Two Phillies prospects land near the top of FanGraphs Top 100 Prospects list
Yesterday, FanGraphs released their Top 100 Prospects List, with two Philadelphia Phillies prospects ranked in the Top 50. Look, I know these lists are repetitive but with Major League Baseball still in lockdown with no end in sight, unfortunately this is all we have to look forward to for the foreseeable future.
Preston Mattingly went on record last week stating that the Phillies have a deeper farm system than people realize. I don’t know how much I believe that, considering the history of the Phillies’ minor leagues. However, the two guys that made this list are “no-doubters”, and are the true young stars of the Phillies organization. Check out FanGraphs’ full Top 100 list here.
Phillies Prospects in FanGraphs Top 100
Mick Abel (Ranked 20, RHP)
The 20-year-old right-hander was drafted 15th overall by the Phillies in the 2020 MLB Draft. Straight out of Jesuit HS, Abel shined throughout his high school career and was an obvious pick for the Phillies and their future.
Mick Abel pitched just 14 games with the Clearwater Threshers last season but showed all signs of power and consistency throughout those outings. Abel threw 44.2 innings while logging a total of 66 strikeouts. His dominant fastball continued to blow by hitters down in Low-A, and the Phillies took notice of that.
Abel posted a 1.209 WHIP, with a SO/9 ratio of 13.3. Unfortunately, Mick Abel isn’t ready for the major leagues this year, or even next year. It’s going to take time to develop Abel’s game up to the professional level, but the young star has everything it takes to become the ace of the Phillies in just a few short years, including the “Philly Motto”.
Bryson Stott (Ranked 34, SS)
Bryson Stott is the most-known prospect in the whole Phillies organization, and rightfully so. The 24-year-old has put on a show throughout his minor league career and is ready to take the SS position from Didi Gregorius.
Bryson Stott slashed .299/.390/.486 throughout 112 minor league games in 2021, climbing all the way from A+ to Triple-A by the end of the year. Stott tallied 125 hits and knocked in 49 RBIs, including 36 in Double-A.
Stott also took part in the Arizona Fall League and was selected to the AFL Fall Stars Game along with Logan O’Hoppe. Stott hit .318/.445/.489 in just 26 games with the Peoria Javelinas, crushing 2 HRs, 31 RBIs, and 28 hits. Bryson Stott is the top headline of the immediate future for the Phillies, and it’s not going to be long till we see him up on the major league roster.
But none of this truly matters unless the MLB and the Players Association figure out a new collective bargaining agreement. At the rate we’re going, kiss baseball goodbye for the 2022 season.
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