Reader Top 30; #26

Zach Collier cruised through the voting for #25, taking 28% of the vote and edging out Michael Schwimer and a cast of others. We’ll move right along to #26, as we inch closer to finishing up the Top 30 for this season. Check below for the poll

01. Domonic Brown, OF
02. Trevor May, RHP
03. Phillippe Aumont, RHP
04. Tyson Gillies, OF
05. Anthony Gose, OF
06. Domingo Santana, OF
07. Sebastian Valle, C
08. JC Ramirez, RHP
09. Jarred Cosart, RHP
10. Scott Mathieson, RHP
11. Antonio Bastardo, LHP
12. Brody Colvin, RHP
13. Jon Singleton, 1B
14. Justin De Fratus, RHP
15. Jiwan James, OF
16. Freddy Galvis, SS
17. Brian Rosenberg, RHP
18. Vance Worley, RHP
19. Mike Stutes, RHP
20. Joe Savery, LHP
21. Jon Pettibone, RHP
22. Yohan Flande, LHP
23. Leandro Castro, OF
24. Colby Shreve, RHP
25. Zach Collier, OF

39 thoughts on “Reader Top 30; #26

  1. Jonathon Villar,
    Premium position. Production. Age to level. Tools.
    #21 on my personal list. Will probably have to wait until the masses catch on at #28-30 for him to make it.

  2. I vote Villar. Looks like Schwimer is out to an early lead with Villar 2nd now. Don’t recall seeing Hyatt and Way before , have to check the back polls. Good idea they are.

  3. I went with Sanchez here, edging out Schwimer. Tough call. Still, I like Sanchez for his upside, similar to the organization that put him on the 40-man roster after just one year as a pitchers.

  4. My final five:

    1. Jesus Sanchez
    2. Jonathan Villar
    3. Michael Schwimer
    4. Andrew Carpenter
    5. Matt Way

    In my top 30, but out of room here.
    6. Steve Susdorf
    7. Anthony Hewitt

  5. Schwimer gets the “home-blog” support.

    Villar probably next.

    Then Sanchez.



    And pretty much everyone is leaving off Julio Rodriguez, who, as an 18-year-old, put up a 3.08 ERA in the GCL with 56 Ks and only 14 walks in 49.2 IP, with a 1.01 WHIP. He’d be somewhere in my personal top 30.

  6. My 31-35:
    Cisco – He put up some good numbers. Think he can be a #4 or #5 starter in the majors
    Hewitt – Hope he has a big year with his move to the outfield – still has a lot to work on
    Cloyd – a couple strong years so far – should get a good look at Reading
    Hudson – he is an athlete from what I have read – he just needs to work on the baseball tools
    Hyatt – had some incredible numbers – alittle old but if he comes close to what he did last year might see him moving fast through system

  7. Villar, Hudson, then maybe Carpenter for me at this stage. I would second the notion of adding Cisco to the poll as well. While his stuff is pedestrian, his success through Reading at a young age was impressive. I could see him as a middle reliever that never walks anyone and keeps the ball in the park.

  8. My next 5 for the list
    Harold Garcia
    Sorry Schwim, your probably top 30, but too many future mop up relievers (Rosenberg, Stutes) and guys who dont deserve to be in at all (Savery) have already been voted into the top 30.

  9. Went with Schwim, as he’s the top guy remaining on my own Top 30 (aside from Mayberry).

    I like Villar and have him at #28 on my Top 30, but I have a couple of the guys on the ballot (Dugan and Sanchez) above him still. For me, his strikeout rate is a bit disconcerting — he whiffed in 28.6% of his at bats, and it’s not like he made up for it with a bunch of power (just a .090 ISO). He’ll move up my list as soon as he can cut down on the K’s or show some power potential.

  10. I agree with philsfarm that Sanchez edges out Schwimer, Sanchez,” for me because Sanchez can be a starter. But I have to throw Zagurski into the mix as Alan pointed out in another post, right up there with those two, Rosenberg and Mathieson and ahead of Escalona. Recall that Zagurski was the Phillies minor league pitcher of the year in 2007, beating out Carpenter and others in the eyes of whoever in the Phillies organization made the selection. Like many pitchers he may be better after TJ surgery than before because he is cured of his elbow ailment. For example, I read that Zagurski’s fastball was 91 before surgery and 93 last season in his first year back.

    Regarding his eligibility, I’m using what PP wrote last year in starting the reader top 20, “…we’ll just use the MLB rookie requiremets. No more than 130AB or 50 IP. I don’t have all of the service days, so ignore that aspect of it. Basically, anyone with less than 130 AB or 50 IP is eligible.” This was a change from 07/08 when neither Mathieson nor Zagurski was eligible in our voting. I don’t know why PP has been silent in the eligibility requirements this time. Not having a clear rule gives a handicap to those prospects with MLB experience.

  11. Have to go with Sanchez. I llike Hyatt alot with the numbers he put up but need to see it at a higher level. Chose Sanchez based on his impressive year as a first year starter

  12. Austin Hyatt is a no brainer . Don’t care if he is 50 years old

    Can’t ignore 0.66 ERA ..54 INN ..26 Hits..81 K 12 BB
    Great slider , above average change up … Check report in Baseball America .

    Also tired of hearing people say they want to see his numbers at a higher level . Why doesn’t that thinking apply to the players already selected ?

