PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies are on pace to lose more than 100 games this season, but they believe a talented farm system will eventually help them turn their fortunes for the better.MLBPipeline.com just released its midseason prospects rankings, and the Phillies have six players in the Top 100: outfielder Mickey
PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies are on pace to lose more than 100 games this season, but they believe a talented farm system will eventually help them turn their fortunes for the better.
MLBPipeline.com just released its midseason prospects rankings, and the Phillies have six players in the Top 100: outfielder Mickey Moniak (33rd), right-hander Sixto Sanchez (52nd), second baseman Scott Kingery (56th), shortstop J.P. Crawford (64th), catcher Jorge Alfaro (73rd) and first baseman Rhys Hoskins (74th).
Only three organizations have more prospects in the Top 100: the Braves (nine), White Sox (eight) and Rays (seven).
The Padres, Dodgers and Yankees also have six players in the Top 100.
The ranking of baseball's top prospects is done by MLBPipeline.com Draft and prospect experts Jonathan Mayo, Jim Callis and Mike Rosenbaum, who compile input from industry sources, including scouts and scouting directors. It is based on analysis of players' skill sets, upsides, proximity to the Majors and potential immediate impact to their teams. Only players with rookie status are eligible for the list. Players who were at least 23 years old when they signed and played in leagues deemed to be professional (Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Cuba) are not eligible.
The Phillies had just three players in the preseason Top 100: Crawford, Moniak and Alfaro. Crawford entered the season ranked seventh, but dropped 57 spots because of a poor first half. He hit just .189 with seven extra-base hits and a .560 OPS in 239 plate appearances through June 9 with Triple-A Lehigh Valley. In 140 plate appearances since, he has hit .290 with 18 extra-base hits and a .936 OPS.
It will be interesting to see if Crawford is promoted before the end of this season. Manager Pete Mackanin and the coaching staff love shortstop Freddy Galvis, who has played well. They would have no problem letting Galvis play 162 games, which is his goal.
Moniak was the first overall pick in the 2016 Draft, but he dropped from 19th to 33rd. He is hitting .261 with a .695 OPS in Class A Lakewood. Alfaro is hitting .242 with six homers, 40 RBIs and a .653 OPS with Lehigh Valley. The catcher is out of options next year, so he could be on the Opening Day roster regardless of how he finishes the season.
Sanchez, Kingery and Hoskins are new additions to the list. Hoskins could join the Phillies before the end of the year. He is hitting .282 with 23 homers, 75 RBIs and a .937 OPS with Triple-A Lehigh Valley. He represented the Phillies in the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game earlier this month.
Kingery represented the Phillies in the Futures Game, too. He hit .313 with 18 homers, 44 RBIs and a .987 OPS with Double-A Reading before being promoted to Lehigh Valley. He is hitting .274 with five homers, 14 RBIs and a .788 OPS with the IronPigs. He is unlikely to join the Phillies this season. He does not need to be protected from the Rule 5 Draft, so the Phils are expected to keep him off the 40-man roster, allowing them to protect an extra player in December.
Sanchez could shoot up the Top 100 rankings before the 2018 season. He regularly hits 100 mph with his fastball, and he throws the pitch for strikes. Sanchez, who turns 19 on Saturday, is 5-3 with a 2.64 ERA with Lakewood. In 61 1/3 innings, he has struck out 59 and walked just nine for a 6.56 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook and listen to his podcast.