This post is reserved for the discussion of the top prospects in the Phillies’ organization. You can tout the merits of your favorite prospects, instruct us on why your ranking is superior, talk about a prospect who intrigues/worries you, ask about prospects you haven’t seen and don’t know much about, or anything at all as long as it is about the top prospects.
Last week I started with MLB’s top four Phillies’ prospects – J.P. Crawford, Jake Thompson, Nick Williams, and Jorge Alfaro. Rather than proceed numerically, but allowing me to talk about my favorite prospect, let’s talk about the outfielders among the Phillies’ top 30 prospects.
The state of the Phillies outfield has been of much concern for several years now. Gone are the days when the Phillies could trot out Pat Burrell/Raul Ibanez, Shane Victrorino, and Jayson Werth on opening day (2008-2010). They were replaced with the horrors of Ben Francisco in right (2011), John Mayberry Jr. in left (2012-13), Domonic Brown in right (2013), Tony Gwynn Jr. in left(2014), and finally Grady Sizemore in right (2015).
The Phillies finished the 2015 season with a group of outfielders that included prospect Aaron Altherr, Rule 5 pick Odubel Herrera, former infielder Cody Asche, AAAA journeyman Brian Bogusevic, MLB journeyman Jeff Francoeur, utilityman Darnell Sweeney, first baseman Darin Ruf, and injured Domonic Brown. Minor leaguer Kelly Dugan rounds out the outfielders on the 40-man roster, but he didn’t get an invite to the show this past September.
Along with #3 prospect Nick Williams (MLB #55), the Phillies have another top 100 prospect in #5 Cornelius Randolph (#85). Roman Quinn is ranked as the Phillies #6 prospect. In addition to Sweeney (#10 ) and Dugan (#24) who cracked the Phillies top 30 list, there are #19 Cord Sandberg and #20 Carlos Tocci.
Cornelius Randolph, OF, Bats: Left, Throws: Right, 5’11, 205 lb., DOB 6/2/1997 (18)
- Drafted: 2015, 1st (10) by the Phillies out of high school
- MLB #85 prospect
- Grades: Hit – 55, Power – 55, Run – 40, Arm – 55, Field – 40, Overall – 55
- 2015; GCL Phillies (age 18, -1.4 AgeDif)
- .302/.425/.442/.866 in 212 PA, 32 BB, 32 K
- 41 G in LF; 63 CH, 61 PO, 2 A, 0 E – first season as an outfielder
- “C” has an advanced approach at the plate. From the moment he steps into the on deck circle, Randolph is all business. He has a very good knowledge of the strike zone. He is patient. He makes noticeable adjustments during an at bat. He has a powerful, opposite field swing that he shortens up when the count is not in his favor. I have found it hard to believe that he just graduated high school. I believe that had he not been learning a new position, he would have made the jump to Williamsport or Lakewood this summer ala Crawford the year he was drafted. I wouldn’t be surprised if he started in Lakewood with the intention of moving him to Williamsport when short-season ball started. And when the time came, they decided to just leave him in Lakewood.
Nick Williams, OF, Bats: Left, Throws: Left, 6’3, 195 lb., DOB: 09/08/1993 (22)
- Drafted: 2012, 2nd (93) by Texas out of high school
- MLB #55 Prospect
- Grades: Hit – 60, Power – 55, Run – 55, Arm – 50, Field – 55, Overall – 55
- 2015; Frisco (age 21, -3.2) excelled – .299/.357/.479
- traded to Philadelphia as part of the Hamels deal (7/31/2015)
- assigned to Reading and posted .320/.340/.536 in 22 games (100 PA)
- Career .296/.346/.489 in minors
- Double-digit HRs the past 3 seasons
- Generally 2.5-4.0 years younger than rest of league
- Free swinger, career 5.4% BB, 24.4% K needs to improve
- Looks like he’ll start in Lehigh Valley. There’s not much in his way at Lehigh or in Philadelphia. He could certainly be up by the start of 2017.
Roman Quinn, OF, Bats: Swicth, Throws: Right, 5’10, 170 lb., DOB 5/14/1993 (22)
- Drafted: 2011, 2nd (66) by out of high school
- Grades: Hit – 45, Power – 30, Run – 80, Arm – 55, Field – 55, Overall – 55
- 2015; Reading (age 22, -2.4) 58 games before suffering a season-ending injury
- .306/.356/.435/.791 in 257 PA, 29 SB in 39 Attempts
- Quinn was having a great season when he was injured. Excellent speed at the top of the order. Better than Revere power. Could be in Lehigh Valley this spring.
Darnell Sweeney was assigned to the Phillies after the trade that brought him to the organization. He was drafted in 2012 in the 13th round by the Dodgers. He played primarily SS in 2012-13 and mostly second base in 2014.
- Grades: Hit – 55, Power – 40, Run – 55, Arm – 50, Field – 50, Overall – 50
- 50 grades out to an average regular. Whether he makes it as an outfielder, a second baseman, or a utility man remains to be seen.
Cord Sandberg was drafted in the third round (89) of the 2013 draft. He played his first year of full season ball at Lakewood. He showed some improvement posting .255/.303/.345 slash. He also had 13 outfield assists.
- Grades: Hit – 45, Power – 50, Run – 50, Arm – 50, Field – 50, Overall – 45
- 45 grades out to a platoon/utility for a position player. Still time, he has shown improvement each year so far.
Carlos Tocci as a 16-year old out of Venezuela. He has progressed slowly through the organization against older competition. He started the season at Lakewood for the third year and was still 2.5 years younger than the mean. He slashed well and was promoted to Clearwater where he peaked at .313/.362/.372 on July 29th before settling in at .258/.296/.313.
- Grades: Hit – 50, Power – 30, Run – 55, Arm – 50, Field – 55, Overall – 45
- 45 grades out to a platoon/utility for a position player. Still young with potential. I was impressed with how he handled himself in Clearwater. His lack of power is glaring, though.
Kelly Dugan was drafted in the second round (75) of the 2009 draft. He split time between Reading and Lehigh in 2015. He put up a combined .274/.349/.358 in 310 AB. His diminished power is a continuing concern.
- Grades: Hit – 45, Power – 50, Run – 45, Arm – 55, Field – 50, Overall – 45
- 45 grades out to a platoon/utility for a position player. The clock may have run out for Dugan. A corner outfielder without power is a AAAA player at best.