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  1. 1. Mick Abel | RHP
    Mick Abel
    Born: Aug 18, 2001
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'5" Wt.: 190
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Portland, Ore., 2020 (1st round).
    Signed By: Zach Friedman.
    Minors: 1-3 | 4.43 ERA | 66 SO | 27 BB | 45 IP

    BA Grade: 60/High

    Track Record: Abel first emerged on the scene after striking out Riley Greene as a junior in 2019 and continued to gain steam over the next year. He ranked as the top high school pitcher in the 2020 draft class thanks to an impressive four-pitch arsenal, pitchability and the best command in the class. The Phillies were ecstatic to draft him at No. 15 overall, making him the first high school pitcher selected in the first round out of Oregon since Matt Smith in 1994. He joined the organization at instructional league in the fall, where he lived up to his lofty draft status. The 20-year-old righthander had an encouraging full-season debut in 2021, ranking as the top pitcher in the Low-A Southeast by league managers and pitching to a 4.43 ERA in 14 starts. Abel missed the last two months of the season with a shoulder injury, but it wasn’t considered serious and he rejoined the team at instructional league.

    Scouting Report: Abel’s high school team didn’t take the field in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, but he showed no rust in his pro debut. He has an athletic build at 6-foot-5, 190 pounds with projection remaining and a clean delivery. His fastball is his best pitch, sitting from 94-97 mph and topping out at 99. It’s a swing-and-miss pitch with huge vertical break and averages 2,500 rpm, giving hitters headaches. Abel’s slider was voted the best breaking pitch in the 2020 prep class by scouting directors and it lived up to its reputation in 2021. It’s a firm, hard pitch that sits in the mid-to-high 80s and blends well with his fastball, diving late on hitters. He’s made significant progress improving his changeup. It’s a plus high-80s offering with tumble and fading life, giving him a third swing-and-miss weapon. Abel’s curveball is a clear fourth pitch, but it has good spin metrics and flashes plus at times. His control faltered at points, but he’s an aggressive strike-thrower, as evidenced by his 13.3 strikeouts per nine innings, and he tunnels his pitches off of each other with ease. Abel ran into trouble with his delivery in the middle of the season, which caused his command to worsen. He was spending his time at instructional league getting the consistency back with his delivery to allow his command to catch up to his stuff. The Phillies aren’t concerned and rave about his makeup and work ethic, and the organization firmly believes it has a future top-of-the-rotation starter.

    The Future: It wasn’t a perfect debut for Abel, but he still stood out as one of the top pitching prospects in baseball, with three plus pitches, a fourth average offering and room to keep improving. He should start the 2022 season at High-A, where he will continue to hone his changeup, curveball and delivery. He has all the ingredients to pitch in the middle to front of a big league rotation.

    Scouting Grades:
    Fastball: 65. Curveball: 50. Slider: 60. Changeup: 60. Control: 55.

  2. 2. Bryson Stott | SS/2B
    Bryson Stott
    Born: Oct 6, 1997
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 200
    Drafted/Signed: Nevada-Las Vegas, 2019 (1st round).
    Signed By: Mike Garcia.
    Minors: .299/.390/.486 | 16 HR | 10 SB | 418 AB

    BA Grade: 55/High

    Track Record: The Phillies’ pick as 2021 minor league player of the year had a breakthrough season, making his first Futures Game appearance, conquering High-A and Double-A and showing increased power with 16 home runs, one more than he hit in 171 collegiate games. He rounded out the year with 10 games in Triple-A and a stint in the Arizona Fall League.

    Scouting Report: Stott spent the 2020 summer at the alternate training site, where he added strength to his frame and worked on hitting the ball to all fields. He also incorporated bat speed training and improved his plate discipline against advanced pitchers. Those improvements carried over to 2021 as Stott showed better recognition of finding the right pitch to hit and raised his walk rate. Stott’s power gains give him a fifth average or better tool, and the added juice didn’t lead to more swing-and-miss or cause him to be too pull-happy. Stott is an above-average runner and has good actions at shortstop. He has an above-average arm and grades out as an above-average defender with the ability to move to second base if needed.

    The Future: Stott’s 2021 season reinforced the organization’s belief that he will be an everyday big leaguer, and he’ll make his MLB debut some time next season.

    Scouting Grades:
    Hitting: 55. Power: 50. Speed: 55. Fielding: 55. Arm: 55.

  3. 3. Andrew Painter | RHP
    Andrew Painter
    Born: Apr 10, 2003
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'7" Wt.: 215
    Signed By: Victor Gomez.
    Minors: 0-0 | 0.00 ERA | 12 SO | 0 BB | 6 IP

    BA Grade: 60/Extreme

    Track Record: The No. 2 prep pitcher in the 2021 draft class, Painter became the highest drafted player ever out of the power program Calvary Christian High in Fort Lauderdale. He signed with the Phillies for a $3.9 million after being taken 13th overall. Painter impressed in a brief pro debut, striking out 12, walking none and allowing four hits in six scoreless innings in the Florida Complex League.

    Scouting Report: Painter has an advanced approach for a prep arm to go along with an impressive four-pitch arsenal, led by a fastball that ticked up from the low 90s in 2020 to sitting in the mid 90s and touching 98 mph at instructional league. The pitch has shown encouraging metrics and is a plus offering. Painter shows confidence in his changeup, throwing the pitch in any count and to both lefthanded and righthanded hitters while adding a different spin axis to it this summer. He throws an above-average mid-80s slider with good spin, and he rounds out his mix with a curveball that flashes plus at times. Painter has plus control, an easy arm action and a repeatable delivery out of an imposing 6-foot-7 frame, giving him the upside to develop into a future No. 2 or 3 starter.

