With the MLB Trading Deadline about a month and a half away, this is the time when teams start to figure out where they stand. With a record of 37-34, the Phillies could consider themselves as “buyers” and go looking for an impact bat off the bench, another starter, or an established bullpen piece that will not forget how to get outs upon arrival. In return for these pieces, teams will be looking to add young talent to their farm systems in order to build for the future. If the Phillies want to add at the deadline, these are prospects that could be moved but only for equal value in return.
Andrew Painter – Painter has been flat-out dominant in the minors this year, his first full year in pro ball. After being drafted out of high school, Painter has a legitimate shot at making AA before this season ends. This would put him on track to see AAA and potentially be a September call-up in 2023. Painter is also just 19 and won’t be 20 until next April. He looks like an ace and is putting up ace numbers. Painter is a huge part of the Phillies’ future and should not be moved.
Mick Abel – Abel has had a rocky start to his career so far. He wasn’t able to finish his first year in pro ball due to a shoulder injury and has returned this year and been unspectacular. It seemed like he was beginning to figure things out when he strung together four straight starts of at least five innings of two or fewer runs allowed, then he allowed nine hits and six earned runs in six innings in his most recent start. Abel’s issues aren’t with walks, they are with allowing too many base hits. Opponents are hitting .251 off of him this season, compared to .174 in 2021. His WHIP has also gone up to 1.35 from 1.21. He still has time to figure it out and was beginning to turn a corner over the last month until his last start. He won’t turn 21 until August so reaching AA is not out of the question this year.
Hans Crouse – It’s been a really rough start for Crouse. He’s currently 0-2 with an ERA of 11.25. In his three games, he’s pitched a total of 7.1 innings. Opponents are hitting .323 off of him and his WHIP is a 1.91. Crouse saw action with the Phillies last year and took the loss in both of his starts. His stuff can play in the big leagues now. If moved to the bullpen, he could impact the Phillies and give them a much-needed boost. The stats aren’t good, but he still has it. He is also probably a better option than most of the Phillies’ bullpen at the moment anyway.
Griff McGarry – When a team’s fourth-best pitching prospect is still the third-best pitcher on the High-A team, that’s exciting depth. McGarry isn’t as polished or highly touted as Painter or Able, but he has a real future in the MLB. He has a four-pitch mix of a plus plus fastball, and above-average slider, curveball, and changeup. The fastball lights up radar guns and can reach 100+ at times. The secondary stuff is also good enough for him to remain a starter in the future. He just turned 23 and will hit AA before the end of the season. This puts him on track to be in Philadelphia by 2024 at the latest.
Francisco Morales – After being successful with the Phillies, Morales struggled mightily in AAA. This led to him being sent back down to AA, where he was before he was called up. Since returning to Reading, he has posted three scoreless innings in two outings. He has been dominant in AA, it is time to keep him in AAA even after getting shelled since getting sent down.