Phillies Prospects At Spring Mini-Camp

Jhailyn Ortiz, Clearwater Threshers, Florida State League, May 30, 2019 - photo credit Bryan Green on Flickr

“People ask me what I do in winter when there’s no baseball. I’ll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring.” Rogers Hornsby

“People ask me what I do in winter when there’s no baseball. I’ll tell you what I do. I stare at baseball news on Twitter and wait for Spring Training.” Tony Bps

With Spring Training games underway across the league, let’s take a look at which players the Phillies invited to attend mini-camp this year.  The only prospect invited to Spring Training was catcher Rodolfo Duran, who we’ll take a look at more in a future deep-dive article. For now, let’s recap the players who are attended the mini-camp and find out more about them and how they may or may not help your fantasy teams this year and in the future. The mini-camp is an alternative to the usual Minor League Camp, which was been postponed this year until April due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Players in both camps will work out at the same time but on different fields.


Edgar Cabral, C
Rank on my Phillies Preseason Top 50: Unranked
Who is he? Cabral was the team’s 11th round pick in the 2015 draft and hasn’t advanced above A ball yet, slashing a cumulative .249/.318/.362 with 17 home runs over 957 at bats in 5 seasons.
Odds of making Opening Day roster: 0%
Odds of being promoted in 2021: 0%
What would have to happen for him to be promoted? A massive injury bug to all of the catchers above Cabral in the pipeline along with injuries to most unemployed backup catchers.

Darick Hall, 1B
Rank on Preseason Top 50: 30
Who is he? Hall is a power-hitting first baseman who has been with the organization since being selected in the 14th round in the 2016 draft. Hall has always shown massive power, hitting 84 home runs in his 4 minor league seasons but has struggled with strikeouts and making contact with the ball.
Odds of making Opening Day roster: 0%
Odds of being promoted in 2021: 25%
What would have to happen for him to be promoted? Rhys Hoskins is recovering from elbow surgery and is expected to be fully recovered by the time the season starts, if not earlier but if that’s not the case, the team could call up Hall to help fill the void if he has a good showing this spring.

Erik Miller, LHP
Rank on Preseason Top 50: 10
Who is he? Miller was the team’s 4th round pick in the 2019 draft out of Stanford University. He has a mid-90’s fastball and pitched well across three leagues in his first year in the organization with a 2.25 ERA and 13 K/9. He has some command issues that he is working through but Miller can become a solid 3 type starter in the majors soon.
Odds of making Opening Day roster: 0%
Odds of being promoted in 2021: 10%
What would have to happen for him to be promoted? Miller will have to continue refining his command and pitching well in the minors. If he does that and there are some injuries to the major league starters, he could have a shot at joining the big league team this year.

Logan O’Hoppe, C
Rank on Preseason Top 50: 32
Who is he?  O’Hoppe was a 23rd round draft pick in the 2018 draft out of high school and has showed solid numbers during his few years with the organization. He has potential to be a lower-tier or backup catcher in the majors. His coaches often note his great work ethic and how well he works with the pitchers during games.
Odds of making Opening Day roster: 0%
Odds of being promoted in 2021: 5%
What would have to happen for him to be promoted? J.T. Realmuto’s resigning gives O’Hoppe more time to develop in the minor leagues. Having turned only 21 years old recently, he is still young enough to remain part of the future but he shouldn’t see time this year in the majors.

Jhailyn Ortiz, OF
Rank on Preseason Top 50: 22
Who is he? Ortiz was the team’s big J2 signing in 2015, part of the same class as Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Fernando Tatis Jr. and Juan Soto. The outfielder has massive power potential but the holes in his swing has hampered his impact.  He’s still young and the hope is that he will continue to develop and contribute in the next year or so.
Odds of making Opening Day roster: 0%
Odds of being promoted in 2021: 10%
What would have to happen for him to be promoted? Ortiz is only 22 years old and hasn’t played a game over the high A level of the minors. With his strikeout tendencies (34% for his career), he would need to do a complete 180 early this year to have a shot at a promotion to the majors.

David Parkinson, LHP
Rank on Preseason Top 50: 39
Who is he? Parkinson was the 2018 Paul Owens Award winner for the best pitcher in the organization after going 11-1 with a 1.45 ERA in 1.24 innings between two A level teams. He didn’t pitch as well the following year when he was promoted to Double A but he held his own going 10-9 with a 4.08 ERA and 1.22 WHIP. Parkinson won’t blow hitters away but he has good stuff and can develop into an innings-eater at the major league level.
Odds of making Opening Day roster: 10%
Odds of being promoted in 2021: 33%
What would have to happen for him to be promoted? An injury or two to one of the starters and Parkinson could get an opportunity to show his stuff in the majors. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him struggle initially but he could settle into a mid-rotation role if given the chance.

Johan Rojas, OF
Rank on Preseason Top 50: 11
Who is he? Rojas is a toolsy outfielder signed by the team in 2018 who has looked good during his 497 at bats in low-level ball.
Odds of making Opening Day roster: 0%
Odds of being promoted in 2021: 0%
What would have to happen for him to be promoted? Rojas is only 20 years old and hasn’t played a day of ball over the low-A level. He has the potential to be a very solid outfielder in the future but we won’t be seeing him anytime this year.  If you have the opportunity to get shares of him in your dynasty leagues, now would be the best time before the season starts.

Bryson Stott, SS
Rank on Preseason Top 50: 3
Who is he? As the 14th overall pick in the 2019 draft out of UNLV, Stott looked great during his 166 at bats for the Phillies that year. He hit 6 home runs, stole 5 bases and batted .295 with a .391 OBP. Stott doesn’t have one particular tool that stands out but he can contribute in every category.
Odds of making Opening Day roster: 20%
Odds of being promoted in 2021: 50%
What would have to happen for him to be promoted? With Didi Gregorius back for two more years, it lessens the odds of us seeing Stott promoted this year but he has also played second and third base in 2019 for Williamsport so the team could get his bat in the lineup, if needed.  If Stott can continues to play well, we could see him up this year possibly even before September.

Matt Vierling, OF
Rank on Preseason Top 50: 20
Who is he? Vierling was the team’s 5th round pick in the 2018 draft out of Notre Dame and started his career in A ball with a .321/.365/.496 slashline with 7 home runs and 7 stolen bases. The numbers dipped sharply in 2019 when he was promoted to high A ball but the kid has talent and could develop into a possible 3rd outfielder for fantasy purposes.
Odds of making Opening Day roster: 5%
Odds of being promoted in 2021: 10%
What would have to happen for him to be promoted? A lot of injuries to the starters, backups and other players above him on the hierarchy. Vierling has only 2 seasons of minor league ball under him and would have to show great strides this year to show he’s ready for the big leagues.  A September call-up isn’t totally out of the question but it’s more realistic not to expect him until 2022/2023.

Zach Warren, LHP
Rank on Preseason Top 50: 46
Who is he? Warren is a left handed reliever who has done rather well during his time in the organization with a 2.71 ERA and a 13.2 K/9 rate over 3 seasons. He could be in line to help the bullpen sometime this year.
Odds of making Opening Day roster: 10%
Odds of being promoted in 2021: 50%
What would have to happen for him to be promoted? If Warren keeps pitching the way he does out of the bullpen, he could only be an injury or two away from being promoted to the team he grew up watching having lived about 30 minutes away from the ballpark.




About Tony Bps 45 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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