Phillies: 5 Philadelphia Prospects Expected To Debut In 2017

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Mar 13, 2016; Tampa, FL, USA; Philadelphia Phillies shortstop J.P. Crawford (77) sits in the dugout against the New York Yankees at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 13, 2016; Tampa, FL, USA; Philadelphia Phillies shortstop J.P. Crawford (77) sits in the dugout against the New York Yankees at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports /
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Sep 20, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; From left to right Philadelphia Phillies general manager Matt Klentak and top prospects pitcher Ben Lively and outfielder Dylan Cozens and first baseman Rhys Hoskins prior to a game against the Chicago White Sox at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports /

Ben Lively (pictured right next to Phillies GM Matt Klentak), was acquired from the Reds following the 2014 season for OF Marlon Byrd.

Ben Lively was sensational in 2016. Going an impressive 18-5 with a 2.69 ERA in 170.2 innings combined for Reading and Lehigh Valley.

Lively is a command savvy right-hander, who relies on deception and contact for success. With solid defense behind him, his slightly above average arsenal should help him find success.

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Lively is almost 25 now, with a steady building workload (465.1 IP past three seasons) He’s probably ready now, but will have to wait for the opportunity to arrive before he’s called to Philly.

However, he’ll be first in line for a call up next season, and should be up at some point.

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