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Top 10 Prospects For Philadelphia Phillies Heading Into 2013

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Looking at the Top 10 Prospects For Philadelphia Phillies in 2013

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After dealing with numerous key injuries to some of their star players, the 2012 season didn’t go as expected for the Philadelphia Phillies as they failed to win the NL East title for the first time since the 2006 season. Instead, the Washington Nationals took the division title, but give the Phillies credit for still managing to finish in third place with an 81-81 record.

Despite their struggles, there were times when the Phillies seemed like they were capable of making a run at the playoffs, but inconsistency would come into play and ruin the chances of that happening. With a healthier lineup, there’s no reason why Philadelphia can’t bounce back in 2013 and be strong contenders in the NL East once again.

However, it certainly won’t be easy as the Nationals and Atlanta Braves will be strong contenders once again. This offseason has been filled with plenty of big moves and even towards the end of last year the team made a few surprises when they sent Shane Victorino to the Los Angeles Dodgers and Hunter Pence to the San Francisco Giants.

There’s no question this year could turn out to be an interesting one for Philadelphia and based off all of the uncertainty surrounding some of their star players—it wouldn’t be a surprise if some of their potential stars received a chance at seeing some playing time in the big leagues.

Here’s a look at the 2013 Philadelphia Phillies top 10 prospects with the season right around the corner.

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10. Jonathan Pettibone

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Pettibone spent last year with Reading and Lehigh Valley to finish with a combined 13-8 record--4-1 and a 2.55 ERA when he was playing with Lehigh Valley.
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9. Shane Watson

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A first-round pick in the 2012 Amateur Draft, Watson started three games in the minors last year and appeared in five games--finishing with an 0-1 record to go along with a 1.29 ERA.
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8. Adam Morgan

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Even though he struggled with Clearwater last year with a 4-10 record, Morgan showed potential with Reading after finishing with a 4-1 record and 3.53 ERA.
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7. Sebastian Valle

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The 22-year old spent time with Reading and Lehigh Valley last season--batting .253 with 17 home runs and 58 RBIs in 105 games.
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6. Larry Greene

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Greene appeared in 70 games last season with Williamsport and recorded a .272 average to go along with two home runs and 26 RBIs.
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5. Cody Asche

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In 2012, Asche appeared in 130 games between Clearwater and Reading while putting up impressive numbers. Not only did he put up a .324 batting average, but he also hit 12 home runs and 72 RBIs.
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4. Darin Ruf

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Believe it or not, Ruf made an impact with the Phillies last season as he appeared in 12 games when Ryan Howard was dealing with injuries. In his short time, Ruf batted .333 to go along with three home runs and 10 RBIs--which could earn him playing time in 2013.
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3. Trevor May

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May was selected in the fourth round of the 2008 Amateur Draft by the Phillies and has spent all of his time in the minors since 2009. Last season he went 10-13 with Reading.
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2. Tommy Joseph

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Fans were fired up to acquire Joseph from the San Francisco Giants last year during the Hunter Pence trade as he's seen as one of the top catcher prospects. Between stints with Richmond and Reading last season, Joseph batted .257 with 11 home runs and 48 RBIs.
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1. Jesse Biddle

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A first-round pick in the 2010 Amateur Draft by the Phillies, Biddle went 10-6 last year with a 3.22 ERA and could see some time in the rotation this year considering all of the injuries last year.

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