Baseball America’s writer, Kyle Glaser, showed little mercy in evaluating the 2020 Phillies farm system. He said they have “one of MLB’s shallowest and worst farm systems”. BA has the Phillies ranked 26th of the 30 MLB teams. Other than at shortstop and catching Glaser saw little talent at other positions. Read HERE.
Glaser said, the Phillies do have “right hander Spencer Howard and third baseman Alec Bohm at least give Philadelphia two prospects at the top to work with.”
The Phillies are deepest at shortstop with Bryson Stott and Luis Garcia and five catching prospects but none are MBL starters behind the plate according the BA expert Glaser.
Mickey Moniak gets Glaser’s nod as the Phillies worst draft pick of the decade. Outfield is the organization’s weakest position. He cites Moniak and Cornelius Randolph as failed first round draft picks.
Our thoughts are Spencer Howard, a second round 2017 draft pick, is one of the best pitching prospects in all of baseball while Bohm still has a lot to prove as a third baseman and as an impact hitter. Since the long term outfielder situation, other than Bryce Harper in right field, is lacking according to Glaser, I suggest why not try Bohm in left field? His right handed bat would be a nice complement to Harper’s left handed swing in future years.
We also believe that shortstop Bryson Stott at short and catcher Logan O’Hoppe showed major league talent last season. I still would not rule out Garcia and Logan Simmons playing in the Phillies infield in a few years.
We were impressed last season by the the quality of left-handed starting pitching in the Phillies system. From Bailey Falter and David Parkinson at AA to Ethan Lindow, Erik Miller and Josh Hendrickson at A ball levels, they all showed us in person and or on MiLB-TV that have major league stuff from the left side.
It appears the most likely scenario is that a three week MLB training camp in the home ballparks will take place in June. An abbreviated MLB season would follow starting in July. We could see a minor league season along the lines of a Fall instructional league taking place as well at all the teams’ spring training sites.