John Sickels' annual round-up of the Phillies farm system produced a handful of B-grade prospects, but no sure-fire winners, if there is such a thing. [Link]
Right-handed pitching, led by top-rated prospect Trevor May, dominated Sickels' newest installment, which was headed last season by Domonic Brown, who has since lost his prospect eligibility. Sickels' has championed May's cause on previous lists, rating him fifth in last-season's poll and third in 2009, once again citing his potential to overpower hitters. "I almost went with an A- here and my revise this," Sickels writes. May struck out 208 hitters (12.4 K/9) in 27 Florida State League starts, but his 67 walks remain a concern.
The trade of Jonathan Singleton, Jarred Cosart and Domingo Santana to Houston eliminated three of the higher-ceiling prospects from the Phillies' talent pool, clearing room for 2010 first-rounder Jesse Biddle to slide into the No. 2 spot. Other movers include reliever Phillippe Aumont, a favorite of Sickels, who climbed up to No. 7; Aumont ranked third on Sickels' 2009 chart, a show of foresight in the right-hander's ability.
Newcombers to the top 20 include Maikel Franco, Roman Quinn, Austin Wright, Perci Garner and Lisalberto Bonilla.
Sickels, however, is unconvinced by Beerleaguer talking point Freddy Galvis, rating the all-glove, no-bat shortstop 17th.