Monthly Archives: January 2016

Open Discussion: Week of February 1st

Pitchers and catchers are just around the corner.  First official workout on the 18th.  Here’s the open discussion thread for Phillies’ talk and other topics.

The DH poll drew 350 votes.  As I had expected for a site that covers the prospects of a National League team, the vast majority (79%) were in favor of not introducing the DH to the National League, 277 nay v. 73 aye.

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Weekend Discussion, January 29, 2016; MLB Top 100

MLB announced their top 100 prospects tonight.  Seven players from the Phillies’ organization made the list.  Since I’m sure this will generate some discussion, here are our seven top prospects and a place to discuss.

  • #5      SS, J.P. Crawford
  • #55   RHP, Jake Thompson
  • #64   OF, Nick Williams
  • #70   RHP, Mark Appel
  • #84   OF, Cornelius Randolph
  • #96   C/1B, Jorge Alfaro
  • #99   OF, Roman Quinn

Crawford still at #5.  Quinn was not ranked in 2015.  Randolph moved up one slot from #85 to #84.  The others dropped slots, some significantly – Appel from #43 to #70, Thompson from #51 to #55, Williams from #55 to #64, Alfaro from #59 to #96.

Phuture Phillies 2016 Reader Top 30 #18

Adonis Medina was selected the Readers’ Poll 17th prospect.  He received 165 of 380 votes (43%).  He was a runaway victor over second-place finisher Jimmy Cordero.

The Phillies signed Medina to a minor league contract as an international free agent on May 29, 2014 at the age of 17.   Continue reading Phuture Phillies 2016 Reader Top 30 #18

Phuture Phillies 2016 Reader Top 30 #17

Tyler Goeddel was selected the Readers’ Poll 16th prospect.  He received 121 of 408 votes (30%).  He finished 8 votes ahead of Adonis Medina.

Goeddel was selected out of high school by Tampa with the 41st pick of the first round, a Comp A pick, of the 2011 First Year Player Draft.  He signed on August 15th of that summer.  He began his pro career in full season A ball at Bowling Green of the Midwest League as a 19-year old, the equivalent of Lakewood. Continue reading Phuture Phillies 2016 Reader Top 30 #17

Phuture Phillies 2016 Reader Top 30 #16

Carlos Tocci was selected the Readers’ Poll 15th prospect.  He received 145 of 418 votes (35%).  Tyler Goeddel finished second with 93 votes (22%).

Tocci was signed as an international free agent on August 23, 2011.  He may be the most divisive prospect in the organization.  There seems to be little middle ground.  He is viewed as either overrated or underrated. Continue reading Phuture Phillies 2016 Reader Top 30 #16

Phuture Phillies 2016 Reader Top 30 #15

Dylan Cozens was selected the Readers’ Poll 14th prospect.  He received 119 of 464 votes (26%).  He beat Carlos Tocci by 6 votes.

Cozens was signed on June 7, 2012 after being selected in the second round of the 2012 Amateur Draft with the 77th overall pick.  He was a multi-sport athlete in high school and had accepted a football scholarship to Arizona University after playing only one year of high school football.  He collected 7 sacks as a defensive end for his state champion team. Continue reading Phuture Phillies 2016 Reader Top 30 #15

Phuture Phillies 2016 Reader Top 30 #14

Ricardo Pinto was selected the Readers’ Poll 13th prospect.  He received 183 of 474 votes (39%).

Pinto signed with the Phillies as a free agent three weeks before his 18th birthday on December 28, 2011.  He spent a couple summers at the Phillies’ Venezuelan Academy then jumped to short-season ball at Williamsport in 2014.   Continue reading Phuture Phillies 2016 Reader Top 30 #14

Open Discussion: Week of January 25th

Here’s the open discussion thread for Phillies’ talk and other topics. Another slow week. Here are some random stories/thoughts to start the conversation.

Let’s see.  Tim Lincecum hopes to hold a showcase in early February to show that he is able to pitch after recovering from hip surgery (link).  Meanwhile, Cliff Lee hopes for the perfect fit while providing assurances that he will be 100%, but he may decide to sit out the 2016 season. Continue reading Open Discussion: Week of January 25th

Phuture Phillies 2016 Reader Top 30 #13

We finally have a decision on the 12th prospect in the Reader Top 30.  After an unprecedented head-to-head run off between Scott Kingery and Ricardo Pinto, Kingery has emerged as the 12th prospect in the organization with 258 of 500 votes cast.  The race was close all day, but Kingery was able to maintain a steady 52% of the votes since early afternoon.  After I posted the last update at 6:00PM, Pinto closed to within 10 votes, but never got closer and trailed by 16 when I closed the poll. Continue reading Phuture Phillies 2016 Reader Top 30 #13

Phuture Phillies 2016 Reader Top 30 #12; Run Off

Well, I don’t if this has ever happened before.  The Reader Top 30 experienced 3 close races in the poll for the #12 prospect in the organization.  Virtual ties for third and fifth, and a true dead lock for the top position between Ricardo Pinto and Scott Kingery.  So, in the absence of hanging chad and absentee ballots, we will do what Florida failed to do in 2000, head-to-head run off. Continue reading Phuture Phillies 2016 Reader Top 30 #12; Run Off