Here are my rankings and stock levels of the top 24 players 24 years old and younger across the gambit of Philly sports. Thanks for reading!
#1 Ben Simmons – Age 22, STOCK UP
Ben Simmons and the Philadelphia 76ers just reached a 5-year, $170 million dollar deal. Even better for Sixers fans, Ben Simmons seems unlikely to participate in 2019 FIBA World Cup for Australia in order to focus on his offseason training. Ben has been working out with trainer Chris Johnson this summer and expectations would have been incredibly unfair had he played in FIBA. The sky is the limit for Ben Simmons. Just how good Ben Simmons wants to be is solely dependent upon his willingness to shoot on the court.
#2 Carter Hart – Age 20, STOCK WAY UP
The Carter Hart era is finally upon us. Hart’s confidence as a 20 year old goalie was wildly impressive. Cart Hart went 16-13-1 in his rookie season with a 2.83 GAA and .917% save-percentage. Can the Flyers’ savior avoid a second year slump? Flyers fans are starving for an elite, #1 goalie. All eyes will be on Carter Hart very, very soon.
#3 Dallas Goedert – Age 24, STOCK WAY UP
The Ertz and Goedert Show is nearly here. The acquisitions of Desean Jackson, Jordan Howard, and Miles Sanders should only increase opportunities in the middle of the field. Dallas Goedert has everything in front of him to become a top ten tight end in the NFL this year. Increasing Dallas Goedert’s role within the offense should be one of the focal points of Eagles training camp this year.
#4 Travis Sanheim – Age 23, STOCK UP
Travis Sanheim was a standout for the Philadelphia Flyers last season. He played in all 82 games and had a career year in goals, assists, and points. Travis took major leaps forward in his development and was “the rock” for a Flyers team that lacked a sense of consistency in almost all facets.
#5 Jordan Howard – Age 24, PUSH
Jordan Howard is looking for a fresh start since being traded to the Philadelphia Eagles in March. Playing with the Bears last year, consistent offensive production was the major struggle as the team was learning new blocking schemes and Mitch Trubisky was learning on the fly. It simply took time, but Jordan Howard’s numbers paid the price. The Eagles and Jordan Howard could be a beautiful fit, especially with his solid pass protection and durability (missed one game in three years).
#6 Avonte Maddox – Age 23, STOCK WAY UP
What a year for Avonte Maddox. Despite standing at 5’9″, the versatile defender was one of the most important players on the Eagles last season. Maddox split his rookie year playing several positions due to injuries. The 2018 fourth round pick looks to build on his fantastic rookie season.
#7 Derek Barnett – Age 23, STOCK DOWN
Barnett’s second season with the Eagles was yet another year hit by injuries. Despite showing flashes of brilliance, the Eagles are relying on Derek Barnett to take that next leap forward. Brandon Graham is 31, and Michael Bennett is off to another team. Everything has been put into place for Derek Barnett to have a huge season.
#8 Travis Konecny – Age 22, STOCK UP
The 2015 first round pick posted at least 45 points in his last two seasons. Konecny had a strong season last year, as he winded up with career highs in points and assists. However, his performance slowed down towards the latter part of the season, and he is looking for a new deal with the Philadelphia Flyers. But how much is he worth?
#9 Oskar Lindblom – Age 23, STOCK UP
Oskar Lindblom benefited from a very good second half of the season with the Philadelphia Flyers last season. While his 33 points in 81 games isn’t that great, he looked very good playing next to Nolan Patrick and Jakub Voracek during his rookie year. Expect more ice time with Nolan Patrick this year.
#10 Cre’von LeBlanc – Age 24, STOCK WAY UP
Cre’von LeBlanc was a “diamond in the rough” by Howie Roseman for the Eagles last year and became an instant fan favorite. He was a standout going up against Drew Brees and Mitch Trubisky in the playoffs. LeBlanc looks to earn a roster spot with the Birds as slot cornerback and has been working out with Oakland Raiders wide receiver Antonio Brown this summer.
