The Phillies have had their share of farm system success stories over the years. Pat Burrell, Cole Hamels, Ryan Howard, Scott Rolen, Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley all rose through the minors to become successful and productive Phillies at some point.
On the other hand, there have been some guys who just didn’t pan out, or never really got their shot with the Phils. Gavin Floyd (with the Phillies at least), Greg Golson, Scott Mathieson, Mike Costanzo, etc.
The verdict is still out on uber-middle-relief prospect Mike Schwimmer. JK, he should not be anywhere near a close game, ever.
The Phillies have also had their hits and misses with announcing prospects, like Scott Franzke (not highly rated on Announcing America’s top 100 list; overachieved; the Vance Worley of announcing) and Chris Wheeler (bust, huge bust, please check the Chris Wheeler glossary, it's hilarious).
Domonic Brown (2011) and Trevor May (2012) have been the Phillies' top-rated prospects the past two seasons. While predicting the success of minor league players in the major leagues is far from an exact science, I am going to predict with 100 percent guaranteed accuracy which player will have a more successful big league career.
Yup. Just watch me, haters.