The Philadelphia Phillies know the importance of developing a strong core of positional players as prospects.
After years of losing and en route to setting a new mark for losses by a franchise in sports history, the Phillies began to develop a strong farm system, and a couple of years later, watched the cream of that crop hoist a World Series trophy over their heads.
There are simply no two ways about it. Drafting and developing great positional prospects won the Phillies the World Series title in 2008. That team was a potent offensive group led by the exploits of Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Jimmy Rollins, and Pat Burrell, to name a few.
With Burrell being long gone and the rest of that core of players aging, it is never too soon to look to the farm system and take a look at which prospects may make up that next core. Though the Phillies' system is thin at some positions and has plenty of question marks, this organization is oozing potential.
The Phillies love to draft and sign players with excellent raw tools and a ton of upside, and those types of players are numerous in this farm system. The real question is: Which players have the best chance on donning red pinstripes in the MLB? Who are the best of the best?
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