MLB Pipeline releases the Top 30 prospects in the Phillies organization for the 2023 season
The Phillies have a farm system that isn’t going to let them down…when’s the last time you heard somebody say that?
Young talent is something that the Phillies organization has struggled with over the years. Guys like Scott Kingery, Mickey Moniak, and more have all had insane talent in the minors but were never able to put it together at the major league level fully.
Now? The Phillies have the best pitching prospect in the entire MLB, have two other arms that will most likely make their debuts at some point in 2023, and have some sneaky hitters that could make an impact for this team in the future.
MLB Pipeline has officially released its annual updated list of the Top 30 prospects for each team heading into the new season, and the Phillies’ list was shaken up a little bit compared to last year.
Top 5 Prospects
- Andrew Painter (RHP)
- Mick Abel (RHP)
- Griff McGarry (RHP)
- Justin Crawford (OF)
- Hao-Yu Lee (INF)
Other Notable Prospects
- Johan Rojas (6th)
- Carlos De La Cruz (9th)
- Andrew Baker (17th)
- Jhailyn Ortiz (18th)
- Jesus Caba (23rd)
Spring Training baseball is unique. To people like me, it’s a joy. Baseball is back, pitchers are throwing, hitters are hitting, and we’re just weeks away from Opening Day. But for the average baseball fan, it’s eh…most people don’t want to watch people they don’t know playing baseball, and that’s fine.
But Phillies baseball in Clearwater is arguably the most important part of the season for minor leaguers. They finally get to show off their talents to big league coaches and not just clubhouse scouts. Guys like Andrew Painter and Mick Abel are fighting to be in the Phillies away jerseys on April 1st in Texas, while younger guys like Jesus Caba and Carlos De La Cruz are battling for placement throughout the farm system.
We’ve got our first look at a few hidden prospects through the first three Spring Training games, and a few of them have already made an impact. De La Cruz, who sits at 6’8, mashed a homer on Saturday, while Andrew Baker showed off his stuff on the rubber on Sunday.
The Phillies head into 2023 with a loaded roster. They retained just about everybody from their World Series roster, minus a few pitchers and a few bench bats. They added the best shortstop in the league, bolstered the bullpen to one of the league’s best, and have “too many” pitchers for a 5-man, hopefully 6-man, starting rotation.
There aren’t many open roster spots. Andrew Painter is fighting for that 5th spot, looking to prove to the organization that he’s ready to go in the majors, even at just 19 years old. Scott Kingery, although not a “prospect,” is fighting for the last roster spot on the bench, along with Kody Clemens, Dalton Guthrie, and more. Spring Training may not be the most entertaining product out there, but it brings a level of competitiveness that shows coaches who truly wants it the most, and you get it the most from the guys that found their names on this Top 30.