Phillies Prospects Round-Up

Griff McGarry, Clearwater Threshers, Florida State League, August 21, 2021. Photo credit Bryan Green on Flickr

Now that the trade deadline has come and gone, it’s a good time to catch up on the Phillies farm system. We say goodbye to Ben Brown, Logan O’Hoppe, JoJo Romero, and Mickey Moniak and hello to major league veterans who can help the team win now. The Phillies have made a major turnaround at the major league level due, in part, to their Phillies Daycare, as they call it. This group consists of their young players who have been covered here in the past – Alec Bohm, Matt Vierling, Bryson Stott, and Nick Maton (who is at AAA). Let’s take the latest look at the organization’s prospects who may be able to join the Daycare squad this year or in the future.

The players are grouped by their current level and the direction gives you an idea of who to buy, sell and hold in your dynasty leagues. The number next to the player is where he ranked on our updated top 50 rankings from July.

MLB; Philadelphia Phillies

Darick Hall, 1B/OF, 26 / #12
After showing his usual power in AAA this year, Hall was a surprise call-up in late June and, amazingly, his first three major league hits were all home runs. Hall has been batting cleanup for the team during his time in the majors. If he can control the strikeouts and make adjustments, he can provide great power for your dynasty team. His average could hurt you but he’s a good sleeper for those in OBP leagues.
Trending: Upward

AAA: Lehigh Valley IronPigs

Hans Crouse, RHP, 23 / #17
Crouse hasn’t pitched this year because of injury after struggling in 2021.
Trending: Downward

Rafael Marchan, C, 23 / #13
Marchan has been hitting well but had been overtaken by O’Hoppe on the Phillies catcher prospect ladder. With Realmuto at the major league level, Marchan’s opportunities to provide an impact are limited. He was not traded at the deadline for additional pitching so could see time back in the majors.
Trending: Downward

Mark Appel, RHP, 31 / #20
Appel is truly a great story that you can’t help but root to succeed. He was the first overall pick in the 2013 draft by Houston then traded to the Phillies in the Ken Giles deal three years later. He retired in 2017 after injuries hurt his effectiveness but came back in 2021 and reinvented himself as a reliever. He made his major league debut on June 29th – 9 years after being drafted. He has a good future in the bullpen, which may help those speculating for holds and saves.
Trending: Upward

AA: Reading Fightin Phils

Johan Rojas, OF, 21 / #2
After struggling to start the year, Rojas found his groove in June and was promoted to AA, where he has hit well and still shows his game-changing speed.
Trending: Upward

Griff McGarry, RHP, 23 / #6
It’s not out of the question for McGarry, a 2021 5th round pick, to make the majors later this season to pitch out of the bullpen. He’s been a strikeout machine this year, averaging over 15 K/9 in 12 starts. He tends to have bouts of wildness but as he matures, the hope is that he can he learn more control. McGarry was one of three pitchers, along with Abel and Painter, who was asked in most trade talks according to General Manager, Dave Dombrowski.
Trending: Upward

Francisco Morales, RHP, 22 / #7
Morales appeared in 2 games for the major league team this year, walking 4 in 3 innings. His command is still an issue but has the ability to be a lights-out closer someday.
Trending: Downward

Simon Muzziotti, OF, 23 / #24
Muzziotti has no power to speak of but his calling card was always considered his bat and speed. In about 1200 minor league at bats (over 6 seasons), his slashline is .265/.314/.362 with 60 stolen bases, however.
Trending: Downward

Jhailyn Ortiz, OF, 23 / #14
The power is, as usual, always there but the strikeouts seem to be holding him back. He’s been heating up at the plate the last few weeks.
Trending: Steady

Erik Miller, LHP, 24 / #18
Miller is finally healthy and pitching well this year and was named to the Futures Game where he pitched a scoreless 1/3 inning. He has some potential to contribute at the major league level in another year or two.
Trending: Upward

