“Hug your prospects,” the saying goes. We always love to look at what is down on the farm and dream on future dominance in the major leagues once these jewels have completed their ascendancy. It’s most fun when one of these players makes his way on to a national top 10 or 25 list as it gives us some validation that these players that we have loved following are actually getting some respect. It also sometimes helps validate the regime that chose them, whether they were chosen controversially instead of another, or if their lofty position makes us feel their draft spot was justified. Whatever we may feel, prospects make us feel good. Prospects make us feel happy.
It is with this introduction that we move into prospect ranking season. On Friday, Baseball Prospectus broke the seal and gave us their top ten. It was led by a familiar name with some other spots possibly up for debate. Here are the top ten prospects:
- Sixto Sanchez, RHP
- Adonis Medina, RHP
- Spencer Howard, RHP
- Alec Bohm, 3B
- Luis Garcia, SS
- Adam Haseley, OF
- Enyel De Los Santos, RHP
- Mickey Moniak, OF
- JoJo Romero, LHP
- Jhailyn Ortiz, OF
That is certainly quite a list. The authors of the article are not shy about saying how the system looks as a whole:
The State of the System: The system has thinned out significantly through graduations, but the Phillies are ready to contend and still have a fair bit of pitching depth at least.
With players like Scott Kingery, J.P. Crawford and Jorge Alfaro leaving the minor leagues last year, as well as the unexpected season turned in by Seranthony Dominiguez, it’s natural that the team would take a hit to the system. It is also nice to see that the team at BP still believes in how good this system is.
I’m not going to sit here and go over every prospect since it’s well worth your time to read up on them yourself, but I will point out a few things said about some of the guys I am most interested in heading into 2019.
Sixto Sanchez -
The profile itself is low-to-medium risk. The stuff and command are already there for a fine MLB pitcher, with ace potential, and he might’ve made the majors in 2018 if healthy.
Adonis Medina, everyone’s favorite trade chip -
He’s going to need a better third pitch to stay in the rotation. He could use more consistent command, while we’re at it. We need to see him get high-minors batters out. These are pretty typical risks for a good A-ball pitching prospect, honestly.
2018 first round pick Alec Bohm -
He may end up a hit over power third baseman who isn’t a great defender there. He also might end up the best overall hitter in his draft class if it all comes together.
Mickey Moniak -
But the 150 games before the last 49 matter too, and he was dreadfully bad in those. If there’s a major change lurking underneath, it hasn’t evidenced itself yet, and a hot six weeks on its own is no more important this time than when he had a similar run early in 2017.
Like I said, there is a lot of good information in here that I’m sure the folks at Baseball Prospectus would prefer us to not give away for free. For now, I think this system is still pretty good. Let’s hope several of these names take steps forward in 2019.