Now that we’ve lost 4 of our theoretical Top 15, I thought it would be a fun exercise to ponder what is left (assuming nothing else in the works) and look ahead to this winter. This is in no way set in stone, this is just an off the top of my head thought process based on the guys remaining and is subject to change on a whim.
01. Kyle Drabek, RHP – Potential #1, handling AA well, should be ready to help the big club in the 2nd half of 2010. Innings need to be managed from here on out, but he’s been awesome.
02. Dominic Brown, OF – Handling the pitcher friendly FSL, doesn’t appear that he’s missed a beat coming back from the injury, and still showing power.
03. Michael Taylor, OF – The third head of the three headed monster at the top, just continues to put up numbers, and should give the Phillies some tough decisions to make at this time next year.
04. Travis D’Arnaud, C – Gets tougher here, but after a slow start he’s rebounded nicely. Hitting for power at a young age in full season ball, I’m fine with leaving him here right now.
05. Trevor May, RHP – My bias towards him is well documented, but I’m very impressed so far. This is an aggressive ranking, but I’m going with it here for now until I have more time to really parse out everyone’s numbers.
06. Anthony Gose, OF – His bat is going to be the last tool to come, but he’s one of the fastest players in the minors, and on top of his speed on the base paths, looks to be a ++ defensive outfielder.
07. Domingo Santana, OF – Possibly aggressive here as well, but he doesn’t turn 17 until a few days from now, and he has a .913 OPS in the GCL. His K rate is off the charts high, but he also has 9 BB and 9 of his 15 hits have gone for extra bases. Again, he’s 16 getting ready to turn 17. Big things are possible here.
08. Joe Savery, LHP – Savery is still a work in progress. Give him credit for learning how to dig in on the mound and work his way out of trouble, but the peripherals are still concerning. Gets credit for being in AA
09. Vance Worley, RHP – It appears he’s hit a wall, which isn’t surprising considering its his first full pro season and he was jumped all the way to AA. Reading is a good hitter’s park, mistakes will be punished at AA. You could flip him with Savery here and I wouldn’t argue.
10. Antonio Bastardo, LHP – Impressive flashes in the big leagues, but another arm injury a year after getting shut down with a similar injury is not a good sign. Future is probably in the pen if he can stay healthy.
11. Sebastian Valle, C – Its not a crime to struggle as an 18 year old in A ball, he just turned 19 last week and has an OPS over 1.000 in the NYPL, a dominant pitcher’s league. He becomes our 2nd best C prospect with Marson moving on.
12. Zach Collier, OF – Disappointing 2009 to be sure, but the tools are still legit, and he’s got time on his side.
13. Jon Pettibone, RHP – 4 great starts, 3 bad starts, kind of what you’d expect from a raw high school product still growing into his lanky frame (6’5, 200), but he’s got tons of projection, he’s averaged a K per inning, and is getting almost 2 groundballs for every flyball. I might actually bump him up a few spots after I see how he finishes and I get a scouting report on him.
14. Yohan Flande, LHP – He went from relative obscurity to the Futures Game, and while he’s struggling at Reading, I think he deserves some credit for the solid numbers at Clearwater, even if he was way too old for that level.
15. John Singleton, 1B – Maybe? This spot could go to about 10 different guys, but I’ll use it to point out that Singleton has hits in his first 6 pro games, is batting .529 in 17 AB, and has 4 BB against 2 K. If Colvin, Stewart or Susac, sign, they could slot in here.
As I said, this is an off the top of my head list. I’m still waiting for news on Shreve and Cosart, and there are a bunch of other guys I’m watching, including Stutes, Cisco, Schwimer, De Fratus and others.