Outside the Phillies Top 50 Prospects, Looking In

With any team, there are going to be prospect debates about rankings. That is what makes prospecting fun. With the conclusion of our Top 50 series, I’m going to look at some other Philadelphia prospects who were just outside of my Phillies Top 50. I’m hoping some of these players make it into the mid-season Top 50 once a few of current ones are promoted and pass the rookie thresholds. Most of these players are a few years away but it will be exciting to watch them develop.

Eliezer Alvarez, 2B
Age: 23
Highest Level in 2017: AA
Acquired from St. Louis is the Juan Nicasio deal, Alvarez looks to be blocked by Cesar Hernandez and Scott Kingery here. He does have gap-power ability and could prove to be a solid utility player if given the opportunity.

Edgar Garcia, RHP
Age: 21
Highest Level in 2017: A+
Another power pitcher in the system who strikes out a batter an inning. He can be a force out of the bullpen if the Phillies do not envision him as a starter. He had some command issues last year issuing 31 walks in his 88 innings pitched.

Greg Pickett, 1B
Age: 21
Highest Level in 2017: A-
An 8th round pick in the 2015 draft, Pickett didn’t play the entire 2016 season due to injury. Last year, he hit 6 home runs in 248 plate appearances. He ended the season with a .343 OBP, showing he can take a walk. If he stays healthy, he could have a shot as the starting 1b by the time Carlos Santana‘s contract expires in three years.

Connor Seabold, RHP
Age: 22
Highest Level in 2017: A-
Seabold only threw 10 innings in Low-A in 2017 being brought along slowly after his college career. He struck out 13 hitters with only 2 walks. He has a solid fastball and has good command. He should move up quickly in his career.

Kyle Young, LHP
Age: 19
Highest Level in 2017: A-
Young was drafted in the 22nd round in 2016 and stands almost 7 feet tall. Kyle struck out 72 hitters in 65 innings with only 15 walks. He is a groundball pitcher with a fastball in the low 90s. With his interesting delivery, he could end up in the bullpen as a LOOGY or a possible 4th or 5th starter.

Jake Scheiner, 2B/3B
Age: 22
Highest Level in 2017: A-
Scheiner struggled last year after a very impressive college career, where he hit 18 home runs in 63 games. He played shortstop and third base in college but he was playing second base in the Phillies organization, giving him more versatility.

Alberto Tirado, RHP
Age: 23
Highest Level in 2017: AA
Tirado came over in the Ben Revere trade as a starting pitcher with a high 90s fastball. Due to his control problems, the organization moved him to the bullpen with mixed results. He walked 60 batters last year in 77 1/3 innings pitched. If he can harness his control, he could become another power reliever for the team.

Ben Pelletier, OF
Age: 19
Highest Level in 2017: Rookie
Pelletier has always been extremely young for the level of competition that he has faced. He hit 3 home runs in 171 at-bats but has the ability to tap into more power if he can straighten out his swing. He did hit .333 with an OBP of .361 last year. He can either develop into a Quad-A player or a solid power-hitting outfielder. He’s going to be fun to watch.

Jake Holmes, SS
Age: 19
Highest Level in 2017: Rookie
Holmes is one of my favorite prospects on the farm. He was drafted out of high school as a shortstop but was moved to third base by the organization. In 107 at bats he hit 2 home runs with 11 walks. He projects to have average skills across the board but could grow into some power.

 

Article featured image of Jake Holmes – courtesy MLB Pipeline on Twitter

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4 Comments

  1. Hey Steve, thanks for reading! I can see Kyle starting the year at Single A Lakewood with a change at moving up to their advanced A Clearwater by the end of the year.

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