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Phillies: 5 Prospects Likely to make an On-Field Impact in 2018

PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 13: Aaron Altherr #23 and J.P. Crawford #2 of the Philadelphia Phillies react at the end of the game against the Miami Marlins at Citizens Bank Park on September 13, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Phillies defeated the Marlins 8-1. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 13: Aaron Altherr #23 and J.P. Crawford #2 of the Philadelphia Phillies react at the end of the game against the Miami Marlins at Citizens Bank Park on September 13, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Phillies defeated the Marlins 8-1. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) /
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PHILADELPHIA, PA – SEPTEMBER 21: Victor Arano
PHILADELPHIA, PA – SEPTEMBER 21: Victor Arano /

Victor Arano

Victor Arano, who is not necessarily a big name prospect among Phillies fans, has a real possibility of competing for a spot during Spring Training and having an impact on the field throughout the season.

A right handed pitcher, Arano played a brief but effective stint with the Phillies in 2017. Originally graded a C+ by the Phillies scouting department, Arano seemingly over performed that grade during his 10 appearances in 2017. He threw a total of 10.2 innings, striking out 13, and accumulating a 1.69 ERA. His time, albeit brief, proved that he can certainly compete at the Major League level.

With a fastball that reaches the mid 90’s along with a slider and changeup to keep hitters off balance, Arano has the stuff and the craftiness to provide strong innings out of the bullpen. With a bullpen that has been a focal point during the offseason, Arano will be a dark horse to bolster an already improving staff of relievers.