphia, but his defensive questions could slow his arrival.
BA Grade: 55. Risk: High Tool Grades: Hit: 50. Power: 50. Field: 55. Arm: 55. Speed: 55. Track Record: As a college sophomore, Stott led all Division I hitters with 30 doubles, then was the shortstop for USA Baseball’s Collegiate National Team. As a junior, he showed improved power and that pop translated to pro ball as well. Scouting Report: Stott has few clear weaknesses, but also few standout tools. He quickly showed that he can string together tough at-bats. He knows the strike zone and punishes mistakes. He can be beat by high heat but rarely chases pitches out of the zone. Stott’s plate coverage needs to improve because he’ll sometimes get pull-happy even though he has the strength to drive the ball to the opposite field. He has average bat speed. Defensively, Stott has continued to improve. He has a shortstop’s easy actions and above-average range to go with an above-average arm. Stott runs a tick above-average right now, but he’ll need to watch his conditioning. Some scouts believe he could end up filling out to the point where he has to slide to third or second. The Future: After trading J.P. Crawford, the Phillies best young shortstop was Luis Garcia. He showed he was not ready for low Class A last year. Stott should quickly leapfrog him as the club’s shortstop of the future. The two could end up sharing time early in the season in Lakewood, but Stott’s polish should get him to high Class A Clearwater quickly, whether it’s Opening Day or soon thereafter.
BA Grade: 55. Risk: Very High Tool Grades: Fastball: 70. Slider: 70. Changeup: 30. Control: 50. Track Record: The Phillies had the largest bonus allotment during the 2016-2017 international signing period. They spent heavily in Venezuela and made Morales their top target. He had the best fastball in that year’s international signing class, and it’s only gotten better. He handled a piggy-back role well with low Class A Lakewood and got stronger as the season wore on. Scouting Report: Morales has a simple delivery, which utilizes a modest hip turn to load to his balance point on the rubber before exploding to the plate. There’s some effort to it and he has a moderate head whack. Refining the consistency of his release point was a point of emphasis in 2019. When he repeated his delivery and stayed on top of his release point, he dominated hitters with his 93-97 mph fastball and plus 85-89 mph slider. When he’s not consistent with his release point, his command suffers, his slider gets slurvier and his fastball loses some of its life. Morales’ changeup remains more of an idea than a usable pitch—it’s hard (86-88 mph) without much action or deception. Morales throws enough strikes but his command needs to improve. The Future: Morales has some of the best pure stuff in the Phillies’ organization, but he has a long way to go with his changeup and his consistency if he’s going to remain a starter. Most likely he ends up as a two-pitch reliever, but there’s no reason to not give him plenty of time to try to stay a starter. He’s ready for high Class A Clearwater.
BA Grade: 50. Risk: High Tool Grades: Fastball: 55. Slider: 55. Changeup: 45 Control: 50. Track Record: When Medina was 18 and carving up South Atlantic League hitters, it was easy to dream of just what the athletic, live-armed righthander would become. Two seasons later, Medina has shown flashes and made a Futures Game appearance but it’s hard to say Medina is a much better pitcher than he was in 2017. Medina struggled mightily in the second half at Double-A Reading, where he posted a 6.75 ERA after the all-star break. Scouting Report: Medina still has the ingredients to end up as a solid No. 3 or No. 4 starter. He sits 91-96 mph with an above-average fastball that has average life. His slider will sporadically flash the two-plane tilt that can make it a true weapon, but too often he gets on the side of it and it becomes a slurvier pitch. His fringe-average changeup, which has long flashed plus potential, has not developed into a true weapon. Instead, more advanced hitters have found he struggles to throw it for strikes, so they can quickly recognize and eliminate the pitch. That helps explain why lefthanders hit .302/.385/.473 against him. The pieces are all still there for Medina to turn into a three-pitch starter, but scouts want to see him take a step forward. Instead, he’s taken a modest step back. The Future: Medina was added to the 40-man roster before the 2019 season, so he has two options remaining. Whether he jumps to Triple-A Lehigh Valley or heads back to Reading, he still has time to add polish, but the clock is ticking. His fastball and slider give him a fallback option as a reliever.
BA Grade: 50. Risk: High Tool Grades: Hit: 40. Power: 30. Defense: 70. Arm: 60. Run: 40 Track Record: As a kid, Marchan had dreams of emulating Omar Vizquel as defensive wizard at shortstop. But Marchan is both shorter and stockier than Vizquel, so at a 15U tournament he tried catching and quickly found it suited him. Marchan has impressed defensively wherever he has played. What he hasn’t done is hit for any sort of power—his next home run will be his first. Scouting Report: Marchan’s an excellent defensive catcher with few weaknesses behind the plate. He is an agile backstop with soft, quiet hands that pluck strikes from the bottom and sides of the strike zone. He also embraces the challenge of working with pitchers on calling a good game. He also has an accurate, plus arm that can produce 1.9-second pop times. Marchan’s glove is going to need to be excellent because he doesn’t provide much value as a hitter. The switch-hitter has a flat swing geared to produce line drives, and he has a solid understanding of what he wants to do but he has below-average bat speed and well below-average power. He runs well for a catcher. The Future: Marchan’s excellent defense should give him a solid path to a big league job. Most players with his profile end up as backups, but Marchan’s glove will give him plenty of at-bats over the next decade to develop offensively. Every now and then, someone with Marchan’s profile ends up exceeding offensive expectations and becomes a regular.
