Time to get ready for the 2016 Reader Top 30 Prospect Survey. I will start next week and try to post a poll each weekday. I will continue to follow baseball’s standards for prospect lists which states –
“To be eligible for a list, a player must have rookie eligibility. To qualify for rookie status, a player must not have exceeded 130 at-bats or 50 innings pitched in the Major Leagues, or accumulated more than 45 days on the active roster of a Major League club or clubs during the 25-player limit period, excluding time on the disabled list or in military service.”
Several players exceeded their Rookie Status during the 2015 season – Aaron Nola, Maikel Franco, Odubel Herrera, Aaron Altherr, Hector Neris, Adam Morgan, Elvis Araujo, and Jerad Eickhoff.
And several more from our 2015 Reader Top Fifty poll are no longer with the organization – Kelly Dugan, Yoel Mecias, Nefi Ogando, Willians Astudillo, Chris Oliver, David Whitehead, and Lewis Alezones.
The first ballot will be comprised of the top 20 players from MLB’s Top 30 Prospects plus Baseball America’s Top Ten organizational prospects. This should be a very interesting process this year. Two of BA’s top ten didn’t crack MLB’s top twenty (Carlos Tocci and Adonis Medina). We could see a lot plurality victories rather than majority wins.
There are about 226 players within the organization who still have rookie status. The first ballot and probable future additions are listed below. It is likely that some of those listed below don’t ever make the ballot. Here’s the 22-player first ballot (in alphabetical order) –
I will add names, as necessary and as randomly as I did last season. I’ll get the remaiining players in the MLB’s top 30 on the ballot as quickly as possible. Then I’ll add guys as needed from the remainder of our 2015 Reader Top 30, the remainder of our 2015 Reader Top 50, the rest of the prospects on the 40-Man Roster, and guys coming off good seasons.
Remainder of MLB’s Top 30 – Alec Asher, Jesse Biddle, Malquin Canelo, Elniery Garcia, Deivy Grullon, Brandon Leibrandt, John Richy, Cord Sandberg
Remainder of Reader Top 30 – Aaron Brown, Dylan Cozens, Severino Gonzalez, Zach Green, Tommy Joseph, Andrew Pullin, Jesmuel Valentin
Prospects on the 40-Man Roster – Jimmy Cordero, Dalier Hinojosa, Colton Murray,
Edubray Ramos, Daniel Stumpf
Remainder of Reader Top 50 – Victor Arano, Luis Encarnacion, Arquimedes Gamboa,
Mitch Gueller, Samuel Hiciano, Rhys Hoskins, Mark Leiter, Cameron Perkins, Brian Pointer,
Jose Pujols, Joely Rodriguez, Jiandido Tromp
A Bunch of Guys Who had Nice Seasons – Jesus Alastre, Randy Alcantara, Daniel Brito,
Ismael Cabrera, Joey Denato, Bailey Falter, Nick Fanti, Cody Forsythe, Rafael Gamboa,
Edgar Garcia, Tyler Gilbert, Matt Hockenberry, Enger Jimenez, Ulises Joaquin, Mark Laird,
Juan Luis, Ronaldo Marrero, Angelo Mora, Zach Morris, Jairo Munoz, Felix Paulino, Greg Pickett, Yacksel Rios, Alexis Rivero, Herlis Rodriguez, Lenin Rodriguez, Anthony Sequeria,
Robert Tasin, Jesen Therrien, Joshua Tobias, Sergio Velis, Lucas Williams
A Couple of New Guys Who Don’t Fit into one of the Above Groups – Harold Arauz, Jhailyn Ortiz
I am always interested in how the drawn out polling process compares to a one time submission. I request that each participant submit her/his own Top 30 to email@example.com using the Subject – My Prospect List. I am curious how the day-by-day voting and discussion affects the outcome when compared to a one-time submission early in the process along the lines of an MVP ballot.