    The Future: Painter spent his time at instructional league honing his offspeed offerings, including getting his curveball to a more consistent point and keeping the same spin axis on his changeup that he showed this summer. He’ll make his full-season debut in 2022.

    Scouting Grades:
    Fastball: 60. Curveball: 50. Slider: 60. Changeup: 50. Control: 60.

  4. 4. Johan Rojas | OF
    Johan Rojas
    Born: Aug 14, 2000
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 175
    Drafted/Signed: Dominican Republic, 2018.
    Signed By: Carlos Salas.
    Minors: .262/.329/.417 | 11 HR | 34 SB | 381 AB

    BA Grade: 55/Extreme

    Track Record: Few players in the organization improved as much during the season as Rojas, who put an exclamation mark on the 2021 campaign with a red-hot September in his first month at High-A, hitting .344/.419/.563 with nearly as many walks (seven) as strikeouts (eight) while showing an exciting power/speed combination. Rojas spent the fall at instructional league.

    Scouting Report: Rojas has tools scouts can dream on, with plus-plus speed, plus defense, an above-average arm and plus raw power that led to a career-high 11 homers. But he’s had trouble accessing those tools in games. He took a big step forward in 2021, improving his approach at the plate and swing decisions, getting a better launch angle on the ball to lower his groundball rate and cutting down on his swing-and-miss while showing higher exit velocities. He showed better recognition against spin and offspeed pitches, doing more damage than he had before while continuing to show impressive bat speed and bat-to-ball skills and doing more harm to pitches over the middle of the plate. Rojas spent his time at instructional league continuing to work on his approach, launch angle and offspeed recognition as well as pulling the ball. The organization believes it has an everyday center fielder who has the upside of an all-star if everything clicks.

    The Future: Rojas will likely get more reps in at winter ball before starting the 2022 season back at High-A Jersey Shore.

    Scouting Grades:
    Hitting: 50. Power: 60. Speed: 70. Fielding: 60. Arm: 55.

  5. 5. Ethan Wilson | OF
    Ethan Wilson
    Born: Nov 7, 1999
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 210
    Signed By: Mike Stauffer.
    Minors: .215/.282/.374 | 3 HR | 2 SB | 107 AB

    BA Grade: 50/High

    Track Record: An under-the-radar prospect coming out of the Alabama prep ranks, Wilson had an excellent three-year career at South Alabama, earning freshman All-America honors in 2019 and fighting through a slow start in 2021 to finish with a .318/.419/.528 slash line with 25 extra-base hits. The Phillies were drawn to Wilson’s hitting ability and power, snatching him up in the second round.

    Scouting Report: Wilson skipped Rookie ball and started his pro career at Low-A, where he struggled to a .215/.282/.374 mark. The Phillies were still pleased with what they saw from the corner outfielder. Wilson drew praise in his pro debut for the quality of his at-bats, impressive bat speed, ability to impact the ball and solid defense all over the outfield. The lefthanded hitter has plus power with an all-fields approach out of a 6-foot-1, 210-pound frame to make him the top hitter in the organization with the potential for 25-30 homers and a .270 average in the big leagues. Wilson showed an uncharacteristically high swing-and-miss rate after entering pro ball, and he spent his time at instructional league working to make more contact, control the strike zone and clean up his swing path. Wilson is a below-average runner and a solid-average defender without much arm strength, meaning he’ll likely end up in left field.

    The Future: The organization believes Wilson’s combination of hitting ability and power will allow him to move through the system quickly. He’ll likely start the 2022 season at a Class A level, but if he hits he won’t be there for long.

    Scouting Grades:
    Hitting: 55. Power: 60. Speed: 40. Fielding: 45. Arm: 45.

  6. 6. Logan O'Hoppe | C
    Logan O'Hoppe
    Born: Feb 9, 2000
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 185
    Drafted/Signed: HS--West Islip, N.Y., 2018 (23rd round).
    Signed By: Alex Agostino.
    Minors: .270/.331/.458 | 17 HR | 6 SB | 393 AB

    BA Grade: 50/High

    Track Record: O’Hoppe is one of the most popular players in the organization, drawing rave reviews for his makeup, work ethic and dedication to his craft. He turned in an impressive full-season debut, climbing from High-A all the way to Triple-A at 21 years old. Along the way, O’Hoppe hit .270/.331/.458 with 17 home runs in 104 games. He wrapped up his impressive season in the Arizona Fall League.

    Scouting Report: O’Hoppe spent time at the alternate training site in 2020 working on his bat-to-ball skills and after the season went to Driveline Baseball in Seattle. There he worked on flattening out his bat path to lower his swing and miss. His work paid off in 2020, with improved bat-to-ball skills and impact to go with a good approach and the lowest strikeout rate of his pro career. He’s got plus raw power, with the chance to hit 20-25 home runs in the big leagues, but it’s his defensive profile that leads the way. He has a good release on throws, blocks balls in the dirt well, has a strong arm and shows a polished and advanced approach behind the plate. He has all the tools to be a plus defensive catcher.

    The Future: After O’Hoppe’s encouraging season, the Phillies want him to continue improving his pitch recognition and swing path. He’ll start the 2022 season in the upper minors and could make his MLB debut during the season.

    Scouting Grades:
    Hitting: 50. Power: 55. Speed: 30. Fielding: 60. Arm: 60.

