Top 30 mailbag

I went through my Top 30 in great detail, now I’ll answer your questions about my list. Lets start off with 3 questions from Derek:

Do you have any ‘deep sleepers’ for this upcoming year? Guys that aren’t top 30 or even top 40 who you think have a chance of being top 15 next year?

How about the next M. Taylor or J. Singleton, guys that are on the radar, but have huge seasons that move them to the top of the list?

How would you rank Biddle, Cosart, May, and Colvin based on pure stuff?

Jumping from way off the list into the Top 15 could be tough, but the guy I could see making the biggest jump is Brian Pointer. I really like his swing, he has a good blend of power and speed, and he could make a big impact if all goes well. A number of the international signings from the last year, Anderson Gonzalez (SS), Francisco Silva (SS), Franklyn Zavala (LHP), and Miguel Nunez (RHP) could also emerge.

In terms of the “next Michael Taylor” type, I think Gauntlett Eldemire or Cameron Rupp are good candidates to fit this mold. Both are college guys with big tools, and both had disappointing debuts.

In terms of raw stuff, I think you’d have to rank them Cosart > Colvin > Biddle > May.

From Ken

1) Freddy Galvis and Cesar Hernandez are 6 months apart in age and both listed as 20 last year on baseball-reference dot com. On your prospectprimer/my-prospect-philosophy page, you say:

A- Level (NYPL, PIO, NWL) – 19 years old is average (subtract value for 20+ ages, add value for 18 and under)
AA Level (EAS, SOU, TEX) – 22 years old is average (subtract value for 23+ ages, add value for 21 and under)

I believe the age and level combination of these two prospects is the major reason why there is so much discrepancy in where each is ranked by different people. Why did you did not mention this to be as one of the “ranking difficulties” for Hernandez? Did you “add value” for Galvis? Do you want to revise the ages you say to add and subtract value for on your prospect philosophy page? I would love to see you compare Hernandez and Galvis head-to-head.

The reason I ranked Hernandez well above Galvis is based on his bat. Galvis has never hit, even though he’s been very young for his league. But more specifically, Galvis has shown no real secondary skills with the bat. He hasn’t hit for any power, and his speed is minimal. Hernandez has well above average speed. They are the same age, a very different levels, but Hernandez has a much more advanced bat. While I like Galvis’ glove, and think he can be a major league shortstop, its tough to project him to hit even an empty .270 now. Which means I find it hard to believe he’ll be a starting shortstop in the majors. Hernandez looks to have a bat that will be an asset at 2B, if he hits for average, makes elite contact, and steals 30-35 bases a season.

Another from Ken

2) How much weight to you give to fall and winter league stats? For example, I gave Julio Rodriguez a big bump based on his 45 IP in Puerto Rico this season, Valle a small bump due to his home run proficiency their the last 2 seasons and downgraded Harold Garcia a tad due to his must 1 stolen base in 5 attempts. I find the Arizona Fall League interesting, but of less value than winter leagues because it seems more like a show-case with a lot of guys splitting playing time in a very short season. Would you agree?

I don’t place much importance on winter ball stats. Most guys have been playing baseball since February, by the time they got to November or December, they are out of gas, especially legit prospects. There is no way for me to really standardize the statistics, especially in the foreign winter leagues. I think they mainly serve as a way for hitters or pitchers to get more experience against advanced competition, the numbers dont mean much to me.

Last one from Ken

3) Will you be publishing SONAR scores for 2010? I know you had planned to include both 2009 and 2010 stats this year, but I’m sure that adds a level of complexity and slows you down. SONAR scores for a single year is fine. I liked them last year and missed them this year as a tool for ranking the Top 30 prospects. Do you have them unpublished for 2010 and if so did you use them in your rankings?

I have the data, and I’m almost done cleaning it up. But I think I’m going to be using the data in a different way going forward. Instead of just putting the raw scores out there, I’m working on incorporating the data into a more detailed system, which also factors in scouting report grades and other things. So, for now, because of time, I don’t have a schedule to publish the data, but when/if I do, I’ll make a post about it.

From Ron

Just wondering if the Phillies have any hope for Anthony Hewitt? His failure would really signify a colossal mistake in poor judgement as a first round pick.

