Baseball America’s Top 10 Phillies Prospects

2013 Philadelphia Phillies Top 10 Prospects

By Matt Forman
December 17, 2012

Baseball America’s Top 10 Prospects

Lists are based on projections of a player’s long-term worth after discussions with scouting and player-development personnel. All players who haven’t exceeded the major league rookie standards of 130 at-bats or 50 innings pitched (without regard to service time) are eligible.

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1. Jesse Biddle, lhp
2. Roman Quinn, ss
3. Tommy Joseph, c
4. Jon Pettibone, rhp
5. Adam Morgan, lhp
6. Ethan Martin, rhp
7. Cody Asche, 3b
8. Maikel Franco, 3b
9. Darin Ruf, 1b/of
10. Carlos Tocci, of
Best Hitter for Average Cody Asche
Best Power Hitter Darin Ruf
Best Strike Zone Discipline Darin Ruf
Fastest Baserunner Roman Quinn
Best Athlete Roman Quinn
Best Fastball Kenny Giles
Best Curveball Jesse Biddle
Best Slider Adam Morgan
Best Changeup Jon Pettibone
Best Control Jon Pettibone
Best Defensive Catcher Sebastian Valle
Best Defensive Infielder Cesar Hernandez
Best Infield Arm Maikel Franco
Best Defensive OF Tyson Gillies
Best Outfield Arm Kyrell Hudson
Catcher Tommy Joseph
First Base Ryan Howard
Second Base Chase Utley
Third Base Cody Asche
Shortstop Roman Quinn
Left Field Darin Ruf
Center Field Ben Revere
Right Field Domonic Brown
No. 1 Starter Cole Hamels
No. 2 Starter Cliff Lee
No. 3 Starter Roy Halladay
No. 4 Starter Jesse Biddle
No. 5 Starter Jonathan Pettibone
Closer Jonathan Papelbon
Year Player, Pos 2012 Org
2003 Gavin Floyd, rhp White Sox
2004 Cole Hamels, lhp Phillies
2005 Ryan Howard, 1b Phillies
2006 Cole Hamels, lhp Phillies
2007 Carlos Carrasco, rhp Indians
2008 Carlos Carrasco, rhp Indians
2009 Domonic Brown, of Phillies
2010 Domonic Brown, of Phillies
2011 Domonic Brown, of Phillies
2012 Trevor May, rhp Phillies
Year Player, Pos 2012 Org
2003 Tim Moss, 2B (3rd round) Out of baseball
2004 Greg Golson, OF Yankees
2005 Mike Costanzo, 3B (2nd round) Reds
2006 Kyle Drabek, RHP/SS Blue Jays
2007 Joe Savery, LHP Phillies
2008 Anthony Hewitt, SS Phillies
2009 Kelly Dugan, OF Phillies
2010 Jesse Biddle, LHP Phillies
2011 Larry Greene, OF Phillies
2012 Shane Watson, RHP Phillies
Gavin Floyd, 2001 $4,200,000
Pat Burrell, 1998 $3,150,000
Brett Myers, 1999 $2,050,000
Cole Hamels, 2002 $2,000,000
Chase Utley, 2000 $1,780,000
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For different reasons, the Phillies’ last two seasons have ended in disappointment. In 2011, the playoff run that had become an annual expectation in Philadelphia ended too early. In 2012, there was no postseason baseball in Philadelphia at all, for the first time in six years.

The Phillies expected their season to start slowly because of lingering injuries to Ryan Howard and Chase Utley, but it never really got on its projected course, at least until it was too late. The Phillies finished 81-81, their worst record since 2002, and needed a late-season blitz just to break even after falling 14 games under .500 at one point. Philadelphia lost several more players for significant time to injuries, including Jose Contreras, Freddy Galvis, Roy Halladay, Placido Polanco, Mike Stutes and Vance Worley.