  7. 7. Hans Crouse | RHP
    Hans Crouse
    Born: Sep 15, 1998
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'5" Wt.: 208
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Dana Point, Calif., 2017 (2nd round).
    Signed By: Steve Flores (Rangers).
    Minors: 5-4 | 3.28 ERA | 98 SO | 34 BB | 85 IP

    BA Grade: 50/High

    Track Record: Coming into this season, Crouse had just 42 career appearances to his name since being drafted by the Rangers in the second round in 2017. He impressed in 2018 between short-season ball and Low-A, but missed time in 2019 due to bone spurs in his elbow that led to surgery in the offseason. Crouse didn’t appear at the alternate training site or instructional league in 2020 due to personal reasons. The Phillies acquired him along with Kyle Gibson and Ian Kennedy in the 2021 deadline deal that sent former top prospect Spencer Howard to Texas. Crouse made his MLB debut in September.

    Scouting Report: Crouse was the Rangers No. 1 prospect coming into the 2019 season due to his explosive arsenal, but he showed decreased fastball velocity with the Phillies, sitting 93-94 mph after previously reaching 97. He pairs his sinking fastball with a plus hard slider that has late diving life, and his changeup, which he developed while dealing with bone spurs in his elbow during the 2019 season, gives him a third above-average or better offering. Crouse has worked to tone down his violent delivery out of his huge 6-foot-5 frame, and he has good feel for locating his pitches and throwing strikes with average control. The fact that Crouse stayed healthy in 2021 is an encouraging sign, but the Phillies want to see him get his fastball velocity back up to the upper 90s at its best. He has the stuff of a mid-rotation starter but needs to stay healthy and continue throwing strikes.

    The Future: The Phillies were pleased with Crouse’s arsenal and motor after acquiring him at the trade deadline. He’ll likely begin the 2022 season at Triple-A but could find himself back in the big leagues before long.

    Scouting Grades:
    Fastball: 60. Slider: 60. Changeup: 55. Control: 50.

  8. 8. Matt Vierling | OF
    Matt Vierling
    Born: Sep 16, 1996
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 205
    Signed By: Justin Morgenstern.
    Minors: .276/.358/.444 | 11 HR | 10 SB | 293 AB

    BA Grade: 45/Low

    Track Record: The 2018 fifth-rounder from Notre Dame had an impressive debut season before struggling to a .232 mark at High-A in 2019. He was on the Phillies’ 2020 instructional league roster, where he stood out for significant strength gains and improved bat speed. His gains carried over to the 2021 season, where he excelled at Double-A and posted a 126 OPS+ in 71 big league at-bats, including starting in multiple games down the stretch as the Phillies chased a wild card.

    Scouting Report: Vierling showed some of the best exit velocities in the organization during spring training, turning in 115-116 mph speeds off the bat thanks to the strength gains he made during the 2020 shutdown. The Phillies believe his power now grades out at plus, and his bat-to-ball skills have improved as well, though he needs to cut down on swing-and-miss. Vierling is an impressive athlete who can play both corner infield spots and anywhere in the outfield, with plus speed and above-average defense in center field to go with a plus arm. The Phillies believe Vierling’s bat and ability to play multiple positions will make him a super utility player who could carve out a long big league career.

    The Future: After ending the season in the big leagues, Vierling should be back in the mix for a spot on the MLB roster for 2022 Opening Day.

    Scouting Grades:
    Hitting: 45. Power: 55. Speed: 60. Fielding: 55. Arm: 60.

  9. 9. Rafael Marchan | C
    Rafael Marchan
    Born: Feb 25, 1999
    Bats: B Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'9" Wt.: 196
    Drafted/Signed: Venezuela, 2015.
    Signed By: Jesus Mendez.
    Minors: .202/.281/.236 | 0 HR | 1 SB | 242 AB

    BA Grade: 45/Medium

    Track Record: Marchan’s excellent defense in 2020 spring training impressed Joe Girardi, and after spending time at the alternate training site he made his big league debut in September, collecting four hits in eight at-bats. Marchan spent the 2021 season getting juggled back and forth between Triple-A and the majors, struggling mightily with the bat and posting a .203 average in 67 games at Triple-A and a .231 average in 20 games with the Phillies.

    Scouting Report: Marchan makes his money behind the dish, where he’s a plus-plus defender thanks to above-average blocking skills, a strong throwing arm and the ability to handle pitchers. Marchan has a patient approach at the plate, with some of the lowest whiff and chase rates in the organization and does a good job of putting the ball in play. He needs to improve his bat speed, however, to get more impact on the ball. Marchan is working on reducing his groundball rate and needs to develop more physicality, with well below-average power currently. His plus-plus defense gives him the floor of a big league backup catcher, but if he improves his bat speed and power he could turn into an everyday player.

    The Future: With JT Realmuto entrenched at catcher in Philadelphia, the best role Marchan can aspire to is backup. He might fill a share of that role in 2022 if the Phillies don’t sign a veteran backstop this offseason.

    Scouting Grades:
    Hitting: 45. Power: 30. Speed: 40. Fielding: 70. Arm: 60.

  10. 10. Simon Muzziotti | OF
    Simon Muzziotti
    Born: Dec 27, 1998
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 198
    Drafted/Signed: Venezuela, 2016.
    Signed By: Claudio Scerrato.
    Minors: .296/.375/.380 | 0 HR | 2 SB | 71 AB

    BA Grade: 50/Extreme

    Track Record: Muzziotti followed up an impressive 2019 season in what was then the pitcher-friendly High-A Florida State League with an encouraging showing in 2020 spring training, standing out for his ability to drive the ball. After the coronavirus pandemic shuttered the 2020 minor league season, he returned to the field for instructional league, where he was one of the team’s best hitters. Muzziotti missed the majority of the 2021 campaign due to visa issues that kept him in Venezuela, but was solid once he arrived, hitting .296 in 71 at-bats, the majority of which came at Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

    Scouting Report: Muzziotti stood out for his improved bat speed and bat-to-ball skills in 2021, grading out as one of the top two hitters in the system along with Bryson Stott, and he added strength to his frame as he looks to tap into more power. He’s also added loft to his swing to reduce his groundball rate, which was the highest in the system in 2019. Muzziotti can be a free swinger at times and is working to make improvements in his approach at the plate to focus on not expanding early in counts. Muzziotti stands out in center field, where his plus speed, instincts, routes and average arm make him a plus defender. Muzziotti might never hit for more than 10-15 home runs, but he rounds out his tool set with three above-average or better tools.

