Philadelphia Phillies: How this season’s youngsters will fit into the future
The Phillies used this season to blood a clutch of young players. How do they fit into the team’s future plans?
The rebuild of the Philadelphia Phillies, belatedly begun in late 2014, has been painful at times. They had the worst record in the league in 2015, and will have one of the top three picks in the draft next summer, thanks in part to an awful month of May that saw the team go 6-22.
But there have been some positives this season. Going into their final series of the year against the New York Mets the Phils have gone 35-37 since the All Star break, and 21-18 since August 18. This has been largely due to the influx of young talent from the farm system, which was finally restocked when the teardown began and has started to bear fruit.
Over the course of 2017 the Phillies have put together the beginnings of a core that, if it reaches its ceiling, could reach the heights of the Rollins-Utley-Hamels-Howard group that spurred the team’s halcyon days of 2007-11.
How do these young players fit into the Phillies’ future? Let’s take a look at some of the players who broke out this year—plus one bonus prospect—and see how they will be slot in next season and beyond.
All stats are as recorded going into the Phillies’ game with the Mets on October 1.