By Sam Bush

Bryce Harper was quoted by The Athletic’s Matt Gelb following the Phillies’ season-ending loss:

“We can’t just keep going out and buying and buying and buying. 

“We need homegrown talent. When you look at teams that have homegrown talent, those are the teams that have success….We need guys to come up from the minor leagues and have success and be successful. 

“Not have to go up and down.”

Aaron Nola and Rhys Hoskins are recent successes from the Phils player pipeline, but the Phillies have struggled to find consistent contributions from within the organizations.

Highly-touted youngsters like Alec Bohm, Scott Kingery, Mickey Moniak, and Adam Haseley have yet to make much of an impact at the big league level, and Gelb notes that the Phils have been lacking a streamlined approach throughout the organization — there appears to be “a disconnect between what was taught below and preached in the majors.”

The Phillies are already making changes in the player development department and are on the lookout for a new hitting coach, though it remains to be seen if the team can figure out this “disconnect” while still addressing their 2022 needs and being competitive next season.