To make it short and simple, I have very little hope for Hewitt. His contact issues are a major problem, and his lack of pitch recognition is going to make it really difficult for his raw power to actually be usable in games. I suppose he’s still young enough to figure it out, and he may be one of those guys who doesn’t break out until he’s 25-26. But I don’t know if it will come in the Phillies organization.

From Nick

First, you have only 1 LHP ranked in your top 30 for the Phillies. Besides Biddle, which other LHP do you think might have some value down the line, probably has a lefty reliever? I know Nick Hernandez was injured and Matt Way is alo in the organization. Do you see either of those having enough value making it as a lefty specialist or is the probability for them so far away that it’s highly unlikely?

Nick Hernandez is probably the best best, assuming he can stay healthy. Way might make it as a back end starter, or if he tightens up his breaking ball, a lefty reliever. Franklyn Zavala, the lefty reliever I referenced above as a possible guy who jumps on the radar, is another choice, but he has yet to throw a pitch since signing, so its tough to really get a handle on him.

Another from Nick

Second, how sustainable is Amaro’s tactics of trading away 2-4 good (top 10) prospects every year? If the trend continues this year, the Phills will trade 2 or 3 prospoects for a right handed bat to help balance the lineup. However, with salaries rising, actually soaring in Philly, and the teams age also rising, it will be very important to have young arms wainting in the wings to create turn over. My biggest fear is that the Phillies will use too many of their chips and have an aging, expensive team holding them back.

I wouldn’t worry too much about this. The Phillies have been really good at trading their guys right on the fringe of their top 3-4, and knowing which guys to keep coming up behind. They did trade Drabek, but they chose to keep Brown instead of Michael Taylor, which looks smart. I see the team continuing to trade 2nd tier prospects to acquire controllable talent. As long as revenue continues to increase, payroll will continue to increase. The 2010 to 2011 payroll jump indicates payroll growth above even my most optimistic projections from the summer. The team is getting older, but I think you will see prospects start to fill in the gaps over the next few seasons, and also prospects traded for young, controllable talent that other teams aren’t able to afford.

Last one from Nick

Finally, how would you compare the Phillies’ arms vs the Braves’ arms?

Julio Teheran, the Braves top pitching prospect, is arguably the best pitching prospect in the minors. Their 3 best starting pitching prospects after Teheran are Mike Minor (LHP), Arodys Vizcaino (RHP), and Randall Delgado (RHP). Kevin Goldstein at BP ranked Minor as a 5 star prospect, with Vizcaino and Delgado ranked as 4 star guys. I think he may be a bit high on Minor, but the other guys seem correctly placed. The Braves top relief prospect, Craig Kimbrel, is also a 4 star prospect. Comparing them to the Phillies arms, I would rank Cosart ahead of Minor. Colvin, Vizcaino, Delgado, Biddle and May would also probably be in the same grouping, and you could interchange them and move them around. I think Kimbrel’s stock is higher than De Fratus right now, and Kimbrel’s strikeout rates are hugely impressive. They have similar fastballs, but Kimbrel’s wipeout slider is the difference maker right now. Its a fun exercise, but when you consider Teheran in their group, the Braves definitely have an edge.

From Justin

I know I’m probably a little late to the party on the mailbag but one of my questions about your Top 30 or even the honorable mention is that I saw no mention of Eric Pettis on there. Is there a reason he didn’t project in your Top 30? Do you see red flags that we didn’t? He came out of the draft on fire in both the NYPL as a starter, and reliever for the SAL winning Blueclaws. Is there no projection for him because he was both a starter and reliever?

Pettis was great at Williamsport, but he did this at age 22. I haven’t gotten glowing scouting reports on him, and to be honest, I’m unsure of his raw stuff. Most importantly, he profiles as a reliever going forward. As a reliever, I would slide him down my rankings, and then when you factor in his age, I want to see him perform for a full season against better competition. He needs to be fast tracked, and he needs to be great against better hitters before I’d feel comfortable putting him in my top 30. If I ranked all the guys in the 31-40 range, he’d probably be in the back of that section.

Thanks for the questions everyone. I think the one thing that is important to remember is that these lists are, in their nature, flawed. Most lists are built on things that have already happened, with guys lined up based on future expectations. But the future is unknown (obviously), meaning these lists will often have guys placed way too high and way too low. My list was based on my evaluation of the player’s context-adjusted statistics, his scouting report, and then my personal instinct or feeling on the prospect. I think you’ll find that most people make the same lists. I’m not overly concerned with having a list that is much different from BP or BA or ESPN. I respect those outlets and what they offer, and I have to get some of my scouting information from them. They see prospects more than me. I just don’t have to agree with all of their evaluations. The whole process is a learning experiment, which is what makes it so much fun. It will be interesting to see how my list plays out over the course of the season.

