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Fastball: 65. Slider: 60. Changeup: 55. Curveball: 55. Control: 55
TRACK RECORD: Howard got into Cal Poly on academics and planned to play for the school’s club team, but he made the varsity team during walk-on tryouts as a freshman. He blossomed physically and went from throwing 84-85 mph at the tryout to sitting 92-93 and touching 96 by the time he was a redshirt sophomore in the Mustangs’ rotation. The Phillies drafted him in the second round, No. 45 overall, in 2017 and signed him for $1.15 million. Howard battled through an arm injury his first full season but recovered to throw a no-hitter in the South Atlantic League playoffs. He reached Double-A in 2019. Howard looked like one of the Phillies’ best pitchers in summer camp, and it didn’t take long for him to make his first big league start. He took the bump on Aug. 9 against the Braves. His season did hit a hiccup as he missed time with shoulder stiffness.
SCOUTING REPORT: Howard has a strong, sturdy build at 6-foot-2, 205 pounds and tops his arsenal with a nearly plusplus fastball. The pitch comfortably sits 94 mph, bumps 98 and has touched 100 in the past. Howard showed the ability to throw his fastball to all four quadrants of the strike zone in the big leagues, though he mainly threw the pitch up in the zone or missed down the middle. His fastball shows above-average movement and above-average spin—64th percentile,according to Statcast—and he leans on it heavily, throwing it more than half the time. All three of Howard’s secondary pitches show above-average potential. His changeup made rapid improvement, going from below-average in 2017 to flashing plus by 2019. The pitch sits 79-80 mph, plays up with solid deception and features late tumble at its best. Howard’s slider is his most-used secondary. The pitch sits 84-85 mph and has some late tilt. It’s his primary swing-and-miss pitch and generated a nearly 41% percent whiff rate in his debut. Howard’s curveball flashes plus 12-to-6 shape but needs further refinement. Howard has an easy, repeatable delivery that suggests future above-average control, though he didn’t show it in his debut. The Phillies were impressed by his stuff, feel and confidence attacking the zone.
THE FUTURE: Howard profiles as a potential No. 2 or 3 starter with four above-average or better pitches if everything comes together. He showed encouraging signs in his big league debut and should continue to improve and adjust with more starts under his belt. Barring an unforeseen development, he should start the 2021 season back in the Phillies’ rotation.
Fastball: 60. Slider: 60. Changeup: 50. Curveball: 45. Control: 55
TRACK RECORD: Abel jumped on scouts’ radars when he struck out 2019 No. 5 overall pick Riley Greene as a junior, and he kept their attention leading up to his senior year. He entered 2020 considered arguably the top high school pitcher in the nation, but his season was canceled by the coronavirus pandemic before he could throw a pitch. The Phillies still made him the first prep pitcher selected when they drafted him 16th overall and signed him for $4.08 million to forgo an Oregon State commitment.
SCOUTING REPORT: Abel has an athletic, projectable build at 6-foot-5, 190 pounds and a clean delivery. His four-seam fastball is a plus pitch that sat 90-94 mph in game action and began reaching 97-100 mph during summer workouts at a facility near his home. Abel complements his fastball with a plus 82-86 mph slider as well as an 81-85 mph changeup with tumble and late fade at its best. Abel ties his potent arsenal together with above-average control. He showed how advanced he was by striking out 12 of 15 batters he faced in an informal outing against minor leaguers in Oregon.
THE FUTURE: Abel has a long way to go, but he has the ceiling of a top-of-the-rotation starter. He took part in instructional league and is set to make his pro debut in 2021.
Hitting: 50. Power: 50. Run: 55. Fielding: 55. Arm: 55.
TRACK RECORD: The Phillies took Stott with the 14th overall pick in 2019 after a standout career at UNLV. He continued to perform with an .816 OPS in 44 games in his pro debut in the short-season New York-Penn League. The Phillies brought Stott to their alternate training site in 2020, where he faced more advanced pitchers, worked on his strength and conditioning and concentrated on hitting the ball to all fields.
