Tuesday, March 19, 2019

2019 Phillies Prospects Countdown: #1 RHP Spencer Howard

Spencer Howard, image- Jay Floyd
Righty pitcher Spencer Howard is this outlet’s choice as the Phillies’ top overall prospect. Howard was the team’s 2nd round draft selection in 2017 (45th overall) out of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and has proven to be an exceptional hurler in his time as a pro.

A dominant power pitcher, Howard is the Phillies prospect to watch heading into the 2019 campaign.

In college, in his draft year/sophomore season, Howard sported an 8-1 record with a 1.95 ERA and a 10 K/9 mark over 17 appearances (12 starts) for the Mustangs. As a red shirt freshman the previous year, he posted a 2.95 ERA in 21 appearances (two starts).

After signing his first professional contract, Howard debuted with Class A short-season Williamsport, where he notched a 1-1 record with a 4.45 ERA and a .214 batting average against while striking out 40 and walking 18 in 28 1/3 innings in nine starts. Following the regular season, he participated in the Florida Instructional League.

Howard felt great levels of comfort with his Lakewood teammates last year, describing his situation as being among “good-ass dudes playing some baseball”. While there, he experienced some highs and some lows, as he notched a 1.89 ERA in four April starts, then came back down to Earth to sport an 8.79 ERA in four May starts for the BlueClaws.

He turned a corner, however, in late June. Starting with a six-inning, no-run, 10 strike out performance against Hagerstown on June 29th, Howard would post a 1.52 ERA over his final 11 starts of the regular season. The success didn’t end there, as the 22-year-old had the best day of his life in the post-season, clinching his team’s trip to the South Atlantic League finals by tossing a nine-inning no-hitter against division rival Kannapolis.

Overall, in 23 regular season starts with Lakewood, Howard tallied a 9-8 record with a 3.78 ERA with an 11.8 K/9 mark and a .240 batting average against.

Consistency with his delivery is critical for Howard and he knows that's where he ran into trouble last season. As he moves forward, this will be a key focus.

Work ethic is a standout quality for the six-foot-three 205-pounder according to Phillies developmental personnel.

Coaches also feel Howard developed a solid feel for all four of his pitches last season. His repertoire includes a blazing fastball that creeped into triple-digits at times toward the end of last season. More commonly it resides around 97-98 MPH. He’s also equipped with an exceptional cutter that resembles a slider, a curveball that features good break and a superior change up that fools opposing batters frequently.

Look for Howard to open the season with Class A Advanced Clearwater. Once he proves to have mastered the Florida State League, the challenge of the upper levels will be right around the corner for the California native. The sky is the limit for this talented competitor.





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Monday, March 18, 2019

2019 Phillies Prospects Countdown: #2 RHP Adonis Medina

Adonis Medina, image- Jay Floyd
Widely ranked among the Phillies' top prospects by many outlets, righty hurler Adonis Medina has made a name for himself, as scouts rave about his skills, coaches boast about his potential and Phils' brass adores his ability.

Medina, who is equipped with a mid-90's fastball along with a curveball and a change up that are considered to have plus potential, has used that arsenal to impress at the lower levels of the minor leagues to date.

Signed in 2014 at age 17, Medina made his pro debut that year as part of the Phillies' Dominican Summer League team. In 11 games (two starts) he would post a 2-3 record with a save, a 1.27 ERA and a 7.5 K/9 mark along with a .220 batting average against.

In 2015, the six-foot-one 187-pounder competed with the rookie level Gulf Coast League Phils, sporting a 3-2 record with a 2.98 ERA, a .253 BAA and a 6.9 K/9 mark in 10 games (eight starts).

The following season, at the age of 19, he would pitch with the short-season Class A Williamsport Crosscutters and was the team's opening day starter. In 13 games, all starts, Medina tallied a 5-3 record with a 2.92 ERA along with a 4.7 K/9 mark.

In 2017 Medina would join the Class A Lakewood BlueClaws. In 22 starts he would put together a 4-9 record with a 3.01 ERA, a .227 BAA along with a 10.0 K/9 mark (3rd best in the league).

Last season, taking the step up to Class A Advanced Clearwater, Medina sported a 10-4 record with a 4.12 ERA, a .245 batting average against along with a 10.0 K/9 mark in 22 outings (21 starts). He was highly successful at home for the Threshers, notching a 2.86 ERA and .226 BAA in 12 appearances at Spectrum Field, while he tallied a 5.96 ERA and .271 BAA in 10 away games. 

Medina is praised for having a great feel for pitching and a power arm. His fastball, which consistently gets to 95 MPH and touches higher, arrives at the plate featuring sink, helping to result in ground balls from the opposition. Additionally, both secondary pitches are strong. The Dominican Republic native already has the control of an elder pitcher, tossing loads of strikes with consistency in the strike zone, and coaches cite that he embraces the learning process.

The Phillies added Medina to their 40-man roster over the off-season in order to protect him from the Rule 5 draft.   He appeared in three big league spring training games this year, allowing two earned runs while striking out five and walking one in 4 2/3 innings.

The 22-year-old's ceiling seems quite high, but Medina has plenty of development ahead to fulfill those expectations. 

Expect Medina to open the season as part of the starting rotation for Double-A Reading.

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Saturday, March 16, 2019

2019 Phillies Prospects Countdown: #3 3B Alec Bohm

Bohm, photo- MiLB.com
Selected with the 3rd overall selection in last year’s draft, third baseman Alec Bohm is one of the Phillies’ most promising young talents.

A collegiate second team All-American, Bohm batted .339 with 14 doubles, a triple, 16 home runs and 55 RBI while swiping nine bags in 57 games last year in his junior season for Wichita State. He notched 24 multi-hit games during his 2018 campaign.

Overall in three seasons with the Shockers, Bohm batted .317 with 33 homers, 125 RBI and a .941 OPS in 166 total games. He was one of the top ranked college hitters heading into last year’s draft.

After debuting as a pro, the righty hitting Bohm would tally a .343 batting average with a double, a triple and five RBI in 11 games in the Rookie level Gulf Coast League. Additionally, up a level with Class A short-season Williamsport, the six-foot-five 240-pounder would notch a .224 average with five doubles, a triple and 12 RBI in 29 games.

