August 2022 – Phillies Country

August 19, 2022

Mick Abel is among the leading leads in the Phillies system. (Cheryl Pursell)

With the draft and also profession target date behind us and also the baseball period heading towards its stretch run, Phillies Country has actually constructed its latest Philly Phillies possibility positions. The upgraded top-15 possibility checklist was put together by Tim Kelly, Fate Lugardo, Nathan Ackerman and also myself, Ty Daubert.

As specified in previous variations of this possibility checklist, analyses of these leads are based upon the play the Phillies Country team has actually seen covering these gamers in-person, evaluation of movie, discussions with precursors, trainers and also various other gamer growth employees and also info from electrical outlets such as Baseball AmericaFanGraphsPotential Customers Live and also MLB Pipe.

The Phillies system remains in a unique area now in time as gamers like infielder Bryson Stott and also Matt Vierling have actually finished to the major leagues and also leads such as catcher Logan O’Hoppe and also right-hander Ben Brown were dealt at the target date. However, while the deepness of the group’s possibility swimming pool is doing not have, there are still a couple of top-tier gamers in the ranch that bring assurance to the future of the company.

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1. Andrew Painter, RHP

Among the outbreak leads of the 2022 period, Painter has actually controlled in his very first complete period, beginning the period in Low-A Clearwater, quiting at High-A Jacket Coast and also currently heading to Double-An Analysis. The 2021 very first rounder has actually revealed exclusive power things at just 19 years of ages, uploading a 1.19 age in 17 begins while starting out 14.1 batters per 9. It’s still extremely early, yet the 6-foot-7 righty has actually blinked the ingredients of an influence beginning bottle that can relocate with the system faster than several of his peers.

2. Mick Abel, RHP

Abel, commemorating his 21st birthday celebration at the launch of this checklist, was a first-round choice in 2020, and also will certainly likewise be making his means to Double-A. Until now this period in Jacket Coast, he has a 4.01 age in 18 begins. The pure things doesn’t blow batters away on the exact same degree as Painter, yet his sophisticated feeling for the heater and also slider make Abel an additional top-level throwing possibility with some extra space to expand.

3. Griff McGarry, RHP

A fifth-round choose of Virginia in 2021, McGarry has actually increased with the rankings instead rapidly as he got to Double-A earlier this summer season. In 17 begins, he has a 3.26 age and also is starting out 14.0 per 9. McGarry might not be as sleek as Painter or Abel, yet his power arsenal provides the Phillies a 3rd genuine starting-pitching possibility while having the prospective to assist the group in the major leagues in the future.

4. Justin Crawford, OF

The 18-year-old boy of previous Tampa florida Bay Rays All-Star Carl Crawford was absorbed the preliminary of this year’s draft in July. Crawford’s rate is an influence device, making him a top-level protective facility fielder and also an excellent baserunner. The power is where he will certainly need to create, making the young left-handed player among the much more interesting gamers to comply with.

5. Hao Yu Lee, INF

The 19-year-old Lee, that authorized with the Phillies last summer season out of Taiwan, has actually assembled rather a wonderful period at home plate in Low-A Clearwater. With an .818 OPS, the 2nd baseman has actually blinked his capacity to make get in touch with, struck with pop, take strolls and also restrict his strikeouts. If he advances this course, Lee can end up being an extremely strong well-rounded right-handed player in the majors.

6. Johan Rojas, OF

Rojas, 22, has actually captured individuals’s interest with his rate this period in Jacket Coast and also Analysis, swiping 49 bases while just being captured two times. That exact same speed aids him in the outfield, where he plays an excellent facility area. The huge enigma for Rojas is his on-base capacity and also pitch choice; he has just a .290 OBP in 2022.

7. Francisco Morales, RHP

After an irregular 2021 period as a starter, the Phillies relocated Morales to the bullpen for this period. With a high-velocity mix of his heater and also slider, right stuff has actually accentuated out of the bullpen. The control, on the various other hand, has actually not constantly been there for Morales as he’s jumped about in between Analysis, Triple-A Lehigh Valley and also the majors. Still, the assurance of a prominent reducer is definitely there for the 22-year-old.

8. Erik Miller, LHP

Lately advertised to Lehigh Valley, the 24-year-old lefty has actually had a strong period after an injury-riddled 2021. At 6-foot-5, his heater and also slider appear to play, yet a relocate to the bullpen can make one of the most feeling as he’s been made use of primarily as a starter without going deep right into video games.

9. Simón Muzziotti, OF

Regardless of a large amount of unluckiness over the previous 2 periods, Muzziotti has actually shown his possibility as a center-field alternative with excellent protection and also strong hit device. After missing out on a lot of last period as a result of a visa concern, the 23-year-old has actually struck the damaged checklist two times this year, including today after enduring a season-ending injury. However when Muzziotti got on the area, he created, uploading a .744 OPS as he hung out in both Reviewing and also Lehigh Valley after a short job in the majors.

10. Ethan Wilson, OF

Recognized for his hit device and also possibility for power, the 2021 2nd rounder has actually had a little bit of an unsatisfactory period in Jacket Coast, yet the capacity he displayed in university at South Alabama suffices to maintain anybody from surrendering on him yet. Wilson, 22, is purely an edge outfielder, so the bat will certainly require to lug him throughout his job.

11. Gabriel Rincones Jr., OF

Rincones, prepared in the 3rd round this year out of Florida Atlantic, had an intriguing course to professional round. Elevated in Scotland, he relocated to the USA for secondary school and also ended up being a top power player in the process. The 21-year-old had elite exit-velocity numbers in university, causing his choice early in Day 2 as a left-handed bat with benefit.

12. Jordan Viars, OF

Viars, in 2014’s 3rd rounder, has actually handled injury issues this period and also has actually had a hard time in novice round. Still, he’s just 19 years of ages with several of the most effective raw power in the Phillies company.

13. William Bergolla Jr., INF

Among the leading global leads this year, Bergolla authorized with the Phillies in January out of Venezuela. The 17-year-old is a plus protector at shortstop, and also he’s pleased as a call player in the Dominican Summer Season Organization.

14. Andrew Baker, RHP

Baker, 22, is a hard-throwing alleviation possibility in Jacket Coast. He hasn’t worked in video games this period, uploading a 5.50 PERIOD, yet the 100-mph speed is still alluring. While there’s no assurance he figures it out, right stuff is there for Baker.

15. Alex McFarlane, RHP

A fourth-round choose of Miami this year, McFarlane is an additional bottle with a top-level heater and also slider combination. He’s begun in university, yet some control concerns can require the 21-year-old to the bullpen.


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