Law: Phillies’ Farm System One of Worst in MLB
Philadelphia Phillies general manager Matt Klentak and President of Baseball Operations Andy MacPhail have been on the job together since 2015, but the Phillies farm system is still one of the worst in baseball.
The Phillies have the ninth-worst farm system in the game, according to The Athletic’s Keith Law.
The Phillies haven't been able to land a nice prospect in return in any of the trades that Klentak has made during his tenure, building the farm system exclusively through the draft and with international signings.
Of the moves Klentak has made since becoming GM of the Phillies, only Vince Velasquez
The Phillies top two names are third baseman Alec Bohm, and pitcher Spencer Howard, both have a shot to play with the MLB club this season, while first round pick Bryson Stott is in camp this spring.
Former No. 1 overall pick Mickey Moniak has yet to make any impact, and doesn't seem close to joining the big league club.
The Phillies have made some quixotic decisions on the development front — pushing very young, often physically immature players to full-season ball, then starting college products like Alec Bohm and Spencer Howard in Low A — that seem to have held back their system as a whole despite better drafts the past 2-3 years and continually productive international classes.
Ahead of the Phillies on Law’s ranking in the N.L. East were the Atlanta Braves (No. 2), the Miami Marlins (No. 8) and the New York Mets (No. 16) . Only the World Series champion Washington Nationals finished lower at No. 29.
The Tampa Bay Rays were No.1 overall, the Milwaukee Brewers finished last.