Phillies Rebuilding is Complete

The Phillies won five straight East titles from 2007 to 2011. The roster got old and the well went dry starting in 2012. The Phillies went on a rebuilding effort and in 2018 had the seventh best farm team. That probably won’t be so high in 2019. The players who appeared on Top 100 lists last year were Scott Kingery, J.P. Crawford, Sixto Sanchez, Jorge Alfaro, Mickey Moniak, Adonis Medina, Adam Haseley and Jhailyn Ortiz. Sixto and Alfaro were traded to the Marlins to acquire J.T. Realmuto. Crawford was traded to the Mariners for Jean Segura. Scott Kingery graduated to the Phillies.

2018 number one pick Alec Bohm may be the best prospect. The third baseman has a power bat but at 6′5″ he may get too big to cover the position. The arm could allow him to play right field but the legs lack speed, making him a detriment defensively. First base is another option but Rhys Hoskins has that position sewn up. Alec failed to hit a homerun in a 40 game professional debut, finishing with a .252 average. He should rise quickly, perhaps reaching AA in 2019 if he shows he can hit.

The Phillies signed Luis Garcia for $2.5 million in 2017. He plays shortstop, the same position as Nationals prospect Luis Garcia. That could get confusing. He plays an impressive shortstop, showing good range and a strong arm. Last year in the Gulf Coast League the bat shined for a .369 average. The power will be lacking but his speed could turn singles into doubles and gappers into triples. At 18 years of age his career is just getting started so one more season in the short season leagues is expected.

The outfield could be a strength with Adam Haseley and Mickey Moniak. Both were first round picks, Mickey in 2016 and Adam the following year. Unfortunately, both have failed to show the tools to make expectations higher than fourth outfielder material. Adam hit .305 with 11 homeruns but he lacks the burner speed to play center and the power to play the corners. He should start the season in AA. Mickey has failed to show the bat indicative of a first rounder. It is too quiet, falling far short of .300 (.270). His power will barely get him into double digits in homeruns. He needs to make it as a centerfielder but lacks the supreme tools to be a top notch defender. Both look to be fourth outfielders.

Jhailyn Ortiz had a down year last year. His average dropped to .225 with 148 whiffs in 110 games. He needs to make better contact to take advantage of his power. Last year he slugged 13 homeruns but his low batting average put his slugging percentage below .400. Defensively his lack of speed will restrict him to a corner, where his arm is good enough to fit in right. The Phillies will start him in High A to begin the 2019 season.

There is not a lot of depth in their farm system for pitchers. With the trade of Sixto Sanchez, Adonis Medina appears to be the best pitcher. He throws his fastball in the mid-90s and it dances while it crosses the plate, forcing hitters to hit the ball on the ground. Giving up 11 homeruns in 111 innings inflated his ERA to 4.12. He should start the season in AA next year.

Enyel de los Santos is a hard throwing righty. His lack of a third pitch could relegate him to the bullpen. His fastball hits the mid-90s and could reach higher in shorter outings. A fastball change combination can retire minor league hitters but his ERA went from 2.63 to 4.74 when promoted to the major leagues. His opposition average also rose 45 points and his whiff rate dropped. A good spring could see him win a job in the Phillies bullpen, but they may want to keep him in the starting rotation in AAA to provide depth in their lineup.

Spencer Howard throws hard with two breaking pitches, but has trouble finding the plate. Last year he walked 40 in just 112 innings. The second round 2017 pick should get some time in High A next year.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.