    The Future: After missing two seasons due to the pandemic and visa issues, Muzziotti needs to get back into game form. He participated in the Arizona Fall League and is likely to play winter ball as well before starting the 2022 season back in the upper minors.

    Scouting Grades:
    Hitting: 55. Power: 40. Speed: 55. Fielding: 60. Arm: 50.

  11. 11. Erik Miller | LHP
    Erik Miller
    Born: Feb 13, 1998
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'5" Wt.: 240
    Drafted/Signed: Stanford, 2019 (4th round).
    Signed By: Joey Davis.
    Minors: 0-0 | 1.42 ERA | 16 SO | 11 BB | 13 IP

    Track Record: A 2019 fourth-rounder from Stanford who signed for an under-slot $428,300 deal, Miller rose to Low-A Lakewood in his abbreviated debut, then impressed at instructional league following the canceled 2020 minor league season. Miller missed most of the 2021 season due to injury, but was sharp in his return in the Arizona Fall League, striking out 12 in 10 innings of three-run (two earned) ball.
    Scouting Report: Miller has an imposing build from the left side at 6-foot-5, 240 pounds with a big fastball with running life and carry up in the zone. The pitch previously topped out at 96 mph, but Miller sat 96-99 mph in short stints during his time in Arizona, giving it the look of a potential plus offering. Miller was aggressive in attacking hitters in the AFL, showing the ability to beat hitters in the zone. He complements his fastball with a hard, low-80s slider with three-quarter tilt and crossbreaking action that flashes plus. He rounds out his arsenal with a mid-80s changeup. Miller has struggled to throw strikes during his brief pro career, and needs to focus on repeating his delivery to allow him to more easily access his impressive stuff.
    The Future: Miller needs to show he can stay on the field for a full season, but he could be a fast riser if he does so while throwing more strikes. He’ll likely start the 2022 season at High-A Jersey Shore.

  12. 12. Griff McGarry | RHP
    Griff McGarry
    Born: Jun 8, 1999
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 190
    Signed By: Kellan McKeon.
    Minors: 1-0 | 2.96 ERA | 43 SO | 14 BB | 25 IP

    Track Record: McGarry struggled to throw strikes throughout his collegiate career at Virginia, walking 8.8 batters per nine innings. He compensated for it with three swing-and-miss weapons, posting 12.5 strikeouts per nine. The Phillies were willing to take a gamble on his pure stuff in the fifth round, and he rewarded them with an encouraging pro debut between the Class A levels. He rounded out the year in instructional league.
    Scouting Report: McGarry might have the best pure stuff of any pitcher in the system, with a 70-grade fastball and a pair of plus offspeeds in his slider and changeup. McGarry’s fastball was sitting 96-99 mph this summer, and his mid-80s slider is a dangerous swing-and-miss weapon with two-plane break. But McGarry will only go as far as his bottom-of-the-scale control takes him. This season he changed his delivery to make him more directional toward home plate, and the Phillies felt that change helped his control. The organization was impressed with his ability to throw strikes at instructs, and he also threw his changeup more during games this fall. The Phillies feel like McGarry could help them in the majors as soon as next year, but his control will need to improve for him to get to that point.
    The Future: McGarry should start the 2022 season back at High-A, but the Phillies will be aggressive in pushing him through the system. He has the stuff to be a mid-rotation starter, but will have to throw more strikes to get there.

  13. 13. Jordan Viars | OF
    Jordan Viars
    Born: Jul 18, 2003
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 215
    Signed By: Tommy Field.
    Minors: .255/.406/.468 | 3 HR | 2 SB | 47 AB

    Track Record: Viars was an under-the-radar talent coming out of Reed High in Frisco, Texas, who the Phillies were happy to nab in the third round in 2021 and convince him to forgo a commitment to Arkansas. He started his pro career in the Florida Complex League, where he posted a .255/.406/.468 slash line in 47 at-bats before ending the year in instructs.
    Scouting Report: Viars has a huge frame with impact power potential from the left side. Viars gets to his power with leverage out of a crouched stance, with plus raw juice currently that could grow into more. He has quick bat speed and impressed the organization with the quality of his at-bats in his debut, showing strike zone discipline and patience at the plate. He has the athleticism to fit in the corner outfield, but he’s expected to slow down as he matures and could move to the corner infield. He worked on adjusting to velocity and spin at instructional league. He has a good feel for the barrel, and averaged 90 mph exit velocities at instructs, topping out at 112 mph.
    The Future: Viars should start the 2022 season at Low-A Clearwater. If everything clicks, Viars projects to be an everyday big leaguer who hits 25-30 homers, but he’s years away from reaching that point.

