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Top Ten Prospects: Philadelphia Phillies
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By Will Kimmey
November 14, 2005

Baseball America's Top 10 Prospects lists are based on projections of a player's long-term worth after discussions with scouting and player-development personnel. All players who haven't exceeded the major league rookie standards of 130 at-bats or 50 innings pitched (without regard to service time) are eligible. Ages are as of April 1, 2006.

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1. Cole Hamels, lhp
2. Greg Golson, of
3. Michael Bourn, of
4. Scott Mathieson, rhp
5. Welinson Baez, ss/3b
6. Mike Costanzo, 3b
7. Brad Harman, ss/2b
8. Tim Moss, 2b
9. Jason Jaramillo, c
10. Edgar Garcia, rhp
Best Hitter for Average Brad Harman
Best Power Hitter Michael Durant
Best Strike-Zone Discipline Michael Bourn
Fastest Baserunner Michael Bourn
Best Athlete Greg Golson
Best Fastball Scott Mathieson
Best Curveball Brett Harker
Best Slider Yoel Hernandez
Best Changeup Cole Hamels
Best Control Cole Hamels
Best Defensive Catcher Jason Jaramillo
Best Defensive Infielder Brad Harman
Best Infield Arm Welinson Baez
Best Defensive Outfielder Michael Bourn
Best Outfield Arm Greg Golson
Team Player, Pos. 2005 Org
1996 Scott Rolen, 3b Cardinals
1997 Scott Rolen, 3b Cardinals
1998 Ryan Brannan, rhp Out of baseball
1999 Pat Burrell, 1b Phillies
2000 Pat Burrell, 1b/of Phillies
2001 Jimmy Rollins, ss Phillies
2002 Marlon Byrd, of Nationals
2003 Gavin Floyd, rhp Phillies
2004 Cole Hamels, lhp Phillies
2005 Ryan Howard, 1b Phillies
Team Player, Pos. 2005 Org
1996 Adam Eaton, rhp Padres
1997 *J.D. Drew, of Dodgers
1998 Pat Burrell, 1b Phillies
1999 Brett Myers, rhp Phillies
2000 Chase Utley, 2b Phillies
2001 Gavin Floyd, rhp Phillies
2002 Cole Hamels, lhp Phillies
2003 Tim Moss, 2b (3rd round) Phillies
2004 Greg Golson, of Phillies
2005 Mike Costanzo, 3b (2nd round) Phillies
* Did not sign
Gavin Floyd, 2001 $4,200,000
Pat Burrell, 1998 $3,150,000
Brett Myers, 1999 $2,050,000
Cole Hamels, 2002 $2,000,000
Chase Utley, 2000 $1,780,000
Pushing the eject button on Larry Bowa’s managerial career netted the Phillies just two more wins in 2005 than the hyper-intense Bowa earned in each of the previous two seasons. Though Philadelphia won 14 of its last 20 games, it still ended up one game behind the Astros in the National League wild-card race.

The 88 wins marked the franchise’s most since it advanced to the World Series in 1993 and gave the Phillies three consecutive winning seasons for the first time since 1975-80. But falling short of the playoffs for the eighth straight year under general manager Ed Wade ultimately cost Wade his job. Team president David Montgomery hired former Blue Jays, Orioles and Mariners GM Pat Gillick as Wade’s replacement, passing over in-house candidates Ruben Amaro Jr. and Mike Arbuckle, both assistant GMs.

Gillick inherits a club coming off its best season in a dozen years, highlighted by a number of good individual player performances. Jimmy Rollins finished the year on a 36-game hit streak. Double-play partner Chase Utley emerged as a team leader and offensive force. Rookie first baseman Ryan Howard replicated the power production of injured slugger Jim Thome.

Pat Burrell bounced back with his best offensive season since 2002. Brett Myers developed into a staff ace. Robinson Tejeda and Eude Brito popped up from the minors to deliver 18 solid starts after injuries to veterans.

Each of those feel-good stories came from a player 28 or younger who was originally drafted or signed by the Phillies. Factor in catcher Mike Lieberthal, Ryan Madson, Jason Michaels and Randy Wolf, and the thrust of the roster is homegrown, a fact not lost on a Philadelphia front office that’s been trying to knock the Braves, the ultimate homegrown franchise, out of first place since 1995.

Though he didn’t get the GM job, Arbuckle has helped acquire and/or develop each of those contributors and plenty more in his 13 years in the organization. He became the Phillies scouting director in 1992, added farm director to his duties in 2000 and became the assistant GM for scouting and player development in 2001. Arbuckle learned from two of the best organization builders in the game, working under Braves scouting director Paul Snyder for 12 years as a scout and then with Phillies GM and manager Paul Owens once he got to Philadelphia.

The system has been thinned out by a lack of draft picks (no club has had fewer picks in the first five rounds since 2000 because of free-agent compensation) and the use of prospects in trades. Each of the Phillies’ six U.S.-based minor league affiliates had a losing record in 2005, and their combined .429 winning percentage was the worst in baseball.

"We don’t have a lot of top-line guys down there," Arbuckle said. "We’ve been hurt by not having a lot of picks and we’ve traded about 20 guys in the last few years to get players like Billy Wagner. Not all 20 were big prospects, but somebody else wanted them, so that says something."

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