The Phillies won again today. They beat the Rays 5-2 on the road. Nola started and gave up both Tampa runs. Andrew Bailey struck out the side in a 1-2-3 inning and was the pitcher of record when the Phillies took the lead. Hector Neris followed with a one-hit inning where he also struck out the side. Colton Murray came on to record the final out to get the save. The Phillies are 11-4. Dylan Cozens made his spring debut in the sixth inning in right field and went 0-1 with a BB and K.
I didn’t make the trip to Port Charlotte. Rather, I went to the Carpenter Complex and watched David Hernandez make his first appearance since March 1st, as well as Mark Appel and other Group One and Group Two players who took on the Blue Jays in their first Minor League spring training games.
Continue reading 2016 Spring Training, March 15th
MLB announced their top 100 prospects tonight. Seven players from the Phillies’ organization made the list. Since I’m sure this will generate some discussion, here are our seven top prospects and a place to discuss.
- #5 SS, J.P. Crawford
- #55 RHP, Jake Thompson
- #64 OF, Nick Williams
- #70 RHP, Mark Appel
- #84 OF, Cornelius Randolph
- #96 C/1B, Jorge Alfaro
- #99 OF, Roman Quinn
Crawford still at #5. Quinn was not ranked in 2015. Randolph moved up one slot from #85 to #84. The others dropped slots, some significantly – Appel from #43 to #70, Thompson from #51 to #55, Williams from #55 to #64, Alfaro from #59 to #96.
In what began as a very close race, Nick Williams pulled away only to watch Jake Thompson close late. Williams posted a 228-218 victory as the organization’s #2 prospect. Williams received 44.7% of the over 500 votes cast. Thompson received 42.7% of the vote.
Williams posted a combined .303/.354/.491/.845 in 2015 that was bolstered by his .320/.340/.536/.876 in Reading. Williams exhibits power to all fields. But he is a free swinger who doesn’t walk much. However, he lowered his 2014 K% from 30.97% to 20.4% in 2015. Continue reading Phuture Phillies 2016 Reader Top 30 #3
This post is reserved for the discussion of the top prospects in the Phillies’ organization. You can tout the merits of your favorite prospects, instruct us on why your ranking is superior, talk about a prospect who intrigues/worries you, ask about prospects you haven’t seen and don’t know much about, or anything at all as long as it is about the top prospects. Continue reading Top Prospect Discussion: October 8th