Monday night the Reading Phillies welcomed back former Phillies prospect Kyle Drabek. He struck out 7 in 6 innings of work. Unfortunately, Drabek fell victim to the big inning, allowing 4 earned runs in the second inning. His big inning was the result of a walk, two singles, two doubles, and a hit batter. He did hold Phillies prospects Domonic Brown, Freddy Galvis, and Tyson Gillies to a lone hit in nine at bats between them. Just a hiccup in the road. Drabek is going to be phenominal pitcher in the major leagues.
We are now officially less than 4 weeks away from the annual rule 4 first year players draft. The Phillies first pick comes late in the first round, 27th overall. Unfortunately, the Phils have absolutely NO shot at high profile draft prospects like Bryce Harper, Zach Cox, or Robbie Aviles. That’s the price you have to pay for being the best team in the National League two years running.
The Phillies really need to get some quality picks in the next two or three drafts. The current core is getting older with Utley, Howard, Rollins, Werth, Ruiz, Polanco, and Ibanez all being on the wrong side of 30. While Howard and Utley will remain for years to come, guys like Werth and Ibanez may not.
The Phillies do not really need to worry about the outfield for prospects with players like Domonic Brown, Tyson Gillies, and Anthony Gose all in the pipeline. Starting pitchers are a few years away, but they are there. The Phillies really need to develop some premiere infield talent. They have no can’t miss 3B prospect. Unless SS Freddy Galvis can find the ability to hit, he will be no better than a bench middle infielder.
Hopefully, there will be some signability types that drop that the Phillies can pick up, even though it is not there M.O. They generally take a toolsy HS player or a high risk high reward player out of college. Hopefully, the Phillies can get the right players at the right price that can contribute in a year or two.