Phillies: Top five MLB Draft classes since 1998

Rhys Hoskins #17 and Aaron Nola #27 of the Philadelphia Phillies (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
Rhys Hoskins #17 and Aaron Nola #27 of the Philadelphia Phillies (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) /
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PHILADELPHIA, PA – APRIL 27: Rhys Hoskins #17 of the Philadelphia Phillies fist bumps Aaron Nola #27 after the top of the seventh inning against the Atlanta Braves at Citizens Bank Park on April 27, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Phillies defeated the Braves 7-3. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) /

2. 2014, Aaron Nola, Rhys Hoskins, Brandon Leibrandt & Damek Tomscha

Recent history has proven to be positive for the Phillies with at least two pieces of the future selected in the 2014 class. Aaron Nola has established himself as a young ace with Cy Young award potential early in his career. Winning 12 games last season Nola has already won seven in 2018 with a 2.18 ERA in 12 starts.

Hoskins looked like an MVP candidate from the end of last season to early 2018 before a month-long slump ended with a fractured jaw. If Hoskins returns to rookie form when he returns in a couple of weeks the Phillies will be both relieved and ecstatic. Even with the month-long slump, he’s averaging a home run every four games in his career.

CLEARWATER, FL – FEBRUARY 20: Brandon Leibrandt #69 of the Philadelphia Phillies poses for a portrait on February 20, 2018 at Spectrum Field in Clearwater, Florida. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)
CLEARWATER, FL – FEBRUARY 20: Brandon Leibrandt #69 of the Philadelphia Phillies poses for a portrait on February 20, 2018 at Spectrum Field in Clearwater, Florida. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images) /

Leibrandt and Tomscha are working their ways up through the system with Tomscha recently joining his classmate in Lehigh Valley. The lefty Leibrandt has bounced between the pen and rotation all season with a 1.09 ERA in 13 games, four being starts. He allowed zero runs in his first 27 innings of the season with 16 strikeouts for the IronPigs.

Tomscha hit .302 with nine home runs for Reading before being promoted to Lehigh Valley. The third baseman has two hits in his first three games and is a career .283 hitter since being drafted out of Auburn in the 17th round.

Pitcher Matt Imhof was the Phillies second-round pick, but a training accident resulted in the loss of his right eye.

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