The Phillies farm system continues to improve
Four Phillies prospects are now ranked in the MLB Pipeline Top 100 prospect rankings, which was released on Tuesday night to include the latest draft picks.
Alec Bohm, the power-hitting third baseman, came out as the top Phillies prospect on the list and the 32nd best prospect in baseball. MLB Pipeline has Bohm as the top pure third baseman in baseball, though Spencer Torkelson, the first overall pick in 2020, is listed seventh overall as a third baseman/first baseman.
Bohm is expected to join the big league roster sometime in 2020 either as a third baseman or DH option for Joe Girardi.
Philadelphia’s top pitching prospect Spencer Howard was right behind Bohm on the list as baseball’s 37th best prospect. The 24-year-old is listed as the ninth-best right-handed pitching prospect in the sport, and he’s expected to join the big league club very soon. Some have suggested he could come up as soon as Saturday due to the number of doubleheaders scheduled due to the Marlins mishap.
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The Phillies 2019 first round pick Bryson Stott, a shortstop who played in Williamsport last year, came in as the 97th prospect on the MLB Pipeline Top 100 list. He hit .274 with eight doubles and five home runs in 44 games with the Crosscutters, but he struck out 39 times.
Stott was drafted out of UNLV, so the team hopes that he can have a quick ascent to the big leagues and be the next great Phillies shortstop.
Rounding out the MLB Top 100 was the club’s first round pick in 2020, Mick Abel. The 18-year-old righty was the first high school arm off the board this summer and has tremendous upside, making him the 100th best prospect in the sport.
Abel will, unfortunately, miss whatever minor league time he would have gotten this year, which likely would have been in Williamsport or maybe even Single-A Lakewood. He has three very good pitches and has a curveball that’s still developing, but he could be a solid number two or three starter in the rotation down the line.
Most teams had three or four players on this list, so the team is moving in the right direction. Not hitting on first overall pick Mickey Moniak a couple of years ago was a major blow for the organization and a void they hope Bohm can help fill offensively.