We are quickly approaching the date that pitchers and catchers report to the Carpenter Complex in Clearwater.  While most of Philadelphia and South Jersey were enjoying the Eagles' NFC Championship and forthcoming Super Bowl appearance on Monday, the Phillies made some news on a couple prospect lists.  Baseball America released their top 100 prospect list and MLB Pipeline their list of top second base prospects.  The Phillies were well-represented.

Baseball America's list featured five Phillies prospects:

  • 16 - J.P. Crawford
  • 25 - Sixto Sanchez
  • 31 - Scott Kingery
  • 84 - Adonis Medina
  • 100 - Adam Haseley

Comparing the list to last year's outfielder Mickey Moniak is no longer present, despite being a number one overall pick for the Phillies.  It's worth noting that A.J. Puk, whom the Phillies were linked to but passed on for Moniak, is ranked 30 and South Jersey's Jay Groome is ranked 83.  Haseley, the top draft choice of the Phillies in 2017, cracked the list in 2018.

The top 10 list features sons of three former Major League players: Vladimir Guerrero, Jr. (Vladimir Sr.) at 3, Bo Bichette (Dante) at 8 and Fernando Tatis, Jr. at 9 (Fernando Sr.).  Former Phillies pitcher Paul Quantrill's son Cal is ranked 52 and former Phillies pitcher Tom Gordon's son Nick is ranked 93.

Over on MLB Pipeline, the 2018 Prospect Watch ranked the game's top second base prospects.  The top second baseman is none other than Kingery.  While Kingery placed third on the Baseball America Phillies list, he has a real chance to contribute to the Phillies in a meaningful way in 2018.  Crawford is already slated to start the season as the Phillies shortsto, meaning they will so rise from the prospect lists.