Organization Reports


2022 Organization Report: Philadelphia Phillies

by Brent Hershey

Organization Grades

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

Minor League Affiliates

Triple-A: Lehigh Valley (AAA East)
Double-A: Reading (AA Northeast)
High-A: Jersey Shore (A+ East)
Low-A: Clearwater (A Southeast)
Rookie: FCL Phillies (Florida Complex League)
Rookie: DSL Phillies (Dominican Summer League)

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1. Mick Abel (RHP) ... 6-5, 185 ... 20 ... 2020 (1) HS (OR)
2021Clearwater (A2_SE)44.24.431.2095.413.32.5.168
2022Jersey Shore BlueClaws (SAL2)
2022Reading Fightin Phils (East2)23.03.521.3484.710.62.3.216
Comments: Lean, long frame that should fill out. Electric 94-97 FB with carry; plus mid-80s SL that tunnels well off the heater. Mid-80s CU shows tumble and fade; sells it with the same fast arm speed as FB. CB made strides also with good depth. Command could improve and missed time with minor shoulder issue. Top of the rotation ingredients.

Development Path: Phillies bringing him along easy, he was on a pitch count until the injury, which was not serious—was back for instructional league. Ready for High-A at 20 years older and if command clicks and health cooperates, could move fairly quickly.

Fantasy Impact: Deep, developed arsenal, athletic body, natural inquisitiveness at a tender age all point to something special. Best case is a #1 SP with outstanding ratios and strikeouts; even falling short of that is a #2/#3 SP with plus strikeout ability.

Upside Grade: 9C

2. Andrew Painter (RHP) ... 6-6, 230 ... 18 ... 2021 (1) HS (FL)
2021FCL Phillies (Rk_FCL)
2022Clearwater Threshers (FSL2)38.21.400.8533.716.14.4.128
2022Jersey Shore BlueClaws (SAL2)36.20.980.8731.712.07.1.185
2022Reading Fightin Phils (East2)28.12.540.9530.611.80.227
Comments: Tall and projectable prep starter with advanced aspects throughout his game: four-pitch mix (FB/SL/CU/CB) that features mid-90s heat; repeatable, low-effort delivery; excellent command at a young age; and excellent overall feel for pitching. CU best present secondary pitch, breakers could also get to plus. Exciting arm.

Development Path: Able to handle a full-season assignment if PHI wants to; club could also hold him back as they monitor innings. Physical attributes shouldn't be missed: Frame to put on more strength, which could add velocity.

Fantasy Impact: Right now it's a #2 ceiling with high strikeouts and innings pitched, and better than average ratios. Will get a better sense once he's got more pro ball under his belt, but it's a high floor/high ceiling package as of now.

Upside Grade: 9D

3. Bryson Stott (SS) ... 6-3, 195 ... L/R ... 24 ... 2019 (1) UNLV
YearTeam (LG)ABBA/OBP/Slgbb%ct% EyeHR/SB
2021Jersey Shore (A1_East)73.288/.453/.54823701.005/3
2021Reading (AA_NE)312.301/.368/.48110750.4510/6
2021Lehigh Valley (AAA_East)33.303/.439/.39420761.001/1
2022Lehigh Valley IronPigs (IL2)36.333/.375/.6118720.302/2
2022Philadelphia Phillies (NL)427.234/.295/.3588790.4010/12
Comments: Solid everyday SS prospect who improved as season went on, finishing with an outstanding AFL. Elite batter’s eye, works deep counts hunting pitches he can handle; will also take a walk. Some swing and miss, but surprising power continued to verify throughout. Not a dynamic athlete nor huge base-stealer, but makes all the plays at SS. He’s ready.

Development Path: Would not be surprising if he outplays Didi Gregorious in spring training and is in the running for the starting SS job. If not (IE, service time considerations), Stott will report to Triple-A and debut by midseason.

Fantasy Impact: Unlikely to be a superstar, Stott will likely still be a 5-category contributor, something along the lines of .280 / 20 HR / 15 SB at his peak. Perhaps there's a bit more power there as he ages and he makes an All-Star team or two. Reliable producer.

Upside Grade: 8A

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4. Johan Rojas (OF) ... 6-1, 165 ... R/R ... 21 ... 2018 FA (DR)
YearTeam (LG)ABBA/OBP/Slgbb%ct% EyeHR/SB
2021FCL Phillies (Rk_FCL)4.750/.750/1.500010001/1
2021Clearwater (A2_SE)313.240/.305/.3748780.387/25
2021Jersey Shore (A1_East)64.344/.419/.56310880.883/8
2022Jersey Shore BlueClaws (SAL2)265.230/.287/.3257790.383/33
2022Reading Fightin Phils (East2)235.260/.333/.3878810.484/29
Comments: Dynamic but still raw, he began to tap into considerable power/speed tools. Good bat-to-ball skills from compact swing, enough bat speed to handle velocity, hits the ball hard up the middle. Can chase breakers out of the zone. Fast out of the box, creates havoc with SB ability. Plus defender with good arm; should remain in CF. Exciting future.

