Philadelphia Phillies: 5 High Bust-Potential Prospects They Should Trade

Adrian FedkiwAnalyst IIIMay 16, 2011

Philadelphia Phillies: 5 High Bust-Potential Prospects They Should Trade

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    The MLB draft is a crapshoot.

    Every year each team drafts approximately 50 players.  It's considered a success if six of those prospects wind up in the bigs.

    Year in and year out, the Phillies select a lot of developmental project players. Many of those developmental players are in Single-A ball, and at this point it's very tough to gauge what these players will be five years from now.

    Out of all of the prospects in the Phillies system, Domonic Brown has the highest ceiling.  He also has a high bust potential. 

    But he won't be on this list.

Honorable Mention: Vance Worley

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    ATLANTA - OCTOBER 2: Vance Worley #49 of the Philadelphia Phillies pitches against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field on October 2, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
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    Vance Worley has J.A. Happ written all over him.

    Just like Happ, Worley has a unique delivery.  It's tough for the hitter to pick up the baseball.

    In Happ's first full season as a starter, he went 12-4 with a 2.93 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and a 4.1 WAR.  This season, Happ is 3-4 with a 5.40 ERA and 1.50 WHIP.  Is Happ just having a tough start or have the hitters adjusted to his delivery?

    As great as Worley's been early on in his career, in the long run I don't envision him to be more than a fourth or fifth starter.

    Worley locates his late-80s to low-90s fastball well.  He changes the shape and size of his slider.

    If the Phillies decide to make a move at the trade deadline, don't be surprised if Worley is included in a trade package.

Joe Savery

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    CLEARWATER, FL - FEBRUARY 24:  Joe Savery #79 of the Philadelphia Phillies poses for a photo during Spring Training Media Photo Day at Bright House Networks Field on February 24, 2010 in Clearwater, Florida.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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    Babe Ruth is the greatest converted pitcher to become an everyday player of all-time.

    Rick Ankiel turned his career around when he converted from a pitcher to an outfielder.

    Now Joe Savery, the 19th overall pick of the 2007 MLB Draft, is trying to follow suit.

    The problem, not too many ballplayers have successfully made the transition from pitcher to everyday player.

    In four seasons as a pitcher, Savery went 28-31 with a 4.29 ERA.

    Savery has gotten off to a hot start as a hitter this season.  His .378 average is currently sixth in the Florida State League.

Jiwan James

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    In high school, Jiwan James received interest from Division-I schools as a football, basketball and baseball player.  He's certainly a great athlete.

    James is another player that started his career as a pitcher.  Due to arm trouble, the Phillies converted James into an outfielder. 

    James is outstanding in the field, but the switch hitter is still raw at the plate.  The 22-year old hit .270 in 2010, and is currently hitting .234 thus far for Single-A Clearwater.

    James has great speed, but hasn't learned how to use it yet.  He stole 33 bases last year, but was also caught 20 times.

Trevor May

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    Trevor May is just 20 years old and has fantastic stuff, but he had a 7.8 walks-per-nine ratio a year ago in Lakewood.  He lacks consistency in his delivery and release point.

    May features a low-to-mid 90s fastball to go along with a sharp-breaking curveball.  His changeup is a work in progress.

    If he can improve the mechanics in his delivery, May is projected to be a strikeout oriented, middle-of-the-rotation starter who should log a lot of innings. 

Sebastian Valle

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    Just a few years ago, the Phillies had a lot of depth at catcher, headlined by Lou Marson, Jason Jaramillo and Travis d'Arnaud.

    Valle is a great hitter. His .337 average is currently 13th in the Florida State League.

    The dilemma is that the Phillies converted Valle to catcher in 2007, and he's still learning the position.  As expected, he's made a lot of errors and mental mistakes.  He had 12 passed balls in 2010 and 11 passed balls in 2009.

    To put this in perspective, Carlos Ruiz allowed four passed balls in 2010, and just one passed ball in 2009.

    Valle does possess a strong throwing arm, as evidenced by his 33-percent caught-stealing rate.

    Carlos Ruiz becomes a free agent after the 2012 season.  There is a club option for the 2013 season.  Will Valle be ready if the Phillies don't re-sign Chooch?