  14. 14. Jhailyn Ortiz | OF
    Jhailyn Ortiz
    Born: Nov 18, 1998
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 264
    Drafted/Signed: Dominican Republic, 2015.
    Signed By: Sal Agostinelli.
    Minors: .250/.346/.488 | 23 HR | 4 SB | 340 AB

    Track Record: Signed for $4 million out of the Dominican Republic in 2015, Ortiz had yet to live up to that contract going into last season, with a .227 average over 1,167 at-bats across his first four seasons. He broke out in a big way in 2021 at High-A Jersey Shore, crushing 19 home runs and slashing .262/.358/.521 to earn a promotion to Double-A.
    Scouting Report: Ortiz came into the season in the best shape of his life, with a more healthy diet and a focused, diligent approach that stood out to coaches. He cut down on the length in his swing, which helped him catch up to mid-90s fastballs, and showed an improved ability to see pitches and perform against spin. Ortiz’s bat speed and improved pitch selection allowed him to more easily tap into his light-tower power, which led to a career-high 23 homers between High-A and Double-A. Ortiz is athletic for his size, with the ability to play center field currently, although he fits best in a corner, with the plus arm strength to fit in right field. Ortiz needs to continue cutting down on his swing and miss, keep his swing shorter, improve his bat-to-ball skills and stay on top of his weight, but this season was a big step in the right direction.
    The Future: Ortiz would have been Rule 5 draft eligible this winter, but the Phillies put him on the 40-man roster. He stayed in shape by playing in the winter Dominican League and should start the 2022 season at Double-A.

  15. 15. Luis Garcia | SS
    Luis Garcia
    Born: Oct 1, 2000
    Bats: B Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'11" Wt.: 195
    Drafted/Signed: Dominican Republic, 2017.
    Signed By: Carlos Salas.
    Minors: .243/.353/.414 | 13 HR | 15 SB | 391 AB

    Track Record: One of the top players in the 2017 international class who signed with the Phillies for $2.5 million, Garcia won the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League batting title in 2018, struggled mightily at Low-A in 2019 and spent the 2020 season at the alternate training site, where he added muscle to his frame. He was slow out of the gate in 2021, but an encouraging August led to a September promotion to High-A.
    Scouting Report: Garcia’s strength gains helped him tap into more power this season, hitting a career-high 13 home runs and posting the highest exit velocities of his professional career. Those power gains led to higher exit velocities at instructional league, where he topped out at 108 mph. Garcia has a tendency to get heavy on his front leg at the plate, and he made mechanical changes to get behind the ball better and stay on the ball. Garcia raised his walk rate significantly from the 2019 season and showed improved bat speed, an area of emphasis coming into the season. He’ll need to continue showing improvement with his bat speed, pitch recognition skills and staying on the right bat path to reduce his groundball rate. Garcia is a plus defender at shortstop with easy actions, solid range and an above-average arm who can also play second base. He spent his time at instructional league working at different positions around the infield, and the Phillies added him to the 40-man roster this winter.
    The Future: Garcia could be a useful defensive option off the bench in the majors, but he’ll need significant improvement from his bat to get him to that point.

  16. 16. Cristian Hernandez | RHP
    Cristian Hernandez
    Born: Sep 23, 2000
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 180
    Signed By: Ebert Velasquez.
    Minors: 2-7 | 3.57 ERA | 94 SO | 29 BB | 76 IP

    Track Record: Hernandez was given one of the smaller bonuses in the Phillies’ 2017 international class that included shortstop Luis Garcia, but quickly impressed in the Dominican Summer League in 2018 before missing the 2019 season due to injury and the 2020 season due to the coronavirus pandemic. He took a step forward in his full-season debut in 2021, pitching to a 3.69 ERA with 11 strikeouts per nine innings at Low-A Clearwater.
    Scouting Report: Hernandez stood out to opposing scouts in his first full season, with an imposing 6-foot-3 build from the right side with some projectability remaining, and a fastball that sat 93-94 mph and topped out at 96. He shows feel for the pitch, as well as a curveball with good spin that has the potential to be a plus pitch. He rounds out his arsenal with a pair of average offerings in his changeup and slider. Hernandez’s velocity backed up slightly during instructional league, a sign of fatigue after his first full season in professional baseball. Hernandez has solid-average control and projects for average command.
    The Future: Hernandez was one of the breakout players in the organization in 2021 and should start the 2022 season at High-A Jersey Shore. He has the stuff to project as a No. 5 starter, but needs to show he can maintain his fastball velocity deep into the season.

  17. 17. William Bergolla | SS
    William Bergolla
    Born: Oct 20, 2004
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'10" Wt.: 155

    Track Record: William Bergolla played 17 games in the majors for the Reds in 2005, ranking as a Top 30 prospect for the Reds for five years as a middle infielder. His son, William Bergolla Jr., was the centerpiece of the Phillies’ 2021-22 international signing class out of Venezuela, joining the organization when the signing period opened on Jan. 15, 2022.
    Scouting Report: Bergolla has a slender frame that lacks strength, but he’s a smooth, instinctive player on both sides of the ball. It starts with a compact, fluid swing from the left side and a knack for slowing the game down at the plate. He stays balanced throughout his swing, helping him recognize pitches well with impressive bat control to produce a high contact rate and line drives to all fields with doubles power. Bergolla is also a plus runner whose high baseball IQ should help him become a stolen base threat. He has the defensive actions and internal clock for shortstop, where he has soft hands and a slightly above-average arm.
    The Future: Bergolla is young and needs to get stronger, but his athleticism and feel for the barrel make for a promising foundation for a prospect who should stick at shortstop. He should get started in the Dominican Summer League in 2022.

