Following a long series of trade talks with the Toronto Blue Jays, the Phillies changed course today and made a seemingly fabulous trade with the Cleveland Indians. Although the Phillies gave up four of their top ten prospects to obtain Cliff Lee and Ben Francisco, they were able to hold on to arguably their top three prospects. After reading about this trade, I began to think about the Phillies remaining prospects and thought that it would be fun to put together a Phillies "Minor League All-Star Team". To be eligible for this "prospects" team, the players must be age 25 or younger. Using a mixture of scouting reports and this season's stats, I have put together the following team to represent the future of the Phillies franchise:
C Travis d'Arnaud (low A) .245, 12 HR, 56 RBI
1B Michael Durant (high A) .226, 10 HR, 31 RBI
2B Harold Garcia (low A) .293, 7 HR, 47 RBI, 32 SB
SS Freddy Galvis (high A) .229, 1 HR, 8 RBI, defensive wizard
3B Anthony Hewitt (short season A) .222, 3 HR, 17 RBI, 7 SB
LF Michael Taylor (AAA) .324, 17 HR, 70 RBI, 20 SB
CF Anthony Gose (low A) .273, 2 HR, 41 RBI, 57 SB
RF Dominic Brown (high A) .309, 11 HR, 44 RBI, 15 SB
SP (RH) Kyle Drabek (AA) 11-2, 2.78 ERA
SP (LH) Antonio Bastardo (AAA) 3-2, 1.89 ERA
RP (RH) Michael Schwimer (high A) 2-1, 3.38 ERA, 13 saves
RP (LH) Sergio Escalona (AAA) 0-2, 3.96 ERA, 12 saves
Looking at this lineup, it is pretty obvious that we are extremely lacking in quality infield prospects, but have a future starting outfield mixed throughout our farm system. Pitching-wise, even after today's trade, I believe that we are in great shape for the near and distant future. We have many quality minor league starters in Drabek, Bastardo, Worley, Savery, Stutes, Flande, Carpentar, and Kendrick. Several of these guys will most likely be moved to the bullpen at some point which will help our future relief corps.
Well, that is my list. Feel free to make your own changes in the comments section below.