2012 Philadelphia Phillies Top 10 Prospects

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, 2011.

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1. Trevor May, rhp
2. Jesse Biddle, lhp
3. Sebastian Valle, c
4. Jonathan Pettibone, rhp
5. Phillippe Aumont, rhp
6. Freddy Galvis, ss
7. Justin DeFratus, rhp
8. Brody Colvin, rhp
9. Jiwan James, of
10. Maikel Franco, 3b
Best Hitter for Average Harold Garcia
Best Power Hitter Larry Greene
Best Strike-Zone Discipline Matt Rizzotti
Fastest Baserunner Roman Quinn
Best Athlete Jiwan James
Best Fastball Phillippe Aumont
Best Curveball Phillippe Aumont
Best Slider Justin DeFratus
Best Changeup Austin Hyatt
Best Control Jonathan Pettibone
Best Defensive Catcher Sebastian Valle
Best Defensive Infielder Freddy Galvis
Best Infield Arm Freddy Galvis
Best Defensive Outfielder Jiwan James
Best Outfield Arm Jiwan James
Catcher Sebastian Valle
First Base Ryan Howard
Second Base Chase Utley
Third Base Maikel Franco
Shortstop Freddy Galvis
Left Field Domonic Brown
Center Field Shane Victorino
Right Field Hunter Pence
No. 1 Starter Cliff Lee
No. 2 Starter Roy Halladay
No. 3 Starter Cole Hamels
No. 4 Starter Trevor May
No. 5 Starter Vance Worley
Closer Phillippe Aumont
Year Player, Position 2011
2002 Marlon Byrd, of Cubs
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 Indians
2008 Carlos Carrasco, rhp Indians
2009 Domonic Brown, of Phillies
2010 Domonic Brown, of Phillies
2011 Domonic Brown, of Phillies
Year Player, Position 2011 Org.
2002 Cole Hamels, lhp Phillies
2003 Tim Moss, 2b (3rd round) Out of baseball
2004 Greg Golson, of Yankees
2005 Mike Costanzo, 3b (2nd round) Reds
2006 Kyle Drabek, rhp Blue Jays
2007 Joe Savery, lhp Phillies
2008 Anthony Hewitt, 3b/of Phillies
2009 Kelly Dugan, of
(2nd round)
2010 Jesse Biddle, lhp Phillies
2011 Larry Greene, of Phillies
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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Philadelphia Phillies

The story of the 2011 Phillies wasn't supposed to end the way it did, or as early as it did.

Philadelphia planned to ride its Phearsome Phoursome to a parade down Broad Street. Instead, the season ended nine victories and four weeks earlier than anticipated, and the organization's worst fears were suddenly realized.

Though the Phillies took their fifth straight National League East title, won a franchise-record 102 games and finished with the best record in baseball for the second straight year, losing to the Cardinals in the NL Division Series made 2011 a disappointment. Anything short of a World Series crown would have been, as Philadelphia entered the postseason as a prohibitive favorite to at least win the pennant.

The 2011 season also marked the end of an era. Just 10 players remained from the 2008 squad that won it all, and those who were left are aging. Come 2012, just five members of the core that changed the franchise's fortunes might remain.

The most successful stretch in Phillies history doesn't have to end—Roy Halladay, Ryan Howard, Cliff Lee and Chase Utley are all signed through at least 2013—but as general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said during his season-in-review news conference, "Change is good." For the second consecutive year, Amaro stressed the need for Philadelphia to get younger, and before the World Series ended the team declined its options on Brad Lidge and Roy Oswalt.

"We did it with our pitching staff, and we have to do it with our position players," Amaro said. "It's a young game played by young players, and hopefully we can get younger."

That will be easier said than done. During the last four seasons, the Phillies have used their farm system to bolster the major league roster. They've traded 17 prospects to acquire Joe Blanton, Cliff Lee, Roy Halladay, Oswalt and Hunter Pence, leaving the system bereft of high-end talent, though there's still plenty of quality depth.

The move to get younger will start with Domonic Brown, who was No. 1 on this list a year ago but no longer qualifies. He could be joined in Philadelphia in 2012 by three of the system's best prospects: hard-throwing relievers Phillippe Aumont and Justin DeFratus and slick-fielding shortstop Freddy Galvis. With Brown's graduation to the big leagues, righthander Trevor May becomes the organization's clear-cut top prospect. First baseman Jonathan Singleton and righthander Jarred Cosart would have competed for that spot had they not been sent to the Astros in the Pence trade.

In an effort to replenish the system, scouting director Marti Wolever took several projectable, high-ceiling athletes in the 2011 draft, including outfielders Larry and Tyler Greene (no relation) and shortstops Roman Quinn and Mitch Walding. Philadelphia also added a pair of promising lefthanders in Adam Morgan and Austin Wright.

Assistant GM for player development Chuck LaMar, who had served in that post since 2008, resigned in early September. He left amid rumors of personality conflicts, despite the admirable job he performed at developing blue-chip prospects. To replace LaMar as farm director (but without the assistant GM title), the Phillies hired Joe Jordan, whose drafts as Orioles scouting director the last seven years included Zach Britton and Matt Wieters.

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