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  1. I don’t think any of the pitching prospects are exceptional. Look at Tommy Hanson’s work in the minors and then look at Julio Tehran or any other Brave or Phillies pitching prospect. It’s unlikely that any of these guys are a Hanson, Hamels, King Felix or Grienke. More than likely if they stay injury free they are Joe Blanton types at best.

    Another example of this. Mike minor is a “five star” guy for KG at BA. But Keith Law has him at 61 overall behind every Braves prospect listed above except for Kimbrel, who is not in Law’s top 100. Someone like Tommy Hanson there was no such disagreement about.

    Now that Brown is up here the only star prospect in the Phils system is Jonathan Singleton, another $200,000 winning lottery ticket.

    Looking back over the Phils first round picks the last six years or so is enough to make me upchuck my last meal. This slot money first round pick nonsense has to end. Dave $$$ Montgomery has caused grievous damage to the Phils farm system because of it. Only the exceptional work of the scouts has saved the system from total ruin.

    That model cannot continue to work. The Phils will have to pursue top talent and piss off Selig if they are to keep things rolling. They have an extra 2nd round pick and I hope they are going to load up this year and spend a fortune on the draft, at least as much as in the last three years combined.

    Hard slotting is rumored for next year and beyond. I hope it doesn’t happen, but the Phils had better unload with dollars this year in the event that it does.

    1. Cosart, Colvin, May, Biddle

      You do not know what they will do, but I guarantee you that the more of these kind of guys you have the better the chance that one of them will be a Tommy Hansen level guy. The Phillies have more arms than most.

      As far as spending money on the draft, the Phillies have a budget and to exceed it takes an ok from the partners. You can’t have Cliff Lee, Halladay, Oswalt, Howard, Utley, et al and spend the money that the Red Sox do. We do not have a TV network.

      Geez I grew up in the late 60’s early 70’s. Feel priveledged (sic) to watch and be a fan of this team now.

      “Grevious damage to the farm system”? You mean the one that is rated anywhere between 5th and 12th best?

      Negadelphia at its best.

        1. You seem blessed with an exceptional ability to hide the point. Are you saying Dave $$$ Montgomery gets the blame for the first-round draft strategy but no credit for assembling the scouting enterprise that has, in fact, saved the system from whatever “grievous damage” early-round busts like Hewitt might have caused? Jumpin’ raises a reasonable question: Would a reasonable person describe a system that ranks among the best in baseball as grievously damaged? Of course not.

          1. “Lead, Follow or Get out of the Way”

            I think I speak of all when I say that please, please start picking the last one.

            1. Whoops, my joke above was meant to be left as a reply here–not sure why it ended up where it did. Doh!

          2. Funny how everyone jumps on Ruben Amaro for “trading” Cliff Lee or not signing Jayson Werth, but he gets no credit for doing what actually falls under his job title, which would be overseeing the farm system.

            Maybe you just don’t understand who is who and what they do?

    2. You would be right if baseball was full of intelligent and baseball driven motives.
      But sadly that is not the reality. I read once that the job of the chairman of the board is to remain chairman of the board. So more are good ole boys with no imagination.

    3. Ok first off, both Cosart and Colvin are projected as possible number 1 or 2 starters by people like Klaw, and I would say Hanson right now is a number 2/3 type guy with a possibility of being a #1. 2nd, asside from the 1st round, the Phillies have continuously gone over slot, a good example is Cosart/Colvin. So to say that they don’t is patently false. Lastly, I would say the Phillies draft strategy has been pretty succesful based on the props most prospect guys like Klaw and BA have given to the phils system, not to mention what they have brought in in trades using the prospects as the main pieces.

      1. I’m a Cosart fan, and neither he or Colvin is as highly regarded as Tommy Hanson. If Cosart stays healthy he probably will be regarded on Hanson’s level.

      2. Profanity, even when is so cleverly done, really has no place on the blog and it is an insult to all the work PP does keeping this place up.

        Why not just tone it down and enjoy a good back and forth discussion on baseball?

        You know…like an adult?

