Three of the Phillies top prospects are considered to be among baseball’s best.
MLB Pipeline unveiled their annual top 100 prospects rankings, which included three of the Phillies best and brightest young stars.
Top prospects Alec Bohm (30) Spencer Howard (34), and Bryson Stott (87) each received recognition this year, one of many for Bohm and Howard.
This is the first time Stott, the Phillies 2019 first round pick, has appeared on the list. He’s unranked on Baseball America’s list (subscription required) and not among MLB Pipeline’s top 10 shortstop prospects, which is loaded with several major league ready pieces.
In 44 games for Low-A Williamsport Stott hit .274 with 43 hits, eight doubles, two triples, five home runs, and five stolen bases.
The 22-year-old played three years of college ball at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas and could be a fast riser in the Phillies system.
Bohm and Howard are the organization’s prized assets going into 2020 with the chance to break into the big leagues this season.
Bohm, the game’s consensus top third base prospect, will likely start the season in Triple-A Lehigh Valley and will likely be called up if there’s a major injury or struggling player on the big league squad.
Philadelphia hopes to see Bohm stick at third base to fill a position that’s been a carousel since Scott Rolen was traded. Some believe he’s better suited to play first base, which would be a major issue for the Phillies if Rhys Hoskins finds his swing under the new coaching staff.
Howard is in the same situation as Bohm, expect the Phillies know he has the talent to stick as a top of the rotation starter. A starting rotation with Howard, Aaron Nola, and Zack Wheeler all pitching at the top of their game is lethal, and the Phillies are desperate for a homegrown pitching talent like Howard to step up.
Like Bohm, Howard will be with the Phillies in spring training and start the season in Triple-A. If everything goes well in Lehigh Valley, he could break into the big leagues before Bohm given the current roster situation.
Former top prospect Sixto Sanchez, now with the Marlins, also came in on the top 100 list as the 22nd ranked prospect. Once again, Mickey Moniak, the number once overall pick in 2016, was unranked on the list.