Typically a winter treat, Baseball America pulled the Phillies’ name early this season, announcing their Top 10 prospects and best tools in the organization today. [Link]
Outfielder Domonic Brown repeats as the top player in the Phillies' farm, followed by Kyle Drabek, Michael Taylor, Travis d'Arnaud, Trevor May, Anthony Gose, Sebastian Valle, Jarred Cosart, Antonio Bastardo and Domingo Santana. Click here for more details and the best tools winners (biggest surprise is that Gose - who stole 76 bases for Lakewood, is not considered the fastest player in their system). Only subscribers can access the full scouting reports.
Beerleaguer: Put Michael Taylor second and Kyle Drabek third and this was close to the list I presented to Reading Phillies beat writer Mike Drago back when he polled 15 writers for his top prospect piece. So I’m feeling pretty good about that. My list also included defensive whiz Freddy Galvis, who did not make the BA cut, although I did include darkhorses Antonio Bastardo and Domingo Santana in my group. So hurray for me I guess, but a bigger hurray for the Phillies, who appear to have some very good depth - including a couple of future big leaguers - down on the farm.
One one hand, it's always a great day when Baseball America announces their rankings. Bummer we were given this meaty topic only days removed from the World Series. This will be a long offseason indeed.