Baseball America released its midseason rankings of the league’s top 50 prospects earlier this afternoon and the lone two Phillies to be named came from single-A.
Jarred Cosart and Jonathan Singleton snuck into the tail end of the list as Cosart moved up 27 slots from his preseason ranking to climb to 43rd and Singleton fell to 41st, two spots lower than his preseason ranking.
Cosart, a righthanded pitcher, is in his third year in the Phillies system after being chosen in the 38th round of the 2008 entry draft. The 21-year old is 6-5 with Clearwater this season with 3.15 ERA, 63 strikeouts, and 33 walks in 80 innings. Last year, he made a name for himself as he struck out 77 batters in 71.1 innings as part of a touted pitching staff in low-A Lakewood.
With Ryan Howard blocking his way to the big club, Singleton changed positions this year from first base to left field. He’s hitting .281, with 35 RBIs and six homeruns in 253 at-bats with Clearwater. The 19-year-old is in his third season with the Phillies after being taken in the eighth round of the 2009 draft.
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In the magazine’s Preseason Top 100, the Phillies had four selections: Domonic Brown, Cosart, Singleton and Brody Colvin. Obviously, Brown’s status with the big club doesn’t make him eligible for the list, but Colvin’s failure to move up six spots to crack the top 50 is worth noting.
The 20-year old righthander is 1-3 with a 4.16 ERA, 43 strikeouts and 22 walks over 62 2/3 innings at Clearwater. On Wednesday night, Colvin pitched six innings, striking out five and yielding three unearned runs in the team’s 4-3 loss to host Brevard County.
Around the NL East, the Braves had three players in the top 50, the Nationals had two, the Mets had one and the Marlins had none. Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper topped the list: He hit .318 14 home runs and 46 RBIs in 72 games at single-A Hagerstown before being promoted to double-A Harrisburg earlier this week.
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