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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.
TRACK RECORD: Martin broke onto the scene with 13 home runs and a .974 OPS his freshman year to help Arkansas come within a few outs of winning the College World Series. He regressed each successive season, however, and concerns about his aggressiveness caused him to fall to the third round of the 2020 draft. The Phillies stopped his slide at No. 87 overall and signed him for $1.3 million, nearly double slot value. SCOUTING REPORT: Martin has excellent tools, including plus raw power, plus speed, plus arm strength and defense that flashes plus, but he struggles to utilize those tools in games. He struck out 165 times in 148 collegiate games and is a below-average hitter with his overly aggressive approach. Martin does damage when he connects, but he needs to cut down on his swings and misses and improve his pitch recognition greatly. He has been pull-happy at times, and the Phillies have encouraged him to use the whole field. Martin has good range at shortstop and a strong arm, but he lacks polish and needs to improve his consistency and reliability. Otherwise, he could end up at third base, second or center field. THE FUTURE: Martin is one of the toolsiest players in the system. He's somewhat boom or bust, but the right adjustments could help him move quickly.
TRACK RECORD: Medina dominated the low Class A South Atlantic League in 2017 but has been unable to repeat that success in the years since. He spent the majority of the 2020 season at the Phillies' alternate site and made his first big league start on Sept. 20, when he allowed two runs and struck out four in four innings against the Blue Jays. SCOUTING REPORT: Medina features a three-pitch mix out of a clean delivery with good arm action, led by his average fastball that generally sits 92-93 mph and touches 95. He produces solid cutting action on the pitch and commands it well, with the ability to throw it to both sides of the plate. Medina's best offspeed offering is his above-average slider, which has some three-quarter break but often comes out as a slurvy pitch. Medina's changeup shows solid fade and has the potential to become plus, but he struggles to throw it for strikes. The Phillies were pleased by the progress Medina made, especially with his slider. He will need to continue improving his changeup to subdue lefthanded hitters. THE FUTURE: Medina should start 2021 in the upper minors before returning to the majors later in the season. If he can't bring his changeup along enough to start, his fastball and slider should play up in a bullpen role.
TRACK RECORD: The 2016 BA High School Player of the Year and No. 1 overall pick in the draft followed his best season as a professional in 2019--52 extra-base hits as a 21-year-old at Double-A Reading while showing increased strength--by earning a spot at the alternate training site in 2020. He impressed the Phillies with his play and earned his first major league callup at the end of the season, posting three hits in 14 at-bats. SCOUTING REPORT: A lack of above-average tools across the board leads evaluators to believe Moniak will be a fourth or fifth outfielder. He provides solid defense at all three outfield spots and could stick in center, where his arm is average. The lefthanded hitter does a good job getting the barrel on the ball and has worked on cutting down his free-swinging approach, taking pitches early in the count and increasing his bat speed. Moniak still has some projection left, but his bat and power will likely top out at slightly below average and he's drawn just 94 walks in over 1,500 at-bats. He has average speed. THE FUTURE: Moniak has a chance to make the team as a reserve in 2021. His approach and hit tool must improve in order for him to earn a starting spot.
TRACK RECORD: Miller showed enough in his three seasons at Stanford (17-9, 3.68) to merit a fourth-round selection in the 2019 draft. The bulky lefthander pitched across three levels after signing, culminating with a sharp stint at low Class A Lakewood. Miller impressed the Phillies with his repertoire in spring training and was added to the team's instructional league roster in the fall. SCOUTING REPORT: Miller is an imposing lefthander on the mound. His fastball has increased in velocity and now sits in the mid 90s, topping out at 96 mph. Miller does a good job hiding the ball and it shows running life with carry up in the zone, giving it the potential to be a plus pitch. His slider is another plus offering that sits 80-84 mph and induces swings and misses with three-quarter tilt and big crossbreak. Miller mostly relies on those two pitches, but also has an 84-86 mph changeup with some turnover action. He is working to increase the repeatability of his delivery in order to improve his below-average control. THE FUTURE: If Miller's changeup keeps improving and he starts to attack the zone consistently, he should profile as a back-end starter. Otherwise, his fastball and slider will play in relief.