SCOUTING REPORT: Stott is a solid all-around player who doesn’t have many holes in his game. He makes at-bats tough on pitchers and rarely chases out of the strike zone. He struggles some against high velocity, which he worked on at the alternate site. Stott has been too pull-happy at times, but the Phillies were impressed with the progress he showed hitting the ball to all fields. He has solid bat speed and showed an uptick in his power. Stott is an above-average runner who has good actions at shortstop, with above-average range and an above-average arm. He impressed the organization with his daily routine and earned high marks for his makeup.
THE FUTURE: Stott should experience his first taste of the upper minors in 2021. He projects to stick in the middle of the diamond and be a solid contributor on both sides of the ball.
Fastball: 70. Slider: 70. Changeup: 40. Control: 50
TRACK RECORD: Morales was one of the top pitchers in the 2016 international class and signed with the Phillies for $720,000. He experienced a breakthrough in 2019 at low Class A Lakewood with a 3.82 ERA and just over 12 strikeouts per nine innings. Morales spent the 2020 season in Orlando working on his changeup and his strength and conditioning. He was listed at 260 pounds at instructional league, up from 185 when he signed.
SCOUTING REPORT: Morales has a fast, loose arm and generates two power pitches in a 93-97 mph fastball and sharp, 85-89 mph slider that routinely misses bats. Both are plus-plus pitches and play up with deception from his slight crossfire delivery. The development of Morales’ changeup will dictate whether he ends up in a rotation or bullpen. His changeup has rarely fooled hitters, and he needs to add deception or movement to the pitch. Morales needs to keep his release point consistent and establish more extension out front, but he competes hard, has a strong presence and shows potentially average control.
THE FUTURE: Morales has a chance to be a mid-rotation starter if he can get his changeup to average. If he doesn’t, he has a solid fallback option as a high-leverage reliever.
Hitting: 45. Power: 30. Run: 40. Fielding: 70. Arm: 60.
TRACK RECORD: Marchan played shortstop as an amateur in Venezuela but moved behind the plate before signing with the Phillies for $200,000 in 2015. He caught manager Joe Girardi’s eye in big league camp for his defense and intelligence and was added to the Phillies’ 60-man player pool. The Phillies called him up on Sept. 14 and he went 4-for-8 and hit his first professional home run.
SCOUTING REPORT: Marchan’s calling card is his excellent defense behind the plate. He has above-average blocking skills, a plus arm and maturity beyond his years for handling pitchers. He runs well for a catcher and is a good athlete. Marchan is firmly defense-first, but he has taken steps forward as a hitter. He has solid bat-to-ball skills and bat control that allows him to line the ball to all fields. He showed a knack for hitting breaking balls at the alternate training site and seemed to gain confidence the more he faced advanced pitchers. Marchan’s flat swing isn’t conducive to home runs, but he showed he could drive the ball with an average exit velocity of 92 mph in his limited big league sample.
THE FUTURE: Marchan handled his own against advanced competition in 2020. He should, at the very least, provide topflight defense and plus makeup behind the plate.
Hitting: 45. Power: 40. Run: 50. Fielding: 60. Arm: 55.
TRACK RECORD: Garcia was one of the top prospects in a deep 2017 international class that included Wander Franco and Julio Rodriguez. He signed with the Phillies for $2.5 million and won the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League batting title in his 2018 pro debut. The Phillies sent Garcia to low Class A Lakewood in 2019, but he hit under .200 for most of the year and struggled to impact the ball.
SCOUTING REPORT: The switch-hitting Garcia shows all the tools to hit. He has short, quick swings from both sides of the plate, catches up to velocity, recognizes pitches and puts together good at-bats. He simply lacked strength, so he spent 2020 working on his body and added 20 pounds to his frame. The increase led to a career-high 107 mph maximum exit velocity during instructional league, and his bat speed also showed significant improvement. In theory, he should now be able to generate more power and make it harder for outfielders to play him shallow. Garcia is a plus defender at shortstop with soft hands, smooth footwork and above-average arm strength. He’s an average runner with enough range for the position.
THE FUTURE: If Garcia can be even a fringe-average hitter, his defense will carry him to the majors. He will try to show that his strength gains made a difference in 2021.
Hitting: 55. Power: 40. Run: 60. Fielding: 55. Arm: 50.
TRACK RECORD: Garcia initially expected to sign with the Phillies in 2019 but was delayed a year due to an age-discrepancy issue. He had originally represented himself to be a year younger than his actual age. Garcia officially signed in March but became stuck in his home country of Venezuela due to travel restrictions put in place during the coronavirus pandemic. He spent the year at home running and working on his conditioning.
