Philadelphia Phillies: Top 20 Prospects

Source: David M. Schofield/Lakewood BlueClaws

Source: David M. Schofield/Lakewood BlueClaws

20.) Alec Asher, RHP

Date Of Birth- October 4, 1991
Height/Weight- 6’4″/230 lbs.
Bats/Throws- Right/Right
Acquired- Traded to Phillies in July 2015

Asher was one of the many pieces that came back to the Phillies as part of the blockbuster Cole Hamels trade prior to the July 31st trade deadline. The 24-year-old was originally drafted out of high-school by the San Francisco Giants is 2010, but opted to attend college. His decision turned out to be the right one, as he was drafted once again in the 4th round in 2012 by Texas. In his four minor-league seasons, Asher compiled a sub-.500 record, although he maintained a respectable 3.53 ERA. Asher had a seven-start audition with the major-league club towards the end of 2015, and it ended with an 0-6 record and 9.31 ERA. As a result, the promising youngster figures to begin the season with Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

19.) Alberto Tirado, RHP

Date of Birth- December 10, 1994
Height/Weight- 6’0″, 180 lbs
Bats/Throws- Right/Right
Acquired- Traded to Phillies in July 2015

Tirado was acquired from the Toronto Blue Jays, as part of the Ben Revere trade. His 95-98 MPH fastball has scouts salivating over him, and was the main thing that caught the eyes of the Phillies organization. Prior to being moved, the 21-year-old flamethrower compiled a 3.23 ERA in 61.1 innings pitched. Following the trade, he coasted to a 0.56 ERA in 16 innings pitched. His command was abysmal, as the 22-year-old tallied a 16-18 K/BB ratio. With command as his largest obstacle, most scouts believe Tirado’s ceiling is similar to that of New York Yankees reliever Aroldis Chapman– a “power” closer.

18.) Carlos Tocci, OF

Date of Birth- August 23, 1995
Height/Weight- 6’2″/160 lbs
Bats/Throws- Right/Right
Acquired- Signed as International Free Agent in August 2011

Tocci is one of the more interesting prospects in the Phillies system. The 20-year-old was brought in when he was just 16, and immediately made a good impression. Tocci has been knocked for his lack of power, although he makes up for it with his ability to put the ball in play. Perhaps the strongest aspect of his game, though, is his fielding ability, which has drawn rave reviews. Tocci has come along slowly, and figures to continue to do so as he develops his power and improves his strength. The Venezuelan native had never played higher than Single-A Lakewood before last season, prior to playing 69 games for High-A Clearwater in 2015. Tocci figures to begin the 2016 season with Clearwater.

17.) Ricardo Pinto, RHP

Date of Birth- January 20, 1995
Height/Weight- 6’0″/165 lbs
Bats/Throws- Right/Right
Acquired- Signed as International Free Agent in December 2011

Pinto is one of many pitchers that the Phillies have in their organization right now. As a result, it’s very difficult to put a projection on where he fits into on the Major League roster. He found a way to stick out last season though, steamrolling his way to a 15-4 record, with a 107/35 K-BB ratio. His fastball hovers around the low-to-mid 90s, and he possesses a plus change-up. The main thing that is blocking him from becoming a starter is his lack of a breaking ball. If Pinto is able to develop the breaking ball, his ceiling is a middle-of-the-rotation starter. At worst, he’s a potentially dominant reliever that lacks a breaking ball. The 22-year-old projects to start the 2016 season out with High-A Clearwater.

16.) Thomas Eshelman

Date of Birth- June 20, 1994
Height/Weight- 6’3″/212 lbs
Bats/Throws- Right/Right
Acquired- Traded to Phillies in December 2015

Eshelman was one of the pieces to come over in the Ken Giles trade. Originally selected in the 2nd round of the 2015 MLB Draft by the Houston Astros, the former Cal State-Fullerton product only has 10 innings of professional experience. It is natural to expect growing pains, and that’s exactly what Eshelman experienced. In those innings, the right-hander went 0-1, recording a 4.35 ERA, with a 8/5 K-BB ratio. His pitches are relatively average, although his command and control are absolutely impeccable. It’d be surprising if Eshelman didn’t begin the 2016 season with Single-A Lakewood.

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