Given the Phils' (alleged) payroll limitations as the deadline approaches, there figures to be a high likelihood that Ruben Amaro Jr. would considering trading away better prospects in order to save a few dollars.
In the last few years, the Phillies have traded away a boatload of prospects - Kyle Drabek, Travis d'Arnaud and Carlos Carrasco, to name a few. Who could be headed out this year? Let's take a look at the Phillies' top 10 prospects, at least as far as Baseball America is concerned. (Note: The list is from December)
1. Domonic Brown, OF - In 46 major league games in 2011, Brown is batting .236/.320/.382 with five homers and 16 RBIs. His defense and, at times, his baserunning have left plenty to be desired. He also has batted .350/.431/.600 with four homers and 14 RBIs in 60 minor league at-bats this season.
2. Jonathan Singleton, 1B/OF - In 82 games for Class A Clearwater, Singleton is raking at a .282/.387/.400 clip with seven homers and 41 RBIs. His name has come up in rumors for Padres reliever Mike Adams, among others.
3. Brody Colvin, RHP - In 14 games (13 starts) for Clearwater, Colvin is 2-4 with a 4.03 ERA. He is walking a batter roughly every three innings and his K/9 is down from 7.8 in 2010 to 6.2 this year.
4. Jarred Cosart, RHP - In 18 games (17 starts) for Clearwater, Cosart is 7-8 with a 4.12 ERA. His K/9 is down even more significantly than Colvin (9.7 last year to 6.8 this year), while he has had major control issues - 38 walks, 7 hit batters and 12 wild pitches in 96 innings. His last start was downright ugly.
5. Trevor May, RHP - In 18 starts for the Threshers, May has a record of 6-5 with a 3.39 ERA. He has struck out 133 batters in 101 innings and has yielded just 78 hits en route to a 1.28 WHIP.
6. Sebastian Valle, C - In 59 games, Valle leads all Threshers regulars in batting average (.319), though he has walked just six times in 232 at-bats. Valle has three homers and 28 RBIs.
7. Jiwan James, OF - James has a .274/.337/.379 line in 86 games for Clearwater, with 3 HRs, 17 RBIs and 18 SBs.
8. Jesse Biddle, LHP - In 18 games (17 starts) for Class A Lakewood, Biddle is 5-6 with a 3.10 ERA. He is striking out roughly a batter an inning (94 in 95 2/3), though he is still walking too many hitters (51).
9. Domingo Santana, OF - Also playing for Lakewood, Santana is at .262/.339/.436 with seven homers and 27 RBIs in 75 games.
10. Aaron Altherr, OF - Split between two levels of Class A, Altherr has shown little ability to hit for average (.243) or power (3 HR in 279 AB) but he does have 23 steals in 24 attempts.