Bohm, who grew up as a Yankees fan, is said to have a top notch work ethic. He missed roughly a month of action last season after being hit in the left leg by a pitch, but following the regular season, Bohm participated in the Florida Instructional League and was among the first players to arrive for spring training in Clearwater.

At the plate, Bohm controls the strike zone, drawing walks and keeping strike outs to a minimum. The Nebraska native sports plus raw power and has outstanding bat speed.

Defensively, Bohm wasn’t impressive after debuting as a professional. He committed nine errors in 69 opportunities for an .870 fielding percentage. He’ll continue to see time at third base, but if the efforts don’t improve, a positional move could be in store for him.

Speed won't be a key factor of this big masher's game.

Look for the 22-year-old to open the 2019 campaign with one of the Phils’ full-season Class A clubs. Estimated time of arrival in the big leagues may be a couple years off.

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Friday, March 15, 2019

2019 Phillies Prospects Countdown: #4 OF Adam Haseley

Adam Haseley, image- Jay Floyd
Outfielder Adam Haseley, the Phillies' first round draft selection from 2017, is a promising young talent that the Phillies have very high hopes for.

Selected with the 8th overall pick, Haseley signed for a reported $5.1 million. A two-way player in college, Haseley was a very reliable pitcher and was an offensive standout at Virginia.

Upon making his pro debut, the lefty batting Haseley went 7-for-12 in three games with the Rookie level Gulf Coast League Phillies.

He was swiftly promoted to short-season Class A Williamsport. With the Crosscutters, Haseley posted a .270 batting average with nine doubles, two home runs and 18 RBI in 37 games.

Another promotion was in order and Haseley wrapped up the regular season with the full season Class A Lakewood BlueClaws. In 18 games, he would tally a .258 average with three doubles, a triple, a home run and six RBI.

Following the regular season, the six-foot-one 195-pounder participated in the Florida Instructional League, learning from Phillies coaches and organization mates that he had not gotten exposure with until that point. He also attended mini-camps that the Phils put on for strength and speed development in Clearwater over that off-season.

While there, Haseley met former Phils hurler Roy Halladay the week of his death. Halladay gave the talented youngster multiple books and offered lessons from his own playing days to to help with Haseley's mental approach toward being an athlete.

Last year, Haseley batted .300 with five homers and 38 RBI in 79 games for Class A Advanced Clearwater. In July, he was promoted to Double-A Reading. As a member of the Fightin Phils, the Florida native batted .316 with six home runs and 17 RBI in 36 games. He was exceptional against righty hurlers in the Eastern League, posting a .351/.427/.574 slash line when facing them. He'll want to improve his offensive production against lefties, where he sported a mediocre .238/.347/.262 slash line.

Haseley asserted to me last season that working closely with Phillies roving hitting coordinator Andy Tracy and Threshers hitting coach John Mizerock, in order to iron out some mechanical or approach issues, was beneficial to the offensive strides he took during his 2018 campaign

Coaches like Haseley's ability to hit to all fields. He features excellent bat speed and doesn't strike out a lot. Additionally, he can work the count and draw walks, as he has notched a .360 OBP in the minors.

Haseley, who turns 23 in April, has drawn comparisons to Jacoby Elsbury at times. Haseley also was a fan of Elsbury game while watching baseball throughout his youth.

On the bases, Haseley may be an above average runner, though he likely won't steal many bags, as he has swiped just 13 bases in 22 attempts as a pro to date.

Defensively, Haseley has played mostly center field, but he played all three outfield positions last year. He shows very good range and has a strong arm to keep runners from taking too many liberties. Haseley projects as an everyday centerfielder in the majors.

Loaded with potential, Haseley may find himself opening the 2019 back with Double-A Reading this year.

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

2019 Phillies Prospects Countdown: #5 RHP Enyel De Los Santos

De Los Santos, image- Jay Floyd
Acquired as part of the trade that sent Freddy Galvis to San Diego, Enyel De Los Santos is a talented hurler that instantly landed among the Phillies' top pitching prospects.

A native of the Dominican Republic, De Los Santos signed with Seattle at the age of 18. He would make his professional debut in 2015 in the Rookie level Arizona League. There, he posted a 3-0 record with a 2.55 ERA in five starts. The right-hander earned a promotion to Class A short-season Everett where he would notch a 3-0 record with a 4.06 ERA through eight starts.

During the following off-season, he was traded to the Padres in a deal for Joaquin Benoit.

In 2016, making his debut in the Padres organization, De Los Santos would open the season with Class A Ft. Wayne. In 11 appearances (seven starts) with the Tin Caps, he tallied a 3-2 record with a 2.91 ERA and a .199 batting average against.

De Los Santos was promoted to Class A Advanced Lake Elsinore in June. As a member of the Storm rotation he would sport a 5-3 record with a 4.35 ERA and a 6.8 K/9 mark through 15 starts.

In 2017, he moved up to Double-A San Antonio. There, he posted a 10-6 record with a 3.78 ERA, an 8.3 K/9 mark as well as a .237 BAA. De Los Santos improved greatly as the season went on, seeing his 4.92 ERA in the first half improve after tallying a 2.75 ERA following the All-Star break.  He finished among the Texas League leagers in strike outs, ERA, WHIP and innings pitched. 

Last year, making his Phillies organization debut, De Los Santos had an impressive campaign with Triple-A Lehigh Valley, getting named to the International League All-Star team. In 22 starts for the IronPigs, he collected a 10-5 record with a 2.63 ERA, a complete game shutout, a .226 BAA and a 7.8 K/9 mark. He also was named as the Phillies’ All-Star Futures Game representative.  His ERA was second in the International League behind only teammate Cole Irvin.

Additionally, De Los Santos made seven appearances (two starts) in the big leagues last year. With the Phillies, he had a 1-0 record with a 4.74 ERA while striking out 15 and walking eight in 19 innings.

Listed at six-foot-three 170 pounds, the 23-year-old features a fastball that regularly clocks around 94-95 MPH and features sink to help draw ground ball outs. Additionally, he offers a curve ball, a great change up along with a nice slider. He’s got very good command and can hurl each offering at any time. The slider was a new addition to his repertoire, but he improved with it last season.