Development Path: Posted excellent exit velos, but swing is currently groundball-heavy. Once he learns to elevate, athleticism and additional strength should portend HR power. Needs reps; should start at High-A Jersey Shore.

Fantasy Impact: Drew makeup raves in spring training as coachable and curious. Easily the toolisest hitter in the system, there is a possible 25 HR/ 25 SB player here. Will rocket up lists with a good 2022.

Upside Grade: 9D

5. Logan O Hoppe (C) ... 6-2, 185 ... R/R ... 22 ... 2018 (23) HS (NY)
YearTeam (LG)ABBA/OBP/Slgbb%ct% EyeHR/SB
2021Jersey Shore (A1_East)318.270/.335/.4599800.4813/6
2021Reading (AA_NE)54.296/.333/.4812830.113/0
2022Rocket City Trash Pandas (Sou2)98.306/.473/.67323781.3211/1
2022Reading Fightin Phils (East2)262.275/.392/.49614800.7915/6
2022Los Angeles Angels (AL)14.286/.375/.28613790.670/0
Comments: Remade himself as a hitter over pandemic and off-season, and capped impressive 2021 with an outstanding AFL campaign. Making better contact allowed natural strength to show up in games. Has proven he can crush mistakes and hang with upper-level pitching. Plus defense and leadership intangibles round out the package.

Development Path: Is a hard worker and strives to get better, which along with mechanical tweaks has elevated him from a backup profile to a potential MLB starter. Due to his bat, he's passed Rafael Marchan on the PHI catchers depth chart. He'll wait his turn at Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Fantasy Impact: O'Hoppe looks like an MLB-quality starting catcher with a bat that doesn't drag down your team production. Think along the lines of .260 with 18-20 HR for now; there also is some upside left due to his superlative work ethic.

Upside Grade: 7B

6. Griff McGarry (RHP) ... 6-2, 185 ... 22 ... 2021 (5) Virginia
2021Virginia (ACC)43.05.441.6748.814.41.6.189
2021Clearwater (A2_SE)
2022Jersey Shore BlueClaws (SAL2)46.23.861.2214.615.83.4.191
2022Reading Fightin Phils (East2)
2022Lehigh Valley IronPigs (IL2)
Comments: High-octane arm with control issues that improved late in 2021 college season. Mid-90s four-seamer with excellent carry and explosion; runs two-seamer runs down in zone. Two distinct high-spin vertical breakers can miss bats but be inconsistent. CU showed flashes vs. LHH. Stuff undoubtedly MLB quality, but harnessing it is key.

Development Path: Will need to prove late-season control is for real and continue to work on CU vs. LHH. Likely will return to High-A to start, but could move quickly. Can live with 4.5 bb/9 if k/9 approaches the teens.

Fantasy Impact: Hard repertoire will produce strikeouts in any role. WHIP will never be elite, but ERA and Ks should be better than average mid-rotation SP. In relief, it's a back of the bullpen profile.

Upside Grade: 8D

7. Hans Crouse (RHP) ... 6-5, 190 ... 23 ... 2017 (2) HS (CA)
2021Frisco (AA_Cent)51.03.350.9023.
2021Reading (AA_NE)29.22.731.2133.611.53.2.212
2021Lehigh Valley (AAA_East)
2021Philadelphia (NL)
2022Lehigh Valley IronPigs (IL2)
Comments: High-motor hurler with quirky delivery who came over in the Spencer Howard trade. Hard sinker velocity was down to low-90s after being mid-90s. Diving 2-plane SL is his best pitch that misses bats and can flash double-plus. CU comes and goes, presently lacks feel for it. Control better than one would expect from unorthodox, moving-parts delivery.

Development Path: Change-up is key to future role: with it, a mid-rotation SP whose deception and killer SL fuel his profile. Without it, a nasty two-pitch reliever who could go multiple innings. He'll likely start 2022 back at Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Fantasy Impact: SP obviously more favorable outcome for fantasy value, as the SL will finish off lots of Ks. Gaining those couple ticks of velocity back would also be a boon for his future. Otherwise, stuff likely a bit short for a setup or closer role.