TRACK RECORD: De Los Santos was acquired from the Padres for Freddy Galvis and made 12 appearances for the Phillies between 2018 and 2019. He did not pitch in the majors in 2020, instead joining the alternate training site in late August and working on repeating his delivery, improving his command and locating his breaking ball for strikes. SCOUTING REPORT: De Los Santos has a big arm with an above-average fastball that ranges from 92-98 mph, but he has struggled to consistently locate the pitch, especially on the outer half to righthanded hitters. His changeup is fringe-average but does a good job of falling away from lefthanded hitters. De Los Santos spent the bulk of his time at the alternate training site working on his breaking ball. His slider sits 80-83 mph but shows 12-to-6 shape at times that makes it resemble a curveball. De Los Santos has struggled to locate the pitch, and the Phillies worked with him to repeat his delivery to improve his consistency. The club believes the breaking ball can be above-average if he can tighten it up and learn to land it. THE FUTURE: De Los Santos most likely profiles as a reliever. The Phillies need bullpen arms and his fastball should play up in the role.
TRACK RECORD: Simmons made a quick impression after being drafted in the sixth round in 2018, highlighted by hitting 12 home runs with a .520 slugging percentage at short-season Williamsport in 2019. The athletic middle infielder spent the summer of 2020 helping coach East Cobb teams in Atlanta before getting added to the instructional league roster. SCOUTING REPORT: Simmons has impressive power and added even more after spending the summer working on his conditioning. He's added 30 pounds of muscle from the time he was drafted and came out hitting the ball hard in instructs. Simmons is athletic but still has some rawness in his game, particularly as a hitter. He shows quick bat speed but tends to sell out too much for power with a pullhappy approach. He also needs to work on staying in the strike zone. Simmons has a strong, average to above-average arm, but doesn't have good actions at shortstop and the Phillies still aren't sure where he will end up defensively. He's moved around the infield, but could even end up in left field eventually. He is a fringe-average runner. THE FUTURE: Simmons was one of the players in the organization most hurt by not having a minor league season. He should make his full-season debut in 2021.
TRACK RECORD: Immensely popular within the organization, O'Hoppe was picked by the Phillies as a 23rd-rounder in 2018 and wasted no time before posting a .943 OPS in the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League. He struggled in short-season ball in 2019, but slugged .483 as a 19-yearold over the winter in the Australian Baseball League.The Phillies brought him to the alternate training site in 2020. SCOUTING REPORT: O'Hoppe's program at the alternate site was focused around his contact skills, hitting approach and cutting down his strikeout rate. By the final two months his strikeout rate was down to 10% after sitting north of 27% in 2019. How those adjustments translate into real games will go a long way in projecting his hit tool, which presently is below-average. He has fringe-average bat speed and average power, but he tends to have a pull-happy approach. O'Hoppe draws rave reviews for his work ethic, makeup, leadership and ability to call a game behind the plate. He's an above-average defender with strong blocking skills who works well with pitchers. He has average arm strength. THE FUTURE: Few doubt O'Hoppe can catch in the majors, but his bat could take a couple years. He'll make his full-season debut in 2021.
TRACK RECORD: Signed out of the Dominican Republic by the Rays in 2013, Sanchez spent three seasons in the Dominican Summer League and two in the Rookie-level Appalachian League. He broke out and jumped all the way from high Class A to Triple-A Durham in 2019, leading the Phillies to acquire him for Curtis Mead after the season. He made his organizational debut at the alternate training site in 2020. SCOUTING REPORT: Sanchez is a power pitcher with an electric fastball that sits in the mid 90s and tops out at 98 mph. His low three-quarters crossfire delivery makes it hard for hitters to see the ball, but also hurts Sanchez's fastball command. His mid-80s slider flashes above-average to plus at times and works down and in on righthanded hitters. His changeup sits in the low 80s with little movement and he struggles to command it. Sanchez is extremely raw for his age and spent the summer gaining experience against advanced hitters at the alternate site. His control remains well below average. THE FUTURE: Sanchez should start 2021 back in Triple-A. He might not be far from assuming a role in the Phillies bullpen.
