Andrew Knapp received 355 of 527 votes (67%) and was selected as the #9 prospect in the Phillies’ organization. Zach Eflin finished second with 66 votes. He is the early favorite to complete the top ten.
Andrew Knapp was selected by the Oakland Athletics in the 41st round of the 2010 MLB Amateur Draft. He opted to attend Cal-Berkeley and three years later the Phillies made him their second round selection in 2013. The junior catcher signed and began his pro career in Williamsport.
Knapp is a switch-hitting catcher. According to most scouting reports, he was an advanced hitter and a below average catcher. Since joining the Phillies, he has worked on improving his catching skills and has shown improvement at each level. Due to off season Tommy John surgery, Knapp got a late start to the 2014 season. He served as a DH for the Threshers until he was ready to start at catcher and continued his season by posting a .290/.354/.438/.792 at Lakewood.
During the first half of his 2015 season at Clearwater, Knapp posted a .262/.356/.369/.725 line. The coaching staff voiced their excitement over Knapp’s continued improvement behind the plate. After a mid-season promotion to Double-A Reading, Knapp forced his way into top prospect conversations with a .360/.419/.631/.1.050 slash, 11 HR, and 56 RBI in 241 plate appearances.
Knapp threw out 36% of base runners across two levels in 2015. He has progressed to the point where he may force fellow catching prospect Jorge Alfaro to a new position. Knapp played first base in a half dozen games during the 2015 AFL season. So, if nothing else, he has increased his options.
I would expect Knapp to start the 2016 season in Lehigh Valley. There is a good chance that he will be the opening day catcher in 2017.
So far the Top 30 looks like this:
- J.P. Crawford
- Nick Williams
- Jake Thompson
- Mark Appel
- “C” Randolph
- Roman Quinn
- Jorge Alfaro
- Franklyn Kilome
- Andrew Knapp
Cord Sandberg, Aaron Brown, Jhailyn Ortiz, Reinier Roibal, and Elvis Araujo have been added to the poll.
I have received requests to add Severino Gonzalez, Luis Encarnacion, Josh Tobias, and Yacksel Rios. Maybe a couple of thes guys make it to the poll next week.
Some odd voting observations –
- Each of the first nine prospects has received votes in all polls in which he was eligible to receive votes. The only other player to receive votes in all 9 polls so far – Tom Windle. I bet you’re all surprised I didn’t say Mitch Walding, aren’t you.
- Using the most restrictive setting to deter repeat voting has limited the early irregularities like the 21 votes Scott Kingery received in the 3rd poll and the 25 votes Tom Eshelman received in the fourth. Their support dropped off significantly after the more restrictive settings were put in place.
- Jerad Eickhoff is receiving write-in votes. Eickhoff is NOT ELIGIBLE fot this poll. He pitched too many innings (51) and lost his rookie status.
- Since the 9 crazy write-in votes during the first poll, the write-ins have been less frequent and a little less silly, especially those made during the most recent polls.
- Carlos Tocci finally received more than 2 votes in a poll.
- Based on recent polls Zach Eflin, Dylan Cozens, Rhys Hoskins, and Ricardo Pinto look like the early favorites for the next 4 positions.
The e-mail addresses for prospect lists and the addition of a prospect to the poll 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 #10 prospect in the organization.