10.) Darnell Sweeney, INF-OF
Date of Birth- February 1, 1991
Height/Weight- 6’1″/195 lbs
Acquired- Traded to Phillies in August 2015
The 25-year-old switch-hitting utility man was the return piece, in the deal that saw Chase Utley traded to “Tinseltown.” Sweeney was drafted in the 13th round of the 2012 MLB Draft by the Dodgers, and has put out good production during his time in the minor leagues. In his four minor-league seasons, Sweeney owns a cumulative .280/.353/.441 slash line, with a .795 OPS. Following the trade, Sweeney spent time up in the majors, but struggled to the tune of a .176 batting average. Sweeney’s got a decent skill set, but has struggled at times to put it all together. He possesses a slightly above-average bat, with average power, and an above-average pair of wheels. His ceiling seems to be that of a super utility man, similar to Brock Holt in my opinion.
9.) Jorge Alfaro, C/1B
Date of Birth- June 11, 1992
Height/Weight- 6’2/225 lbs
Acquired- Traded to Phillies in July 2015
Alfaro was one of the main centerpieces of the Cole Hamels trade. The 22-year-old catcher is a highly thought of prospect, having been ranked a top 50 prospect in both 2014 and 2015 by MLB.c0m, and Baseball Prospectus. Alfaro looked primed to take a step forward in 2015, prior to suffering a major injury. As a result of his ankle injury, Alfaro only saw 190 at-bats in 2015. In those at-bats, he hit .253/.314/.432 with 5 home runs, 9 walks, and 61 strikeouts. Alfaro still remains very talented, although his future behind the plate looks bleak. With Ryan Howard on his way out, experts believe that Alfaro’s path to the majors could be via first base. The Colombian-youngster figures to start out his seventh professional season in 2016 with Double-A Reading.
8.) Franklyn Kilome, RHP
Date of Birth- June 25, 1995
Height/Weight- 6’6″/175 lbs
Acquired- Signed as International Free Agent in January 2013
Kilome is one of my favorite prospects in the Phillies organization, and is a very popular sleeper pick entering the 2016 season. In the 2015 season with Williamsport, Kilome mowed down 36 in 49.1 innings to go along with a 3.28 ERA. His best pitch is his fastball without a doubt, routinely hanging between the mid-to-upper 90s. There were even unconfirmed reports out of Williamsport that Kilome was able to hit triple-digits on his fastball, at times. His curveball took a major step forward last season, and still shows room for improvement. Kilome’s ceiling is huge, possibly reaching the top-part of the rotation, if he can put everything together. He’ll likely begin 2016 with Single-A Lakewood.
7.) Roman Quinn, OF
Date of Birth- May 14, 1993
Height/Weight- 5’10″/170 lbs
Acquired- Drafted in 2nd Round of 2013 MLB Draft by Phillies
Finally, we’ve hit the first of the Phillies few homegrown prospects. Quinn had a very good season in 2015 with Double-A Reading, hitting .306/.356/.435 with 4 homers, 15 RBIs, 29 stolen bases, and only 42 strikeouts in 232 at-bats. The speed that Quinn possesses is his most attractive feature, although his ability to hit for average isn’t that far behind.Quinn has struggled at times in the past with injuries, but shows great potential. His ceiling seems to be that of a fourth outfielder. Quinn will likely begin 2016 with Double-A Reading.
6.) Mark Appel, RHP
Date of Birth- July 15, 1991
Height/Weight- 6’5″/220 lbs
Acquired- Traded to Phillies in December 2015
The acquisition of Appel came as surprise to a number of people, including myself. I didn’t believe that Houston would give up on the former first-overall selection out of Stanford University. Appel is a curious case though. The first-overall pick of the 2013 MLB Draft has all of the tools that are needed for success, but he hasn’t been able to put it all together. To make it all the more perplexing, there’s no reason to explain Appel’s struggles. Still possessing the tools that made him the first-overall pick, I believe that a change of scenery could do Appel wonders.