Phillies: Busts, bloomers, and bluechip prospects of the last decade

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Phillies 2018 prospects

Top 5: Alec Bohm, Adonis Medina, Adam Haseley, Jo-Jo Romero, Mickey Moniak

Bust: Cornelius Randolph

Surprise: Ranger Suarez

Alec Bohm makes his debut atop the prospect charts, as do Adam Haseley and JoJo Romero. Romero is still toiling in AAA, hoping to land a rotation spot at some point.

Cornelius Randolph is yet another failure in the first round by the Phils front office. Another high school bat with excellent potential, Randolph has spent all of the last two seasons in AA, and is already entering his age 23 season. This will be a make or break year for Randolph, who lacks the all-around tools to not rely on his bat.

Ranger Suarez was a little unimpressive in his MLB debut, but stuck around with the Phils and looked great in spring training pre-coronavirus. He’ll never have elite stuff, but improving command and deception could bring Suarez into the fold as a fourth or fifth starter, and the Phillies haven’t had a great lefty since Hamels left.

Phillies 2019 Prospects

Top 5: Alec Bohm, Spencer Howard, Bryson Stott, Adonis Medina, Luis Garcia

Bust: Arquimedes Gamboa

Surprise: Erik Miller

Arquimedes Gamboa has represented the Phillies in the Futures Game and was widely regarded as a great fielding infielder who, if he could hit enough, would be a Cesar Hernandez-like player.

Another guy that still has some time to rebound, Gamboa is barely hitting the Mendoza line across four levels.

Erik Miller is another intriguing prospect. Drafted out of Stanford in the fourth round, Miller was overshadowed by guys like Bryson Stott. Miller is large man, and his velocity just keeps going up as he gains innings. Miller has some delivery issues to clean up, but his stuff lines up with the best in that draft class.

Pitcher Spencer Howard is expected to become the next big thing with Alec Bohm as the future Kris Bryant, and Bryson Stott is beginning to look promising.

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Phillies 2020 Prospects

Top 5: Alec Bohm, Spencer Howard, Bryson Stott, Francisco Morales, Adonis Medina

Bust: Adonis Medina

Surprise: Damon Jones

This season featured a ton of new faces to the list of the top prospects, Damon Jones being one of them.

The tall southpaw out of Washington State has flourished in the Phillies system, harnessing a mid-90s heater with a wipe out curve. He was set to begin this season in AAA with an eye on the big leagues later this season.

Adonis Medina has been at the top of the prospect charts for half a decade, but has yet to pitch past Double-A. Medina has thrown nearly 500 minor leagues innings, and with a semi-limited repertoire, the Phillies may be inclined to move him to the bullpen where his hard sinker may play well.

Once regarded as an elite prospect, Medina is beginning to look like a fringe-caliber player at best.

Francisco Morales is the only new name in this grouping, a young arm that is developing a devastating fastball-slider combination in the lower levels.