On Wednesday, the Phillies and Cole Hamels reached an agreement on six-year contract extension worth at least $144 million that also includes an option for a seventh year.
The 28-year-old left-hander owns a 3.23 ERA, 8.8 K/9 and 2.2 BB/9 in 133.2 innings this season for the Phillies, and he was named to his third All-Star game this past July. Over the course of his seven-year career, all with Philadelphia, Hamels is 85-58 with a 3.38 ERA, 8.5 K/9 and 2.3 BB/9 in 1295 innings. In 2008, Hamels was named the World Series MVP when the Phillies defeated the Tampa Bay Rays.
But as we look toward the minor leagues, are there any young, left-handed pitching prospects who have the potential to be the next Cole Hamels? Perhaps, but only time will tell.
Regardless, these 10 prospects have a high enough ceiling that it’s entirely possible.