Today Baseball America released their Top 10 prospects in the Phillies System. Since the scouting reports are behind the pay wall I will keep the scouting reports to quick paraphrases of Baseball America’s reports.
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1. Jesse Biddle – LHP – Age 21 -Biddle has drawn comparisons to Andy Pettitte for his strong left handed frame. Biddle’s fastball sits 88-93, he follows it up with a curveball which profiles as plus, an average change up, and a added a two-seamer and slider in 2012. Biddle has a great work ethic and he physically profiles as a workhorse with a clean smooth delivery. Biddle has a very good chance to be a #3 starter but there is a chance that he could profile better if one of his pitches takes a step forward.
2. Roman Quinn – SS – Age 19 – Quinn’s best tool is 80 speed, at the plate he has taken to switch hitting full time and he has a good quick swing which has a good amount of power for his small frame, though he will never be a huge power threat. In the field Quinn is still learning shortstop and has problem positioning and with his footwork, but he has an elite first step and excellent range as well as a plus arm. Quinn has drawn comparisons to Jimmy Rollins but has more arm and speed than Rollins did at the same age.
3. Tommy Joseph – C – Age 21 – Joseph’s calling card is his bat, he has plus raw power and he has a nice direct swing. There have been some questions about whether Joseph can stick defensively, but the Phillies like what they see. Joseph has good soft hands and a quick release to go with a plus arm that allows him to shut down the running game. There are still some problems with his footwork and blocking balls in the dirt.
4. Jonathan Pettibone – RHP – Age 22 – Pettibone likely has the highest floor of any player in the Phillies minor league system. His fastball sits 90-94 and has good sink, to go with an average slider and a plus change up, additionally Pettibone started to add a cutter which flashed has a nice weapon against LH hitters. The biggest weakness for Pettibone is his lack of a true swing and miss pitch. Pettibone’s ceiling is as a mid-rotation starter but he could be ready by the middle of 2013.
5. Adam Morgan – LHP – Age 22 – Morgan’s stuff actually ticked up in professional ball with his fastball sitting 91-94, a slider that profiles as plus, and a change up that was rated the best in the FSL. Morgan has above average control and a smooth delivery, both of which have drawn some comparisons to Cliff Lee. Morgan profiles as a #3 starter but there is some potential to be better than that if the secondary pitches continue to improve.
6. Ethan Martin – RHP – Age 23 – Martin was a lost prospect as of a few years ago but in 2012 he really improved. Martin’s fastball sits 91-97 to go with a change up and curveball that are inconsistent but both flash plus at times giving Martin three plus pitches. Martin still has slight below average control to go with shaky command. If he can continue to improve the command he could be a mid-rotation starter, if not he is a solid bullpen piece.
7. Cody Asche - 3B – Age 22 – At the plate Asche has a short quick stroke that gives him good contact and line drive power to all fields. Their are questions though as to whether he will ever have prototypical power for third base. In the field he has good hands and a solid arm, his footwork and positioning still need work but are improving. He is not a prototypical third baseman but there is a major league role for him, perhaps as a regular if it all comes together.
8. Maikel Franco – 3B – Age 20 – At the plate Franco has quick hands and above average raw power. Franco is a 20 runner, a fact that scared away teams looking to sign him out of the DR. In the field has a strong arm and soft hands which will allow him to stick at third base long term. If Franco improve, especially in recognizing off-speed pitches, he will profile as a solid power hitting third baseman.
9. Darin Ruf – 1B/OF – Age 26 – Ruf had a huge breakout 2012 when he finally tapped into his good raw power. He is good against fastballs and has shown some success at dealing with major league breaking balls. In the field he is a well below average runner and is fringy defensively at first base, in the outfield he is a poor defender but has enough arm for left field. Ruf could stick as a lose to everyday LF, and is floor is as a power bench bat.
9. Carlos Tocci – CF – Age 17 – The first thing about Tocci is his great instincts especially for his young age. Physically he is very slight and he has shown almost no power to this point. In the field he is a plus plus runner who has great range in center to go with a plus arm, giving him the chance to be a top defensive player there. At the plate he has good strike zone awareness and can drive the ball to all fields, he projects as an above average hitter but the power will depend on how much muscle he can add to his frame. Tocci is still far away and could handle the promotion to Lakewood but the Phillies might hold him back in Extended before sending him to Williamsport.