Despite another injury-plagued season, Cole Hamels regains Baseball America’s top spot as the best prospect in the Phillies minor league system.
Hamels, a likely bet to start 2006 in Reading, landed on the DL with back problems after a brief stint there last season.
If healthy, scouts are not ruling out a quick jump to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and eventually Philadelphia. Despite the setbacks, including a major gap in development time, the Phillies still envision Hamels as a top-of-the-rotation starter, Baseball America said. The left-hander was also named best prospect in the system in 2002.
Always an exciting moment to help get us through the winter, here is the threadbare list of the best 10 the Phils have to offer:
1. Cole Hamels, lhp
2. Greg Golson, of
3. Michael Bourn, of
4. Scott Mathieson, rhp
5. Welinson Baez, ss/3b
6. Mike Costanzo, 3b
7. Brad Harman, ss/2b
8. Tim Moss, 2b
9. Jason Jaramillo, c
10. Edgar Garcia, rhp
Noted omissions include Eastern League player of the year and Paul Owens winner Chris Roberson, along with catcher Carlos Ruiz, voted best defensive catcher in the International League.
Needless to say, two light-hitting, high-stikeout outfielders aren't what you want to round out a top three, to go along with a pitcher who can't stay healthy for an entire season.
This list, and the farm system, are as bad as advertised.