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Cole Hamels

PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES TOP 20 PROSPECTS

  1. Cole Hamels, LHP, Grade B+
  2. Gio Gonzalez, LHP, B+
  3. Daniel Haigwood, LHP, B
  4. Welinson Baez, INF, B
  5. Mike Costanzo, 3B, B-
  6. Brad Harman, INF, C+
  7. Michael Bourn, OF, C+
  8. Jason Jaramillo, C, C+
  9. Greg Golson, OF, C+
  10. Scott Mathieson, RHP, C+
  11. Shane Victorino, OF, C+
  12. Chris Roberson, OF, C+
  13. Tim Kennelly, INF, C+
  14. Matt Maloney, LHP, C+
  15. J.A. Happ, LHP, C+
  16. Jake Blalock, OF, C
  17. Josh Outman, LHP, C
  18. Yoel Hernandez, RHP, C
  19. Edgar Garcia, RHP, C
  20. Carlos Carrasco, RHP, C
Whether or not Cole Hamels can avoid the doctors this year is the million dollar question.

Lefties Gonzalez and Haigwood, acquired from the White Sox in the Thome trade, immediately move up the list quickly. Then you have a large mass of B-/C+ types, guys with something interesting going for them, but also questions. Can Jaramillo hit at higher levels? Will Golson develop some plate discipline to go with his tools? Mathieson has a good arm and good K/BB numbers but can't get his ERA under 4.00. Roberson and Victorino are interesting but somewhat old for prospects.

One thing to watch for: the Phillies have made a big push in Australia lately, and guys like Brad Harman and Tim Kennelly could make that investment look very wise this year.