Philadelphia Phillies’ top 10 prospects heading into the 2022 MLB season headlined by Bryson Stott, Mick Abel and Andrew Painter
Heading into the 2022 MLB offseason, Inside the Phillies has ranked the top 10 prospects in the Philadelphia Phillies system. As we head into the 2022 MLB season, it seems like the perfect time to dive headfirst into a new set of standings to see where the farming system stands after a full offseason.
The spring training performances certainly left some impressions on our writers here at Inside the Phillies. Add to that speculation that some players could knock the club out of camp, and the standings may look a bit different than they did six months ago.
Here is your updated ranking of the top 10 prospects:
10. Jhailyn Ortiz, DE
Ortiz wasn’t on our list last time around, but his 55-degree power is something that has caught the eye of many since his initial signing. In addition, his spring training has been impressive.
In three games, Ortiz received four at-bats and made the most of them. He collected a single, a triple and scored a run each time he was on the base paths.
Although a small sample, he is someone to watch in the upcoming minor league season.
9. Griff McGarry, RHP
McGarry has some mean stuff. His fastball, slider, and switch are all positive pitches, but control has been an issue. He was drafted 145th overall in the 2021 MLB Draft from the University of Virginia.
McGarry pitched in 24.1 innings last season as a pro where he struck out 43, yes 43, but also walked 14. His command needs to be developed, but he’s lucky to be a good player, otherwise a starter.
8. Luis Garcia, SS
Garcia is another new name on the list, and for good reason. He’s had his ups and downs over the course of his pro career, but Garcia finished the 2021 season with .243/.353/.414 on two level A single balls at shortstop. It was a nice improvement from his disastrous 2019 season in which he only reached 0.186/0.261/0.255 in 127 games.
García is still young, so it’s hard to predict a major league start date, although he certainly has the raw talent to make it to the club.
7. Matt Vierling, OF
Vierling made his major league debut in the 2021 MLB season. He played at all outfield positions and at first base. Over 71 at bats, he hit .324/.364/.479 with 2 home runs.
He’s in line to win the center field position out of spring training and it’s for this reason that he has received more at-bats than any other Phillies player this spring. He has undoubtedly made quite an impression in those at-bats this spring.
Over 11 at bats, he had three hits and a walk, while playing well on the field. It goes from #10 on our fall list to #7 ahead of the season.
6. Hans Crouse, RHP
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Crouse has a fiery personality and is a fierce competitor. After leaving the Texas Rangers at the 2021 MLB trade deadline, Crouse made his major league debut at the end of the 2021 season, when Philadelphia was in dire straits with its starting pitch.
His first pitch was a home run. That pretty much sums up his time with the Phillies. After a lackluster spring with the big league team, Philadelphia picked him up for minor league camp. He could still play a role this season, but he has a lot to prove. Because of this, he dropped from the third prospect in our ranking to the sixth.
5. Logan O’Hoppe, C
O’Hoppe is the best of the catching group in the Phillies farm system. Scouts love his swing, defense and attitude, he could be the next big thing behind home plate for the franchise.
O’Hoppe didn’t make our rankings in the fall, but after a strong offseason and spring, he moved up to No. 5.
4. Johan Rojas
The Phillies’ interior may be a bit higher on Rojas than other posts, but that’s for good reason. His speed, speed out, demeanor and overall production in center field is exactly what Philadelphia needs.
The center field position has been a black hole for the Phillies and the Rojas look like the kind of player who could take over in the long run. He was the number three prospect in the fall for Inside the Phillies, but losing a spot is more a reflection of the budding talent alongside him than Rojas’ lack of production.
3. Andrew Painter, RHP
Painter was selected with the 13th overall pick in the 2021 MLB Draft as a prep arm. The Phillies have a habit of taking up arms early in high school and it hasn’t always worked out. However, Painter’s fastball, which hits 97 mph, and his off-speed tricks point to the possibility of future pro success.
After being drafted last year, the starting pitcher pitched 6.0 innings in four games, allowing just four hits and no runs. It was a small sample in the Rookie league, but it shows he has the talent to start climbing the farm system and potentially excel at the major league level.
2. Mick Abel, RHP
Abel was our top ranked prospect in the fall and he only saw a drop in our ranking due to the rise of Bryson Stott. However, Abel’s fastball and off-speed throws, especially his slurve, help project him as an effective starter in the big league.
He could see a rapid rise in the organization in 2022 and could even impact the big league club in 2023. Abel appears to be the real deal when it comes to a pitching prospect, something Philadelphia has had from the past. trouble to produce in recent history.
1. Bryson Stott, SS
Shortstop Bryson Stott moves from second to first. The hype around our top-ranked prospect this offseason and spring has been deafening. He has a real chance of making the opening day roster, if not the starting shortstop position.
Stott is seen as the future for a top job in Philadelphia. His 2021 season saw him go from High-A to Triple-A and then finish his season in the Arizona Fall League where he hit .318 / .445 / .489 against some of the game’s top prospects.
He should be an impact player for the big league club this season, if not from the start.
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