BA Grade: 50. Risk: High Tool Grades: Hit: 45. Power: 30. Field: 60. Arm: 55. Run: 50. Track Record: Garcia ranked as the 12th best prospect in the loaded 2017 international amateur class that also included Wander Franco, Ronny Mauricio, Julio Rodriguez and George Valera. Garcia had one of the loudest debuts, as he won the Gulf Coast League batting title in 2018. Garcia’s second pro season was much rougher. His .186 batting average was 10th worst among all MiLB hitters with 400 or more plate appearances and his .255 slugging percentage was fifth worst. Scouting Report: Garcia’s lack of physicality was apparent all season—he didn’t get steadily better as he caught up to the league. Instead, he hit below .200 in all but one month of the season. He puts together solid at-bats, has excellent hand-eye coordination is and he has solid pitch recognition for his age. Because of a lack of snap in his wrists, Garcia simply doesn’t hit the ball hard enough to make pitchers respect him. When pitchers challenge him, he makes a lot of soft contact. Outfielders played him shallow because they didn’t need to worry about him hitting it over their heads. There is still hope for the future, though. Garcia is an above-average glove at shortstop with an above-average arm. While he’s unlikely to ever have better than 30-grade power, improved strength will equate to harder line drives and make an average hit tool seem achievable. He’s an average runner who might get a little faster if he gets stronger. The Future: Garcia has the upside of an everyday shortstop, but so many things have to come together to get him there. If he doesn’t significantly develop, he’s one of many good-glove, light-hitting shortstops that populate the minors.
BA Grade: 45. Risk: Medium Tool Grades: Fastball: 55. Slider: 50. Changeup: 45. Control: 50. Track Record: By the time he made his MLB debut in July 2018, de los Santos was already pitching for his third different organization. A Mariners signee, he was swapped to San Diego in a trade that brought Joaquin Benoit to Seattle. San Diego then sent him to the Phillies for Freddy Galvis. De los Santos was second in the International League in ERA in 2018, but he struggled to match that success in Lehigh Valley in 2019. Scouting Report: To be able to establish roots in Philadelphia, de los Santos is going to need to show he can locate his 92-98 mph above-average fastball to both sides of the plate. His control is fine, but his command is below-average. His fastball has exceptional armside run, but that run means when he tries to get to the outer corner against righthanded hitters the ball often leaks back over the middle of the plate. It’s more effective when it runs in on righthanders. He was better in 2018 because his fringe-average changeup was more consistent—at its best it dives away from lefties. His average, 80-83 mph slider has modest depth and 12-to-6 curveball shape. Adding tilt would give hitters an east-west offspeed pitch to worry about and would greatly aid his overall pitchability. The Future: De los Santos didn’t appear in an MLB game after a rough start on June 23. He was not part of Philadelphia’s September callups until the final two days of the season, when he was added as an emergency arm. His likely role is as a swingman, but improved command could help him get to a back-end starter.
BA Grade: 45. Risk: Medium Tool Grades: Hit: 45. Power: 45. Field: 50. Arm: 50. Run: 50. Track Record: After helping lead USA Baseball to the 18U World Cup title in 2015, Moniak was the BA High School Player of the Year in 2016. In a class with no clear top prospect, the Phillies chose Moniak first overall. He has yet to live up to the lofty expectations that come with being the top pick, but 2019 was his best pro season. He led the Eastern League with 13 triples and he hit as many home runs (11) as he had in his first two and a half seasons combined. Scouting Report: Scouts regularly note that if you forget that Moniak went 1-1, he’s an OK prospect as a potential fourth outfielder. Moniak provides a reasonably well-rounded tool set, although there are no plus tools. He has gotten strong enough to project fringe-average power. He has some ability to put barrel on ball with a pull-heavy approach that suits his swing and his power, but he doesn’t draw walks and it’s hard to see him posting even league-average on-base percentages. Opinions on his defense differ widely, with some scouts saying he has no hope to play center and others saying he’s perfectly fine there. He’s an average runner. The Future: Moniak should be a major leaguer, but he still has a long way to go to be a regular. He most likely ends up as a backup outfielder who can play all three spots. His improved power gives him a chance to be more than that, but he’ll have to start being more selective as well. A strong second half showed he’s ready for Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
BA Grade: 50. Risk: High Tool Grades: Hit: 50. Power: 40. Field: 55. Arm: 55. Speed: 50. Track Record: Maton’s older brother Phil starred at Louisiana Tech and made it to the Padres’ bullpen just two years after he was drafted. Younger brother Jacob is a pitcher at Coastal Carolina. Like his brothers, Nick has a strong, quick arm, but even when he was his conference’s pitcher of the year as a senior in high school, he was much more focused on hitting. He transferred to Lincoln Land (Ill.) JC after a solid freshman season at Eastern Illinois. Scouting Report: Maton needs to continue to get stronger, but he’s developed some wiry power, giving him a chance to hit 10-12 home runs down the road. He’s altered his setup to try to hit the ball in the air—he now lays his bat across his shoulder to begin his swing. Maton’s bat speed is average, but he’s consistently shown that he can catch up to premium velocity —in fact he seems to prefer when a pitcher tries to blow him away. Maton has gone from being a reliable defender with limited range to a reliable defender with average range at second or shortstop who can sometimes make a highlight-level play. His above-average arm plays up because of a quick release and a good internal clock. The Future: Maton’s excellent makeup, heady play and steady improvement give him a shot to be at least a solid and versatile backup, but you can find evaluators who believe he will top those expectations. He’ll return to Double-A Reading.
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