Here are the Phillies' 2020 Top 30 Prospects

March 3rd, 2020

The progress may be slower than many would like, but it’s progress nonetheless.

It was after the 2014 season that the Phillies decided to start a rebuild and it was after the 2015 season that Matt Klentak was hired to be the team’s general manager. After a 96-loss year in '17, the Phillies won 80 games in '18 and finished .500 in '19. It’s not the push to the top of the NL East some hoped to see by now, but the arrow is pointing in the right direction.

A solid farm system has contributed, both in terms of getting players to the big leagues but also being able to pull off trades, the one to bring in catcher J.T. Realmuto being the headliner. That trade thinned things out, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t talent on its way. Alec Bohm was the team’s first-round pick in 2018 -- taken No. 3 overall -- and he’s been as good as advertised offensively, moving quickly enough where the thought of him contributing this year isn’t far-fetched. No. 2 prospect Spencer Howard took a nice step forward as well and could help the pitching staff out this season.

There are 13 players on this new Top 30 who are poised to potentially reach Philadelphia this year, which is good news as the Phillies try to reach that goal of competing for the postseason. And it’s nearly all homegrown talent, with 28 of the 30 on the list coming straight from the Draft or the Phillies’ efforts on the international market.

Here's a look at the Phillies' top prospects

  1. Alec Bohm, 3B (MLB No. 30)
  2. Spencer Howard (No. 34)
  3. Bryson Stott, SS (No. 87)
  4. Francisco Morales, RHP
  5. Adonis Medina, RHP
    Complete Top 30 list »

Biggest jump/fall

Here are the players whose ranks changed the most from the 2019 preseason list to the 2020 preseason list.

Jump: Damon Jones (2019: NR | 2020: 21) -- An 18th-round pick in 2017, Jones had a decent enough first full season in A ball, then really took off, pitching his way up to Triple-A in '19.

Fall: Arquimedes Gamboa (2019: 13 | 2020: 27) -- He can still really defend, but the bat hasn’t caught up at all, and he had a .574 OPS in Double-A last year.

Best tools

Players are graded on a 20-80 scouting scale for future tools -- 20-30 is well below average, 40 is below average, 50 is average, 60 is above average and 70-80 is well above average. Players in parentheses have the same grade.

Hit: 60 -- Bohm
Power: 60 -- Jhailyn Ortiz
Hit: 60 -- Bohm
Power: 60 -- Jhailyn Ortiz
Run: 70 -- Johan Rojas (Jamari Baylor, Gamboa)
Arm: 65 -- Deivy Grullon
Defense: 60 -- Gamboa (Rafael Marchan)
Fastball: 65 -- Howard
Curveball: 60 -- Jones
Slider: 60 -- Francisco Morales (Erik Miller)
Changeup: 60 -- Howard
Control: 60 -- Ethan Lindow (Kyle Young)

How they were built
Draft: 16 | International: 12 | Trade: 2

Breakdown by ETA
2020: 13 | 2021: 7 | 2022: 7 | 2023: 3

Breakdown by position
C: 3 | 2B: 2 | 3B: 1 | SS: 5 | OF: 4 | RHP: 6 | LHP: 9