The Philadelphia Phillies have a nice young nucleus filled with players ready to step up when called upon. This year, the young guns have stepped up and delivered in clutch situations.
So, how better to get to know these guys than a slide show to break down the top 10 most promising prospects in the organization.
Prospects will be ranked by stats, need by major league team, and promise.
Showed a lot of promise in minors when he was called up in 2006. Mathieson had a rough time in the majors, and got shaken up a lot before going down with an arm injury that required Tommy John surgery. Went 1-4 in the bigs with a 7.47 ERA.
Right now the Phillies need a right handed pitcher. Mathieson most likely will not be called up any time soon, but it is comforting for the Phils to have a fall back plan with this kid if they need a righty in a jam.
Savery is a lefty who is already in Double-A ball. Savery is the next promising pitcher in a long line of left handed starters.
Savery posted a 6-1 record so far this year, and has a 4.05 ERA. The Phillies are always looking for more pitchers, and with the rotation under performing so far this year, and Jamie Moyer nearing retirement, Savery could get the call in the next couple of years if he continues his rapid progress.
With a call-up to the bigs under his belt, and a win in only his first appearance, Escalona may be one of the most call upon prospects in the next two years or so.
Escalona is versatile, he can be either a starter, or a reliever. Most likely he will be used as a reliever in the majors, and will be needed if one of the key veterans goes down.
Escalona is another lefty, but unlike the rotation, the bullpen is not filled with south-paws.
In the minors, Escalona posted an 0-1 record, and a 3.57 ERA over pitching in Double-A Reading, and Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
Carpenter made his major league debut this year, and although his ERA was 10.38, he picked up the win in his debut.
Carpenter is a right hander, and is 4-0 so far this year with a 2.98 ERA in Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
Like with Mathieson, Carpenter will be needed because the Phillies rotation is filled with so many lefties. Carpenter can be dominant at times like he has shown in the minors so far this year.
Drabek was recently made the Phillies top draft pick in the past couple years, and then abruptly underwent Tommy John surgery.
Drabek has pitched well this year in Double-A and Triple-A so far this year. Through Double-A, he posted a 4-1 record, with an 2.48 ERA. In Lehigh Valley, he won his first start while only giving up 3 hits, and no runs over 7 solid innings.
Some critics are predicting that Drabek will be the next pitcher to be called up the bigs. His stuff has been just plain dirty as of late, and the fact that he is a right only makes things better.
Donald should be up in the Majors right now if it weren't for the Phillies awesome mid-fielders. Donald got a chance to show what he can do in Spring Training, but the odds were too big for him to overcome.
Donald's best chance to make it to the majors will be if he can change positions to third base.
So far this year Donald has hit .230 and brought in 16 runs. He has only hit 1 home run though, and his power is questionable at best. The kid shows some major promise, but the Phils just do not need right now based on his capabilities.
The odds are still big, but with some extra improvement this year, Donald could easily move over to third base, and move up to the big leagues next year as a right-handed bat off the bench.
In 28 games this year in the minors at Lehigh Valley, Marson has only hit 1 home run, and has only brought in four runs. Marson's average is only at .214, but he is way better than he is playing right now.
In fact, he caught a game in the majors this year already, and impressed head coach Charlie Manuel supposedly the way he handled the pitching staff.
Over seven games in the majors and 17 at-bats, Marson has hit .235 with no home runs and no RBI. Marson is easily thought of as the catcher of the future, and Carlos Ruiz is nearly keeping his spot in the lineup warm.
Mayberry was a huge asset during the Memorial Day weekend series against the New York Yankees where he went 2-for-4 with a home run and a double in his first career game.
Mayberry will be a huge weapon throughout his career in the majors, and is an all-around threat when he gets to the bigs.
Mayberry can run, hit for power and average, and he is an amazing defensive outfielder. In his short stint in the majors, he hit .222. While in the minors, Mayberry has hit .286 with 8 home runs, and has brought in 26 runs. He has also stolen two bases while in Lehigh Valley.
Mayberry is a stud prospect brought over from the Texas Rangers farm system in a trade for Greg Golson. Has a very promising future.
Carrasco has long been thought of as the Phillies' best pitching prospect, but he has been overtaken by an even greater young gun.
Carrasco has been brought along slowly throughout his minor league career and is now pitching well between Double-A, and Triple-A.
In Triple-A ball, Carrasco has gotten rocked a little bit with an 5.14 ERA, and a 1-6 record overall.
Carrasco is only 22 years old, and still has a lot to learn, but got a chance to pitch for the Phillies as their No. 5 starter, but was the underdog, and lost the competition to Chan Ho Park.
Carrasco will be in the starting rotation before long, and will perform well in his career. He has great mechanics, and will not disappoint all of the hype surrounding him. The only question is, when will he make his debut?
Bastardo has had an impressive year so far. Let's give you a recap of the kid's year so far.
Bastardo started out in Double-A, and went 2-2 with an 1.82 ERA, and 2 saves. He then went on to dominate Triple-A, while posting a 1-0 record, and a 1.08 ERA.
His time in Lehigh Valley was short though as Bastardo then got called up to the Phillies squad after Brett Myers went down with a likely season ending injury.
In the majors, Bastardo won his first game in a matchup with San Diego Padres ace Jake Peavy. Bastardo got the win while only giving up 4 hits, 1 run, and 1 walk to go along with five strikeouts and a 1.50 ERA.
Bastardo is a very promising left handed pitcher, who at one point in his minor league career, had a 50-9 strikeout to walk ratio! This kid can throw hands down, and has even drawn comparisons to Johan Santana.
Bastardo is also a versatile pitcher who can pitch anywhere you want him to. He possess dominant stuff, and when he gets going, you simply cannot stop him. Bastardo could very well be the key to the Phillies possibility at repeating this year.
The reason that J.A. Happ was not included in the rankings was because he has only pitched in the majors this year and is not really considered a prospect anymore.