Phillies minor-league system: 2017 season in review

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NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 05: J.P. Crawford #2 of the Philadelphia Phillies looks out onto the field before a game against the New York Mets at Citi Field on September 5, 2017 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. Crawford is making his major league debut. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 05: J.P. Crawford #2 of the Philadelphia Phillies looks out onto the field before a game against the New York Mets at Citi Field on September 5, 2017 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. Crawford is making his major league debut. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images) /
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Rookie-Level Gulf Coast League Phillies

The Gulf Coast League Phillies made it to the playoffs for the second straight year, finishing with the best record in the GCL at 36-22, good for a .621 winning percentage. They scored the most runs, had the highest OPS, and had the second-lowest ERA. However, they lost to the Yankees East team in the semifinal, one-game playoff (notice a trend here?)

Yahir Gurrola, Quincy Nieporte, and Ben Pelletier led the Phillies’ offense. Nieporte had a team-leading five home runs and .848 OPS. Pelletier hit three home runs with an .835 OPS while Gurrola had a team-high 147 wRC+, posting a .333/.437/.390 line before jumping up to Williamsport.

The strength of the Phillies’ pitching staff came from the bullpen. The team’s top pitchers by fielding-independent pitching, Jakob Hernandez, Anton Kuznetsov, and Rafael Carvajal all worked almost exclusively from the bullpen.

Fiifth-round pick Ethan Lindow and eighth-rounder Jhordany Mezquita both pitched well. Mezquita finished the season with a 0.72 ERA and and 2.92 strikeout-to-walk ratio while Lindow struck out 11.06 batters per nine innings with with a 3.21 FIP.

Next: Phillies in a battle for dead last/first pick

Francisco Morales was the big name coming from the international signing class, flashing some strong stuff while posting a 3.05 ERA in 10 appearances.

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