Monday, August 3, 2009

3 Phils among Top 30 prospects

OF Michael Taylor (20), OF Dominic Brown (24) SP Kyle Drabek (26) are among's top 50 prospects. It is pretty incredible how the Phillies acquired Cliff Lee without giving any of these players. Tampa leads the way with 5 players among the top 50. The Texas Rangers have 4 and along with the Phillies, the O's, Marlins, Indians (in part thanks to the Phillies) and the BoSox all have 3. Except for Philly and the Sox, the rest of those teams have been pretty bad for the better part of the last 5 years or so. Carlos Carrasco and Lou Marson were on the preseason top 50 but have dropped off. Jason Knapp is #39

1 Jason Heyward ATL OF
2 Madison Bumgarner SF LHP
3 Mike Stanton FLA OF
4 Justin Smoak TEX 1B
5 Buster Posey SF C
6 Neftali Feliz TEX RHP
7 Chris Tillman BAL RHP
8 Brian Matusz BAL LHP
9 Jarrod Parker ARI RHP
10 Tim Beckham TB SS
11 Alcides Escobar MIL SS
12 Jesus Montero NYY C
13 Matt LaPorta CLE 1B
14 Wade Davis TB RHP
15 Freddie Freeman ATL 1B
16 Jake Arrieta BAL RHP
17 Jeremy Hellickson TB RHP
18 Yonder Alonso CIN 1B
19 Brett Wallace OAK 3B
20 Michael Taylor PHI OF
21 Carlos Santana CLE C
22 Desmond Jennings TB OF
23 Austin Jackson NYY OF
24 Dominic Brown PHI OF
25 Logan Morrison FLA 1B
26 Kyle Drabek PHI RHP
27 Jason Castro HOU C
28 Pedro Alvarez PIT 3B
29 Mike Moustakas KC SS/3B
30 Eric Hosmer KC 1B
31 Josh Vitters CHI 3B
32 Lars Anderson BOS 1B
33 Tim Alderson PIT RHP
34 Ben Revere MIN OF
35 Christian Friedrich COL LHP
36 Aaron Hicks MIN OF
37 Casey Kelly BOS RHP/SS
38 Martin Perez TEX LHP
39 Jason Knapp CLE RHP
40 Matt Dominguez FLA 3B
41 Michael Bowden BOS RHP
42 Peter Bourjos LAA OF
43 Pedro Borbon TEX OF
44 Mat Latos SD RHP
45 Jhoulys Chacin COL RHP
46 Jennry Mejia NYM RHP
47 Derek Norris WAS C
48 Jaff Decker SD OF
49 Matt Moore TB LHP
50 Angel Villalona SF 1B



  1. This is a testament to the great job Ruben did with the Cliff Lee deal. The Mets have one player, number 46. I love it.

  2. I'm surprised at how high Michael Taylor is. He was under the radar before this year. He might be another bat off the bench come September. Dominic Brown was recently just moved up to Reading..

  3. That is showing signs that we are here for the long run. Pat Gillick really turned this team around and passed everything along to his prodigy and former Crispin Gardens baseball player Ruben Amaro. I can remember about 3 or 4 years ago we had the worst farm system in all of baseball. Thats a great job by the front office and staff to turn that around in such a short amount of time.

  4. It's kind of funny. I agree that the Phils have had the worst system for a lot of years but they still somehow managed to build a world series team with a core of homegrown talent that preceded Gillick. I guess they all came up at different times..Utley, Howard, Rollins, Hamels, Myers, Madsen, chris roberson...

    Which one doesn't belong?

  5. I think it was only about 1-2 years ago when we didn't have any prospects. Last year I remember that Carrasco was our only player in the Baseball AmericaTop 100 Prospects.

    The crazy thing about prospects is that we can look at this list of 50 in about 5-6 years and we'll recognize MAYBE 25 of them and will all agree that MAYBE 10 have had good careers.

    Does anyone disagree?