Philadelphia Phillies: Overview of Phillies' Farm System and Prospects for 2013

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Philadelphia Phillies: Overview of Phillies' Farm System and Prospects for 2013
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Is the legend of Darin Ruf enough to elevate a weak farm system?

The times are changing in Philadelphia. When it once seemed like the Phillies' window to compete would stay open for at least a few more years after putting together that rotation of Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels, this franchise is finding out that age can catch up to you in a hurry. 

Everything fell apart in 2012, thanks in large part to injuries. Roy Halladay had his worst season in nearly a decade. Cliff Lee got no run support. The offense sputtered for a long time trying to find itself. 

Despite all those problems at the big league level, the Phillies still managed to finish a respectable 81-81. However, that was not what they had envisioned just one year after winning 102 games. 

Things aren't going so well down on the farm either, as years of trades and a lack of spending in the draft have left the farm system with a lot more questions than answers right now. The margin for error with the big league team is so small because there doesn't appear to be any impact talent coming. 

Add to that some baffling moves this offseason (acquiring Michael Young to play third base and Delmon Young to play right field), and the Phillies could be looking at their first season under .500 since 2002. 

Here is a look at what the farm system has in place heading into 2013, potential breakout candidates and players who could make an impact this season, as well as what the team needs to see down on the farm. 

Note: All ages and stats courtesy of MiLB.com unless otherwise noted


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