Phillies Prospect Report: Threshers’ Slugger Turning Heads
Which Phillies prospects finished last week on a strong note and who’s slipping in the rankings
The Phillies farm isn’t what it was a couple of years ago when they were rated as the worst farm system in baseball. Now with an abundance of talent, we look at two prospects who are rising among their peers and those who have slid early in the season.
Trending Up: Ramon Rosso, RHP, Lakewood
Rosso is one of many pitchers having a great season so far in Lakewood. It’s only his second professional season, but the 21-year-old has a 1.44 ERA in 25 career games (24 starts).
According to milb.com, Rosso is one of four4 Lakewood pitchers and six BlueClaws to be selected to the South Atlantic League All-Star Game.
As of June 8, the 6’4″ right-hander was 3-1 with a 1.62 ERA in 10 starts. He has two double-digit strikeout performances including 12 Ks in 5.0 innings on April 11 against West Virginia.
Rosso is a strikeout machine, notching 70 of them in 55.2 innings. The downside is that his strikeout numbers have prevented him from going deep into games because he throws so many pitches. He hasn’t pitched more than six full innings all year, but he is nasty.
With bullpen usage increasing every year, starting pitchers only need to go five or six innings now, so Rosso is looking pretty good in Lakewood right now.