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Phillies media ranks organization's top prospects

August 29, 2012 - Mitch Rupert
Fifteen members of both the print and broadcast media which covers the Philadelphia Phillies and its minor league affiliates recently participated in a poll to determine the organization’s best minor league prospects. Those media members represented someone from every level of the Phillies’ system.

What this list, compiled by the Reading Eagle, represents is a renewed excitement in the Phillies' minor league system since the depletion of the farm system thanks to trades to acquire the likes of Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, Hunter Pence and Brad Lidge have been made. Phillies General Manager Ruben Amaro Jr. helped restock the system this summer with the trades of both Pence and Shane Victorino.

Two of the players received in those trades, catcher Tommy Joseph and pitcher Ethan Martin, appeared in the Top 10. Martin, a right-handed pitcher with a very high ceiling, was ranked ninth on the prospect list.

But on top of near Major League-ready talent on the list -eight of the Top 10 are in Class AA or AAA - but there's an infusion of young talent, as well. Williamsport shortstop Roman Quinn and left fielder Larry Greene Jr. are both just 19. Third baseman Maikel Franco (ranked 10th) is just 19. And all the way down at No. 22, Carlos Tocci is hitting .278 with a .330 on-base percentage for the Gulf Coast League Phillies as a 16-year-old. He just turned 17 a week ago.

Seriously. He's just 17.

Tocci was maybe the most sought-after international free agent signing a year ago out of Venezuela. The Phillies were able to sign the outfielder for more than $750,000.

There's hope in this list. There's reasons to be excited by anybody in the Top 15 of this year's list. And that's something Phillies fans haven't been able to say much in recent years.

For the first time in his career, left-handed pitcher Jesse Biddle found himself listed as the Phillies’ top prospect after another solid season, this time in High-A Clearwater. Jonathan Pettibone, who’s found success at both AA Reading and AAA Lehigh Valley this year, comes in at No. 3, with Cesar Hernandez at No. 4 and Sebastian Valle at No. 5.

The top-25 list contains 18 current or former Williamsport Crosscutters players. Quinn came in at No. 13 and Greene was ranked at No. 21.

2012 Phillies prospect list

(with position, club)

1 Jesse Biddle, P, Clearwater 199

2 Tommy Joseph, C, Reading 155

3 Jonathan Pettibone, P, Lehigh Valley 151

4 Cesar Hernandez, 2B, Lehigh Valley 136

5 Sebastian Valle, C, Lehigh Valley 123

6 Trevor May, P, Reading 115

7 Adam Morgan, P, Reading, 83

8 Lisalverto Bonilla, P, Reading 78

9 Ethan Martin, P, Reading 73

10 Maikal Franco, 3B, Lakewood 61

11 Cody Asche, 3B, Reading 60

12 Justin DeFratus, P, Lehigh Valley 49

13 Roman Quinn, SS, Williamsport 49

14 Darin Ruf, 1B/OF, Reading 47

15 Tyler Cloyd, P, Lehigh Valley 44

16 Brody Colvin, P, Reading 37

17 Austin Wright, P, Clearwater 33

18 Philippe Aumont, P, Philadelphia 30

19 Tyson Gillies, OF, Reading 36

20 Jiwan James, OF, Reading 17

21 Larry Greene, OF, Williamsport 16

22 Carlos Tocci, OF, Gulf Coast League 11

23 Leandro Castro, OF, Reading 12

24 Kelly Dugan, OF, Lakewood 8

25 Julio Rodriguez, P, Reading 8

(No other players received votes on more than one ballot) *-Players who were with the Philadelphia Phillies at the time of the vote were not eligible for the list; Phillipe Aumont was not with the Phillies when the votes were cast, thus his inclusion on the list.

 
 

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