Reader Top 30 #22 – Mitch Walding

Mitch Gueller took the #21 spot, here is #22.

List so far:

  1. Biddle
  2. Quinn
  3. Morgan
  4. Joseph
  5. Franco
  6. Ruf
  7. Asche
  8. Pettibone
  9. Martin
  10. Tocci
  11. Aumont
  12. Gillies
  13. Watson
  14. Greene
  15. Valle
  16. De Fratus
  17. Collier
  18. Wright
  19. Cozens
  20. Hernandez
  21. Gueller

Here is the compiled spreadsheet of all rankings out so far

About Matt Winkelman

Matt is originally from Mt. Holly, NJ, but after a 4 year side track to Cleveland for college he now resides in Madison, WI. His work has previously appeared on Phuture Phillies and The Good Phight. You can read his work at Phillies Minor Thoughts

37 thoughts on “Reader Top 30 #22 – Mitch Walding

  1. I went with Kenny Giles. Reliever or not, Jordan says he had a great year and that he’s a top 10 Phillies prospect.

  2. This list is now so far off from my list that it doesn’t make sense for me to vote any longer. I actually have Giles at 20 on my list so this would seem like a good spot for him.

  3. Walding, Z. Green, Pullin, Rupp and Giles make up one great, big, amorphous blob to me at this point. I voted for Walding based on the scouting reports, but one could make an argument for any of them.

  4. I have to make an adjustment after the comments from Joe Jordan. I’ll jump Kenny Giles over Pullin for #22.

    1. Agree with your assessment as I was swayed by Joe Jordan’s comments. I believe Kenny Giles will be in Clearwater or Reading by the end of the year. I hope he stays healthy as a reliever with a 100 mph fastball with control is a very valuable prospect.

      1. Does he actually have control?
        Does he have a breaking pitch?
        He is still only a reliver as an upside whereas Chapman may become a starter.

    1. I still believe Brown has a chance to excell, if given the chance. The names in the article that compare to Brown are interesting. One player no mentioned, that had the same type minor league career, who struggled early is Dexter Fowler. If Brown could get there, with a little more power, it would be good for the organization.

      1. What makes me most annoyed about the Dom Brown situation is that I think he’s a guy who sometimes lacks confidence and really plays much, much better once he gets comfortable and gets into a rhythm. If I were the Phillies, I would be doing whatever I could to show that the organization still believes in him and that, while they still want and expect him to work as hard as possible, the team will give him an extended chance to prove himself. They should also be extremely clear about what type of playing time he is going to get and under what conditions so he is not left to wonder what is going on. Although I would rather see him play every day for at least half a season, if they told him that he would be the left-handed bat in a lefty-righty platoon and would also see action occasionally against lefty starters, that would probably be okay because he would get hte majority of the at bats and would have a greater chance to succeed. In short, they have to stop jerking him around – enough is enough already.

  5. Went with Colvin. He still has the talent to be a good starter if he’s able to recover his mechanics/confidence. In 2013 he could become the fastest riser on the prospect list or could disappear completely.

    1. Voted the same way, for all the same reasons. Toyed with the idea of Giles, as I think that of all the players remaining on this list he has the best potential to have a career in the majors, but Colvin still has several plus pitches, and some of the national prospect rankers seem to think he still has a chance to put it together.

      The positive thing I take away from Jordan’s comments on Colvin is the notion that there’s some mental/confidence component. That can be overcome, whereas Tyler Cloyd is never going to throw a 95 mph fastball.

    2. +1 – 2012 was a mess at times, but he had a nice stretch in there during and after his “penning”. We’ll see, but he still has potential above the guys below him, IMO.

    3. Still going with Colvin. People gave up on Worley and Stutes too early too, then they turned it around with a little extra time in AA. Colvin has as much upside as anybody in the organization, and more then Worley and Stutes had.

      1. I’m not hating, its a fact he’s always been down on Biddle, even when drafted. I’m actually pleasantly surprised he made his list.

    1. It’s pretty defensible. Eric over at Crashburn sounds like he’s ready to do the same, and their profiles as pitchers are similar. I’d prefer Biddle’s longer track record, but that’s about it.

      More disappointing to see them so low in the Top 100, but they’re not exactly superstars in the making.

    2. I mean it’s not absurd to put Morgan ahead of Biddle. I wouldn’t do it at this point but you could see why someone would.

    3. Keith Law knows nothing! Other than how to listen to others, he has no real ability to evaluate talent. Take his madness with a grain of salt and keep it moving

  6. Brody Colvin. It seems like he’s been around forever but he’s only 22. Age appropriate for Reading and he’s probably got the highest ceiling of any prospect left.

  7. I went with Walding, he with the beautiful swing, who I hope is ready for a breakout season.
    Jordan’s comments about Giles got me to thinking. If we just consider ceiling ability, who are our top 10 players then? I limited my thinking to starting pitchers who could become a 1 or 2, relievers who could be closers, or position players who could be very productive starters (at first I planned to just consider possible all stars but the list was almost empty), who is on my top 10 ceiling list? I came up with a top list of (in no particular order and I didn’t bother to lop off 4 to get to 10) Martin, Watson, Aumont, Giles, Quinn, Joseph, Franco, Asche, Ruf, Gillies, Collier, Tocci, Greene, and Cozens. I don’t see Biddle, Morgan or Pettibone as a 1 or a 2…

    1. Mine in no particular order (this ends up leading like a tools list): Altherr (you shouldn’t doubt the tools, jus the ability to translate them), Lino, Watson, Gueller (not too hard to dream on 70 fastball, 60 slider, 60 change), Cozens (slightly edges Quinn), Quinn, Tocci, Biddle, Martin, Giles (or Aumont it is hard to decide).

      Biddle has touched 98 before so if he found that consistently he is an easy #2. Asche and Ruf are limited in their ceilings (even if they go crazy offensively, they have limited defensive abilities)

      1. he sits 92… if he hit 98 consistently he is an easy 1. won’t happen though, I see his ceiling being sitting mid to low 90’s

      2. For me its Quinn, Tocci, Joseph, L.Greene, Martin, Biddle. Aumont has the best stuff in the system and maybe top 20 in the minors but he is stuck at reliever and still does not know where any pitch is going.

    2. Top 10 ceiling guys:

      1. Quinn
      2. Franco
      3. Tocci
      4. S Watson
      5. Morgan
      6. Biddle
      7. Martin
      8. L Greene
      9. Aumont

      12.K Giles

      1. top 10 ceiling guys
        1. Watson
        2. Quinn
        3. Tocci
        4. Martin
        5. Franco
        6. Biddle
        7. Cozens
        8. Morgan
        9. L Greene
        10. Giles

    3. Top 10 ceilings:

      1. Tocci
      2. Colvin
      3. Joseph
      4. Quinn
      5. Gueller
      6. Biddle
      7. Greene
      8. Cozens
      9. Watson
      10. Morgan

      1. You are probably right about Colvin belonging on the ceiling list. Colvin is pretty much in the same position Ethan Martin was at the beginning of last season. I want a do over:
        1. Quinn
        2. Franco
        3. Tocci
        4. S Watson
        5. Morgan
        6. Biddle
        7. Martin
        8. B Colvin
        9. L Greene

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