Phillies director of player development Joe Jordan, who admitted to feeling like a "proud papa" watching so many prospects graduate to the majors and succeed this season, joined Jim Salisbury's At The Yard podcast this week for the second time. Back in April, Jordan offered thoughts on a host of Phillies prospects, many of whom made it up to the big leagues in 2017. Rhys Hoskins and Nick Williams exceeded expectations. Jorge Alfaro has held his own offensively, hitting .304 in over 100 plate appearances. J.P. Crawford has looked brilliant on defense and maintained a .350-ish on-base percentage. Ben Lively has nine quality starts in 14 tries. But there's one young Phillies prospect who Jordan thinks has a chance to be better than all of them: outfielder Jhailyn Ortiz. "If you put every player in our system on a board and say every one of them gets to their potential, this guy would arguably be the best player," Jordan said. "He has that kind of ability." Ortiz, 18, just wrapped up his second season in the Phillies' farm system. In 187 plate appearances with Short Season Class A Williamsport, Ortiz hit .302/.401/.560 with 15 doubles, eight homers and 30 RBIs.
Phillies farm director Joe Jordan: Jhailyn Ortiz has highest ceiling in system
CSN Philly | Sep 29