There is reason to hope. Maikel Franco, Aaron Nola (above), Odubel Herrera, Jerad Eickhoff, Aaron Altherr and others showed potential in their rookie seasons. The Phillies have the No. 7 farm system in baseball, according to MLBPipeline.com. They have five prospects listed among the top 100 in baseball: shortstop J.P. Crawford (fifth), right-hander Jake Thompson (53rd), outfielder Nick Williams (57th), catcher Jorge Alfaro (61st) and outfielder Cornelius Randolph (87th).
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