Philadelphia Phillies Top-25 Prospects for 2020
The Philadelphia Phillies 2020 Top-25 list features two blue-chip prospects at the top who should be debuting in Philadelphia in the coming season. The system also boasts talent on the brink of being major league ready along with some future potential breakouts. The Phillies Top-25 list has some depth which puts the organization around the middle of the pack in minor league systems today.
Minor League Affiliates
Triple-A: Lehigh Valley (International League)
Double-A: Reading (Eastern League)
Single-A (Advanced): Clearwater (Florida State League)
Single-A (Full): Lakewood (South Atlantic League)
Single-A (Short-Season): Williamsport (New York-Penn League)
Rookie: Two teams each in the Gulf Coast League and Dominican Summer League.
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Philadelphia Phillies Top-25 Prospects
1. Alec Bohm, 3B/1B, Bats: R, Age: 23, ETA 2020
2019 Stats (A, A+, AA): .305/.378/.518/.896, 30 2B, 4 3B, 21 HR, 6/10 SB, 10.5 BB%, 13.5 K%, 475 AB
We kick off our Philadelphia Phillies Top-25 Prospects list with the 3rd overall pick in the 2018 draft. Alec Bohm is on the brink of contributing to the Phillies MLB team after a strong campaign across three levels and the Arizona Fall League. We saw this year why many dynasty managers are excited about Bohm’s skill set. He is a big 6’5″ power hitter who makes plenty of contact while limiting strikeouts.
Bohm has developed in hitters havens throughout his minor league career, which should be no different once he ascends to the bandbox of Citizens Bank Park. Bohm’s ultimate defensive home will likely be at 1B even though he may break in at the hot corner. Regardless of where he plays defensively, he’s one of the top offensive corner infield prospects in the game today.
2. Spencer Howard, RHP, Age: 23, ETA 2020
2019 Stats (RK, A+, AA): 71 IP, 2.03 ERA, 0.83 WHIP, 2.0 BB/9, 11.9 K/9
Howard saw a 2019 season that saw him become one of the biggest pitching prospect risers in dynasty baseball. There’s an argument for him being on top of the Philadelphia Phillies Top-25 Prospects list. He capped off a stellar season with 6 starts in the the Arizona Fall League, proving he’s near big league ready with a 2.11 ERA, 0.93 WHIP and 10 BB: 27 K in 21.1 IP.
He’s athletic on the mound with a sturdy frame and uses his lower half well, and operates from a high 3/4 arm slot. Howard’s arsenal is led by a dynamite fastball that sits in the mid to high 90’s. The nasty changeup is a weapon with good double digit velocity separation from his fastball. Howard has two breaking balls, where the power slider is ahead of the curveball at present. He should be pitching in the Phillies rotation at some point in the upcoming season, and is a surefire top 10 pitching prospect in dynasty baseball.
3. Bryson Stott, SS, Bats: L, Age: 22, ETA 2022
2019 Stats (RK, A-): .295/.391/.494/.885, 9 2B, 3 3B, 6 HR, 16/20 SB, 19.5 BB%, 13.8 K%, 222 AB
Stott had a successful professional debut after being selected 14th overall in the 2019 draft. Stott is a safe bet to be a major league player and stick up the middle defensively. He’s a tall 6’3″ SS and moves pretty well for a player of his stature. At the plate, he has a vertical stance and holds his hands up near his left ear. His power comes from this leverage and he could unlock more power if he can incorporate his lower half more. Stott is more of an instinctual base stealer rather than a player with blazing speed, and should produce double digit SB in the majors.
He was a whisker shy of a sought after .300/.400/.500 season, and he walked more than he struck out. Stott could be an annual 15 HR/15 SB candidate in the big leagues, making him a solid producer on any roster.
4. Francisco Morales, RHP, Age: 20, ETA 2022
2019 Stats (A): 96.2 IP, 3.82 ERA, 1.32 WHIP, 4.3 BB/9, 12.0 K/9
Morales is a high upside arm who had a good showing in his first taste of full season ball. The Phillies alternated him in every other outing as a starter and three inning reliever starting in the 6th inning. This kept him on regular rest while controlling his workload.
Morales features a big, live fastball with arm side run. The other plus pitch is a devastating slider. Both the slider and the average changeup make him especially tough on lefties, as they only put up a low .196 AVG and .281 SLG (as opposed to RH with a .248 AVG and .400 SLG). He has a great stride on the mound and his supreme stuff plays up due to his athleticism and 6’4″ length. He’ll be ready to take over the system’s top pitching prospect designation once Howard graduates.
5. Kendall Simmons, SS, Bats: R, Age: 20, ETA 2023
2019 Stats (A-): .234/.333/.520/.854, 7 2B, 3 3B, 12 HR, 5/11 SB, 9.8 BB%, 26.3 K%, 171 AB
Simmons is an exciting athlete who flashes loud tools on the diamond. He has plate skills and flashes balanced contact with the ability to drive the ball to all fields. There’s some moving parts in the swing, but the bat speed and strength are apparent. He can really drive the ball in the air to the pull side. Simmons moved between 2B, 3B, and SS during his stint in Low-A in 2019.
His plus arm, range, and movement on the field will help him contribute all over. He may peak as a moderate base-stealing threat, but Simmons is the type of athlete who with some refinement at the plate could be really exciting. Simmons has the kind of talent to be atop future Phillies prospect lists.
6. Luis Garcia, SS/2B, Bats: S, Age: 19, ETA 2023
2019 Stats (A): .186/.261/.255/.516, 14 2B, 3 3B, 4 HR, 9/17 SB, 8.4 BB%, 25.2 K%, 467 AB
There’s a lot to like in Garcia as a prospect. While he might have been overmatched in an aggressive assignment in full-season ball at only 18 years old, Garcia shows pitch recognition and can lay off pitches out of the zone. The parts of the LH swing are more unified and balanced where he produced all 4 HR despite a .170 AVG.
His actions are smooth defensively on either side of 2B and his strong throwing arm could help him remain at SS. It may take longer for it all to come together than we previously thought, but stick with Garcia and he should reward your dynasty team with your patience.
7. Johan Rojas, OF, Bats: R, Age: 19, ETA 2023
2019 Stats (RK, A-): .265/.313/.429/.741, 11 2B, 11 3B, 2 HR, 14/20 SB, 5.5 BB%, 16.0 K%, 238 AB
Rojas gained some end of summer buzz in the dynasty community from his performance in 2019. He’s a high-wasted, slim 6’1″ with plus speed and could wind up with average hit and power. Rojas has great bat speed and shows he can put the bat on the ball. I like his low hands, upright stance with a belt-high leg kick, which should help get to game power.
His approach differed in his two levels in 2019: he had a 10.7% BB rate in the GCL and a 2.9% BB rate in the NYPL. As he gets used to seeing more advanced secondaries, the BB rate should climb back up. Rojas has an upward arrow on his name and a player you’ll want to target in dynasty.
8. Adonis Medina, RHP, Age: 23, ETA 2021
2019 Stats (A): 105.2 IP, 4.94 ERA, 1.36 WHIP, 3.5 BB/9, 7.0 K/9
Medina has an efficient delivery that is smooth and easy. He can reach back for 95 mph on the fastball when he needs it. He has changed his windup over time, where previously he had his hands over his head and he’s since simplified it to bringing the hands down to the belt instead. Medina has some platoon issues with lefties, who had a .302 AVG with a .858 OPS in 2019. It’s possible from breaking down film that lefties may pick up the curveball out of his hand better than righties do.
Medina has four effective offerings, where the changeup leads the arsenal. Medina’s best at being around the zone and generating weak contact, as he’s kept HR in check despite pitching in some friendly hitting environments.
9. Mickey Moniak, OF, Bats: L, Age: 22, ETA 2020
2019 Stats (AA): .252/.303/.439/.742, 28 2B, 13 3B, 11 HR, 15/18 SB, 6.5 BB%, 22.1 K%, 465 AB
The former 1st overall pick in 2016 has revitalized the vision of being a future big-league contributor by putting together a solid 2019. Moniak registered his first double-digit HR season while scurrying to 28 doubles and 13 triples. Moniak has added mass over his professional career but not at the expense of any speed. A bunch of other positives from the year: he set career bests in SB % (83%), GB% (39.7%) and BB% (6.5%).
Primarily a CF defensively, he also logged substantial time in RF to add versatility. While Moniak didn’t have the same offensive success in the AFL at season’s end, this was a big year of development for the still-young outfielder.
10. Jamari Baylor, SS, Bats: R, Age: 19, ETA 2024
2019 Stats (RK): .273/.333/.455/.788, 2 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 0/0 SB, 8.3 BB%, 16.7 K%, 11 AB
If not for injuries that cut his professional debut to 4 G, Baylor would have likely produced enough to be a dynasty first year player draft favorite. This creates an ideal buying window for the toolsy Baylor. His overall skill set is one to chase as a power-speed hitter who projects to stay in the infield. If Baylor is available in a league that rosters over 200 minor league players, he’s a worthwhile add.
11. Simon Muzziotti, OF, Bats: L, Age: 21, ETA 2022
2019 Stats (A+): .287/.337/.372/.709, 21 2B, 3 3B, 3 HR, 21/32 SB, 6.8 BB%, 12.9 K%, 425 AB
Muzziotti is a plus hit, plus speed outfielder with below-average game power at present. He features a pretty left-handed swing that is line drive and contact-oriented. His balance can be susceptible to off-speed in terms of driving the ball with authority. But Muzziotti can make enough ground ball contact for his legs to take over and manufacture hits.
