Here is the new list:
Today mlb.com released their Top 20 prospects in the Philadelphia minor league system. I will start by saying that mlb.com has always had the outliers on rankings and that I don’t always agree with their rankings. That being said they do talk to a lot of people who see these players so there are things that can be taken away.
Today Baseball America posted their review of the Phillies International spending during the 2013 calendar year (encompassing both the 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 signing periods). During that time, the Phillies signed 35 players, 4 of them for bonuses greater than $100,000. The full article is here, but here are some highlights.
In April the Phillies signed 18 year old catcher Jose Gonzalez for $300,000. Gonzalez had Tommy John surgery shortly after signing and did not play last summer. The Phillies big signing was Luis Encarnacion for $1,000,000 in August. Encarnacion was one of the best bats in the J2 crop and was widely expected to cost about $1,300,000 (Encarnacion does share a trainer with Gonzalez). Encarnacion is in camp and should start in the GCL. Continue reading
Sitting down to write the Phillies Top 30 Prospect list is one of the most interesting parts of the offseason. The ranking process poses questions about how we evaluate different profiles and try to replicate the kind of characteristics that major league clubs value. That being said, I find the final order to be the least important part of the process. I find the write-ups and other details to be the much more informative. I felt much more comfortable approaching the list this year, and I feel that I have learned a lot from talking to people and examining what I value.
My Ranking Philosophy:
Overall this ranking is the order that I would value these players if I were running the Phillies. This evaluation is what I think their major league profile projects to be, coupled with their risk of obtaining that. In general I lean towards high impact talent, because the impact of a single all-star is more valuable than a collection of lower impact talent. You can’t go pure ceiling though. I tried to balance the player’s upside with their floor, as well as how their profile fits into a major league role. With current budgets and the influx of money, roster spots are becoming the limited commodity and players that fit well onto rosters have more value than limited use players. Continue reading
After working on the Top 30, I ended up with a list of names that I had opinions on. This list may only represent two-thirds of them, because I just didn’t have time to finish them all. This is not meant to be really in depth, so if you want more on a player just ask. Previously I had attached this list to the Top 30, but in an effort to streamline the main list, the supplement gets its own post. From this list you can probably take a good guess on who made the Top 30, so enjoy the speculation.
Sweaney just missed the list. Some evaluators love the upside, but I just feel that a raw catcher that may not catch, just doesn’t have a ton of value. Check back in a year and he could be much higher in lesser form of what a Grullon did this year. Continue reading
Everyone has that one player they believe is just going to explode on to the scene this year. Whether it is the growth of a single tool, the ability to stay healthy, or just to survive another level, a prospect’s stock can change wildly. In general most people think of a sleeper as a player who is completely off the radar, and a breakout prospect as a player who is going to have his stock take a large leap forward, but feel free to define it as you choose.
Lets hear yours.
Last night Baseball America release their Top 100 prospects in minor league baseball. The Phillies were represent on that list by Maikel Franco (17), Jesse Biddle (71), and J.P. Crawford (78). Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez was eligible for the list, but did not make it.
There are many parts of the list I don’t agree with, but that has a lot to do with my personal philosophies on what has value. The full list can be found here.
Here are the writeups on the Phillies Players: Continue reading
There has been a lot written into about the downfall of the Phillies and their various strategies to pull themselves out of it. I think much of the downfall has been placed on the wrong things. Bloggers often reach for the draft and player development as two easy punching bags. I think it is a lazy way of being sensational and lacks a understanding of the basics of player development.
Another year, another list of 30 prospect names in an order. Due to the length of the exercise circumstances change between 1 and 30, so it is far from a perfect list, but here is your chance to give your opinion on it as a whole.
Additionally feel free to submit a personal Top 30 in the comments.