    A lot of the players selected don’t have near the numbers to justify where they were picked. Its all based on their POTENTIAL not Performance

  13. I wonder if they double jump Hyatt to Reading this year as he’s already 24. Starting him at Clearwater at 24 would solidify his non-prospect status. Though he only had 4 innings at Lakewood last year. They have to be aggressive with him though.

  14. Dom, Baseball America also ranked six relievers above Hyatt including Mathieson, Rosenberg, DeFratus, Schwimer, Herndon and Bastardo. 466 players were picked before Hyatt in the June draft. How does that consensus opinion drastically change based on 50 or so innings in the lowest league? The other players, we have more information on which to grade them. Hyatt’s numbers are fantastic. That’s why he made it to #34 on my list.

  15. Hyatt was dominant against guys that were in some cases 5 years his junior. That’s a huge gap at that level.

    What’s his “stuff” consist of? Does he have a good fastball or is he simply a control guy beating up on young hitters?

  16. NEEP- I’m on board with you in regards to Hyatt. I think he’s too advanced and needs to prove his stuff is legit. Hyatt’s numbers while eye poping, prove little when you take into account he’s not faced equal competition.

  17. Hyatt should start at Clearwater with a possible call up to Reading later. The Reading Phils have Chance Chapman and Matt German who are coming off injuries who should be back there. I think Schwimmer and Rosenberg will also start there. Tyson Brummett should stay at Reading plus the Phillies have a lot of starters in the minors they could switch to relievers (Worley and I saw on Philly.Com where they listed JC Ramirez as a reliever, don’t know if that is the writer’s opinion or if he heard anything.

  18. I voted Sanchez because he is a starter, and considering this was his 1st full season as a starter pitcher ever, he held up very well….this far down there are tons of ?????? for everybody and IMO Sanchez has done the most when you weigh the variables.

  19. I don’t get the lack of love here for Hudson – compared with Singleton and Colvin, each with solid college commitments. I’m not sure he should get lumped with the Hewitts and Dugans just because he played football.

  20. I’m really surprised Hyatt is being ignored here. I realize the numbers he put up were at a very low level but they still deserve consideration at this point.

  21. Anonymous what would be the reason to show Hudson any love? Between Dugan,Altherr and Hudson he has done the least to deserve any consideration.

  22. Some of these these minor leage relievers must have friends and family voting in this exercise. Is there really an Austin Hyatt fan club?
    Why in the world are relievers getting support over starting pitchers? If the relievers were better prospects, they would be minor league starters in 95% of the cases.

  23. Im looking forward to “League of Their Own” jokes with Kelly Dugan. Im guessing it was his dad (he’s famous right?) who was portrayed by Tom Hanks. I mean if it wasnt for drinking Jimmy Dugan would be a household name and he wouldnt have to pay actors to publicize his infamous managerial stint. Anyway, “Avoid the Clap” Kelly Dugan sounds alright with me!

  24. I don’t get the lack of love here for Hudson – compared with Singleton and Colvin, each with solid college commitments. I’m not sure he should get lumped with the Hewitts and Dugans just because he played football.

    I can’t speak for anyone else, but BA’s predraft scouting report is what has Hudson off my Top 30. Quote: “The biggest question with Hudson is if he’ll hit. He’s raw, sometimes looks overmatched against good pitching and struggles to square balls up even in batting practice.” Personal preference, but I don’t bet on tools guys unless they have some basic idea of what they’re doing at the plate.

  25. What’s his “stuff” consist of? Does he have a good fastball or is he simply a control guy beating up on young hitters?

    BA’s predraft scouting report had him as a polished command pitcher with a decent fastball/change up mix. On the other hand, Kevin Goldstein heard reports of his fastball getting up to 94 or so in relief, and if that’s true, he could be a nice find as a bullpen guy. I’ve got him just outside my Top 30 because I want to see more, but I don’t think it’s egregious to put him at the back end.

  26. BA was far more glowing of Hudson in their Handbook, rating him 14th in the Phillies’ system. I guess the upside is huge there, but I wouldn’t rank a pure athlete that high without seeing some performance.

    Ed, Kelly Dugan’s father IS famous. Dennis Dugan directed “I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry,” “Big Daddy,” “Happy Gilmore,” and “The Benchwarmers,” among other films.

  27. Other — Travis Mattair — Still think that we will all have him in our top 20 next year. Got to have faith.

  28. Yeah, Jimmy Dugan was a fictional character, who, as stated above was based upon Jimmy Foxx. But , if he was real, and , as “League of their Own” was based upon real events in the World War II years, that Jimmy Dugan , assuming he began pro baseball around 20 years old, had a 20 year or more playing and or coaching/managing career prior to managing the Women’s Team in “League of their Own” his date of birth would likely be 1900 or earlier, which would make him around 90 or more at the time of Kelly Dugan’s birth. I think most know Kelly Dugan’s father is still around, so he would currently be around 110, so he’d be doing all right. I don’t think they make movies with Tom Hanks, Madonna, and Rosie O’Donell, Geena Davis, et al., in them because a former Womens Minor League manager paid them off for publicity.

  29. Wow, I must have been way off on that one, huh? I’m still voting for, and calling him, “Avoid the Clap” Kelly Dugan

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