  18. 18. Christian McGowan | RHP
    Christian McGowan
    Born: Mar 7, 2000
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 205
    Signed By: Tommy Field.
    Minors: 0-0 | 0.00 ERA | 8 SO | 1 BB | 5 IP

    Track Record: McGowan worked primarily as a reliever in his freshman season at Eastern Oklahoma State JC before transitioning to the rotation in 2020 and breaking out in 2021, with a 2.55 ERA and 13.3 strikeouts per nine innings. The Phillies scooped up McGowan in the seventh round, and he made four appearances between the Florida Complex League and Low-A Clearwater before finishing the season in instructional league.
    Scouting Report: McGowan has an impressive four-pitch arsenal from the right side, led by his two-seam and four-seam fastballs that sat 94-97 mph at instructs. The two-seamer has hard sinking action, and the pitches play well off each other. He attacks lefties with a high-80s changeup that has good deception and arm speed, making it an above-average offering. He also throws a hard, mid-80s slider with diving action that has earned above-average to plus grades. McGowan is a good athlete with a repeatable delivery, but needs to throw more strikes after walking 30 batters in 74 innings in 2021.
    The Future: After not throwing many innings in junior college, the Phillies could opt to start McGowan at Low-A Clearwater in 2022, with a promotion to High-A not far off.

  19. 19. Micah Ottenbreit | RHP
    Micah Ottenbreit
    Born: May 7, 2003
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 190
    Signed By: Derrick Ross.
    Minors: 1-0 | 4.50 ERA | 4 SO | 3 BB | 6 IP

    Track Record: One of the top prep pitchers in the state of Michigan, Ottenbreit ranked No. 280 on the BA 500. The Phillies were excited to nab Ottenbreit in the fourth round, signing him for an above-slot deal of $775,000. He made his debut in the Florida Complex League, appearing in five games.
    Scouting Report: Ottenbreit is a classic projection arm at 6-foot-4, 190 pounds from the right side who just turned 18 years old in May. He has a good feel to pitch, with a three-pitch mix led by a fastball that sits in the low 90s and topped out at 95 mph at instructional league and has the potential for more velocity as he adds strength and matures. His curveball is his best secondary, a mid-70s offering with good depth that had excellent spin rates topping out above 3,000 rpm at instructs. The pitch needs more power, but has the potential to be a plus or better offering in the future. Ottenbreit has also shown good feel to throw his low-80s changeup. He needs to improve his command and pitch selection, but the organization was pleased with the progress he made.
    The Future: Ottenbreit should make his full-season debut in 2022 in the Clearwater rotation and could be a candidate to make a jump in the next few years as he matures and grows into his body.

  20. 20. Nick Maton | SS/2B
    Nick Maton
    Born: Feb 18, 1997
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 183
    Drafted/Signed: Lincoln Land (Ill) JC, 2017 (7th round).
    Signed By: Justin Morgenstern.
    Minors: .199/.332/.345 | 5 HR | 3 SB | 206 AB

    Track Record: A 2017 seventh-rounder out of Lincoln Land (Ill.) Community College, Maton signed for $353,400, quickly made his Double-A debut two years later and impressed at the alternate training site in 2020. Maton struggled mightily at Triple-A this season, hitting .199 in 206 at-bats, but held his own in the big leagues with a .256 average in 117 at-bats.
    Scouting Report: Maton’s development took a step forward in 2020 at the alternate site, as he stood out for his improved pitch recognition and made harder contact against advanced arms. His development backed up this year, as he struggled mightily against offspeeds, with a high chase rate. Maton has no trouble handling high velocity, but major league pitchers were able to neutralize him with spin. Maton makes solid contact and projects to be a fringe-average hitter, with line-to-line power that shouldn’t lead to more than 10-15 home runs in the big leagues. He’s improved his range at shortstop, and has the ability to play there, second base and third base, with an above-average arm. He’s an average runner. Maton likely won’t hit enough to be more than a reserve infielder, but his defensive ability gives him value.
    The Future: Maton will likely start the 2022 season at Triple-A, where he’ll look to improve upon his 2021 stint.

  21. 21. Mickey Moniak | OF
    Mickey Moniak
    Born: May 13, 1998
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 195
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Carlsbad, Calif., 2016 (1st round).
    Signed By: Mike Garcia.
    Minors: .238/.299/.447 | 15 HR | 5 SB | 365 AB

    Track Record: Moniak, the 2016 No. 1 overall pick, spent the 2020 summer at the alternate training site before making his major league debut in mid September. He added muscle to his frame during the following offseason and stood out to manager Joe Girardi in 2021 spring training, but struggled between the majors and Triple-A, hitting .238 with 15 home runs in 99 games at Lehigh Valley. He was scheduled to appear in the Arizona Fall League, but pulled out due to an injury.
    Scouting Report: Moniak added 10 pounds of muscle to his frame during the offseason and it resulted in the most consistent hard contact of his career, with exit velocities topping out between 110 and 113 mph as he showed average power to all fields. Moniak worked during 2020 to cut down on his free-swinging approach, but posted the highest strikeout rate (24.7%) of his career at Triple-A in 2021. He improved his bat speed and showed solid bat-to-ball skills, but doesn’t reach base enough to be anything more than an extra outfielder. Moniak is a good athlete, a solid defender at all three outfield positions, an average runner and has an average arm.
    The Future: Moniak’s lack of an above-average tool prevents him from being an MLB regular. He’ll likely spend the 2022 season between the majors and Triple-A.

