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Phillies Use of Prospects Has Been Costly

Cole Hamels

Since Mike Arbuckle abdicated from the Atlanta Braves scouting department in favor of the director of scouting and player development position for the Phillies, the ball club has promised fans a revamped farm system loaded with talent to one day drastically improve the Major League Club. Half of this promise has proven to be true.

So far under Arbuckle's watch, names such as Scott Rolen, Jimmy Rollins, Marlon Byrd, Pat Burrell, Mike Lieberthal and Brett Myers have made impacts on the team. However, the handling of such prospects as Ryan Howard, Cole Hamels, Gavin Floyd and Chase Utley by the powers that be within the organization is quite disturbing, especially when considering the yield these blue chippers could have...

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