#11 Alec Bohm – Age 22, STOCK WAY UP
The Phillies’ number one prospect/future third baseman is turning heads with the Reading Fightins. Whether he makes his big league debut in September or starts at third base for the Phils in 2020, Alec Bohm is one of the lone bright spots for a Phillies farm system that is devoid of “win now” prospects. Charlie Manuel recently said that he projects Alec Bohm to be a 40 home run hitter at Citizens Bank Park. The expectations are through the roof for this kid.
#12 Miles Sanders – Age 22, TO BE DETERMINED
Expectations are sky high for the Eagles, and I expect Miles Sanders will surely be thrown into the fire this year. Sanders will need to acclimate himself quickly to the playbook because the Eagles will need him from the jump. The Sanders and Howard pairing must quickly build chemistry and show early success in order to help alleviate the pressure on quarterback Carson Wentz.
#13 Corey Clement – Age 24, STOCK DOWN
After winning a Super Bowl, Corey Clement quickly found himself pushed to 3rd on the depth chart with the Eagles. It is highly likely that Clement will become the 3rd and long back for the Birds as he provides excellent hands in the backfield. The 2018 season was riddled with injuries, and this is a huge training camp for Clement, who looks to cement himself as part of the rotation.
#14 Philippe Myers – Age 21, STOCK UP
The highly touted 6’5″ defenseman Philippe Myers looked every bit as impressive as advertised with the Philadelphia Flyers. Myers needs to work on his consistency but is a lock to make the roster. A full season of Travis Sanheim and Philippe Myers playing together could be incredible next season.
#15 Ivan Provorov – Age 22, STOCK DOWN
Ivan Provorov struggled mightily at the beginning of last season. Provorov played the most minutes of his career but also saw a decrease in his point totals. He didn’t live up to expectations and is one of the most important members of the Philadelphia Flyers moving forward. It’s time for the tools to translate this season.
#16 Nolan Patrick – Age 20, PUSH
Nolan’s Patrick second season with the Flyers was up and down. He showed flashes but also inconsistency, which is expected of a 20 year old. Similar to Provorov, the Flyers need Nolan Patrick to take that next leap forward as a prime member of the Flyers core. Nolan Patrick will likely spend time a part of the third line this season, and it’s time for Patrick to show that he can be a legit scorer in the NHL
#17 Zhaire Smith – Age 20, STOCK WAY UP
Zhaire Smith was one of the major standouts of the Summer League. Zhaire showed excellent on ball defense, ability to run in transition and surprised everyone with a pull-up jump shot from midrange. The athleticism and body both seem to back as Zhaire Smith is poised to have a major role off the Sixers bench this season.
#18 Matisse Thybulle – Age 22, STOCK UP
Matisse Thybulle thoroughly impressed during the Summer League, shooting 39.3% from three and 2 steals per game in 26.1 minutes. Matisse needs to improve his ball handling, but he looks like the ideal catch-and-shoot wing to pair alongside Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid. 3&D wings are a premium in the NBA, and Matisse will need a hot start to crack Brett Brown’s rotation in October.
#19 Morgan Frost – Age 20, STOCK UP
Morgan Frost is a lightning rod on offense with his combination of passing, vision, intelligence, and creativity. He has one of the highest upsides of all the young Flyers forwards. The 2017 first round pick dominated the OHL, scoring 109 points (37 goals, 72 assists) and turned a number of heads during the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship for Team Canada. Morgan Frost needs to add some additional strength and weight this offseason and hopes to join the third line with the Flyers.
#20 Spencer Howard – Age 22, STOCK UP
The righty standout returned from injury recently and is 1-1 in six games with a 2.10 ERA for Clearwater. Spencer Howard is in the middle of his second season in the minors after being a second round pick for the Phillies in 2017. Recently, Spencer Howard struck out 7 in five hitless innings in a promising start.
#21 Andre Dillard – Age 23, TO BE DETERMINED
The Eagles 2019 first round pick’s role will be to back up Jason Peters and to protect Carson Wentz for the foreseeable future. Jason Peters has struggled with injuries over the past several years, and Dillard is likely to climb these rankings very quickly.
