The continues to look bright for the Phillies.
MLB Pipeline on Saturday released its Top 100 Prospects for 2017 and the Phillies were well represented with three prospects on the list.
Leading the way was shortstop J.P. Crawford, who was ranked as the No. 7 prospect in all of baseball. He was joined by 2016 No. 1 overall pick Mickey Moniak. The 18-year-old outfielder came in at No. 19. Catcher Jorge Alfaro, part of the package the Phillies received from Texas for Cole Hamels, was ranked No. 72.
Crawford was the 16th overall pick by the Phils in 2013. He started last season at Double A before he was promoted to Lehigh Valley. There were certainly some growing pains going to Triple A at the age of 21, as he only hit .244 in 335 at-bats. But Crawford has made a name for himself for his grasp of the strike zone. The California native walked 72 times while only striking out 80 times combined at both levels.
Moniak was in the Gulf Coast League for 46 games after he was drafted in June. He hit .284 with a .340 on-base percentage in 194 plate appearances. It's unknown if Moniak will start 2017 back in the GCL or if he will be bumped up to Single A Lakewood.
Alfaro got a taste of the big leagues as a September call up last season. The Colombian catcher only managed two hits in 16 at-bats, but enjoyed success plenty of sucess with Reading in 2016. The 23-year-old hit .285 with 15 homers and 67 RBIs in 97 games at Double A last season.