No. 1 Jesse Biddle, Starting Pitcher
26 G (26 starts), 10-6, 3.22 ERA, 142.2 IP, 129 H, 64 R (51 ER), 10 HR, 54 BB, 151 K (High Class-A)
Biddle's combination of size and maturity on the mound has elevated him to the No. 1 spot in the Phillies' system for 2013. He doesn't overpower you with his fastball, showing average to above-average velocity, but his ability to throw strikes makes him a valuable starter.
Matt Forman of Baseball America (subscribers only) noted that the Phillies worked with Biddle on adding a slider and two-seam fastball to his arsenal last season.
Despite not having overwhelming stuff, a 6'4" lefty with a strong four-pitch arsenal who can control all of his pitches (though he does need to work on being more consistent with his curveball) and hides the ball well has a promising future as a No. 3 starter.
No. 2 Jonathan Pettibone, Starting Pitcher
19 G (19 starts), 9-7, 3.30 ERA, 117.1 IP, 115 H, 52 R (43 ER), 9 HR, 27 BB, 81 K (Double-A)
7 G (7 starts), 4-1, 2.55 ERA, 42.1 IP, 31 H, 12 ER, 22 BB, 32 K (Triple-A)
Pettibone is a more polished version of Biddle from the right side. His upside isn't quite as high, but he really knows how to use his stuff, sequence pitches and get hitters to chase what he wants them to.
Standing at 6'5" with a crisp, easy delivery that gets on top of the ball and allows him to throw down in the zone, Pettibone uses all of his pitches to help his average fastball play better than it actually is.
There is a small margin for error with a pitcher like Pettibone, but he has a strong understanding of how to use his stuff already. It also helps that he has a good changeup that can keep hitters from squaring up his fastball.
No. 3 Roman Quinn, Shortstop
Age: 19 (Turns 20 on May 14)
66 G, .281/.370/.408, 75 H, 9 2B, 11 3B, 1 HR, 23 RBI, 28 BB, 61 K, 30 SB (Short Season)
Quinn is easily the most exciting of the Phillies' top prospects. He excelled as a teenager in the New York-Penn League last season, showing off that elite speed and better-than-expected hitting skills.
His small frame and short swing will likely prevent Quinn from ever hitting a lot of home runs, but he can drive the ball and has the speed to create a lot of extra-base hits. He did strike out 61 times in just 267 at bats, which is a concern, but it was also his first taste of pro ball.
A true shortstop, Quinn did have 27 errors in just 66 games last season (per Baseball Reference). Again, that can be attributed to youth and learning the position, so it isn't a huge concern right now.
The fact that Quinn has the arm and terrific range to handle shortstop should be more exciting to fans than any numbers he puts up right now. He is still raw in a lot of areas but could take a huge step forward in 2013.
No. 4 Tommy Joseph, Catcher
108 G, .257/.317/.399, 104 H, 24 2B, 11 HR, 48 RBI, 34 BB, 96 K (Double-A)
Acquired from San Francisco in the Hunter Pence trade, Joseph is an interesting prospect to watch. If you believe in him, it is because you think he can stick behind the plate. Given his size and thick frame, that could be a challenge.
I still have some faith, obviously. If he is forced to move from catcher to, say, first base, his stock drops precipitously because the bat doesn't profile nearly as well there. He does have a simple swing and power to show off, though he hasn't fully tapped into it during games yet.
This is going to be an important season for him. He has a good arm and quick release from behind the plate, he just doesn't always look comfortable receiving and moving around back there.
No. 5 Cody Asche, Third Baseman
62 G, .349/.378/.447, 89 H, 13 2B, 3 3B, 2 HR, 25 RBI, 12 BB, 37 K (High-A)
68 G, .300/.360/.513, 79 H, 20 2B, 3 3B, 10 HR, 47 RBI, 22 BB, 56 K (Double-A)
Asche has made a lot of adjustments over the last two years to really put himself in a position where he could be an everyday player at the big league level.
After showing no power in his short-season debut in 2011, Asche exploded with a new swing that produced 12 home runs and a slugging percentage over .500 after moving up to Double-A.
Even though he won't have that much power at the big league level, Asche could turn into a player who hits 15-18 home runs with a lot of doubles and a few triples.
His defense is not going to win him any Gold Gloves, but he has a strong arm and more than holds his own at the hot corner. At the very least, he would be no worse than Michael Young, who is getting paid $6 million by the Phillies this season.