Although the Philadelphia Phillies are in the midst of their longest winning streak in over a year, they are still one of the worst teams in baseball at 28-36. They sit dead last in the NL East, and despite being just a half-game behind the fourth-place New York Mets, they have shown no promise of contending this year.
As pessimistic as that sounds, it's the unfortunate truth. With that said, perhaps the most exciting part of the Phillies is not who's playing for them now but who's inclined to don a Phillies uniform in the future.
Now that the 2014 MLB draft is in the rear-view mirror, the focus can return to whom the Phillies have in their system at this present time. While the Phillies have not yet signed all of their draft picks—they have until July 15 to do so—all but two of their first 10 draft picks, including first-rounder Aaron Nola, have signed as of the publishing of this article.
Even though the best part about discussing prospects is their upside, all prospects have their downside as well, which isn't always considered. In order to accurately gauge a prospect, one must take both sides of the spectrum into account.
Here are the biggest strengths and weaknesses of the Phillies' top-10 prospects.
All prospects on this list have yet to make their MLB debuts. All prospect commentary courtesy of the 2014 Baseball America Prospect Handbook and/or MLB.com's Jonathan Mayo.