Baseball America put out their top 100 list yesterday. The Phillies had two prospects on that list - Mick Abel (51) and Bryson Stott (68). Nowhere to be found was Andrew Painter, but methinks had the list been expanded to 110, 125 or so, Painter would have appeared.
It’s still obvious that the team’s player development system still has a long ways to go, but it is still encouraging that they have two names on the list. It’s cherry picking and desperate, sure, but there was a time not long ago that the team might not have had players worthy of top 100 consideration. If the team hits on some of their later draft picks from 2021 (Ethan Wilson, Micah Ottenbreit), they could be looking at some more names added to a national list like this, thereby making their system look that much better.
On to the links.
- Did you know that Aaron Nola throws two different fastballs? Of course you did. Did you know how similar they are? Here’s your chance to find out.
- Last week, the Athletic put out polls to get feelers about individual teams from the fanbase. Matt Gelb analyzed the results from the Phillies’ poll ($).
- Ken Rosenthal warns about how bad it will look for MLB if games are lost due to an ongoing lockout ($).
- How about five trades that we’d like to see once baseball is back, including another Chapman/Laureano to Philadelphia deal.
- Carlos Correa has a new agent for teams to deal with.
- The Dodgers have a new general manager, but the hierarchy of their front office remains the same.