Updated Top 10 Prospects (2020): Philadelphia Phillies: Bolstering A Relatively Thin System

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No matter who Philadelphia drafted it would’ve been hard to envision that player taking over one of the top two spots. However the team did add a solid pitcher with upside, as well as a few other names to keep on radars. Let’s take a look at the updated Top 10 prospect list coming out of the draft:

  1. Alex Bohm (3B, Grade – B+)
  2. Spencer Howard (RHP, Grade – B+)
  3. Mick Abel (RHP, Grade – B)
  4. Francisco Morales (RHP, Grade – B)
  5. Bryson Stott (SS, Grade – C+)
  6. JoJo Romero (RHP, Grade – C+)
  7. Johan Rojas (OF, Grade – C+)
  8. Casey Martin (SS. Grade – C+)
  9. Luis Garcia (SS, Grade – C+)
  10. Carson Ragsdale (RHP – Grade – C)

Why Abel At #3?

It’s easy to get excited about what Abel brings to the table, despite not playing a game this season.  Just look at this quote, courtesy of Baseball America:

On paper, Abel checks plenty of boxes: He has a terrific pitcher’s frame, athleticism, three above-average or better pitches and arguably the best command in the class.

He’ll turn 19-years old in August and already stands 6’5” tall.  Listed at 190 lbs, it’s easy to envision him adding even more velocity as he fills out (reports have him currently sitting in the mid-90s, and reaching 97 mph on his fastball).  Coupled with a slider and changeup, along with a curveball, and the repertoire is there to thrive.

With Zack Wheeler signed, Spencer Howard close and Abel 2-3 years away, the Phillies’ rotations has an extremely bright future.

Why Martin At #8?

Martin is what has quickly become a prototypical profile, as he brings an intriguing blend of power and speed but couples it with significant swing and miss.  Baseball America gave a great description of the issues in their scouting report:

…scouts worry about how often he’ll get to that power at the next level with a career strikeout rate over 22 percent. He has always had a tendency to swing and miss frequently, both in the zone and outside of the zone, and those issues continued in his brief play in the shortened 2020 season.

There are also questions as to where he’ll fit defensively, but the potential is there for him to put things together and become a superstar.  That should keep him on radars to see how he’ll develop.

Why Ragsdale At #10?

A fourth round pick cracks our Top 10 over a former first overall selection?  It’s debatable and easily could change prior to the 2021 season, but there’s definitely reason to have Ragsdale on your radar despite the questions facing him:

  1. Lack of Information – He worked as a reliever in his first two seasons, missed his junior year due to Tommy John surgery and then made just 4 starts before the season was postponed due to COVID-19
  2. Velocity – At 6’8” the expectation is that he’ll add more velocity on his fastball, which reports currently have sitting in the 95 mph range
  3. Control – Whenever you have a pitcher with his height, repeating his delivery and throwing strikes will be a significant question

Sources – MLB.com, Baseball America

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