Even after struggling through the first month of 2012, things are going pretty well for the Philadelphia Phillies right now. After all, it wasn't all too long ago that the Phillies were an annual last-place club, stuck in the cellar for what seemed like an eternity.
It was during that time period when prospect watching became somewhat of a hobby for diehard Phillies fans. When the product on the field at the MLB level was garbage, fans craved updates on the farm system. They wanted to know which players they could invest their hopes in for the future.
Fans yearned for the day when slick-fielding, sweet-swinging second baseman Chase Utley would play in the MLB. They wanted to see the left-handed starter with the filthy changeup—Cole Hamels—or the massive first baseman with incredible power that unseated Jim Thome—Ryan Howard.
Things are a bit different in today's game. Scouting has become a science, and the Phillies don't have many blue-chip prospects. However, there are certainly some reinforcements on the way for this club. Let's take a look at some of the Phillies' top prospects and just when they could be playing in the MLB.