Baseball America revealed its top 10 Phillies prospects today, with few upsets and the Cliff Lee bounty nowhere in sight.
If it all goes according to plan, Domonic Brown will finally graduate from the prospect list and into an everyday role with the Phillies. Not since Scott Rolen has a Philadelphia position prospect been this hyped by the magazine. They’ve helped make him a national name. Baseball America jumped on the Brown bandwagon early in his minor league career and anointed him as the best prospect in all of baseball midway through 2010. As prospects go, he’s earned it. Brown dominated the top two levels of the farm system last year with a career-high .980 OPS in 389 plate appearances. Nevertheless, he could still wind up back in Lehigh Valley for more seasoning. Needless to say, Phillies fans are ready to see this guy make it happen.
Meanwhile, Baseball America would like to introduce you to the new, new thing: Jonathan Singleton, who, in the words of Baseball America, is a better power hitter and judge of the strike zone than Brown. Here on Beerleaguer, there is some debate as to whether the 19-year-old first baseman-turned-outfielder has a brighter future than Brown, considering the young age in which he posted his terrific .290/.393/.479 slash line for the Sally League champs. Right-handers Brody Colvin, Jarred Cosart and Trevor May rounded out the top five. May’s stock dropped among his peers because of control problems, while Colvin, ranking ahead of Cosart, may surprise some. Catcher Sebastian Valle goes next, followed by toolsy outfielder Jiwan James, who came on strong last year as part of an impressive, athletic Lakewood squad. First-round pick Jesse Biddle takes the eighth spot, which is where Baseball America tends to lump the first-rounders they like who have limited professional experience. Extremely raw 17-year-old outfielder Domingo Santana took ninth and Aaron Altherr, a 19-year-old outfielder who hit .297/.339/.411 in the GCL and at Williamsport, was a surprise at 10.
Note that Phillippe Aumont, J.C. Ramirez and Tyson Gillies, players acquired in the Lee deal, failed to crack the Top 10. Justin De Fratus, Matt Rizzotti and Vance Worley were also notable omissions.