On Sunday, Mike Drago of the Reading Eagle polled local media, including yours truly, to rank the top 15 minor leaguers in the Phillies’ chain.
Here’s the current pecking order, according to Reading-based experts: 1). Lou Marson; 2). Michael Taylor; 3). Carlos Carrasco; 4). Jason Donald; 5). Joe Savery; 6). Greg Golson; 7). Dom Brown; 8). J.A. Happ; 9). Kyle Drabek; 10). Drew Naylor; 11). Quintin Berry; 12). Antonio Bastardo; 13). Andrew Carpenter; 14). Travis d’Arnaud; 15). Freddy Galvis.
Beerleaguer: I’m not the greatest at compiling prospect rankings, but here’s mine. The local writers didn’t see enough consistency from Carrasco in Double-A, but I kept the 21-year-old righty first, followed by Marson, Drabek, Taylor, Brown, Donald, Savery, Happ, Galvis, d’Arnaud, Sampson, Knapp, Bastardo, Mattair, Golson.
If Adrian Cardenas had not been traded, he would have been my first overall. I made a mistake including Mattair, who was supposed to hit for power, but has done nothing. A better choice would have been Berry. I'm not ready to move Taylor to No. 2, but he's definitely rising fast, although he's a little older at 22. I’m not sure how Naylor jumps quite so high on the local list. He was rated 29th by Baseball America this offseason and is just a little too old to be marginal at Class-A Clearwater. And Golson ... there’s a soft spot for Golson because he works hard and is eager to improve, but I’ve seen too many Golson types amount to nothing to include him any higher than 15. I passed on Carpenter. I probably rated Drabek, Brown and Galvis higher than anyone. Galvis's glove is reportedly world-class at shortstop at age 18. I'll definitely include that skill in my top eight, ahead of guys like Bastardo and Golson, who are four years older. Knapp, a big, tall right-hander who was taken in the second round of June's draft, looks great so far.