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An Overview of Phillies Top Prospect Lists

There is consensus on the top three, much less agreement on the rest of the top ten, and quite a bit of variation beyond those.

Aaron Nola
Aaron Nola
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I'm aware of nine published lists of the Phillies' top prospects, from these outlets:

Baseball Prospectus (Nov 3, 2014)
FanGraphs (Dec 9, 2014) (Jan 2015)
Baseball America (Feb 4, 2015)
Dan Cormican, here at TGP (Feb 5)
Matt Winkelman at Phillies Minor Thoughts (Jan 16)
John Sickels of SBN's Minor League Ball (Jan 30)
ESPN-Keith Law (Jan 30)
Phillies Nation writers, led by Jay Floyd (Jan 12-Feb 23)

All nine ranked J.P. Crawford, Aaron Nola, and Maikel Franco as the top three, and everyone even agreed on the order (Crawford 1, Nola 2, Franco 3) with the sole exception of Fangraphs, which had Franco ahead of Nola.

After the top three is a group that includes Jesse Biddle, Roman Quinn, and Zach Eflin, which varied up and down the list depending on what each analyst valued, but whose median rankings were all around #5.

Five different players were ranked 4th: Quinn four times, Yoel Mecias twice, and Eflin, Ben Lively, and Matt Imhof once each.

Biddle is still ranked high by most analysts, ranking between #5 and #7 in seven of the nine rankings, with only BA and ESPN leaving him out of their top 10.

A number in bold italics denotes the highest ranking for that player, and as we scan down the list, it's clear that many have their personal favorites:

- BP with 20 year old lefty Elniery Garcia at #9
- FG has 20 year old righty Victor Arano #11
- with Aaron Altherr at #9
- BA taps the third Aaron (Brown) for #9
- Sickels likes Jesmuel Valentin enough for #8
- ESPN's Law with young pitchers Franklyn Kilome (#8) and Ricardo Pinto (#9)


Below are the published rankings of Crawford, Nola, and Franco among all MLB prospects: