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Ranking the Philadelphia Phillies’ Top 5 Pitching Prospects

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Ranking the Top 5 Pitching Prospects in the Philadelphia Phillies' System

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It seems like the Philadelphia Phillies have traded away their entire farm system over the past six or seven years, and based on prospect rankings, maybe they did. The Phils have a bunch of high-risk, high-reward prospects but very few safe bets. Nonetheless, there are some players in their system who could eventually make an impact. Here are five pitchers to watch out for.

5. Shane Watson

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5. Shane Watson

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Due to injuries, Shane Watson's development has been slowed significantly. However, he still has high-upside due to a very good fastball that sits in the mid-90s. Watson also throws a changeup and a curveball. The curveball serves as his out-pitch.

4. Ethan Martin

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4. Ethan Martin

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Injury troubles are concerning for Ethan Martin, but he has the stuff to still be considered a decent prospect. Martin sits in the mid-90s, can reach the high-90s with his fastball and he throws an excellent breaking ball. He is destined for a bullpen role, but if he can develop consistent command, he could dominate as a reliever.

3. Miguel Gonzalez

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3. Miguel Gonzalez

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At 27 years old, Miguel Gonzalez is probably too old to be considered a prospect, but he is a Cuban defector and has yet to pitch in the MLB. He possesses a mid-90s fastball, a splitter and a developing breaking ball. Scouts' opinions differ on Gonzalez, ranging from mid-rotation starter to reliever.

2. Ken Giles

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2. Ken Giles

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Possessing a 100-mph fastball, Ken Giles is an extremely high-upside reliever for the Phillies. To go with his elite fastball, Giles also throws a slider. The slider isn't impressive, but it is good enough considering his first pitch is so good. Command is and will likely always be his issue, but if he can develop slightly better control, he will be a dangerous reliever.

1. Jesse Biddle

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1. Jesse Biddle

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If Jesse Biddle can figure out how to develop better command, he has the potential to be a mid-to-front end starter in the MLB. However, he has yet to prove he can do so. His fastball sits in the low-90s but can touch as high as 94-95 mph. Biddle's curveball is his out-pitch due to its great movement, but it can be inconsistent. He also throws a slider and changeup, but they are both works in progress.