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Spencer Howard, Alec Bohm, Bryson Stott, Mick Abel represent Phillies in Top 100 prospects rankings

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Four Phillies made MLB.com's latest Top 100 prospects list released this week, including a newcomer to the list in Mick Abel.

Abel, drafted 15th overall by the Phillies in June, was the cutoff, ranking 100th. The top high school pitcher taken in this year's draft, Abel's fastball, breaking ball, changeup and control have drawn rave reviews. 

He was one of only four 18-year-olds in MLB.com's Top 100.

"Abel generally throws strikes and he gets as high marks for his maturity and makeup as he does his stuff. He's only going to get stronger and throw harder as he physically matures, a big reason why he was the first prep arm in the 2020 class to come off the board," part of the scouting report read.

The Phillies had two prospects in the 30s, Alec Bohm at 32 and Spencer Howard at 37. It is a little surprising that Bohm is ahead of Howard given Howard's closer proximity to the majors and the potential that Howard could be an ace or No. 2 starter. Howard is actually ranked three spots lower than he was prior to the season. Bohm moved up two spots.

Howard could debut for the Phillies as soon as this weekend.

The other Phillie in the Top 100 is 2019 first-round pick Bryson Stott, their soon-to-be-23-year-old shortstop. Stott was ranked 98th, 11 spots below his preseason rank. 

From MLB.com:

 

"While none of Stott's tools jump off the page as obviously plus, he can do a lot of things very well. The one tool that has the chance to be plus in time is probably his hit tool. He makes a ton of contact and can drive the ball to all fields, working counts and drawing a ton of walks as well."

Bohm and Stott are, like Howard, in the Phillies' 60-player pool and working out at their satellite site in Lehigh Valley.

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