4 Phillies prospects selected to Arizona Fall League Fall Stars Game

After being voted in, the prospects will try to put on memorable performances during Sunday's game.
Oliver Dunn, Philadelphia Phillies prospect, will play in the Arizona Fall League Fall Stars Game
Oliver Dunn, Philadelphia Phillies prospect, will play in the Arizona Fall League Fall Stars Game / Dave Nelson-USA TODAY Sports
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Gabriel Rincones Jr.

Rincones is the highest-ranked prospect for the team in the AFL. Coming in at No. 9, the Phillies' third-round pick in 2022 has put his skills on display in Arizona. 

Before the AFL, he split time between High-A Jersey Shore and Single-A Clearwater, batting .248 with 15 home runs, 60 RBI, 32 stolen bases, 61 walks, and 134 strikeouts in 120 games. 

In the AFL, the left-handed-hitting outfielder has slashed .295/.427/.462 with two home runs, 13 RBI, and 14 stolen bases in 21 games. The 22-year-old, who has played both right and left field, was also chosen to participate in the AFL Home Run Derby. While Rincones' power has been more restrained in the league, he hit 15 long balls in the minors in 2023 and 19 with Florida Atlantic University in 2022.  

When speaking with Dykstra of MLB.com, Rincones talked about this approach at the plate during the Arizona Fall League: "For me, that's going back to staying within myself and not letting those external factors, like the ego, get in the way of me hitting. Whatever the game gives me, I have to take. If a home run's in the cards, let's go, but if not, then take what you got."

Andrew Baker

Baker rounds out the Phillies' showing in the Fall Stars Game. The right-handed relief pitcher, who was selected in the 11th round of the 2021 draft, has been lights-out in the Arizona Fall League. Unranked in the farm system, Baker is giving the Phillies organization and fans hope that relief help in the big leagues is right around the corner. 

This all comes after Baker had a year to forget in Double-A Reading. He posted an 8.12 ERA with 35 hits surrendered, six home runs given up, 48 walks issued, and 64 strikeouts in 41 innings. That gave him an abysmal 2.024 WHIP. 

The 23-year-old has turned it around since arriving in Arizona, though. In seven games, the right-handed reliever has given up zero runs in seven innings of work, surrendering one hit and six walks to go with his 13 strikeouts. He's managing a rate of 16.7 strikeouts per nine innings. 

Callis, Mayo and Dykstra of MLB.com wrote the following about Baker and his ability to both strike out and walk a lot of batters: "Baker misses bats, and the strike zone, fairly consistently. He has a fastball that touches the upper-90s and a nasty low-80s slider that have helped him strike out 13.1 per nine in his career so far, but he's also walked 7.9 per nine."

With four selections, Philadelphia had the most representatives from any team in the National League once the votes were tallied, a good sign for the farm system and the future of the ballclub in general. 

To catch the Phillies prospects in action, tune in to MLB Network at 8 p.m. ET on Sunday for the Arizona Fall League Fall Stars Game.

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