Jesse Biddle rated as the Phillies' top talent and 83rd best minor league prospect overall by MLB.com. Several names who made the list of the 20 best team prospects come as a surprise.
Beerleaguer: Nobody more than right-hander Brody Colvin, who rated as the third-best prospect in the chain despite a 6-10 mark and 5.87 ERA across Clearwater and Reading, including an abysmal 11.02 ERA and 16/23 K/BB ratio in 32 2-3 innings to finish the season in Reading. The same goes for right-hander Trevor May, who rated as the best prospect in the system prior to this season but struggled with his control in a full year at Double-A. Still, his stuff was enough to impress MLB.com's Jonathan Mayo, who slotted him second behind Biddle. Larry Greene, the first Phillies' overall pick in the 2011 draft, newly acquired right-hander Ethan Martin and 2012 draft pick Shane Watson represented other notable inclusions in the top 10.
Meanwhile, Todd Zolecki wrote an interesting companion summary of the minor league season, with insights from assistant general manager of player personnel Benny Looper and director of player development Joe Jordan. Each remained upbeat about May and Colvin. One name that jumped off the page, as Jordon touted the emergence of Darin Ruf and Cody Asche, was catcher Cameron Rupp, who hit .267/.345/.424 with 10 homers in 390 plate appearances for Clearwaters, numbers at least comparable, perhaps better, than the best catchers in the Phillies' system. Perhaps it's time to include Rupp, a former third-round pick, in the catcher discussion alonside Tommy Joseph and Sebastian Valle.