In this case, the candidate comes from the Phillies’ prospect pool in right-handed pitcher Griff McGarry. McGarry was selected by the Phillies in the fifth round of the 2021 MLB Draft. Within a span of two years, he made a rapid ascension through their minor league system right up to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. In doing so, he is currently ranked fifth in the organization’s top MLB prospects list according to MLB Pipeline.
Armed with a 70-grade fastball that can hit triple digits and accompanied by his 55-grade curveball, slider, and changeup, he has been a strikeout machine with a total of 236 strikeouts in just over 158 innings of work in his professional baseball career.
However, with a 40-grade for control, his command is what remains his main Achilles’ heel as he works toward making the major leagues. Last season, across three minor league levels, McGarry walked 50 batters in just 60 innings of work, which is quite worrisome. But at the same time, it's that uncertainty that makes it easier for the Phillies to let him go if he becomes a critical piece in a potential trade package.
With both Andrew Painter and Mick Abel most likely considered untouchables in the organization, the Bleacher Report recently chose McGarry as the most likely player to be traded by the Phillies this offseason. McGarry will definitely be their strongest prospect trade chip if included in potential blockbuster deals to help improve the ballclub for 2024.