In case you haven’t heard (and really, what else were you doing with your Monday?), Baseball Prospectus released their Phillies Top 10 list today.
There aren’t any major surprises in the top three, with J.P. Crawford in the top slot, Aaron Nola at two, and Maikel Franco third. It’s pretty easy to expect that many lists will have those three guys at the top in some way, shape, or form.
Things get interesting at 4, as Yoel Mecias finds himself as a BP favorite. I don’t so much mind the aggressive ranking for Mecias, as he did show a lot in his return from Tommy John. That being said, it is an aggressive play to put him in that slot.
Jeff Moore of BP did remind us of one thing, though:
After the top three of Crawford-Nola-Franco, many lists will say many things this off-season. A lot of the 4-15 can depend on whether you like projectable guys, pitchers, speedy guys, recent college picks, etc.
As someone who has not yet finalized his own list, it’s always fun to see what others think. To say the least, my current list looks a bit different from BP’s.
The omission of Roman Quinn from the BP Top 10 is already drawing some controversy, and for good enough reason. He’s a guy that could draw in to many top ten lists, if not top fives. As of now, it would be hard to keep Quinn out of my top five.
His time in the Arizona Fall League has been valuable. He has hit .258/.372/.364 while stealing 13 bags in 15 attempts, and is said to be playing a comfortable center field.
BP’s full Top 10:
- SS J.P. Crawford
- RHP Aaron Nola
- 1B/ 3B Maikel Franco
- LHP Yoel Mecias
- LHP Jesse Biddle
- C Deivi Grullon
- RF Kelly Dugan
- CF Carlos Tocci
- LHP Elniery Garcia
- OF Dylan Cozens
The only other mildly disappointing thing about the BP list is the complete lack of talk of Jesse Biddle’s concussion/brain issues. That was certainly a serious injury for him and set him back a bit, though BP seems to not mention anything about it.
Of course, this is just the first list of what will likely be many this off-season. Stay tuned for more arguing, more debate, and more fun.