De Los Santos typically keeps his pitch count low, which can help with staying fresh throughout a contest. Also, he is a focused, intelligent pitcher that possesses and maintains a game plan for each outing.

Described as durable and fun to work with, De Los Santos seems to have the right tools to stick in a starting role at the big league level. Look for him to rejoin the Phillies rotation this year, possibly as a key contributor for the foreseeable future.

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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

2019 Phillies Prospects Countdown: #6 OF Jhailyn Ortiz

Jhailyn Ortiz, image- Jay Floyd
The Phillies signed outfielder Jhailyn Ortiz, who was the top ranked international free agent, at the age of 16 in 2015 for a reported $4 million. Teams don't make that sort of investment or shell out the largest signing bonus for an international player in organization history without a boat load of high hopes. It seems the talented youngster is well on his way to living up to those expectations.

The powerful Dominican Republic native made his regular season pro debut as a member of the Rookie level Gulf Coast League Phillies in 2016. In 47 games there, Ortiz batted .231 with eight home runs, 27 RBI and eight stolen bases.

In 2017 Ortiz was with the short-season Class A Williamsport Crosscutters. He sported a .302 batting average with 15 doubles, a triple, eight homers and 30 RBI in 47 contests.  His .961 OPS would have been good enough to lead the league if he has notched enough plate appearances to qualify.

Last season with the Class A Lakewood BlueClaws, Ortiz, as a 19-year-old, sported a .225 batting average with 18 doubles, two triples, 13 homers and 47 RBI in 110 games.

In Ortiz’s first taste of a full-season league, a sluggish second half sandbagged his overall stats, as he notched a .258/.320/.399 slash line in the 1st half and a .202/.283/.360 slash line in the 2nd half.

Coaches think the righty batting Ortiz is a special talent with a very bright future. Lakewood’s hitting coach Tyler Henson told me after watching Ortiz play for more than five months in the South Atlantic League last year that, “For me, he's got more ability than anybody in this league.”

Working on plate discipline will be key for Ortiz, as he’ll need to reduce his strike outs. At roughly a 30% strike out rate in the minors, he has a lot of work ahead to improve in that aspect.  The Phillies expect Ortiz to develop a better understanding of how the opposition is trying to pitch to him and an improved ability to interpret the strike zone. Once he does, watch out!  Plus power is his claim to fame.  

The energetic Ortiz, who will be 20 years old for the entirety of the 2019 season, is a quality defender with a very strong arm. He has played strictly right field in the minors to date.

As a base runner, Ortiz will not be a regular stolen base threat, but he is quick-footed enough that he won't be a detriment to his club.

Listed at six-feet-three and 258 pounds, Ortiz is a hulking, strapping, young man that should continue to display plenty of power throughout the minors. Look for him to get some time with Class A Advanced Clearwater this coming season.

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Sunday, March 10, 2019

2019 Phillies Prospects Countdown: #7 LHP JoJo Romero

JoJo Romero, image- Jay Floyd
With a growing crop of very talented pitching prospects in the Phillies organization, left-hander JoJo Romero is certainly among the standouts.

The five-foot-11 200-pounder was the Phils’ 4th round draft selection in 2016. That year he helped Yavapai College, the same school that the Phillies drafted Kenny Giles from in 2011, clinch the JuCo World Series, leading the way with an 11-5 record, a 3.64 ERA and a 10.2 K/9 mark. He also tossed a complete game gem to earn the win in their title game.

After signing with the Phillies, Romero made his professional debut as a member of the short-season Class A Williamsport Crosscutters. There, he notched a 2-2 record with a 2.56 ERA while striking out 31 and walking 11 in 45 2/3 innings.

In 2017, he got off to a terrific start with the Class A Lakewood BlueClaws. In 13 starts, Romero tallied a 5-1 record with a 2.11 ERA and a 9.3 K/9 mark and was honored as a South Atlantic League mid-season All-Star.

Romero, who hails from the same hometown as former Phils hurler Justin De Fratus, Oxnard, CA, was promoted to Class A Advanced Clearwater in late June. In 10 starts for the Threshers, Romero posted a 5-2 record with a 2.24 ERA and an 8.4 K/9 mark.

Overall for his 2017 campaign, Romero led all Phillies full-season minor leaguers in ERA with a 2.16 mark (minimum 100 innings).

Last year, Romero posted a 7-6 record with a 3.80 ERA, a .241 BAA and an 8.4 K/9 mark through 18 Double-A starts for Reading. He really bounced back following a troublesome start for the Fightins Phils. After an April that saw him Romero go 0-3 with a 7.20 ERA and a .305 BAA, the talented youngster posted a 7-3 record with a 3.01 ERA and a .225 BAA the rest of the way until an oblique injury ended his season in July.

With an electric arm, the 22-year-old features a good mix of offerings including a fastball that sits in the 94-95 MPH range and features sink, a curve ball, a slider and a very good change-up.

Romero tends to draw a lot of ground ball outs. Also, he seems to steadily have a good plan and is confident on the mound, throwing each of his pitches in any count. Opponents have mustered just a .235 batting average against while facing Romero thus far in his pro career.

A ball of energy in the locker room, Romero is a guy that teammates enjoy being around and can help the club by being a motivator of those around him, even when he’s not in the game.

The Phillies plan to have Romero stick as a starter, with a potential ceiling possibly as a mid-rotation guy. Look for him to open the 2019 campaign in Triple-A with Lehigh Valley.

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Friday, March 8, 2019

2019 Phillies Prospects Countdown: #8 LHP Ranger Suarez

Ranger Suarez, image- Jay Floyd
Lefty hurler Ranger Suarez has stood out in recent seasons as a dependable prospect that could have a solid future with the Phillies.

Suarez, who is listed by the Phillies six-foot-one and 210 pounds, was signed at the age of 16 in 2012.

The exciting youngster would make his professional debut as a closer with the Venezuelan Summer League team in 2012. He tossed five scoreless innings and earned two saves in three outings there.

In the following two seasons in the VSL, Suarez posted very solid numbers (5-4 record, 1.66 ERA) in 22 appearances. In 2014 he would transition into a starting role.

Suarez pitched stateside in 2015, competing in extended spring training that year and then sporting a 3-0 record with a tremendous 0.65 ERA in six appearances for the Rookie level Gulf Coast League Phillies. He was named the Phils' minor league pitcher of the month in July that year, when he posted a 2-0 record and a 0.79 ERA. 

