8. Luis Garcia SS
Another prospect on the 40-man, Luis Garcia was protected from the Rule 5 along with four other Phillies hopefuls. He’s not to be confused with the former Phillie also named Luis Garcia, who pitched for the team from 2013-18.
This Garcia is from the same signing class as young superstar Wander Franco, but hasn’t progressed as quickly as the Rays rookie, who debuted in 2021. Over three seasons in the minors between 2018-2021, Garcia has a lifetime .238/.325/.354 line and .679 OPS. He did fine splitting the 2021 season between low and high-A ball, but he’s nowhere near ready for the big leagues. He also has shortstop competition ahead of him in the form of #2 prospect Bryson Stott, who is just about ready to kick down the door to the majors.
MLB ETA: 2023
7. Ethan Wilson OF
The Phillies drafted Ethan Wilson in the second round of the 2021 draft. He impressed scouts with his “knack for finding the barrel” and ability to hit against lefties.
It’s hard to predict Wilson’s future with so little professional experience. After signing with the Phillies, he played 30 games at Low-A Clearwater this season and hit .215/.282/.374 with a .656 OPS, all much lower marks than any in his three years at the NCAA level with the University of South Alabama. That’s not necessarily a cause for concern; there’s often an adjustment level, and the sample size is too small to judge yet.
MLB ETA: 2024