Malquin Canelo was selected the Readers’ Poll 20th prospect. He received 85 of 386 votes (22%). He finished comfortably ahead of Ben Lively (69), and Nick Pivetta (51), and Jhailyn Ortiz (50). Each received at least 13% of the votes cast.
The Phillies signed Canelo as an international free agent on May 31, 2012. He spent his first pro season struggling in the DSL. He started the 2013 in the GCL but was promoted to Williamsport after 4 games.
Canelo started the 2014 season in Clearwater mainly out of necessity. Roman Quinn was still playing shortstop but began the season on the DL. He wasn’t activated until May 19th. Rather than promote J.P. Crawford prematurely from Lakewood, the Phillies reached into eXtended Spring Training (XST) and tabbed Canelo as infield depth for the Threshers. In 6 weeks, he got 14 starts. He returned to XST and later went north with Williamsport for the start of their season. After 4 games, he was bumped up to Lakewood when Crawford was promoted to the Threshers. Canelo put up a nice line in Lakewood, .270/.319/.355/.675.
Canelo continued to post solid offensive numbers in 2015 with Lakewood – .311/.364/.466/.830. When Crawford was promoted to Reading, Canelo followed him to Clearwater. He looked over matched for a while (.250/.296/.323/.619), but finished strong with a .353 average over his last 10 games.
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