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Phillies prospect all hope to one day seen their name up on the big screen in Citizens Bank Park; but the sad reality is most will never make it.
As aforementioned this was a very uncharacteristic draft for the Phillies. They usually emerge from the draft each year with a handful of legitimate prospects in the outfield.
Unless Roman Quinn ends up in center field, Larry Greene is really the only top prospect to be an outfielder, but even then most scouts consider Greene to be a future first baseman.
Jonathan Knight has a lot of potential but is raw. These picks are known as lottery tickets. The thought process is that players of his nature have worlds of potential but are very unlikely to fulfill it so they are a gamble.
In recent years the Phillies have learned to play these picks perfectly. Do not use top picks on them and stockpile as many as you can since just like playing the lottery most of the time these picks do not pan out.
So when some of these lottery tickets start to pan out you can either deal them outside the organization for value or you can promote them from within to fill you own needs (Domonic Brown).
Stossi, Lavin, and Holland all have a tough road ahead. None of them appear to be major league prospects so they are going to have to prove on every level they belong. They will not be given the opportunity to struggle and develop as someone like Jonathan Knight will. Part of that is age, part of that is their limited ceilings. Unfortunately, the most likely scenario is that none of them ever reach the major leagues.
This is where the Phillies draft really varies. With the infielders and pitchers, almost all of the players listed are seen as having legitimate potential to someday be a contributor on the major league level.
But again, given the abundance of outfield prospects already in the system and the dearth of infield prospects going into the draft, this was likely the best approach the Phillies could have possibly taken in the draft.
Years down the line, when these players either pan out or bust, the biggest impact of this draft will likely come from the infielders selected. Until then, all we can do is sit back and watch their development along the way.