Phillies represent in latest MLB Pipeline prospect rankings
Several of the Phillies exciting prospects are being ranked among baseball’s best.
Three of the Phillies top prospects have been ranked by MLB Pipeline as a top-100 prospect.
In the latest ranking published this week, Phillies prospects Alec Bohm (35), Spencer Howard (89), and Bryson Stott (90) were all ranked within the top-100.
Bohm and Stott are the Phillies most recent first round picks, while Howard (drafted 45th overall in 2017) has been a fast-rising prospect within the organization.
Falling off the list was Adonis Medina, who failed to live up to expectations in Double-A Reading after posting a 4.94 ERA in 22 games.
The ranking moved Howard up to second on the team’s top-30 list behind Bohm, and placed Stott ahead of Medina.
Bohm and Howard are expected to contribute at the big league level at some point in 2020, while the shortstop Stott is still a couple of years away.
The rankings also show how weak Philadelphia’s farm system is beyond their top three prospects. Former top prospect Sixto Sanchez, who was traded to Miami in the J.T. Realmuto deal, is ranked 23rd on the list. No other Philly prospects were likely close to hitting the top-100, which stings after the organization took Mickey Moniak first overall in 2016.
Cornelius Randolph, the organization’s 2015 first round pick, hasn’t made great strides, hitting .247 in Double-A this year.
During this rebuild, the Phillies had an opportunity to take a lot of young players high in the draft, but only Aaron Nola has materialized. The jury is still out on Adam Haseley, who might start in center field on opening day in 2020.
There have been missed opportunities for Philadelphia to grow a farm system like the Rays, Twins, White Sox, Astros, and Giants, but they’ve simply fallen flat.