Philadelphia Phillies: 4 Prospects the Phillies Should Hold onto at the Deadline
The Phillies have been very active at the trade deadline the last couple of seasons. This has many fans speculating that Philadelphia will once again make a big move at the deadline.
I'm not as speculative.
The Phillies already made their big splash by landing Cliff Lee in the offseason. Due to that signing, they are a bit strapped for cash.
If a move is made, it will be nothing drastic like a Carlos Lee, Carlos Quentin or Hunter Pence.
There's no question that the Phillies need a bat, but it won't be a high priced player.
(As a side note, I don't consider Domonic Brown a prospect anymore. He's not going anywhere anyways)
When Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee and Roy Oswalt become shells of their former selves, the Phillies hope that a few of their pitching prospects emerge. And there's a lot of pitching depth out there on the farm.
In my opinion, Jarred Cosart is the best starting pitcher in the organization.
The big concern with him is his arm, as he's yet to pitch a full minor-league season.
His arm is electric. He throws hard, has a power curveball and a changeup that's improving.
Initially, the Phillies didn't want to part ways with pitcher Kyle Drabek.
Ultimately, they pulled the trigger to get Roy Halladay because they believed that they had enough young arms in the system.
Brody Colvin is a projected front-of-the-rotation starter.
He has a power fastball with a tight, slurvy-like breaking pitch. His changeup is a work in progress.
Jesse Biddle is a local kid from Germantown Friends and a 2010 first-round selection.
He's a big kid, about 6'5", 225 pounds.
His fastball currently sits in the low-90s, but it should improve as he fills out his frame.
Biddle's mechanics are sound. He just needs to develop and refine his secondary pitches.
So far in Lakewood, Biddle is 3-5 with a 3.99 ERA. He has 50 strikeouts in 56 innings pitched.
He's the best lefty in the farm.
It's no secret that the corner outfielders for the big club have been a weakness so far this season. Although, Domonic Brown has excited the Philly faithful since his call-up a few weeks ago.
Raul Ibanez is gone at the end of the season, and this leaves a hole out in left field. The plan is to put Jonathan Singleton out there in a few years. He's still just 19.
Singleton originally played first base, but because of a certain big bear, the organization decided to put him out in left field.
He's projected as a power hitter with average contact. He's currently hitting .259 with three home runs and 19 RBI for Clearwater.