TRACK RECORD: Nava signed for $400,000 in 2018 and the Phillies were confident enough in him as a hitter that they had him start his pro career in the Gulf Coast League in 2019 as a 17-year-old. The switch-hitter did not disappoint, hitting .314 and showing little swing and miss, and he was added to the Phillies instructional league roster this fall to give him reps behind and at the plate. SCOUTING REPORT: Generally considered the top hitter among the Phillies stable of catchers, Nava shows an advanced approach at the plate for his age, with advanced bat control, strong hands and the ability to hit from both sides of the plate. Nava makes quality contact, with his bat-to-ball skills and bat speed standing out. Nava doesn't have much power at the moment, with little projection left in his body at 5-foot-11, 225 pounds. He's still raw defensively, but has solid catch and throw skills--he threw out 32% of baserunners in 2019. He's a decent receiver and has shown improvement in blocking balls in the dirt. Nava's arm is fringe-average and he does a good job of handling pitchers for his age. He's a slow runner. THE FUTURE: Like many other young players, Nava was hurt by not having a minor league season. His hitting ability should allow him to handle his first assignment at full-season ball next summer.
TRACK RECORD: The Phillies made a big splash by signing Perez, who headlines the team’s 2020-2021 international class. Perez was one of the top catchers available on the market and signed for $1.2 million from the same Venezuelan program that produced righthander Francisco Morales. SCOUTING REPORT: Perez’s stock has risen as he’s grown taller and stronger, getting up to 6-foot-1, 165 pounds. He has a smooth, fluid stroke from the left side and a knack for barreling balls in games, while staying balanced throughout his swing and using the whole field. He has a chance to grow into average or better power thanks to his ability to generate loft and his bat control. Perez has developed an average arm to go with solid catch-and-throw skills behind the plate. THE FUTURE: Perez improved his throwing ability, making it more likely he can stick behind the plate long term. He’ll likely get his first assignment in the Dominican Summer League.
TRACK RECORD: Romero bounced back and forth between Double-A and Triple-A in 2019 and appeared to figure it out at the end of the season, capped by a strong showing in the Arizona Fall League. The Phillies brought him to the alternate site in 2020 and called him up for his big league debut Aug. 21. Romero went on to make 12 relief appearances and allowed 13 hits and nine earned runs in 10.2 innings, albeit with 10 strikeouts against only two walks. SCOUTING REPORT: After showing signs of decreased velocity on his fastball, Romero sat 95 mph in the major leagues and showed an average heater he was capable of leaning on against big league hitters. He's worked to throw his slider harder, tighter and more effectively in the strike zone and showed a high-spin breaking ball in the mid-80s in his debut, but at times hitters were able to tee off on it. Romero's changeup was previously an above-average pitch, but was used infrequently in 2020. He has average control. THE FUTURE: The Phillies have a need for bullpen arms. Romero will likely continue to pitch in that role in 2021.
TRACK RECORD: The Phillies took a flier on Jones in the 18th round of the 2017 draft despite two underwhelming seasons at Washington State. He improved significantly as a pro after adding velocity at Driveline Baseball and ditching his windup, which in turn helped his command. He spent the summer of 2020 at the Phillies alternate site. SCOUTING REPORT: Jones has impressive stuff but has trouble throwing strikes. His above-average fastball sits 92-94 mph and tops out at 96 and his best pitch is his high-spin, low-80s slider. He gets excellent horizontal movement on the pitch and it's a true swing-and-miss offering. His changeup doesn't show movement and is thrown too close in velocity to his fastball at 86-88 mph, making it a below-average pitch. Jones has a strong body and a big arm with good extension out of his delivery, but has to improve his control to start. He spent the summer working against advanced hitters in uncomfortable at-bats and needs to improve at attacking the strike zone and consistently landing his pitches in the strike zone. THE FUTURE: The Phillies believe that Jones can be a back-end starter. His stuff will play in the bullpen if his control doesn't improve.
