Wednesday, January 13, 2021

2021 Phillies Prospect Countdown Prelude

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Each winter I compile prospect rankings and count down the Phillies organization’s top 25 minor league players. In the coming weeks, I’ll be posting reviews for each of the top developmental talents that appear to have the brightest futures for the Phils organization.

Taken into consideration when compiling the list is age, minor league performance relative to levels played to date, value to the organization as well as each player's future potential along with proximity to the big leagues.

These rankings won't contain players over the age of 25 or individuals that have already spent lengthy stretches in the big leagues.

For example, an individual such as JoJo Romero, who was included on last year's edition of this list, will not be featured in this year's rankings, as he appeared in a dozen big league contests last year.  

Players that garnered consideration for this list but missed out on placing among the top 25 names include some promising talents with high ceilings as well as some names fans may have already begun hearing about.

Baron Radcliff, a 21-year-old outfielder, was the Phillies' 5th round draft selection last year.  posted a .259 batting average with three home runs and 17 RBI.  His father Vic was a 4th round draft pick of the Royals back in 1995 and he played five seasons in the minor leagues.  Radcliff could be a stereotypical big power guy that slugs and strikes out a lot.

Yhoswar Garcia is another outfielder that has much promise.  The 19-year-old Venezuelan is said to have great defense and superior speed.  Garcia reportedly also is a contact hitter that laces line drives on offense.  Standing six feet tall with a small 150-pound frame, Garcia may draw some comparisons to former Phils prospect Carlos Tocci.  Garcia signed last summer for a reported $2.5 million.  

Daniel Brito, image- Jay Floyd

Second baseman/shortstop Daniel Brito is one of the most fun Phillies prospects to watch.  With loads of energy and an ability to lead, the 22-year-old lefty batter could become a favorite of Phils fans.  In five pro seasons, Brito sports a .252 average with 16 homers, 146 RBI and 49 steals.  Look for Brito, who has an ability to hit well to all fields, at the Double-A level this year.

Pitcher Albertus Barber is a familiar name to regular readers of this site.  The 24-year-old Oklahoma native was an undrafted free agent signing by the Phils in 2019.  That year, the right-hander competed at three levels, reaching full-season A level Lakewood.  In 17 total appearances, Barber notched a 4-0 record with a save and a 0.87 ERA, while averaging more than a strike out per inning.  Barber worked harder than most during the cancelled 2020 season, training at the well-regarded Driveline facility with a focus on reaching triple-digits in velocity, which he has done at times.

Lefty pitcher David Parkinson remains a hurler that the Phillies could be able to count on.  A 12th round draft pick in 2017, Parkinson has tallied a 2.71 ERA, a .226 batting average against and a 9.8  K/9 mark through three professional seasons to date.  The 25-year-old Mississippi product is a strike thrower that focuses on game-planning as much, if not more, than any other guy on the field.  With command and a four-pitch arsenal, Parkinson is a battler that keeps his opposition guessing.

Check back here on PhoulBallz.com often, as the 2021 season approaches, for the unveiling of this year’s top 25 ranked prospects within the Phillies organization.

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