Phillies dealt blow as top prospects have surgeries

Phillies dealt blow as top prospects have surgeries
January 12, 2014, 4:45 pm
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The Philadelphia Phillies already lack a deep farm system, and two key prospects of theirs were dealt some bad news this week. 

Both Shane Watson and Adam Morgan will miss time in the 2014 season due to shoulder surgeries. Watson, a right-hander, was the team's first round pick in 2012. Morgan, a lefty starter, would probably already be in the majors if it weren't for injuries.

Neither was expected to make a major impact for the Phillies this season, but both are among the team's most promising young arms, according to Corey Seidman of CSNphilly.com.

Watson was drafted out of Lakewood High School (CA) in 2012 and made 16 starts at Single-A Lakewood (NJ) this season. He held a 4.75 ERA through 72 innings in his first full year in the pros.

Morgan entered the league as a third round pick in 2011, but has proven himself through success in the minors. He posted a 3.91 ERA through 18 starts split between the team's GCL affiliate and the Triple-A Lehigh Valley IronPigs this past season. He also has a 3.25 ERA in 56 minor league games, suggesting he may be a decent big leaguer.

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The Phillies figure to be okay in their rotation with Cole Hamels, Cliff Lee and international free agent Miguel Gonzalez in store. But behind them it's murky and Morgan in particular looks ready for a chance in the majors. He missed nearly half of 2013 with shoulder issues and this is another obstacle in his development.

Both Watson and Morgan will return in 2014, but the Phillies were hoping to have them in spring training. Morgan even had a chance at earning a rotation spot this spring. We'll see how he recovers, but it's another obstacle for a prospect who's future is bright.