In 2016 with short-season Class A Williamsport, Suarez tallied a 6-4 record with a 2.81 ERA, a 6.5 K/9 mark and a .223 batting average against en route to being named as a New York-Penn League All-Star.  He tossed a seven-inning (game one of a double header) no-hitter in which he issued a walk to the game's first batter, induced a double play then retired the final 19 opponents on July 26th that year.

The following season, he opened the season as part of the Class A Lakewood rotation. In 14 starts with the BlueClaws, Suarez would notch a 6-2 record with a 1.59 ERA and a 9.5 K/9 mark and was honored as a mid-season Sally League All-Star.  He notched double-digit strike out efforts three times with the 'Claws. 

He made the move to Class A Advanced Clearwater, earning a promotion on July 4th. With the Threshers, Suarez sported a 2-4 record with a 3.82 ERA and averaged more than a strike out per inning pitched over eight starts.

Last season, Suarez opened the season with Double-A Reading. With the Fightin Phils in 12 starts he collected a 4-3 record with a 2.76 ERA and a .235 batting average against.

By late June Suarez was promoted to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Overall in nine regular season starts with the IronPigs, he tallied a 2-0 record with a 2.74 ERA and a 5.7 K/9 mark.

With needs to fill spots on the pitching staff, at times, at the big league level, Suarez made four separate appearances (three starts) for the Phillies in 2018. In 15 innings of work there, he posted a 1-1 record with a 5.40 ERA, 11 strike outs and six walks issued while surrendering three homers.

The pitch repertoire for Suarez features a fastball (coaches describe him as having "sneaky velocity") that peaks at about 94 MPH and has sinking movement. He also throws a diving curve ball, a slider as well as one of the premiere change-ups in the Phillies system. He touts excellent command with the ability to pitch to both sides of the plate at will and is known as a strike thrower.

Suarez is a guy that doesn't just rely on tools to carry him, as he knows how to pitch intelligently. He is a cool and relaxed competitor that will control the pace on the diamond.

He'll likely return to Lehigh Valley to lead their starting rotation to open the 2019 season. Look for Suarez to be among the Phils' top options to fill any voids on their pitching staff as needs arise this year.

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Thursday, March 7, 2019

2019 Phillies Prospects Countdown: #9 OF Dylan Cozens

Dylan Cozens, image- Jay Floyd
Powerful outfield prospect Dylan Cozens hopes to shake the reputation of a free swinger and become a more complete hitter in order to fulfill his dream of reaching the major leagues.

At six feet six inches tall and weighing 245 pounds, Cozens has an imposing frame that was well-suited for the grid iron, as he was a two-sport star in his high school days. 

After he was chosen in the 2nd round of the 2012 draft, Cozens debuted in the minors with the rookie level Gulf Coast Phillies. In 50 games there, he notched 15 doubles, two triples, five homers and 24 RBI. Cozens also participated in the Florida Instructional League in 2012.

Following a productive spring in 2013, Cozens was retained in extended spring training and made his official season debut with the Class A short-season Williamsport Crosscutters when they began playing in June. Cozens was among the league leaders in many categories that year, placing second in doubles (19), extra base hits (30), and runs (50) while ranking third in slugging percentage (.469). Additionally, he batted .265 with two triples, nine home runs and 35 RBI in 68 games for the 'Cutters.

In 2014, with Class A Lakewood, Cozens had a solid campaign, posting a .248 average with 16 homers and 62 RBI.  He followed that up with a great effort in the Australian Baseball League in the off-season that followed. In 45 games with Melbourne, he tallied a .255 average with eight home runs, 23 RBI and 11 steals.

The 2015 season saw Cozens opening his campaign with the Class A Advanced Clearwater Threshers.  In 96 games in the Florida State League, he sported a 282/.335/.411 slash line.  Despite missing a month with a foot sprain, he earned a promotion to Double-A Reading late in the season and found the transition easy.  He batted .350 with three homers and nine RBI in 11 regular season games before continuing to contribute into the Fightin Phils' postseason.

Cozens would spend a portion of the following off-season dealing with an arm injury, but he joined the Indios in the Roberto Clemente League in Puerto Rico for a stretch.  In 26 regular season games there, he posted a .275 average with three home runs and nine RBI.

The ailment did not present any issues for his 2016 season, which saw Cozens return to Reading and earn the Eastern League's Most Valuable Player Award.  In 134 games for the Fightin Phils, the Arizona native posted a .276 batting average while leading the league in both home runs (40) and RBI (125).  He also was honored as the co-recipient of the Paul Owens Award, an annual nod for the top position player and pitcher in the Phillies developmental ranks.

Over that off-season, Cozens played in the Dominican Winter League, tallying a .165 average with four homers in 25 games. His perceived troubling efforts there led to a notable conflict with a teammate.

In 2017 Cozens would make his Triple-A debut for the Lehigh Valley IronPigs.  Through 135 games, the lefty batter posted a .210 batting average with 27 HR and 75 RBI.  While the average wasn't the most outstanding, he performed well enough overall to be honored as a mid-season All-Star.

Last year, Cozens spent the majority of the season back with Lehigh Valley, collecting a .246 average with 21 homers and 58 RBI in 88 games there.  He made his big league debut with the Phillies, playing in 26 games, batting .158 with a homer and two RBI.

A fluid swing, considerable hand speed and plus raw power for Cozens should allow him to stand out as a future big league talent, though his pitch selection still needs work. His 380 strike outs in 1128 plate appearance over the past two regular seasons make it evident that there is plenty of room for improvement there.  Cutting down on the strike out rate will be critical for his future.

On the bases, the 24-year-old isn't as slow as some might expect of a big-bodied masher type. He has proven to be a threat on the base paths, swiping 20 or more bases in a season three times in his minor league career.

Cozens, who has played a majority of his games in right field, has been praised for his adaptability and is a very capable fielder at all three spots. He covers a very good amount of ground on defense and has a rather strong arm in the outfield.

Cozens has performed well thus far in spring training this year.  He's batting .350 with two home runs and five RBI in nine Grapefruit League contests and is proving himself worthy of a roster spot at the top level. With options left, while others don't have any remaining, Cozens may begin the season in Triple-A.

