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.
Tocci has given up at least 3 years to the average age at every level except for the start of the 2015 season at Lakewood where he was only 2.5 years younger than league average. His supporters point to the age disparity and find his production and improvement encouraging each year. His detractors are quick to point out his lack luster stats and absence of power.
After a season in the GCL and 2 seasons in Lakewood, Tocci put up some good numbers in his third attempt at Lakewood in 2015 – .321/.387/.423, 20 BB and 31 K in 261 plate appearances, and 14 SB in 16 attempts. At mid-season, he was promoted to Clearwater and put up .258/.296/.313, 12 BB and 52 K in 298 plate appearances, and 3 SB in 12 attempts. His line was greatly affected by an alarming August – .155/.165/.161 in 98 plate appearances. An easy explanation would be that he tired during the long season. But, this was his third season of full season ball. I have another explanation. I noticed that outfield defenses were playing him shallower, taking away some of the balls that use to drop in front of them earlier in the season.
Tocci took part in a program to put on muscle and weight during the 2015 off season in Clearwater. He took part in a similar program this season. Here are a couple shots of him during 2015 spring training.
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