PhuturePhillies Reader Top 30 (40) Poll for #34

Joely Rodriguez takes the 33rd prospect slot in our poll.  He received 36 of 162 votes (22%).  Rhys Hoskins finished a close second with 30 votes.

Maikel Franco had started off slowly in the Caribbean Series.  He had 1 hit in 15 at bats and stranded 18 base runners through the first 3 games.  He had struck out 6 times and looked overmatched against a steady diet of curve balls and change ups with the occasional well-placed fastball.  Friday night, he exorcised his demons with a solo home run in his second at bat that broke up a no-no in the 4th inning and gave Dominicana the early lead.  Later he drove in a game-tying run with two out in the ninth inning on a single to left-centerfield.  HIs team lost in the bottom of the inning, but advanced to the semifinals tomorrow.  I watched the game on ESPN Desportes.  The announcers provide the same enthusiasm on a home run as they provide on a goal in futbol.

The current poll’s selections so far are listed below.  I’ll start the sleeper pick column sometime in the next week or so.

  1. J.P. Crawford
  2. Aaron Nola
  3. Maikel Franco
  4. Roman Quinn
  5. Zach Eflin
  6. Ben Lively
  7. Jesse Biddle
  8. Kelly Dugan
  9. Tom Windle
  10. Yoel Mecias
  11. Deivi Grullon
  12. Matt Imhof
  13. Dylan Cozens
  14. Carlos Tocci
  15. Odubel Herrera
  16. Aaron Altherr
  17. Aaron Brown
  18. Franklyn Kilome
  19. Victor Arano
  20. Andrew Knapp
  21. Zach Green
  22. Severino Gonzalez
  23. Cord Sandberg
  24. Jesmuel Valentin
  25. Ricardo Pinto
  26. Luis Encarnacion
  27. Cameron Perkins
  28. Jose Pujols
  29. Andrew Pullin
  30. Tommy Joseph
  31. Nefi Ogando
  32. Jiandido Tromp
  33. Joely Rodriguez

The poll for #34 is up next.

18 thoughts on “PhuturePhillies Reader Top 30 (40) Poll for #34

  1. walding finished with 5 last round, guaranteed top 35 lets go! big thanks to all of u that made this happen

  2. Gamboa again. Seems like we voted Encarnación in the Top 30 his signing year. I believe the same was true for Pujols, Grullon and Tocci. Not sure why Gamboa isn’t thought of similarly. I know the system is deeper, but we’re considering voting for Walding, who was less regarded his draft year and has hurt his stock throughout his career. Or Hoskins, who is fine but will never be valuable enough at the position the club has chosen to use him. Leibrandt has a fairly high floor – barring serious injury, he will almost certainly pitch in the big leagues at some point, though his ceiling is very low as well. And don’t get me started on Astudillo. I don’t buy it. He has no position if he can’t be a backup catcher and he has a serious injury history that could easily cripple his catching abilities.

    Garcia is the guy I would most readily argue for over Gamboa, based on good reports and exceptionally high rankings elsewhere.

    Ok, I’ve said my bit for Gamboa again, again convincing, I assume, no one.

    1. Fair points for Gamboa. I would slot him in somewhere soon but for this round I went with Garcia.

      I agree with you about Astudillo. I see similarities to Cam Perkins but with even more questions. I have Hoskins and Leibrandt around here on my list, but I’m moving Gamboa in front of them. I don’t think Leibrandt will “almost certainly” pitch in the big leagues; he has a shot but there are many soft-tossing lefty command/control pitchers who never sniff the majors. And I wouldn’t worry about Walding. Aside from his one-man fan club he’s not getting much support.

    2. I think the difference between Gamboa and Encarnacion is Gamboa has a higher floor due to position, but lower ceiling, and at this level of voting, ceiling is everything, since a high floor is only a replacement level player.

  3. I chose Denton Keys for this spot. He is young. He was signed out of high school where he had an outstanding record. He is left-handed. He had an outstanding year in GCL last year and was one of the reasons the team performed so well. I think he will have a breakout year this year. I had Araujo higher, but he is older and a reliever. Keys had a series of excellent starts. I like Garcia also, but he is not a solid a starter candidate as Keys, who I think will be in the majors in the long run.

    1. Scouting reports seem very complimentary of Gacia. Reports on Keys are more rare but also less full of praise. It sounds to me like Garcia has better stuff across the board. K and BB numbers favor Garcia as well, although it’s a SSS for both guys. So, I disagree that he’s not as solid a starter candidate as Keys.

  4. I would ask for Lewis Alezones to be put in the mix. He came on very strongly in the last GCL season to be a strong starter on the GCL team, which had a number of outstanding starting pitchers. The group coming from Venezuela this year will provide another strong staff for the rookie team. I looked for his profile, but he is not listed so I wanted to make this special mention of him.

    1. Nice grab on Alezones. Guy to watch next year. Same with Keys. I suspect Williamsport to start for both

  5. At some point last summer, didn’t it appear that things were starting to click for Walding? My recollection is that he had a hip problem, that later addressed surgically.

  6. That Franco looked overmatched against the slow stuff is a concern. He looked that way last September and will get a steady diet of it in the bigs until he adjusts (which he hopefully will)

    1. Maybe overmatched was too strong of a word. The kid has been in uniform since mid-February when he reported to camp last season. And three games doesn’t necessarily constitute a slump. He’s playing against the best teams from the winter leagues of 4 Latin American countries. He’s no secret to their pitchers. They obviously have a plan when pitching to him. He sees a lot of 84 mph offerings that dip down at the plate. A lot of pitches are away. He’s being pitched “backwards” where these pitches are used to set up the fastball as the out pitch (he has been caught looking on a couple hittable fastballs). His home run came on a 91 mph fastball that also broke down at the plate, but it only moved from belt-high to mid-thigh. It must have broken late, and Franco made the pitcher pay. I haven’t see Franco bat since September, so it’s not fair for me to imply a problem on 6 Ks in his 12th month of baseball. It is just as likely (or more likely) that he has run into a stretch of good pitchers hitting their spots against a tired batter as it is that he is “overmatched”.

    1. Sam…you are looking at it the wrong way….turn your smartphone horizontally and you will be able to see how huge it is.

  7. I’m all in on Forsythe in this round. I saw him at Lakewood, his stuff looked good and IIRC he wasn’t horrible when sent up to A+. Another good bullpen arm who may slide into the 7th inning slot in 2 -3 years.

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