High-A: Jersey Shore BlueClaws

Mick Abel, RHP, 20 / #3
Abel as been pitching well and should be in line for a promotion to AA soon. His walks and consistency are the two areas he needs to improve but he’s showing all the makings of at least a future 2 starter, if not an ace.
Trending: Upward

Luis Garcia, SS, 21 / #11
Garcia has been struggling for the last few years at the plate. He still flashes a great glove but the hitting tools haven’t come together just yet for him.
Trending: Downward

Andrew Painter, RHP, 19 / #1
Painter has been simply awesome in his first taste of A ball for the Phillies. He has shown command, control, and velocity all year and is striking batters out at a 15 K/9 clip this year. The sky is the limit with him.
Trending: Upward

Ethan Wilson, OF, 22 / #10
Wilson started slow but has picked it up as the weather has been warming up. He isn’t hitting for as much power as expected but has already stolen over 20 bases.
Trending: Steady

Single-A: Clearwater Threshers

Jamari Baylor, SS, 21 / #22
Toolsy kid but hasn’t been able to hit much. Has good speed and power but strikeouts are killing his stock.
Trending: Downward

Starlyn Castillo, RHP, 20 / #43
Finally healthy after Tommy John Surgery. He was a popular signing during the 2018 J2 period but hasn’t pitched much since then. He’s struggled when pitching but he’s still only 20 years old with less than 30 innings under his belt. Now that he’s healthy, let’s see what he can do.
Trending: Steady

Yhoswar Garcia, OF, 20 / #9
Fast, game-changing speed needs time to develop his hitting ability. There could be some power there as he matures and grows, too. An interesting prospect because of his speed alone. He is out for the remainder of the season but should be healthy for spring training.
Trending: Steady

Hao Yu Lee, 2B, 19 / #5
Lee’s having a great season, showing power quicker than anticipated while keeping his OBP close to .400. If you haven’t already got any shares of him, now is the time.
Trending: Upward

Rookie: Florida Coast League (FCL) Phillies

Yemal Flores, OF, 18 / NR
2021 J2 signee boasts a ton of power but has struggled in the small sample size of games the last two seasons.
Trending: Upward

Nikau Pouaka-Grego, 3B, 17 / NR
A two-way player out of Australia who hasn’t pitched yet but has just gotten started in the league. He’s doing well at the plate but is quite a few years away from the majors at only 17 years old.
Trending: Upward

Lou Helmig, 1B/OF, 19 / NR
2022 J2 Signee
3rd generation ballplayer out of Germany has a good feel for hitting and is expected to develop some power as he matures.
Trending: Upward

Rickardo Perez, C, 18 / NR
2021 J2 Signee
Good hit, good power potential with solid upside if it all comes together.
Trending: Steady

Jordan Viars, 1B/OF, 18 / #15
2021 3rd round pick out of Rick Reedy High School (TX) is currently on a rehab assignment here for an ankle injury. Viars has a good hit tool and currently had gap power but is expected to grow into more power as he matures. He’s struggled a bit here but it’s a small sample size. He’s one to grab now in your dynasty leagues because of his potential to hit for power and average.
Trending: Upward

Jose Pena, RHP, 19 / #50
2021 6th round pick has struggled this season.
Trending: Downward

Rookie: Dominican Summer League (DSL) White

Derek Escobar, OF, 20 / NR
The outfielder has good speed with a little bit of power and gets on base.
Trending: Upward

Manolfi Jimenez, OF, 17 / NR
Recent J2 signee with a good set of tools
Trending: Upward

Rookie: Dominican Summer League (DSL) Red

Aroon Escobar, 2B, 17 / NR
Ronald Acuña’s cousin has played well this year showing good speed and power. Maybe the Acuna genes can finally benefit the Phillies in the future?
Trending: Upward

Enrique Segura, RHP, 17 / NR
2022 J2 Signee hasn’t pitched too well so far this year but is getting a good number of strikeouts.
Trending: Steady

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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