Cornelius Randolph is selected #5 prospect in the organization by a comfortable margin. He received 274 of the 479 votes cast (57%). The race for second was much closer. Roman Quinn edged Jorge Alfaro by 2 votes, 54-52.
Randolph was the Phillies’ first round pick, seventh overall in the 2015 MLB June Amateur Draft. The young man turned 18 just a few days before the draft. He signed on June 17th and was in Clearwater 8 days later where he debuted by going 3-3 with a triple, run scored, RBI, and walk. He made his first start in the outfield on June 29th.
From the beginning, “C” has impressed with his advanced approach at the plate. Every at bat he already looks like a big league hitter by his confidence, his stance, his composure, and his adjustments during an at bat.
Randolph slashed .302/.425/.442/.866 in 212 plate appearances. He walked 32 times and was hit by a pitched ball 6 times. He struck out 32 times in 172 at bats. He only homered once, but he had 18 other extra base hits. He batted third in all but one game when he went 2-4 batting clean up.
Randolph’s splits are virtually the same against right-handed or left-handed pitchers. He hit better in August than he did in June and July. With runners in scoring position (RISP), he slashed .326/.476/.565/.1.041. With 2 outs and RISP, he slashed an even better .438/.591/.938/.1.528. And in extra innings, he went 3-3 with a double, walk, and 3 RBI – 1.000/.800/.1.333/2.133.
Randolph was converted to the outfield this summer and committed no errors while playing left field. On the base paths, he was caught stealing on 5 of 11 attempts.
“C” is one of my favorite players to watch, especially at the plate. Some observers down here have compared his approach and style to Tony Gwynn. I’d be happy if he developed enough power to warrant comparisons to Gary “Sarge” Matthews.
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