Only two Phillies, Domonic Brown (15) and Phillippe Aumont (93) made Baseball America’s list of the top 100 prospects around the league. Meanwhile, four of the prospects traded for Cliff Lee and Roy Halladay made the cut. [Link]
Right-handers Kyle Drabek (25), Jason Knapp (64), outfielder Michael Taylor (29) and catcher Travis d’Arnaud (81) were once part of a Phillies system ranked among the deepest in baseball just a short time ago. But after the four-for-two deal for Cliff Lee, followed by the three-player package sent to Toronto for Roy Halladay, the Phillies’ youthful reserves have been hit with a gut punch. Critics of Ruben Amaro’s maneuvering argue that the Phillies didn’t receive enough from Seattle to adequately replenish a farm system that surrendered seven mid-to-high ranking players in a span of six months. The Phillies were reportedly offered Seattle outfielder Michael Saunders, ranked 30th by BA, but the Phillies wanted speedy outfielder Tyson Gillies instead. Gillies went unranked. Meanwhile, Taylor, who is in camp with Oakland, has been mentioned as a possible contender for American League Rookie of the Year. But if you ask Amaro, the second-year GM took the most flack, internally, for relinquishing blue-chip catcher d'Arnaud.
Despite the four players sent to Cleveland in June, the Phillies farm system ranked 4th by BA in early December, just days before the Phillies pulled the trigger on Halladay. The club ranked 22, 22, and 20 in the previous three seasons.