30 Teams in 30 Days: Philadelphia Phillies Top 10 Prospects

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1. Domonic Brown, OF – Brown is a high risk/high reward prospect. He’s still very raw, but the potential is starting to move to results. He’s got a long swing, but he generates power as he accelates the bat through the zone. He also needs to work on pitch recognition, but he’s made definite strides each year. Defensively, he’s got the speed for center but needs to work on reading the ball. He’s still got at least 1 year of minor league time before he makes it to the majors.

2. Phillippe Aumont, P – Aumont’s role is still up in the air. Last season, the Mariners moved him to the bullpen; the Phillies have announced he’ll be back in the rotation. The bullpen move was made because of his mechnics aren’t sound and there are injury concerns. He’s got a 2-seam sinking fastball, a 4-seam power fastball, and a great curve. The curve is inconsistent though. I’m not surprised if he ends up a closer.

3. Anthony Gose, OF – Gose is a work in progress. He’s a natural centerfielder with the potential to have some power in his bat. He’s working on his plate discipline and pitch recognition, which will help his power. His speed and glove are good enough to stick at center.

4. Domingo Santana, OF – Unlike most 16 year old prospects, Santana was playing in the U.S. in the Gulf Coast League. He’s already 6’5″, 200 lbs and still growing. His power is his best asset at this point. He was pretty patient, but struck out a lot due to inferior pitch recognition. He’s got a very strong arm and profiles as a corner outfielder. Since he’s still young, he’ could go either way in development.

5. Tyson Gillies, OF – Gillies, a 2009 Futures Game participant, is a speed first player. He’s got great plate disciple, but very little power. His defense is sound, but many question if he could be an everyday player.

6. Trevor May, P – May took a step forward last year, which was needed since the Phillies have been trading prospects like they are going out of style. He had a great K/9 (11.1), but needs to work on his control (5.0 BB/9). He’s got a low-90s fastball, with a solid change-up. He’s looking like a mid-rotation starter, if he can decrease his walks.

7. J.C. Ramirez, P – Ramirez had a terrible year this past season, but scouts are saying the new team and ballparks will help him (he pitched in a hitters park that killed his numbers). He’s got a mid-90s moving fastball and an above average slider. He’s working on adding a change-up, which will help him be a mid-rotation starter.

8. Antonio Bastardo, P – Bastardo is formally in the bullpen, according to the Phillies Brass. This should be very good for him, because he’ll rely less on secondary pitches and will limit the mount of work he’ll handle after injury concerns. His mid-90s fastball is his main pitch, and he has a change-up and slider that will keep hitters off balance. At worst, he’s a lefty setup man.

9. Sebastian Valle, C – Valle is another raw prospect for the Phillies. He’s been playing against older competition and has held his own. He’s very patient, but needs to work on his consistency. There are also concerns about his catching – he had too many passed balls and only threw out 18% of baserunners.

10. Jarred Cosart, P – Cosart looks pretty good right now. He’s got a plus potential breaking ball that complements his mid-90s fastball. The main concern is his mechanics; he’s a potential injury risk, considering he’s had health issues in the past.

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