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The Top 25 Phillies Prospects

Posted by Brian Michael, Mon, March 02, 2015 08:10 AM Comments: 3

Since 2009, each off-season we’ve compiled a detailed list of the top up-and-coming Phillies. Last week, our minor league expert Jay Floyd completed the latest installment of “Prospect Nation” by naming J.P. Crawford as the top Phillies prospect. His in-depth research combined with first-hand player interviews means you’re getting the complete picture of these aspiring talents. No one knows the Phillies minor leagues better than Jay.

The basis of the list takes into consideration a player’s age, minor league performance relative to levels played, value to the organization as well as future potential and proximity to the big leagues. The rankings do not include players over 25 years old or individuals that have spent lengthy stretches in the major leagues.

For your reference and reading enjoyment, here is the complete list of the Phillies top 25 prospects:

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PhoulBallz Podcast Episode 75: Baseball Betsy & Hoby Milner Interviews

Posted by Jay Floyd, Sat, February 28, 2015 08:30 AM Comments: 0

On the 75th edition of the PhoulBallz Podcast, Tug and Jay are joined by Phillies and minor league blogger “Baseball Betsy”, who shares some stories about being an American parent to some of the Phils’ up and coming Latin prospects and gives some updates on the likes of Perci Garner, Adam Morgan, Grenny Cumana and Carlos Alonso. Lefty hurler Hoby Milner takes time to answer Nine Silly-ass Questions. The guys also discuss the Phillies diving into the analytics era at long last, Kelly Dugan‘s injury, questionable Twitter etiquette and plenty more.

Use the media player below to stream the full episode, or simply download it by clicking HERE.

You can also check out previous episodes and subscribe on iTunes.

Additionally, thanks to the thousands of you for being part of the growing process as our previous episode featuring an interview with the aforementioned Alonso was our most downloaded episode ever.

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Oft-injured Dugan speaks on latest ailment

Posted by Jay Floyd, Thu, February 26, 2015 06:00 PM Comments: 1

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Kelly Dugan, image- Jay Floyd

Phillies outfield prospect Kelly Dugan expects to be ready to play when the regular season gets rolling in April.

Sidelined with a stress reaction in his right foot, Dugan, who is no stranger to injuries, showed up to spring training this week in a walking boot and has engaged in limited activity thus far in Clearwater.  This issue popped up recently while the California native was running sprints.

For those wondering precisely what a stress reaction is, Dugan cleared that matter up.

“There is no fracture.  It’s a low level bone injury from stress to the area,” Dugan explained via text message on Thursday.

The 24-year-old is working to stay in shape in the weight room and states that he is able to play light catch with a regular shoe, free of any pain.

Dugan, who was the Phillies top draft selection (2nd round) in 2009, will be in the walking boot for another week.

“Things are going smoothly so far,” Dugan stated.  “Doctors and trainers expect me to be a full go before camp breaks because the MRI showing a stress reaction that was very mild.”

The son of Hollywood director Dennis Dugan, Kelly sports a solid career slash line (.293/.368/.451) in five pro seasons and will likely open the 2015 campaign on the Triple-A Lehigh Valley roster.

In his professional career, Dugan has spent time on the shelf with a collection of injuries including a staph infection, an ankle sprain, oblique strains and turf toe.

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Report: Red Sox to Sign Cuban Prospect Moncada

Posted by Pat Gallen, Mon, February 23, 2015 09:22 AM Comments: 35

For those who hoped the Phillies would dive head first into the Cuban player pool once again, sorry to let you down.

According to MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez, highly-touted Red Sox prospect Yoan Moncada will sign with the Boston Red Sox for something in the neighborhood of $30 million bonus.

 

Moncada, 19, is an impressive infielder who was thought to be seeking much more than that reported price tag. According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, and many other baseball pundits, Moncada would likely have been the #1 overall pick in the draft had he been eligible.

Of course, with all international signings, there’s plenty of risk involved. The Phillies took a dip in the pool signing Miguel A. Gonzalez and that has yet to pan out, although he inked a three-year, $12 million deal after a larger deal reportedly fell through.

