Today Keith Law kicked off his ranking season with his Org Rankings. The Phillies came in at #25 (down from #14), and before giving my thoughts here is Keith Law’s write up (All 30 are here).
They might have been 28th or 29th had they not traded Jimmy Rollins to the Dodgers for a pair of solid pitching prospects, but the system still lacks depth up top, and aside from J.P. Crawford, their best teenage position players are still a long way off. More trades could obviously help push this system up.
Last year Law ranked the farm #14 overall with this to say.
Similar to Texas but with fewer prospects who are potential grade 65 or better players in the majors. I thought the Phillies had one of the best drafts, perhaps the best of anyone, in 2013, landing a few high-ceiling high school kids — such as shortstop J.P. Crawford — while mixing in some solid college bats like catcher Andrew Knapp.
With this Top 10 (Top 100):
- J.P. Carwford (46)
- Maikel Franco (63)
- Jesse Biddle (77)
- Kelly Dugan
- Severino Gonzalez
- Cord Sandberg
- Roman Quinn
- Andrew Knapp
- Carlos Tocci
- Deivi Grullon
So here are some thoughts on all of this:
- There seems to be some real inconsistency here. I don’t think it is much of a stretch to say that the farm is better now than it was a year ago, especially since Law ranked Crawford #15 at midseason
- I really struggle to see how a farm system headed by Crawford, Nola, and Franco is anywhere near #28 or #29 overall
- I may be a bit biased (I think the farm is more in the 15-18 range), but I fail to see how this system is worse than the Marlins with Tyler Kolek and not much else
- I understand the lack of depth at the top, I also don’t see a lot of teams around them matching their depth
- This could all make sense over the next two days or just become more confusing