Darnell Sweeney was selected the Readers’ Poll 25th prospect. He received 72 of 304 votes (24%). He finished ahead of Alberto Tirado who received 60 votes (20%). Tom Windle (33 votes), Jose Pujols (30), and Victor Arano (26) were bunched in the next group comfortably ahead of the rest of the field.
The Phillies acquired Sweeney from the Los Angeles Dodgers as part of the Chase Utley trade on August 19, 2015. The Phillies also received RHP John Richy as part of the deal. Sweeney was briefly assigned to Lehigh Valley, but his contract was immediately selected by the Phillies and he reported to the major league club. Sweeney struggled with a .176/.286/.353 and 3 HR in 98 plate appearances.
Sweeney’s career began when he was selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 13th round of the 2012 First-Year Player Draft out of the University of Central Florida. He had been selected by the Florida Marlins in the 41st round of the 2009 Draft but did not sign.
Sweeney put up nice numbers at each stop during his journey up the Dodgers’ organizational ladder. He even showed some nice power at A+, AA, and AAA.
Sweeney played 2B, SS, and CF in the minors. The Phillies played him at 2B, 3B, and all three outfield positions.
Top 30 so far:
- N. Williams
- “C” Randolph
Next up is your selection for #26.