Baseball America offers its opinion on Phillies' top 10 prospects

Baseball America offers its opinion on Phillies' top 10 prospects

Baseball America is in the midst of publishing its Top 10 prospect lists for every major league organization. The publication posted its Phillies Top 10 list Wednesday and there is a familiar name at the top: shortstop J.P. Crawford, the team's first-round draft pick in 2014. Crawford, who played at Double A and Triple A in 2016, is tops on the list for the third straight season. He could make it to the majors sometime in 2017.

Another first-round pick — centerfielder Mickey Moniak — is second on the list. The 18-year-old from Southern California was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2016 draft. Moniak, who has added 20 pounds of muscle, was recently profiled here.

Many publications and organizations produce Top 10 prospect lists. Baseball America has always focused on youthful talent, tools and upside.

Here's BA's list of the Phillies' Top 10 prospects heading into 2017, with a note from us on each player:

1. J.P. Crawford, SS (21)
His exceptional plate discipline impresses a front office that values that trait. If he doesn't poke his head into the majors some time in 2017, something's wrong.

2. Mickey Moniak, CF (18)
Phillies gave him a club-record $6.1 million signing bonus. He should play in nearby Lakewood in 2017. He projects to be a level-by-level guy. If all goes well, could end up as a Steve Finley or Christian Yelich type of player. 

3. Jorge Alfaro, C (23)
Power-armed and power bat catcher. Entering a huge season — he will be asked to carry the load every day behind the plate at Triple A as the Phillies try to find out if he's their next catcher.

4. Nick Williams, OF (23)
An enigmatic talent. There's nothing he can't do on a baseball field except lay off pitches outside the strike zone.

5. Sixto Sanchez, RHP (18)
A young talent that has a lot of baseball people buzzing about his power, poise and pitchability on the mound.

6. Rhys Hoskins, 1B (23)
Big right-handed bat who knows how to drive in a run — he hit 38 home runs last season and has 206 RBIs the last two.

7. Franklyn Kilome, RHP (21)
Lanky right-handed Dominican with huge potential. Had a 3.85 ERA with 130 strikeouts in 114⅔ last season at Lakewood.

8. Roman Quinn, OF (23)
An exciting talent with the on-base and defensive skills the Phillies value. The front office is currently debating whether to put him in the opening day lineup or pursue a veteran rightfielder. Injuries have long been a hindrance and he's got to stay healthy.

9. Scott Kingery, 2B (22)
Dustin Pedroia-type second baseman. Heads-up player who could be the Phillies' 2B of the future. More on Kingery here.

10. Dylan Cozens, OF (22)
Physically imposing left-handed bat. Has huge power to all fields. Led minor league baseball with 40 home runs in 2016 and was recently honored for it. Will join Hoskins and Alfaro on the Triple A cast in 2017.

Last year, BA's list of top Phillies prospects looked like this:

1. J.P. Crawford, SS

2. Nick Williams, OF

3. Jake Thompson, RHP

4. Andrew Knapp, C

5. Jorge Alfaro, C

6. Cornelius Randolph, OF

7. Franklyn Kilome, RHP

8. Roman Quinn, OF

9. Adonis Medina, RHP

10. Carlos Tocci, OF

Thompson, Alfaro and Quinn all made their major-league debuts in 2016. All three could be on the team's opening day roster in 2017.

Best of MLB: Indians get walk-off win over Red Sox on error

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Best of MLB: Indians get walk-off win over Red Sox on error

CLEVELAND -- Brandon Guyer scored when first baseman Brock Holt threw away Roberto Perez's bunt in the 10th inning, lifting the Cleveland Indians over the Boston Red Sox 5-4 on Monday night in a matchup of first-place teams.

After Guyer's leadoff double against Brandon Workman (0-1), Holt fielded the bunted ball and tried to throw out Guyer at third. Guyer slid into the bag as the throw skipped past third baseman Rafael Devers, then got to his feet and raced across home plate. Teammates ran onto the field and doused Perez with water and white powder.

Perez also had a three-run homer in the second inning.

Cody Allen (1-6) allowed Christian Vazquez's leadoff single in the 10th, but retired the next three hitters. The inning ended when shortstop Francisco Lindor ran down Mookie Betts' popup in center field with his back to home plate.

