Which Phillies prospects have been the biggest busts and booms of the last decade?
Attempting to predict the success of a guy just entering professional baseball is not an easy thing to do, and even the best of evaluators often fail in this quest. Sometimes that leads to a pleasant surprise, sometimes it’s just an annoying letdown, something Phillies fans have dealt with.
For years MLB Pipeline has created a list of the top 30 prospects for each team, as well as the top 100 prospects in the game, creating tantalizing expectations for baseball fans. Looking through these rankings, you’ll find “could have been’s”, busts, diamonds in the rough, and blue-chip studs that are dominating the game today.
Let’s recap the past 10 Phillies prospect classes from MLB Pipeline
Phillies 2011 Prospects
Top 5: Brody Colvin, Sebastian Valle, Jesse Biddle, Trevor May, Aaron Altherr
Bust: Brody Colvin
Surprise: Cesar Hernandez
Brody Colvin is a name, if one can remember, that was buzzing around Phillies Baseball at the beginning of the 2010s. A high-round pick (7) that never pitched above AA, Colvin featured multiple plus pitches, including a devastating sinker.
He jump-started his career in 2010 with a good season in A ball, but failed to improve and was out of baseball by 2014.
Cesar Hernandez, as we all know, has become if nothing else but a solid everyday second basement in the big leagues. Hernandez was known as a weak-stick, good glove infielder, but has added power to his game to become an all-around threat. Cesar signed with the Indians this year for $6.25 million.
Among these names is a very young Aaron Altherr (now in the KBO), and Trevor May, now an All-Star caliber relief arm for the Twins.