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2019 Organization Report: Philadelphia Phillies

by Brent Hershey

Organization Grades

Hitting: C ... Pitching: B ... Top-end Talent: B ... Depth: B+ ... Overall: B



Minor League Affiliates

Triple-A: Lehigh Valley (International League)
Double-A: Reading (Eastern League)
High-A: Clearwater (Florida State League)
Low-A: Lakewood (South Atlantic League)
Short-season: Williamsport (New York Penn League)
Rookie: GCL Phillies (Gulf Coast League)



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1. Sixto Sanchez (RHP) ... 6-0, 185 ... 20 ... 2015 FA (DR)
YearTeam (LG)IPERAWHIPCtlDomCmdOppBA
2016GCL Phillies (GCL)54.00.500.7601.37.35.6.169
2017Lakewood (SAL)67.12.410.8201.28.67.2.185
2017Clearwater (FSL)27.24.551.3002.96.52.2.245
2018Clearwater (FSL)46.22.511.0702.18.74.1.218
Comments: Prized prospect hit an injury speed bump and logged less than 50 IP. Arsenal includes easy high-90s heat along with CB and CU; rare combination of plus stuff and plus command at a young age. Competitive, advanced feel for pitching; athletic and coachable. Injuries highlight durability questions, though bulked up before 2018. Monster potential.

Development Path: Didn't make announced AFL appearance due to collarbone injury, so lack of 2018 innings will affect 2019 usage. Stuff could fly at AA to start, followed by a possible late-season MLB (bullpen?) debut. But PHI will undoubtedly be conservative due to youth, lack of IP.

Fantasy Impact: He has ace SP upside: Premium velocity along with ability to locate; two MLB average offspeed offerings; loads of intangibles. Best case would be years of elite ERA/WHIP/K. Smaller frame and durability/injury concerns do raise the risk factor, though.

Upside Grade: 9C


2. Alec Bohm (3B) ... 6-5, 240 ... R/R ... 22 ... 2018 (1) Wichita State University
YearTeam (LG)ABBA/OBP/Slgbb%ct% EyeHR/SB
2018Wichita State (AAC)224.339/.436/.62515881.3916/9
2018GCL Phillies (GCL)27.407/.452/.5194850.250/2
2018GCL Phillies West (GCL)32.344/.405/.4386880.500/2
2018Williamsport (NYPL)107.224/.314/.2909820.530/1
Comments: Loads of natural strength that lead to plus-plus power grades, along with an advanced plate approach that improved throughout college career. Hits with a plan; great athlete even with large frame. Some feel fielding will require future move to 1B, where bat will still play. Nerve issue after a HBP on his knee clouded his short-season debut.

Development Path: Even with the slow start to his pro career, a college draftee with his pedigree should be ready for full-season Low-A. He'll head to Lakewood healthy and begin to adjust to his first full season in the minors. The Phillies will move him along quickly once he masters each level.

Fantasy Impact: Could be significant if Bohm continues to take instruction to improve. He has the raw power to have some 30+ HR seasons with a good BA. Will be a stronger fantasy asset if he's able to remain at the hot corner, rather than at 1B.

Upside Grade: 9D


3. Adonis Medina (RHP) ... 6-1, 185 ... 22 ... 2014 FA (DR)
YearTeam (LG)IPERAWHIPCtlDomCmdOppBA
2015GCL Phillies (GCL)45.12.981.1902.46.92.9.236
2016Williamsport (NYPL)64.22.921.1003.34.71.4.195
2017Lakewood (SAL)119.23.011.1902.910.03.4.223
2018Clearwater (FSL)111.14.121.2502.99.93.4.236
Comments: Lean righty with a smooth delivery and athleticism in spades. Low-90s heat comes out easy with tons of late movement that has touched 97. Slider has made huge strides with its two-plane depth and is death to RHH, and change-up also is improving. Overall command and sequencing are the next level of polish.

Development Path: Consistency will be a focus as he moves to Double-A; though his K/BB rates in 2018 were very good, several blowout outings contributed to his 4+ ERA. If successful there, there's a chance he could debut in 2019.

Fantasy Impact: Should be a athletic, strike-throwing mid-rotation pitcher who get ample swings and misses and keeps hitters off balance. There's a small chance of a #2 style starter here, but if durability becomes an issue, has the FB/SL combination to succeed at the back end of a bullpen as well.

Upside Grade: 8B



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4. Luis Garcia (SS) ... 5-11, 170 ... B/R ... 18 ... 2017 FA (DR)
YearTeam (LG)ABBA/OBP/Slgbb%ct% EyeHR/SB
2018GCL Phillies West (GCL)168.369/.433/.4888880.711/12
Comments: A big-money international signee from 2017, he wasted no time dominating in his stateside debut. Plate approach is advanced far beyond his years—waits on hittable pitches, sprays line drives into the gaps with quick hands and a short swing. Bat speed and youth hint at more power to come. SB ability; graceful on defense with strong arm.

