Phillies: Five prospects who had breakout seasons in 2018

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NEW YORK, NY - JULY 10: Enyel De Los Santos #51 of the Philadelphia Phillies pitches against the New York Mets during their game at Citi Field on July 10, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 10: Enyel De Los Santos #51 of the Philadelphia Phillies pitches against the New York Mets during their game at Citi Field on July 10, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images) /
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<> at Bright House Field on March 9, 2017 in Clearwater, Florida. /

The Minor League season is over and there are a few prospects that stood out this year in the Phillies’ system.

For years the Phillies farm systems was among the worst in baseball, but thanks to trades and changes in the front office the minor league system is stocked with quality, young talent.

Let’s start with the first of two Paul Owens award recipients as the Phillies’ best minor league players.

David Parkinson, LHP, Lakewood/Clearwater

The 22-year-old left hander started the season in Lakewood and instantly made a name for himself. In 17 starts, he was 8-1 with a 1.51 ERA. He added four more starts and a relief appearance in Clearwater, pitching to a 3-0 record and a 1.24 ERA in 29.0 innings.

Parkinson’s season in Lakewood was highlighted by a seven inning complete game shutout on July 22 against Hagerstown. In that outing, Parkinson gave up four hits, walking none and striking out seven on an efficient 81 pitches.

His best outing for Clearwater came in his first start for the Threshers on Aug. 4. In the win, Parkinson again tossed seven innings of two hit shutout ball, walking two and striking out seven on 75 pitches.

His combined statistics for 2018 were impressive. This summer, Parkinson went 11-1 with a 1.45 ERA in 22 appearances (21 starts). The lefty pitched 124.1 innings with 141 strikeouts, a 1.01 WHIP. Opponents hit just .202 against him and he only surrendered 20 earned runs the entire season.

The 2017 12th round pick truly broke out this year. The Phillies will expect him to take another step and move up in the organization next season.

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