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How Each Phillies’ Prospect Fits into the Equation Going Forward

Unless you live under a rock you are well aware the Phillies are not a very good team. Not at all. Bad news is, there are a multitude of holes on this aging, declining roster. Questions in the back end of the rotation, inexperienced bullpen and a lineup that just doesn’t produce are part of the many problems concerning the Phillies. With millions of dollar already committed to a handful of players, the Phightins’ may need to look in their minor league system to fill some of their holes. Let’s take a look at who can potentially help in the near future.

AAA (IronPigs)

Morgan recently returned from a rotator cuff injury.

Cesar Hernandez, 23 , 2B/CF*- Hernandez is a contact-hitting second baseman. I put the asterisk next to “CF” because recently he has been getting work there down in AA. Assuming he stays at second, he could be Chase Utley’s replacement if Utley’s three vesting options don’t kick in and he just stays the two years. Hernandez is an above average hitter and fielder.

Freddy Galvis, 23, SS/3B/OF- The versatile Galvis is a plus defender but below average with the bat. I see him being more of a utility man than a starter. Due to his versatility, he will be able to give multiple guys off days every week and keep them fresh. He also would be a great late-inning defensive replacement in the field.

Tommy Joseph, 21, C*- The centerpiece in the Hunter Pence deal last year, Joseph has above average power for a catcher. However, due to sustaining three concussion so far in his career, he may be subject to a position change. If he can stay healthy enough to remain a catcher, he most certainly will be the Phillies catcher of the future for many years to come.

Adam Morgan, 23, P- Morgan has bounced back nicely since his return from a slight tear in his rotator cuff a few months back. If not for the injury, Morgan most likely would’ve been with the team at some point this year. He will compete for a spot in the rotation next spring.

Notables: Leandro Castro (CF), Tyson Gillies (OF), Cameron Rupp (C), Mauricio Robles (RP), Phillippe Aumont (RP), Tyler Cloyd (SP)

AA (Fightin’ Phils)

Franco has been killing it with AA Reading (via MILB BallparkGuide)

Maikel Franco, 20, 3B: The Phillies top prospect is the power hitting Maikel Franco. In Reading Franco is hitting .339-9-36. At just 20 years old, Franco gives Phillies fans a lot of excitement for the future. Possibly a star in the making, Franco could very well be on the Phillies at some point next year.

Kelly Dugan, 22, OF: The Phillies first pick back in ’09, Dugan was slowed down by injuries his first few years in pro ball. Now staying healthy, Dugan could help the Phillies in the outfield in a few years. He is hitting .272 with 6 home runs and 14 RBIs in 35 games for Reading.

Jesse Biddle, 21, P: The top pitching prospect in the system, Biddle is 4-12 with a 3.72 ERA. Don’t let the record fool you, however. Biddle has been a victim of a lack of run support and an inconsistent bullpen. The big concern with Biddle is his walks. He has issued 72 walks to go with his impressive 137 strikeouts. Biddle could develop into a solid pitcher in The Show.

Notables: Brody Colvin (SP), Jay Johnson (RP), Albert Cartwright (2B), Anthony Hewitt (RF)

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One Comment on “How Each Phillies’ Prospect Fits into the Equation Going Forward”

  1. Mike Battista
    August 16, 2013 at 4:30 pm #

    Franco excites me the most. Looking forward to seeing him in the near future.

    Article was very nicely written!!

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