#22 Samuel Morin – Age 24, TO BE DETERMINED
It’s too early to say what the Flyers have in Samuel Morin moving forward this season. Morin needs time to develop on the ice, similar to Philippe Myers.
#23 Adam Haseley – Age 23, PUSH
Adam Haseley was recently recalled last weekend and has three hits in his first 12 MLB at bats this season with the Philadelphia Phillies. Haseley is not yet an everyday player for the Phils, but he seems primed and ready to get some major opportunities as the Phillies get ready for their playoff push.
#24 Mickey Moniak – Age 21, PUSH
With Herrera’s future in jeopardy, the Phillies need the young centerfielder to look every bit like the #1 pick he was in 2016. Moniak is hitting .267 in 80 games for the Reading Fightins this year. Most importantly, he’s hitting .324 in his last 10 games. So why is his stock a push? The Phillies need players who are ready to contribute and Moniak’s performance has been filled with inconsistency and injuries.
Adonis Medina – Age 22, STOCK UP
The Phillies’ top pitching prospect is looking to make his next leap forward to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. He’s 6-2 in his last 10 starts with a 2.66 ERA, and the Phillies are hoping Adonis Medina can keep it rolling.
Joel Farabee – Age 19, TO BE DETERMINED
Although he needs to add strength and maturity, the young winger is looking to make the Flyers roster this season. The 2018 first round pick is relentless on the ice, and the Flyers currently have an opening for a third-line winger. Farabee signing his entry-level contract, and foregoing his final three years of eligibility in Boston certainly opened the door. Farabee’s speed and offensive skill set were incredible during his rookie season at Boston University. Will it translate?
Marial Shayok – Age 23, STOCK UP
It’s amazing how much the Summer League can do for a player’s stock. Marial impressed with his 14.5 points and 40.8% from three in 20.8 minutes per game. The shooting numbers weren’t the surprise. It was Shayok’s ability to create separation from the defender and nail a mid-range jumper. Expect to see Marial Shayok thrive with the Delaware Blue Coats this season.
JJ Arcega-Whiteside – Age 22, TO BE DETERMINED
The talent out of Stanford was a standout during OTA’s for his route running and has a ton of upside. JJ Arcega-Whiteside’s size and leaping ability should make him a perfect fit for Carson Wentz in the red zone.
Bryson Stott – Age 21, STOCK UP
What a start for the first round pick. The Phillies 14th overall pick in 2019 hit a home run in his first at bat and reached base safety in his first five plate appearances in the Gulf Coast League. The versatile Bryson Stott already has a home run in seven at-bats for Williamsport and is looking at 2022 to make his Big League debut with the Phillies.
Cam York – Age 18, TO BE DETERMINED
The 2019 first round pick can move the puck and projects as a two way defenseman in the NHL. Cam York has a very high ceiling but is years away from making the Philadelphia Flyers roster.
Jonah Bolden – Age 23, STOCK WAY DOWN
It was a brutal season for Jonah Bolden, who finished the season playing 44 games and was marred by inconsistency on the court. Defensively, he has all the tools to excel and show progress. Bolden must increase the consistency with his shooting, get stronger, and stay out of foul trouble. The flashes were there, but a training camp battle between himself and Norvel Pelle from the Delaware Blue Coats seems likely.
Shake Milton – Age 22, STOCK DOWN
Shake Milton signed a 4-year deal with the Philadelphia 76ers prior to the start of Summer League. It was a quicksand kind of Summer League for Milton, who shot 16% from the field and struggled getting his shot. But don’t overreact to the heat of Las Vegas. Milton was a 43% shooter from three in 3 years at SMU and was a big time scorer for the Delaware Blue Coats.
Ramon Rosso – Age 23, STOCK DOWN
Ramon Rosso has struggled lately, giving up 14 walks in his last four starts (17.1 IP), and he couldn’t have picked a worse time to go cold. With the Phillies having so few options in the back of the rotation, Rosso is missing an opportunity to get his chance and turn some heads.