Philadelphia Phillies: Top 20 Prospects

 

Source: CSNPhilly.com

Source: CSNPhilly.com

15.) Jhailyn Ortiz, 1B/OF

Date of Birth- November 18, 1998
Height/Weight- 6’2″/260 lbs
Bats/Throws- Right/Right
Acquired- Signed as International Free Agent in July 2015

Ortiz (pictured above) was the Phillies prize acquisition on July 2, 2015. The massive 17-year-old slugger has extraordinary potential, led by his incredible power. As expected with most teenage prospects though, Ortiz is very raw. He is prone to swing-and-misses, which is to be expected of a man of his size. There’s not a whole lot else known about the Dominican slugger, although he’s already drawing comparisons to the likes of Ryan Howard and Prince Fielder– not exactly bad company to be in. If tapped, Ortiz’s full potential is a 35+ home run outfielder, with the potential to move over to first base at some point. It should also be noted that he joins a star-studded list of international prospects to make the jump to Major League Baseball at the age of 17. Among the notables on that list, are Miguel Cabrera, Felix Hernandez, and Carlos Gonzalez. With absolutely no professional experience, Ortiz will likely begin the season at Extended Spring Training, before seeing a promotion to the Gulf Coast League.

 

14.) Jose Pujols, OF

Date of Birth- September 29, 1995
Height/Weight- 6’3″/175 lbs
Bats/Throws- Right/Right
Acquired- Signed as International Free Agent in July 2012

The risk here is incredibly high. Pujols has all of the tools to be a successful major leaguer, yet he hasn’t been able to put them together. He showed signs of improvement last season and should continue to do so as the years go on. The only question remaining is  how quickly can he develop? He started off last season slowly, derailed by injury. However, he started off very strong. His 2015 season was a pretty up-and-down type of season, sandwiching a rough patch between two strong book-end stretches. Overall, it looks like he has all of the tools to succeed, but seems to lack a feel for the game. Much like Carlos Tocci, Pujols could become an everyday stud if he can put it all together. The 20-year-old should begin the season with Clearwater.

13.) Zach Eflin, RHP

Date of Birth- April 8, 1994
Height/Weight- 6’4″/200 lbs
Bats/Throws- Right/Right
Acquired- Traded to Phillies in December 2014

Eflin was brought into the Phillies organization via a three-team trade that saw the departure of Phillies legend Jimmy Rollins. Originally drafted in the first round of the 2012 MLB Draft, the Orlando native has slowly made his way through the professional ranks. In his three full-seasons as a professional, Eflin has compiled a 25-19 record with a 3.43 ERA. Although, his ERA jumps to 3.50 when you factor in his rookie year in the Arizona League. He shows good control, although he strikeout rate is pretty low. His fastball hangs in the low-90s, and he possesses a good change-up, but his breaking ball needs some more work if he hopes to find his way into the rotation. Having put up solid numbers at all levels thus far, I wouldn’t be shocked to see Eflin begin the year with Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

12.) Ben Lively, RHP

Date of Birth- March 5, 1992
Height/Weight- 6’4/190 lbs
Bats/Throws- Right/Right
Acquired- Traded to Phillies in December 2014

Lively came over in a deal that saw Marlon Byrd head to the Cincinnati Reds in 2014. Originally drafted by the Cleveland Indians in 2012, Lively opted to attend college at the University of Central Florida. That gamble paid off, as he was once again selected in the MLB Draft. This time, he was taken in the 4th round by the Cincinnati Reds. For having been drafted in 2013, Lively rose up the ranks rather quickly. He made his Double-A debut in 2013, but struggled to put out the type of production that he did with High-A Bakersfield. The right-hander possesses an arsenal of four average pitches, which many feel suit him well for an eventual role in the Phillies bullpen. Only time will tell what Lively becomes, as he’ll likely begin the season with Double A-Reading.

11.) Adonis Medina, RHP

Date of Birth- December 18, 1996
Height/Weight- 6’1″/185 lbs
Bats/Throws- Right/Right
Acquired- Signed as International Free Agent in May 2014

I’ll be honest here. I like this Medina kid more than many others whose lists you’ll see. Most have him ranked between #17-19, but I think he’s got more potential than that. At the age of 19, Medina hasn’t been on many radars for long. His fastball usually hangs between 91-94 MPH, but can reach as high as 97 MPH. Both his curveball and changeup have above-average potential, which is part of the reason why I’m so high on him. While he does have the chance to possess three plus-pitches, Medina struggles with his command. He has good command of his pitches, but has shown difficulty locating them precisely. Medina is a definite breakout candidate this season, and could even start the year with Single-A Lakewood. Although, the more likely route is a trip to Extended Spring Training, before seeing an eventual promotion to Williamsport.

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