The Phillies struggled to a 66-96 record in 2017, the fifth consecutive season the team has finished well below .500 and the third time in four years it has finished in last place in the National League East. Another down year cost manager Pete Mackanin his job. Philly replaced him with Los Angeles Dodgers player development director and 12-year major league veteran Gabe Kapler. Kapler, in his first season as a major league manager, will be tasked with developing a wave of top prospects from Baseball America’s No. 3 farm system that appears ready to hit the big leagues in 2018 and 2019: