As expected, this one was over early. After a close battle with Nick Williams for the #2 prospect spot in the organization, Jake Thompson posted a landslide victory over the field as the #3 Phillies’ prospect. Thompson garnered over 78% (395) of the 506 votes cast.
Thompson was one piece of the multi-prospect Hamels’ trade that helped re-stock the Phillies’ minor leagues. In 7 games with Reading, he showed tremendous improvement over his earlier season performance in the Texas League. Historically, the offensive production in the Texas and Eastern Leagues are similar. Park factors for the two teams are also very similar.
Thompson has a 5-pitch mix. He throws both a 2-seam and 4-seam fastball that fall in the 89-95 MPH range, solidly above average for a right-handed starter. He sports a plus slider that flashes 70 (plus-plus) on the 20-80 scouting scale. He has an average change-up and curve ball that show room for improvement. Thompson already grades out as a #3 in a major league rotation. Baseball America assigned him a 60/medium rating going into 2015 (fairly polished needing some work to reach realistic ceiling of a #3). It isn’t unreasonable to project Thompson to a ceiling of a #2. He has enough average and above pitches that it’s possible that he can improve to a point to be the #2 we all hope he will be. Still, a pitcher solidly at the upper end of a #3 is a good pitcher to have.
I received e-mail requests to add Rhys Hoskins, Dylan Cozens, and Jhailyn Ortiz. I saw an outright request for Cozens among the Comments so far as well as hints for Deivi Grullon and Hoskins. I don’t know how serious the Other votes are. There hasn’t been much of a groundswell for any one prospect. If these votes are serious, I think it’s too early for some of them. I find it hard to make a case for a AA middle reliever or an Advanced A third basemen.
Once again, the surest way to get me to consider a guy is via e-mail. It’s too easy for me to miss a request among the Comments. That said, the first group of additions will be (and I hope I got the 2 obvious omissions about whom Larry was vague) –
- Rhys Hoskins,
- Dylan Cozens,
- Deivi Grullon, and
- Edubray Ramos
They’ll be added to the next poll. Ortiz will be added in a later group.
Now that Crawford, Williams, and Thompson are seeded it should get interesting.
All but one of the polls that have been e-mailed to me so far had Crawford first and Williams/Thompson second and third. It was just as close, Williams edged Thompson by two.
E-mail addresses are –
email@example.com using the Subject – My Prospect List
firstname.lastname@example.org using the Subject – Add Prospect
Next up is your selection for the #4 prospect in the organization.