Baseball America recently released their Top 10 prospects in the Philadelphia Phillies organization. The top 3 should come as no surprise (Brown, Drabek, and Taylor), as their names have been popping up on here and across other Phillies blogs all summer long. Lets take a look at the crop of youngsters expected to keep the recent winning ways of the Phils going...
1. Domonic Brown, OF- he's still developing power to go with his lanky frame (6'5" 204 lb.), but he has 20+ hr/30+ sb potential. Along with Taylor and Gose (down further on the list), Brown helps form a formidable trio to take the place of the all-star cast outfield currently in Philly.
2. Kyle Drabek, RHP- after some disappointing seasons due to immaturity and injury, he finally put it all together this year with a 12-3 record and 3.19 ERA campaign. There's a reason Rube wouldn't part with Drabek in the proposed Halladay deal, he's got top of the rotation stuff with tremendous upside.
3. Michael Taylor, OF- Towering like a linebacker at 6'6" 250 lb., I can't help but salivate over Michael Taylor. His .312 batting average and .898 OPS over 3 minor seasons is promising too.
4. Travis D'Arnaud, C- I'm not as sold on this guy as others are, as he allowed 132 sb in 99 games and only batted .255/.738 in Lakewood (Single A). He is only 20 though, so there's time for improvement.
5. Trevor May, RHP- 2010 will be his real test as he faces better competition and an entire season's workload, but so good so far with 5-2 record, 2.72 ERA, and 106 k in 89.1 ip over 20 games in 2 seasons.
6. Anthony Gose, OF- at the tender age of 18 he swiped 76 bags in Lakewood. If he learns how to get his average up to the .275 area with an on base % of .340+, we're looking at the next Juan Pierre...but with a better arm.
7. Sebastian Valle, C- another young catcher (18) that's still learning the craft in the low minors. Some believe a position switch will be in order for him down the road (3B/1B?).
8. Jarred Cosart, RHP- first I heard of this kid, but his #'s are impressive: 2.22 ERA, 0.78 WHIP in his pro debut with the Gulf Coast Phillies.
9. Antonio Bastardo, LHP- got a taste of the big leagues and even the playoffs this past season. Look for Old Dirty Bastardo to push for a roster spot on the 25-man heading north next spring.
10. Domingo Santana, OF- a 16 year old who hit .288/.388/.508 in 37 games with the Gulf Coast Phillies...sign me up!!!