When venturing into the 2021 Phillies Predictions, it would be remiss to leave out some of the prospects who could make an impact.
The Philadelphia Phillies’ farm system has hurt the team in the past. Matt Klentak’s inability to draft forced the team to trade prospects for pricey players while spending big money in free agency. However, there may be some hope for the future. Here are six Phillies prospects, with under ten MLB games, who could crack the big leagues in 2021.
2021 Phillies Predictions: Hitters:
Bryson Stott, SS:
Bryce Harper has a close connection with Bryson Stott and has made it clear he does not want the organization to trade him. After Alec Bohm and Spencer Howard made the jump to the bigs in 2020, Bryson Stott is now the Phillies’ top prospect who has yet to reach the majors.
The Phillies’ first-round pick in 2019, Stott has not played higher than A-ball without there being a minor league season last year. However, he’s already 23, and Didi Gregorius may not re-sign as a long-term option. If Stott plays well in the minors, he could jump up to the bigs towards the back end of 2021.
Nick Maton, SS:
The Phillies’ 13th ranked prospect on MLB.com, Nick Maton, showed off his power at the Double-A level in 2021. Unlike Stott, Maton has three years of minor league experience and will be 24 at the start of the year. Maton has a substantial amount of power but could also steal a few bases as a left-handed bat, making him a comparable player to Didi Gregorius. It’s unlikely Maton will significantly impact the big league club this season, but he may make the jump in 2021.
Rafael Marchan, C:
At age 21, Rafael Marchan provided the best moment of the Phillies’ 2020 season when he hit his first professional home run to give the Phillies the lead in a game against the Blue Jays in mid-September. Andrew Knapp would be the starting option, had JT Realmuto not re-signed, but Marchan would likely make the team as the backup catcher. Hopefully, he can provide more highlights for the team in 2021.
Mickey Moniak, CF:
This one may be a lost cause for the organization. Mickey Moniak was the first overall pick by the Phillies in 2016 but has struggled throughout his minor league career. Moniak got called up late in 2020 but was limited to 18 plate appearances and didn’t provide a ton of hope for the future. Moniak will likely get a shot to turn it around in 2021, but keep expectations to a minimum. Imagine where this team would be had they taken Shane Bieber or Pete Alonso over Moniak.
2021 Phillies Predictions: Pitchers
Adonis Medina, RHP:
Vince Velasquez and Zach Eflin have been too inconsistent in the past, so the Phillies hope Adonis Medina can be a back-end of the rotation starting pitcher. Medina made one start in 2020, going four innings and allowing two runs, but that was not an adequate sample size to evaluate his major league value. He has swing-and-miss stuff but needs to work on his control. The hope is that Spencer Howard can be a reliable third option in the rotation, while Medina could project to be a starter in the future. He likely won’t have a massive impact in 2021, but he could end up as the fifth starter if someone gets injured or other guys struggle.
Mauricio Llovera, RHP:
Mauricio Llovera‘s MLB debut did not go as planned in 2020 as he allowed four runs in one inning in his only appearance last year. However, he could be an additional solid arm in the Phillies’ bullpen in the long run. At age 24, Llovera will strike many guys out and do a good job keeping the ball in the yard. Philadelphia’s bullpen was one of the worst of all time in 2020, and Llovera could help to change that around.
The Phillies clearly have one of the weakest Farm systems in MLB, but hopefully some of these guys can impact the team in the future.
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