Phillies: It’s time to let the prospects run free in the major-leagues

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DENVER, CO - AUGUST 05: Jorge Alfaro #38 of the Phliadelphia Phillies walks back to the dugout in the seventh inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on August 5, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - AUGUST 05: Jorge Alfaro #38 of the Phliadelphia Phillies walks back to the dugout in the seventh inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on August 5, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images) /
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With some of the team’s top prospects in the major-leagues, it’s time to let them have at it and get as much playing time as possible.

Times like these are what Phillies fans have been waiting for all season. Aaron Nola is on fire and some of the team’s top prospects are now in the major-leagues. Rhys Hoskins’ promotion Thursday marks the third top-ten prospect that is now in the majors alongside Nick Williams and Jorge Alfaro.

Williams has seen consistent playing time in the outfield since he was promoted to the majors June 30. Hoskins was immediately slotted into the lineup Thursday night and should see significant time in left field and at first base.

However, despite Alfaro being promoted a week ago, he has appeared in just one game. He will start on Friday night, but he has still spent most of his time in the majors so far on the bench. It’s important he gets as much playing time as possible.

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Andrew Knapp, who Alfaro replaced, will likely be out until September according to general manager Matt Klentak, so Alfaro will be in the majors perhaps for the rest of the season. Manager Pete Mackanin has said that Alfaro’s playing time will increase starting Friday: [quote via Matt Breen of Philly.com]

"“I’m going to get him playing time,” manager Pete Mackanin said Thursday.“I’m going to get him in there as much as I can. I want to get a good look at him. I think it’s important to see him.”"

With the season over for all intents and purposes, there’s really only one thing left to do: see what all these prospects can do. Klentak told Breen that he is excited to see what Alfaro and Hoskins can do in the majors:

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"“Alfaro is here because he’s a talented catcher. He’s spent two-thirds of this season in triple A continuing to get better at the things he needs to get better at,” general manager Matt Klentak said. “As with [Rhys] Hoskins, the opportunity presented itself. We had an injury and we needed a catcher. As an organization, we’re big fans of Jorge Alfaro. His work ethic. His leadership. Is he a finished product? No. But most players that come to the big leagues for the first time are not. So we’re happy to have him here and expose him to the big leagues for the foreseeable future. We’ll see what kind of strides he can make up here.​”"

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Seeing the prospects is what fans are excited for in this rebuild, and we are finally getting a glimpse of some of the team’s prospects. When the rosters expand in September, we could see even more make their way to the majors, and hopefully they get some well-earned playing time.

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