Baseball America has released their top ten Phillies prospect list, and John Manuel has done a bang-up job. Pretty much saw it as we did (here). Click here for an overview with information on bonuses, top prospects of the decade, and a projected 2013 lineup. The list below…
Rank, position, name, club(s) in 2009, with LAK)
- 01. OF Domonic Brown (CLE, REA, w/ LAK 2008)
- 02. RHP Kyle Drabek (CLE, REA, w/ LAK 2007)
- 03. OF Michael Taylor (REA, LHV, w/ LAK 2008)
- 04. C Travis d’Arnaud (LAK, 2009)
- 05. RHP Trevor May (LAK, 2009)
- 06. OF Anthony Gose (LAK, 2009)
- 07. C Sebastian Valle (WPT, LAK, 2009)
- 08. RHP Jarred Cosart (GCL)
- 09. LHP Antonio Bastardo (REA, LHV, PHI, w/ LAK 2007)
- 10. OF Domingo Santana (GCL)
- Four of the top seven were members of the 2009 SAL Champion BlueClaws, and that doesn’t include All-Star 2B Harold Garcia, RHP Justin De Fratus, RHP BJ Rosenberg. No wonder the BlueClaws had a good year.
- Cosart and Santana, especially Cosart, could be with Lakewood in 2010. Cosart was teh 4th ranked prospect in the GCL this year. Santana is just 17.
- Interesting that they project Valle as the Phillies 2013 third baseman.
- No real surprises here. I imagine Brody Colvin is in the top 12 or 13.
More notes on each of the top ten below the fold.
Brown, 22, hit a combined .294 between Clearwater and Reading this year with 14 home runs and 64 RBIs. He spent 2008 with the BlueClaws and after being ranked sixth on this list entering that season, he is ranked first for the second straight year.
Drabek, 21, went 13-3 between Clearwater and Reading while striking out 150 in 158 innings. A former first-round pick, Drabek spent 2007 with the BlueClaws and the 2009 season was his first after Tommy John surgery. He was ranked 5th last year.
Taylor, 23, hit .333 with 15 home run with Reading before a July promotion to Lehigh Valley, where he hit .282 and added five more homers. The 2007 fifth round pick (Stanford) hit .361 with the BlueClaws in the first half of 2008 before a promotion. He was ranked sixth last year.
d’Arnaud, 20, is the first of four members of the 2009 SAL Champion BlueClaws on the list. He moves up from seventh last year after hitting 13 home runs and driving in 71 runs. d’Arnaud also led the South Atlantic League in doubles with 38.
Gose, 19, led all of Minor League Baseball with 76 stolen bases in 2009, and shattered Chris Roberson’s six year-old BlueClaws team record of 59. He was ranked 15th on this list last year.
May, 19, moves up from 28th last year after pitching to a 4-1 record and 2.56 ERA with the BlueClaws in 2009. May ended the year by throwing 21 straight shutout innings and gave up three runs in his last 36. May threw 11 shutout innings in two playoff starts for Lakewood.
Valle, 19, spent the first half with Lakewood before hitting .314 with Williamsport in the second half. He returned to the BlueClaws for the post-season and hit a three-run home run in game two of the Division Series against Kannapolis. He was ranked outside the top 30 last year.
Cosart, 19, was drafted in 2008 and made his debut this year with the GCL Phillies, going 2-2 with a 2.75 ERA and being ranked among the top five GCL prospects. He could be with the BlueClaws in 2010.
Bastardo, 24, went 9-0 with the BlueClaws in 2007. This year, he pitched primarily for Reading and was on the Phillies active roster for all three post-season series.
Finally, Santana, who turned 17 in August, hit .288 with six home runs and 28 RBIs for the GCL Phillies.