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Phillies could have numerous top pitching prospects down the road

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    Looking at the young kids the Phillies have in the lower farm systems, it's not crazy to think that the Phils could have one of the better farm teams a few years down the road. With Gio Gonzalez being traded back to the White Sox, the Phillies dont have much in the higher farm systems that WOW anyone, but they do have some good young guys in the lower systems. I'll be interested to see how Scott Mathiason preforms next season after having surgery. Tommy John I think it was.

    By the way, here's the link to an article on about the young pitching....

    Andrew Carpenter
    Age: 21; Height: 6-3; Weight: 225; B/T: R/R; Resides: Vacaville, Calif.; Second-round selection in 2006 First-Year Player Draft out of Long Beach State.

    2006: Made pro debut with Phillies team in the Gulf Coast League ... Because of a heavy workload in college, the Phillies had him on a reduced program ... He had two starts in the GCL and three with Batavia and went 0-0 with a 0.77 ERA ... Fanned seven in 4 2/3 innings vs. Williamsport on Aug. 27.

    Scouting Report: "Big, strong athletic body. Good sink on his fastball. Has the making of a good slider. Very good competitor."

    Carlos Carrasco
    Age: 19; Height: 6-3; Weight: 178; B/T: R/R; Resides: Barquisimeto, Venezuela; Signed as an amateur free agent on Nov. 25, 2003, at age 16.

    2006: Paul Owens Award winner as best pitcher in Phillies' Minor League system ... Went 12-6 with a 2.26 ERA for Lakewood's championship club ... Third in South Atlantic League in ERA and strikeouts (159) ... SAL All-Star ... Pitched in Futures Game.

    Career: 18-20 with a 4.09 ERA for three seasons ... 253 strikeouts in 290 1/3 innings, allowing only 266 hits ... Named the Phillies' top prospect after 2006 season by Baseball America.

    Scouting Report: "Shows good poise on the mound. Live arm/works easy. Fastball, curve and excellent change. Dominated hitters with location of three pitches. Has a chance to be a solid top-of-the-rotation starter."

    Kyle Drabek
    Age: 19; Height: 6-0; Weight: 185; B/T: R/R; Resides: The Woodlands, Texas; First-round selection (18th overall) in 2006 First-Year Player Draft out of The Woodlands High School; son of former Major League pitcher Doug Drabek; led Woodlands to the national title this spring, going 10-0 with a 1.18 ERA.

    2006: Made pro debut with Phillies team in the Gulf Coast League ... Went 1-3, 7.71 ERA for six starts ... Baseball America ranked him as the Phillies' second-best prospect.

    Scouting Report: "Power arm, plus fastball. Spike curve with hard downer bite to it, his out pitch. Velocity comes easy for him. Has the stuff to become a solid Major League pitcher. Young arm who needs innings."

    Edgar Garcia
    Age: 19; Height: 6-2; Weight: 190; B/T: R/R; Resides: Las Matas de Farfan, Dominican Republic; signed as an amateur free agent on Oct. 26, 2004; received a $500,000 signing bonus.

    2006: Started 12 games at Batavia, going 3-5 with a 2.98 ERA ... Posted 1.17 ERA over his final five starts ... Rated as the fourth-best prospect in the Phillies' Minor league system by Baseball America.

    Career: Two-year pro with a 7-9 record and 3.25 ERA.

    Scouting Report: "Plus fastball with above average curve and change. 86-94 mph range. Smooth arm action. Needs innings."

    Kyle Kendrick
    Age: 22; Height: 6-3; Weight: 190; B/T: R/R; Resides: Mount Vernon, Wash.; Seventh-round selection in 2003 First-Year Player Draft out of Mount Vernon High School; Turned down a football scholarship to play quarterback at Washington State to sign with Phillies.

    2006: Began the season at Lakewood (3-2, 2.15 ERA, 7 starts) before promotion to Clearwater (9-7, 3.53 ERA, 20 starts) ... Phillies Minor League Pitcher of the Month for April (2-1, 1.60 ERA) ... Pitched in Arizona Fall League.

    Career: Four-year pro with a 22-37 record and 4.47 ERA ... Is 17-13 in last 41 starts ... New York-Penn League in-season All-Star in 2005.

    Scouting Report: "Very good athlete with a solid to above average fastball and average secondary pitches. Does little things well to be a winning pitcher. Very durable. Has been a slow developer, but his confidence has grown dramatically this year. Should be a quality Major League starter in time

    That's just the righties. There may not be too many eye popping stats there but keep in mind these guys are going to be groomed troughout the farm teams, and hopefully become good or even outstanding pitchers....lefties is coming next week, I'll post it up when I see it on the site.

    Phils fans, your thoughts on our team's farm system down the line?
    Last edited by W_Marone; 01-31-2007, 08:28 PM.

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    The Phillies having a great farm system is no surprise. After Arbuckle took over it's been one of the best in baseball. I say it's the best but you can make an argument for others. (But not the Yankees, their average prospects are always overhyped. Brandon Claussen anyone?) I mean look at the current team, of the starting 9, 6 are homegrown. Add the 2 in the rotation to that and that's your whole foundation. Quite a change from the dismal period of the late 80's - early 90's.

    Kyle Drabek was a top prospect in the draft. Off-field stuff kept him out of the top 5 and the reason why the Phils got him in the middle of the 1st round. Cole Hamels was similar. He was injury prone and had off-field issues. (Remember he missed nearly a year after getting hurt in a bar fight?) Hamels now is looking to be possibly (knock on wood) on the road to stardom. Drabek has the pedigree, he has the arm (he can throw in the mid-90's) he just needs to be brought along right.
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