TRACK RECORD: An athletic prep shortstop, Baylor signed with the Phillies for $675,000 after they drafted him in the third round in 2019. He played in just four games in the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League after signing due to a hamstring injury. He spent 2020 recovering from another hamstring injury before joining instructional league in the fall. SCOUTING REPORT: Baylor has an exciting blend of tools highlighted by his speed, athleticism, hitting ability and arm strength. He has strong bat-to-ball skills and solid bat speed and spent the fall working to clean up unnecessary hitches in his swing. Baylor impressed evaluators at instructs with his added strength, setting career highs in exit velocity and crossing 105 mph multiple times. Baylor has aboveaverage arm strength, but his actions are slow and there is some concern he might have to move from shortstop to second base, third or the outfield. THE FUTURE: Baylor should make his full-season debut next summer. His main goals are to continue working on his approach and stay healthy.
TRACK RECORD: A 2017 10th-rounder from NAIA power Lewis-Clark State, Brogdon is a big, hardthrowing righthander who logged a 2.50 ERA in three minor league seasons and earned a spot at the Phillies alternate training site in 2020. He made his major league debut in August and became one of the few reliable members of the Phillies' MLB-worst bullpen, pitching to a 3.97 ERA in nine appearances with 17 strikeouts, five walks and five hits allowed in 11.1 innings. SCOUTING REPORT: Brogdon's arsenal is headlined by a plus fastball that averages 95 mph and has a high spin rate between 2,400-2,500 rpm. In the past he's thrown a 79-83 mph slider that doesn't have much power and featured slurvy action, but he ditched the pitch in the majors. His circle changeup averages 84 mph with good deception and plus fading life. Major league hitters struggled against the pitch, producing just two hits in 16 at-bats--both singles--and striking out eight times. Brogdon has average control. THE FUTURE: Brogdon solidified himself as a valuable weapon out of the bullpen. He will need to cut down on his walk rate and continue staying aggressive in the zone.
TRACK RECORD: Rosso's breakout 2018 season at the Class A levels was followed by an encouraging performance at Double-A in 2019, though he struggled after a promotion to Triple-A. The Phillies included Rosso on their Opening Day roster and he spent the year bouncing back and forth between the majors and the alternate training site, ultimately going 0-1, 6.52 in seven appearances. SCOUTING REPORT: Rosso is a burly righthander whose stuff is improving, but his control still needs work. His fastball sits 93-94 mph with above-average spin, touching 97, and has some running action to both sides of the plate. His slurvy slider sits 84-85 mph with an above-average spin rate but needs to be tightened. His changeup is just a show-me pitch. The Phillies have pushed Rosso to stretch out his delivery more and want to see him attack hitters in the strike zone. His control is fringe-average and he walked eight batters in 9.2 innings in his major league debut. THE FUTURE: Rosso profiles as a middle reliever in the majors. The Phillies hold out some hope he can be a back-end starter if he improves his changeup.
TRACK RECORD: Gutierrez signed with the Phillies in 2017 after his contract with the Braves was voided when MLB penalized Atlanta for violating international signing rules. He fared well in the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League in 2018, but struggled to a .246/.314/.318 slash line in his first taste of full-season ball at low Class A Lakewood in 2019. Gutierrez spent 2020 working hard to improve his conditioning and added strength to his frame. SCOUTING REPORT: Gutierrez is a line-drive hitter despite showing average raw power in batting practice. He does a solid job controlling the strike zone and rarely chases outside of it. While Gutierrez doesn't swing and miss much, he struggles to consistently make hard contact as a result of below-average bat speed and a long swing. The result most often is weak ground balls and popups. Defensively, Gutierrez receives well and offers a low target behind the plate. He handles pitchers well and has average arm strength, ultimately projecting as an average defender. THE FUTURE: Gutierrez will attempt to turn his physical gains into better production. He projects as a backup catcher if he can quicken his bat speed and make harder contact.
