Darnell Sweeney was selected the Readers’ Poll 25th prospect. He received 72 of 304 votes (24%). He finished ahead of Alberto Tirado who received 60 votes (20%). Tom Windle (33 votes), Jose Pujols (30), and Victor Arano (26) were bunched in the next group comfortably ahead of the rest of the field.
The Phillies acquired Sweeney from the Los Angeles Dodgers as part of the Chase Utley trade on August 19, 2015. The Phillies also received RHP John Richy as part of the deal. Sweeney was briefly assigned to Lehigh Valley, but his contract was immediately selected by the Phillies and he reported to the major league club. Sweeney struggled with a .176/.286/.353 and 3 HR in 98 plate appearances.
Sweeney’s career began when he was selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 13th round of the 2012 First-Year Player Draft out of the University of Central Florida. He had been selected by the Florida Marlins in the 41st round of the 2009 Draft but did not sign.
Sweeney put up nice numbers at each stop during his journey up the Dodgers’ organizational ladder. He even showed some nice power at A+, AA, and AAA.
Sweeney played 2B, SS, and CF in the minors. The Phillies played him at 2B, 3B, and all three outfield positions.
Deivi Grullon was selected the Readers’ Poll 24th prospect. He received 61 of 331 votes (19% our lowest plurality so far). He finished comfortably ahead of Darnell Sweeney (51 votes, 16%). It looks like Sweeney and Alberto Tirado will be the favorites in the next poll with Victor Arano close behind. Tom Windle is the only player to receive votes in every poll. However he is also suffering the biggest drop, from 9th in last year’s poll to “still falling”. Continue reading Phuture Phillies 2016 Reader Top 30 #25→
How often during a sporting event, do you hear that? I was having a beer with a friend last week at the Lagerhaus Brewery in Palm Harbor when our stammtisch discussion swung toward the worst calls in sports. Continue reading Worst Call Ever …?→
Nick Pivetta was selected the Readers’ Poll 22nd prospect. He received 91 of 346 votes (26%). He finished comfortably ahead of Jhailyn Ortiz (77 votes, 22%). Deivi Grullon, Tom Windle, Victor Arano, and Darnell Sweeney with votes in the twenties and between 6-8% of the vote. Continue reading Phuture Phillies 2016 Reader Top 30 #23→
Malquin Canelo was selected the Readers’ Poll 20th prospect. He received 85 of 386 votes (22%). He finished comfortably ahead of Ben Lively (69), and Nick Pivetta (51), and Jhailyn Ortiz (50). Each received at least 13% of the votes cast. Continue reading Phuture Phillies 2016 Reader Top 30 #21→
Thomas Eshelman was selected the Readers’ Poll 19th prospect. He received 80 of 409 votes (19.6%). It was a close race with Malquin Canelo (63), Ben Lively (51), and Nick Pivetta (46), each receiving over 11% of the votes cast. All but two of the players listed on the poll received at least one vote (Garcia and Paulino). Five write-in votes were cast (K. Martin, Z. Green, Moore, Walding, and Domonic Brown?). Continue reading Phuture Phillies 2016 Reader Top 30 #20→
Jimmy Cordero was selected the Readers’ Poll 18th prospect. He received 100 of 391 votes (25.6%). He out distanced a closely bunched group of three who contended for second place – Malquin Canelo (48), Nick Pivetta (48), Thomas Eshelman (45). Continue reading Phuture Phillies 2016 Reader Top 30 #19→