This post will recap the 2009 Phillies DSL season and provide an initial top prospect list. The same caveats apply as with the VSL list. This report is based on statistics and not on scouting reports primarily. In addition we can infer some things from a player’s age and whether or not they get playing time. But it is not the same thing as seeing them play and the competition they play against may not be consistently good.
The Phillies are part of a 4-team Santo Domingo North division. In 2009 they finished 3rd, 14.5 games behind the division-leading Mariners. They did not play any games outside of the division, so their record may not fully reflect how good the team is. It is also worth noting that the two teams finishing ahead of them (the Mariners and the Cardinals) were both among the older teams in the league. The Phillies were slightly younger than the average team in the league on the other hand. This means that their disappointing record is not necessarily a bad thing, as older teams in the lower minors generally win more.