Below is an analysis of the prospects in the farm system of the Philadelphia Phillies. Scouting reports are compiled with information provided by industry sources as well as my own observations. For more information on the 20-80 scouting scale by which all of our prospect content is governed, you can click here. For further explanation of the merits and drawbacks of Future Value, read this.
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|32||Marcus Lee Sang||19.1||R||RF||2024||35+|
|34||Enyel De Los Santos||24.2||MLB||RHP||2020||35+|
|36||Carlos De La Cruz||20.4||A||RF||2023||35+|
Other Prospects of Note
Grouped by type and listed in order of preference within each category.
The Phillies’ well of upper-level pitching ran dry last year. These are the internal options in case of emergency. Parkinson is a pitchability lefty with a good changeup, slow sweeping breaking ball, and below-average fastball. He has starts where he locates at will and carves. Falter is deceptive, has a bunch of pitches, and was a name teams poked around on before last year’s Rule 5. Cleavinger is a breaking ball-heavy lefty reliever up to 95 with the fastball. Rosso is a cutter/curveball relief prospect with a disorienting delivery. Russ is up to 96 and executes a 45-grade slider with remarkable consistency. Killgore has a low-90s fastball with plus vertical movement.
Segovia’s delivery is silky smooth and he’s touching 95 as a 19-year-old. His breaking ball effectiveness is location-dependent, but is has promising depth. The Phillies signed Gessner just before the 2018 signing period deadline for $850,000 in just-traded-for money from Baltimore. He has a good frame, works 90-92, has advanced feel for two below-average breaking balls and a promising changeup. Brown barely threw last year but was quite good when he did. He did not repeat his delivery as well as his walk rates suggest but he does have four average pitches, and the heater might play above its velo (90-93, touch 95). Ramey is a very tall young righty with a lower arm slot. His changeup has a chance to be very good. Martinez is a teenage lefty up to 96.
Grullon is on the 40-man, and has pull power and arm strength. Nava, 18, is the most contact-oriented hitter here. He only caught 14 games last year. Diaz, 18, spent 2019 in the DSL. He has average present power. Gutierrez has the most projectable frame of this group but he’s a slow-twitch guy, as is Aparicio, who hit his way out of Williamsport last July.
The recent Phillies draft strategy has been heavy on $750,000-ish high schoolers and other overslot curiosities, the sorts of players who end up in the 35+ FV tier and are shaped by development. That may change now that the amateur department is headed by Brian Barber, who had been a Yankees national crosschecker, but perhaps a depth-driven approach to farm building makes sense for this org. The amateur staff is good at uncovering O’Hoppes and Mezquitas and Mayers, and the development staff now has a lot of Houston and Driveline DNA coursing through its veins, with Josh Bonifay and Jason Ochart occupying prominent roles on the dev side. More malleable athletes mean more opportunities to make good players at a time when the system will be under pressure to provide tradable prospects as the big club seeks to compete.
Eric Longenhagen is from Catasauqua, PA and currently lives in Tempe, AZ. He spent four years working for the Phillies Triple-A affiliate, two with Baseball Info Solutions and two contributing to prospect coverage at ESPN.com. Previous work can also be found at Sports On Earth, CrashburnAlley and Prospect Insider.