As a result, the Phillies were sellers on the trade market for the first time since 2006. One year after acquiring Hunter Pence, general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. shipped him to the Giants for Nate Schierholtz and a pair of prospects (catcher Tommy Joseph and righthander Seth Rosin). Amaro also sent Joe Blanton and Shane Victorino to the Dodgers in separate deals for Josh Lindblom and righthanders Ethan Martin and Ryan O’Sullivan.

The big league struggles gave Philadelphia a chance to evaluate its system, as eight rookies debuted in the majors, the most since it had 15 in 1996. Along with the unexpected development of a few prospects, that ensured the last two months of the season weren’t completely irrelevant.

Once considered an organization player, first baseman/outfielder Darin Ruf blasted 20 homers in Double-A in August to tie Sammy Sosa’s pro record for a single month, then hit three more during a September callup. Tyler Cloyd, a soft-tossing righty who’s short on stuff but strong on pitching sense, made his major league debut in August and won two of his six starts. Longtime minor league veteran Eric Kratz showed some pop, while Phillippe Aumont flashed his plus stuff out of the bullpen. In varying capacities, they all figure to contribute in 2013.

Meanwhile, the Phillies’ .500 finish secured them a higher first-round pick than any in recent memory, as long as they don’t sign a free agent who requires compensation. They’re slated to select 16th, their highest selection since they took Gavin Floyd fourth overall in 2001.

Philadelphia has stuck with its philosophy of drafting high-upside athletes, with scouting director Marti Wolever preferring lefthanded pitching and speed. That’s reflected on this list, which begins with a southpaw (Jesse Biddle) and a fleet-footed shortstop (Roman Quinn). Quinn is one of several members of a talented 2011 draft class who took a big step forward in their first full pro seasons, a group that also included lefthander Adam Morgan, third baseman Cody Asche and flamethrowing reliever Kenny Giles.

Most of the Phillies’ best prospects are at least a year or two away from being ready for Citizens Bank Park, so Amaro swung two trades for veteran offensive help in December. He acquired Ben Revere from the Twins for Vance Worley and enigmatic righthander Trevor May, then dispatched Lindblom and righty Lisalverto Bonilla to get Michael Young from the Rangers.

It’s not all doom and gloom for the Phillies, who will return several significant players from their 2007-11 National League East championship clubs in 2013. If they can stay healthy—certainly not a guarantee given the age of many of the players—their season could have a happier ending.


Prospects and Spring Training On The Horizon

De Fratus, Colvin highlight Phils’ top prospects

By Spencer Fordin /

At the start of the 2011 season, unveiled Top 10 Prospect lists for all 30 Major League organizations on Prospect Watch. Over the course of the season, those lists changed due to graduations to the big leagues, trades and performances. With the season completed, will review how the prospects on those lists fared in 2011.


Clearwater, FLA by Ricardo y Marta

Justin De Fratus still can’t believe his timing. The right-handed reliever arrived in the big leagues on the same day that his Philadelphia teammates celebrated their National League East title, and he hopes to have learned enough in September that he can be a part of several stretch drives to come.

“Some people play their entire careers and never get a celebration, and I got to experience it on the first day,” he said. “It wasn’t exactly my celebration to be a part of, so I kind of just stood in the back. I want to experience that type of success forever, as long as I possibly can, and I know I have to work hard. I do feel more a part of the team now because I did help win an important game.”

De Fratus, a former 11th-round draftee, steadily rose through Philadelphia’s organization over the past few seasons and began last year at Double-A Reading. The 24-year-old went 4-0 with a 2.10 ERA and eight saves before a promotion to Triple-A Lehigh Valley, where he continued to thrive.

De Fratus made 28 appearances at Triple-A before he was summoned to Philadelphia, and he finished the year with five relief outings for the NL East champions. De Fratus even earned his first big league win before shutting it down for the season.

