3 Phillies prospects who should not be traded, 2 who should

Which of the Phillies' top prospects should be untouchable, and which could be expendable?
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With the Philadelphia Phillies gearing up for the stretch run, they will be looking to bolster their current roster as the trade deadline draws near. For the Phillies to recruit any player of value that could significantly help the ballclub, no doubt some valuable prospects will have to head the other way to get any deal done.

With that in mind, which of the Phillies' prospects should be classified under the untouchables category, and which ones could be expendable? We will look at three top prospects the Phillies should avoid moving at all costs and two others that should become their main trade chips going forward.

3 Phillies prospects who should not be traded, 2 who should

The Phillies should not trade Aidan Miller at the deadline

One of the best top prospects in the Phillies’ system not named Andrew Painter, Aidan Miller has put together a strong 2024 season thus far. As the Phillies' first-round selection in the 2023 MLB Draft, Miller has jumped all the way to the No. 2 spot in the organization’s top prospects list, according to MLB Pipeline, in just about a year’s time.

Miller began the year with the Single-A Clearwater Threshers, where he rode his hot bat to a .275 batting average and .884 OPS, with 28 runs scored, 16 doubles, five home runs, 26 RBI and 10 stolen bases in 39 games. In doing so, he earned an early promotion to the High-A Jersey Shore BlueClaws in June.

He has struggled a bit with respect to his hitting since the move, sporting just a .171 average. But he has still managed to put up a respectable seven runs scored, two home runs, eight RBI and two stolen bases in 20 games. Nevertheless, his limitless potential makes him the Phillies’ best infield prospect since Chase Utley, and he should be left out of any trade discussions.