Cleveland relief ace Andrew Miller left in the seventh inning after aggravating the patellar tendinitis in his right knee. Miller recently returned after over two weeks on the disabled list with the knee injury (see full recap).  

Albers gives Mariners win over former team
ATLANTA -- Andrew Albers worked into the sixth inning for his second straight win since coming up from the minors, leading the Seattle Mariners to a 6-5 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Monday night.

Albers (2-0) also had the first hit and RBI of his career -- in his first big league at-bat.

The 31-year-old left-hander beat his former organization, having spent most of the season at the Braves' Triple-A club. He went 12-3 but never got a call to the big leagues.

Instead, Albers was dealt to the Mariners for cash on Aug. 11. He was called up by Seattle to make a start four days later, working six strong innings in a 3-1 win over Baltimore.

Now, after going just over four years between major league victories, Albers has two wins in less than a week.

Mike Foltynewicz (10-9) has lost four of his last five starts for Atlanta (see full recap).

Pollock’s 2-run blast lifts D-backs over Mets
NEW YORK -- A.J. Pollock hit a two-run homer in the 10th inning and the Arizona Diamondbacks snapped a three-game skid with a 3-2 victory over the New York Mets on Monday night.

J.D. Martinez had an RBI single and left fielder David Peralta threw out the potential go-ahead run at the plate for the Diamondbacks, who began the day with a 2 1/2-game lead over Milwaukee for the second NL wild card. They are 4-0 against the Mets this season and have won nine of 10 meetings over the last two years.

Pinch-hitter Gregor Blanco walked to start the 10th. One out later, Pollock sent a 94 mph fastball from Eric Goeddel (0-1) over the center-field fence to put the Diamondbacks back in front after they squandered a 1-0 lead in the seventh.

Fernando Rodney gave up a leadoff homer to Michael Conforto before getting three outs for his 28th save in 33 tries.

Jimmie Sherfy (1-0) pitched a perfect ninth for his first major league win (see full recap)

Bruce Bochy on Hector Neris: 'He's an idiot'

Bruce Bochy on Hector Neris: 'He's an idiot'

The Giants don't seem to be too fond of Hector Neris.

The Phillies on Sunday were clinging to a 4-2 lead in the bottom of the eighth inning when Neris entered the game. The reliever inherited runners on first and second with two outs and Giants All-Star catcher Buster Posey at the plate.

On a first-pitch fastball, Neris plunked Posey, who called out the Phillies' closer afterward.

"I'm pretty certain he hit me on purpose and it's just a shame because I wanted to compete in that at-bat," Posey said. "I guess he didn't feel he could get me out.
 
"It was a big spot. It would have been fun to hit."

In that situation, purposely hitting a batter makes little sense, as it advances the potential game-tying run into scoring position and puts the go-ahead run on base. Phillies manager Pete Mackanin acknowledged just that, while Neris denied any intention behind the hit by pitch. Despite the bases-loaded jam, Neris struck out Pablo Sandoval to escape before closing out the 5-2 win with a scoreless ninth inning.

Things didn't end there, though.

A day later, Giants manager Bruce Bochy had something to say about Neris.

"It wasn't just a little inside. The same guy … I'll say it, he's an idiot," Bochy said Monday before the Giants' series opener against the Brewers. "He showed it in Philadelphia when he was having words with (Eduardo) Nunez. I think that caused the radar to be up a little bit on what happened there."

The incident with Nunez in which Bochy refers to apparently happened during the Phillies' 9-7 win over the Giants on June 4 at Citizens Bank Park. According to CSNBayArea.com's Alex Pavlovic, Neris appeared to blow a kiss at Nunez after a ninth-inning strikeout. Following a game-ending punchout of Brandon Belt, it looks like Neris glances over at the Giants' dugout before catcher Cameron Rupp stops him.

None of the above explains why Neris would feel any intent to hit Posey in such a tight spot more than 2½ months later.

"You never know for sure, but it certainly didn't look good, did it?" Bochy said.

"It wasn't a glancing blow — it was at his ribs, on the backside of the ribs. So, no, I'm not surprised [Posey was upset]. I would have been upset, too.

"Anyway, that's behind us."

For now. 

While the Phillies and Giants don't play again this season, baseball players sure have great memories.