TRACK RECORD: Lindow seemed destined for college until he began working out with Tom Glavine, whose son played travel ball with Lindow, before his senior year of high school. Glavine's instruction led to an uptick in Lindow's velocity and the sharpness of his breaking ball, leading the Phillies to draft him in the fifth round. Lindow went 5-4, 2.52 in 26 starts across the Class A levels in his full-season debut in 2019. The Phillies decided not to send him to the alternate training site or instructional league in 2020, opting instead to preserve his arm after he worked on his conditioning over the summer. SCOUTING REPORT: Lindow has a solid four-pitch mix with plus control from the left side, but he's going to need to add velocity. Lindow's fastball sits just 89-90 mph and touches 93, although it's solid riding life helps it play up to a fringe-average pitch. His 73-77 mph curveball is his best secondary as an above-average offering with three-quarter break and depth. His changeup is also above-average at 82-84 mph with good fade and deception and his 81-83 mph slider is an average pitch that resembles a cutter. Lindow works quickly and hides the ball well in his delivery. THE FUTURE: Lindow has performed at every stop and has the pitch mix to settle in the back of a rotation. Whether he adds more velocity will determine if he gets there.
TRACK RECORD: Signed out of the Dominican Republic for $4 million, Ortiz has shown light-tower power but struggled to make contact at every level. He's hit .227 in 1,167 minor league at-bats, capped by a .200 average at high Class A Clearwater in 2019. His only 2020 action came during instructional league. SCOUTING REPORT: Ortiz takes huge swings to try and access his 70-grade power, but he does not have good timing and is far too rotational with his swing. He struggles adjusting to offspeed pitches and upperend velocity and chases far too often. The Phillies have emphasized working on pitch-recognition skills as well as hitting the ball the other way. Even if he can make those improvements, it's hard to imagine him making enough contact to be a major leaguer. Ortiz is a below-average defender in right field and may be destined for first base. He is a below-average runner who will need to watch his conditioning after arriving at instructs weighing 264 pounds. THE FUTURE: Ortiz does not currently project as a major leaguer in any capacity. His power may buy him time to figure things out.
TRACK RECORD: Signed out of the Dominican Republic in 2015, Guzman slowly rose through the system and made his full-season debut in 2019, hitting .251/.298/.316 with three home runs and 31 stolen bases at low Class A Lakewood. He was included in the Phillies instructional league roster in 2020, where he worked on his plate discipline and overall approach. SCOUTING REPORT: Regarded as the best defensive shortstop in the system, Guzman is a plus defender with strong range, smooth actions and plus arm strength. His bat is far behind his glove, however. Guzman is a well below-average hitter with bottom-of-the-scale power. He is attempting to increase his bat speed while working on his approach to be more patient and work counts better. Phillies officials feel he's made some improvement in that area and are encouraged by his ability to get the barrel on the ball. Guzman doesn't project to hit for much impact and is likely limited to a backup ceiling in the major leagues. He is a plus runner who can steal a lot of bases. THE FUTURE: Guzman should head to high Class A in 2021. He needs to improve offensively in order to project as a reserve who can play multiple positions and is a threat on the basepaths.
TRACK RECORD: Llovera first jumped on radars for his power fastball in 2017 and moved full-time into the rotation in 2018 at high Class A Clearwater. He pitched well there, but his fastball velocity decreased in 2019 at Double-A Reading and he missed part of the season with forearm tightness. Llovera spent most of 2020 at the Phillies alternate training site. He received his first major league callup on Sept. 6 and allowed five hits and four runs in his lone inning of work. SCOUTING REPORT: After brushing 99 mph at his peak, Llovera's drop in velocity in 2019 was alarming and he did not come close to throwing as hard at either the alternate site or the majors. His fastball now averages 93 mph and tops out at 95. His average slider sits 80-83 mph and his changeup sits in the mid 80s with good deception and arm speed. Llovera creates good angle in his delivery and hides the ball well, but he has just fringe-average control. THE FUTURE: Llovera's fastball velocity will be something to monitor. He profiles as a middle reliever either way.
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