Development Path: Surprising debut is an understatement. Not a ton of physical projection left, but is still just 18 and has shown he's ready for a full-season assignment at Low-A.

Fantasy Impact: Shortstops who can make contact at this rate and run, with an outside chance of some pop, too, are valuable. His present ability for hard contact and clean swing mechanics hold out hope for at least double-digit HR power at maturity.

Upside Grade: 9E


5. Spencer Howard (RHP) ... 6-3, 185 ... 22 ... 2017 (2) Cal Poly
YearTeam (LG)IPERAWHIPCtlDomCmdOppBA
2017Cal Poly (BigWe)87.21.951.0802.410.04.2.215
2017Williamsport (NYPL)28.14.451.4105.712.72.2.206
2018Lakewood (SAL)112.03.781.2603.211.83.7.231
Comments: Classic SP build with a clean delivery; he got stronger as the season went on and was holding mid-90s deep into games. Elevates a lively FB for swings/misses; hard SL has depth and plus potential. Big velo difference for CU, and even drops in CB for strikes. Release point can waver, which affects control. But mixes and moves.

Development Path: Curious that Phillies left him in Lakewood all year, as his FB/SL/CU combo overwhelmed Low-A hitters by the end of the season. Will need to continue to throw strikes and sequence to succeed up the ladder, but could move quickly and reach AA by year's end.

Fantasy Impact: Durability and pitch mix give him a mid-rotation innings-eater-with-Ks likelihood. If control improves and CU develops, outside chance plus-ERA, plus-WHIP pitcher. Alternatively, hard FB/SL combination could also thrive in the bullpen. Multiple paths to value; a bit under the fantasy radar.

Upside Grade: 8C


6. Francisco Morales (RHP) ... 6-4, 185 ... 19 ... 2017 FA (VZ)
YearTeam (LG)IPERAWHIPCtlDomCmdOppBA
2017GCL Phillies (GCL)41.13.051.3104.49.62.2.215
2018Williamsport (NYPL)56.15.271.5405.310.92.1.242
Comments: Broad-shouldered teenager has a workhorse frame already; spent the season tightening up mechanics and driving instead of drifting towards the plate. Command/control improved greatly by the end of the season, though still can lose release point. Low-90s FB; consistent depth on hard SL; CU can be too firm. Raw stuff in place for impact; needs reps.

Development Path: Morales had less experience pitching than some Latin teenagers, so polish will take some time. But stuff is the level that if mechanics and/or pitchabilty clicks, could move quickly. For now, will start 2018 as 19-year-old in Low-A.

Fantasy Impact: Has two potential plus pitches in fastball and a downer slider. That should translate to strikeouts for sure, with potential for much more if he can lock in his mechanics. Significant SP upside, but not without risk.

Upside Grade: 9D


7. Adam Haseley (OF) ... 6-1, 195 ... L/L ... 22 ... 2017 (1) University of Virginia
YearTeam (LG)ABBA/OBP/Slgbb%ct% EyeHR/SB
2017Virginia (ACC)223.390/.491/.65916912.1014/10
2017GCL Phillies (GCL)12.583/.643/.83314750.670/1
2017Williamsport (NYPL)137.270/.350/.3809800.502/5
2018Clearwater (FSL)330.300/.343/.4155840.355/7
2018Reading (East)136.316/.403/.47811860.846/0
Comments: Adjusted well to first full year of pro ball; some mechanical tweaks teased out more patience and hard contact. Uses the whole field and began to turn on some balls, but still only 15-18 HR power at peak. Excellent hit tool; can run and handle CF, but likely moves to LF long-term.

Development Path: Combined to hit .305 with .795 OPS over High-A and Double-A. That should be enough to start at Triple-A Lehigh Valley, and could get a look towards end of 2019, though MLB OF depth could keep him in minors all season.

Fantasy Impact: Without loud power/speed tools, Haseley won't garner much fantasy attention outside of very deep leagues. But he's close the majors and could have a long career as a hit-over-power starting OF, perhaps in the pre-2018 David Peralta or the Josh Reddick mode.

Upside Grade: 8C


8. JoJo Romero (LHP) ... 5-11, 190 ... 22 ... 2016 (4) University of Nevada
YearTeam (LG)IPERAWHIPCtlDomCmdOppBA
2016Williamsport (NYPL)45.22.561.2002.26.12.8.243
2017Lakewood (SAL)76.22.111.0702.59.33.7.210
2017Clearwater (FSL)52.12.241.1102.68.43.2.215
2018Reading (East)106.23.801.2903.58.42.4.233
Comments: Inconsistent year cut short by oblique injury in July. At his best, high marks for pitchability and command; throws quality strikes and mixes pitches well. Change-up is best secondary; can reach back for mid-90s FB but mostly sits 90-92. Compact, repeatable, athletic delivery. Would benefit from SL becoming an out pitch.