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Prospect Nation 2015: #1 SS J.P. Crawford

Posted by Jay Floyd, Mon, February 23, 2015 07:30 AM Comments: 5

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J.P. Crawford, image- Jay Floyd

Prospects don’t come much more exciting than J.P. Crawford.  Equipped with big-time athleticism, a premium baseball IQ, leadership qualities and all the right on-field tools, the Phillies’ top draft selection from 2013 (16th overall) is already being referred to as the future of the franchise.

Prior to the draft, Crawford posted great numbers at Lakewood High School in California, batting .432 in 25 games during his senior season and he stands as the school’s all-time leader in hits and runs scored at a school that also produced former Phillies 1st round draft choice and current Mets backstop Travis d’Arnaud.

After signing his first pro deal, Crawford joined the Phillies system and quickly proved to be among the organization’s most talented young players.

Upon making his minor league debut as an 18-year-old with the rookie level Gulf Coast League Phillies, Crawford was very impressive. He was tops in the GCL in batting for a considerable stretch and posted a .345 average with a homer, 19 RBI and 12 stolen bases through 39 games. To wrap up the regular season, the youngster was promoted up two levels to Class A full season Lakewood. Continue reading Prospect Nation 2015: #1 SS J.P. Crawford

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Prospect Nation 2015: #2 RHP Aaron Nola

Posted by Jay Floyd, Sat, February 21, 2015 07:30 AM Comments: 19

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Aaron Nola, image- Jay Floyd

Selected with the 7th overall pick in last year’s MLB amateur draft, righty hurler Aaron Nola has been one of the Phillies’ most promising prospects since day one.

The six-foot-one 196-pounder was a First Team All-American in his junior season at LSU last year, posting an 11-1 record along with a 1.47 ERA and a 10.37 K/9 mark in 16 starts. He enjoyed a tremendous college career, twice winning SEC Player of the Year honors while compiling a 30-6 overall record with a 2.09 ERA in three seasons.

Nola signed quickly with the Phils and made his pro debut as a member of the Class A Advanced Clearwater Threshers on June 23rd, taking a loss by allowing four earned runs in 2 1/3 innings.  Over his following five starts, Nola let up seven earned runs in 24 innings (2.63 ERA) and earned a promotion to Double-A.

With Reading, the 21-year-old Nola would close out his season with a 2-0 record and a 2.63 ERA in five games.

Overall, in 12 minor league appearances (11 starts) last year, the Louisiana native tallied a 4-3 record as well as a 2.93 ERA along with 45 strike outs and 10 walks in 55 1/3 innings. Continue reading Prospect Nation 2015: #2 RHP Aaron Nola

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Prospect Nation 2015: #3 3B/1B Maikel Franco

Posted by Jay Floyd, Fri, February 20, 2015 01:42 PM Comments: 2

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Maikel Franco, image- Jay Floyd

Despite a difficult stretch last season, corner infielder Maikel Franco remains as one of the Phillies’ most promising prospects.

Signed as an amateur free agent by the Phillies out of the Dominican Republic in 2010, Franco would make his professional debut with the rookie level Gulf Coast League Phillies that same year. As a 17-year-old, he posted respectable numbers, with a line of .222/.292/.330 in 51 games.

A year later, the righty hitting Franco began the season in extended spring training and later competed with the short-season A level Williamsport Crosscutters. Franco looked great against New York-Penn League competition, posting a .274/.339/.389 line while driving in 28 runs in 42 games before earning a promotion to full season Class A Lakewood.

In the South Atlantic League, at the age of 18, the baby-faced Franco struggled quite a bit. In 17 contests for the BlueClaws, Franco went 8-for-67 (.123 avg) and racked up an extremely weak .349 OPS.  The Phillies realized Franco was over-matched and that he was growing discouraged, so he was re-assigned back to Williamsport, where he finished the season by batting .333 with seven extra-base hits and 10 RBI over his final 13 games with the Crosscutters.

In 2012, Franco returned to Lakewood, showing much improvement throughout the season. Franco began the year at somewhat of a slow pace, batting just .207 with six homers, 27 RBI and a .607 OPS before he heated things up after the South Atlantic League All-Star break. In the second half of the season, Franco really showed what he can do at the plate, tallying a .346 average with eight home runs, 57 RBI, which were tops in the league during that stretch, and a .925 OPS. Continue reading Prospect Nation 2015: #3 3B/1B Maikel Franco

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Prospect Nation 2015: #4 OF Roman Quinn

Posted by Jay Floyd, Thu, February 19, 2015 07:30 AM Comments: 3

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Roman Quinn, image- Jay Floyd

After bouncing back from significant surgery last season, Roman Quinn showed exactly why he has been so highly regarded since he was selected by the Phillies in the second round of the 2011 draft.

