#10 - Mickey Moniak (Centerfielder) - 19 years old
2017 Stats -
Lakewood (A) - 509 PA, 5 HR, 44 RBI, 11 SB, 28 BB, 109 K, .236/.284/.341
Voting - Jay (13), Cormican (9), Victor (10), Jared (9)
Jay: Reports were less than glowing in 2017 for Moniak. Lost at the plate and in the field. He’s going to need fix a lot this season in Clearwater, but there is still hope as his pedigree still remains high despite last year’s shortcomings. He seems like an enthusiastic kid that hopefully can make the necessary adjustments to succeed because otherwise, this #1 overall pick could look worse than Mark Appel.
Jared: It goes without saying that we wanted to see more positive development out of Mickey in 2017. What was most clear about him was that his body was simply not strong enough for a full season of baseball. It looks as though Moniak took that as a wake-up call because he recently tweeted a video of himself taking some hacks in the cage, and he looks noticeably bigger and stronger. Dare I say, best shape of his life?
Cormican: I’m not sure whether Mickey’s tools were not what we originally thought or whether he wore down from not being strong enough for full season ball. I gave him the benefit of the doubt with the ranking, but I’m not sure there’s a ranking I’d feel good with for Mickey Mo.
Victor: Struck out too much, didn’t walk enough, didn’t really even show anything special as an outfielder. Yeah, it wasn’t a great year for Moniak, and it’s a steep fall just a summer-and-a-half after going #1 overall. But let’s look at the positives if we can. If he’s stronger and put on a bit of muscle, he likely won’t have to endure questions about late-season fatigue, and the bat speed should be able to play up a bit. One bit of concern: He didn’t hit off-speed stuff well at all last year, and looked confused way too often for someone with his pedigree. If he can’t hit a breaking ball, it’s going to be a long year.
#9 - Arquimedes Gamboa (Shortstop) - 20 years old
2017 Stats -
Lakewood (A) - 350 PA, 6 HR, 29 RBI, 8 SB, 33 BB, 52 K, .261/.328/.378
Voting - Jay (12), Cormican (10), Victor (8), Jared (10)
Jared: I am in on Gamboa as a legitimate shortstop prospect. The overall Lakewood numbers are decent, but in the second half - as he finally got his legs under him after a hamstring injury just six games into the season - he really put it together. From July 5 through the rest of the season Gamboa hit .296/.354/.467 with 17 walks and 29 strikeouts. It was an encouraging sign to see his hit tool re-emerge in the second half.
Jay: As Jared mentioned, his second half numbers were stellar and this is already on top of his plus defensive profile as a shortstop. Phillies have been pretty dang good in their International signings recently and Gamboa could easily add to that already growing number.
Cormican: Gamboa is a stellar defensive shortstop whose glove could compete with prime Freddy. His second half bat was better than anything Freddy ever put up at any level, but his first half would have been fairly Freddy. Scouting reports seem more in line with his second half and if the bat plays at higher levels he could profile as a starting MLB shortstop (hooray middle infield logjam).
Victor: If he can put it all together, Gamboa’s got a shot to be an above-average regular at the shortstop position. He’s a capable line-drive hitter from both sides of the dish. He’s probably going to be better from the left side. The defense is definitely there, and he looks like he’ll be able to stick at short. Let’s just hope he stays healthy and avoids any hamstring-related troubles.
#8 - Adam Haseley (Centerfielder) - 21 years old
2017 Stats -
GCL Phillies (Rookie) - 14 PA, 0 HR, 4 RBI, SB, 2 BB, 3 K, .583/.643/.833
Williamsport (Short Season A) - 158 PA, 2 HR, 18 RBI, 5 SB, 14 BB, 28 K, .270/.350/.380
Lakewood (A) - 74 PA, 1 HR, 6 RBI, 6 BB, 13 K, .258/.315/.379
Voting - Jay (9), Cormican (7), Victor (9), Jared (7)
Jay: While the numbers weren’t overwhelming for the 2017 pick for the Phillies, I think he was ultimately burned out from a long college season. The reports on a lot of his highest rated skills were off from where he was expected. It just wasn’t ultimately a great season to truly evaluate him in my opinion. I’ll be curious if they (1) move Haseley out of centerfield and/or (2) make him repeat Lakewood to accommodate Moniak in Clearwater. 2018 will be a truly telling season to see what Haseley truly is.
Jared: I think it is entirely possible that they move him out of center, I just don’t know if they’d give up on the position so early into his career. Moniak needs centerfield reps as he more than likely will play that position well into his career. That leaves Haseley, who should move quicker given he was a college draftee, in a tough spot. If the Phillies decide to challenge Moniak in Clearwater, Haseley would move to a corner. However they could have Mickey back in Lakewood at least to start which would give Haseley the nod in center for the Threshers. One way or another, Haseley ends up in Reading by the end of the season to me.
