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Phillies Minor League Report: Season Prospect Review

Jorge Alfaro Minor League Photo via MLB.com

While this season has been one of losing at the major league level, it has been a totally different story throughout the Phillies farm system. The double A Reading Fightin Phils plowed through the competition, amassing a 89-52 record to win their division. At triple A, the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs posted a 85-58 record on their way to winning the wild card. There was also some good development at the single A level as well. And at each level of the farm system, there are prospects that are putting on a show.

Let’s begin at the single A level with outfielder Cornelius Randolph. Randolph struggled through some injuries this season to post a .274 average to go with 2 HR and 27 RBI. He was placed on the DL with a shoulder injury on April 22 and didn’t come off until July 7. Randolph played only 63 games this season, something he needs to improve on if he wants to make it to the next level.

On June 10, the Phillies selected outfielder Mickey Moniak with the number one overall pick in the draft. The team didn’t take long to officially sign him, as he was assigned to rookie ball on June 25. Moniak played in 46 games, compiling a .284 average to go with 1 HR and 28 RBI. Moniak also had 4 triples and 11 doubles, effectively showing the potential to hit for some power. Expect the Phillies to put the 18 year old at the single A level next season.

Moving up to the double A level, let’s begin with one of the more frustrating players over the past couple seasons, outfielder Roman Quinn. The Phillies have had some high hopes for the talented speedster, but Quinn once again failed to stay healthy, playing in only 71 games this season. Roman put together a nice season when healthy, hitting .287 with 6 HR and 25 RBI. Quinn has the talent and potential to be a top of the order threat, he hits for a high average and has speed, let’s hope that he will begin to shake off the injury bug.

First baseman Rhys Hoskins had one of the best seasons of anybody in the minor leagues. After having a season in which he hit 17 HR and 90 RBI at single A, Hoskins exploded onto the scene at double A, finishing the season second in HR (38) and RBI (116) and arguably earning a shot at triple A next season.

Outfielder Dylan Cozens, along with Hoskins, formed one of the most powerful duos in all of professional baseball. Cozens homered his way into becoming one of the Phillies top prospects. The Arizona native led the Eastern League in both HR (40) and RBI (125), but he also struck out a lot. Although the 22 year old still needs improvement (see his league leading 186 strikeouts this season), the raw power that Cozens has should lead to him getting a shot at triple A next season.

One of the pieces acquired in the Cole Hamels trade last season, catcher Jorge Alfaro put together a great season. In 97 games, the 23 year old tallied 15 HR and 67 RBI while hitting .285. The young catcher just needs to stay healthy and continue to produce at the same level and soon he will be at triple A.

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