Phillies' 2010 organization preview
National League champs in no rush to rush young talent
The future success of every Major League team lies largely in its Minor League pipeline. With that in mind, each preseason, MLB.com takes a comprehensive look at the farm systems of all 30 organizations, from top prospects to recent Draft picks.
The Phillies made it to the World Series the past two years and has remained largely intact for 2010, thus the team does not have the pressing need that other organizations might have for immediate help from the farm. And that's a good thing, since most of Philadelphia's "ready for prime time" prospects have been traded in the last year.
As a result, only one player -- outfielder Domonic Brown, the club's undisputed top prospect -- remains on the Phillies' 10 Prospects to Watch list from Opening Day 2009. Of the remaining nine, seven were traded, one -- southpaw J.A. Happ -- lost eligibility as he became one of the top rookies in the National League, and one fell off the list.
There is still ample talent in the organization, especially when it comes to toolsy outfielders, but most of these players are at least a year or two away -- if not more. The good news is, there is no reason to rush them. The new list features all three prospects acquired from Seattle in the blockbuster deal involving aces Cliff Lee and Roy Halladay, with the other seven all homegrown players. And remember, Ryan Howard, Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley and Cole Hamels all came slowly and steadily through the system as well.
Antonio Bastardo, LHP
The southpaw with the fastball in the low to mid-90s won his big league debut in early summer before shoulder trouble sidelined him, but he returned in the fall and was on the active playoff roster, finishing with a 6.46 ERA in six games (five starts) and 24 innings. In 49 Minor League innings, he combined for a 1.84 ERA. A power pitcher with a changeup and slider to offset the heat, he factors in to the potential big league picture, possibly as a left-handed relief specialist.
Andrew Carpenter, RHP
Though not a "top prospect" per se, Carpenter made his big league debut with one inning in 2008 and a few more games in 2009, and he factors in to the depth chart as a serviceable potential arm when needed. His 3.35 ERA at Triple-A Lehigh Valley ranked sixth in the International League.
Sergio Escalona, LHP
Escalona moved into a relief role in 2008, and a year later was making his big league debut after posting a 1.77 ERA and 12 saves at Double-A Reading. He combined for a 3.13 ERA in 47 games in the Minors in 2009. In 14 games with the big club, he posted a 4.61 ERA in relief, and he is in the mix for a possible spot in the 'pen to open the season.
Quintin Berry, OF
Though the Phillies are loaded with versatile young outfielders, it's this fifth-rounder (2006) out of San Diego State who could be the earliest to arrive. Though his limited power keeps him from being a five-tool player like some of the others, he is the quintessential (no pun intended) leadoff type, with game-changing speed. He swiped 48 bases in 2009 as an Eastern League All-Star and 50-plus in both 2007 and 2008.
Freddy Galvis, SS
Galvis missed two months in 2009 with a broken finger, but had he qualified, he would have led the Advanced A Florida State League in fielding for the second consecutive year. The native of Venezuela is a defensive whiz who is working on bringing his offense around as well.
Domingo Santana, OF
Raw power is the name of the game for this Dominican teen, who just finished his first pro season, hitting .288 with six home runs and 28 RBIs in 37 games in the Gulf Coast League. With a strong right field arm, and standing 6-foot-5 and 200 pounds at just 17, he's a name to remember down the road.
OF Kelly Dugan (2) was the club's first overall pick, at No. 75, and he hit .233 in 45 games in Gulf Coast League action. He's a switch-hitter with gap power potential from both sides. ... OF Kyrell Hudson (3) was one of the best pure athletes taken in the Draft, wooed away from a football scholarship at Oregon State. ... 2B Adam Buschini (4) was the first college player taken by the Phillies, plucked out of Cal Poly and that school's highest-drafted player this year. He hit .228 with two homers, 15 RBIs and 15 steals at short-season Williamsport, batting .302 in August. LHP Matt Way, (5) out of Washington State, posted a 1.67 ERA in eight games at Williamsport and went 4-1 with a 3.11 ERA in a promotion to Class A Lakewood, combining to fan 85 in 75 1/3 innings. ... 1B Jonathan Singleton (8), taken out of high school in Long Beach, Calif., has a mature hitting approach and plus power potential. He hit .290 with two homers and 12 RBIs in the Gulf Coast League. ... RHP Austin Hyatt (15), out of Alabama, posted an 0.66 ERA in relief at Williamsport, with 81 strikeouts in 54 1/3 innings, mostly in relief. ... LHP Kevin Angelle (32) led the organization with a 1.89 ERA in the Gulf Coast League, striking out 42 batters in 57 innings.
Hitter of the Year -- Brown
The lone holdover from the pre-2009 Top 10 list is also the system's best prospect. A 20th-round pick in 2006 due to signability questions, the 6-foot-5, 200-pounder could be a fit in center field or right field. The left-handed hitter is an excellent athlete with room for projection and even more power. With the Phillies' loaded big league situation, Brown could see most of 2010 in the Minors, and if he does, the sky is the limit with his numbers. He combined to hit .299 with 14 homers, 64 RBIs and 23 steals in 2009 in a season interrupted by a broken finger.
Pitcher of the Year -- Trevor May, RHP
The fourth-round pick from 2008 out of high school in Washington, May is an imposing 6-foot-5 and 215 pounds, and throws a hard fastball with late movement and heavy sink, as well as a plus curveball. After joining his full-season Lakewood club midway through 2009 and posting a 2.56 ERA in 15 starts, adding 11 shutout innings in postseason, he is expected to dominate in his full-season debut.
Lisa Winston is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.