Development Path: Has athleticism and makeup to indicate future improvements; will pitch at 22 years old in 2019. Will likely start at AAA-Lehigh Valley, and should be given time there for additional polish, but could make MLB debut by late season.

Fantasy Impact: Best case will be mid-rotation pitchability lefty; has a chance for average strikeout rates and will likely post decent WHIPs. A bullpen role where he could air it our more in shorter stints could also be intriguing.

Upside Grade: 7B


9. Jhailyn Ortiz (OF) ... 6-3, 235 ... R/R ... 20 ... 2015 FA (DR)
YearTeam (LG)ABBA/OBP/Slgbb%ct% EyeHR/SB
2016GCL Phillies (GCL)173.231/.325/.4349690.328/8
2017Williamsport (NYPL)159.302/.401/.56010700.388/5
2018Lakewood (SAL)405.225/.297/.3758630.2413/2
Comments: Massive and easy all-fields power due to man-child frame, but rest of his game is bare-knuckles raw. Often wildly overswings, chases breaking balls, misses hittable pitches. Maintaining his body will be an issue, moves okay in RF now but likely switches to 1B long-term. Still young, so time to improve, but the trip will be long.

Development Path: Plate approach needs an overhaul; pitch recognition was especially poor. Even some small steps forward in contact will unlock some of his natural strength. Could have been pressing in 2018 due to his high-profile international signing. Should return to Low-A for a second tour.

Fantasy Impact: The range of outcomes is wide. There's elite HR power here that he's currently unable to access. If he does have to move down the defensive spectrum, there will be even more pressure on his bat. He's just 20 years old, but currently a very risky fantasy asset.

Upside Grade: 9D


10. Mickey Moniak (OF) ... 6-2, 185 ... L/R ... 20 ... 2016 (1) HS (CA)
YearTeam (LG)ABBA/OBP/Slgbb%ct% EyeHR/SB
2016GCL Phillies (GCL)176.284/.340/.4096800.311/10
2017Lakewood (SAL)466.236/.284/.3416770.265/11
2018Clearwater (FSL)433.270/.304/.3835770.225/6
Comments: Revived his prospect status with a .817 OPS from July 1 on. Made some mechanical tweaks that allowed him to cover the plate and handle LHP much better. Smaller frame with opportunity to add strength, but will always be hit-over-power and speed seems to be on the decline. Can stick in CF, strong arm, but his bat's utility will be ultimate question.

Development Path: Still crazy-young, but his hit tool--what he was known for--finally showed up in final 200 AB. Will likely move to AA-Reading, but has knack for taking his time to adjust to a new level. Could add some strength to improve power outlook, but it's likely a slow burn from here to the majors.

Fantasy Impact: The goalposts have moved—upside is likely just an MLB starter level CF for now with moderate BA and some doubles pop. Would likely be plus defender in LF, but without the punch at the plate one would prefer. And there's still 4th/5th OF risk here, too.

Upside Grade: 7C


11. Rafael Marchan (C) ... 5-9, 170 ... R/R ... 20 ... 2015 FA (VZ)
YearTeam (LG)ABBA/OBP/Slgbb%ct% EyeHR/SB
2017GCL Phillies (GCL)84.238/.290/.2985900.500/1
2018Williamsport (NYPL)196.301/.343/.3625910.610/9
Comments: Unique profile: switch-hitting CA with extreme-contact tendencies and projectable pop. Advanced hand/eye coordination, a short swing and an ability to find the barrel. For career, just 26 K in 280 short-season AB. Classic build to stick behind the plate. Rocket arm, good receiver and nabs high marks for pitch-calling and game management. Upside.

Development Path: The early returns are quite good; his mix of offense and defense at the short-season level. He's likely to head to full-season Lakewood, and if this performance continues over 140 Low-A games, he will rocket up prospect lists.

Fantasy Impact: Marchan is still far away, but with the state of fantasy catching as it is, he will get noticed soon. Power still needs to develop, but the hit tool sure looks like it's in place.

