5 Philadelphia Phillies Prospects Who Could Be Called Up in 2014

5 Philadelphia Phillies Prospects Who Could Be Called Up in 2014

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After depleting their farm system over the last several years by way of trades, the Philadelphia Phillies don't have many elite prospects left to work with. While the depth may be thin, though, the team still has a handful of players who could help contribute right away. Here are five Phillies prospects who have yet to touch the major leagues but could be called up at some point in 2014.

5. Ken Giles

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5. Ken Giles

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Ken Giles is only 23 years of age, but the pitching prospect may already be ready to step up to the big club. In six innings this year as the closer of the Phillies' Double-A affiliate, Giles has 14 strikeouts, surrendered only one hit and converted on all five of his save opportunities. Giles' 100 mph fastball is something special, and if the Phillies' bullpen struggles continue, the team may be forced to bring him up.

4. David Buchanan

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4. David Buchanan

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David Buchanan was in the mix to be included in the Philadelphia Phillies' starting rotation during the spring, but he was eventually left off the roster. Still, that doesn't mean he won't make the jump at some point during the season. In three starts this year, Buchanan is 1-0 with a 1.50 ERA in 12 innings of work. He throws a fastball in the 92 mph range and has a good secondary pitch that's a cross between a curve and a slider.

3. Jesse Biddle

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3. Jesse Biddle

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A Philadelphia native, Jesse Biddle is the Philadelphia Phillies' most prized pitching prospect. He's still only 22, but the lefty already has the stuff to warrant projections as a middle of the rotation starter. Biddle has struggled out of the gate in Double-A this season, but that shouldn't worry the team too much. If the Phillies fall back in the race late in the year, they could very well bring him up to see what he's got.

2. Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez

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2. Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez

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The prized Cuban defector Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez signed a three-year contract with the Philadelphia Phillies last August. Since then, his career in the United States hasn't gone as planed. He is currently on the disabled list dealing with shoulder issues, and a return date isn't set. Still, the 27-year-old Gonzalez has decent stuff and could slide into the back-end of the Phillies' rotation once healthy.

1. Maikel Franco

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1. Maikel Franco

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The organization's top prospect, Maikel Franco has all the makings of a power-hitting third baseman for the Philadelphia Phillies. In 134 minor league games last year, Franco hit .320 with 31 homers and 103 RBIs. The 21-year-old has struggled in Triple-A so far this year, but if he starts to produce the way he did in 2013, he'll unseat Cody Asche as the Phillies' starting third baseman in no time.

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