Keith Law must have been really, really busy over the last few days.
Law released his Top 10s by organization today. The Phillies list produced mostly familiar names but there were a few surprises for the organization he ranked 27th in MLB. More surprisingly, while Law has a poor outlook for the Phillies in 2013, he believes the Phillies could rocket into the Top 20 very easily with big years from any of their high potential players.
Valuing Future v. Current Value
Other lists like Baseball America and Minor League Ball‘s placed seemed to more evenly distribute future value versus immediate value. Other than Adam Morgan, who Law believes can contribute to the Phillies in 2013 and ranks number one, and Jonathan Pettibone, ranks seventh, Law’s list features of a lot of the Phillies lottery-ticket type players in low levels who have high potential.
Shortstop Roman Quinn, 19, who Law identifies as a big-time sleeper, is found at number three, while third baseman Maikel Franco, 20, is ranked fourth. Law believes the Phillies system can move fast, well into the top 20 should Quinn, Franco, and pitchers Kenny Giles, 22, ranked ninth, and Shane Watson, 19, a narrow miss, make large jumps in 2013.
Law gives a very positive outlook for 2015+ in terms of bringing talent to the Major Leagues but does note that the missing prospect links leave 2013 and 2014 sparse with MLB-ready talent.
Position Player Concerns
Law notes that other than third baseman Cody Asche, 22, who he has at eighth with an MLB ETA of 2015, the Phillies are rather top-heavy with pitching. He says Darin Ruf, unranked, can be a useful bench bat but does not feel translates into an every day player.
Greene = Found
Law was the only prospector to rank Larry Greene in his top 10. Greene, ranked exactly tenth, does not have text related to him in the list.