Jhailyn Ortiz was selected the Readers’ Poll 23rd prospect. He received 91 of 346 votes (26%). He finished comfortably ahead of Deivi Grullon.
The Phillies signed Ortiz as an international free agent on July 2, 2015 for $4.2M. The deal put them over their assigned sigining limit for international signings. They later traded RHP Chris Oliver, LHP Josh Taylor, and their #9 International Bonus Pool slot money to Arizona for the Diamondbacks #1 International Bonus Pool slot money. By rule, a team can increase its total bonus pool by only 50%. The slot money increase from Arizona raises the Phillies total to over $4.5M thereby avoiding penalties for exceeding their bonus pool.
I’ve seen Ortiz at Instructs. He’s a big kid, but not fat as has been reported and repeated by the uninformed. His swing is long and creates holes for off-speed pitches away and fastballs up-an-in. His stride looks inconsistent and gets a little long on some of his harder swings. His hands and load are fairly quiet and he has a small bat waggle. But, in the at bats I saw, he was patient. He saw 4-5 pitches most at bats. I only saw him play one ball poorly in right field. It was a bright, sunny day. But it was overhead. He just blew the play. However, it was the only poor fielding play I saw. It came late in Instructs. Up to that point, I was satisfied that he might be able to play acceptable outfield defense.
Top 30 so far:
- N. Williams
- “C” Randolph
As we approach the end of the polling process, I have added Logan Moore, Josh Tobias, Kyle Martin, Cody Forsythe, Luis Encarnacion, Joey Denato, and Nick Fanti to the poll. That should take care of the bulk of the reasonable requests I have received recently. By reasonable, I mean those who did not ask for Domonic Brown, Tom Selleck, George Bush, Larry Greene, Cole Hamels, Joe Savery, … Well you get the idea.
Next up is your selection for #24.