    4. And of course, if these guys only become #2 or #3 starters, they are totally worthless. I’d be happy to get a solid #2 and a #3 major league starter out of this foursome. There is no guarantee that Teheran will have a halfway productive major league career. More promising minor league pitchers than this bombed out rather quickly, due to injury. Of all the top Braves and Phillies pitching prospects mentioned, it is not unreasonable to say the guy who stays healthiest, longest will have the best career. All of these guys are good enough to have plus careers, given health and normal progression in their talents as they continue to mature.

      1. Remember how great Tyler Green was gonna be?

        Or Dave Coggin?

        Or Andy Ashby?

        Or Adam Eaton?

        etc etc.

        The road to the majors is littered with the corpses of failed pitching prospects.

  2. The phillies don’t spend $$ on Rick porcello but spend 120 mill on cliff lee and their cheap?? If only the phillies were more like the tigers than everything would be great.

  3. As an aside, when is the Phillies TV contrat up fo renewal? They should get a monster increase because of their ratings?

      1. Right and that money was the key to Boston and the Yankees. Every time they tried to tax George he just increased his revenue and laughed.

    1. They get a healthy return from Comcast but their deal isn’t up until 2015 IIRC. They had the 2nd highest ratings of any MLB club (behind the Yankees) last year so they’re probably pulling in a TON of ad revenue.

      1. The need to expand their presence especially westward. Boston get most of New England by default.

  4. Given that May has the best K/9 in that group, I find it hard to think he has the least raw stuff. I’d rate them Cosart > May > Colvin > Biddle. Colvin has the best command of that group though.

    As far as leftys, BA’s prospect depth chart has them ranked Biddle, Way, Hernandez, Morgado and Hollands. And then Bastardo, Escalona (since traded) and Diekman. Zavala is an interesting arm but it’ll be two years before we see him in the states.

    1. FYI: A recent report )maybe the profiles here?) had Cosart as more consistent in his command and Colvin as inconsistent.

    2. Is Morgado considered a reliever? He didn’t start a game and only average a little over an inning per outing. I don’t know what his College workload was. Another interesting lefty is Ervis Manzanillo. He’s only 19 and pitched the entire year as an 18 year old. He’s listed at 6’2″ 160 lbs. He averaged a K per inning in the GCL and at Williamsport. Maybe his deception is when he turns sideways on the mound, he disappears.

      1. Listed as a starter. They tend to place players at their most likely outcome (Carlos Rivero at third, Michael Martinez at second, etc.)

      2. They pretty much started Morgado from scratch mechanically, so I assume they were pitching him an inning at a time as he worked through it. I imagine that as a 4th round pick, he’ll be a starter this year to see what they have.

        And not to plug my own work, but there’s a full writeup on Morgado under the Profiles that includes things like his college workload.

  5. Justin DeFratus on his Facebook page noted that he is going to pitch in Thursday’s game against Florida State and on Sunday against the Yankees.

    1. MWGRAD said on Top 30 mailbag
      February 21, 2011 at 7:50 PM

      We get what you are saying, but you are just wrong.
      “Going Over Slot” on the 1st Round will require significantly more money to be spent on the draft.
      It would require forgoing signing multiple upside players in later rounds for the chance to sign one player in the first round.
      Look how many 1st Overall picks are busts throughout the years. It’s a high percentage. Money is best spent balanced out.
      And the fact the Phil’s have the 2nd or 3rd highest Payroll in MLB while having lower TV revenue speaks to how the owners ARE spending the money.
      Perhaps they should spend less on the MLB Roster to sign more Draftees, but nowhere in your rants did you complain the Phils spent TOO much on Major League Talent.
      And don’t handpick certain players making too much, ever roster has some of those players and it’s not always easy to phil spots on the roster NOW for Market value when you are going for a WS title.
      The cut would be something like NOT signing Werth or Lee and pumping that money into the Farm system.
      Is THAT what you wanted?
      Since we soldout 100% of our games last year, Lee was not to see more tickets.


      “We get what you are saying, but you are just wrong. “

      No you do not get what I’m saying and I’m spot on right.

      ““Going Over Slot” on the 1st Round will require significantly more money to be spent on the draft. “


      That’s worth repeating.


      You have a magnificent talent for stating the obvious. If only there were a use for such a talent you could become a billionaire.

      “It would require forgoing signing multiple upside players in later rounds for the chance to sign one player in the first round. “

      No it would not, it would require the Phillies to spend more money on the draft.