Muzziotti’s 122 hits were good for 5th overall in the Florida State League in 2019. If he’s able to lift the ball more with adding strength, there’s potential for a pretty interesting dynasty player. At this point, he’ll probably peak as a second division starter with a great glove. He has enough talent to surpass that floor and is a worthwhile flier.
12. Damon Jones, LHP, Age: 25, ETA 2020
2019 Stats (A+, AA, AAA): 114.1 IP, 2.91 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, 4.6 BB/9, 12.0 K/9
In 2019, Jones had 13 starts with 7 or more K’s, including a 12 K start in his Double-A debut. He struck out 31% of righty’s and 36% of lefty hitters, showing he can set down just about anybody with his 4 offerings. The curveball and slider are both putaway pitches that are especially tough with his crossfire delivery. He can spot the curve for called strikes too. The fastball can touch 96 mph and plays up even more coming from his 6’5″ frame and long stride. Jones has a bat-missing role in the future with the potential for it to be in the rotation.
13. Erik Miller, LHP, Age: 22, ETA 2022
2019 Stats (RK, A-, A): 36 IP, 1.50 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, 3.8 BB/9, 13.0 K/9
The Phillies 4th round pick in 2019 out of Stanford, Miller is a lefty who could develop two-plus secondaries in the slider and changeup. Miller can bring the fastball up to the mid 90’s with sink. The command will ultimately dictate his role, though he has impressed at three levels and could keep moving quickly.
14. Starlyn Castillo, RHP, Age: 18, ETA 2024
2019 Stats (RK): 9.1 IP, 7.71 ERA, 1.82 WHIP, 7.7 BB/9, 9.6 K/9
Castillo is a highly touted 2018 J2 signing who debuted this past season in the GCL at only 17 years old. He’s a barrel-chested 6’0″ with very long arms and sturdy legs. He has picturesque mechanics and drives effectively with his lower half. Castillo is relatively advanced given his age and experience.
15. JoJo Romero, LHP, Age: 23, ETA 2020
2019 Stats (AA, AAA): 111.1 IP, 5.82 ERA, 1.55 WHIP, 3.8 BB/9, 7.4 K/9
Romero doesn’t have the overpowering fastball, but he has a deep 5 pitch arsenal. He gets plenty of ground ball outs and weak contact, so he could be effective in the hitter-friendly Citizens Bank Park. He struggled to find the zone in Triple-A, sporting a very low 1.9% K-BB% (as opposed to 16.9% at Double-A). Romero pitched effectively in relief during the AFL last year with a 0.84 ERA in 10.2 IP. Romero should impact the Phillies in 2020 in a multi-inning role, and could wind up as a back of the rotation starter.
16. Enyel De Los Santos, RHP, Age: 24, ETA Debuted in 2018
2019 Stats (AAA): 94 IP, 4.40 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, 3.4 BB/9, 7.9 K/9
2019 Stats (MLB): 11 IP, 7.36 ERA, 1.64 WHIP, 4.1 BB/9, 7.4 K/9
De Los Santos is very close to graduating from the Phillies 2020 Top-25 as he’s had two straight seasons of stints in Philadelphia. He features a fastball that averages 93 mph and touches 98 mph, but the spin rate is below average in the 28th percentile. De Los Santos also works with a changeup, slider, and the rarely used curveball. He has only thrown one slider to a lefty hitter in his 30 IP in the big leagues, which could develop as another option. De Los Santos is on his third organization (Seattle and San Diego) and he appears to have a big league future. He may not end up as a particularly impactful dynasty player outside of the deepest leagues.
17. Matt Vierling, OF, Bats: R, Age: 23, ETA 2022
2019 Stats (A+): .232/.297/.329/.626, 23 2B, 2 3B, 5 HR, 22/27 SB, 7.0 BB%, 19.5 K%, 431 AB
Vierling had a strong 2018 season that saw his dynasty stock rise as a power-speed target. He’s become a bit overlooked in the Phillies system from 2019. Vierling had some encouraging signs from this season: he posted career highs in BB rate and lifted the ball at the highest rate of his career. Only 23 years old, Vierling is a worthwhile add at the back of your minor league roster in deeper dynasty leagues.
18. Connor Seabold, RHP, Age: 24, ETA 2020
2019 Stats (RK, A+, AA): 56.1 IP, 2.24 ERA, 1.01 WHIP, 1.8 BB/9, 9.3 K/9
Seabold is a strike-thrower who had an impressive end of season run in the AFL (22K in 17 IP). He has a low effort, repeatable delivery that can hold up over an outing. The slider and changeup have advanced to help him have three at least average offerings and turn over a lineup. With continued health, Seabold could earn spot starts in 2020 and hopes to show enough to stick in the rotation.