Upside Grade: 8C

8. Ethan Wilson (OF) ... 6-2, 210 ... L/L ... 22 ... 2021 (2) South Alabama
YearTeam (LG)ABBA/OBP/Slgbb%ct% EyeHR/SB
2020South Alabama (SBC)71.282/.329/.4655720.203/6
2021South Alabama (SBC)209.316/.412/.53114901.578/9
2021Clearwater (A2_SE)107.215/.282/.3749770.403/2
2022Jersey Shore BlueClaws (SAL2)424.238/.290/.3446780.307/25
2022Reading Fightin Phils (East2)70.214/.286/.2867700.241/1
Comments: Controls the zone and takes good AB, is patient and waits for his pitch. Likely to be a high walk/OBP player with good BA. Has solid all-fields approach, but some concerns as to his quality of contact and if he’ll get to average power. Defensively, below-average arm fits best in left field. High-floor, but questions on impact potential.

Development Path: A polished college hitter, Wilson has the chance to move quickly. But focusing on swing tweaks to tap into more thump could have a long-term benefit, even if it slows his time to the majors. He'll head to Low-A Clearwater in 2022.

Fantasy Impact: Will likely be a solid MLB hitter for BA with lots of contact and moderate HR numbers. But how and if power tool develops beyond that is key. Jesse Winker circa 2019 vs. Jesse Winker circa 2021 is the range of outcomes.

Upside Grade: 7C

9. Luis Garcia (SS) ... 5-11, 170 ... B/R ... 21 ... 2017 FA (DR)
YearTeam (LG)ABBA/OBP/Slgbb%ct% EyeHR/SB
2022FCL Phillies (FCL)11.000/1.000/2.0005010000/0
2022Clearwater Threshers (FSL2)8.250/.400/.25020500.500/1
2022Jersey Shore BlueClaws (SAL2)155.168/.319/.26516700.643/4
2022Reading Fightin Phils (East2)22.091/.200/.09112500.270/0
2022Erie SeaWolves (East2)7.000/.417/.00042571.670/0
Comments: Got stronger and saw results after 2019 disaster at Low-A, though still a long climb. Made much harder contact and lifted the ball for power in 2021, though chased outside of zone too often and Ks piled up. Still nimble afoot and continues to make all the plays at SS. Needs to find sweet spot between hit tool and raw pop.

Development Path: Garcia will head back to High-A, since his late-season return was underwhelming statistically. But this is a vastly improved player over the 2019 version, which could have scarred him permanently. He's still just 21 years old.

Fantasy Impact: Given his incredible batting success in the GCL in 2018, one holds out hope for a respectable power/speed/BA combination from a shortstop at maturity. Not yet a finished product, but plus-plus defense will give him chances to work through the hitting progressions.

Upside Grade: 8D

10. Jhailyn Ortiz (OF) ... 6-3, 235 ... R/R ... 23 ... 2015 FA (DR)
YearTeam (LG)ABBA/OBP/Slgbb%ct% EyeHR/SB
2018Lakewood (SAL)405.225/.297/.3758630.2413/2
2019Clearwater (FSL)430.200/.272/.3818650.2419/2
2021Jersey Shore (A1_East)263.262/.358/.52110670.3419/4
2021Reading (AA_NE)77.208/.307/.37710650.334/0
2022Reading Fightin Phils (East2)448.237/.319/.4159630.2617/9
Comments: Renaissance year where he made a bit better contact and walked slightly more and results blossomed. Near top-of-the-scale strength; can hit the ball out to all fields, but recognized pitches and handled off-speed better. Has kept body in shape so that 1B is no longer the default outcome; even played CF at times. Not a baseclogger; has strong arm.

Development Path: High-minors awaits, where he'll need to keep improving plate skills. Could be that player that strikes out 30%+ and is still a full-timer because of the power.

Fantasy Impact: High risk/high reward, mainly because we have yet to see him succeed at Double-A or above. Best case might be output along the lines of Ian Happ.

Upside Grade: 8D

11. Matt Vierling (OF) ... 6-3, 205 ... R/R ... 25 ... 2018 (5) Notre Dame
YearTeam (LG)ABBA/OBP/Slgbb%ct% EyeHR/SB
2021Reading (AA_NE)87.345/.422/.64412790.676/5
2021Lehigh Valley (AAA_East)206.248/.331/.35910780.525/5
2021Philadelphia (NL)71.324/.364/.4795720.202/2
2022Lehigh Valley IronPigs (IL2)85.271/.347/.45911820.672/8
2022Philadelphia Phillies (NL)325.246/.297/.3517780.336/7
Comments: Opened eyes with impressive MLB exit-velocity numbers, though needs to elevate the ball more to fully access power. Versatile outfielder and corner infielder, he’s hit with pop at nearly every level. Has surprising speed for SB also. Currenty a well-rounded player without a monster tool, could be valuable, play-all-except-MIF utility guy.

Development Path: Strength/exit velo gains indicate that with a bath path tweaked for loft, there could be more power in this frame. He'll be in position to win a bench spot with the Phillies in spring training.

