There's something about the Philadelphia Phillies organization that has become the gift that keeps on giving and, no, I'm not talking about former general manager Ed Wade.
However, it would be wrong to write a list about the facet of the Phillies' organization that helped turn the franchise from perennial pretender to annual contender without mentioning Wade, who helped turn a farm system littered with "busts" into one of the best in baseball.
Under the watch of Wade and his cabinet of baseball executives, the Phillies developed the likes of Cole Hamels, Chase Utley, and Ryan Howard, among others. When Pat Gillick took the reigns, he deepened the talent pool with players like Domonic Brown and Vance Worley, and now, it is Ruben Amaro Jr.'s job to keep the Phillies' farm system afloat.
Now after his third draft as the general manager of the Phils (and as we try and put a miserable postseason exit behind us,) what better time to check in on the Phillies' farm system once again? Chocked full of talented, high end prospects, listing 25 distinct players in ranked form is no simple task, but that is good news for the Phillies as an organization—fighting over which highly touted player is better than the next shows just how deep the system actually is.
So this list, by no means, is the be-all-end-all. Please note that the following list is constructed completely from my mind, and is not associated with any other baseball organization. These lists will vary from source to source.
Just a final note before we kick this list off—any prospect in the Phillies' organization on Monday, October 17, 2011 (and is under team control for the 2012 season) will be eligible for the ranking.
So without any further ado, lets take a look at the 25 best prospects in the Phillies' system.