      “Look how many 1st Overall picks are busts throughout the years. It’s a high percentage. Money is best spent balanced out.”

      1998 Pat Burrell
      1999 Josh Hamilton
      2000 Adrián González
      2001 Joe Mauer
      2002 Bryan Bullington
      2003 Delmon Young
      2004 Matt Bush
      2005 Justin Upton
      2006 Luke Hochevar
      2007 David Price
      2008 Tim Beckham
      2009 Stephen Strasburg
      2010 Bryce Harper

      Oh I wouldn’t want any of that crap in my system!

      Well, after you filter out Luke Hochevar , Matt Bush, and Bryan Bullington, all of whom were consensus overdrafts due to one factor and one factor only…MONEY! Matt Bush was thought to be a bottom of the 1st round pick at best, many saw him as a 2nd round pick. He signed at a ridiculously cheap price though for a 1st overall pick, though given his true talent he was just as ridiculously overpaid.

      “Perhaps they should spend less on the MLB Roster to sign “

      No the Phillies should just spend a lot more on the draft. There is no relationship between the two. That’s what you cannot comprehend. Dave $$$ Montgomery is not limiting draft spending because the Phillies are poor, he’s doing it in a collusive manner with the Commissioner’s office.

  6. Tommy Hanson is a 2, possibly #1 if he gets his head right and starts attacking hitters. He has good stuff. If 1 of Colvin, Cosart, or May develop into Hanson, I would be happy.

  7. While it’s undeniable that the Phils’ first round picks have been generally awful before they took Biddle (which is looking a whole lot better, considering what’s been happening lately in the first round), they’ve more than made up for those mistakes with stellar later rounds. It’s a bit galling that they still can’t seem to find a short stop worthy of following JRoll, or a third baseman of any promise, but one good draft can cure that. We are indeed privileged to be spectators during the best run of Phillies baseball in history. Hopefully, when we look back on this era, we will compare it favorably to the twenty year or so span of excellence of the Philadelphia A’s from the teens to the early thirties.

    1. But it’s not chance, or misfortune that have produced such poor 1st round results.

      In 2004 before the draft began I had my fingers crossed that Phil Hughes would last until the Phils picked 21st. I had little hope, I expected him to go at least ten picks earlier, but there it was on my computer screen, the java applet from the site had the Twins pick someone else at #20!

      I was sure that the Phils would grab Hughes, he fit them perfectly as they loved high school pitchers like him.

      And then the unthinkable happened. They chose Greg Golson who I knew to be a 2nd round talent with a questionable bat. I was infuriated.

      And then it got worse.

      Golson immediately signed as he had a predraft deal worked out with the Phils for slot money. “Wheels” went on a rant during the Phils TV broadcast about how a statement needed to be made because “Teams like San Diego, Pittsburgh and Kansas City couldn’t afford to sign the best talent in the first round.”

      Of course, we now know this to be a proven lie as K.C. has shown by spending the most ever in a draft. It was certainly more than obvious at the time though.

      That’s what is behind the Phillies failures in the first round. It’s corrupt, and that corruption has kept the Phils farm from becoming great, the best farm system in the game.

      1. Hughes also signed pretty much for slot. It doesn’t take a conspiracy theory to explain Golson, he is exactly the sort of toolsy OF the Phillies have fallen in love with. Jeff Jackson and Reggie Taylor were also 1st round picks and very similar to Golson, and they definitely didn’t come cheaply.

        1. What “conspiracy theory” are you referring to? I didn’t post any theories, I posted facts.

          Golson was a “toolsy” outfielder who the Phils could have drafted in the 2nd round and signed for slightly above slot if they really believed in him, and they would have had Hughes.

          Hughes was not and would not have been an expensive sign, but there was no assurance of that. He would not sign a pre-draft deal as Golson did. A pre-draft deal is extremely unusual when a team does not hold the first overall pick. Only by seriously over-drafting a player is something like that possible to explore.

          Bud Selig would not have been pleased by the Phils getting Hughes and then paying over slot for Golson. What makes Bud frown also paints a sad face on Dave $$$ Montgomery.

          In time, all Phillies fans will be wearing sad faces if Dave $$$ Montgomery is not stopped in his pursuit of happiness for Bud Selig.

