We posted this on BlueClaws.com but not here – the annual Baseball America Phillies Top Ten Prospect Rankings, which is always a fun day because we get to talk some baseball here in the middle of the off-season.
Here are their rankings, which are led by 2011 BlueClaw LHP Jesse Biddle and (likely) 2013 BlueClaw SS Roman Quinn. Among former BlueClaws, by the way, Jonathan Pettibone (2010 RHP) is 4, Maikel Franco (2012 3B) is 8 and Darin Ruf (2010 1B) is 9.
Their top ten from last year looked like this. Trevor May (#1) was traded. Sebastian Valle (#3) fell out of the top ten (they don’t release more than 10 outside of their actual handbook where they go 1-30, but I’d guess Valle is in the 11-13 range), Phillippe Aumont (#5) fell out of the top ten (see Valle), as did Jiwan James (#9) and Brody Colvin (#8). Freddy Galvis (#6), and Justin De Fratus (#7) no longer qualify.
The Phillies top prospects per this list over the last several seasons (year is season entering) were Carlos Carrasco (2007-2008), Domonic Brown (2009-2011), Trevor May (2012), and now Biddle.
Below the fold, we have write-ups on all of the players and we will again try to get in touch with Matt Forman of Baseball America, who made the list, for his comments, as we’ve done in years past.
Among former BlueClaws, Biddle, a first round pick in 2010 from Germantown Friends School in Philadelphia, went 7-8 with a 2.98 ERA with the BlueClaws in 2011, earning post-season SAL All-Star honors. This year, he was 10-6 with a 3.22 ERA with Clearwater, leading the Florida State League with 151 strikeouts.
2010 BlueClaw Jonathan Pettibone, a 3rd round pick in 2008, ranked fourth on the list. With Lakewood that year, Pettibone helped the BlueClaws win their second straight SAL title by going 8-6 with a 3.49 ERA. This year, he went 9-7, 3.30 with Reading and after a promotion to Lehigh Valley, went 4-1, 2.55 in seven starts.
Maikel Franco, who spent 2012 with the BlueClaws, ranked 8th on the list. Franco led the BlueClaws with 14 home runs and 84 RBIs this year and hit .280 (including .346 in the second half).
Finally, Darin Ruf, a 2010 BlueClaw, ranked 9th on the list. Ruf hit .330 in 115 at bats with Lakewood that year before a promotion to Clearwater. This year, he hit a Minor League leading 38 home runs with Reading before a promotion to the Phillies, where he hit three home runs. He became the 48th player to go “From The Shore to the Show.”
Among the future BlueClaws, shortstop Roman Quinn ranked second on the list. Quinn was a 2nd round pick in 2010 who in 2012, hit .281 with a NY-Penn League leading 30 stolen bases for Williamsport.
Carlos Tocci, a 17 year old outfielder, ranked 9th on the list. Tocci hit .278 with the GCL Phillies last year. Should he play for the BlueClaws in 2013, he would be the second youngest player in BlueClaws history.
Elsewhere on the list: catcher Tommy Joseph (acquired from San Francisco in the Hunter Pence trade) ranked 3rd, pitcher Adam Morgan (3rd round pick in 2011) ranked 5th, pitcher Ethan Martin (acquired from the Dodgers in the Shane Victorino trade) ranked 6th, and third baseman Cody Asche (4th round pick in 2011) ranked 7th.
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