With spring training around the corner, it’s time for prospect rankings to be released. Late last summer, Phillies Nation’s Ben Seal ranked the Phillies top 25 prospects. Since the list, a few trades have been made, but that didn’t stop the Phillies from having multiple top prospects on MLB.com’s and AOL Fan House’slists.
ESPN’s Keith Law ranked the Phillies farm system 24th in baseball. That’s a huge jump from last year, when the Phillies system was in the top 10. As we all know by now, many prospects were traded. However, the following list proves that the Phillies still have top talent in their farm system.
Domonic Brown (OF): Ranked 14th on MLB.com, 19th on Fan House
Brown is currently the best prospect in the Phillies organization. With Jayson Werth’s future in jeopardy, Brown could be an every day major-leaguer as early as 2011. He hit .313 last year and has five-tool potential.
Phillipe Aumont (P): Ranked 47th on MLB.com, 29th on Fan House
Aumont has had some injuries issues, but with his hard fastball and great slider, he can be nasty on the mound. The Mariners converted him to a reliever due to injuries, but the Phillies will try to convert him back to a starter.
Anthony Gose (OF): Ranked 46th on Fan House
Many scouting reports are saying that he is still “raw,” but he has blazing speed. He can be scary on the base-paths.
Tyson Gillies (OF): Ranked 50th on Fan House
Although known for his speed and defense, Gillies hit .341 last year. His offense continues to progress, and like Gose, can be scary on the base-paths, as he stole 44 bases last year.
Former Phillies prospects: Kyle Drabek ranked 17th on MLB.com and 15th on Fan House. Michael Taylor ranked 35th on MLB.com and 38th on Fan House.
MLB’s and AOL’s lists are fairly different, but they have something in common: they both notice the potential in these young Phillies prospects. The Phillies also have several players, like Sebastian Valle and Trevor May, who did not make the list, but still have loads of potential.