As I have blogged in the previous posts, the leader boards for the four full season minor league teams tell us how the top Phillies minor league players compare to the other 29 MLB teams’ prospects. It becomes more difficult to compare them with player movement increasing at halfway point in the season but we still get an idea how the Phillies prospects rank in minor league baseball.
The Phillies system has eight players who are currently on the Top Five lists in ten different categories at each level as compiled by MiLB with rank below:
AAA, Beato, Saves ( 20, 1st); Irvin, Wins (8, 2nd), WHIP (1.04, 3rd); De Los Santos, Strikeouts (85, 5th), ERA (1.73, 1st), WHIP (1.07, 4th).
AA, Home Runs, Green ( 15, tied 2nd).
Advanced A, WHIP, Seabold ( 0.99, 3rd).
A, Parkinson, ERA (1.13, tied for 1st); Stewart, ERA ( 1.13, tied for 1st); WHIP (0.87, 1st) Rosso, ERA (1.32, 3rd); WHIP (0.93, 3rd).
Note; Listi still ranks third in Advanced A in batting average. He has since been call up to AA. Russ still ranks third in saves in A. He has since been called up to Advanced A.
Zach Green has hit five homers in his last seven games with Reading to move into a tie for second place with 15 home runs at AA. He has hit 10 of his 15 homers on the road.
Also at AA is Darick Hall had hit 11 home runs for Clearwater in April and May. In June, Hall has hit six more long balls for Reading, evenly divided between home and away, He leads the Phillies system with 17 homers. Plus Darick is hitting .417 in his last ten games for Reading.
Connor Seabold has pitched 16 innings in his last two starts for Clearwater allowing only six hits and one walk to lower his WHIP to 0.99 which is third best in Advanced A.
Enyel De Los Santos has been the best Phillies minor league pitcher. Austin Listi was the best hitter at .343 at Advanced A. However, he is hitting only .241 in 29 at bats with Reading.
It would seem to me Zach Green and Connor Seabold are the most ready prospects for a call-up to the next level in the second half of the minor league season.
Last night I watched on MiLB-TV the Reading game. Green made a great stop on a hard hit ball behind the bag at the third for an infield single. The play would be key in keeping the score 1-0 in the eight inning. Reading went on to win the game 1-0.
Connor Seabold in his last two starts has been dominating allowing only three runs while striking out 15 and walking only one in 16 innings. Included was a rare nine inning, 105 pitch, three-hit complete game.
The players above are the best the Phillies have based on first half performances.