5 Top Prospects Who Could Become Philadelphia Phillies Soon
If Philadelphia Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. plays his cards right, the team could end up with a couple of top outfielders, a catcher of the future, a second baseman to replace Chase Utley down the road, and a future starting left-handed pitcher to replace Cliff Lee. Of course, Amaro has not been known for his poker-playing or shrewd deals recently, but if he gets these five guys, his luck could change.
5. Austin Wilson, Seattle Mariners
The Phillies need only to pick up the phone and offer Marlon Byrd to get Austin Wilson who, like Amaro, is a Stanford grad. He’s hitting .298 with 11 homers in Single-A ball now, and is rated the team’s fourth-best prospect behind two pitchers and a third baseman. He is no Tyson Gillies. He has “can’t-miss” stamped on his forehead.
4. Devon Travis, Detroit Tigers
Devon Travis, a second baseman, would be a nice get for the Phillies in exchange for Jonathan Papelbon, who would fix the Detroit Tigers’ closer problem. He was a 13th-round pick in 2012, and was one of the top minor leaguers in any classification in 2013. Last year, he finished second in all of the minor leagues with a .351 BA and third with 177 hits.
3. Joc Pederson, Los Angeles Dodgers
Joc Pederson is a good defensive centerfielder who currently is hitting .327 with 19 homers and 48 RBIs for Albuquerque in the PCL. He projects to a 25-30 homer guy in tiny Citizens Bank Park, and he’s someone they should be able to get for Cole Hamels.
2. Chance Sisco, Baltimore Orioles
Chance Sisco, a catcher, could be part of a possible deal for starter A.J. Burnett and is currently playing for the Orioles’ low Single-A affiliate in Delmarva, MD. He is hitting .352 with four home runs and 50 RBI in 76 games. Last year, he was the team’s second-round draft choice and No. 61 overall in the June MLB draft. He was immediately sent to the Gulf Coast (FL) rookie league, where he hit .371.
1. Daniel Norris, Toronto Blue Jays
Daniel Norris, who could be the centerpiece in a three-prospect deal for Cliff Lee, got off to an outstanding start with High-A Dunedin, posting a 1.22 ERA with a 76/18 K/BB in 66 innings with 50 hits allowed. He was promoted to Double-A New Hampshire and fanned nine men in his first start. The second-round choice has a 90-95 mph fastball.