With a crowded Phillies outfield, the ability to make room for Cozens may not be there, thus a trade could be his easiest path to time in the Majors.

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Tuesday, March 5, 2019

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2019 Phillies Prospects Countdown: #10 SS Luis Garcia

Luis Garcia, image- @BaseballBetsy
Youth and talent are two key things that stand out with Phillies shortstop prospect Luis Garcia.

After the team signed the Dominican Republic native for a reported $2.5 million (second highest international signing in Phils history) in July of 2017, Garcia participated in the Florida Instructional League as a 16-year-old.

He made his official professional debut last season. In the short-season Rookie level Gulf Coast League, the youngster was tops in batting average with a .369 mark and posted a .433 OBP with an impressive .921 OPS. He was also named to the GCL’s post-season All-Star roster.

The five-foot-11 170-pounder was rated by Baseball America as the best prospect in that league last year.

Defensively, Garcia is said to have an accurate, plus arm with quick feet. He fields his position smoothly. At the plate, the switch-hitter displays a mature approach with quick hands that could translate into more power as he ages.

Garcia’s left/right splits are noteworthy, as he posted strong numbers from both sides of the plate in 2018. Facing lefties, he sported a .293/.408/.439 slash line. Against righties, he collected a .372/.437/.494 slash line.

On the bases, Garcia is swift and could be a steady stolen base threat throughout the minors. He swiped 12 bags in 20 chances in the GCL, which isn’t an outstanding success rate, but as he moves up in the minors, he will have more tools at his disposal to improve on that ratio.

Many prospect reviewers think that Garcia could become a blue chipper for the Phillies and will be a prospect name for all fans to know very soon.

It’s not far-fetched to think the Phillies could challenge the 18-year-old with his assignment this year by placing him at full-season Class A Lakewood when the regular season opens in April. They have done it with similarly aged and similarly talented prospects in the past. 

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Sunday, March 3, 2019

2019 Phillies Prospects Countdown: #11 OF Mickey Moniak

Moniak with Lakewood in 2017, image- Jay Floyd
Taken with the first overall selection in the 2016 MLB amateur draft, outfielder Mickey Moniak has garnered loads of attention with many eyes watching closely, in hopes he can live up to the high expectations that come along with being such a high pick.

After signing out of La Costa Canyon High School, where he was ranked as the top high school player in the nation by Baseball America, the left-handed hitting Moniak had a very good professional debut. 

In 46 games with the Phillies' Rookie level Gulf Coast League team, Moniak sported a .284 batting average with 11 doubles, four triples, a home run and 28 RBI. He also showed some speed, swiping 10 bases in 14 opportunities.

Following the regular season, Moniak participated in the Florida Instructional League and spent time at the Phillies' training facility in Clearwater, where he worked to add strength and muscle to his six-foot-two 188-pound frame.

In 2017, as a member of the Class A Lakewood BlueClaws, Moniak notched a .236 batting average with five home runs, 44 RBI and 11 stolen bases.

Coaches were pleased with the his output for the 'Claws despite disappointment from fans that come with high expectations. Progress throughout the season was there in the eyes of the Phillies, even though Moniak's stats (.721 first half OPS vs. .525 second half OPS) didn't prove the point.

His hitting coach with Lakewood, Nelson Prada, suggested that perhaps Moniak was chasing pitches out of the zone at times, due to statistical struggles impacting his approach.

Last year the 20-year-old took the step up to Class A Advanced Clearwater where he showed much better plate discipline and posted a .270 average with 28 doubles, three triples, five home runs and 55 RBI in 114 games over the long haul.  Moniak struggled early in the season, batting .213 in 22 April games, but he bounced back the rest of the way, batting .285 through the remainder of the campaign.  

At the plate, Moniak, who was committed to playing at UCLA prior to the 2016 draft, makes strong contact. The California native is touted as a line drive hitter that can stroke the ball to all fields.

Described as a natural on the baseball field, Moniak has the make up to be a strong performer that leads by example and showed enough over the last two seasons, competing against older pitchers with college experience, that coaches are confident he's going to develop into a considerable offensive contributor.

With baseball in his lineage, Mickey's grandfather Bill Moniak played six seasons in the Boston organization and was also an outfielder.  

Moniak is a great asset on defense in center field as well, displaying solid range and a strong arm.

He won't be the most swift player on a team, but he will be speedy enough to help out with some quickness on the base paths.

It's possible Moniak, who will turn 21 in May, will open the coming season back in Clearwater, but if he displays similar success in the Florida State League as he did last year, the challenge of Double-A ball may not be far off.

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Friday, March 1, 2019

2019 Phillies Prospects Countdown: #12 RHP Francisco Morales

Francisco Morales, image- MiLB.com
Right-handed pitcher Francisco Morales has, at a very young age, become one of the most promising hurlers in the Phillies organization.

Signed by the Phils in 2016 at age 16, for a reported $900,000, the Venezuela native participated that year in the Florida Instructional League.

He would make his regular season debut the following year with the Rookie level Gulf Coast League Phillies, posting a 3-2 record with a 3.05 ERA, a .225 batting average against and a 9.6 K/9 mark in 10 games (nine starts).

Last year, the six-foot-four 185-pounder stepped up to the Class A short-season New York-Penn League.  There, in 13 starts for Williamsport, Morales notched a 4-5 record with a 5.27 ERA, a .244 batting average against as well as a 10.9 K/9 mark.

Morales wrapped up his regular season in 2018 with five solid outings, sporting a 2.91 ERA over that stretch.  He also recorded a career-high 11 strike outs in a six-inning effort that earned him a win on August 21, at home against State College.  

The 19-year-old features a repertoire that includes a fastball that resides around 95-96 MPH, a terrific slider that dives down and away from righty batters and an improving change up.  Morales gets a lot of swings-and-misses out of the opposition.

Walks have been concerning in his career to date for Morales, as he averages about 5.9 of those per nine innings.  That control issue is said to be due to an inconsistent delivery, but that isn't worrisome with a young hurler such as Morales, as he has plenty of time to iron things out.  The youngster won't turn 20 years old until after the 2019 season.

