2008 Top 5 Prospects: Philadelphia Phillies

As we lead up to both the start of the 2008 season and our “Diamond Cutter” top 100 prospects list, I will be taking a look at the top five prospects from every single Major League team. Each team will have its top five prospects along with a brief scouting report on each player that I have pulled from my scouting notes. Today I continue on with the NL East with the Philadelphia Phillies. As always, let me know how you feel about the rankings in the comments section below or via email.

1.) Carlos Carrasco, RHP Carrasco looks to be a very special pitcher with his low to mid-90’s fastball (with solid movement), devastating change-up which catches hitters off guard, and vastly improving curveball. Has great control of the plate and has a nice downhill delivery. If he can keep his delivery smooth and consistent, he will be an incredible pitcher in Philadelphia.

2.) Adrian Cardenas, 2B: Cardenas has a strong, compact stroke that gives him the ability to drive the ball to all fields. Moved over from shortstop as he was never a stellar fielder at that spot. Once he gets down the footwork of second base, he should do just fine there with his above-average arm strength. Could have trouble breaking in with Chase Utley holding down camp at second for the Phillies.

3.) Joe Savery, LHP: Savery is a very athletic pitcher with great mechanics on the mound. Has a low-90’s fastball that he moves in and out on righties and pounds hard on the inner half of the plate against lefties. Has an incredible changeup with laser pinpoint control that he disguises very well with an arm speed just like his fastball. If he can bounce back strong from labrum surgery, he will be a strong Major League starter.

4.) Josh Outman, LHP: Another strong athlete on the mound for the Phillies as Outman has a deceptive set of pitches due to his improved delivery with a low to mid-90’s fastball, mid-80’s slider, and a change. This delivery change has enabled him to disguise his off speed pitches better with his arm slot and speed. Looks like he could be a nice middle of the rotation starter down the road.

5.) Kyle Drabek, RHP: Son of former Major League pitcher, Doug Drabek, Kyle may even be better than his old man. Despite a strong mid-90’s fastball, his money pitch is a devastating spike curveball that has a sharp, late drop that kills opposing hitters. Despite some off the field issues, the Phillies hope he enhances his work ethic and continues to blossom into what he is capable of.

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