Phillies Prospects Round-Up

Casey Martin, Phillies minor league workouts, Clearwater, FL, March 14, 2022. Photo credit Scott Greene, @Scotty_Ballgame on Twitter

With the minor league season well underway, let’s check in on some notable Phillies prospects and how they are faring so far in 2022. The players are grouped below by their current level and the number in parentheses is their ranking on our Phillies Top 50 Prospects article. All stats are for games played through May 25th. At the end of each player is a direction of which way the prospect is trending as a guide for you to buy, sell or hold in your dynasty leagues.

MLB: Philadelphia Phillies

Bryson Stott, SS (3)
Notable Stats: .131/.185/.148 – MLB, .333/.375/.611, 2 HR, 2 SB – AAA
After struggling during his first taste of major league ball, Stott was sent down to AAA where he completely raked. The team recalled him early in May when Didi Gregorius hit the IL and he has been doing much better and looks more comfortable at the plate.
Trending: Upward

Connor Brogdon, RHP (Unranked)
Notable Stats: 6 IP, 7 K
Brogdon hasn’t looked that sharp this season in his 4 innings pitched and his velocity has dipped this year.
Trending: Steady

Triple A: Lehigh Vallley IronPigs

Matt Vierling, OF (11)
Notable Stats: .170/.259/.472 – MLB, .261/.370/.413, HR, 7 SB
Coming into the season, Vierling was expected to at least be in a platoon role for the major league club but his struggles in the plate and outfield led to his demotion. He still has time to turn his season around at AAA until the team moves on from Odubel Herrera.
Trending: Steady

Darick Hall, 1B (47)
Notable Stats: .276/.351/.592, 14 HR
Hall has been on fire this season showing massive power, as he always has, but he’s also hitting for more average than he has in the past. With the DH in the National League, it should have given Hall a better opportunity but the team signed some players who are best suited for the DH. With Bryce Harper‘s arm injury, it’s looking like Hall’s chance at a shot in the majors will have to be with another team or wait until September.
Trending: Upward

Nick Maton, SS (25)
Notable Stats: .368 OBP, 5 HR
Maton looked good last year but has struggled in AAA this season leading him to look more like organizational fodder at this point.
Trending: Downward

Bailey Falter, LHP (13)
Notable Stats: 12 IP, 7 K, .75 ERA, 1.25 WHIP – MLB, 10.1 IP, 17 K, 0.39 WHIP – AAA
Falter has pitched very well at AAA and didn’t look bad at the major league level during his 5 games. He needs a fair shot at sustained action to see if he could succeed in the big leagues but doesn’t seem to have that opportunity with the Phillies.
Trending: Upward

Hans Crouse, RHP (7)
Notable Stats: 11.05 ERA, 1.91 WHIP, 7.1 IP
Crouse has been struggling all year after having an average season in 2021 and is currently on the IL and hasn’t pitched since April 20th.
Trending: Downward

Damon Jones, LHP (22)
Notable Stats: 4.2 IP, 9.64 ERA – MLB
In 4.2 innings for the major league team, Jones has the same ERA as K/9 – 9.64. After a solid beginning to his minor league career, he’s looking more and more like organizational bullpen depth.
Trending: Downward

Double-A: Reading Fightin Phils

Jhailyn Ortiz, OF (8)
Notable Stats: .2376/.321/.468, 8 HR
Ortiz has looked well after a slow start to the season, showing his trademark power once again. He has an outside chance at making the majors later this year but probably won’t hold value in redraft leagues due to playing time and his usual slow starts when moving up a level.
Trending: Upward

Josh Ockimey, 1B (N/A)
Notable Stats: .395 OBP, 6 HR
The former Red Sox prospect is having a nice initial season for AA. He’s a local kid and, if called up to the majors, would make for a nice story.
Trending: Upward

Simon Muzziotti, OF (21)
Notable Stats: .250/.333/.417
The speedy outfielder was a semi-surprise call-up earlier this year and went 1-7 during his stay in the majors. He’s only played a handful of games above Single-A so he’s getting more time in the minors until an opportunity arises.
Trending: Steady

Logan O’Hoppe, C (5)
Notable Stats: .315/.422/.589, 8 HR, 4 SB
I thought O’Hoppe would have started the season for AAA after his successful 2021 but the team assigned him to AA where he’s been doing well. He should see time in the majors soon, potentially by the end of the year.  He’s been on fire the last two weeks really tapping into his power lately.
Trending: Steady

