Spring training is right around the corner , and now is the time where baseball insiders and beat writers begin to release their top prospects list. Keith Law, of ESPN, put out his top 100, as well as a ranking of the top farm systems. The farm system as a whole dropped from 6 last season all the way down to 14. He stated the reason for the drop was due to under-performance (no duh) as well as injuries.
Last season, J.P Crawford had a rough season at the plate and needs to make adjustments. Mark Appel was having a tough season before receiving season ending injury. There were also some bright spots, the Latin pitching prospects appear to be showing mid-rotation potential, Dylan Cozens and Rhys Hoskins are piling up homerun after homerun.
The Phillies managed to get three players ranked in the top 100:
J.P Crawford – 5
I figured I would start this on a positive note. Having a player in the top 5 is pretty damn good. Crawford was drafted by the Phillies 16th overall in 2013 as Jimmy Rollins’ eventual replacement at short stop. In his first year at Triple-A, he has continued to be a solid fielder with an inconsistent bat. He appeared in the 2014 futures all star game. At only 22 years old he is looking to become a full time starter soon.
Mickey Moniak – 30
Being drafted first overall by the Phillies in the 2016 MLB draft, the expectations for this 18 year old outfielder are through the roof. He finished his first season with the Gulf Coast Phillies with a batting average of.284 with one home run and 28 RBI’s. He is going to be a special player for a long time, this is a fun prospect to watch.
Jorge Alfaro – 45
A key prospect in the Cole Hamels trade, Alfaro keeps jumping up the rankings. Alfaro is ranked this high because of how he has improved upon his shortcomings. Being considered an offensive liability, he has become more active as a batter. He is not so much a reliable guy in terms of getting on base, but he can draw up counts and looks poised to be a solid starter
After a few bad years, the Phillies have one of the better farm systems and look to show that they are better than their 14th ranking. There are several key players to watch in spring training and these are just three of them Lets see what these young guys can do.