January is the month for the top 100 prospect ratings and the Phillies have five on the Baseball America list and six on the MLB Pipeline list. They only differ in ranking placements and Mickey Moniak failed to make the Baseball America lists.
The top prospect rankings for Baseball America include Phillies J.P. Crawford, SS, #16; Sixto Sanchez P, #25, Scott Kingery 2B, #31, Adonis Medina, P, #84 and Adam Haseley, OF, #100. Read HERE.
The MLB Pipeline top 100 rankings include Sixto Sanchez #26, Scott Kingery #35, J.P. Crawford #37, Adonis Medina #86, Mickey Moniak #88 and Adam Haseley #95. Read HERE.
We see a general consensus emerging on all the top Phillies prospects except Mickey Moniak who was left off the BA list.
With the trade of Freddy Galvis, it looks like J.P. Crawford will be given the Phillies opening day starting shortstop job. Scott Kingery is ready to take over at second at some point this season as the Phillies will try to move Cesar Hernandez.
I am looking for Adonis Medina to have a breakout season with Clearwater. In his last start for Lakewood in September, he finished strong pitching a six inning, one hitter, walking none and striking out seven.
BA had a second list of nine 2018 Breakout Prospects who appeared to have just missed their Top 100 and it included two Phillies, Jhailyn Ortiz, RF and Jojo Romero, LHP.
It is interesting to note then that of the last 25 prospects on the two BA Lists from #84 on its Top 100 List plus 9 prospects on its Breakout List, four are Phillies.
Ortiz has played exclusively in right field in the games I have seen him play. He could anchor a future corner outfield with Rhys Hoskins in left. He likely will start the season in Lakewood after playing in right field for Williamsport last season. Watch Ortiz from last Fall, HERE.
Romero looks like the top left-handed starter in the Phillies system. The Phillies have gone 165 games without a lefty starting a game. JoJo likely will start the season with the Clearwater Threshers but from what I saw late in the season in Clearwater he is ready to pitch in Reading to start the season. Watch Romero pitch for the Threshers last season, HERE.
Ortiz and Romero will be two of the top prospects with the greatest future impact on the Phillies to watch in the minor league camp this spring.