The state of Philadelphia sports was not looking so well just two years ago. Recently, this has all changed and Philly sports seems to have a very bright future. With the Sixers tank looking like it can prove all the doubters wrong, the Phillies completely rebuilding their farm system, the Eagles drafting their Quarterback of the future, and the Flyers bringing up some of their top prospects this year. So we’ve decided to create our own list, compiled of the Top 10 Future of Philly Athletes under the age of 25. Obviously, this is made up mostly of projection, as some on this list hasn’t even played a game for their respective Philadelphia teams yet.
1. Joel Embiid, 76ers
Embiid, the 3rd overall pick in the 2014 is finally having his breakout season after sitting out the first 2 seasons. The 22 year old center has surprised even some of his biggest supporters with his complete dominance in his first season. While Embiid is still sitting out some games, mostly back to back and some select road games, he’s averaging nearly 20 ppg and 8 rpg. The process has been just as active on the defensive end blocking 2.5 per game and affecting shot he doesn’t block. Embiid not only has the talent to be the best athlete in Philly (if he’s not already), he has the talent to be one of the most dominant players the NBA has ever seen. Picture Hakeem Olajuwon with an outside shot. Add in his great personality and his social media awareness and Joel will be a Philly fan favorite for years
2. Carson Wentz, Eagles
Wentz, the 2nd pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, had his ups and downs in his rookie year. Under Wentz, the Eagles started with a strong 3-0 start before finishing with a 7-9 record and missing out on the playoffs. He completed 62.4 % of his passes for 3,782 yards, 16 Touchdowns and 14 interception. The injuries along the offensive line led to 33 sacks and constant hurries. Despite the inconsistent play, Wentz remains a top QB prospect with his strong arm and sneaky mobility. The Eagles front office has the biggest offseason they’ve had in a decade coming up, hopefully they can surround the kid with weapons to help him succeed.
3. Ben Simmons, 76ers
Going into the 4th month of the 2016-17 NBA season, we have still yet to see top pick Ben Simmons. While the Sixers have been getting hot on the shoulders of our #1 ranked Embiid, we patiently wait the return in hopes of a late playoff push. Nobody expected the Sixers to be doing what they’ve done over the past few weeks, Ben coming back might be the spark they need to really show us the bright future they have.
4. Ivan Provorov, Flyers
Provorov has had a very strong start to his NHL career so far this season. The all around defensemen was the 7th overall pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, but many expected him to go higher. Through 48 games, he’s recorded 4 goals and 18 assists. Although he’s not your 6’5 230 pound defender, Ivan had the quickness and offensive skill to be a star for the Flyers for years to come.
5. J.P. Crawford, Phillies
After the Phillies run in the late 2000s/early 2010s, their farm system was depleted. This led to 5 straight seasons of .500 or under baseball, but also led to them completely rebuilding their farm. Their top prospect is 22 year old J.P. Crawford, the 16th overall pick in 2013 and one of the top prospects in all of baseball. The 6’2 180 pound shortstop is an elite fielder with great range, and strong arm. He’s got average speed on the base paths, but the patience at the plate that’ll should allow for a good OBP. Expect to see Crawford in South Philadelphia as early as the 2017 season.
6. Mickey Moniak, Phillies
Moniak, the first overall selection in the 2016 MLB Draft, is another one of the Phillies many top prospects. The 18 year old California born Outfielder ascended up the draft boards faster than probably he even expected during the draft process. Moniak is a contact hitter that has the potential to improve his power to become more than just a gap finder. The lefty hitter has speed on both offense and defense, with the potential to become a gold glove center fielder some day. Don’t expect Moniak any time soon, as it may take a year but probably two to see him in a Phillies uniform.
7. Travis Konecny, Flyers
Konecny, the 24th pick in last years draft was so highly touted by Flyers’ GM Ron Hextall that he moved up in the draft just to snag him. The 5’10” forward with dazzling speed has made quite the impact in his first season in orange and black, racking up 7 goals and 15 assists through 49 games. The Flyers have been patient as of late with their top prospects, but Konecny and Provorov have been exceptions and surely haven’t disappointed.
8. Maikel Franco, Phillies
Franco, the longest tenured player almost didn’t make our list because the majority of fans already know a lot about his game. The 24 year old 3rd baseman will be entering his 4th season in a Phillies uniform after being called up late in 2014. In his first full year last season, Franco hit 22 home runs and drove in 88 RBIs while batting .255. He’s had his ups and downs as all young players will do, but as the Phillies become better so will Maikel.
9. Travis Sanheim, Flyers
Another Flyer on our list isn’t about getting clicks from Hockey nuts, it’s just simply because the Flyers future is stacked. Sanheim, the 17th overall pick in the 2014 draft, has yet to be called up to the NHL, but he’s likely the next one. An offensively skilled defensemen, Sanheim has totaled 8 goals and 14 assists in his first 45 games in Lehigh Valley.
10. Aaron Nola, Phillies
Nola, the LSU product, started off strong after making his debut in July of 2015, and carried that to a strong 2016 campaign before suffering some injuries. While Nola will never be the ace with nasty stuff, he should turn out to be a solid rotation guy for the Phillies. Elbow injuries are never good, especially for such a young pitcher, but hopefully Nola can return in 2017 to lead the Phillies to a plus 500 record.
Samuel Morin, Flyers
Shayne Gostisbehere, Flyers
Jorge Alvaro, Phillies
Jake Thompson, Phillies
Nick Williams, Phillies
Dylan Cozens, Phillies
Dario Saric, 76ers