To no surprise the Phillies have two players selected by MLB Pipeline in the Top Ten Prospect Watch for the catcher and first base categories. The No. 3 catcher is Jorge Alfaro and first baseman Rhys Hoskins gets the ninth slot for first base prospects. Read and watch video HERE and HERE.
So far Pipeline has selected four Top Ten positions so far including left handed and right handed pitchers. No Phillies were selected for the mound but we like lefty Elniery Garcia and righty Franklyn Kilome as the Phillies best in those categories.
Alfaro slashed at .285/.325/.458 with 15 homers and drove in 67 runs in 435 plate appearances for Reading in the regular season. He hit .339 with a 913 OPS with runners in scoring position. He went 2 for 16 in his four games with the Phillies in September. But his strong point is his arm. He threw out 44 percent of would be base stealers for Reading.
Hoskins slashed at .281/.377/.566 with 38 homers and drove in 116 runs in 589 regular season plate appearances. With runners in scoring position he hit .322 with a 1.002 OPS and 80 RBIs. He led the Phillies organization with 9 sacrifice fly RBIs.
Kilome will turn 22- years-old in June. He was simply brilliant down the stretch in leading Lakewood to the post season. In his last ten starts he went 4-1 with a 1.98 ERA striking out 73 in 54.2 innings. In his last three starts he threw 20 shutout innings, striking out 24. In his final start against the Rome Braves, selected by Baseball America as the best minor league team in baseball read HERE, he pitched a seven inning, one hit shutout, striking out 9. It was to be Lakewood’s only win in the SAL Championship Series. He just kept getting better and better as the season went on.
The 22-year-old Garcia also had a breakout season going 12-4 for Clearwater and then picking up the only playoff game win for Reading. He finished strong ending the season by going 3-0 striking out 22 in his final 20 innings.
This is what Reading’s manager Dusty Wathan had to say after Garcia’s Reading debut:
“He did a very nice job pitching with the lead,” Wathan said. “He was very aggressive, looked like he was in total control and I really liked his demeanor on the mound. He looked like he belonged, and you would’ve never guessed it was his first Double-A start.”
Watch Kilome’s final strikeout of the season in his SAL playoff win against Rome. HERE. and Garcia striking out the side in order in the second inning of his AA debut in the Eastern League playoffs against Trenton. HERE.
If the Phillies are to ever hope to get to .500 and then challenge in the NL East, it will be because of the likes of Alfaro, Hoskins, Kilome and Garcia. They are some of players to keep an eye on in the 2017 Phillies spring training.