Philadelphia Phillies 2021 Midseason Top 50 Prospects

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The Phillies minor league system has taken a hit over the last few years for a number of reasons but there are some players who can help your fantasy teams in the future. 2020’s first round pick, Mick Abel, has been very impressive this season. Quite a few other pitchers are also doing very well, especially in the lower levels. As of press time, Spencer Howard has 46 IP in the majors and should be graduating from being prospect-eligible very soon (and was traded to Texas at the trade deadline). For this reason I have chosen not to rank him here, which gives me the opportunity to include another deeper prospect who otherwise wouldn’t have made the cut.

There are some diamonds in the rough here who can potentially contribute. On the hitting side, there are no sure things in the system but there are some very toolsy players with a lot of potential. Philadelphia had a very solid 2021 Draft and three of the team’s picks are included in this ranking and we’ll do a more in-depth review of their selections next time around.

Phillies Minor League Affiliates:
Lehigh Valley IronPigs – AAA
Reading Fightin Phils – AA
Jersey Shore BlueClaws – High-A
Clearwater Threshers – Low-A
FCL Phillies – Rookie


Prospects1500 Tiers:
Tier 1: Players with high expectations of both making the majors and playing at an All-Star level for a number of years
Tier 2: Players with an above-average expectation of making the majors and being a solid contributor
Tier 3: Players with an average expectation of making the majors and being a solid contributor
Tier 4: Players who have the potential of making the majors, or have a high likelihood of making the majors, but providing minimal impact (e.g. middle reliever, low-ceiling UT guys)
Tier 5: Players who are worth keeping an eye on, but likely to never make a team’s 40-man roster

Editor note: updated 8/4 to reflect changes since MLB Trade Deadline and MLB Draft signing deadline, the following players are no longer included in this column:
Kevin Gowdy was ranked 19th – traded to Texas
Abrahan Gutierrez was ranked 41st – traded to Pittsburgh

Tier 1

1. Mick Abel, RHP (January rank #2)
Age: 19
Current Level: Low-A
The team’s 2020 first round pick has done very well in his debut year in the minor leagues averaging over 13 K/9 although his command has been inconsistent.

Tier 2

2. Bryson Stott, SS (January rank #3)
Age: 23
Current Level: AA
Stott just keeps hitting at every level he and could see himself in the majors later this year as a possible September call-up.


3. Francisco Morales, RHP (January rank #4)
Age: 21
Current Level: AA
Morales is getting the strikeouts but is still working on his command and has been pitching very well as of late.

4. Johan Rojas, OF (January rank #11)
Age: 20
Current Level: Low-A
Rojas is one of the most exciting players in the organization with a great blend of speed and power and just need the at-bats to continue to develop.

5. Andrew Painter, RHP (January rank – N/A)
Age: 18
Current Level: 2021 1st Round Pick, 13th Overall
Advanced high school prep pitcher like Abel who throws in the mid 90s with good command but is a few years away from making an impact.

Tier 3

6. Hans Crouse, RHP (Rangers’ January rank #9)
Age: 22
Current Level: AA
Crouse came over from Texas in a deadline swap and he’s finally healthy and could be a good pickup to replace Howard in the rotation as soon as next year.

7. Casey Martin, 2B/SS/OF (January rank #6)
Age: 22
Current Level: Low-A
Martin looked great in low A ball but struggled when promoted to high A.

8. Yhoswar Garcia, OF (January rank #18)
Age: 19
Current Level: Low-A
In his first two games, Garcia, stole 5 bases, tripled, beat out an infield single and walked twice showing a little of what potential he brings to the plate.

9. Matt Vierling, OF (January rank #20)
Age: 24
Current Level: MLB
Vierling is having a great season after a down 2019 and was promoted for a few games in June where he went 3-6 with a stolen base.

10. Ethan Wilson, OF (January rank – N/A)
Age: 21
Current Level: 2021 2nd Round Pick, 49th Overall
Wilson is a powerful outfielder with a good eye and solid hit tool but has defensive concerns.

11. Rafael Marchan, C (January rank #8)
Age: 22
Current Level: MLB
Marchan should settle into the full-time backup role in the majors next season with potential for more.

12. Kendall Simmons, SS (January rank #5)
Age: 21
Current Level: Low-A
Got off to a late start this season and is struggling but has the potential to help in speed and power categories.

13. Jhailyn Ortiz, OF (January rank #22)
Age: 22
Current Level: High-A
Ortiz is having a good year showing power and an improved average and OBP over 2019’s results.


14. Bailey Falter, LHP (January rank #33)
Age: 24
Current Level: MLB
Falter’s velocity has increased this year and he’s pitching very well putting him in the conversation for a spot in the rotation going forward.

15. Luis Garcia, SS (January rank #9)
Age: 20
Current Level: Low-A
Garcia has hit for more power this year and getting on base at a higher clip than in previous seasons.

16. Jamari Baylor, SS (January rank #12)
Age: 20
Current Level: Rookie (FCL)
Baylor got a late start to the season so he only as a small sample size of appearances but he has good tools.

Tier 4

17. Adonis Medina, RHP (January rank #7)
Age: 24
Current Level:  AAA
Medina has struggled once again this year and he keeps moving down the ranks.

18. Erik Miller, LHP (January rank #10)
Age: 23
Current Level: Rookie (FCL)
Miller started his season late but in his small sample size, he’s showing the same trends that he had in college – a lot of strikeouts but horrible command.

19. Damon Jones, LHP (January rank #16)
Age: 26
Current Level: AAA
Jones has been moved to the bullpen full time this year and the numbers haven’t looked as great as when he was starting in the lower minors.

