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Phillies Prospect Power Rankings, fourth edition

June 19th, 2017 at 3:54 PM
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This sounded like a great idea when I brought it up at a staff meeting over the winter.

Sure, this will be easy, update the progress of the many top prospects in the Phillies system somewhat regularly through power rankings! Not a problem at all, plus, fun!’

This really isn’t easy at all, or at least not as simple as it seemed when we rolled out the initial Phillies Prospect Power Rankings a week before camp broke in Clearwater, Fla.

But the thing to keep in mind here – at least this is what I try to repeat to myself while figuring these out every few weeks or so – is that these are power rankings and not traditional prospect rankings. It’s fluid.

It should be based more on the hot and cold streaks all players endure over the course of the five-month minor league season. The emphasis on such power rankings should be on the now and not necessarily on the individual ceilings and floors when these guys are final products in the coming years.

With that said, coming up with the top 3 or 5 has particularly proven to be a chore. When we began this, and even still today, we wanted to give credence to the overall player and his projectability and what he could become one day. But a lot of those guys have made it awfully tough to keep putting a top 5 number by their name when the time comes to put these lists together.

And so, of course, we’re putting a teenager on top this time around.

*All stats are through Sunday’s games

1. Mickey Moniak 

Age: 19 | Position: Outfield | Previous Ranking: 4

2017 stats: .270/.328/.392, two HR, four 3B, 15 2B, six SB in 62 games at Low-A Lakewood

Moniak is less than a year removed from making his pro debut. But the combination of what we think he can be as a final product (yes, despite what we said above, it factored in here) and obviously how he’s played in the last month (again, the emphasis on these such lists) made him feel like a better selection than the 3-4 guys below him here. Moniak entered the weekend hitting .293 with a .358 OBP, and 12 extra-base hits (including two home runs) in his previous 25 games /109 plate appearances. This is almost twice as many extra-base hits as J.P. Crawford (seven) all season (56 games/244 plate appearances). Moniak is still growing, both physically and as a hitter, too.

Estimated Time of Arrival to Phillies: 2020

2. Rhys Hoskins

Age: 24 | Position: First Base | Previous Ranking: 3

2017 stats: .287/.380/.574 with 15 HR, 3 3B, 17 2B in 69 games at Triple-A Lehigh Valley

Has Hoskins slowed down some? Surely, although it was probably unfair to expect him to maintain what he did in the season’s first six weeks. Hoskins has slashed .209/.300/.384 with two home runs in his last 100 plate appearances over 24 games. Still, his strikeout/walk numbers (15/12) are those of an advanced, mature hitter. We still like the overall picture of what he’s done in his first two-plus months, which has him tied for the best OPS in the International League.

ETA: Later in 2017

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3. Scott Kingery

Age: 23 | Position: Second Base | Previous Ranking: 6

2017 stats: .304/.375/.607, 18 HR, 4 3B, 16 2B, 17 SB in 63 games at Double-A Reading

Speaking of leading your league â?¦ Kingery leads the Eastern League in home runs and ranks second in OPS and stolen bases. He has 12 more total bases than the next closest player (a player who happens to be a teammate that you’ll see later on this list). After banging out four hits on the first day of the month, Kingery entered a min-June swoon (….

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