“Obviously, it was my first time in the big leagues,” he said. “And when I got home after spending time in Clearwater during the playoffs, I got to go home and really reflect on the whole experience with my family and good friends. It was a very cool experience. My family was actually there with me when I made my debut in Philadelphia, so they got to experience it, but as far as sitting down and getting a chance to reflect on the whole situation, I didn’t get to until I got home in California.”

De Fratus has controlled the strike zone in the Minor Leagues, notching 85 walks and 379 strikeouts in 160 appearances. He’s also managed to limit home runs — just 12 in 379 2/3 innings — and he said that he began preparing for the big leagues the moment he arrived in Spring Training.

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Phillies’ top 10 prospects

  A look at how the Phillies’ Top 10 Prospects list looked at the beginning and end of the 2011 season:                               
No. Preseason Postseason
1. Domonic Brown, OF Colvin
2. Jonathan Singleton, 1B Valle
3. Jarred Cosart, RHP Biddle
4. Brody Colvin, RHP May
5. Sebastian Valle, C Altherr
6. Jesse Biddle, LHP Hernandez
7. Trevor May, RHP De Fratus
8. Aaron Altherr, SS Jiwan James, OF
9. Cesar Hernandez, 2B Jonathan Pettibone, RHP
10. Justin De Fratus, RHP Phillippe Aumont, RHP

Players in bold were removed from the list after reaching the rookie eligibility threshold.

“The first taste that I got was actually in Spring Training because I got to go to big league camp,” he said of last year’s Grapefruit League. “I got the taste of what it was like to be part of that organization and what it takes to win, the attitude with the Phillies. So when I got to the big leagues in September for those 12 days, there wasn’t anything different. They go about their business in Spring Training just as hard as they do during the season. It was a really cool thing to see and experience.”

Top 10 review

The Phillies have had their prospect list altered by the trade that brought Hunter Pence to Philadelphia and sent Jonathan Singleton and Jarred Cosart to Houston. Outfielder Domonic Brown was also lost from consideration, but this time due to his graduation to the big leagues.

Brody Colvin, a projectable right-hander who spent last season with Class A Clearwater, ranks as the best prospect remaining in the farm system. Colvin went 3-8 with a 4.71 ERA for Clearwater last season, and the Phillies have been careful not to let him log too many innings.

The team’s best remaining positional prospect is 21-year-old catcher Sebastian Valle, who played in the Futures Game last year. Valle batted .284 with five home runs and 40 RBIs for Clearwater last season, and the Phillies may elect to challenge him with a promotion to Double-A Reading.

Organizational Player of the Year:’s Preseason Picks:

Hitter of the Year — Jonathan Singleton Singleton, who turned 20 in September, is still a massive prospect. The left-handed hitter already has plate discipline beyond his years, and scouts remain convinced that his frame will bring more power as he matures. He’ll have to reach his potential in Houston’s organization.

Pitcher of the Year — Jarred Cosart Cosart went 9-8 with a 3.92 ERA for Class A Clearwater, and the Astros promoted him for a quick test at Double-A Corpus Christi after the Pence trade. The right-hander went 1-2 with a 4.71 ERA in his first exposure to upper-level bats, and he’ll likely go right back to Corpus Christi this season. Cosart will need to iron out his walk rate in order to be successful at the higher levels.’s Postseason Selections

Hitter of the Year —  Matt Rizzotti Rizzotti, a former sixth-round Draft pick, made a positive full-season showing at Double-A Reading one year after laying waste to the circuit’s pitchers. Rizzotti, a first baseman, had batted .361 with a .452 on-base percentage in 77 games at Reading in 2010, foreshadowing his star turn. The 26-year-old hit .292 with 24 homers and 84 RBIs in 139 games for Reading last season.

Pitcher of the Year — Trevor May May repeated the level at Class A Clearwater last year and had a breakout season that saw him lead the Florida State League in strikeouts (208). The 22-year-old right-hander posted a 10-8 record with a 3.63 ERA, and he allowed just eight home runs in 27 starts for Clearwater last season.

Spencer Fordin is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.