Upside Grade: 8D


12. Ranger Suarez (LHP) ... 6-0, 177 ... 23 ... 2012 FA (VZ)
YearTeam (LG)IPERAWHIPCtlDomCmdOppBA
2017Lakewood (SAL)85.01.590.8902.59.53.8.169
2017Clearwater (FSL)37.23.821.4302.69.13.5.276
2018Reading (East)75.02.761.1202.46.52.7.221
2018Lehigh Valley (IL)49.12.741.2802.75.72.1.245
2018Philadelphia (NL)15.05.401.8003.66.61.8.318
Comments: Has touched the mid-90s, but FB settles in at 90-93 and both four-seamer and two-seamer get a lot of GBs. SL/CU round out his arsenal, and has commanded everything in the minors. Gets good extension in delivery with a hint of deception. Will need to get by on pitchability, though, as there's not a lot of room for error. A competitor.

Development Path: Has had some success when busts FB in on RHH, but needs to trust the pitch more. Control took a step back in first MLB exposure. Likely to head to AAA-Lehigh Valley and wait his turn.

Fantasy Impact: Unless he can add a few ticks of velo, this is a #4/#5 starter who will throw strikes but give up a lot of hits. Nothing more than average strikeout potential.

Upside Grade: 7C


13. Enyel De Los Santos (RHP) ... 6-0, 3 ... 23 ... 2015 FA (DR)
YearTeam (LG)IPERAWHIPCtlDomCmdOppBA
2016Fort Wayne (Midw)52.22.910.9902.47.73.2.194
2016Lake Elsinore (Calif)68.14.351.3803.26.82.1.255
2017San Antonio (Tex)150.03.781.1902.98.32.9.225
2018Lehigh Valley (IL)126.22.631.1603.17.82.5.215
2018Philadelphia (NL)19.04.741.4203.87.11.9.250
Comments: Had excellent year as SP in Triple-A after coming over in Freddy Galvis trade. Low-90s FB and a power CU are the main attractions; gets soft contact at his best. Tall with room for more strength, looks like a starter, but hasn't found reliable breaking ball yet and control is not pristine. Could end up in relief.

Development Path: In 2018 MLB cameo, pitched out of the pen and FB ticked up into mid-90s, which along with above-average CU could work as a multi-inning reliever. He's in a logjam of near-ready prospect pitchers who will have a chance to make the club in the spring.

Fantasy Impact: It seems more likely that he ends up in relief due to lack of usable breaking pitch, which dings his fantasy ranking a bit. He could still bring value in Ks and holds in that role.

Upside Grade: 7B


14. Simon Muzziotti (OF) ... 6-1, 175 ... L/L ... 20 ... 2016 FA (VZ)
YearTeam (LG)ABBA/OBP/Slgbb%ct% EyeHR/SB
2017GCL Phillies (GCL)134.269/.305/.3885940.880/8
2017Clearwater (FSL)7.286/.286/.2860710.000/1
2018GCL Phillies (GCL)22.091/.167/.0918952.000/1
2018Lakewood (SAL)278.263/.299/.3315860.351/18
Comments: Speedy and lean CF with a promising hit tool. Hands work well, exhibits balance and barrel control. Room for strength, but he's unlikely to develop much power—needs to hit it on the ground and run. Should add some patience to further maximize his plus wheels. Route/reads in CF need work; right now speed makes up for mistakes, which raises his risk.

Development Path: Assuming that he can continue to refine his defense with more reps (and he has the athleticism to do so), the thing to watch is if he can drive the ball at higher levels. He'll take that under advisement at High-A Clearwater in 2019.

Fantasy Impact: With some more punch in his swing and/or additional ability to eek out some free passes, Muzziotti's fantasy prospects become interesting due to his SB and top-of-the-lineup ability. Best case is probably a .280 BA, 30-SB player, but it's early.

Upside Grade: 8E


15. Mauricio Llovera (RHP) ... 5-11, 200 ... 22 ... 2015 FA (VZ)
YearTeam (LG)IPERAWHIPCtlDomCmdOppBA
2016GCL Phillies (GCL)53.01.870.9602.09.54.8.197
2017Lakewood (SAL)86.03.351.3303.59.82.8.239
2018Clearwater (FSL)121.03.721.1102.510.24.1.216
Comments: Short, stout right-hander with present strength but little projection left. Mechanics are a bit crude, but arm action is clean and delivers a heavy, mid-90s FB and flashes a 2-plane, potentially plus SL. Also has enough confidence in mid-80s CU. Control, command still work in progress; some say he'll be a RP who could be fast-tracked to majors.

Development Path: An important question, as delivery is raw and makes projecting health and consistency needed to be a SP a bit risky. But FB/SL quality could also work in the bullpen. He'll head to AA, and it's worth noting how he's used there to start the season.

Fantasy Impact: More value as a starter, as more innings likely means a good strikeout rate, even with some ERA/WHIP risk. But holds, k/9 and possibly even some saves eventually could come along with his move to the bullpen. Some have even suggested that a Seranthony Dominguez-like rise in 2019 is not far-fetched.

Upside Grade: 8D


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