Checking Up On 10 Prospects the Philadelphia Phillies Traded Since 2009

Checking Up on 10 Prospects the Philadelphia Phillies Traded Since 2009

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After the Philadelphia Phillies captured the World Series title in 2008, expectations for the team's future skyrocketed. Over the course of the next few years, general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. completed a handful of high-profile trades that required the Phillies to give up many of their top prospects. Let's look back on the 10 best prospects the Phillies dealt, and where they are now.

10. Carlos Carrasco

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10. Carlos Carrasco

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One of the players traded to the Cleveland Indians in exchange for Cliff Lee in July 2009, Carlos Carrasco was one of the Philadelphia Phillies' top pitching prospects at the time. He would go on to make his major league debut later that season, but has been shaky since. He has a career record of 11-20 with a blistering era of 5.31, and is still pitching for the Indians.

9. Jarred Cosart

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9. Jarred Cosart

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Sent to the Houston Astros as part of the Hunter Pence deal in July 2011, Jarred Cosart was pitching for the Philadelphia Phillies' Single A affiliate at the time of the deal. A unanimous top-100 prospect at the time of the deal, Cosart made his major league debut during the 2013 season, where he went 1-1 with a 1.95 ERA. He has remained in the mix for the Astros, and is part of their 2014 starting rotation.

8. Travis d'Arnaud

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8. Travis d'Arnaud

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Drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in 2007, catcher Travis d'Arnaud was one of the players traded to the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for Roy Halladay in 2010. After a few seasons in the Jays' system, he was dealt to the New York Mets as part of the R.A. Dickey deal. d'Arnaud made his major league debut in August 2013, after being ranked sixth on the MLB's Top 100 Prospects list to begin the year. He's now the team's starting catcher.

7. Kyle Drabek

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7. Kyle Drabek

Kyle Drabek Toronto Blue Jays
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Selected by the Philadelphia Phillies with the 18th overall pick in the 2006 draft, Kyle Drabek was one of the top pitching prospects in all of baseball while with the Phillies. He was the big piece of the Roy Halladay deal in 2010, and eventually made his major league debut with the Toronto Blue Jays towards the end of 2010. He was forced to undergo Tommy John surgery in 2012, and started the 2014 with the Jays' Triple A affiliate.

6. Anthony Gose

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6. Anthony Gose

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Outfielder Anthony Gose was one of the prospects the Philadelphia Phillies traded to the Houston Astros in exchange for Roy Oswalt in 2010. Immediately after that, Gose was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays. A speedster, Gose had 70 stolen bases for Toronto's Double-A affiliate in 2011. He made his major league debut in July of 2012 with Toronto, and has bounced between the big club and the Blue Jays' Triple-A affiliate since then.

5. Jason Knapp

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5. Jason Knapp

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Pitcher Jason Knapp was a budding prospect when the Philadelphia Phillies included him as part of their package to the Cleveland Indians for Cliff Lee in 2009. However, Knapp has since had a pretty unfortunate baseball career; after experiencing arm issues, he underwent multiple surgeries and was released by the Indians in 2012. Knapp signed with the Texas Rangers this past February, and is attempting a comeback.

4. Lou Marson

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4. Lou Marson

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Also included in the Cliff Lee deal, catcher Lou Marson was the only player of the bunch who made his major league debut with the Philadelphia Phillies. He played a total of eight games before being shipped off to the Cleveland Indians. After nearly five years in Cleveland as the backup catcher, Marson became a free agent this past offseason. The Phillies signed him to a minor league contract, but released him during camp.

3. Jonathan Singleton

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3. Jonathan Singleton

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First baseman Jonathan Singleton's path to the majors was blocked by Ryan Howard, so the Philadelphia Phillies traded him as part of the Hunter Pence deal in 2011. Playing for the Houston Astros' Double-A affiliate in 2012, Singleton hit 21 homers while batting a respectable .284. Following that year, he was suspended 50 games by the league for his second failed drug test, and has yet to duplicate the production he once had.

2. Michael Taylor

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2. Michael Taylor

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A power-hitting outfield prospect, Michael Taylor and current Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Domonic Brown were always being compared to each other. The Phillies ultimately viewed Taylor as more expendable, and pieced him in to the Roy Halladay deal. He was then immediately traded to the Oakland Athletics, where he's played in 26 games since 2011. Taylor was designated for assignment by the Athletics just a few weeks ago.

1. Jonathan Villar

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1. Jonathan Villar

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Shortstop Jonathan Villar was a top-100 prospect when the Phillies shipped him off to the Houston Astros as part of the Roy Oswalt trade. He was 19 years old at the time, and had stolen 38 bases in 100 games in the minors. Villar made his major league debut for the Astros in 2013, playing in 58 games and stealing 18 bases. Only 22 years old, Villar would have been nice to have around now as Jimmy Rollins' career approaches its end.

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