Fantasy Impact: Deep mixed leagues could find Vierling valuable in a few years, as a multi-positional player who get a lot of AB and contributes some in HR and SB, along with a decent average. Not a priority to stash now, but keep an eye on his usage going forward.

Upside Grade: 7C

12. Simon Muzziotti (OF) ... 6-1, 175 ... L/L ... 23 ... 2015 FA (VZ)
YearTeam (LG)ABBA/OBP/Slgbb%ct% EyeHR/SB
2022FCL Phillies (FCL)2.000/.000/.000010000/0
2022Clearwater Threshers (FSL2)8.000/.111/.00011500.250/0
2022Reading Fightin Phils (East2)143.259/.339/.45512780.615/7
2022Lehigh Valley IronPigs (IL2)16.313/.389/.31311810.670/1
2022Philadelphia Phillies (NL)7.143/.250/.1430710.000/0
Comments: Visa issues delayed his season until August, which was unfortunate given his strength gains in 2020. He began to drive the ball more before and after the cancelled season and showed glimpses of it in 2021. Still a strong contact hitter as well as CF defender, any added juice to his swing raises interest. A full year in the high minors is crucial.

Development Path: He'll start in CF for either Double-A Reading or Triple-A Lehigh Valley and hope to get a full season in. Evaluators will look for improved hard contact and some extra base hits to make him more than just a punch-and-judy CFer.

Fantasy Impact: With his contact skills and base running ability, even double-digit HR would be a boon for his profile -- assuming his CF defense holds. Still bit of a long-shot fantasy contributor, but worth watching.

Upside Grade: 7C

13. Francisco Morales (RHP) ... 6-4, 185 ... 22 ... 2017 FA (VZ)
2021Reading (AA_NE)83.06.941.6396.511.91.8.234
2021Lehigh Valley (AAA_East)
2022Reading Fightin Phils (East2)30.11.480.8575.
2022Lehigh Valley IronPigs (IL2)20.29.582.51612.
2022Philadelphia Phillies (NL)
Comments: Strongly-built RHP with double-plus SL that he's able to adjust shape and velocity. Also features FB consistently sitting mid-90s. But long-needed CU has yet to materialize, and command has proven elusive, attributable to the struggle of coordinating his tall frame. A switch to relief work may be the best way to maximize his strengths.

Development Path: Appears the multi-year SP project is nearing its end; the Phillies likely give him one more shot of starting games in the high-minors in 2022. Even as a two-pitch reliever, though, he'll need to locate much better.

Fantasy Impact: At this point it's highly unlikely he'll be a fantasy contributor as a starter; best case would be a #4ish, high-K but carry significant ratio risk. As a RP, some positives (2 good pitches) but negatives, also (has to throw more strikes). Probably not a keeper option at this point.

Upside Grade: 8D

14. Ethan Lindow (LHP) ... 6-4, 185 ... 23 ... 2017 (5) HS (GA)
2019Lakewood (SAL)94.22.660.9801.
2021Jersey Shore (A1_East)
2021Reading (AA_NE)
2022Jersey Shore BlueClaws (SAL2)20.11.330.9343.
2022Reading Fightin Phils (East2)
Comments: Arsenal command is the draw, as individual pitch characteristics don’t overwhelm. But ability to mix and match locations and use deception via crossfire delivery keeps hitters off balance. Best pitch is low-80s CU which gets ugly swings; short SL/CT also an average secondary. Athletic with loose arm; fields position well. Crafty lefty archtype.

Development Path: True test for this type of profile is always the upper levels: Can the command/deception work against the best hitters? He'll begin at Double-A in 2022 and start to answer that question.

Fantasy Impact: Most likely a high-floor, low-ceiling backend starter at the MLB level. In deep or mono leagues, some ratio value, but likely to strike out less than a batter per inning.

Upside Grade: 7C

15. Cristian Hernandez (RHP) ... 6-3, 180 ... 21 ... 2017 FA (VZ)
2021FCL Phillies (Rk_FCL)5.01.800.4000.014.40.118
2021Clearwater (A2_SE)70.23.691.2883.711.03.0.226
2022Jersey Shore BlueClaws (SAL2)74.24.701.3132.
Comments: Young, three-pitch guy popped in with surprising 2021 season. Showed good life on FB (sat low-90s; touched 97) and his mid-70s CB was effective. Change-up still developing. Piled up strikeouts, showed good control and an advanced feel for pitching that points to a rotation future. Injuries part of his past but promising full season debut.

Development Path: Hernandez will head to High-A Jersey Shore in hopes of staying healthy and eclipsing the 100-IP mark. Change-up improvement will be atop the to-do list. Given his youth, he will be given time to develop.

Fantasy Impact: Best case is a back-of-the-rotation starter, though one that could have some strikeout potential.

Upside Grade: 7C

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