20. Jordan Viars, OF (January rank – N/A)
Age: 18
Current Level: 2021 3rd Round Pick, 84th Overall
Viars is a high school kid who has some good tools after hitting .464 with a 1.626 OPS this past season.

21. Baron Radcliff, OF (January rank #27)
Age: 22
Current Level: Low-A
Radcliff is having a very interesting year batting under .170 but with an OBP close to .400.

22. Dominic Pipkin, RHP (January rank #37)
Age: 21
Current Level: Low-A
Pipkin has been having a great season for A ball and should move up to AA soon which would give us a better idea of his true potential.

23. Logan O’Hoppe, C (January rank #32)
Age: 21
Current Level: High-A
O’Hoppe is a solid defender with good power and improving hit tool.

24. Nick Maton, SS (January – unranked)
Age: 24
Current Level: AAA
Good hitting, low power infielder who has trouble with off-speed stuff.

25. Rodolfo Duran, C (January rank #15)
Age: 23
Current Level: AA
Good power, bad hit tool for Duran. Sort of the opposite of Marchan.

26. Simon Muzziotti, OF (January rank #28)
Age: 22
Current Level: N/A as of 7/20, visa issues
Fast outfielder who doesn’t project to hit for much power.

27. Cristopher Sanchez, LHP (January rank #34)
Age: 24
Current Level: MLB
Sanchez has been average this season but could help the bullpen this year.

28. Ramon Rosso, RHP (January rank #13)
Age: 25
Current Level: AAA
Rosso has struggled this season but looked great in the Arizona Fall League previously.

29. Starlyn Castillo, RHP (January rank #17)
Age: 19
Current Level: Low-A
Castillo is more potential over results now as he has less than 35 innings pitched in his minor league career.

30. Rafael Marcano, LHP (January – unranked)
Age: 21
Current Level: Low-A
Marcano has been pitching very well in A ball moving up the rankings quickly.

31. Cristian Hernandez, RHP (January – unranked)
Age: 20
Current Level: Low-A
International free agent signing with good potential to develop into a mid-rotation starter.

32. Kyle Dohy, LHP (January rank #36)
Age: 24
Current Level: AAA
Middle reliever who could potentially help the big league team this year.

33. Ethan Lindow, LHP (January rank #21)
Age: 22
Current Level: AA
Lindow has good command and could be a 4th starter in the majors soon.

34. Noah Skirrow, RHP (January – unranked)
Age: 22
Current Level: High-A
Fast climbing pitcher looking good in his first year in the organization.

35. Luke Williams, OF (January – unranked)
Age: 24
Current Level: MLB
Williams projects as a utility type being able to play both the infield and outfield.

36. Mickey Moniak, OF (January rank #29)
Age: 23
Current Level: AAA
The top overall pick from the 2016 draft struggled in the majors but is having the best power year of his career for the AAA team.

37. Mauricio Llovera, RHP (January rank #19)
Age: 25
Current Level: AAA
At this point, Llovera is probably making his final appearance on this list.

Tier 5

38. Colton Eastman, RHP (January rank #31)
Age: 24
Current Level: AA
Potential innings eater if he can make it to the majors.

39. Jordi Martinez, LHP (January – unranked)
Age: 20
Current Level: Low-A
Mid-90’s throwing lefty with a solid slider has been performing very well this year.

40. Carlos De La Cruz, OF (January rank #26)
Age: 21
Current Level: Low-A
Big outfielder with power potential but has a long swing and is strikeout prone.

41. Darick Hall, 1B (January rank #30)
Age: 25
Current Level: AAA
Big-time power with below average hit tool.

42. Daniel Brito, IF (January – unranked)
Age: 23
Current Level: AA
Maybe it’s because he’s playing in a hitter’s park but Brito is showing better power this year than previously in hie career.

43. D.J. Stewart, 3B (January – unranked)
Age: 22
Current Level: High-A
A 39th round pick in the 2017 Draft, Stewart has been hitting well in High-A, possibly a late bloomer?

44. Kyle Glogoski, RHP (January rank #25)
Age: 22
Current Level: AAA
Glososki pitched very well in 2019 but has struggled this season, especially with his command.

45. Josh Stephen, OF (January rank #35)
Age: 23
Current Level: AAA
Potential backup outfielder on a major league team.

46. David Parkinson, LHP (January rank #39)
Age: 25
Current Level: AAA
Junkballer pitcher who is more command over power. Potential innings eater type in the majors.

47. James McArthur, RHP (January rank #40)
Age: 24
Current Level: AA
McArthur has a high 90’s fastball with three other solid pitchers and can help a rotation if he works on his control.

48. Gunner Mayer, RHP (January rank #41)
Age: 20
Current Level: Low-A
Hard throwing but wild reliever who needs to improve his command to move up these rankings.

49. Rixon Wingrove, 1B (January rank #42)
Age: 21
Current Level: Low-A
Low average/high power type of player.

50. Marcus Lee Sang, OF (January rank: #47)
Age: 20
Current Level: Low-A
Sang is very raw but has power and some speed to his game who needs at-bats to see what we have here.

and one more…

51. Hunter Markwardt, OF (January – unranked)
Age: 23
Current Level: High-A
Markwardt has good contact and speed but not much in the way of power just yet.




About Tony Bps 53 Articles
Tony Bps Spina is a lifelong baseball fan hailing from the City of Brotherly Love - Philadelphia! Tony has loved baseball since 1980 and has followed the Phillies through good and bad times. Tony is married with 3 kids and works for a financial institution but has enough free time to play in 20 fantasy baseball leagues with 75% of them being Dynasty Leagues. He lives a few blocks away from Citizens Bank Park and attends many Phillies games per year in addition to their minor league teams in Lehigh Valley and Reading. He can be reached on Twitter at @TonyBps1.

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