Philadelphia Phillies: Top 10 Prospects

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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, 2008.

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1. Carlos Carrasco, rhp
2. Adrian Cardenas, 2b
3. Joe Savery, lhp
4. Josh Outman, lhp
5. Kyle Drabek, rhp
6. Dominic Brown, of
7. Greg Golson, of
8. Lou Marson, c
9. Drew Carpenter, rhp
10. Jason Jaramillo, c
Best Hitter for Average Adrian Cardenas
Best Power Hitter Greg Golson
Best Strike-Zone Discipline Quintin Berry
Fastest Baserunner Greg Golson
Best Athlete Greg Golson
Best Fastball Carlos Carrasco
Best Curveball Kyle Drabek
Best Slider Josh Outman
Best Changeup Carlos Carrasco
Best Control Drew Carpenter
Best Defensive Catcher Travis D'Arnaud
Best Defensive Infielder Freddy Galvis
Best Infield Arm Freddy Galvis
Best Defensive Outfielder Greg Golson
Best Outfield Arm Greg Golson
Catcher Lou Marson
First Base Ryan Howard
Second Base Chase Utley
Third Base Travis Mattair
Shortstop Jimmy Rollins
Left Field Pat Burrell
Center Field Dominic Brown
Right Field Adrian Cardenas
No. 1 Starter Cole Hamels
No. 2 Starter Brett Myers
No. 3 Starter Carlos Carrasco
No. 4 Starter Joe Savery
No. 5 Starter Josh Outman
Closer Brad Lidge
Year Player, Position 2007
1998 Ryan Brannan, rhp Out of baseball
1999 Pat Burrell, 1b Phillies
2000 Pat Burrell, 1b Phillies
2001 Jimmy Rollins, ss Phillies
2002 Marlon Byrd, of Rangers
2003 Gavin Floyd, rhp White Sox
2004 Cole Hamels, lhp Phillies
2005 Ryan Howard, 1b Phillies
2006 Cole Hamels, lhp Phillies
2007 Carlos Carrasco, rhp Phillies
Year Player, Position 2007
1998 Pat Burrell, 1b Phillies
1999 Brett Myers, rhp Phillies
2000 Chase Utley, 2b Phillies
2001 Gavin Floyd, rhp White Sox
2002 Cole Hamels, lhp Phillies
2003 #Tim Moss, 2b Out of baseball
2004 Greg Golson, of Phillies
2005 ^Mike Costanzo, 3b Phillies
2006 Kyle Drabek, rhp Phillies
2007 Joe Savery, lhp Phillies
^ Second round
# Third round
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
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Jimmy Rollins predicted it in spring training, but the Phillies' chances of overtaking the Mets and winning the National League East seemed bleak on Sept. 12. Philadelphia stood seven games back with 17 to play and looked destined for its fifth straight season with a winning record yet no playoff berth.

But as New York stumbled down the stretch, the Phillies went on a 13-4 run to lock up their first division title since 1993. The impetus behind the playoff push was a trio of homegrown infielders, Ryan Howard, Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley. Howard won the 2006 NL MVP award and Rollins is a favorite to take home the same hardware this year. Utley was a leading contender in the MVP race until he missed a month after an errant pitch broke his right hand.

Howard, Rollins and Utley have formed the heart of the franchise since mid-2005. The farm system made more contributions in 2007, most notably with Kyle Kendrick. Signed away from a Washington State football scholarship as a seventh-round pick in 2003, Kendrick stepped into an injury-riddled rotation in mid-June and won 10 games with a 3.87 ERA that ranked second among Philadelphia starters.

Carlos Ruiz, who signed for a mere $8,000 out of Panama in 1998, took over at catcher and provided steady offense and defense. Michael Bourn provided defense and speed off the bench, and he could take over in center field in 2008 if Aaron Rowand leaves as a free agent. Philadelphia also used lefthander Matt Maloney, a third-round pick in 2005, to plug a rotation hole by trading him to the Reds for Kyle Lohse.

The Phillies led the NL with 892 runs in 2007 and have all of their key hitters with the exception of Rowand locked up for the near future. On the other hand, their 4.76 ERA was the fourth-worst in the league and their rotation is full of long-term questions behind Cole Hamels and Kendrick. So their player-development focus is going to be on pitching.

In the next two years, Carlos Carrasco and Josh Outman should be able to help the rotation. Both finished last season in Double-A and figure to return there to open 2008. Carrasco ranks as the system's No. 1 prospect for the second straight year, while Outman is more advanced and could beat him to Citizen's Bank Park. Shoulder issues were the only reason that Joe Savery fell to the 19th pick of the 2007 draft, and if he's healthy he should rush through the minors.

Philadelphia took home one championship in the minors, as high Class A Clearwater won the Florida State League behind the continued emergence of catcher Lou Marson and the strong pitching of Drew Carpenter. The Rookie-level Dominican Summer League club also put together an impressive run, winning an unprecedented 22 consecutive games.

The 2008 season figures to be the last for general manager Pat Gillick, who now has reached the playoffs with each of the four franchises he has run. Gillick, who won two World Series titles with the Blue Jays, signed a three-year contract to become GM of the Phillies in November 2005. When it expires, his likely successor will be assistant GM Ruben Amaro, who interview for the Astros GM opening that went to former Philadelphia GM Ed Wade.

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