They might as well change the name from Citizens Bank Park to Jurassic Park since it will be home to the prehistoric Philadelphia Phillies in 2014. The roster is old in a way that’s both funny and sad at the same time, and nothing is going to change that right now.
Help is on the way though—eventually. One year after rating the their farm system 27th out of 30 Major League Baseball organizations, ESPN’s resident scouting guru Keith Law has the Phillies making a big jump in his latest rankings, all the way to 14th.
It’s not infielder Maikel Franco or lefthander Jesse Biddle who have the Phils’ farm back on track though, two top-100 prospects who are gaining in hype and name recognition as they draw nearer to the big leagues. On the contrary, Law likes what he’s seeing at the lower levels.
His blurb via ESPN.com’s subscription Insider service:
Similar to Texas but with fewer prospects who are potential grade 65 or better players in the majors. I thought the Phillies had one of the best drafts, perhaps the best of anyone, in 2014, landing a few high-ceiling high school kids -- such as shortstop J.P. Crawford -- while mixing in some solid college bats like catcher Andrew Knapp.
I’m sure he meant in 2013, seeing as the ‘14 draft has yet to occur, but I digress. That sounds promising, even if most of those players are all years away from being big-league ready.
Also of note, the Phillies’ farm system ranked second in the NL East, so while the club might be headed for a last-place finish this year, they’ll sure show those guys in 2019!
>> Ranking all 30 farm systems [ESPN]
PHILADELPHIA -- Jalen Jenkins scored 22 points and grabbed six rebounds to help lead George Mason over Penn 79-60 on Saturday.
Jenkins was 9 of 11 from the field and hit all four of his free throws for the Patriots (8-3), who have won seven straight. Marquise Moore added 17 points and led the team with 16 rebounds -- his eighth double-double this season -- along with 10 assists. Otis Livingston II had 13 points.
Jenkins sank two jumpers and a layup and Jaire Grayer hit a 3-pointer as part of a 13-0 run late in the second period that gave the Patriots a 70-55 lead with 3:18 remaining.
George Mason trailed 44-40 early in the second. Livingston and Karmari Newman sank 3-pointers and Moore drained a layup midway that put the Patriots back on top, 55-48, with 10:39 to play.
Matt Howard scored 15 points with seven rebounds for the Quakers (3-5).
MIAMI -- L.J. Peak scored 24 points, Rodney Pryor added 19 and Georgetown closed with a flourish to beat La Salle 93-78 on Saturday in the Hoophall Miami Invitational.
It was tied at 67 with 8:44 left, before the Hoyas finished on a 26-11 run.
Jessie Govan scored 19 points and Jagan Mosely had 14 for the Hoyas (6-4), who won their fourth straight. Georgetown shot 53 percent for the game and 58 percent from 3-point range.
Jordan Price scored 23 points for La Salle (4-4), which got 19 more from B.J. Johnson and 10 from Pookie Powell. The Explorers were outscored 36-22 from the line, getting there 10 fewer times than Georgetown.
It was a homecoming for Hoyas reserve center Trey Mourning, whose father Alonzo Mourning is one of two players -- soon to be three, when Shaquille O'Neal gets added to the list this month -- to have his number retired by the Miami Heat.
The younger Mourning wears No. 33, just like his dad did at Georgetown and for the Heat, and used to work at the arena as a Heat ballboy. He got into the game for the final 23.2 seconds, as the Hoyas ran out the clock.