Phillies: Busts, bloomers, and bluechip prospects of the last decade
Phillies 2016 prospects
Top 5: J.P. Crawford, Mickey Moniak, Nick Williams, Jorge Alfaro, Cornelius Randolph
Bust: J.P. Crawford
Surprise: Sixto Sanchez
His third year atop the Phillies prospect chain was supposed to be his last en route to a glorious big-league career, although the expectations had been tempered by this point. J.P. Crawford was gifted and was drafted as a five-tool player, but struggled to hit across all levels, and his struggles continued at the big-league level.
Crawford was given multiple chances to stick with the Phils but was ultimately dealt to the Mariners in the deal that gifted the Phillies Jean Segura.
Sixto Sanchez was signed for $35,000, a low-ball offer for a guy who has at this point been compared to Pedro Martinez, pure stuff-wise, but he was traded to the Marlins in the J.T. Realmuto deal.
Phillies 2017 prospects
Top 5: Mickey Moniak, Sixto Sanchez, Scott Kingery, J.P. Crawford, Jorge Alfaro
Bust: Mickey Moniak
Surprise: Seranthony Dominguez
It’s robably still too early to call first overall pick Mickey Moniak a bust at this point, but the top prospect within an organization is supposed to be as close to a sure thing as there is. Tagged as the best pure prep hitter in his class, Moniak has yet to hit his stride at the pro level. He’s still only 22 this season, but it’ll take a lot for Moniak to fulfill the expectations placed upon him.
The tools are all there, he just needs that ever so elusive trait of consistency.
Seranthony Dominguez, as we all know, came out of obscurity and into the limelight during the tenure of Gabe Kapler as a dominant back-end reliever. If he can stay healthy he could be a setup man or closer.
Scotty Kingery began his breakthrough towards a historic contract last year and stands to start at his natural position of second base.