Victor Arano was selected the Phuture Phillies 2016 Reader Poll’s 29th ranked prospect. He received 67 of 330 votes (20%). He bested Lucas Williams by 7 votes. This should set up a heated race between Williams (60 votes) and Aaron Brown (58 votes) for the final spot in our Top 30.
The Los Angeles Dodgers signed Arano as an international free agent on April 4, 2013. He pitched in the rookie Arizona League for the complete 2013 season. He posted a 4.20 ERA but also posted favorable BB/9 (2.4) and K/9 (8.9) in 49.1 IP.
As a 19-year old, Arano skipped to full-season A ball in 2014 and posted similar numbers – 4.08 ERA, 2.1 BB/9, and 8.7 K/9 in 86 IP. During his first 2 years in the Dodgers organization, Arano registered 23 starts and 3 saves in 35 appearances. He pitched in the Mexican Winter League after the 2014 season and saw 17 innings of action in 14 relief appearances. He maintained his BB and K rates of 2.1 and 7.9 in a league where he was 8.9 years younger than the competition.
The Phillies acquired RHP Arano and 2B Jesmuel Valentin for RHP Roberto Hernandez on August 28, 2014. The 20-year old was assigned to Clearwater for the 2015 season.
Arano struggled in his first 10 starts with the Threshers. He went 0-7 with a 6.00+ ERA. I recall that he suffered the second time through a line up. After being dropped from the rotation and one relief appearance, Arano returned as a starter at the start of the second half. He had his best three-game run with 20 IP, 11 H, 1 ER, 1 HBP, 1 BB, 10 K (and one dominant 7.0 inning complete game, 3 H, 1 BB, 3 K). He finished the season 4-12, 4.72 with a 1.9 BB/9 and 5.0 K/9.
Arano has said that he prefers relief, that he is more comfortable pitching in that role. The Phillies recognize that he has starter “stuff”. He has a FB that runs in 91-94, T95 and a couple of average secondary pitches. His ceiling is the starter the org thinks he can be, his floor is as a MLB reliever if/when the org decides to give up on the starter plan.
As if to underscore his preference, Arano excelled as a relief pitcher in winter ball in Mexico – 24 Appearances, 25.0 IP, 0.72 ERA, 1.1 BB/9, 7.6 K/9.
Top 30 so far:
- N. Williams
- “C” Randolph
Next up is your selection for #30.