Stock Update For Philadelphia Phillies’ Top 5 Prospects of 2014

Philadelphia Phillies Top Prospects 2014: Stock Update For Top 5 Best

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Ryan Howard, Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley were at one time the future of the Phillies. While these players are now entering the back end of their careers, others are ready to step in and begin their careers. They did not upgrade their system at the deadline, but they have plenty of talent. Here is a look at their top five prospects.

5. Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez

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5. Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez

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When the Phillies signed the Cuban superstar Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez to a multi-year deal last season, he was expected to be a mainstay in the rotation. After injuries and ineffectiveness he is no longer projected as a mid-rotation starter. He is currently pitching in AAA Leigh Valley and working in the bullpen. His future looks to be in that role.

4. Jesse Biddle

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4. Jesse Biddle

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Jesse Biddle has middle of the rotation stuff and has even been compared to Andy Pettitte. He has strikeout stuff, but a career walk rate of 4.4 walks per nine innings has hurt his path to the major leagues. This season he has an ERA of 4.57 with a 5-9 record. If he can find the plate, he should have success more regularly.

3. J P Crawford

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3. J P Crawford

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Last season's first round-draft pick J. P. Crawford is the best shortstop in the system since Jimmy Rollins. The 19-year-old has already earned a promotion to the Florida State League and has not let his young age hurt his success. Already viewed as a top-50 prospect, Crawford has a .286 average with nine home runs and 20 steals this season.

2. Maikel Franco

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2. Maikel Franco

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The start of the season was a struggle for Maikel Franco. In his 87 games before the All-Star break, Franco batted just .230 with six long balls. His post All-Star break numbers are much improved as he has batted .291 with five home runs. Last season he homered 31 times and has legitimate power to bat in the heart of the Phillies' lineup for a long time. He should be promoted by September; the only question is whether he will play first or third.

1. Aaron Nola

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1. Aaron Nola

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When Aaron Nola was drafted this June, many thought he was the most MLB-ready player. Already promoted to AA, Nola's sinking fastball has allowed him to get off to a great start. Through his first nine appearances, Nola is 3-3 with a 3.35 ERA. He is set to be a centerpiece of future Phillies' rotations.

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