MLB.com recently unveiled their picks for MLB Pipeline's top 100 prospects in all of professional baseball, which had three potential future IronPigs listed in J.P. Crawford, Jorge Alfaro, and Mickey Moniak.
Crawford, who played in 2016 with the 'Pigs, comes in at number seven on the list of MLB Pipeline's top prospects for the 2017 season. Last season, the shortstop split time between Double-A Reading and Lehigh Valley with the majority of his games coming with the IronPigs. In 87 games with the 'Pigs, the Phillies first round pick in the 2013 draft hit .244 (82-for-336) with four home runs, 11 doubles, and 30 RBI. Though the average was down, Crawford made up for it with his stellar plays on defense, making Gold Glove plays at the shortstop position. Crawford also checked in on MLB Pipeline's top 10 shortstop prospect list at number four.
Coming in at number 72 on MLB Pipeline's list is Phillies top catching prospect, Jorge Alfaro. Alfaro played most of the 2016 season at Reading where he hit .285 (115-for-404) with 15 home runs, and 67 RBI. The Sinceljo, Colombia, native made his major league debut on Sept. 16, 2016, against the Pittsburgh Pirates and played in six games with the Phillies in 2016. If Alfaro plays for the IronPigs in 2017, he will bring a quick release and tremendous arm to the table that threw out a resounding 44 percent of potential base stealers in Reading last season. Alfaro is also listed among the best at his position according to MLB Pipeline, as he ranks as the third-best backstop prospect.
Number 19 on MLB Pipeline's top 100 prospects list is Mickey Moniak. Moniak, the Phillies first overall selection in the 2016 draft likely will not make his way to Lehigh Valley for some time as he is just 18. After finishing up his high school career, Moniak played for the Phillies Gulf Coast League team in 2016 where he hit .284 (50-for-176) with a home run, 11 doubles and 28 RBI in just 46 games. The Encinitas, Calif., native was also listed as the sixth-best outfield prospect according to MLB Pipeline.
Other players who may see time with the IronPigs this season and who were ranked among the best at their position by MLB Pipeline are: First Base Ryhs Hoskins (ninth), and Second Base Scott Kingery (seventh).
Hoskins, who is the Phillies sixth-best prospect according to Baseball America, did not receive a nod for the top 100 prospect list, but is listed as the ninth-best first base prospect by MLB Pipeline. The Sacramento State alum had a breakout season with Double-A Reading where he boasted a .566 slugging percentage and blasted 38 homers, both of which were good enough for second-best in the Eastern League. The power-hitting first baseman hit .281 (140-for-498) with 116 RBI and also had 26 doubles in 135 games with the Fightin Phils.
The seventh-best second base prospect on MLB Pipeline's top 10 list went to Scott Kingery, who played most of the 2016 season with High-A Clearwater before his promotion to Reading. The University of Arizona alum hit .293 (110-for-375) with three home runs, 29 doubles and three home runs in 94 games with Clearwater. After being promoted to Reading on July 25, 2016, Kingery hit .250 (39-for-156) with two home runs and 18 RBI in 37 games with the Fightin Phils. Kingery took home mid-season and post-season All-Star honors in the Florida State League in 2016, and was also named to the Rising Stars team of the Arizona Fall league this past winter. Kingery will probably start the year with Reading, but look for him to make his IronPigs debut at some point this season.
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