  22. 22. Bailey Falter | LHP
    Bailey Falter
    Born: Apr 24, 1997
    Bats: R Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 175
    Signed By: Demerius Pittman.
    Minors: 2-0 | 1.76 ERA | 44 SO | 8 BB | 31 IP

    Track Record: After faring well in his upper minors debut at Double-A Reading in 2019, Falter made the Phillies 2020 instructional league roster, impressed in five May starts at Triple-A Lehigh Valley in 2021 and quickly appeared in his first major league game in June. Falter was set to join the Phillies starting rotation in July before being placed on the Covid injured list, which caused him to miss a month of games. He made his first big league start on the final day of the regular season.
    Scouting Report: Falter emerged on the radar this year thanks to improvement in his fastball, with the pitch ranging from 91-94 mph from the left side. He gets good extension and riding life on the pitch, making it difficult to hit up in the zone. Falter throws a pair of breaking balls in a mid-70s curveball and mid-80s slider, which has sweeping life. Falter threw the slider 23.4% of the time at the big league level and had a 30.3% whiff rate on the pitch. It projects as an average offering. He rounds out his operation with a mid-80s changeup with tumbling life that flashes average, although he rarely threw the pitch in the big leagues. Falter was a consistent strike-thrower in the minors and was even better in the big leagues, with 1.6 walks per nine innings compared to 9.1 strikeouts.
    The Future: The Phillies believe Falter can be a back-of-the-rotation starter, but he’ll need to improve his changeup to give him a better weapon against righthanded hitters or be destined for a bullpen role.

  23. 23. Alexeis Azuaje | 2B
    Alexeis Azuaje
    Born: Apr 24, 2002
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'10" Wt.: 155
    Drafted/Signed: Signed: Venezuela, 2018
    Signed By: Rafael Alvarez and Ebert Velasquez.
    Minors: .400/.509/.867 | 5 HR | 4 SB | 45 AB

    Track Record: Signed by the Phillies out of Venezuela in 2018, Azuaje spent the 2019 season in the Dominican Summer League before the coronavirus pandemic shuttered the 2020 minor league season. He made his U.S. debut in 2021 with an encouraging stint in the Florida Complex League. He continued to impress with the bat in instructional league.
    Scouting Report: Azuaje stands out for his ability as a hitter, with a flat swing that leads to line-to-line contact with improved bat speed, and he has good recognition of spin. He is an aggressive hitter who makes plenty of contact, but that aggressiveness leads to a high chase rate and few walks. Azuaje could develop into a plus hitter if he’s able to show a more selective approach. He has deceptive power and hit five home runs with six doubles in the FCL. Azuaje is an excellent athlete with plus-plus running ability and ran a 6.41-second 60-yard dash in 2018. Azuaje has a bat-first profile, and is a fringe-average defender at second base with a fringe-average arm, but his speed allows his range to play up.
    The Future: After an impressive 2021 season, Azuaje should make his full-season debut at Low-A Clearwater in 2022.

  24. 24. Yhoswar Garcia | OF
    Yhoswar Garcia
    Born: Sep 13, 2001
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 155
    Drafted/Signed: Venezuela, 2020.
    Signed By: Ebert Velasquez.
    Minors: .229/.299/.271 | 0 HR | 11 SB | 70 AB

    Track Record: One of the top prospects in the 2019-2020 international class, Garcia’s signing with the Phillies was delayed a year due to a discrepancy with his age, with Garcia presenting himself as a year younger than he was. Garcia spent the 2020 season at home in Venezuela working on his conditioning, then made his pro debut in 2021 with Low-A Clearwater, but missed the majority of the season after fouling a ball off his leg.
    Scouting Report: Garcia has some of the loudest tools in the organization. The player nicknamed “The Drone” is an excellent athlete, with plus-plus speed, a plus arm and plus defensive ability in center field, with good range and instincts that should allow him to stick there. Garcia makes solid contact at the plate, but shows some chase tendencies and needs to improve the level of his at-bats. Opposing scouts are skeptical of his future impact due to his lack of power out of a 6-foot-1, 155-pound frame. Garcia has worked to put on muscle, but it’ll be a continued focus moving forward. He’s a line-drive, gap-to-gap hitter and does damage on the basepaths due to his speed and instincts.
    The Future: Garcia is still a raw talent who’s likely years away from reaching his potential, but his tool package gives the organization reason for excitement. He’ll start the 2022 season back at Low-A.

  25. 25. Rickardo Perez | C
    Rickardo Perez
    Born: Dec 4, 2003
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 165
    Drafted/Signed: Venezuela, 2021.
    Signed By: Ebert Velasquez.

    Track Record: Perez was the headliner of the Phillies 2020-2021 international signing class, agreeing to a $1.2 million deal. Perez made his professional debut in 2021, appearing in 43 games in the Dominican Summer League. He put up solid numbers as a 17-year-old, hitting .256/.370/.281. Perez finished the year at instructs, and continued to hit well.
    Scouting Report: Perez shot up to 6-foot-1 and his prospect status rose with his height. He stands out for a smooth stroke from the left side as well as the ability to barrel balls in games. He has an adjustable, quick swing and projects for average power in the future thanks to his bat control and loft in his swing. He has solid catch-and-throw skills and improved his arm strength, with his arm projecting as average. Perez is a well below-average runner and needs to watch his conditioning, as his body has not aged well.
    The Future: Perez is still a bat-first catcher, but his improvement defensively gives him an avenue to stick at the position moving forward. He should make his stateside debut in 2021.

