Ruben Amaro Jr. has been well known to trade away prospects in search of major-league talent. While many believe he is depleting the farm system, there are still many talented prospects around. Here is a list of the top prospects at each position.
Brown is a very talented young player who can fill the void in the outfield after Raul Ibanez leaves. He has blazing speed on the bases and an incredible arm in the outfield. Hitting seems to be a problem as of late, but that all should be worked out in the minors before he returns to Philadelphia.
Singleton increased his value to the Phillies by switching from first base to the outfield in his rookie season. He had good numbers overall last season, but a late-season slump has some people worried. Hitting will be the key to him moving up the farm system this year.
Santana had a very good season for his age last season. He has shown that he can hit for power but he has a very high strikeout ratio. He has the tools to be a great player if he can become disciplined at the plate. Give him a few more years in the minors to adjust his approach at the plate.
Altherr also helped himself by agreeing to make a move to third base this season. Alther was another outfielder in a group of very talented players. The move to third makes it easier for him to move through the organization. He is known to be a very good contact hitter and gets on base a lot.
At 6'5" he also adds speed to the hot corner. If he can adjust to the new position and continue producing at the plate, he has a real shot of moving up the system quickly.
Galvis was turning heads when he was drafted out of Venezuela at the age of 16. He was well known for his defense at shortstop. A few scouts have regarded Galvis asbeing able to win a Gold Glove currently, let alone in a few years as his skills sharpen even more.
One downfall for Galvis is his offensive production. He has a career batting average under .250 and on-base percentage under .300.
His size does not help him at the plate. At 5'10" and 150 pounds his small frame makes it hard for him to generate any power numbers. Over his career he has just 10 home runs.
Overall, if his hitting can improve in the minors, Galvis should be the future shortstop of the Phillies because of his defense.
Hernandez is another player who the Phillies drafted out of Venezuela at the age of 16. He is a switch-hitter who is able to hit well from both sides of the plate.
In 2010 he hit .325, finishing sixth in the New York-Penn League. He also stole 32 bases last year showing he has speed on the base paths.
Hernandez is another player, however, who lacks power. While hitting home runs is not everything, it has certainly become of value in today's game. Hernandez has not hit a home run since 2008. However what he lacks in power, he certainly makes up in average and speed.
Given another few years to mature, Hernandez should be a well-rounded player who will progress through the farm system.
Rizzotti is a very undervalued prospect in the Phillies farm system.
At 6'5", he is a towering target at first base and he has the power to match his frame. In 77 games with Double-A Reading in 2010, Rizzotti finished with 16 home runs and 62 RBI. When calculated out to a full MLB season, that equates to about 38 homers and 146 RBI. Oh by the way he doesn't just have power either. He also finished with a .361 batting average and he even stole a base.
He struggled somewhat towards the end of the year after being promoted to Triple-A Lehigh Valley, but given time to fine tune his swing in Reading this year, Rizzotti could be a very valuable prospect.
He has a tough road ahead of him at first base as long as Howard is with Philadelphia, but if he continues to produce the numbers he did last year, he could turn some heads and get attention.
Valle is arguably the only catcher left in the farm system with a real chance to make it to Philadelphia. He is projected by Baseball America to become the starting catcher in 2014. He has the potential to hit 20-plus home runs a year and can also hit around .270. Not bad statistics for a catcher who is only 19 right now.
Cosart has stepped up and filled the gap at the No. 1 pitching prospect after Kyle Drabek left. His fastball has been reported as being around 98 miles per hour. He also has good control, featuring a 4.8 K/BB rate.
Currently Phillies fans can expect to hear his name being mentioned as a call-up around the 2013 season. However, there have been speculations that Cosart could be moved to a closer role.
He has been said to have stuff very similar to Jonathan Papelbon of the Red Sox. If this is the case, he could be seen sooner than that.
Colvin struggled early last season. He did come along nicely, though, as the season progressed. He also has reports of a fastball in the mid-90s and averages over seven strikeouts per nine innings pitched.
Similar to Cosart, he is likely to have a chance at Philly in 2013.
Ramirez was promoted to Reading early last year as a starting pitcher, showing the team most likely wants him to remain a starter.
He has the potential to be a No. 2 pitcher but will most likely become a No. 3 with the talent that is in the farm system.
While he has a good WHIP with nobody on base, he has an even better WHIP when runners do reach base. He has the potential to be called up in 2012 if he remains on the track he is now.
May was in a strong battle to become the No. 1 pitching prospect in the organization until his control became non-existant.
He has very good "stuff" but he has lacked control as of late. He has an 11.4 K/9 ratio, but also has a 7.1 BB/9 ratio.
He has the same potential as Cosart and Colvin, but he has set himself back because of his control issues. He most likely will not be mentioned as a call-up before 2014 unless he gets his control back on track.
Biddle has nothing but potential.
He is also the top left-handed pitcher in the farm system. He is 6'6" and featured a fastball in the low 90s as a high school pitcher. He needs to develop a strong second pitch to compliment his fastball.
He has a lot to prove in the 2011 season. His timetable to move up the system is unknown at this point, but he has shown he has the potential to become a strong pitcher.
Mathieson has had some major setbacks in his career, having multiple Tommy John surgeries. Even after these surgeries, he still runs his fastball in the high 90s and he has a good breaking ball to compliment it.
During spring training he has been used as a relief pitcher and he has the repertoire to be a closing pitcher. While Ryan Madson is the projected 2014 closer for the Phillies, Mathieson could take over that spot while Madson stays the setup man.