His future as a starter may depend on how the change up plays for him at full-season levels.  If the offering doesn't get to where the Phillies' developmental staff likes it, he would be best suited as a reliever, with a strong two-pitch menu.

I would expect Morales to open 2019 in the rotation for the Class A Lakewood BlueClaws.  

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Thursday, February 28, 2019

2019 Phillies Prospects Countdown: #13 SS Arquimedes Gamboa

Gamboa with Lakewood in 2017, image- Jay Floyd
This year, shortstop Arquimedes Gamboa makes his first appearance on this countdown.  While the Venezuela native's statistics don't necessarily back up claims that he's among the Phillies' top prospects, his skill set is prevalent and he has steadily impressed many with his talent.

Signed as an international free agent in 2014 at age 16, he participated that same year in the Florida Instructional League.

The following year, he made his professional regular season debut with the short-season Rookie level Gulf Coast League Phillies.  In 50 games there, the switch-hitter notched a .189 batting average with seven doubles, three triples, 16 RBI and eight stolen bases,

Another short-season campaign was in store for Gamboa in 2016 as he batted .200 with Class A Williamsport.  In 35 games there, he tallied six doubles, two home runs and five steals.

Gamboa took the step up to full-season A level Lakewood for the 2017 season. 

He missed time that season with a hamstring issue, but the average would climb quite a bit and eyes would begin to truly open regarding the six-foot 185-pounder.  In 79 games, Gamboa posted a .261 average with 12 doubles, three triples, six home runs, 29 RBI and eight stolen bases.

Last year, Gamboa moved up to Class A Advanced Clearwater, where he enjoyed a good first half and saw his production take a dip in the second half of the season.  In 59 first half contests, he sported a .261 average with 11 doubles, three triples, a homer and 20 RBI.  In 55 second half games, Gamboa batted .163 with three doubles, a triples, a homer and 17 RBI.

In the autumn months, Gamboa played with the Scorpions in the Arizona Fall League.  In 20 games there he batted .186 with two doubles, three RBI and two stolen bases.

Defense is where Gamboa will often shine the most.  He has great range and a plus arm that help him look impressive in the field.

Bat speed is a quality that stands out for Gamboa.  His ceiling may be as an average offensive contributor, but with his great ability to man a premium position, he could become an attractive addition to dozens of big league clubs.  In fact, I once overheard a scout from a particular American League powerhouse organization raving about Gamboa.

Quickness on the bases is a strength for the youngster who should be able to swipe more bags at the higher levels of the sport. 

The Phillies clearly see a bright future for the 21-year-old, as they added him to their 40-man roster in order to protect him from December's Rule 5 draft.  Gamboa should have time at the Double-A level in his future this year.

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Wednesday, February 27, 2019

2019 Phillies Prospects Countdown: #14 LHP David Parkinson

David Parkinson, image- Jay Floyd
Lefty hurler David Parkinson used a bust-out season in 2018 to propel himself into discussions about the most promising Phillies prospects.

A 12th round draft selection in 2017, Parkinson tallied an 11-6 record with a 3.10 ERA and a 7.8 K/9 mark in two college seasons at Ole Miss after transferring from JuCo.  The Phillies signed him over slot money at a reported $250,000.

He made his professional debut with short-season Class A Williamsport in 2017, notching a 1-3 record with a 2.48 ERA along with a .242 batting average against in 11 appearances (three starts).

Parkinson would open the 2018 season with Class A Lakewood where he led the starting staff, sporting an 8-1 record with a 1.51 ERA, a .210 batting average against and a 10.9 K/9 mark.

Promoted to Class A Advanced Clearwater in August, Parkinson continued to display mastery on the mound.  In five appearances (four starts) with the Threshers, the Virginia native posted a 3-0 record, a 1.24 ERA as well as a .175 batting average against.

His overall 1.45 ERA for the season was the best in minor league baseball.

With the remarkable season under his belt, Parkinson was honored as the top hurler in the Phillies' developmental ranks, getting the organization's Paul Owens Award last year.

The six-foot-three 214-pounder is equipped with a pitch repertoire that features a fastball that resides in the low 90's, a very good change up, a curve ball and a slider.  With some offerings that are rated about average, his efforts play up with a deceptive delivery.  He also touts great command.

There is no fear in Parkinson.  He's an intelligent pitcher that goes right after the opposition and is confident while doing so. Parkinson always has a plan heading into any outing, maybe more so than any other pitcher.  He has an amazing feel for pitch sequences, tends to think a pitch or two ahead and can outsmart batters with ease, getting plenty of swings-and-misses.

I would expect the 23-year-old to open the 2019 campaign back with Clearwater, but if he's able to dominate A ball the way he did last year, time with Double-A Reading won't be far off.  How he performs at the upper levels of the minors should help to forecast what his future in the big leagues will hold. 

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Monday, February 25, 2019

2019 Phillies Prospects Countdown: #15 1B Darick Hall

Darick Hall, image- Jay Floyd
Building on a breakout initial full season that saw him honored as the Class A South Atlantic League's Most Valuable Player, first baseman Darick Hall continued to prove himself worthy of regard as one of the Phillies' most promising young power hitters.

A 14th round draft selection in 2016, the Dallas Baptist product made his professional debut with the short-season Class A Williamsport Crosscutters that same year. In 57 games there, Hall tallied a .282 batting average with nine home runs and 29 RBI.  His .890 OPS led the New York-Penn League.

Hall, a left-handed hitter, moved up to full-season Class A in 2017 and with Lakewood, sporting a .272 average with 28 doubles, a triple, 27 home runs (team record) and 96 RBI (another team record) in 114 games.

He would close out his 2017 campaign with a week in the Class A Advanced Florida State League playing for Clearwater. In seven games with the Threshers, the six-foot-four 242-pounder posted a .231 batting average with a pair of homers and five RBI.

The clean-up hitter's presence in the lineup for a Lakewood club that had several teenagers that were learning what minor league life was like, playing everyday, traveling up and down the east coast, was crucial. Hall, who played three seasons of college ball helped his teammates learn what the professional athlete life is all about. Hall is an individual that can lead by example and he did just that all year long.

In 2018, Hall continued his top offensive efforts, torching the FSL for two months. In 48 games, he batted .277 with 12 doubles, 11 home runs and 35 RBI.

