Philadelphia Phillies Farm System Report

Philadelphia Phillies Farm System
Rank #18 heading into the 2015 season
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Within the last few years the Phillies farm system has gone from very strong to terrible to starting to build momentum. The reason for the steady decline was the big clubs focus on making the MLB team a winner. Despite what their front office says, they are not legitimate contenders but they do have a improving farm system. The selected Aaron Nola out of LSU with the 7th overall pick in the 2014 draft. At 6’1″ 185 pounds Nola has to add a little bit more muscle to his lean frame. He has the body similar to Sonny Gray of the A’s. His command and his feel for all of his pitches made a wise choice for the Phillies. Matt Imhof was their second round pick out of Cal Poly. Cal Poly was 47-12 last season and Imhof finished the year with a 2.45ERA with 124K in 99.1 innings pitched. He does have projectability however he is limited. He logged over 150 innings last year between college and pros so starting fresh for Imhof should give us a great indicator of where he is currently. Nola ranks as our 43 best prospect in our top 100 list ( VIEW LIST)

J.P. Crawford has an intriguing combination of speed and pop. He stole 24 out of 38 bases and hit 11 homers last season. His aggression on the bases should be applauded however he needs to continue to develop as a legitimate base stealer. What’s really impressive about Crawford is his plate awareness. As a 19-year old in the South Atlantic League he posted an impressive 37-37 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Maikel Franco is another solid bat in their system. Franco has started to put everything together batting .337 with four homers and 16 RBI in 22 games in the Dominican Winter League playoffs. Franco is making a strong case to be the Phils starting third basemen in 2015. Most scouts see him as a 15-20 homer guy in the bigs. His maturity at his age is also very impressive.

Jesse Biddle is a tough one to swallow for Phillies fans. A first-round pick from Germantown Friends School in Philadelphia had an injury plaqued 2014 season. Biddle returned to Double-A in 2014. He started off nicely going 3-5 with a 3.14 ERA over 11 starts before suffering a concussion during hail storm. He eventually would return to the club in August and would go down to a quadriceps injury. The Phillies Farm System Top Prospects are talented guys and with a quality draft in 2015 they could quickly move up the list.

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