Since we’re only doing a top 30, a lot of the guys listed above might not make it to a ballot. If you have a favorite that you want considered for the ballot or want to ensure that one of the guys listed above makes it to a ballot, e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org using the Subject – Add Prospect. You can also include the request in the comments section but I can’t guarantee that I’ll see. I’m going to incorporate the Other option in the poll again. We’ll see how it works, but I expect that I’ll have to turn it off just like last year.
Unlike previous years, I haven’t seen most of the prospects. A lot of the top guys weren’t in the organization 13 months ago, and haven’t passed through Clearwater. So, if it looks like I’m missing someone you think should be considered, send me those names.
Right now, the following aren’t being considered –
Non-Roster Invitees – Gregory Infante, Reinier Roibal, Angelys Nina
Mexican League – Jesus Chavez
Unassigned – Jake Sweaney, Nathan Thornhill , Ben Pelletier, Rafael Marchan, Manuel Silva, Keudy Bocio, Reggie Wilson, Jeff Singer, Leonel Aponte
Lehigh Valley – Gabriel Lino, Logan Moore
Reading – Hoby Milner, Ryan O’Sullivan, Carlos Alonso, Art Charles, Harold Martinez, KC Serna, Brock Stassi
Clearwater – Harold Guerrero, Lino Martinez, Miguel Nunez, Wilson Garcia, Chace Numata, Derek Campbell , Drew Stankiewicz , Mitch Walding
Lakewood – Andrew Anderson, Ranfi Casimiro, Austin Davis , Victor Delgado, Scott Harris ,
Will Morris, Calvin Rayburn , Tyler Viza, Shane Watson, Jason Zgardowski, Joel Fisher , Jose Mayorga, Emmanuel Marrero, Kyle Martin, Damek Tomscha , Tim Zier , Chase Harris
Williamsport – Alejandro Arteaga, Andrew Godail, Skylar Hunter, Denton Keys, Kenny Koplove, Luke Leftwich, Sutter McLoughlin, Luis Morales, Feliberto Sanchez, Jose Taveras, Jacob Waguespack, Austin Bossart, Gregory Brodzinski, Jesus Posso, Gregori Rivero, Andrew Amaro, Dylan Bosheers, William Cuicas, Grenny Cumana, Luis Espiritu,
Brendon Hayden, Jan Hernandez, Venn Biter, Zack Coppola, Carlos Duran
Gulf Coast League – Seranthony Dominguez, Ryne Frankoff, Carlos Indriago, Will Stewart,
Horace Stubblefield, Ranger Suarez, Kevin Walsh, Edgar Cabral, Rodolfo Duran, Jose Antequera, Scott Tomassetti , Bryan Martelo,
Dominican – Joel Cabrera, Steiner Carmona, Yeral Gomez, Oscar Marcelino, Robinson Martinez, Gregorix Mateo, Jose Nin, DominicanAnderson Nunez, Jhon Nunez, Geury Ortiz,
Sandro Rosario, Sixto Sanchez, Christopher Suero, Yonathan Trinidad, Luis Liriano, Nerluis Martinez, Robert Paulino, Ricardo Baez, Braylin Carrasco, Alberto Feliz, Emmanuel Garcia, Jan Guerrero, Daniel Romero, Edwin Rodriguez, Henry Santana
Venezuelan – Abdallah Aris, Gustavo Armas, Miguelangel Bastidas, Luis Carrasco, Jose Diaz, Luis Gonzalez, Reiwal Gonzalez, Tanis Lara, Mauricio Llovera, Orangel Lopez, Denny Martinez, Orestes Melendez, Williams Mendoza, Carlos Salazar, Oskerlly Sanchez, Victor Sobil, Freddy Zorrilla, Adrian Acosta, Wilman Silva, Jesus Henrique, Jhon Meison Herrera,
David Periera, Raul Rivas, Joseph Torrivilla, Juan Avila, Malvin Matos, Luis Mendoza, Yorbys Tabares
And finally, while sorting through the potential prospects, I noticed that back in September, the Phillies released Julsan Kamara. He was signed out of high school in Germany a couple years ago. Kamara spent 2 seasons in the DSL. He slashed .189/.357/.254 over both seasons, and actually regressed last season.