SCOUTING REPORT: Nicknamed “The Drone,” Garcia shows outstanding speed and athleticism. He has good contact skills at the plate, where he works as a line-drive hitter from the right side with gap-to-gap power. Garcia is not expected to be a huge home run threat, but he should add more power to his 6-foot-1, 155-pound frame as he matures. That would give him at least average pop. Garcia is a plus runner, giving him the potential to be a threat at the top of the order. He is a standout defender in center field with the speed, instincts and range to stay at the position. He has the potential to develop a plus arm as he gets stronger.
THE FUTURE: Garcia has yet to play a professional game and has a long way to go to reach his ceiling as a top-of-the-order center fielder. His pro debut should come in 2021.
Hitting: 55. Power: 40. Run: 55. Fielding: 60. Arm: 50.
TRACK RECORD: Muzziotti originally signed with the Red Sox but was declared a free agent by Major League Baseball after Boston was found to have violated international signing rules. The Phillies picked him up for $750,000. Muzziotti hit .287 with 21 doubles and 21 steals in the pitcher-friendly Florida State League in 2019 and impressed the Phillies with his ability to drive the ball in spring training before camps shut down. He got back on the field in Clearwater in October for instructional league.
SCOUTING REPORT: Muzziotti is a lanky contact hitter whose best tool is his bat. He flashes above-average hitting ability from the left side with quick hands, solid bat speed and a natural feel for contact. He has a steep, downhill bat path that generates ground balls and line drives, and he is primarily a gap-to-gap hitter. Phillies coaches are working on adding more loft to his swing to increase his flyball rate. Defensively, Muzziotti is the top center fielder in the system with solid routes, quick reads off the bat and the plus speed to cover plenty of ground. He has an average arm and earns high marks for his makeup and intelligence.
THE FUTURE: Muzziotti has the tools to be a table-setter at the top of the lineup. He’ll move as fast as his bat takes him.
Hitting: 50. Power: 50. Run: 60. Fielding: 60. Arm: 50.
TRACK RECORD: The Phillies signed the unheralded Rojas for just $10,000 in the same international period that netted them Luis Garcia. Rojas had an encouraging debut season in the Dominican Summer League in 2018 and held his own as a teenager with short-season Williamsport in 2019. Rojas spent the summer adding muscle to his frame before heading to instructional league.
SCOUTING REPORT: Rojas is an athletic, toolsy outfielder with impressive bat speed, but he will need to work on his pitch selection, especially against fastballs. He has at least an average hit tool, with a short, compact swing with minimal movement. The ball jumps off his bat, as evidenced by exit velocities over 110 mph in 2019. He is working to get more lift on the ball to cut down on his high groundball rate. With his added strength, Rojas projects for average power and has shown the ability to hit the ball to all fields in the minor leagues. The Phillies believe he can play all three outfield spots with above-average defensive ability, an average arm, plus speed and a high-energy approach.
THE FUTURE: Rojas’ upside is matched by few prospects in the system. He will need to work on improving his approach and chase rates to reach his ceiling as an everyday big leaguer.
Hitting: 50. Power: 40. Run: 50. Fielding: 55. Arm: 55.
TRACK RECORD: Maton, whose older brother Phil is an Indians reliever, signed with the Phillies for just over $350,000 as a seventh-round pick in 2017 and sped past many players taken ahead of him. He reached Double-A in 2019, then impressed during spring training in 2020 and spent the summer at the alternate training site facing older pitchers.
SCOUTING REPORT: Maton is a solid athlete with a knack for catching up to velocity. He’s an average hitter from the left side who gets on base at a solid clip. The ball jumped off his bat at the alternate site, and the Phillies felt he improved his pitch recognition facing more advanced pitchers. Maton’s power is mostly to the gaps, but he’s shown enough power to project 10-12 home runs as he adds strength to his frame. Maton is an above-average defender at shortstop who has worked hard to improve his range. He has the above-average arm strength to play the left side of the infield and saw time at both third base and second base at the alternate site. He earns high marks for his makeup, instincts and routine.
THE FUTURE: Maton has the tools and mindset to be a useful, versatile infielder in the major leagues. He will likely return to Double-A in 2021.
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