19. Jhailyn Ortiz, Bats: R, Age: 21, ETA 2022
2019 Stats (A+): .200/.272/.381/.653, 15 2B, 3 3B, 19 HR, 2/5 SB, 7.5 BB%, 31.2 K%, 430 AB
Jhailyn Ortiz garnered some hype in 2017 in where he produced a 3/4/5 triple slash in the NYPL. Since then, Ortiz has put up a .212 AVG over the last two seasons and has struggled to make contact. He’s a big bodied slugger who can show his loudest tools on any given night: pull side power and throwing ability. He’ll need to take steps forward with the hit tool to be able to get to his power more consistently in games and project as big leaguer.
20. Ethan Lindow, RHP, Age: 21, ETA 2022
2019 Stats (A, A+): 110.2 IP, 2.52 ERA, 1.01 WHIP, 1.8 BB/9, 9.7 K/9
The Phillies have done well in their drafts targeting big lefties after the first few rounds (Miller, Jones), and Lindow fits that bill. He has some of the better command of his arsenal on the list. Joined with the ability to put away hitters, Lindow has some potential. He will be tested in the upper minors, but his pitchability and competitiveness should raise the probability he reaches a rotation ceiling.
21. Nick Maton, IF, Bats: L, Age: 23, ETA 2021
2019 Stats (A+, AA): .266/.349/.376/.725, 17 2B, 3 3B, 7 HR, 12/21 SB, 11.0 BB%, 18.6 K%, 399 AB
Maton is an infielder that saw action primarily at SS in 2019, and he also played at both 2B and 3B defensively. He’s a thin-built player with a contact-oriented approach. His speed and throwing arm hover around plus. Though he has below average power, Maton showed a clear shift in 2019 where he set career highs in pull % and FB %. If his hit tool can get to at least average, Maton could run into some power, produce some speed, and has the athleticism to find a spot defensively.
22. Jose Pujols, OF, Bats: R, Age: 23, ETA 2020
2019 Stats (RK): 0-5 in 5 Rehab AB
If not for an ankle injury that sapped Pujols of almost an entire season, we could be talking about a power/OBP player that could have cracked the MLB team this past year. In 2018 between High-A and Double-A, Pujols cracked 22 HR with a .295/.365/.503 triple slash. The output also came with a 33% K rate. Pujols is a corner outfield profile that is gifted physically at a lean 6’3″. Pujols will have some pressure to produce as positionally he’s well blocked in Philadelphia, but he could gain value with a move to another organization.
23. Rafael Marchan, Bats: S, Age: 21, ETA 2023
2019 Stats (A, A+): .261/.333/.325/.658, 20 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 2/7 SB, 8.5 BB%, 11.1 K%, 314 AB
Marchan has about everything you look for in a catching prospect outside of raw power. The hit tool leads the offensive package and he is an excellent defender. Marchan can drive the ball gap to gap, limit strikeouts, and get on base at a healthy clip. At 5’9″ it is hard to envision more than below average game power, but Marchan has the foundation of a starter’s profile. He’s well built and also has a little speed. If the game power can tick up just a bit, he should be deep league relevant.
24. Austin Listi, IF/OF, Bats: R, Age: 26, ETA 2020
2019 Stats (AA, AAA): .252/.344/.434/.778, 24 2B, 2 3B, 19 HR, 1/5 SB, 10.5 BB%, 19.4 K%, 468 AB
Listi is a useful utility player who can play 1B, 3B, LF, and RF. A righty, Listi hits from a low crouch and has a strong lower half which helps him generate pull side fly balls. List is not a burner, but his athleticism and strength play up his movements on the field. Listi can provide power and on-base acumen from the bench and chip in defensively all over the field.
25. Josh Stephen, OF, Bats: L, Age: 22, ETA 2021
2019 Stats (AA): .271/.342/.483/.826, 29 2B, 6 3B, 12 HR, 7/13 SB, 9.7 BB%, 27.3 K%, 399 AB
Stephen sneaks on this list due to his hitting capabilities. He is relatively limited defensively to the corner outfield which could limit his opportunities. While Reading is a notoriously good place to hit, Stephen flashed solid hit and power tools in 2019.
Next 10 Phillies Prospects: Mauricio Llovera (RHP), Victor Santos (RHP), Cristopher Sanchez (LHP), Kyle Glogoski (RHP), Arquimedes Gamboa (SS), Kyle Young (LHP), Darick Hall (1B), Daniel Brito (2B), Kevin Gowdy (RHP), Seth Lancaster (UTIL).
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