Cormican: I have a rule I call the d’Arby Myers rule: I don’t dramatically reconsider a player’s ranking based off of short season ball stats. I got really excited in 2006 about the 4th round pick who tore up the GCL before spending the rest of his career mostly crashing back to earth. Now onto the actual prospect we’re talking about. I don’t think Haseley will be a star, but I think he could be a solid second division regular, and if his power develops as the Phillies reportedly think, he could end up a first division regular in a corner.
Victor: Don’t like the riskier high-school profile of Moniak? Let’s try an advanced college hitter in Haseley. The end of his season in pro ball didn’t go exactly as planned, but there could have been a fatigue factor involved. He should be able to stick in center field. Scouts and baseball folk seemed to agree on one thing: He has an advanced feel at the plate and his approach is solid. An off-season to rest and get ready for 2018 should help Haseley.
#7 - Franklyn Kilome (RH Starting Pitcher) - 22 years old
2017 Stats -
Clearwater (A+) - 97.1 IP, 6-4 record, 2.59 ERA, 37 BB, 83 K
Reading (AA) - 29.2 IP, 1-3 record, 3.64 ERA, 15 BB, 20 K
Voting - Jay (7), Cormican (8), Victor (7), Jared (8)
Jay: Command, command, command. That has been Kilome’s issue for years and they’re still fairly persistent. If he somehow fixes that, BAM you likely have a #2/3 starter on your hands because of that fastball/curveball combo. If he can’t? You see how he might work in the bullpen with the hopes of him becoming a high-leverage reliever. He’ll repeat Reading and keep working on that, hopefully the friendly confines of First Energy Stadium are nice to him.
Jared: For a guy hitting the high minors, Kilome probably has the widest range in the system between ceiling and floor. If he can find consistency in his mechanics while stabling his control and command, he will be special in the rotation. Doing one or a couple of these things will likely land him in the bullpen as a high-leverage reliever. If he cannot figure out any of these issues, it is realistic that he flops and doesn’t find major league success. I will be keeping a close eye on Kilome this season.
Cormican: Basically what Jared and Jay already said. Ray of hope: Frank’s tall and often mechanics come late. Cold slap of reality: For a lot of guys it never comes.
Victor: It was nice to see Kilome advance to Reading at the end of the season, even though he was pretty worn down by then. Yep, the fastball-curveball is still there, and the fastball can be a tough pitch with heavy sink to it that hitters struggle with. Kilome left it up in the zone a bit too much towards the end of the season, a sign of fatigue if I’ve ever seen one. We’ll see if the changeup and slider ever develop into usable pitches. If not, he’s destined for the bullpen.
#6 - Jhailyn Ortiz (Right Fielder) - 19 years old
2017 Stats -
Williamsport (Short Season A) - 187 PA, 8 HR, 30 RBI, 5 SB, 18 BB, 47 K, .302/.401/.560
Voting - Jay (6), Cormican (6), Victor (6), Jared (4)
Jay: Ortiz might be the second guy after Morales that I’m irrationally excited about based on a fairly small sample size. It may only be a quarter-season’s worth of playing time, but man between the power and hit tool that is star-player in the making make-up. We knew about the power going into the last season, but the After some doubt about whether he could even play the outfield when signed, he has answered the questions fairly easily by showcasing a great arm and range in right field. It will be interesting to see what he can do in full-season ball this year.
Jared: Evidently, I am higher on Ortiz than the other three. To reason simply, I am a fan of the way he has improved his physique while maintaining his power stroke since signing with the Phillies. Ortiz can be a free-swinger and lose his approach at times, but that is to be expected with most teenagers in pro ball. He has done fine developing in right field and certainly has the arm for it, but it will be his bat that carries him through the minor leagues.
Cormican: I d’Arby ruled Ortiz too. I wanted to put him 4, like Jared, but I want to see how he holds up full season first. The ceiling is probably the highest in the system, especially if he can stay in Right and play average D. If he can stay more disciplined in his approach without sacrificing power he’s got superstar potential. I want to write like 400 more words, but they’ll all be insanely hyperbolic and probably include my prediction for hall of fame vote percentage and I know better than to go that far down the rabbit hole this early.
Victor: Yeah, this is a big year for Ortiz. Joe Jordan said he has the highest ceiling of anyone in the system. Joe likes talking his guys up, but I’d have to agree with him. Love the approach at the plate, and there’s plus game power in there. He’s starting to show signs of being a pretty decent right fielder too, and the arm should be respected in the outfield. He might not stick there, and could profile as a first baseman in the future, but there are fewer concerns about his body heading into this season. His eye improved, and he became more selective as the season went along, something the Phillies have certainly talked a lot about in the past few months, whether it’s Gabe Kapler or with the signing of Carlos Santana.