Phillies Place 6 In Baseball Prospectus’ Top 101 Prospects

Team prospect list time is starting to wind down, and now we move into global top prospect lists, and Baseball Prospectus kicks things off with their Top 101.  The list itself is a collaborative effort by their entire prospect staff (as opposed the Phillies Top 10 which was Jeff Paternostro‘s list with input from others).  The Phillies’ farm system won’t rank as high as it could due to some last minute graduations (Eickhoff and Altherr) and acquiring a major leaguers as the headliner in the Giles trade (Velasquez), but the system seems to at least be generating Top 10 buzz.  This list does nothing to quell that as 6 Phillies’ prospects make an appearance on the list, with 4 coming from trades.  Those players are:

4 – J.P. Crawford

25 – Nick Williams

34 – Jake Thompson

64 – Mark Appel

70 – Jorge Alfaro

95 – Franklyn Kilome

So just a few thoughts on all of this:

  • I personally have Crawford #3 overall over Giolito, but it isn’t a big gap.  Those two plus Seager and Buxton are all group for me, and then it is a jump down to Mazara/Moncada/Gallo/Urias/Arcia group for me (BP has Arcia lower than I do).
  • Appel is actually right behind Astros RHP Francis Martes on this list, a lot of fans wanted Martes to headline the Ken Giles deal.
  • It is awesome to see Kilome on this list.  I would take Randolph over him, but the gap is really not that big.  Kilome has also put on more strength this offseason as he looks to reach his monumental ceiling.
  • Overall the Top 101 is weaker that it has been for a little bit.  Crawford would be elite on any list, and Williams/Thompson would still be in a Top 50, but the others would be much more fringy.
  • In terms of rebuilding “rivals”
    • Braves have 6 on the list (27, 32, 37, 43, 79, 82)
    • Reds have 5 on the list (30, 47, 50, 77, 81)
    • Brewers have 4 on the list (12, 61, 71, 99)

From the Top 101 Slicer:

  • Alfaro #3 Catcher
  • Crawford #1 Shortstop
  • Williams #8 OFer
  • Thompson #9 RHP
  • Appel #19 RHP
  • Kilome #29 RHP
  • The top org was the Rockies with 7 players
  • Five orgs had 6 players (Pirates, Dodgers, Braves, Cubs, and Phillies)

Author: Matt Winkelman

Matt Winkelman
Matt is originally from Mt. Holly, NJ, but after a 4 year side track to Cleveland for college he now resides in Madison, WI. His work has appeared on Phuture Phillies, The Good Phight, and TheDynastyGuru.


  1. You could argue that Quinn and Randolph are both in the mix as well. That’s potentially 8 top 100 guys across the board. Exciting times ahead.

    • Ian

      I’d say Knapp too, if he proves his bat isn’t a fluke, and can become an avg catcher. Not asking too much.

  2. phillysf

    @ Matt . did you see doesnt have nick williams as one of the top outfielders , and they have brinson as number 2 , I know he had a good year but did he repeat a level which should account for some uptick.
    and yeah I though randolph and quinn might push into these list aswell but everybody is different and due there opinion

  3. GDub

    Can someone explain how the international draft works? When the phillies signed Jhailyn Ortiz affect our draft order?

    • Matt Winkelman

      There is no international draft yet. The Phillies also traded for enough money that the Ortiz signing has zero implication on this year’s signing period