Phillies have 3 prospects in MLB Pipeline's Top 100

Phillies have 3 prospects in MLB Pipeline's Top 100

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.

High school friend gets Mickey Moniak's signature tattooed on butt

High school friend gets Mickey Moniak's signature tattooed on butt

Ethan Abrams, you're a man of your word.

As a high school freshman, Phillies prospect Mickey Moniak made a bet with his friend long before the Phillies selected him first overall last June. The bet was that if Moniak is selected within the first 10 picks of his draft, Abrams would get Moniak's signature tattooed on his rear.

And here you go:

"I thought it needed to be more than just a signature so this way it looks like he signed a ball," Abrams told CSNPhilly.com. "Also, I can play it off for other reasons why I would get a baseball tattoo on my ass. It hurt but not worse than I was expecting. I think it turned out as well as an ass tattoo can turn out."

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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.