Promoted to Double-A Reading on June 1st, Hall would see his batting average dip in the Eastern League, but the power numbers did not fall off. In 80 games for the Fightins, Hall tallied a .224 average with 10 doubles, a triple, 15 homers and 52 RBI.

This off-season, Hall competed in the prestigious Arizona Fall League. There with the Scorpions he batted .234 while launching four round-trippers and driving in 12 runs through 18 games.

Aside from his missle-like long balls, the 23-year-old's daily work and preparation are the things that impress his coaches the most. 

From a family where two of his uncles (Ladd Hall and Shane Hall) were drafted by big league teams, Hall feels structure is important to his game. Everything from diet and practice to making a game plan and following through have been critical to his success.

Hall preaches "confidence is key" and knows where he needs to improve. While notching triple digits in strike outs each of the past two years, the talented slugger worked throughout the winter on refining his approach at the plate. Hall shared with me over the off-season that he picked up a timing tip from Mets prospect Pete Alonso that he hopes will help him going forward.

On defense, Hall is solid.  He is an accurate thrower with a .991 career fielding percentage.

Expect Hall to open the coming season back with Reading, as he looks to have another big year while striving to reach the top level of the sport.

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Sunday, February 24, 2019

2019 Phillies Prospects Countdown: #16 2B Daniel Brito

Daniel Brito, image- Jay Floyd
Venezuelan second baseman Daniel Brito has steadily stood out as a talented performer throughout his pro career and is among the Phillies' most promising prospects.

Signed by the Phillies in 2014 at the age of 16 for a reported $650,000, Brito would participate in that year's fall instructional league.  He made his official debut the following year with the Dominican Summer League team. In 60 games there, the six-foot-one 170-pounder would tally a .269 average with 10 doubles, three triples and 19 RBI while swiping eight bases.

He debuted stateside in 2016 as part of the Rookie level Gulf Coast League Phillies. There he batted .284 with 10 doubles, five triples, two home runs and 25 RBI while stealing seven bases in 47 games.

In 2017, Brito was able to put his skills on display in the full season Class A South Atlantic League as a member of the Lakewood BlueClaws. As a 19-year-old, Brito sported a .239 average with 15 doubles, a triple, six homers, 32 RBI and 12 stolen bases over 112 contests. The full season seemed to wear on the youngster, as his hot start (.826 OPS in April) could not be matched the rest of the way (his best OPS month after April was .618 in August).

He opened the 2018 campaign back with Lakewood, something that coaches felt bothered the talented youngster, as he saw many of his teammates from the previous year move up a level. In 92 games for Lakewood, Brito tallied a .252 average with four homers, 31 RBI and 15 steals.

Brito was promoted to Class A Advanced Clearwater in August. In 27 games for the Threshers, he sported a .250 average with five doubles, two triples and seven RBI.

Organizational coaches were pleased with the progress Brito made throughout the season last year. Following a slow start (.171 avg in April), he hit at a .268 clip the rest of the way during the regular season. Lakewood's hitting coach Tyler Henson cited Brito’s progress with putting together quality at bats and not worrying about the results.

The left-handed hitter looks small and thin, but often puts the barrel to the ball and displays an ability to really drive the ball. If he adds some muscle, the power portion of his game could be quite exciting. Brito already shows an ability to make adjustments and hit the ball well to the opposite field.

With the ability to work the count, Brito can draw plenty of walks as well.  

Brito is a smooth defender. With solid range and very good hands, the 21-year-old has the tools to become very reliable for a long a time with an above average skill set. He has spent some time at shortstop during his professional career as well, so that versatility could help him obtain playing time at the upper levels.

On the bases, Brito’s got solid speed and good instincts that he could really use to contribute.

A class clown of sorts, Brito keeps the dugout and clubhouse loose. He’s a player that can pick a teammate up mentally, when needed.  He’ll also lead by example and is an individual that is easy to root for.

Former Phillies director of player development Joe Jordan offered the following endorsement of Brito in the first half of the 2017 season.

“Brito, you know, honestly, five years from now, he might be the best hitter of the bunch,” Jordan told me in relation to the Phillies’ outstanding crop of second basemen that included Scott Kingery as well as Cesar Hernandez.

Look for Brito to open this coming season back with Clearwater for a lengthier taste of the Florida State League. If what Jordan felt during his tenure in charge of the organization’s developmental ranks is on point, it may not be long before Brito is among the handful of names that fans regard as the top few in the Phils’ system with a bright future in the big leagues.

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Friday, February 22, 2019

2019 Phillies Prospects Countdown: #17 OF Austin Listi

Austin Listi, image- Jay Floyd
The Phillies' top offensive performer in the minors last year, Austin Listi truly made a name for himself with a bust out season.

A 17th round pick out of Dallas Baptist in 2017, Listi was a career .300 hitter with a .407 OBP in 236 career college games for the Patriots.

Generously listed at six-feet tall, 218 pounds, Listi made his professional debut with short-season Class A Williamsport in 2017, batting .293 with three homers and 17 RBI in 22 games before earning a promotion to Class A Lakewood.  There, with the BlueClaws, he sported a .242 average with four home runs and 11 RBI in 31 contests.

Last year he took a step up and opened his campaign at Class A Advanced Clearwater.  In 58 games with the Threshers, Listi notched a .344 batting average with nine home runs and 45 RBI.  Promoted to Double-A Reading in June, Listi would continue to succeed, batting .281 with nine home runs and 39 RBI in 65 games.

Listi's combined average (.312), on-base percentage (.412) and OPS (.915) were all tops in the organization for the season.

Defenisvely, he has played as many games at first base as he has in the outfield, but Listi will reportedly be used strictly in the outfield moving forward.  He hasn't been a player that stands out on defense, but he is also not a liability on that side of the game.

This off-season in the prestigious Arizona Fall League, Listi got time in both right field and left field.  In 22 games there, Listi posted a .250 average with two doubles, a triples and seven RBI.  The Texas native also represented the Phillies in the AFL's annual Fall-Stars Game. 

Speed is not a factor of Listi's game as he has just three steals in his two pro seasons. 

It's difficult to assert precisely what the future holds for Listi, but his swift rise in the system and the honor of receiving the Paul Owens Award from the Phillies last year made it impossible to ignore him on a list like this.