      2. The Phillies spend what they can afford. They have a budget and they stay close to it. Golson was drafted because he was a great athelete. This is what the Phillies look for or they look for a young arm. A lot of people thought Hughes was an arm surgery looking to happen. The Phillies would rather bulk up on projectionable arms and potential 5 tool performers.
        It seems to work, no?

        1. “It seems to work, no?”

          All longtime baseball fans know what the “baseball odds” are.

          The Phillies have been beating the baseball odds, but the baseball odds always assert themselves. The baseball odds are a fact, not a theory.

          When you look at the overall spending in the draft by the 30 MLB teams you have to let your eyes wonder all the way down to the bottom teams to find the Phillies. There you find the Phillies keeping company with teams like the Mets and Astros.

          In the long run only sadness can follow from that.

  8. I don’t intend on responding to any of that, FWIW.

    As far as the mailbag, I found the Braves/Phillies comparison interesting. I got to see Mike Minor pitch in person in Scranton last season. He was throwing 92-93 mph IIRC. He has velocity, peripherals and has already reached the majors.

    The Braves are going to be the Phillies biggest challenge in the next 2-4 seasons. Florida graduated a lot of great young talent but they have little behind it. Washington is top-heavy but also lack depth, and the Mets are a mess. The Braves have good talent in the majors and great talent in the minors.

    1. I’m not so sure. Washington has shown a willingness to spend, has a lot of minor league talent, and could really sneak up on teams in a few seasons.

    2. I agree with Allentown, the Senators are spending like druken sailors… if they make the right choices they will be good in 2013. If they don’t a social disease could be in their future.

      The Braves will also be good, but the teams with absent ownership seem to have problems winning championships. The Braves are owned by Liberty Media and get NO ownership support.

    1. I think I found a much better way to use the data. So for now, I’m going to hold off on posting just the raw output. But I do plan on getting to it. I ended up writing a ton on my Top 30, and I did a bunch of profile editing, I need to take a little break and clear my head, and then I can hopefully explain where I’m going with the SONAR data.

  9. I want to apologize to everyone here. I can’t help but think its my fault this bozo has been unleashed on you guys. He used to post his nonsensical rantings on the ESPN message board. Although its not the best board, its been a decent place for an out of towner like me to stay up to date with the Phils.

    While I may be new posting here I have been reading this site for several years. Checking it is part of my daily routine. I often post links to material here on ESPN. If one of those links is responsible for Mr Conspiracy Theory finding his way here then I am sorry.

  10. Oh Geez, what happened to the comments section of this board? Thankfully, I missed all the action, but I feel so bad for James. He gives us so much of his time and has become much more tolerant in recent years, despite the ridiculousness that apparently ensued. This has always been a place of relatively elevated discource and ad hominem attacks have no place here. You know, there is a message board…That being said…

    -If Morgado learns to control his fastball and sharpens his slider, he has the arm to be an effective lefty middle reliever. I actually love Holland as a sleeper back end starter.

    -I agree with the “how can May have the worst raw stuff if he strikes out the most batters?” sentiment, BUT I never regarded command or control as “raw stuff”. I considered those as part of a pitcher’s development or polish, but perhaps there’s an inherent ability to “aim”. Perhaps May’s control issues inflate his K/rate, as tends to happen sometimes.

    -I never considered Galvis as more than a Cesar Izturis type, but perhaps he could bat 8th for a tremendous offensive club. If you get above average offensive production out of every other position, you can get away with a defensive wiz at SS(or C). Teams used to do this routinely and perhaps in this post-roid era, where the emphasis has returned to pitching and defense, Galvis’s value will be greater than once thought.

    -The Braves prospects are clearly more advanced and therefore more highly regarded. I compared them last year hoping for a different answer, but you gotta give the Braves credit- they know how to develop young talent. We’ll see what Bobby Cox had to do with that soon enough.

  11. When a commenter named “Skunky” is the voice of decorum, you know that the dialogue has gone downhill.

    (Just teasin’ Skunky! Your joke was pretty funny.)

  12. I said something bashing his attacks on other people’s attacks on logic, but I guess PP deleted it. I don’t blame him– I was just feeding the troll.

    I enjoyed your top 30 PP and appreciate you taking the time to make it and the mailbag. Looking forward to seeing SONAR scores whenever you have the time.

  13. BA posted their top 100 prospect list. I won’t spoil it, but four Phillies prospects made the list and three ex-Phillies prospects made it as well.

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