Prospects on the Phillies 40-man roster

Francisco Morales has great potential to be a great strikeout pitcher in the majors.

Francisco Morales has great potential to be a great strikeout pitcher in the majors.

Tyler Cosier, Staff Writer

With spring training starting, there are some prospects on the Phillies 40-man roster. Most of the prospects are in the MLB’s top 30 prospects list. Prospects include Spencer Howard, Francisco Morales, Rafael Marchan, Simon Muzziotti, Mickey Moniak, Nick Maton, JoJo Romero, Damon Jones, Mauricio Llovera, Cristopher Sanchez, C.J Chatham, Kyle Dohy, and Connor Brogdon.

Howard,24, made his MLB debut on August 9,2020. He is ranked as the number one Phillies prospect according to MLB.com. In 2019, he pitched in four different levels of minor league baseball. With the Gulf Coast League Phillies West, he pitched in one game and didn’t earn a win-loss record. With the Gulf Coast League Phillies East, he pitched in six games and earned a 2-1 record with a 1.29 ERA. With the Reading Fightin Phils, he pitched in six games and earned a 1-0 record with a 2.35 ERA.

Morales,21, is the 4th ranked Phillies prospect according to MLB.com. In 2017, with the Gulf Coast League Phillies, he pitched in 10 games and earned a 3-2 record with a 3.05 ERA. In 2018, with the Williamsport Crosscutters, he pitched in 13 games and earned a 4-5 record with a 5.27 ERA. In 2019, with the Lakewood BlueClaws, he pitched in 27 games and earned a 1-8 record with a 3.82 ERA. He is likely to make his MLB debut in 2022.

Moniak,22, made his MLB debut on September 16,2020. He is ranked as the 12th ranked Phillies prospect according to MLB.com. In 2016, with the Gulf Coast League Phillies, he played in 46 games, he hit one home run, 28 RBI, and 27 runs. In 2017, with the Lakewood BlueClaws, he played in 123 games, he hit five home runs, 44 RBI, and 53 runs. In 2018, with the Clearwater Threshers, he played in 114 games, he five home runs, 55 RBI, and 50 runs. In 2019, with the Reading Fightin Phils, he played in 119 games, he hit 11 home runs, 67 RBI, and 63 runs.

Chatham,26, is the 23rd ranked Phillies prospect according to MLB.com. In 2016, he played for two different levels of minor league baseball. With the Gulf Coast League Red Sox, he played in 8 games, he hit one home run, two RBI, and two runs. With the Lowell Spinners, he played in 27 games, he hit four home runs, 19 RBI, and 19 runs. In 2017, he played for two teams. With the Greenville Drive, he played in six games, he hit no home runs, two RBI, and no runs. With the Gulf Coast League Red Sox, he played in six games, he hit one home run, three RBI, and five runs. In 2018, he played for two teams. With the Greenville Drive, he played in 19 games, he hit no home runs, nine RBI, and 13 runs. With the Salem Red Sox, he played in 95 games, he hit three home runs, 43 RBI, and 42 runs. In 2019, he played for two different teams. With the Portland Sea Dogs, he played in 90 games, he hit three home runs, 36 RBI, and 39 runs. With the Pawtucket Red Sox, he played in 20 games, he hit two home runs, 10 RBI, and 11 runs. He is likely to make his MLB debut this season.

The current pitching rotation consists of Aaron Nola, Zach Wheeler, Zach Eflin, Spencer Howard, Vince Velasquez, and Matt Moore. The prospect that is mostly likely to have an impact in his rookie year is Francisco Morales. He has the potential to be a rotation workhorse and have a high strikeout rate.