On the Farm: A Bright Future for the Phillies

Kyle Drabek.  Michael Taylor.  Travis D’Arnaud.  Anthony Gose.  Jonathan Villar.  Carlos Carrasco.  Lou Marson.  Jason Donald.  Jason Knapp.  Josh Outman.  Adrian Cardenas.

These are the prospects the Phillies have traded since July 2008 with the front office’s  “win now” approach.

The idea is nothing new.  Teams in a pennant race with a need on the Major League roster trade prospects each year at the trading deadline to get the piece that will put them over the top to win a World Series.

It worked in 2008 when Joe Blanton came to Philadelphia from Oakland and didn’t lose a game in red pinstripes for the rest of the year.

The Phillies have decimated their farm system by trading a lot of blue-chip prospects like Drabek and Knapp and their catcher of the future, D’Arnaud.

But, somehow the system continues to thrive.  The Phillies were able to hold onto Domonic Brown, John Mayberry, Jr., Michael Stutes and Vance Worley who are helping the Phillies in 2011.  Still, there is great talent on the farm.

Previous posts have detailed the talent in Clearwater, Reading and Lehigh Valley.

Not only do these teams still have enough talent to help the big league club in the future, but the entire organization is winning now.

MLB – Philadelphia Phillies (29-18, first place in NL East, best record in the National League)

AAA – Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs (27-16, first place in North Division)

AA – Reading Phillies (24-18, third place in Eastern Division)

A – Clearwater Threshers (28-17, second place in North Division)

Low A – Lakewood BlueClaws (22-22, sixth place in Northern Division) *This team won the league last year and sent a treasure trove of talent to Clearwater this season*

Low A – Williamsport Crosscutters (43-33, third place in Pinckney Division)

Rookie Ball – Gulf Coast League Phillies (32-24, first place in North Division)

Phillies Entire Organization Record:  205-148 (.581 winning percentage)

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