Listi will go as far as his bat will take him.  Fans should hope he's not another Andrew Pullin, who hit well at every level and tallied a .936 OPS at Double-A until he reached Triple-A and fizzled out (.633 OPS), ultimately retiring last season.  Listi and Pullin are approximately three months apart in age. 

In big league camp with the Phils as a non-roster invitee this spring, the 25-year-old will get the opportunity to impress the team's coaching staff.  It's possible Listi could open the season at the Triple-A level, though some time back in Double-A may be more likely.

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Wednesday, February 20, 2019

2019 Phillies Prospects Countdown: #18 OF Jose Pujols

Jose Pujols, image- Jay Floyd
Thanks to the return of his power stroke, outfield prospect Jose Pujols finds himself back among the Phillies most promising prospects this year. Fresh off a season that saw him honored as the Class A Advanced Florida State League’s Player of the Year, the 23-year-old looks like he could have a very promising future.

The Dominican native was signed by the Phillies in 2012 at the age of 16. That year he participated in the Florida Instructional League after the regular season.

Opening his official playing career as a member of the rookie level Gulf Coast League Phillies in 2013, Pujols sported a .188 batting average with six home runs and 18 RBI in 45 games.

The following year, Pujols split time between the GCL and short-season Class A Williamsport. In 57 combined games, the righty batter posted a .226/.273/.377 slash line.

In 2015, Pujols continued to show improvement with a .241 average, four homers and 30 RBI in 66 games for Williamsport.

He followed up that campaign by breaking out and setting the single-season home run record for the Class A Lakewood BlueClaws with 24, which has since been broken by Darick Hall. Additionally, Pujols would post a .241 average with 21 doubles, three triples and 82 RBI in 128 games.

In 2017, Pujols struggled in Class A Advanced. With Clearwater in 90 games he tallied an unimpressive .194/.247/.305 slash line while striking out at an alarming rate (roughly 43% of the time).

Things clicked in a repeat effort with the Threshers last year. In 95 games in the FSL, Pujols would post a .301 batting average with 18 home runs and 58 RBI. He was promoted to Double-A Reading in August and notched a .270 average with four homers and 18 RBI in 26 games there. His strike out numbers saw an improvement as well, with his K rate dipping to around 33% in 2018.

In an interview with me last year, Pujols cited an adjustment with where he holds his hands as something that has helped him improve at the plate, but stated the bigger impact came from between his ears. Having a plan, knowing what the pitcher is trying to accomplish and having a more solid approach are things made the most difference for the youngster.

Strictly a right fielder, Pujols gets solid reads and can track down fly balls at a better than average rate, displaying the range of a typical center fielder. He has a strong arm and is an asset to his team on defense.

With just 17 steals in his pro career to date, speed on the bases is not necessarily a weapon for Pujols.

Coaches view him as a leader, something Pujols is conscious of, as he does his best to be an exemplary teammate and lead by example.

With a lean six-foot-three 185-pound frame, Pujols still has room to add some muscle. If he does, watch out, because he has already shown he can be a formidable power threat.

Pujols should open the 2019 season back with Reading.  How he fares in a longer stretch at Double-A could help determine his true ceiling in the sport.  For now, he appears to be a promising offensive threat worth keeping an eye on.

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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

2019 Phillies Prospects Countdown: #19 LHP Cole Irvin

Cole Irvin, image- Jay Floyd
A swift ascent in the organization has helped left-handed starting pitcher Cole Irvin show that he is one of the Phillies’ top pitching prospects.

A 5th round pick in the 2016 draft, Irvin had undergone Tommy John surgery, missing the 2014 college season, and recovered enough to earn first team all-conference honors as a red shirt junior, posting a 6-4 record with a 3.17 ERA and a 7.9 K/9 mark in 17 contests for Oregon.

Irvin was the first of the Phils’ 2016 draft selections to reach the Double-A level and has enjoyed notable success at every level of his career to date.

The 25-year-old made his professional debut shortly after signing with the Phillies as a member of the Class A short-season Williamsport roster. In 10 outings there (seven starts) he sported a 5-1 record with a 1.97 ERA while striking out 37 and walking just eight in 45 2/3 innings of work.

In 2017, Irvin opened the season with Class A Advanced Clearwater. In 12 games (11 starts) he posted a 4-6 record with a 2.55 ERA while striking out 52 and walking 14 in 67 innings. He earned a promotion to Double-A Reading in June. In 13 starts he would notch a 5-3 record with a 4.06 ERA with 66 strike outs and 24 walks in 84 1/3 innings. Once promoted to the Eastern League that year, Irvin held opposing lefties to a .148 batting average.

Last year, the six-foot-four 220-pounder took the step up to Triple-A Lehigh Valley, where he had an outstanding campaign, earning the honor of being his division’s All-Star starting pitcher. In 26 outings (25 starts), Irvin sported a 14-4 record with a 2.57 ERA, a .227 batting average against as well as a 7.3 K/9 mark.

The repertoire for Irvin includes four-seam and two-seam fastballs, a strong change up that he can throw in any count, a slider and a curve ball. The fastball has movement with velocity that can range 93-95 MPH. Overall, the pitch offerings may not stand out, but Irvin is smart and knows how to use what he has.

Former Phillies pitcher Dan Plesac talked about Irvin on Twitter this week, calling him a "pitcher, not a thrower", citing that he has a good feel for pitching as a strike thrower.

Irvin works quickly on the mound and has excellent command. He likes to take charge and dictate the pace of a game. While possessing a great understanding of the game and displaying mature instincts, he studies the opposition and will have a solid plan each time out and has an ability to adjust on the fly.

A native of the Anaheim, CA area, Irvin grew up as a big fan of Jim Edmonds of the Angels. He would also watch former Phillies lefty Cole Hamels and sees a reflection of Hamels’ mechanics and demeanor in his own approach. Irvin stays reserved with comparisons to the other Cole, but hopes to take the same path to the diamond at Citizens Bank Park.

The talented prospect will be in big league spring training for a second straight year, getting a chance to impress the Phils' coaching staff.  His ceiling could be as a mid-rotation guy with an estimated time of arrival in the big leagues being as soon as the Phillies have a vacancy this coming season.

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