Victor Arano overcomes Andrew Knapp’s early lead and takes the 19th spot with 99 of the 348 (28%) votes cast. Knapp finished second with 74 votes.
Arano becomes the 7th Latin American player voted into our Top 19. The MLB Top 20 on the Phillies’ site includes 6 Latin players. Of course, there is some disparity. While both polls agree that Franco and Grullon are #3 and #11 respectively, we disagree on Carlos Tocci (PP #14, MLB #16) and Victor Arano (PP #19, MLB #15). MLB ranks Severino Gonzalez #10 and Jesmuel Valentin #20 and neither has cracked our poll, yet. And we have Yoel Mecias #10, Franklyn Kilome #18, and the shiny new toy that is Odubel Herrera #15.
The selections so far are listed below. Continue reading PhuturePhillies Reader Top 30 Poll for #20
Here’s a recap of some of the recent Phillies news.
A few weeks ago, former Pirates’ left-handed pitcher Wandy Rodriguez (who turned 36 today) agreed to a minor league contract with the Phillies. Rodriguez (formerly Eny Cabreja), made the Pirates’ opening day roster in 2014 and started 6 games (0-2, 6.75) before being sent to their AA affiliate in Altoona for the rest of the season. This past week, Rodriguez became this season’s Chad Gaudin when he failed his physical. Subsequently, he signed a $2M deal with Atlanta. Continue reading Open Discussion: Week of January 19th
Australian Baseball League.
Mitch Walding went 4 for 9 in 3 games with a double, 2 BB, 0 K, and 3 R. He committed 1 error on a catch at third. His Canberra Calvary are 20-21 and tied for 4th. His slash through 37 games and 135 AB is .230/318/.341/.659 with 7 2B, 2 HR, and 21 RBI. His K rate is 25.2% and his BB rate is 10%. Continue reading Winter Ball Round Up; Jan. 11 – Jan. 17