  26. 26. Cristopher Sanchez | LHP
    Cristopher Sanchez
    Born: Dec 12, 1996
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'5" Wt.: 165
    Drafted/Signed: Dominican Republic, 2013.
    Signed By: Daniel Santana (Rays).
    Minors: 5-6 | 4.68 ERA | 89 SO | 48 BB | 73 IP

    Track Record: Sanchez, acquired from the Rays in the 2019 offseason for third baseman Curtis Mead, spent the majority of the 2021 season at Triple-A Lehigh Valley, where he showed swing-and-miss stuff, but issued far too many walks (5.9 per nine innings). He made his big league debut in June and appeared in seven games, allowing 16 hits and striking out 13 in 12.2 innings.
    Scouting Report: Sanchez relies on a mid-90s fastball with sinking life that comes in on hitters looking like a changeup due to his crossfire three-quarters delivery. His delivery hurts his fastball command, and the pitch was hit hard at the big league level. His mid-80s slider is his best offspeed offering, a pitch he uses to attack righthanded hitters down and in. It flashes above-average to plus. His changeup is a below-average offering with little movement and deception. Sanchez’s lack of a third pitch and below-average control make it likely he’ll end up in a bullpen role long term.
    The Future: After finishing the season in Philadelphia, Sanchez should compete for a spot on the 2022 Opening Day roster.

  27. 27. Hao Yu Lee | 2B
    Hao Yu Lee
    Born: Feb 3, 2003
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'10" Wt.: 190
    Signed By: Youngster Wang.
    Minors: .364/.440/.773 | 1 HR | 0 SB | 22 AB

    Track Record: Lee signed for $500,000 out of Taiwan in June 2021, and it didn’t take long for him to make his U.S. debut. He appeared in nine games in the Florida Complex League, collecting eight hits in 22 at-bats (.364), with five extra-base hits. Lee then impressed members of the organization with his play at instructional league.
    Scouting Report: Lee is a bat-first second baseman who showed off his knack for hitting in three weeks at instructs. He has impressive bat-to-ball skills, above-average barrel awareness, plus bat speed and a good approach, projecting to be an above-average hitter in the future. He hits the ball hard for his size, and should be able to add more power as he matures, with the ability to top out around 15 home runs. He’s a good athlete and a solid-average defender at second base with a fringe-average arm, but it’ll be his bat that leads the way.
    The Future: After making his stateside debut quickly after signing, Lee is in line to make his full-season debut at Low-A Clearwater in 2022 as a 19-year-old.

  28. 28. Francisco Morales | RHP
    Francisco Morales
    Born: Oct 27, 1999
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'5" Wt.: 260
    Drafted/Signed: Venezuela, 2016.
    Signed By: Jesus Mendez.
    Minors: 4-14 | 6.28 ERA | 117 SO | 67 BB | 92 IP

    Track Record: Morales struggled mightily in his upper minors debut after spending the 2020 shutdown in Orlando working on his conditioning and the development of his changeup. Morales posted a 6.94 ERA and walked 6.5 batters per nine innings at Double-A Reading before closing out the year with two scoreless starts at Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
    Scouting Report: Morales has long stood out for two impressive weapons in his mid-90s fastball and sharp, high-80s slider, but he had trouble throwing the pitches for strikes this season due to a lack of repeatability with his high-effort delivery. Morales will need to work on spotting his fastball, as he threw it over the middle of the plate far too often this season and it often plays below its velocity due to a lack of movement and command. His changeup lacks deception, making it a below-average offering.
    The Future: The 2022 season is a make-or-break year for Morales. If he can improve his fastball command and changeup development he can remain a starter. If not, his plus slider gives him a future in a bullpen role.

  29. 29. Scott Moss | LHP
    Scott Moss
    Born: Oct 6, 1994
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'6" Wt.: 225
    Drafted/Signed: Florida, 2016 (4th round).
    Signed By: Greg Zunino (Reds).
    Minors: 1-5 | 7.08 ERA | 29 SO | 15 BB | 21 IP

    Track Record: The 2016 fourth-rounder from Florida was traded to the Guardians in July 2019 as part of a three-team deal that sent righthander Trevor Bauer to the Reds. Moss spent the 2020 season at the alternate training site. He had the worst year of his pro career in 2021 while dealing with neck, back and shoulder injuries. The Guardians designated him for assignment after the season, and the Phillies claimed him on waivers in November.
    Scouting Report: Moss was expected to compete for a spot in the big leagues in 2021, but was sidetracked by various injuries and a walk rate that rose to 6.6 per nine innings. Moss relies on a three-pitch mix led by a low-90s fastball that tops out at 94 mph. He gets good riding life at the top of the zone and solid extension on the pitch. He improved his slider over the last two seasons, and it flashes plus. He rounds out his arsenal with a changeup. Moss has average command, but his control has backed up from average to below-average.
    The Future: If Moss can throw more consistent strikes he could help the Phillies at the back of the rotation. He’ll compete for a roster spot in 2022.

  30. 30. Casey Martin | SS
    Casey Martin
    Born: Apr 7, 1999
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'11" Wt.: 175
    Drafted/Signed: Arkansas, 2020 (3rd round).
    Signed By: Tommy Field.
    Minors: .198/.291/.310 | 7 HR | 17 SB | 374 AB

    Track Record: Martin’s excellent freshman season helped propel Arkansas to the 2018 College World Series finals, but he regressed over the next two seasons and questions about his hit tool led him to fall to the third round in the 2020 draft. Martin continued to struggle in his first pro season. He had ankle surgery in October, but should be ready for spring training.
    Scouting Report: Martin has a pull-heavy approach, a high chase rate and struggles to hit offspeed pitches away. Martin needs to improve his bat speed, as well as do a better job of barreling the ball. He has plus raw power, but tends to sell out for home runs and frequently expands the zone. He’s an impressive athlete, a plus runner and has a plus arm, but needs to improve his consistency defensively at shortstop. He can play second base in a pinch, and his speed and arm would profile well in center field as well.
    The Future: Time is running out for Martin to prove he can hit enough to progress up the minor league ladder. He’ll return to Jersey Shore in 2022, where he’ll look to have a breakthrough year.

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