Erik Miller, LHP (19)
Notable Stats: 19.2 IP, 26 K, 1.83 ERA, 0.92 WHIP
It’s nice to see Miller healthy after numerous injuries to his career and he’s been pitching well this season.
Trending: Upward

Francisco Morales, RHP (6)
Notable Stats: 3 IP, SV, 3 K – MLB, 16.1 IP, 28 K – AA
Morales was a surprise call-up to the majors and looked impressive but was sent back down after three scoreless innings. He notched his first career save against the Dodgers. He has a bright future as a potential closer.
Trending: Upward

Ethan Lindow, LHP
Notable Stats: 20.1 IP, 31 K, 1.33 ERA, 0.93 WHIP – A
After struggling in AA last year, Lindow was back in A ball but is pitching well this year until a promotion to AA May 24th.
Trending: Upward

High-A: Jersey Shore BlueClaws

Johan Rojas, OF (1)
Notable Stats: .192/.256/.258, 1 HR, 21 SB
Rojas has struggled during his 2nd year for A ball but is still flashing his game-changing speed on the basepaths.
Trending: Steady

Casey Martin, SS (16)
Notable Stats: .188/.253/.308, 2 HR, 5 SB
Martin has been unable to replicate the success he had in college, struggling again this year with strikeouts being a big problem.
Trending: Downward

Ethan Wilson, OF (9)
Notable Stats: .220/.283/.331, 2 HR, 12 SB
Wilson’s numbers are surprising considering he was a polish hitter drafted out of college but it’s still early and Jersey Shore is a tough place to play especially early in the season. He’s someone to keep an eye on as the weather warms up.
Trending: Steady

Luis Garcia, SS (10)
Notable Stats: .147/.216/.206, SB
Garcia has struggled after a bounce-back 2021. The shortstop is still very young and has the tools to develop but his future isn’t looking as bright as it once was.
Trending: Downward

Mick Abel, RHP (2)
Notable Stats: 27 IP, 36 K, 4.00 ERA, 1.30 WHIP
Abel has looked strong to the start of the season. He’s been pitching well and is on the fast path to a promotion soon.
Trending: Upward

Griff McGarry, RHP (30)
Notable Stats: 18.1 IP, 34 K, 5.40 ERA, 1.36 WHIP
McGarry, a 5th round pick last year, is throwing very well this season and should be on your radar in dynasty leagues as potential mid-rotation arm as he continues to develop.  His stats are marred by a few bad recent innings but his stuff has looked sharp.
Trending: Upward

Single-A: Clearwater Threshers

Hao Yu Lee, SS (23)
Notable Stats: .300/.396/.486, 6 HR, 8 SB
Lee has done well this year, getting on base and showing a little pop and speed. He’s always hit well but the power has been developing as of late.  If he’s still available in your leagues, grab him right away.
Trending: Upward

Yhoswar Garcia, OF (14)
Notable Stats: 29 SB (1st in the league), .3103 OBP
Garcia’s hitting has improved this year and the speed is definitely a game-changer both on the basepaths and in the outfield. He has a league-leading 29 stolen bases but has been on base at such a low clip showing just how much he’s been running.
Trending: Steady

Kendall Simmons, 3B (17)
Notable Stats: .224/.333/.447, 4 HR, 5 SB, 32 K, 85 AB
Simmons is doing well in the home run and speed categories but the strikeouts are a major concern with him still.
Trending: Downward

Jamari Baylor, SS (15)
Notable Stats: .138/.330/.275, 2 HR, 11 SB, 33 K, 80AB
As with Simmons, Baylor is struggling with strikeouts but, unlike Simmons, he is not showing much in the way of power this year.
Trending: Downward

Andrew Painter, RHP (4)
Notable Stats: 26.2 IP, 53 K, 1.35 ERA, 0.94 WHIP
Read those stats again. Then make an offer to whoever owns him in your league.
Trending: Upward

Malik Binns, RHP (Unranked)
Notable Stats: 20 IP, 29 K, 1.15 WHIP
Binns was an 18th round pick in the 2021 draft (535th overall) and is looking good during his first season at A ball pitching out of the bullpen.
Trending: Upward

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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