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Bohm tops new Phillies MLB Pipeline top 30 prospects



Alec Bohm was the Phillies first-round pick in 2018. (Baseball Betsy)

The Philadelphia Phillies missed out on signing four-time All-Star Manny Machado to man the hot corner Tuesday. But with former No. 1 overall prospect Sixto Sanchez traded to the Miami Marlins earlier this month to acquire All-Star catcher J.T. Realmuto, 2018 first-round pick Alec Bohm, currently a third baseman, has jumped to the top of MLB Pipeline‘s new top 30 Phillies prospects.

The new top 30 list is as follows:

  1. 3B Alec Bohm
  2. RHP Adonis Medina
  3. OF Adam Haseley
  4. SS Luis Garcia
  5. RHP Spencer Howard
  6. RHP Enyel De Los Santos
  7. LHP JoJo Romero
  8. RHP Francisco Morales
  9. OF Mickey Moniak
  10. LHP Ranger Suarez
  11. OF Jhailyn Ortiz
  12. OF Simon Muzziotti
  13. SS Arquimedes Gamboa
  14. C Rafael Marchan
  15. LHP Mauricio Llovera
  16. LHP Cole Irvin
  17. LHP Kyle Young
  18. SS Nick Maton
  19. C Rodolfo Duran
  20. 2B Daniel Brito
  21. LHP David Parkinson
  22. LHP Kyle Dohy
  23. RHP Dominic Pipkin
  24. RHP Kevin Gowdy
  25. OF Cornelius Randolph
  26. LHP Jhordany Mezquita
  27. RHP Starlyn Castillo
  28. RHP Edgar Garcia
  29. RHP Connor Seabold
  30. LHP Manuel Silva

Bohm, the No. 3 overall pick in the 2018 MLB Draft, blazed through the Gulf Coast League, hitting .344 in 32 at-bats, before being promoted to short season Williamsport. The former Wichita State Shocker hit just .224 with 12 RBIs in 107 at-bats for the Williamsport Crosscutters, but dealt with a knee injury that cost him over a month of time. His biggest task in 2019 may be proving that he can handle playing third base long-term, something some have wondered about.

Luis Garcia jumped from No. 13 to No. 5 after an incredible 2018 season where he hit .369 as a 17-year-old in Rookie Ball. Spencer Howard saw a humongous jump from No. 19 to No. 4, despite a 3.78 ERA in 23 starts for Low-A Lakewood. It’s often difficult to project a minor league talent based upon their statistics in the lower levels of the minor leagues.

It was surprising to see David Parkinson move back two spots, the 23-year-old had a stellar year in 2018, going 11-1 with a 1.45 ERA across Low-A and High-A. Cole Irvin also saw a seven-spot drop, despite going 14-4 with a 2.57 ERA in 161.1 innings for Triple-A Lehigh Valley a season ago.

Newcomers to the list include catchers Rafael Marchan and Rodolfo Duran; along with pitchers Mauricio Llovera, Starlyn Castillo, Edgar Garcia and Manuel Silva. It was also somewhat of a surprise to see Cornelius Randolph still have a spot on the list after hitting .241 in Reading last season.

The top 30 list saw a lot of shuffling, but one thing is sure – despite the loss of Sanchez, the Phillies still have a talented farm system that will allow them to make more moves.

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3 Comments

3 Comments

  1. denzen

    February 20, 2019 at 12:32 pm

    What about Catcher Deivi Gruillon.? Wasn’t he a highly thought of prospect.? I liked what I saw of him.

  2. schmenkman

    February 20, 2019 at 4:38 pm

    Fair question, different analysts weigh things differently, for example ceiling, vs. floor, or proximity to majors, etc.

    Matt Winkelman of Phillies Minor Thoughts has Grullon 20th in his top 50. The Good Phight has him 19th in their top 30.

    • denzen

      February 21, 2019 at 12:35 pm

      Thanks Schmenkman, you are the best counterpuncher in the business.

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