The Major League season is underway, which means the minor leagues aren’t far behind. Minor league opening day kicks off on April 4 with all of the Phillies affiliates in action, aside from their short season club. Although the Phils dealt one of their top prospects away in Sixto Sanchez, the organization is still filled with strong young talent.
The guys that are sure to be an attraction this summer for Phillies fans include Adam Haseley, Mickey Moniak, and Adonis Medina. The good thing is that fans will have the opportunity to see all three of these players at Double-A Reading.
Let’s take a look at where the Phillies Top 30 prospects are set to start the 2019 campaign:
Lehigh Valley Ironpigs (AAA)
Lehigh Valley will be armed with 11 players on the Phillies 40-man roster in addition to five of the Phillies top-30 prospects. RHP Enyel De Los Santos (6), LHP JoJo Romero (7), LHP Ranger Suarez (10), LHP Cole Irvin (16), and RHP Edgar Garcia (28) are the prospects headed to Lehigh Valley to start the 2019 season.
Other roster notables
- Jerad Eickhoff will also begin the year in Lehigh Valley after spending a part of Spring Training dealing with lingering numbness from carpal tunnel surgery.
- Outfield slugger Dylan Cozens returns to Triple-A for his third consecutive season. He hit 21 homers last season, tied for third in the International League.
- Third base prospect Damek Tomscha earned a promotion to Triple-A last season after hitting .294 with 15 home runs and 54 RBI with Double-A Reading. He starts with Lehigh Valley in 2019.
- Catcher Deivy Grullon joins the Ironpigs after mashing 21 home runs in Reading during the 2019 season, fourth best in the Eastern League.
Reading Fightin’ Phils (AA)
Double-A Reading will be the hot spot in terms of Phillies prospects this season. The Fightin’ Phils roster includes three former first rounders and nine of the Phillies top-30 prospects. Yes, you read that correctly. Nine.
As mentioned earlier, Mickey Moniak, Adam Haseley, and Adonis Medina will highlight Reading’s roster. In addition to that trio of top-10 Phils prospects, Reading’s team will also include:
- IF Arquimedes Gamboa (13)
- RHP Maruicio Llovera (15)
- LHP David Parkinson (21)
- LHP Kyle Dohy (22)
- OF Cornelius Randolph (25)
- RHP Connor Seabold (29)
The Reading rotation will boast four of the Phillies top pitching prospects in Medina, Llovera, Seabold, and Parkinson.
Last season, Medina went 10-4 with a 4.12 ERA in 22 games with Advanced ‘A’ Clearwater. He struck out 123 batters (3rd, FSL) and walked 36. Medina represented the Phillies in the All-Star Futures Game.
Llovera signed with the Phillies for $7,500 in December 2014. He pitched to an 8-7 record last season with Clearwater, posting a 3.72 ERA. His 1.11 WHIP ranked second in the Florida State League.
Seabold got promoted to Reading after appearing in 12 games for the Threshers. In 11 starts with the Fightin’ Phils, he posted a 4.91 ERA.
Dohy, selected in the 12th round of the 2017 draft, split the 2018 season between Lakewood and Clearwater. He went a combined 5-4 with a 1.45 ERA, holding opponents to an average of just .202.
Clearwater Threshers (Adv. A)
Clearwater will field six of the Phillies top-30 prospects to start 2019. Leading the way is fifth-ranked prospect Spencer Howard. The 22-year-old right-hander started 23 games for Class ‘A’ Lakewood in 2018, posting a 3.78 ERA with 147 strikeouts in what was his first full pro season.
Howard will be joined by fellow top prospects OF Simon Muzziotti (12), LHP Kyle Young (17), IF Nick Maton (18), C Rodolfo Duran (19), and 2B Daniel Brito (20).
Muzziotti played 68 games in Lakewood last season at age 19, driving in 20 runs and scoring 33. He signed with the Phils in July 2016.
Young joins the Threshers after spending time at three levels in 2018 (GCL, Williamsport, Lakewood). In 13 combined starts, he went 3-3 with a 2.73 ERA, holding the opposition to a .222 average.
Maton appeared in 114 games for Lakewood in 2018, slashing .256/.330/.404. The 22-year-old hit 26 doubles and eight home runs.
Duran signed with the Phillies back in 2014 for $75,000. In his first full pro season last year with Lakewood, the backstop slashed .260/.304/.495 with 17 doubles, 18 home runs, and 46 RBI.
Brito returns to High ‘A’ ball after playing 27 games with Clearwater following a promotion. In 119 combined games between the two levels, Brito hit .252 with 18 doubles, four triples, and four home runs. He stole 15 bases with Lakewood.
Lakewood Blueclaws (A)
The Phils’ Class ‘A’ affiliate in Lakewood, NJ only has two of the organization’s top-30 prospects. That being said, they are the No. 1 and No. 4 prospects in 3B Alec Bohm and SS Luis Garcia.
Bohm, the third overall pick in 2018, battled with injury during his first year in the Phillies system. He appeared in 40 games, 29 of which came with Philadelphia’s short season affiliate. In those 29 games, he hit .224 with five doubles, a triple, 12 RBI, 19 strikeouts, and 10 walks. During his junior season at Wichita State, Bohm hit .339.
Garcia heads to Lakewood after spending 2018 in the Gulf Coast League. Signed by the Phillies in July 2017, Garcia’s debut in the organization was about all you could ask for. The 18-year-old slashed .369/.433/.488 with 11 doubles, 32 RBI, 15 walks, 21 strikeouts, and 12 steals. Garcia will be the youngest player on the Blueclaws roster.
Williamsport Crosscutters (Short Season)
The Crosscutters open their season on Friday, June 14. More information on their roster coming soon!