Making his pro debut with short-season Class A Williamsport in 2012, Quinn shined, putting together a .281 average with nine doubles, a league-leading 11 triples, one homer and 23 RBI while swiping 30 bases in 36 opportunities.

Those excellent offensive efforts came while learning to switch hit and adapting to a defensive switch to the infield after playing mostly outfield prior to signing his first pro deal.

Comfort was a big factor for Quinn in 2013, according to his Class A Lakewood coaches, who saw things get easier for the youngster at the plate as the season went on.  Quinn opened that campaign as a 19-year-old.  He got off to a rough start, batting .202 with a .556 OPS in 22 April games.  In May, things began to look up, offensively, for Quinn, as he tallied a .304 average with an .874 OPS in 26 contests.  His season would not last much longer, as the Florida resident was hit by a pitch that resulted in a broken left wrist in June.

The Florida native wrapped up his 2013 BlueClaws campaign sporting a .238 average with seven doubles, three triples, five home runs and 32 stolen bases in 41 chances through 67 games. Continue reading Prospect Nation 2015: #4 OF Roman Quinn

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Prospect Nation 2015: #5 LHP Jesse Biddle

Posted by Jay Floyd, Sun, February 15, 2015 06:10 PM Comments: 12

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Jesse Biddle, image- Jay Floyd

Lefty pitching prospect Jesse Biddle had a difficult season last year, but injuries and shaky stats aside, he’s still a prospect the Phillies will count on to take strides toward helping the big club in the near future.

Selected in the opening round of the 2010 draft, Biddle, who grew up as a Phillies fan, quickly made his minor league debut, beginning his journey toward donning the uniform of the team he cheered on from the seats of Citizens Bank Park all throughout his childhood and teenage years. The graduate of Germantown Friends School in Philadelphia combined to post a 4-1 record with a 3.92 ERA and a .241 batting average against in 12 starts with the rookie level Gulf Coast League Phillies and short-season A level Williamsport in 2010.

The following season, Biddle became an All-Star in the Class A South Atlantic League as a member of the Lakewood BlueClaws. As the team’s most dependable starter through much of the year, Biddle posted a 7-8 record with a 2.98 ERA in 25 games (24 starts) and notched 124 strike outs in 133 innings pitched while sporting a.219 batting average against.

In 2012, the young hurler had quite a solid season, representing the Class A Advanced Clearwater Threshers in the Florida State League All-Star Game. That year he tallied a 10-6 record with a 3.22 ERA, a 9.53 K/9 mark and a .237 batting average against. Continue reading Prospect Nation 2015: #5 LHP Jesse Biddle

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Prospect Nation 2015: #6 RHP Zach Eflin

Posted by Jay Floyd, Sat, February 14, 2015 08:05 AM Comments: 4

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Zach Eflin, image- MiLB.com

Right-hander Zach Eflin was the key target when the Phillies dealt former National League MVP Jimmy Rollins this off-season.  With a load of buzz about this young hurler, Eflin will look to prove himself worthy of being part of a trade for an organizational legend.

Selected with the 33rd overall pick in the 2012 draft by San Diego out of Hagerty High School in FL, Eflin made his professional debut that same year as a member of the rookie level Arizona League Padres.  In four games (three starts), the six-foot-four 200-pounder posted a 0-1 record with a 7.71 ERA, as an 18-year-old.

After making minimal impact upon his minor league debut, Eflin came back strong in 2013, tallying a 7-6 record along with a 2.73 ERA, a .239 batting average against and a 6.52 K/9 mark in 22 starts with Class A Fort Worth.

Last season, as a 20-year-old, Eflin sported a 10-7 record with a 3.80 ERA and a 6.54 K/9 in 24 starts for Lake Elsinore in the Class A California League.

Eflin, who turns 21-year-old on April 8th, has a mid-90′s fastball, a quality curve ball with some nice break as well as a change up that has great potential which he is working to perfect.  Continue reading Prospect Nation 2015: #6 RHP Zach Eflin

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